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Bev Anderson Zieman named Citizen of the Year

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Congratulations! Cherokee Mayor Pam Pierce, left, surprised the 2008 Cherokee Citizen of the Year recipient, Bev Anderson Zieman, with a bouquet of roses following the announcement of her selection at the Cherokee County Recognition Banquet, held March 14th at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center. Photo by Dan Whitney
Large turnout for annual Cherokee Recognition Banquet

A large crowd turned out at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center in Cherokee on Mar. 14th for the 14th Annual Cherokee County Recognition Banquet.

The highlight of the evening occurred when Cherokee Mayor Pam Pierce presented the 19th Cherokee Citizen of the Year Award to Bev Anderson Zieman, "In Appreciation of (Her) Dedication to the Cherokee Community."

Bev, a former Cherokee County Auditor, has provided dedicated service over the years, serving, among other things, as a member of the Bacon Aquatic Center/Gillette Park planning and fund raising committee; member of the Cherokee Work Services Board of Directors; chair person of the Citizen's Advisory Board; chair person of the State Commission for Mental Health; President of the Legislative League of Women; member of the Board of Directors of Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield; member of the Economic Committee for the National White House Conference; co-founder of the Cherokee County Fund Drive; and Past President of the State Auditor's Board.

First Coop recognized - Bob Forbes, left, and Jeff Bowen, right, of the Aurelia Economic Development Corporation, presented a plaque to Bob Neppl, left center, and Justin Peterson of the Aurelia First Cooperative Association at the March 14 Cherokee County Recognition Banquet. The Coop constructed a major expansion of their facility this year, enabling them to increase their business. Photo by Dan Whitney.
In addition, Bev has been an avid supporter of the arts in Cherokee, including the Cherokee Symphony and Community Theater, and has also been actively involved in the Depot Renovation Project and with the Sanford Museum. Bev was the 2007 recipient of the BPW "Women of Excellence" Award, and she is currently serving on the Board of the new "Good Times Place" Senior Citizen Center at the Cherokee Community Center. All in all, Bev is seen as a positive promoter of Cherokee and its citizens.

The Citizen of the Year is selected each year from nominating letters which have been submitted to City Hall.

Attendees were treated to the music of Randy Martin, Jim Davis and Charlie Leissler of the "Daylight Again" Crosby, Stills, & Nash Tribute group during the social hour Saturday evening, and then enjoyed an excellent buffet dinner, prepared by Hy-Vee.

Woman of Excellence recipient - Aimee Barrett was totally surprised when she received the 2008 Business and Professional Women's "Women of Excellence" Award at the Mar. 14the Cherokee County Recognition Banquet. Photo by Dan Whitney
The awards began after dinner, with presentation of certificates to several area businesses who opened new businesses or expanded their business in 2008.

Plaques were then presented to 15 area businesses and individuals for outstanding service to their communities. The businesses which received honors included First Cooperative Association of Aurelia, honored by the Aurelia Economic Development Corporation for Outstanding Business and Community Service ; Cherokee Regional Medical Center, recognized by the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation for their economic contribution to the county of Cherokee; Mongan Painting, recognized by the Cherokee Industrial Corporation for their economic contribution and service to the Cherokee community; and The Cherokee Guitar Shop, The Gardens, Hinkhouse Hearing, Trash and Treasures, and Wilson's TV, all recognized by the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding contributions to the community of Cherokee.

Verdell Johnson was recognized by the Cherokee County Farm Bureau for his "Outstanding Service to Agriculture in Cherokee County."

The City of Cleghorn recognized Francis "Smitty" Smith "in appreciation for all (he does) for the community of Cleghorn."

Terry and Donna Sargent and their business, Sarge's Quimby Inn, were recognized by the City of Quimby "for their outstanding contributions to the Quimby community."

Jim Dewitt was recognized by the City of Washta "for his continued supports and investment in the community of Washta."

Marcus for Progress presented two awards for Outstanding Business and Community Service - one to Brian and LuAnn Miller of Grandma's Garden Flower & Shoppe, and the other to Charles "Chuck" Knudson.

The next award was a surprise to the recipient. Aimee Barrett thought she was there to present an award to the Cherokee Fire Department, but was instead presented the "Woman of Excellence" award by the Business and Professional Women of Iowa.

The evening concluded Saturday with the main speaker, Comedienne T. Marni Voss, who brought the house down with her humorous stories, but who also stressed the importance of laughing - and crying - in all of our lives.

Cherokee Citizen of the Year Recipients

1990 - Earl Pickens
1991 - Don Agostine
1992 - E.T. Parker

1993 - Joan Ballantyne

1994 - Jim Bleakly

1995 - Wayne & Marlys Woolridge
1996 - Joe Lundsgaard
1997 - Dave Sayre
1998 - Tom & Jean Miller

1999 - DuWayne Rupp

2000 - R.J. & Doris Thomas

2001 - Wilma Starkey

2002 - Jim Adamson

2003 - LeRoy "Herb" Ford

2004 - Mark Minger 2005 - Sherry Held

2006 - John Cook, Jr

2007 - Wayne Morris

2008 - Bev Anderson Zieman

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