Mackneer to receive 2014 Brotherhood Citation Award

LEWISTOWN – Frances C. Mackneer, of Lewistown, has been named the 2014 Brotherhood Citation Award recipient, an annual honor given by the Mifflin County Roundtable of Christians and Jews.

“Frances is very active in the community, but very quiet about it,” said Bob Ingram, co-chair of the Roundtable. “She doesn’t boast about her work, even though she is very involved with the library and historical society.”

Mackneer will receive the award during a banquet in her honor to be held Feb. 25. Area organizations and businesses will be present to recognize her work in the community. A state representative will also be in attendance to read a proclamation written for Mackneer’s service.

“It was a complete surprise,” Mackneer said, of the award announcement. “I was shocked when they called. It was very humbling. I’m not sure I deserve it, but I am very honored.”

Over the past five years, Mackneer has logged more than 2,839 hours of community service, contributing to organizations like the Mifflin County Library, Mifflin County Historical Society, Mifflin County Arts Council and Mifflin County Garden Club.

She has served on the historical society’s board of directors since 1994 and currently chairs the McCoy House Museum Committee as well as serves on the Mifflin County Library Board.

“Right now I spend most of my time with the library and historical society,” Mackneer said. “I like giving back to the community and being with other people. I love what I do.”

As a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, she dedicates her time to the church’s bell choir, Deborah Circle, Women of the ELCA and as the substitute church secretary. She also attends Lewistown Assembly of God Church with her husband, Lee.

Mackneer is a graduate of Lock Haven State College and Penn State University. She retired from teaching fourth and fifth grades in the Mifflin County School District in 1991.