WINNEBAGO - Larry and Sue Stauffer will be honored today as Winnebago's Hall of Fame recipients for 2011.
The honor is bestowed annually by Winnebago Economic Development Authority on a deserving person or persons who contribute to the betterment of the community.
"We were speechless. It's a big honor," Sue Stauffer said of learning of the award.
A reception for the Stauffers is set for 2-4 p.m. today at the Winnebago Municipal Center, with a presentation scheduled for 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Larry and Sue volunteer extensively in Winnebago.
"They do everything," said Winnebago City Administrator Austin Bleess. "If you need someone to help you with a project, Larry and Sue are always willing to help out."
Larry works full time at Winnebago Adolescent Treatment Center and runs Stauffer Graphics and Sign. He has been a Winnebago firefighter since 1987 and has served as chief. He served on the EDA, is on the church committee for First Presbyterian and is on the Planning Commission.
Sue works for Minnesota Electric Technology and has been involved with Winnebago Women of Today since 1988. She is now president of the chapter.
"We do a lot of community events," she said of Women of Today.
Those events include Giving Tree, Safety Saturday, bathtub races for Motofest, Easter egg hunt and citywide garage sale.
She also helps at First Presbyterian and the Trust Fund Committee with the city.
Both Larry and Sue have helped with Motofest.
The Stauffers are local kids: Sue graduated from Granada-Huntley and Larry from Winnebago. They started getting heavily involved in the community a few years after they married.
It started when Larry joined the fire department and Sue joined Women of Today.
"We met people and became more involved," she said. "We love the people and the events. It's really rewarding."
Being involved in the community was a natural way of life for their kids, Jenny and Cory.
"When we'd do events like the garage sales, Cory would go around with signs and the kids would fill up balloons (with water) for the bathtub races," Sue remembered. "It was a big family event. They thought it was fun to be involved."
Cory especially liked going to the firehouse with his dad. Cory is now in the State Patrol in Missouri, but he's home for the reception. Jenny Bach lives in Winnebago, has two children and is following in her mother's footsteps as a member of Women of Today.