Long lauded for her dedication to the Cherokee Community and her many hours of continuing volunteerism, Phyllis Parrott received the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award presented by Mayor Mark Murphy at Saturday's annual Cherokee County Recognition Banquet at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Special business awards, presented for outstanding contributions to their communities and Cherokee County, went to Holzhauer Motors and Truck Center of Cherokee, Sand Seed Service of Marcus, Filter Recycling Inc. of Cherokee, Foundation Analytical Laboratory of Cherokee, Smith Productions LTD. of Aurelia, Gerald Hohbach of Cleghorn, Steve Droegmiller of Quimby, Ron and Darlys Stevens of Washta and Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home of Marcus and Cherokee.
The awards also included several Certificates of Appreciation, presented by the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation. These awards recogned area businesses that have remodeled, expanded, have new management, or started a new business in the last year.
Recipients included Unwind Massage Therapy, Weeping Willow, Paula's Hair Design, Carey's Furniture, Cherokee Minsterial Association, the Peace Pole Committee, Pilot Rock Signs, Cherokee County Landfill, Fireice Firearms, Riverview Chiropractic, Nelson Electric, Rasmussen Ford, Cherokee Industrial Corporation, Council Against Assault & Sexual Abuse (CAASA), Aurelia Cafe, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, City of Aurelia, Cherokee County Work Services, 4-H Betterment Committee, American Natural Soy, Break Time, Applewhite Dental Clinic, Aventure Staffing, Kid2Kid, Cherokee Fire & Rescue, Cherokee Police Department, Chateau de Vue, Ludvigson Chiropractic, Rethread Earth, Mazurek Law Firm, Cocoa Belissimo, Marcus Dental Clinic, Western Cherokee Mutual Association, Elm Street Creations, Marcus Lumber, Olson Construction, Western Iowa Coop Elevator, Barnes/MJM Rodeo, Wa Tan Ye, and S.C.O.R.E.
Past Recipients of the Citizen of the Year include Earl Pickens, Don Agostine, E.T. Parker, Joan Ballantyne, Jim Bleakly, Wayne and Marlys Woolridge, Joe Lundsgaard, Dave Sayre, Tom and Jean Miller, DuWayne Rupp, Wilma Starkey, Jim Adamson, LeRoy "Herb" Ford, Mark Minger, Sherry Held, John Cook, Jr., Wayne Morris, Bev Anderson Zieman, and Leroy and Pearl Jenness.