The Good Neighbors of Rochester

City of Rochester presents “Good Neighbor Award”

The City Beautiful Commission (CBC) recently announced the winner of the first quarter Good Neighbor Award is Rochester residents Nancy Hill, Margaret Shepard and Sarah Zowada.

The Good Neighbor Award program was created by the CBC to allow residents of Rochester to nominate an adult, or youth, for their good neighbor work. The award recognizes the ongoing efforts of Rochester residents who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The program is designed to honor those who make a difference in our community without seeking or receiving recognition for their service.

Good Neighbor Awards

Good Neighbor Awards

City Mayor Cathy Daldin nominated Nancy Hill, Margaret Shepard, and Sarah Zowada “because they set a wonderful example for all of us.”

According to the nomination from the Mayor, “Week in and week out, we the members of the city council are here to represent, support and reflect the will and wishes of the citizens of Rochester. We do this simply because we want to give back to our community. Well, week after week, there is another group of people who are here, rain or shine, to support us, stay informed on what is going on in the city. And, at the same time hand-craft some pretty wonderful and warm things to wear.”

“I am of course talking about the Rochester Knitting Club – a group of curious, concerned and engaged citizens who have taken their hobby and turned it into a fun and creative way to stay in touch with what is happening in our hometown. They set a wonderful example for all of us. If more people could stay connect the way they do, it would make our jobs on the council so much easier.”

And, even though they have in the past shared some of their wonderful wares with all of us here on the council, I assure you they are lobbying for nothing more than to be enlightened citizens.”

The Rochester City Beautiful Commission was proud to present these well deserving individuals with the award at the March 27 City Council meeting.

If you know someone who goes the extra mile to keep our city beautiful or helps a neighbor in need and feel this person deserves to be recognized for their contribution in the city, then fill out a nomination form and turn it in, it is that easy. Our city is beautiful because of the many good neighbors who continually go beyond the average. It is time to recognize those who make every day in Rochester a more beautiful day.

Those selected will be recognized quarterly at a City Council meeting. If you would like more information please contact Mark Panter, City Beautiful Commission Secretary at or 248-651-0515 or visit for a Good Neighbor Award nomination form.

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