Bruce and Marlene Sprain will be recognized in March as the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens of the Year.
The Sprains will be among the Mills County residents honored for their public service at the chamber’s annual Betterment and Beautification Dinner and Awards program March 6 at The Fountains Ballroom.
Other special honorees to be recognized include Stan Winquist (Educator of the Year), CC Aspedon (Junior Citizen of the Year), Suzanne Tuma (Community Connection Award), June Focken-McCormick Station (Customer Service of the Year Award), Wabash Wranglers 4-H Club (Club/Organization of the Year) and Glenwood Pet Lodge (Start-up Business of the Year). All nominees in each of these categories will receive recognition as well.
Citizens of the Year
Bruce and Marlene Sprain were nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award because of the time they’ve given to several community causes, most notably Hospice With Heart.
“Bruce and Marlene seem to delight in any opportunity to contribute to the good of Glenwood,” a nomination letter stated. “They are a great team and an inspiration to others in many ways.”
In addition to their work at Hospice With Heart, the Sprains tour nursing homes in the area with their certified pet therapy dogs. They co-chaired a committee when RAGBRAI came to town three years ago and Marlene currently serves as the Glenwood Outcast Queen. Bruce is a mentor in the Mentoring With Heart program where he and his mentee have been involved in building bird feeders, benches, picnic tables and a fence at the Firefighter Memorial in Glenwood.
Educator of the Year
Stan Winquist has been an educator in the Glenwood School System for more than 30 years. He was nominated for the award for his work with students in his Principles of Tech and Career Transitions courses. The course is designed to help students learn skills they’ll use for the rest of their life and to prepare them to become productive and active members of the community.
Junior Citizen of the Year
CC Aspedon has given her time and talent to several community causes, including Squarecrow Days, RAGBRAI, Glenwood Senior Center, Mills County Historical Museum, the Open Door Mission and the Ronald McDonald House. At school, she’s been an officer in FCCLA and active in Reach/SADD and Mentoring With Heart.
Community Connection Award
Suzanne Tuma has continued to be an advocate for the Glenwood Community, even after retiring from her work as director of the Newcomers program. She’s a volunteer for the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce, coordinating the calendar for Thursday morning coffees and after-hours events and gives freely of her time to help with other chamber-related activities. She often helps coordinate events at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and is always looking for ways to promote the quality of life in Mills County.
Of the Year Award
June Focken is being recognized for the service she provided to customers at McCormick Station. She personally greets all customers and is available to offer as much or as little service as desired. She remembers each patron’s interests and preferences and never applies pressure to purchase. For those patrons who can’t get to the store, like residents at Linnwood Estates and Glen Haven, she takes catalogs and merchandise to them and even helps keep lists of gifts they’ve purchased for family members.
Of the Year
Wabash Wranglers 4-H Club members strive to help their community through several public service projects, but may be best known for the time they spend with residents at Loess Hills Estates. Once a month, club members go to Loess Hills Estates to play games with residents. In April, they prepare and serve a three-course meal at Loess Hills Estates and provide Christmas presents for residents during the holiday season. Another major service project for the club is reading to students at Kid’s Place and serving as role models. Club members have also taken part in the Love Tree and Adopt A Troop programs and offered assistance to the Community Garden.
Of the Year
Deb Juarez owns and manages the Glenwood Pet Lodge, a facility that provides care for animals. She makes all of her customers feel welcome, both human and animal. She provides a bright, positive environment for the animals she and her staff care for. Juarez has been known to take in lost animals and treat them like her own, providing them care and food.
Brick and Mortar Award
Brick and Mortar Awards will be presented at next month’s dinner to Accurate Insurance, the Mills County Courthouse, Al Hughes Auction Service and Clark Storage for their new construction projects over the past year.
Business improvement recognition certificates will be presented to Jackson and Sons Properties, Garden Treasures Home and Hardware, Best Finish Auto Sales and Service, Doodle’s Grill, Pinnacle Construction for the Hair Shoppe, Glenwood Collision Center, El Portel, Midwest Lanes, Gridiron Garage, Mills County Storehouse, Mills County Quarthouse Lounge, Kenkel Family Chiropractic, Glenwood Pet Lodge, Mark Hughes Construction and Bluff View Motel.
Stephanie Patzer will be recognized with the chamber’s Past President Award.
The March 6 dinner and awards program begins at 5:30 p.m. A catered dinner will be served, followed by entertainment from mentalist Jym Elders and the presentation of awards. Tickets are $20 a person and must be reserved by Feb. 21 from the chamber office, located in Glenwood City Hall at 5 N. Vine St.