HUMBOLDT (JG-TC) — Richard Knollenberg was named the 2012 Coles County Outstanding Board Member of the Year at the Coles County Farm Bureau annual meeting on Monday.
Knollenberg has served with the bureau since 1976.
“I was quite surprised,” he said. “I didn’t do any more than anyone else.”
The grain and former hog farm owner of more than 40 years said the CCFB is full of good people and that he served as director of the organization for several years.
“It’s like any other organization: You get out of it what you put into it,” he said.
And Knollenberg has put a lot of time in as a volunteer but also in a leadership position. He has served as a director and has volunteered for numerous committees and activities.
“I try to help whenever they need me,” he said. “I’ve been off the board for two or three years now.” He said he helps at the annual CCFB Farm Show at the Cross County Mall in Mattoon, which is held the first week of March.
Even after retiring from the board a few years ago, he continues to keep in touch with the office staff and still helps at the show.
“Richard is a very kind person who has dedicated himself to the Coles County Farm Bureau,” said Mary Cox, CCFB manager. “It is great to see the commitment Richard has to the Coles County Farm Bureau.”
Cox said Knollenberg was a Coles County Farm Bureau board director from 1993 to 2008.
Knollenberg is the third youngest of 15 siblings. He attended school in Humboldt until ninth grade and then he went to Mattoon High School, where he graduated in 1965.
After graduating, he began to farm full-time. He is a grain farmer and has also raised hogs for several years.
Knollenberg has been active with Farmers Grain of Dorans, serving as a director from 1980-1985, and he continues to be involved at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Charleston.