Sandra Means

Sandra Means moved from Detroit to Rochester in 1972 when her husband Lew was offered an engineering position at IBM. Although redlining and segregation was the norm in Detroit, Ms. Means was reassured by the relator that Rochester was a welcoming community, and she could choose the home location of our choice. It was a challenge, but she knew community involvement for her family was essential if they were to be accepted and successful. As volunteer opportunities became available, she wanted to join and contribute. Her children were also actively engaged in the community. Over many years, Sandra served as a Boy Scout Den Mother, Youth Bowling Instructor, Ben Franklin School District Great Books Leader, Board Member, NAACP, Chamber of Commerce, GRAUC (Greater Rochester Advocate for University and Colleges), Rochester Art Center, Rotary, United Way of Olmsted County, Senior Citizens Board, President of the League of Women Cities and many others. She was actively engaged as President of the MN Women in City Government, Awarded Jack Murphy Award for Distinguished Rural Leadership, National League of Cities, and League of Minnesota Cities. She was also fortunate to serve as a member of the Rochester City Council and briefly as President until her retirement after 13 1/2 years of service. She has been blessed and fortunate to live and contribute to this great community of Rochester!