Larry Winum Honored As Chamber's Citizen Of The Year

Citizen Of The Year Larry Winum.

Vicky Bird, recipient of the chamber's Community Connection Award.

Junior Citizen Of The Year Cooper Marvel.

Courtney Long (right) was named the Glenwood Educator Of The Year Thursday night by the Mills County Chamber Of Commerce. She’s shown here with GCSD Superintendent Dr. Devin Embray.

Kevin Schafer (left) was honored as the East Mills Community School District Educator Of The Year by the Mills County Chamber Of Commerce. He’s shown here with East Mills Superintendent Tim Hood.

The Community Cares Award was presented to Denise Chambers of Glen Haven Village.

Cindy Bowley from Malvern Bank received the chamber's Customer Service Of The Year Award.

The Mills County Chamber of Commerce presented the City of Pacific Junction its Resiliency Award for the response by civic and community leaders to the historic flooding that devastated Pacific Junction in 2019. The award was accepted by Terry Parham, Diana Irick and Pacific Junction City Clerk Korrena Neppl.

Glenwood Fraternal Order Of Eagles Arie 3784 was recognized by the Mills County Chamber of Commerce as the Club / Organization Of The Year for its support of community projects and causes. Accepting the award on the club’s behalf were Jess Cook, Stephen Bomer, Kelly Cook, Christy Hockabout, Reg Hockabout and Diana Irick.

Nicki Poort (right) received the Mills County Chamber Of Commerce’s Past President’s Award at Thursday night’s program. Her award was presented by fellow chamber board member Diana Hoogestraat.

Glenwood banker and community advocate Larry Winum was recognized as the Mills County Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year at the organization’s annual Betterment and Beautification Awards dinner Thursday night at the Fountains Ballroom.

Winum was among several award recipients honored during the program, along with Community Connection Award winner Vicky Bird, longtime coordinator of the Mills County Love Tree; and Junior Citizen of the Year Cooper Marvel.  The Educators of the Year  Award recipients were Kevin Schafer from the East Mills Community School District and Courtney Long from the Glenwood Community School District. The Glenwood Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie 3784 was honored as the Club / Organization of the Year while Cindy Bowley of Malvern Bank received the Customer Service of the Year award.

Other award recipients included Denise Chambers of Glen Haven Village (Community Cares Award) and the City of Pacific Junction (Resiliency Award). Chamber Past President Nicki Poort was also recognized, along with Emily McQueen for several pieces of Mills County artwork she created in conjunction with the organization’s name change from the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce to the Mills County Chamber of Commerce.

The following individuals and organizations were nominated for awards from the chamber of commerce this year:

Citizen Of The Year:  Pat Collins, Joe George, Tim Hood. Lori Johnson, Shawn and Kelly Koehler, Monica Mayberry, Jeff Mitts, Peggy Sarno, Meagan Schnoor, Dave Sieck, Larry Winum.

Community Connection: Best Finish, Jay Burdic, Adrian and Julie Kalambokidis, Amber Landolt, Parea Cocktail Lounge, Julianne Marriott, Mills County Love Tree.

Junior Citizen Of The Year: Lydia Fuoss, McKenna Koehler, Cooper Marvel, Briten Maxwell, Sawyer Patzer.

Customer Service Of The Year: Barrett Auto Center, Cindy Bowley - Malvern Bank, Denise Chambers - Glen Haven Village, El Porton Mexican Grill, Adrian and Julie Kalambokidis - Adriano’s Brick Oven,  Jacey Kalambokidis - Parea Cocktail Lounge, Kenkel Family Chiropractic, Monica Nikseresht - Medicap Pharmacy, Gene Schoening - No Frills Supermarket, Chris Smith - Barrett Auto Center, Anne Steele - Jim Hughes Real Estate, Bob Wolbach - Harvest Moon Coffee & Specialty, Jennifer Zeitler - Mills County YMCA.

Club / Organization Of The Year: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Glenwood Baseball & Softball Club, Glenwood Booster Club, Glenwood Fraternal Order of Eagles #3784, Glenwood Rotary Club, Hooves & Paws, Kiwanis Club of Glenwood, Mills County Love Tree, Mills County Public Health, Mills County Storehouse, Southwest Iowa Pickleball Club.

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