Michelle Schaefer received recognition as Champion of Character for Discipline at a recent Edmond City Council meeting, Stephanie Carel, Executive Director of the Downtown Edmond Business Association, nominated her for the honor. Michelle’s character enabled her to move forward from homelessness to establishing her own successful insurance agency.
She grew up on a farm in Okarche, Oklahoma with her parents, Michael and Mary Ann Schaefer. Their lifestyle modeled self-discipline. Michelle’s dad worked the farm. Her mom was a farmwife and a school teacher. Michelle remembers helping her dad feed the animals. Michelle said, “The animals were taken care of no matter what the weather, no matter what was going on in your personal life, no matter what your schedule was. That had to happen.”
With a twinkle in her eye, Michelle said, “In Okarche, you’re kind of genetically a Catholic.” She practiced her faith in Catholic tradition, including attending Mass and giving up meat on Friday during Lent. It was a personal choice.
Michelle said, “That’s what I think discipline is, not doing something because somebody told you. You do it because you want to.”
Discipline was her friend during a time in her life when she and her young son, Kelly, didn’t have a place to live. During that time, she slept on her sister’s couch and pursued her career.
From the inception of her business, Michelle wanted to be free to participate in Kelly’s school activities. Her ability to set her own schedule allowed her to be present for Kelly’s field trips. It also made it possible to be active in the Edmond Community. Michelle admits that sometimes she needs a little break from work and enjoys giving time to serve others. Although COVID-19 put a halt to this year’s Downtown Arts Festival, she acts as their treasurer and plays a significant role as an organizer for the Downtown Edmond Business Association. Michelle also volunteers for the Rotary and worked her way up to becoming District Governor for Rotary District 5750 in 2014.
In her nomination, Stephanie said, “This can only be done by showing that you can lead a group, that you are trustworthy and that you are organized and have good business sense.”
Additionally, Michelle serves wherever needed at her church and is a member of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. Most days Michelle’s work requires her to do a lot of sitting. She saw the need to become more active. Her solution? Jazzercise at 5:30 a.m. Her determination encourages others.
Stephanie said, “One thing that I really admire about Michelle is her dedication to herself and her well-being. This woman inspires me to be a better me and to be a champion for my own health,”
The discipline she learned from her parents’ example, her early years on the farm, and in her church, led to Michelle’s success. It also helps her to motivate others to do what they need to do to obtain their goals.
Michelle has been an Edmond resident for almost 30 years. She is married to Blaine Trimmell, who is a computer programmer at MTM Recognition. Her son, Father Kelly Edwards, is the pastor of Catholic churches in Weatherford, Hinton and Thomas.
On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Michelle Schaefer was honored before the City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of discipline, “Choosing behaviors to help me reach my goals.”
Pictured-Emoly Walters and Michelle Schaefer.
Please complete the form located on our website to recognize an Edmond citizen for a specific character trait. Forms may be submitted from the website or mailed to the
Character Council of Edmond
Champions of Character
PO Box 392
Edmond, OK 73083-0392.
Champions of Character Honorees
2010 to Present