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Sharon Weinel Stewardship Award 

Sharon Weinel, the wife of Jim Weinel, was the co-founder of Gemini. Sharon was the common thread and heart of Gemini. She was known for her generosity and unwavering commitment to the community. Her values of humility and graciousness left a mark on many lives. She was one of the inspirations for the Gemini value of Stewardship and was always generous to those in need. She touched the lives of many during the years she was involved with the company and helped make Gemini what it is today. Sharon passed away in February 2022.

As a fitting memorial and a way to honor her life of service, the Sharon Weinel Stewardship Award was created annually to recognize team members who share her generosity and enthusiasm for community service. Each year, the award will recognize a Gemini team member with a $25,000 donation to an organization of the award recipient’s choice, given in the recipient’s name.  The donations will be made based on the merits of Gemini team members who demonstrate Gemini’s Stewardship core value, live in service of others, and make noteworthy volunteerism contributions above and beyond what is reasonably expected of a person. Finalists are also selected, each receiving a $5,000 donation to give to a charity of their choice.

2023 Recipients

Winner: Anthony Miller, Mesquite


Megan Tellinghiusen, Liberty Lake

Nick Ochoa, Taylor

Amy McDonald, Neustadt, ON​

Greg Hopf, Neustadt, ON​

​Organization Selected for $5,000 Donation:

​Spokane Fantasy Flight

Freedom Center Christian Church

Launch Pad & Bruce Grey Mentorship

Neustadt Firefighters Association

2022 RecipientsWinner: Bob Durdahl, Cannon Falls


Amy McDonald, Neustadt

Arun Singh, Cannon Falls

Deb Norstad, Cannon Falls

Megan Tellinghiusen, Liberty Lake​

Mike Tollefson, Decorah​

​Organization Selected for $5,000 Donation:

​Launch Pad

Asian Women United Minnesota (AWUM)

MN Lions Childhood Cancer Foundation

Fantasy Flight

Northeast Iowa Wrestling Club