The Audubon Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Audubon Community Banquet” Saturday night. During the event, officials presented the “2014 Citizen of Year” award to 93-year old William P. Roth, who has lived in Audubon most of his life. Roth served in the National Guard, and was held prisoner more than 800 days during World War Two. He’s shared those experiences with school children, clubs and adults, is a published author, and has served the community through many organizations, including the local fire department, American Legion, the Audubon County Conservation Board, Isaac Walton League and Boy Scouts. Roth and his wife Dorothy have three children and two grandchildren.
The Chamber presented Bradley Nissen with its “2014 Junior Citizen of the Year” award, Saturday. Nissen is the son of Mark and Sandy Nissen. He’s been very active in the school system and throughout the community, is an athlete, a past National Honor Society Vice-President, Senior Class President, and Class Officer all four-years at the high school. Upon graduation from high school, will pursue an education with an emphasis on Architecture. He’s been accepted at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA., and at ISU in Ames. Bradley has two sisters, Amy and Ashley.
And, the Audubon Chamber of Commerce presented the “2014 Community Service Award” to members of the “Firehouse Flames,” for their outstanding commitment and contributions to the citizens of Audubon County. The group was organized in Sept., 2009, and is comprised of 22 women who are the wives or girlfriends of firefighters. They hold monthly meeting and yearly election of officers.
Some of their activities over the past year include: Monthly bingo for all ages; Garage sale tailgater suppers and bake sales; Babysitter courses for 5th graders; Games at the Audubon County Fair for kids; A Children’s Christmas Carnival, in December; working at some funeral luncheons and other events; and holding the Fire Prevention open house.
The group has donated funds raised from their activities to local fire victims, Caring and Sharing and at least 19 other programs and/or services.