Dan Schmitt, Executive Director of the Freeport Community Foundation, presents long time Malcolm Eaton Enterprises volunteer, Bill Kloos, with the 2016 Matthew A. Marvin Community Impact Award during the Fall Grant and Donor Reception at the Eagles Club on Thursday, October 20.
Bill Kloos receives Matthew A. Marvin Community Impact Award from Freeport Community Foundation
On Thursday, October 20th, the Freeport Community Foundation named Bill Kloos the recipient of the Matthew A. Marvin Community Impact Award.
According to the Freeport Community Foundation, “this award is given each year to someone, who like Matt, knows the importance of serving your community to help make it better. This award recognizes an individual who has selflessly served the community with vision, humility, dedication and enthusiasm.”
Bill Kloos has been an active volunteer, and an invaluable supporter of nonprofit and service organizations in the Freeport area for most of his life.
Kloos is a native of Freeport and graduated from Freeport High School in 1949.
Kloos served in the Air Force from 1951-1955, and was stationed in Japan for two years during the Korean War. He received his B.S. degree in labor and management from the University of Iowa in 1958. Following college, Kloos worked at Honeywell for the next 38 years.
Kloos has been a member of the Embury Church for the last 70+ years. At the Embury church, Kloos has served on a variety of committees, mostly involving finance.
Kloos also spent several years volunteering on the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging (NIAAA), six years on the Stephenson County Senior Citizens Board of directors including two years as board president, and he has volunteered for the United Way.
At Malcolm Eaton Enterprises, Kloos has served as a volunteer and committee member for the past 23 years.
He served for six years on the Malcolm Eaton Enterprises Building and Grounds Committee before joining the MEE Board of directors in 1999. He served on the Malcolm Eaton Enterprises Board for the next 17 years, returning in June of 2016.
Kloos served in many roles during his tenure on the Board including President, Treasurer, Chairman of the Residential Planning Committee, Bylaws Revision Committee, Organizational Task Force, Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, Personnel Committee and most recently the Marketing Committee.
While MEE Board President, Kloos played an instrumental role in helping plan, coordinate and successfully launch the Spirit Bathroom Tissue line in 2002. Today, Spirit Bathroom Tissue provides over 15,000 hours of paid work training to adults with developmental disabilities each year.
In addition to the numerous contributions Kloos made serving on the Board and on various committees, Kloos was always very generous with his time, volunteering to help with the Pork Chop Dinner and Golf and Games fundraisers.
By selflessly volunteering his time, Bill Kloos has provided many nonprofit and service organizations with his knowledge, insight and expertise. We at Malcolm Eaton Enterprises are very thankful for the many lasting contributions he has made to our agency that have benefitted so many individuals and families in Freeport and surrounding areas.