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Polo names Citizen of the Year

Published: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT
Tom Suits (right) was part of the presentation of the Polo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award to Carl and Anne Vock. Photo by Vinde Wells of Ogle County News.

POLO – A brand new Polo Chamber of Commerce member presented its Citizen of the Year Award — to his own parents.

Award presenter Tom Suits called Ed Vock, who recently joined the chamber, up to the podium Monday to open the envelope containing the winner’s name.

“Oh, there’s two of them,” Vock said as he opened the envelope and then, with a wide smile, announced Carl and Anne Vock as the 2012 recipients.

Carl Vock gave credit back to the community. “It’s a beautiful community to live in,” he said. “We’re proud to be part of it. These are good people to work with.”

The Vocks managed the Lifeline Food Pantry for 10 years and are active in at St. Mary’s Church, serving on its board and organizations.

Anne was co-chairwoman of the St. Mary’s committee for Second Hand Rose, a thrift store run by local churches, and still volunteers there. She is an active member of St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society.

Carl helps deliver Christmas food baskets for the Polo Council of Churches, and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 58 years. He’s also been a Lions Club member for 34 years and received the Melvin Jones Award, given for humanitarian service.

“Carl and Anne, you can be proud of your service to Polo — the whole community is proud of you,” Suits said.

Cliff Harmon, who has managed the Polo car show for 5 years, won the Carole Nettz Volunteer of the Year Award , while the third annual Service Award went to Bill Burkardt, owner of Burkardt’s LP Gas, for 30 years in business.

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