Pat Kremer has been a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters in Marshalltown for 36 years and in a few weeks his work will be honored by the state's highest official.
Gov. Terry Branstad will present Kremer with the Excellence in Mentoring Award Jan. 17 at the State Capitol. Kremer, a Marshalltown resident, is one of five being honored with the award in the state this year.
"It was very humbling when I got the letter," Kremer said.
Kremer is not in Big Brothers Big Sisters for the awards and said being a one-on-one mentor can make a big impact. He has mentored five Little Brothers in the program through the years.
"Being a Big Brother is one of those things where you get as much as you give," he said. "It's been very rewarding for me to be in that kind of role. I feel very privileged to serve kids in that way."
Kremer will have family and friends at the Jan. 17 event and hopes to have one or two of his Little Brothers that he has mentored through the years also in attendance.
"It will be a great honor to receive that award from the governor," Kremer said.
Kremer recently retired after five years working for Youth and Shelter Services and previously retired from Marshalltown schools.
Kremer was nominated for the Excellence in Mentoring Award by Lynne Carroll, local director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters office.