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Nominate A Community Servant

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their service to the community? Nominate them for the D. Ray Wilson Community Service Award.

Previous Community Service Award Winners

  • •   Mary Rees Freeman, '13
  • •   Edward Hunter, '12
  • •   Donna Anderson, '11
  • •   Nancy Schueneman, '10
  • •   Jack & Marlene Shales, '09
  • •   Trinka Waters, '08
  • •   Floyd Brown, '07
  • •   Murna Hansemann, '06
  • •   Dr. Clare Ollayos, '05
  • •   Carl Flaks, '04

D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award
Nomination Form

Ray WilsonJudson University is seeking nominations for the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award, which is presented annually to the candidate who has contributed to the greater good within the greater Elgin community by voluntarily serving others' physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual needs. The D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award will be given during Judson University's Community Prayer Breakfast to be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Lindner Fitness Center in Elgin. All nominators and nominees are invited to attend the breakfast. Tickets for the event will be $18. Online registration for tickets and table sponsorships is now open!

 

About the Prayer Breakfast

Registration for the Prayer Breakfast is now open for individuals and table sponsors. Please save the date of the event, May 7, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and to be sure to purchase your ticket now to reserve your spot.

About D. Ray Wilson

Seeing a need for a prayer breakfast in the Fox Valley area, D. Ray Wilson (1926 – 2003) established one at Judson University in 1989. Since Wilson was well known in the community for his tireless hours of volunteering, the D. Ray Wilson Service Award was begun in his honor after his death in 2003. He spent much of his professional life in some area of journalism, serving as editor and publisher of The Courier News for 21 years.

Wilson served Fox Valley youth as president of the Two Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America and director of Junior Achievement. He also served as director of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and devoted much time to serving and leading councils for senior citizen programs. He was credited with helping to create the first State Department for the Aging in the United States. He served as board member, chairman and director for many Fox Valley organizations and businesses and was recognized for his commitment to the community with numerous awards and honors.

"When my grandfather died in 2003, I spent some time helping clean out his office. He had accumulated a lot of plaques and awards for contributing to causes, many of which I had never even heard about. At one point we had to clean out his desk. In the top drawer there were the usual things you would expect to find in an office but there was also a short hastily scrawled note on a scrap of paper that said, ‘You are not the hand that holds the chisel. You are not the stone onto which the chisel carves. You are the chisel.’ I believe this phrase sums up my grandfather’s attitude toward volunteerism and charitable work." — Nick Salzmann, ’08 Judson Alumnus

Submission Guidelines for Nominations:

The candidate must: (1) be an individual, not an organization; (2) live and volunteer within the greater Elgin community (Elgin, East Dundee, Carpentersville, Sleepy Hollow, South Elgin, Schaumburg, St. Charles, Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, Wayne, Streamwood, Hanover Park, Plato Center, Gilberts); (3) be nominated by a co-worker, relative or friend through the nomination form; (4) be able to attend the May 7, 2014 Judson University Community Prayer Breakfast. Nominees will receive a complimentary ticket for the event, but registration is required.

Nomination:

Deadline: Nominations must be received by April 9, 2014.

(1) Please submit your nomination online (preferred) or download the print form.
(2) Past award recipients are not eligible to receive the award. Previous nominees may be re-nominated, however, a current 2014 nomination must be submitted for consideration (see past recipients in the left column).
(3) Electronic submission of the nomination is highly encouraged.
(4) To submit your nomination via mail, mail to:
Judson University, ATTN: Kathy D'Alexander, 1151 N. State St., Elgin, IL 60123

Please complete the following information:

Nominee  Information:

Full Name:
Address:

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Nominator Information:

Full Name:
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Please submit the nomination by including the following information:

1. How long have you known the nominee? 

 

2. Where has the nominee volunteered? a. How long have they volunteered? b. What is the scope of their service to the greater Elgin community? c. Who has benefited from their service? d. How has their service contributed to the greater good of the community?

   

3. List significant achievements of the individual:

   

4. List past or present positions of leadership or responsibility

    

5. Additional comments and background material is welcomed

   

6. Other recommendations can be included (limit 3), but do not increase the chances of being awarded.

   


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