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

Nominations are now being accepted for the Chilton Chamber of Commerce 2019 Distinguished Citizen of the Year! The achievements of the individual 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 must live or work in the Chilton area. Nominations must be submitted on an official form for the current year. The deadline is Monday, February 10, 2020.


The 2018 recipient of the Citizen of the Year is
Jerry Thiel

About the 2018 Citizen of the Year

Over the years, Jerry has put forth many hours of service in volunteering his time and ability by serving on numerous boards, committees, and performing charitable auctions each year for the local church, school groups and non-profit organizations. As an individual he has lived his life and raised his family, right here in Chilton. He knows what it means to give back.

Jerry strives to educate, promote and protect community involvement as well as encouraging others to enhance their skills and professionalism, in accordance with volunteering and giving back. He is looked upon as a very knowledgeable, honest, and professional individual that is called upon many times to help out in one way or another. He has been a role model to many and a great friend and supporter. Jerry does not like to be recognized and often tells others that it is only right to give back for the community to stay strong and continue to grow.

Jerry is the son of the late Randy and Armella Thiel. Jerry has four children: Dori (Tim) Duchow, Brad (Dawn) Thiel, Ken (Cindy) Thiel and Tamara (Nick) Geiser. Grandchildren: Kale and Keaton Duchow; Ashley, Brittney, Andrew Thiel; Alisa Hoerth; McKenzie, Brady and Carliann Thiel; Lukas, Bennett and Ella Geiser. Great-Grandchildren: Lyden, Oliver, Magnolia, Jayden, William and Jackson. Jerry’s Siblings are Jane Thiel (deceased in 2013), Jack (Vicki) Thiel, Tom (fiancée Maggie) Thiel

Congratulations on being the 2018 Citizens of the Year. Chilton is proud to have a devoted man like you as a part of our community.


Some of the events and organizations Jerry has been involved with include:

Member of the Kiwanis Club

Member of Chilton Eagles Club

Member of Hilbert Lions Club

Helped organize and prep the Chilton Haunted House

Board of Directors for Ascension Calumet Memorial Hospital

Member/board member of the Chilton Chamber of Commerce

Boy Scouts #802

Member of St. Mary’s Parish Council

State of Wisconsin Auctioneers Board

Calumet Board of Realtors - 1982 Realtor of the Year

Board of Directors for the Calumet/Manitowoc Red Cross

Land Information Council for Calumet County

Chilton Community Foundation

Chilton Area Development Board

Mid-Shores Home Builders Association

Knights of Columbus Member

Wisconsin Realtor Honor Society

Wisconsin State Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame

Continuation of 100 years of a local family-owned business

Performed Fundraising Auctions for the following organizations:

  • Boy Scouts
  • Girl Scouts
  • Toast To Our Future (CACS)
  • St. John/Sacred Heart Parish
  • St. Mary’s School
  • Whitetails Unlimited
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Pheasants for Tomorrow
  • Turkey Federation
  • Walleye for Tomorrow

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Past Recipients of Citizen of the Year Award

Year Recipient(s)
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