Rockford Chamber to honor Citizen of the Year

The Rockford Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor a citizen who has made an extraordinary contribution to the community with the first-ever Citizen of the Year Award. For the first time, the award will be open to non-Chamber members as well as to members.

The Citizen of the Year Award will be presented during the Chamber’s 2006 Annual Dinner Jan. 25 at Cliffbreakers.

“We’re looking for someone who’s truly made a difference in the Rockford area,” said Mike Broski, a Chamber board member and chairman of the committee that will decide the winner. “This may be a person who’s provided eyeglasses to the poor or donated dental services. It may be a person who goes unrecognized and provides services unnoticed by the community. It doesn’t necessarily have to be someone who’s given or raised a lot of money.”

Broski and the award committee are seeking nominations for individual citizens in the Rockford area who have made extraordinary contributions to the welfare and progress of the community, generally over a period of years. This person need not be a member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber’s Web site,, or by calling the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (815) 987-8100. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15, 2006.

From the Dec. 28, 2005-Jan. 3, 2006, issue

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