Dixie Shipley. She is a longtime resident, volunteering for anything and everything in the community. She delivers groceries to the elderly, running errands, getting their mail and mailing their bills, letters, etc. She goes over and beyond as a good Samaritan and honest Christian. There is always a smile on her face. The town of Delta, Iowa is lucky to have her. Nominated by Sherry.
Lyle Sterling. Is a very giving person. He is involved with several organizations in our community. He volunteers time again and again in children activities and for the betterment of our community. He is active in his church, our fine arts, Optimist Club, volunteers by playing the piano at out elementary school concerts,is a retired music teacher in our school district, and presents himself in a very professional way and has endless energy. He demonstrates a positive frame of mine no matter where he his. He is one of Davis County's hidden treasures. Nominated by Nancy Lanman.
Therese Cummiskey. Has worked as the County Park Naturalist for 28 years, and just about everyone has benefited from her kind instruction and joy of nature and everything in it. Whether she is leading children on creek hikes which allow them to learn as they get to play in the mud, lead people of all ages on bird watching expeditions or inviting fellow nature experts to educate the community in our great wide world, she isn't just a program director, she spreads environmental awareness through sharing her love of not only nature, but the people in the community. Nominated by Meg Earsley.
Steve Giovani. Because, his cafe is a good place to see concerts and drink coffee. Nominated by Logan Thompson.
Ed Black. My dad owns a used car lot in Ottumwa. He is an honest, giving, and sincere person. He does a lot for people in general, and especially people that don't have much. He recently gave someone a vehicle for Christmas because the one he had wasn't the most reliable. He isn't out there to do stuff for money or to receive something, he does it because he is a good person. He deserves this award because he should be recognized for his hard work and honesty. Mr. Black was nominated separately by his four children and wife. Nominated by Jessi Black, Lisa Black, Christy Taylor, Megan Black, Ryan Simmer,
Bob Wilkerson. Spends an enormous amount of time volunteering doing landscaping, projects inside the building, cooking for staff, special occasions and any other task we ask. He always has a smile on his face and supports all staff, patients and families with the up most respect. He has volunteered his time with 25 Men Who Can Cook for the past 2 years supporting the Ottumwa Symphony fundraiser. Bob takes pride in what he does and never leaves anything undone. Please consider Bob Wilkerson for this Honor of giving him the Spirit of the Community Award. Nominated by Terri Bergman.
Ron Hunnerdosse. I was his counselor while he was in high school. Ron was a wonderful young man back then–a good school and community citizen, always willing to help anyone in need. He still has those great qualities today, and does many things for many people in our community just because it is the right thing to do. Most recently Ron started the Trojan Plaza at the high school to promote school spirit in the name of two real Trojan Boosters who passed away. He began the drive for this Plaza behind the high school by the football field, and with the help of many others, and spearheaded by Ron, they have a beautiful Trojan Plaza that people walk through as they come to home events in athletics as well as graduation ceremonies, and a host of other activities throughout the year. With his great enthusiasm and his wonderful sense of humor, Ron is truly a one of a kind guy for our school and our community. Ron Hunnerdosse is a natural for this award and I enthusiastically recommend him for this Spirit of the Community Award. Thank you. Nominated by Ralph Messerli.
Ed Miller. Tireless efforts as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, at the troop district and Council levels have been an inspiration to countless Scouters parents and boys. His leadership and dedication to living by the principals taught in scouting are a much needed example of selfless service to those around you. Nominated by Tom Coulter.
Lindsey Stice. Has spent many years being involved in our community. She has been the Committee Chair for Cub Scouts over the past few years and has orchestrated many community service projects and activities.. Lindsey is a prominent member of the Fairfield Little League committee, helping coordinate everything to ensure every child gets to participate and things run smoothly. Lindsey always puts others before herself and never asks for anything in return. Nominated by Meloney Stein.
Joel Pederson. Mr. Pedersen is the Superintendent of the Cardinal Community School District in Wapello County for several years now. When I first moved to Eldon Iowa, I thought to myself, how will I ever send my kids to such a poor economical district, and had considered Davis County instead. The time Mr. Pederson has been at the district, so many changes have taken place to include: A New Activity Center, Sports league at the elementary level (he coaches), A coalition with the YMCA of Ottumwa to provide child care for struggling working families, Remodeling of the High School (to include an awesome state of the art learning area), Introduced Orange Frog to students, staff, as well as other surrounding companies, and so much more. The Community can defiantly see and feel the positive impact, and against all odds, and a lot of push back Mr. Pederson has stuck with helping my Community be all we can be, and I am so very thankful. Nominated by Candice Fligg.
Steve Huedepohl. This man is a Go Getter. He works looong hours, and is very Passionate about his work. He is always Very Kind when I hear him talking on the phone to clients. I know because he is my husband. He helps them out to the best that he can. He goes out of his way when meeting with his Clients. Steve also works well with other members in the Company. He has been with Community 1st Credit Union 10 years in Augest. He is very Dedicated. Nominated by Mary Huedepohl.
Del Bittner. Never thinks about Himself, He is raising 3 Grandkids, He is a 2X Widower. Nominated by Jeremy Empie.
Kaye Blanchard. Was a daycare provider in her home in Oskaloosa for well over 40 years. She has helped many families raise their children, even multiple children as their families grew. She provided a safe, fun, loving atmosphere. Her children still stop by to see her as adults. Kaye retired a couple of years ago, but still takes care of her youngest daycare child when she doesn't have school. Many lives and families have great respect and love for Kaye and KKs daycare. As a friend she is honest, loving, caring, and always there to listen, and She deserves this recognition. Nominated by Nancy DeVore.
Whitney Burton. Cares for and loves all of her daycare children as if they were her own. One day my 5 year old was taken home from school on the bus to an empty house instead of being taken to Whitneys. She sprung into action & raced to my home to get him before I could even get there. I NEVER have to worry about my kids in her care. My kids LOVE going there after school! Nominated by Stacey Vannoni.
Jason Abernathy. We met at Seton Catholic School where our sons are in the same class together. We now serve on the Board together and participate in many community events together. Jason is always there to help out. He volunteers so much to help charities and. Non-profits. From Little League to Seton and so much more. Helping employ people and mentoring youth that he hires at Fareway, he is a top notch person who’s made a big impact on Ottumwa in his few short years here. Nominated by Richard Palen.
Linda Fears. She attends my church. Linda Fears is totally blind and has been doing a jail ministry every Tuesday night for 16 1/2 years here in Ottumwa. She started a Seeds and Needs Ministry that helps the woman with clothing and household items to get back on their feet. Several people from different churches support by donating on a regular basis. She tells girls look at what I do as a blind person there is no excuse you can't turn yourself around. Going into a jail with a woman who are strangers and considered criminals isn't something many sighted people would do. Nominated by Lisa Swafford.
Terry Burtlow. Husband. Terry has a big heart for this community. He does so many things to give back to our community. He has the passion, the drive to want to better our community. Some events he has been involved in bike night, and was apart of better block. He believes in Ottumwa. Terry has worked with charities, by using arcade games to raise money for local charities. Some charities he has worked with are SEIDA Community Action- raised money for the school drive, Heartland Humane-raised money and items of need, also has worked with the Food Bank of Southern Iowa- money and food donation. Terry is a great person for this award. His love for Ottumwa shines threw what he does for his community. Nominated by Ginny Burtlow.