Ellsworth Chamber bestows 'Best of 2019' awards
Saturday, March 02, 2019
As Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Board President Paul Bauer listed the attributes of the 2019 Community Leader Award winner at the chamber's annual dinner, heads started slowly turning toward the recipient as they recognized his contributions.
When Ellsworth Village Board President Jerry DeWolfe stood to accept his surprise award, he became momentarily choked up as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Bauer lauded DeWolfe's "ability to solve problems with a cup of coffee," his long career as a lineman with Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services, his service as a volunteer firefighter (holding the roles of chief and assistant fire chief over his tenure), 32 years of service on the village board, many of those as president, and his presence at nearly every community event.