2018 Visionary Award Recipients

Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism would like to acknowledge the 2018 Visionary Award Recipients, presented at the Annual Meeting & Dinner on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. The Visionary Awards are a prestigious honor. These awards are intended to recognize successful business and community leaders, as well as non-profits, who give their time, their talents, and their resource to our community in such a way that the entire community benefits. Congratulations to the following 2018 Visionary Award Recipients.

Rising Star: Darin Prescott


This Rising Star?s name seems to be popping up a lot lately, along with so many great things happening in the Lower Sioux Community.? He holds many degrees including a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and we are so fortunate that he brought all of his expertise and passion for the area, and specifically the Lower Sioux Community, home.? His passion for education is evident in his ?day job? at the Lower Sioux Health Care Center, but also as he serves the Redwood Area School Board.? Please congratulate with us, 2018 Rising Star Award recipient, Darin Prescott!

Shining Star: Rhonda Kerkhoff

This selfless award recipient is always looking out for others.? In addition to owning and operating a successful local business, this star shines serving on a number of local committees and boards including the United Way Board, Rotary, her Church, and she?s also served for many years as a Redwood Area Chamber Ambassador.? Recently, she helped organize a hugely successful fundraising event for a local family in need.? Please recognize with me, this year?s Shining Star Award recipient, Rhonda Kerkhoff.


Star Ag: Lisa Orren

Passionate and Energized describes this 2018 Star Ag Award recipient.? This individual is making a difference in the lives of Redwood Area high school students, and helping to grow a program very important to a major local industry and our local economy. Returning to her home school district to teach, she?s growing the FFA membership, and even exploring the idea of summer Ag programming.? One of her students said, ?she makes agriculture fun and interesting for all kids, even if you didn?t grow up on a farm.? We?re learning that Ag classes are for everyone.?? Please congratulate this year?s 2018 Star Ag recipient, Lisa Orren.

Hidden Gem: Laura Kohler

A life-long volunteer, this individual has been involved in many organizations as a resident of Redwood Falls for the past 30 plus years. Currently serving as a youth group leader and Sunday school teacher, volunteering monthly at Ruby?s Pantry, serving on the board of the Redwood Falls Lions Club and Celebrate Redwood Falls and generously giving time to other causes when needed, this individual?s contributions to our community are immeasurable. But we can measure the lives impacted. Laura Kohler?s dedication to our community as the Red Cross blood drive coordinator has impacted tens of thousands of lives during her 20 years of service. Although Laura stepped down after her 160th blood drive in April, she continues to impact lives as a Power Red donor and appointment scheduler for blood drives. In appreciation of her many years of service, we recognize Laura Kohler as this year?s Hidden Gem.

Greater Good: Redwood Falls Lions

This non-profit in Redwood Falls has grown by leaps and bounds in membership in the last few years, and this service organization is making an impact in the Redwood Falls Community by volunteering at a number of events and raising funds for local families and organizations in need.? They?ve also recently committed to a $20,000 donation to update the Memorial Baseball Field? scoreboard to a new Daktronics scoreboard. Congratulations Redwood Falls Lions Club, the 2018 recipient of the ?Greater Good Award!?