Friday evening, July 26, 2019, as a part of the Sugar Grove Corn Boil opening ceremony, Sean Michels, Village President and Jackie Link, Chamber Treasurer announced the awarding of the 2019 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year to John Guddendorf Jr.
He was nominated by colleagues, neighbors, and friends. They cheered from the lawn, as John accepted the award, and joined Michels and Link, and those present in front of the main stage.
Previous winners include:
2018 Mary Ochsenschlager
2017 Al Markus 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
John moved with his family to Sugar Grove over 50 years ago. He is well known, respected and appreciated throughout the village as a humble, thoughtful and dedicated resident and volunteer. He is a trustee on the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District board and a volunteer for the Village of Sugar Grove Planning Commission.
John (and his wife, Shirlee) graciously volunteer for Sugar Grove committees and events that include Holiday in the Grove, Sugar Grove Corn Boil, NFP, Sugar Grove Christmas Tree Decorating, Sugar Grove Farmer’s Market, Sugar Grove Food Pantry and Sugar Grove Public Library fundraising.
After graduating from Kaneland High School, John starting working for Kane County Department of Transportation in 1978. In 2012, John was nominated by Carl Schoedel, P.E., Director of Transportation/County Engineer with Kane County Division of Transportation, and received an award in 2013 for APWA (American Public Works Association, Chicago Metro Chapter) Professional Manager of the Year in Public Right-of-Way. He retired in 2015 after 37 years of dedication to a job he enjoyed. His hobbies include biking, cooking, gardening, traveling, and woodworking.
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. Clearly, Sugar Grove is blessed to have such a selfless individual in the community.
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:
Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sugar Grove Farmers Market, Sugar Grove Public Library, Sugar Grove Library Friends, Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Dan & Pat Graceffa, and Village of Sugar Grove.