CUBA CITY— Getting involved in a variety of organizations early in his life, Norm Weber, a lifelong Cuba City resident, has made a lasting impression throughout the community.
Norm first started volunteering in the Cuba City community when he was Cub Master for 12 years when his children were growing up. He helped Bill Wimmer establish the Cuba City Chamber of Commerce and Norm served as the first chamber president. He also served on the Cole Acres Golf Course Board for many years with a number of those years as president, served on American Bank’s original board and spent more than 20 years on the Cuba City School Board with a number of years served as president.
“You learn a lot by being on a board,” Norm said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without my wife.”
He also helped with the Parade of Presidents, which his wife, Jeanette, was a member of, and the Cuba City United Methodist Church. He participated in the Elks Club in Galena for 43 years.
For 50 years, Norm has been a part of the Cuba City Lions Club, holding many offices over the years. He received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award and is proud to be a part of the organization in its 100th year this year.
Norm said he had been involved with the Cuba City Fair and Picnic since it’s beginning.
“The picnic started as a junior fair where the kids could lead their animals around at the park and get used to it before going to the county fair,” Norm said. “They weren’t getting anybody there at all, so we decided to put a breakfast on it to get people there.”
The breakfast evolved into the community fair and picnic, which eventually included entertainment for families. He said it was enjoyable working with everybody to create an event for families.
“Norm was a huge part of the Cuba City Fair and Picnic Committee for many years,” Cuba City Mayor Tom Gile said.
“His leadership in all things he was a part of have helped shape Cuba City history. Cuba City has been blessed with so many great people like Norm who are always there when we need something. Thank you Norm for your part in making our city what it is today.”
Norm was one of seven siblings. The family owned the meat market, grocery store and locker plant and all of the kids were involved in its operation. In 1962, the four youngest brothers purchased the business and operated it until Norm and Lee Weber sold it to Norm’s son, Dan and his wife, Tracy, six years ago.
Norm and Jeanette have five children.
“I’m impressed with what a little town like Cuba City has done in the last two years,” Norm said. “All of these committees and boards that I’ve been on couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the people participating with me. I’ve been associated with so many good people in the community.”
Norm said Cuba City is going to progress the best it can with what it has.
Editor's Note: This column will be a special addition to the Tri-County Press on a monthly basis. Look for each installment near the end of the month. All volunteers are recomended for the article by Mayor Tom Gile. If you have ideas for future volunteers in the community to be recognized, contact Gile at 608-744-3203.