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Joe Bonansinga Award

Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award

Each year, United Way of Adams County and Rotary Club of Quincy present the Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award to an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of community service. Named after its first recipient in 1998, the award honors exceptional community leaders who demonstrate:
  • A high level of service and leadership by example.

  • An intensity of energy in their work that invigorates and inspires others.

  • Longevity of service and work that nurtures the community.

  • Choosing commitments based on the needs of others and the benefit to the community 

  • The true joy of helping others.

Joe, pictured under the goal banner from the 1997 United Way Campaign, was the first chairman to lead a campaign that exceeded the $1,000,000 mark. Near the close of the campaign, he inspired campaign volunteers to reach the goal saying, "Anything less is not acceptable for this community." His leadership and vision still inspire us today.
Do you know someone whose service to the community makes them an outstanding volunteer leader? Submit them for nomination for the 2020 Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award. CLICK HERE to download the 2020 nomination form. Nomination forms MUST be received or postmarked by Monday, August 17.

Nominate someone you know for the 2020 Joe Bonansinga Award

The Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award will be presented at the Noon Rotary Club Meeting, which is held at the Quincy Holiday Inn (4821 Oak), on Tuesday, September 1. Special thanks to the Rotary Club for hosting the award presentation.


For more information on the award or nomination process, please call United Way at 217-222-5020.


Past recipients

  • 2019 Charlie C. Doan

  • 2018: Mike Elbe

  • 2017: Jeff Spear

  • 2016: Paul Brown

  • 2015: Brad Billings

  • 2014: Michael D. Klingner

  • 2013: Becky Albert

  • 2012: Terry Myers

  • 2011: Dr. George Meyer

  • 2010: Kathy Ridder

  • 2009: Lee Lindsay Curtis

  • 2008: H.W. Knapheide III

  • 2007: Darrell Peacher

  • 2006: Herman Schneidman

  • 2005: Chuck Scholz

  • 2004: Steve & Carolyn Hagood

  • 2003: Tony and Signe Oakley

  • 2002: Rev. Timothy A. White

  • 2001: Rocky and Rhonda Murry

  • 2000: Carla Gosney

  • 1999: Harry and Carlene Geisler