Jacobs, Heyer highlight volunteer awards at recognition breakfast

Charles City, Iowa – People, who work behind the scenes, may not like the spotlight, but Friday morning the individuals who make Charles City organizations tick were recognized.

Nineteen awards highlighted residents who volunteer their time and talents at the Community Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony hosted by Community Revitalization and the Chamber of Commerce.

Charles City’s Woman of the year is retired teacher Susan Jacob. She was recognized for several deeds including her activism at Trinity United Methodist Church, contributions to education Haiti and the Carrie Lane Chapman House.


The man of the year recognized Jeremy Heyer for his dedication to the Lyon’s Club, St. John’s Lutheran Church, missions trips, the Boys Scouts and Charles City Softball.

The speechless Heyer says volunteerism is something he was raised on.


The full list of winners:

  1. Caught in the Act Award I … Charles City Junior Varsity Softball Team
  2. Hometown Hero Award … Angie Reams
  3. Washington Elementary … Sue Davis
  4. Lincoln Elementary … Donn and Cherie Schafer
  5. Middle School … Dave Bahe
  6. High School … Gene Martin
  7. Caught in the Act II … Sue and Jason McDonald Family (Devon, Josh, Kendra, Annabelle and Jaxson)
  8. TLC: The Learning Center … Grandma Betty High
  9. Caught in the Act III … Diane and Dan Meyer
  10. Charles City Senior Center … Bev Grube
  11. Caught in the Act IV … Dennis Donovan
  12. Charles City Foster Grandparents Program … Toni Pieper
  13. Caught in the Act V … Dale Milligan and Tim Chandler
  14. Community Revitalization Volunteer of the Year … Steve Schiller
  15. Community Revitalization Honor Club … Norma Breitbach
  16. Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Business of the Year … Cambrex
  17. Charles City Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Award … Tom and Julie Bock
  18. Chamber Woman of the Year … Susan Jacob
  19. Chamber Man of the Year … Jeremy Heyer

Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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