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.
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.
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