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D. Ray Wilson Volunteer
Service Award

2016 Nominations Have Been Posted

Nomination Guidelines

Judson University has announced the slate of candidates for the 2016 D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award, which is presented annually during the prayer breakfast to the candidate who has contributed by voluntarily serving others' physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual needs. The following individuals are nominated for the D. Ray Wilson Award:

  • Keith Brill (Elgin) - Controller and volunteer for 14 different nonprofit organizations including the Community Crisis Center, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way
  • Tricia Grosser (Elgin) - Former grade-school teacher and volunteer for several organizations including Feeding Greater Elgin Food Pantry, Elgin Historical Society and Alpha Gamma Delta Alumni Association
  • Laurie Huske (Elgin) - President of Northern Kane County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and advocate/educator on mental illness to many different community groups
  • Tara Romsaithong (Streamwood) - Founder of Homeschool Village Enrichment Co-Op and volunteer for the Village Kids - Children's Ministry at Village Church of Bartlett
  • Jeff Turner (Elgin) - Owner of In the Neighborhood Deli/Catering; organizer for Elgin's "Thanksgiving Community Dinner," "Have a Heart" dinner near Valentine's Day and "Together We're Elgin Community Cookout"; and volunteer with several nonprofits such as the Salvation Army and Ecker Center
  • Raymond Warren (Algonquin) Volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America where he has served in many leadership capacities such as president and member of the Council Executive Board

About the Prayer Breakfast

Registration for the Prayer Breakfast is now open. Please save the date of the event, May 11, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and register online now.

Who Was 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.

"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


The D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award will be given during Judson University’s Community Prayer Breakfast to be held Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 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 $25. Online registration will be available through Judson University’s website beginning March 1.

Submission Guidelines:

The candidate must: (1) be an individual, not organization; (2) live and volunteer within the greater Elgin community (Elgin, West Dundee, 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; and (4) be able to attend the May 11, 2016 Judson University Community Prayer Breakfast. Nominees will receive a complimentary ticket for the event, but registration is required.

Nomination Deadline:

The nomination deadline has passed.

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

  • Velma Sept, '15
  • Dr. Risé D. Jones, '14
  • 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

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