Chilton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award
Recognition for Community Outreach & Engagement
Nominations are being accepted for Chilton’s 2022 Distinguished Citizen of the Year! The deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023.
The Chilton Chamber of Commerce will honor the recipient at the Chilton Eagles Club on Wednesday, March 29th. A social will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm, with the award presentation and program to follow at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $14 per person and can be purchased at Vern’s Cheese, BMO Harris Bank, or The State Bank of Chilton.
Nominations should be sent to the Chilton Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 122 Chilton, WI 53014. The nomination form needs to be filled out and submitted - see button below to download and print. The form is very specific in asking the nominees accomplishments. Nominations must be typed or written neatly. Nomination forms must be post-marked by Friday, February 17, 2023.
Nominations submitted in prior years must be resubmitted on the new form. The achievements of the individual being nominated must have benefited the citizens of the Chilton area, should focus on volunteer related items rather than be job related, and the nominee must live or work in the Chilton area.
The winner will be selected by a committee of chamber members from submitted resumes prior to the March 1st monthly chamber meeting at which time the Chamber board will hear the recommendation from the committee. If you have any questions, please call Tammy Pethan, Chamber Secretary, at 418-1650.
2021 Chilton Citizen of the Year Lois Geiser
For many years Lois Geiser and her late husband Roger have been giving of themselves to volunteer help the people around them and the community that they live in. Lois believes it is the right thing to do.
Some of the events and organizations Lois volunteers with include:
- Mends the flags at the Veterans Memorial
- Ushers at the Engler Center
- Reads/volunteers at Chilton Catholic School every Monday
- Volunteers at Century Ridge on Sundays and Wednesdays
- During Covid, Lois reached out with numerous people with phone calls to those homebound, just to chat and check in with them
- Often, reaches out to others letting them know she’s praying for them
- Organized funeral luncheons in the past
- Maintained the flowers in front of Good Shepherd with the assistance of others
- Helps stuff church bulletins
- Spends about 2-5 hours weekly in the adoration chapel
- Hosted two foreign exchange students and was very involved with AFS
- Took in other students whose families moved away from the area or just needed a place to stay
- Made meals for high school students
- Volunteers at the local hospital
Lois and Roger were married for 57 years until his passing in 2011. They have two sons: Marty and his wife Jenna, Myron and his wife Ann. They have five grandchildren: Garrett (Sara), Megan (Katie), Grace (Derrick), McKayla (Brady), Erin (Isaac), and two great-grandchildren Shae and Greyson.
Lois worked at Everix bakery full time from 1959-1971 and continued there part-time for many years. She obtained her GED in 1971 at the age of 38, and then continued her studies in Green Bay to become a LPN. She worked at Ascension Calumet Memorial Medical Center for 25 years and continues to volunteer there.
Lois said, “Roger started to volunteer and then I continued to follow in his footsteps.”
Through the years, she has cared for many young people, many old people and some who don’t even know it. She is an inspiration at 88 for us all to emulate. She makes so many people smile when they see her biking around town and waving to those who honk or shout hello!
Congratulations on being the 2021 Citizen of the Year! Chilton is proud to have a devoted women like you as a part of our community.
Past Recipients of Citizen of the Year Award
|2020||Ron & Sandi Kolbe, Luke & Emily Kolbe|
|2019||Kim & Nancy McKeen|
|2016||Bud & Barb Wieting|
|2010||Vern & Edith Knoespel|
|2007||John Rodney Ronk|
|2004||Al & Cleta Woelfel, Roger & Cheri Kolbe|
|2003||Dr. Joseph J. Schlaefer|
|1998||Deb Bohn & Carl Siebert|
|1995||Ruth Ann Thede & Ray Wagner|
|1993||Bill Engler, Jr.|
|1992||Flossie J. Edens & Ray Mlada|
|1991||Dave & Cindy Berth|
|1990||Jerome (Jerry) Koenig|
|1989||Greg & Kathy Garton|
|1988||Bill Engler, Sr.|
|1987||Rose M. Wettstein|
|1985||Alpheus W. Larson & Lorraine L. Larson|
|1984||Betty Koch & Ed. J. Casper|
|1983||Arthur W. Hugo & F. J. Schneider|
|1980||Barbara Hertel & Louise Sohrweide|
|1978||Ken Weber & Beulah Griem|
|1971||G. G. Bloomer|
|1970||Arthur Horst & Neil Nelson|
|1968||Rev. Roland Ahren, Rev. O.M. Moeschberger & Jack Young|
|1967||Dr. K. R. Humke & Dr. James Knauf|
|1966||J. Ed. Sohrweide|
|1961||Mr. & Mrs. Vince Todd|
|1960||Donald E. Bonk & Vincent G. Reinkober|
|1959||Bernice Tesch & Norbert Sturm|
|1958||Arthur B. Connell & John Steenport|
|1957||Mrs. William Stauss|
|1956||Francis J. Flanagan & Rev. William Griffith|
|1955||Judge George Goggins, Dr. Goggins & William J. McHale|
|1954||Carl Hofmeister & Martin Salm|
|1953||John Reinkober & John Schneider|
|1952||Arthur Hipke & William Knauf|
|1951||Irene Flatley & Theodore Christoph|
|1950||Dr. E. T. Rathert & Dr. N. J. Knauf|
|1949||Jerome Fox, Judge Arps & Ray Jensen|