2015 Greenview First Citizen
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The Greenview Village Board received several qualified nominations for the 2015 First Citizen Award.
The board elected Sharon Davis as the communities' 2015 First Citizen.
For those not familiar with Sharon, she was born and raised in Springfield. Sharon's mother left her and her siblings when she was five and her father raised them. She had the responsibility of cooking for the family. Her father passed away after Sharon's Sophomore year at Lanphier High School. She got a job at the popular Balestrie Restaurant in evenings and weekends. This is where she met her future husband Alvin Davis, who she married after finishing high school. They lived in Greenview until Alvin was transferred in 1965 by Mobile Oil Company. Five years later Alvin was offered a job at Cramer Farm Machinery Company in 1970, now called Rohlfs Ag. Alvin and Sharon bought Cramer's in 1980 and raised their three sons in Greenview.
Sharon got involved in volunteering in the 60's preparing meals for the Greenview Rotary Club. She became volunteering helping wherever cooking was involved. July, 1978 the Daily Bread Program Director came knocking at her door and wanted her to try running the program. When she started she was allowed to take her son Spencer, 3 ½ years old, to work with her. Today Sharon is still in charge of the Daily Bread Program after 38 years.
Sharon has been a widow for 24 years and finds volunteering very fulfilling. She believes in being active and doesn't enjoy being idle. She believes in focusing on getting the job done and is open to suggestions on how to do things if there is a better way.
Teaching her grandchildren to help garden and share the goodies is rewarding to her. “They know they are doing something to help other people and received the Community Service award from the Masonic Lodge in 1989 and the Menard County Jaycees Annual Service Award. She is proud that her grandchildren are following her example of volunteering.
Sharon stated “I feel like I'm a true Greenview Citizen”upon receiving the Greenview First Citizen Award. She has a long history of volunteering. Starting in 1976 she helped with the CIA Labor Day meals and kept volunteering more of her time. She was asked to serve on the newly formed Greenview Food Pantry, representing the Greenview United Church in 1981. They were distributing commodities in the CIA building for the county. Sharon has served in all the offices of the Civic Improvement Association for many years. In addition, Sharon is a member of Greenview United Church and served as an elder twice and now serving as a deacon. She also participates in an exercise class at the church.
In1958 Sharon belonged to a 12 member Bridge Club and presently plays with a group at County Hills Golf Club once a month. Sharon is involved with the Historic Marbold Farmstead Association. “I try to help whenever requested. They are a great group to work with and have Greenview's “Heart” in mind.”
Sharon has three sons who are married. Craig and Joel live in Chicago. Craig is the Director of Harold Washington Library and Joel is the owner of Joel Hall Dance Studio. Her son Bill is a computer programmer for State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, IL and and his wife Angi is a substitute teacher. They are the parents of Galvin and Gwen.
Spencer and Bonnie reside in Greenview and have two sons, Landon and Carson. Spencer works for Viper Mining and Bonnie is a cashier at the Bank of Greenview. They are active in Greenview extra-curricular programs.
Sharon feels going to church every Sunday “lifts me up”, to go out and do all I can to stay uplifted all week. I feel blessed living here in Greenview the past 60 years. My family, friends and the many people over the years I've met keep me wanting to do more.”
“Thank you for honoring me with this award. I thank God everyday for giving me all the abilities and blessings that I have, including my dog, Flash.”