Kelli Bennewitz honored with Thomas B. Herring Award

November 20, 2017 04:15 PM
Kelli Bennewitz, Galesburg City Clerk, was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Thomas B. Herring Community Service Award at the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Each year, this award is presented to an outstanding citizen who has distinguished themselves through service to the community. 
Bennewitz has served as Galesburg City Clerk since 2009, is a past president of the Central Illinois Municipal Clerks Organization, and is a committee member of the Municipal Clerks of Illinois. She has served on the Fire Pension Board since 2013, and has continuously taken on extra duties to better serve the community in her position as Galesburg City Clerk. 
In addition to her professional career, Bennewitz is an active member of the community, volunteering for events such as the Taste of Galesburg, Run Galesburg Run, Big Bang Boom, Railroad Days, Day of Caring, and Second Chance Prom. She was a graduate and board member of Leadership Greater Galesburg, and is involved with Relay for Life. 
She is a dedicated volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce, including serving on the board, providing committee leadership, and planning events. For ten years, she has served on the Advisory Committee for Carl Sandburg College and the United Way Board. 
"The City of Galesburg is delighted Kelli has been recognized with this well-deserved honor," stated City Manager Todd Thompson. "She is a dedicated elected official, and caring citizen who strives to make Galesburg a better community." 
The Thomas B. Herring Community Service Award has been given out annually since 1979. The 2016 award winner, Galesburg Fire Chief Tom Simkins, presented this year’s award to Kelli Bennewitz. 


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