Outstanding senior to be named at Life Connections on Friday, April 22
The Outstanding Senior Award will be presented at 9:45 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2022, to an individual age 50 or older who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment that benefits the community and its citizens.
The selection of an outstanding senior for the year is a favorite feature of Life Connections. This year will be the 12th year of the award. The award will be presented at 9:45 a.m. Friday, April 22.
The Outstanding Senior Award will be given to an individual age 50 or older who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment that benefits the community and its citizens.
Leadership qualities include creativity, volunteerism, responsibility, problem-solving, respectfulness, cooperation and organizational skills.
Nominees must live in Kandiyohi, Swift, Chippewa, Renville, Meeker, Pope or Stearns counties.
The winner will receive a $100 award, plus $100 donated to the charity of his or her choice. In addition, the person providing the nomination will receive $50. Nominations must include a description of the projects, activities and/or volunteerism the person has been involved in; the end results and benefits of the individual’s efforts and contributions; and comments as to how this person’s efforts have helped to make their community a better place. For more information, call 320-214-4317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsor of the award is West Central Sanitation of Willmar.
Bonnie Kluver, of Kerkhoven, was named the 2019 Outstanding Senior three years ago. The event was canceled in April 2020, and initially rescheduled for September 2021. That event was also canceled.
Kluver, known for her community service, was nominated for her work in facilitating the Helping Hands Club in Kerkhoven. The group’s members create handcrafted items and donate them to charities such as Bethesda and Safe Avenues. She also helped establish the monthly Food and Fun events on Thursdays for seniors, which gives seniors a chance to learn, socialize and have fun.
In addition to her volunteer work, Kluver also was a founding member of — and vendor at — the Kerkhoven Farmers Market, which provides local and fresh produce, baked goods and meat during the summer months.
“Bonnie sets an incredible example for the rest of us on what it means to serve and show love to those around you,” according to the nomination letter.