Friday evening, July 28, 2017, as a part of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil opening ceremony, Sean Michels, Village President and Jackie Link, Chamber President announced the awarding of the 2017 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year to Al Markus. Al was nominated by colleagues, neighbors, and friends. They cheered from the lawn, as Al accepted the award, and joined Michels and Link, and those present in front of the main stage.
Previous winners include:
2016 Ruth Frantz
2015 Bob Bohler 2014 Wayne Parson
2013 Joe Didier 2012 Helen Jorgensen
2011 Lil Adams 2010 Beverly Holmes Hughes
2009 Jim Wilhelm 2008 Karen McCannon
2007 Joe Wolf 2006 Pat Graceffa
2005 Karen Pritchard 2004 Arnie and Byrel Liefheit
2003 David Seraphin 2002 Kevin Tindall
2001 Delmar and Ruth Krieghbaum 2000 Stan Anderson
1999 Chris Dayvolt 1998 Terry Siebert
Al is well known, respected and appreciated throughout the village for his commitment to volunteering and helping with local activities, especially the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, NFP and Sugar Grove Christmas Tree lighting committees.
Comments regarding Al’s nomination include; “For years, Al was head of facilities at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil which included installing signs, set up and tear down, ordering materials, tents, fencing, generators, and setting up the stage area”, “Al helps with putting up and taking down over 2,000 lights on the Sugar Gove Christmas tree”, “If someone says it can’t be done; it won’t work; or can’t be built – I know it can be taken care of properly if Al is there. He has been a hands-on-kind of guy for as long as I have known him”, “He is a man of few words and lots of action” and “the Sugar Grove Corn Boil Donna Markus Scholarships, in memory of his late wife, are presented at the annual Corn Boil opening ceremony.
Al, and his wife Donna (deceased in 2012), moved to Sugar Grove over 16 years ago and were both involved in the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. Al continues to play a big part in the community. He is a loving father to three children, Allen, Jimmy and Melissa and loving grandfather.
Clearly, Sugar Grove is blessed to have such a selfless individual in the community.
Established in 1998 by the Village of Sugar Grove and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry as an annual recognition program, “Citizen of the Year” is intended to recognize, from among the nominations, the selected individual or group, which this year best exemplifies that pioneering spirit which helps our village grow and prosper. The Village of Sugar Grove and the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry appreciate the involvement of the many people and local businesses that help recognize the Citizen of the Year recipient.
Local supporters and contributors to the Citizen of the Year include:
First National Bank, Old Second Bank, Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, the Ritchey Family, and Village of Sugar Grove.