Denny Siemers, recognized as Citizen/Volunteer of the Year

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Denny Siemers was named citizen/volunteer of the year.

HARLAN -- A standing room only crowd turned out for the annual Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry Awards Banquet Friday evening, Feb. 28, to honor an individual who has made a difference for the communities the past year. A Shelby Countians was honored as citizen/volunteers of the year. Denny Siemers was honored for his leadership efforts across multiple organizations, and in particular his Christmas holiday lighting volunteerism in Harlan. The award presentations was read Friday evening, as well as the opening remarks from executive director Todd Valline:

Citizen/Volunteer of the Year

The volunteers of Shelby County are the glue that holds our communities together. It has been said that you make a living by what you get, and you make a life by what you give. We are blessed to have multiple individuals throughout our communities who work tirelessly, doing things they love to do, that make our day to day lives easier, happier, entertained, and provide us with the support we need when times are tough. This year, we received nominations for 27 individuals in Shelby County for this award. These nominations outlined the many roles volunteers fill within our communities. Organizational Leadership is always a key to success for our local non-profit and service groups. Individuals like Kirk and Christine Petersen (board members of Town & Country Credit Union) contribute endless hours in leadership roles and have guided multiple organizations over many years. There are the humble, quiet individuals who give their resources to ensure success while not seeking any special recognition for their efforts. are great examples within our communities of givers. And, there are those volunteers who fill the background roles that are vital to an organization’s success. Each nomination provided to us expressed a deep respect for the work and volunteerism these individuals have done and shown in support of Shelby County. Everyone, when reviewed separately, would be well deserving of the award. The selection for the Citizen/Volunteer of the Year award this year is unique. Unique in that as we discussed all the nominations presented, one individual continued to lead the discussion. This individual was listed on multiple nominations last year and again this year. Many of these nominations highlighted the contributions this individual makes through his volunteerism, and his representation of Harlan and Shelby County in all his endeavors. He made a big splash throughout the Harlan community with an idea to “light up” the City during one of the most cherished times of the year – the Christmas Holiday season. Denny Siemers passion for the community, and the season, spilled out as many of us watched him organizing groups to setup holiday lights throughout the community. Not only to welcome visitors, but to also encourage residents to expand on the simple beauty holiday lights bring by encouraging everyone to “light up the night.” Denny’s volunteer career though is not only based on this effort. Denny continues to contribute his time, resources, and leadership skills to multiple service organizations throughout the area. We at the Chamber understand well the contributions that Denny makes as he was a previous Board member for us for many years. It is our pleasure this evening to present Denny Siemers with a Citizen/Volunteer of the Year award.

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