Michael Grill, second from left in photo, was given the Bill Reneker Memorial Community Service Award Friday evening at the ninth annual dinner for the Winona Lake, Indiana, community. With him are (from left) Grill’s wife, Becky, his mother, Kittie, son Josh and daughter-in-law Amy.
Grill, who is professor of psychology and chair of the behavioral science department at Grace College in Winona Lake, has been active in the community as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals, the town’s plan commission, head of a tennis recreational program, and more. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor).
Approximately 150 Winona Lake residents attended the festive function, which was held in the Rodeheaver Auditorium, which is currently decorated with more than 30 Christmas trees for the Holiday Festival of Trees.
The award recognizes an individual who is respected by the community, involved in some form of service to the citizens of the town that results in significant impact on the community as a whole, and must be a resident of the town.
A number of other individuals were recognized at the dinner, including several who have significantly improved their properties over this past year. Town Council president David Delp emceed the program and special music was provided by Patrick Kavanaugh and Gert Kumi of the Grace College music faculty.
Previous recipients of the Reneker Award include Brent Wilcoxson, R. Quinton Rupe, Dr. Stephen Peoples, Lisa LaMasters, Dane Miller, Lee Jenkins, Dr. Ron Manahan, Al Disbro, Willa Henry, Dr. Steve Grill (Mike Grill’s brother), Blaine Mikesell, and Dr. Patrick Kavanaugh.
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