Meet the 2017 Barth Award Winners
On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, TriCity Family Services presented the 33rd Annual William D. Barth Award to Dudley and Judy Burgess of Geneva.
Dudley and Judy Burgess are a local couple who embrace service throughout their daily lives, exhibit heart through their abounding compassion and demonstrate their leadership by example. Everything they do is philanthropic, which speaks volumes to why they are so deserving of this year’s award.
A retired vice president of government affairs at AT&T, Dudley has twice been honored with a very prestigious management award at his former place of business. The recognition was rare and showed his incredible achievements as an executive.
At TriCity Family Services, Dudley has significantly impacted the agency infrastructure. He helped found and launch the Quality Advisory Committee, ensuring the accountability and effectiveness of the agency’s continuous quality improvement program. He has served in leadership on this committee for nearly two decades. At a major turning point in the history of TriCity Family Services, Dudley helped increase Resource Development capacity with his participation in the Strong Future, Strong Families project. He took his volunteerism to a new level when he joined the ranks of group leaders on the Wilderness Challenge Program, influencing adolescents for most of the last decade. Dudley is also a long-time and sought-after Grand Canyon guide who continues to provide tours every summer.
Likewise, his wife, Judy, is a joyful doer and willing to assist whenever needed to improve upon the lives of others. Some call it “The Judy Factor” when describing the enthusiasm, love, selflessness, joy and caring that she brings to the spirit of volunteering. Her list of community involvements is considerable, from volunteering at Lazarus House and Safe Haven, to Feed My Starving Children, and Roots and Wings Counseling.
At the United Methodist Church of Geneva where the couple worship, Judy initiated a Stephen Ministry program, a nondenominational program that trains members to care for others who are ill or going through difficult times and might feel alone. She also began Advent Services of 20 years ago, offered to women (by women) focusing on the spirit of the Christmas season. Judy has also been active in welcoming and including the LGBTQ community and has been unafraid to speak up for supporting them in an exemplary way, firmly believing that people should be welcome to worship in a church of their choice.
For TriCity Family Services, Judy has almost single-handedly created The Friends of TriCity Family Services, whose mission was to serve, support and celebrate the work of the agency. The group has recently taken on a new name and following, Helpers with Heart, while still encompassing the strong foundation brought forth by Judy…executing fundraising events and offering opportunities to expand upon community outreach.
Both Dudley and Judy continue to serve on the TriCity Family Services’ Advisory Council, helping the agency with innumerable initiatives, strategic direction and mission-driven projects of many kinds. Together, they are long-standing supporters, donors and volunteers at their church, at TriCity Family Services and volunteer for Haiti Missions, providing homes and schools for orphans in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The couple also volunteer their time at Wabash College where Dudley sits on the Board of Trustees.
The Burgess’ celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this past June, have three grown children and reside in Geneva.
Both Dudley and Judy display leadership by example, never asking others to do what they would not be willing to do themselves. They have shown great heart and invested time and resources to all the causes important to them. They take their passion and commitment to this community and share it. They inspire greatness yet are extremely humble in their constant efforts. None of the organizations they have been involved with over the years, including TriCity Family Services, would be the places they are today without the loving support and devotion of this dynamic duo.
Established in 1985, the William D. Barth Award recognizes one individual who has made a significant and positive impact, through community service, on the Central Kane County area.
The honor is given to an individual whose belief in the community and concern for those living here is shown by an ongoing involvement in community life. The recipient will have worked for the community by participating in activities affecting the quality of life in the tri-city area. These include civic, service, charitable, educational, cultural, youth, and recreational organizations, as well as church and government. Lastly, the resident selected will also be someone recognized as a community leader by his/her peers.
The William D. Barth Award is sponsored by TriCity Family Services and was created to honor the legacy of William D. Barth, a founder of TriCity Family Services and a dedicated community leader.
Complete List of Barth Award Winners
|2016 – The Honorable Clint Hull||2005 – Steve Lillie||1994 – Howard Wallin|
|2015 – Carolyn Fabian||2004 – Peg Halliday||1993 – James Abbot|
|2014 – Joanne Spitz||2003 – Vernon Oie||1992 – Joanne Hansen|
|2013 – Fred Norris||2002 – Melinda Hinners||1991 – Max Hunt|
|2012 – Carolyn Sprawka||2001 – Darlene Marcusson||1990 – Russell Forkins|
|2011 – Sarah Kimber||2000 – Betsy Penny||1989 – Nellie Wood|
|2010 – James Kintz||1999 – Marjorie Hissong||1988 – Nancy Temple|
|2009 – Mary Lu O’Halloran||1998- Robert Hawse||1987 – Glen Haines|
|2008 – Pam Mann||1997 – Carol Rosene||1986 – Jim McCausland|
|2007 – Doris Hunt||1996 – Ralph and Lucile Little||1985 – Frank Burgess|
|2006 – Cris Anderson||1995 – Vernon Guynn|