Posted online: November 5, 2004 12:49 AM
Print publication date: November 5, 2004

E.M. honors three top citizens

By Jenny Lee, Dispatch/Argus
Award photo

Photo: Todd Mizener
The city of East Moline held its annual awards dinner Thursday night at the Quad City Downs. The three award winners were Ella May Winger, left, who received the Denny Jacobs Public Service Award; Gary Andersen, who was selected by the East Moline Rotary Club as Rotarian of the Year; and Marcia Lintz, who received the Citizen of the Year award.

EAST MOLINE -- The city honored three residents at its 13th annual awards banquet Thursday night.

Marcia Lintz received the Citizen of the Year award. Ella May Winger received the Denny Jacobs Public Service Award. Gary Andersen received the Rotarian of the Year award from the East Moline Rotary Club.

Before an audience of about 120 people, Mayor Joe Moreno presented the award to Mrs. Lintz, whom he'd nominated.

"As you get to know Marcia, she is involved in everything," he said. "If something needs to get done, (we) all look to Marcia and she gets it done."

An East Moline resident for 29 years, Mrs. Lintz said, "I want to try anything in my power to make East Moline the city that it is."

Mrs. Lintz volunteers frequently for running events like the Quad Cities Marathon and Gilda's Run. She has been involved with the Firecracker Run since its inception.

Mrs. Winger said she was very surprised to receive the Denny Jacobs Public Service Award. Ald. Carol Doose, 4th Ward, nominated Mrs. Winger.

She joked that Ald. Doose tries to get her involved in so many activities that sometimes Mrs. Winger is not sure she can volunteer for all of them.

"I keep telling my family that I'm going to slow down, but I haven't learned to say no," Mrs. Winger said.

Mrs. Winger has volunteered for the AMVETS' 4th of July parade for Post 145 of East Moline. She is a past president of the AMVETS auxiliary.

Dr. Greg Solis, president of the East Moline Rotary Club, said Rotarian of the Year recipient Mr. Andersen has been instrumental in getting new members.

Mr. Andersen thanked the East Moline Rotary Club for the award. He became a Rotary member 12 years ago and is a past president of the club.

In 1993, Mr. Andersen became president of Metrobank and its holding company. He also is vice president of and a member of the board of directors for Revitalize and Develop East Moline.