Citizen of the Year

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2021 Citizen of the Year

Robert Reed Shaffer

2021 Citizen of the Year – Reed Shaffer and family.

Please join the Rockford Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Robert Reed Shaffer as the 2021 Rockford Citizen of the Year!
  
The Rockford Chamber Citizen of the year is given to a person who shows a dedicated interest in the community
through participation and leadership. This person gives unselfishly of his or her time as a volunteer to improve the quality of life in Rockford. Without a doubt, Reed Shaffer is a fine example for the citizens of Rockford.

Robert Reed Shaffer is a 1966 Parkway High School graduate. He has been married to Nancy Feasel Shaffer since November 1971. That is an impressive Fifty years! He is a devoted family man and a loving grandfather.
  
– He is a retired Celina Reynolds & Reynolds employee of 38 ½ years.
– Reed served in the U. S. Army Reserves 1970 – 1976, his rank was Specialist 5.
– He participates in flag presentations every fall at PHS Football games and in Veteran’s Day services at the local nursing home.
– Reed was instrumental in the planning and organizing of the beautiful Rockford Veteran Memorial at Hedges Park & the Dedication Service of the Rockford Veteran Memorial with the impressive United States Air Force jet flyover.
– He arranged for our older veterans to ride a wagon in the 2021 Memorial Day Parade.
Reed – you are a husband, father, grandfather, and solid community member.
  
Congratulations, Reed, and thank you for your contributions and leadership to our community and village.

The Veteran’s Memorial will be something that all Rockford residents will take pride in for years to come.
  

Where it all began…

Beginning in 1974, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce has annually recognized as “Citizen of the Year” a person who has made significant community improvement, leadership, and service contributions to the Rockford area over a prolonged period. The purposes of this award are to honor deserving individuals, encourage community service and volunteerism, and generate positive publicity for the area. A committee consisting of the three former Citizens of the Year selects the candidates for this honor. The award is made as to the highlight of the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held on the fourth Thursday of October.

Past Winners

1974 – Richard Sherrick
1975 – Vernon Winkler
1976 – Ralph Rhoades
1977 – Wesley Bigham
1978 – Robert Clay
1979 – Stanley Shellabarger
1980 – Dorothy Burtch
1981 – Larry Hopkins
1982 – Dan Henkle
1983 – Mary Lou Taylor
1984 – John Smith
1985 – Vivian Clay
1986 – Joan Hall
1987 – Marion Caywood
1988 – Bob Schumm
1989 – Susan Sherrick
1990 – Norm VanTilburg
1991 – Woody Davis
1992 – Deb Gibson
1993 – Barry Peel, Jr.
1994 – Bob Garman
1995 – Robert Ransbottom
1996 – Bill Now
1997 – Mike Riley
1998 – Bob Beerbower
1999 – Jeff Long
2000 – Rob Belna
2001 – Homer Hall
2002 – Susie Bollenbacher
2003 – Tom Williams
2004 – Martha Baltzell
2005 – LuAnn Sigler
2006 – Robert Thompson
2007 – Sandy Schaffner
2008 – Robert Haver
2009 – Dennis Hecht
2010 – Jerry Sell
2011 – Tom Rogers
2012 – Nancy Leighner
2013 – Mike Bruns
2014 – Ryan Sipe
2015 – Joyce Emans
2016 – Mike Schumm
2017 – Barb Pedroza
2018 – Steve Thompson
2019 – Lisa Kuhn
2020 – Twyla Hayes
2021 – Robert Reed Shaffer