2022 Nominations are open!


The Randolph Society Foundation Board today began the nomination process for its annual awards to honor outstanding historical citizens of Randolph County and their achievements.

“The Randolph Society Foundation Board is seeking to honor the prominent men and women who contributed to Randolph County by living extraordinary lives. Through their deeds and notoriety, they have added to the reputation of Randolph County being one of the ‘Great Counties in Illinois,’” said Dr. Marc Kiehna, founding member of the Randolph Society Foundation. “We encourage everyone that knows of a person of special merit to submit their nomination to the Randolph Society Foundation for consideration.”

Nominations may be made by contacting Dr. Marc Kiehna, the Randolph Society Foundation Board Chairman, by email at mkiehna@randolphco.org, or by mail at the following address:

Dr. Marc Kiehna
Randolph County Courthouse
1 Taylor Street
Chester, IL 62233

Nominations should include a name, picture, and a narrative highlighting why the individual is worthy of being honored.

The nominations are open to everyone and will be accepted through October 31, 2021. Nominees must have passed away at least 5 years ago to be considered. The Foundation Board will review the applicants and select up to 5 nominees. The awards will be announced in March 2022, with a special reception to be held soon after.

The honorees will have a special plaque that tells their story of significant contribution displayed on a prominent wall in the Randolph County Courthouse. The plaques will hang in the designated area of the Courthouse on permanent display and be available to the public for viewing during normal County business hours. The Randolph Society honorees are highlighted on a special website: http://www.randolphsociety.org. In-depth stories of the honorees are included with photos and video footage when available.

The Randolph Society Foundation is sponsored by the Randolph County Historical Society, The Liberty Bell of the West Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Rotary Clubs of Chester, Red Bud, Sparta, and Steeleville. Officers and members of the Randolph Society Board include Dr. Marc Kiehna (Chairman), Justin Jeffers (Treasurer), Lori Hill (Secretary), Emily Lyons, Jane Lucht, Dr. Lauren Kiehna, Cynthia Lawder, Melanie Johnson, and Mike Reed.

The Society is now a 501c3 Foundation and tax-deductible donations are being accepted. Donations can be mailed to:

Justin Jeffers
Treasurer, Randolph Society Foundation
Randolph County Courthouse
1 Taylor Street
Chester, IL 62233

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