Chilton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award
Recognition for Community Outreach & Engagement

IMPORTANT NOTE: The March 25, 2020 Recognition Social for Citizen of the Year has been postponed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Response. If you purchased tickets please keep them - they are good for the new date TBA.

The Chilton Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen of the Year is awarded annually. The achievements of the individual(s) being nominated must have benefited the citizens of the Chilton area, should focus on volunteer related activities rather than be job related, and the nominee(s) must live or work in the Chilton area.

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Kim & Nancy McKeen owners of Chilton Farm & Home

The 2019 Citizens of the Year are
Kim & Nancy McKeen

About the 2019 Citizens of the Year

The 2019 Chilton Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens of the Year are Kim & Nancy McKeen, owners of Chilton Farm & Home located at 519 North Madison Street. They have owned and operated the store, serving Chilton and the surrounding communities, for 24 years.

Kim McKeen is a long-time board member for the Chilton Chamber, serving two years as president. He is also a board member for the United Fund of Chilton. He has served in leadership roles for numerous Chilton Chamber committees, including the Chilton Crafty Apple Festival, the "Think Chilton" Campaign, the Road Construction Sweepstakes (held during the Madison Street Construction), and the "Christmas On Us" city-wide promotion. He is truly a champion for small business in Chilton.

Nancy McKeen has served as a board member for the Chilton Area Community Foundation and is active in multiple ministries at Faith Alliance Church in Chilton, including the "Deaconess" Ministry helping the needy, AWANA (religious education) ministry, and the Nursery Ministry.

The McKeens are described as the "kindest, most unselfish people" those nominating them have ever met. One of the most heartfelt nominations came from their own store employees.

Kim and Nancy McKeen met at an Ace Hardware store in Antioch, Illinois. It was Nancy's first job after high school and Kim was her boss. Her mom didn't want her to date him because she could have lost her job if the relationship didn't work out. Nancy told her mom that hardware was not her life.

They got married the year after that and lived in Burlington, Wisconsin for ten years. Kim got a job with Farm and Home which had five stores in the company. They moved around the state as Kim managed three of the stores.

In 1996 the McKeens had the opportunity to buy the Chilton Farm and Home store along with Kim's sister Colleen and her husband Dwight. in 2016, Colleen and Dwight retired, and the McKeens became full owners.

Kim and Nancy have four great children - Justin, Jared, Jamie and Jordan. Their spouses are Colleen, Katy, Justin and Erin. The McKeens' have five grandchildren - Aidan, Addison, Chloe, Fiona and Thomas.

After the kids left home, Nancy found a horse to love and Kim bought a motorcycle. Nancy loves spending time at the barn helping with chores. Kim plays golf with their three sons and shoots guns with their daughter. They love traveling when they can and spending time with family.

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Past Recipients of Citizen of the Year Award

Year Recipient(s)
2018Jerry Thiel
2017Jerry Mallmann
2016Bud & Barb Wieting
2015Al Steiner
2014Donald Kampfer
2013Richie Loose
2012Paul Meier
2011Terry Friederichs
2010Vern & Edith Knoespel
2009Tom Roberts
2008Paul Hugo
2007John Rodney Ronk
2006Derek McDermott
2005Chuck Schuknecht
2004Al & Cleta Woelfel, Roger & Cheri Kolbe
2003Dr. Joseph J. Schlaefer
2002Rodney Rautman
2001Lila Kilsdonk
2000Clem Casper
1999Sue Seckel
1998Deb Bohn & Carl Siebert
1997Daniel Albedyll
1996Mary Schuler
1995Ruth Ann Thede & Ray Wagner
1994Jerry Schneider
1993Bill Engler, Jr.
1992Flossie J. Edens & Ray Mlada
1991Dave & Cindy Berth
1990Jerome (Jerry) Koenig
1989Greg & Kathy Garton
1988Bill Engler, Sr.
1987Rose M. Wettstein
1986Jim Eisner
1985Alpheus W. Larson & Lorraine L. Larson
1984Betty Koch & Ed. J. Casper
1983Arthur W. Hugo & F. J. Schneider
1982Gail Engler
1981Dick Gilles
1980Barbara Hertel & Louise Sohrweide
1979Mary Knauf
1978Ken Weber & Beulah Griem
1977Roger Nelson
1976Robert Mand
1975Harry Thompson
1974Lester Nelson
1973Dave Casper
1972Hugo Herzog
1971G. G. Bloomer
1970Arthur Horst & Neil Nelson
1969Evelyn McCarty
1968Rev. Roland Ahren, Rev. O.M. Moeschberger & Jack Young
1967Dr. K. R. Humke & Dr. James Knauf
1966J. Ed. Sohrweide
1965Gordon Aebischer
1964Orrin Meyer
1963Royal Klofanda
1962Howard Schucht
1961Mr. & Mrs. Vince Todd
1960Donald E. Bonk & Vincent G. Reinkober
1959Bernice Tesch & Norbert Sturm
1958Arthur B. Connell & John Steenport
1957Mrs. William Stauss
1956Francis J. Flanagan & Rev. William Griffith
1955Judge George Goggins, Dr. Goggins & William J. McHale
1954Carl Hofmeister & Martin Salm
1953John Reinkober & John Schneider
1952Arthur Hipke & William Knauf
1951Irene Flatley & Theodore Christoph
1950 Dr. E. T. Rathert & Dr. N. J. Knauf
1949 Jerome Fox, Judge Arps & Ray Jensen