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2017 Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award presented to Jeff Spear

2017 Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award presented to Jeff Spear

Tuesday was the 2017 Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award ceremony, which was held during the Rotary Club of Quincy's noon meeting.

The Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award was established in 1998 by United Way and Rotary to recognize an individual who exemplifies the highest standards of community service.

“The civic character revealed in 2017 nominees stand as an inspiration for us all,” said Emily Robbearts, Executive Director, United Way of Adams County. “Without question, it is the quality of the people in our community that makes a difference. Committed people provide energy and vision for countless organizations and projects - big and small - that help create a healthy and prosperous community.”

This year, Jeff Spear was honored with the award.

Spear rose to the top among the nominees for the impact he has had over more than two decades volunteering for nearly 30 different organizations within our community.

Some of Spear's services include:

  • Supporting the arts by helping to organize the first Midsummer Arts Faire
  • Volunteering with the Quincy Art Center, Art Quincy, Quincy Museum and Quincy Community Theatre
  • Hosting international exchange students
  • Donating many of his Chicago Cubs season tickets to local non-profits to be used for fundraisers
  • Involved in the Lutheran community by teaching and serving as an assistant minister and board member
  • Supporting the QHS Thanksgiving Tournament fundraiser
  • Serving on many boards and committees offering guidance, leadership and a helping hand whenever needed
“What area of life has Spear not impacted,” said nominator Amy Looten, Executive Director, Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. “He has promoted his faith. He has helped organizations that help children, seniors and the economically challenged. He has promoted our arts and opened his home to international travelers. He has worked to promote our business community.”

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