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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.


Chief Joe Henning is the 2021 recipient of the Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning was honored at the noon Rotary of Quincy meeting on Tuesday, June 8 as this year's Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award winner, a recognition that was established in 1998 to spotlight an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of making a positive impact on the Quincy region. A panel of individuals representing United Way Board leaders, plus members of the Rotary Club, evaluated the five nominations for this year's award.
Henning rose to the top among the nominees for the impact he has had over the years of volunteering for different organizations at various levels within the Quincy community.
Other nominees for the award were the late Terry Anastas, Carlos Fernandez, Roy Webb and Patty Douglas.

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.


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

Past recipients:

  • 2021: Chief Joe Henning

  • 2020: Phil Conover

  • 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

  • 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