You might say the winner of an annual award from the Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce is flying high.
“[This person is] unwavering in promoting the great things Galesburg has to offer, and they step up to the challenge of finding ways to improve things,” says last year’s Thomas B. Herring Community Service Award winner, Karrie Heartlein, reading Monday at the Chamber’s annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon from the nomination form for this year’s winner — Jet Air president Harrel Timmons.
“I believe in paying back,” says Timmons. “It’s been a great community. After all, I’ve been here 50 years non-stop — raised five kids, 14 grand-kids, nine great-grandkids.”
Timmons helped start the National Stearman Fly-in, is active in the Galesburg Rotary Clubs, the Galesburg On Track project, and the project’s “Walking School Bus” initiative, among others.
The Thomas B. Herring Award is named after the late longtime Galesburg City Manager, and has been given out annually since 1979.