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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

  • 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
Ray Wilson

D. Ray Wilson Volunteer
Service Award

To Be Presented on May 6, 2015

2015 Nominees

View the list of nominees 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. 


About the Prayer Breakfast

Registration for the Prayer Breakfast is now open. Please save the date of the event, May 6, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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 6, 2015, 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. Registration will be available online soon.

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