D. Ray Wilson Volunteer
Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Judson 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.
About the Prayer Breakfast
Registration for the Prayer Breakfast will open March 1. Please save the date of the event, May 11, 2016 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 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.
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.
Nominations must be received by Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
- Please submit your nomination using the form below or a print form received in the mail.
- Past award recipients are not eligible to receive the award. Previous nominees may be re-nominated; however, a current 2015 nomination must be submitted for consideration.
- Electronic submission of the nomination is highly encouraged.
- To submit your nomination via mail, mail to:
Judson University, ATTN: Kathy D'Alexander, 1151 N. State St., Elgin, IL 60123
To submit a nomination for the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award, please provide the following information by April 6, 2016.