Nechodom Good Citizenship Award

*****Deadline for nominations has been extended through January 27, 2023***** 

The Nechodom Good Citizenship Award was created in the year 2000 and was first awarded in 2001.

For more information reference the December 16 Resolution 42. Series of 2020, Restating the Established Framework of the Robert A. Nechodeom Good Citizen Award. 


The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals, organizations, or businesses in the Little Chute community who have demonstrated acts of good citizenship that gives a positive impact on Little Chute's quality of life. The award will be presented annually in the spring at the first regular February Village Board Meeting to the recipient by the Village President.


Nominations should be submitted to the Village Clerk on a form provided by the Village. Any resident of the Village may make nominations for consideration. All nominations will be forwarded or should be delivered to the Village Administrator.

To nominate an individual, organization, or business in the Little Chute community please fill out the Nomination Form. 

The selection committee shall consider the following criteria when reviewing nominations for this award:

  1. Village employees will NOT be eligible for this award while still actively employed by the Village.
  2. Nominations will be accepted from December 1st through January 17th every year, with the awardee being presented to the Village Board for approval. **Deadline extended to January 27th, 2023**
  3. Members of any Village Board and elected officials will not be considered until they no longer serve in that capacity provided they have otherwise demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision of progress while serving in such position for the municipality.
  4. Nominations will be reviewed by a three person Nomination Committee comprised of the Village President, the Village Administrator and one member of the immediate Robert Nechodom Family. 
  5. The nominee must have performed some act or series of acts demonstration good citizenship as a member of the Little Chute community, which has a positive impact on the community.
    • Demonstrating superiority, innovation, or leadership in a particular field which brings favor or acclaim to the entire community.
    • Improving and enhancing the image of the Little Chute community as evidence by generous donation of time, talents, or resources.
    • Outstanding efforts to promote the goodwill, fellowship, and/or quality of life enjoyed in the Little Chute Community.
    • Demonstrating a deep and sincere caring for the under-privileged, handicapped, elderly, or youth as manifested in donation of time and talents or service work.
    • Advancing partnerships within the community and displaying cooperative attitude in developing working relationships for the betterment of the citizens of Little Chute
  • Performing valuable, behind-the-scene support which results in the successful achievement of a project or activity.                    


  • 2001 - Ed Spierings
  • 2002 - Monsignor James VandenHogen
  • 2003 - Crystal Print
  • 2004 - Donald DeGroot- Village President 1981-1997
  • 2006 - Peter Arts
  • 2007 - Rose Kuhn
  • 2017 - Jim and Sue Spierings
  • 2018 - Gene and Virgie Janssen
  •  2019 - Chris Hietpas and Todd Hietpas
  • 2020 - Ellen and Louie Mischler
  • 2021 - Todd and Lori Vanderloop

2022 Winner: Al Zierler

The Village of Little Chute is proud to present Al Zierler’s wife Judy Zierler with the 2022 Robert A. Nechodom Good Citizenship Award.  Al was selected for his dedication and service to the Village of Little Chute through the organizations that he supported and efforts he made to improve our community. A brief snapshot of Al’s involvement includes:

  • Chair of the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival
  • Volunteer for the Special Olympics
  • St. John’s Finance Committee Chair
  • St. John’s Basketball & Volleyball Coach
  • Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

His hard work and effort to benefit others truly embodies the spirit of the Robert A. Nechodom Good Citizenship Award.  The Village of Little Chute is fortunate to count your family as residents.