Adams named SG 2011 Citizen of the Year

By on August 5, 2011

Photo: Lil Adams, the 2011 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year (in Blue) is honored last Friday at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil by Village President Sean Michels, as past winners look on.

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—It’s been nearly a week since Lil Adams was named Sugar Grove 2011 Citizen of the Year, and she still can’t believe it.

Adams, a 44-year Sugar Grove resident and long-time caretaker of the Sugar Grove Community House, received the award from Village President Sean Michels and Chamber President Steve Ekker during the Friday night portion of the Corn Boil festivities. She said she could barely contain the shock and appreciation she felt upon receiving the award, as she was unable to hold back tears while her picture was taken during the ceremony.

“I never dreamed they would do that (for) me. I had no idea I’d receive the award, even though a lot of my friends were behind it all,” she said. “It was a very well-kept secret.”

According to a Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce press release, Adams received several nominations for Citizen of the Year from United Methodist Church, Sugar Grove Township, Conley Outreach, and many of Adams’ close friends. The press release also states that numerous letters of support were received from local residents and businesses.

“Lil’s a wonderful person, and she loves Sugar Grove,” Sugar Grove Chamber Executive Director Shari Baum said. “I’ve had contact with her more recently on community committees , but I’ve always had contact with her personally (through) different gatherings that I’ve had at the Community House, so (I’ve known her) for a long period of time.”

Lil Adams is congratulated after being honored as the 2011 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year last Friday at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. Photo by Ben Draper

According to the press release, Adams’ list of community and volunteer work include her time spent on the school PTA, the Sugar Grove Lions Club, Sugar Grove Community House, Sugar Grove Election Board, Sugar Grove Corn Boil, and also as a church trustee.

Michels also had high praise for Adams.

“I was excited to award (Citizen of the Year) to Lil; she’s really been a fixture over at the Community House, and everyone loves her,” he said. “She’s watched a number of kids grow up just by being the director over there, and she’s a deserving person.”

Adams had kind words in return for the village.

“I just love this village, and everything I’ve done is because of that. I guess a lot of these people (here) see me differently than I see myself.”