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Community Honors
from Hartford MI

     In 1993, the Hartford Lions Club started an important yearly tradition of selecting and honoring a Hartford Citizen of the Year who made a significant difference in our community. Grant Hitchcock, a life member of the Hartford Lions Club was the first Hartford Citizen of the Year.  He was loved and honored by many for all his hard work and volunteer service to the community.
      The first three recipients of the
Grant Hitchcock Lifetime Achievement Award were selected in 2006 for their notable service to the Hartford community. 
       Throughout the years, there were many members of our community that, for one reason or another, did not graduate or did not attend Hartford schools, yet, they made significant contributions to help make Hartford a better place to live.  We have ordinary people who are heroes because their unselfish acts or deeds toward helping others became a priority in their own lives.  It’s time to show our Hartford citizens, and future generations, who they are and what they’ve done that made them so special. 

 Grant Hitchcock Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

2011  Presented posthumously to
           Margaret Pomeroy
         b 9-20-1932   d 9-3-2010
           Pastor Tim Nyhuis
      b 12-31-1951   d 11-20-2010

2010  Mary Thornburg 

2009  Harold Walker Jr.

2008  Fendon Dankert

2007  Louise Engle

2006  Bonna Vanderlyn
           Art Morsaw
           Douglas J. Mackinder


L-R  Art Morsaw, Immaculate Conception Church representative
Margaret Pomeroy, 2011 award recipient
Theresa Pomeroy Whitney
Margaret & Bill Deckard
(brother & sister-in-law)
Mary Pomeroy Harp (

L-R   Scott Sinclair, Lion’s Club representative
Tim Nyhuis, 2011 award recipient
(insert), Cindy Nyhuis,
David Geisler, Hartford Federated Church representative

Past Grant Hitchcock Award Recipients

2010 Grant Hitchcock Lifetime Achievement Award, Mary Thornburg - Hartford MI     Grant Hitchcock Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients at 2010 Ceremony
L-R  Tim Nyhuis, Federated Church representative                       L-R  Harold Walker Jr. 2009, Fendon Dankert 2008,
          Mary Thornburg 2010 award recipient                 Bonna Vanderlyn 2006, Douglas Mackinder 2006, Mary Thornburg 2010
       Scott Sinclair – Lions Club Representative
 Hartford Citizens of the Year

   Chad Bedwell

2010   Delberta Troutman

2009   Robert Walker

2008   Frank Dockter

2007   Edward Riley

2006   Bob and Shirley Hall

2005   Sharyn Robbins

2004   Marguerite C. Walls

2003   Dr. Edward Liebenthal

   Louise Engle

2001   James R. Walls

2000   Bonna Vanderlyn

1999   Lyall Boothby

1998   Daun Pitcher

1997   Dr. John Laman

1996   Maxine Sinclair

1995   Dale Leonard

1994   Dr. Albert Stagg

1993   Grant Hitchcock

2011 Citizen of the Year, Chad Bedwell - Hartford Michigan
    L-R  Scott Sinclair, Lion’s Club Representative
       2011 Citizen of the Year, Chad Bedwell

Past Citizen Of The Year Award Recipients

Citizen of the Year, Delberta Troutman - Hartford MI         Past Citizens of the Year - Hartford Michigan
              Delberta Troutman 2010                                      L-R  Daun Pitcher 1998, Bonna Vanderlyn 2000,
Scott  Sinclair, Lions Club Representative                         Robert Walker 2009, Delberta Troutman 2010

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Hartford Lions Club

  Hartford Michigan


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