Swans named Lyon County’s Outstanding Senior Citizens

Photo by Sabrina Pankratz Daryl and Geneva Swan of Balaton were named the winners of the Lyon County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award.

MARSHALL — Active in their church and community, Daryl and Geneva Swan of Balaton were announced as this year’s Lyon County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award winners at the Lyon County Fair on Saturday.

“Why we do a lot of volunteering, or I do anyway, is I not only love to keep busy, but I have to keep busy. If you rest too much, you rust,” Daryl said.

Lyon County Outstanding Senior Citizen awards are given every year to one male and one female senior citizen in Lyon County who is nominated for their volunteer and work in the community.

“It’s really an honor,” Daryl said.

The Swans do a lot for Balaton and surrounding communities. Some of a few of the work they do together in the community includes volunteering at the Balaton Food Shelf, Meals on Wheels, Heart to Heart, and at the Balaton Historical Society and History Center.

Daryl runs and owns the fryer and deep fat fryer at the Balaton events like community breakfasts. He also has been treasurer for 25 years at their church, Trinity Lutheran Church.

“I just love to keep busy,” Daryl said.

Geneva has been the secretary at their church for 44 years, sings in the choir, is President of the Women’s Organization and helps serve at funerals and other occasions.

“It just feels good to help somebody. Like I told Jane is we’ve been blessed so we should try to help others,” Geneva said.

Geneva said she works at the History Center at least two days a week and she enjoys meeting the visitors that come.

“The last one that we had was a couple from Hungary, because there is a Lake Balaton in Hungary,” Geneva said.

“It’s interesting a lot of former residents, families that have been away for 40 or 50 years come back and go through the History Center,” Geneva said.

The Swans will be representing Lyon County as the Outstanding Citizens at the Minnesota State Fair at the end of August.

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