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.
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.
Past Recipients of Citizen of the Year Award
|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|