Three longtime Union residents are nominated for the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award for dedication and service to the community.

Dave Hall, Paul Arand and David Sutton are the finalists to receive the award, but that is just one award to be given during the Feb. 8 DSA Banquet.

There will an award for the Outstanding Young Person. Those nominees are Mike Marcink, Aaron Groff and Sarah Lackey.

Outstanding Educator nominees are Stacy Titter and Sarah Schell. The Shield Award nominees are Rod Tappe and Joe Straatmann.

This is the first year of the DSA Banquet since 2011 when the 2010 awards were presented.

There are some changes to this year’s event. There will be one award given to an “Outstanding Young Person,” who is under the age of 40. At previous DSA banquets there were awards given to both a male and female under the age of 40.

The Shield Award also is new this year to honor a first responder. It is open to law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, dispatchers or other first responders.

Another change to the award is the announcement of final candidates before the event. The top vote-getting nominees are listed below.

The 2010 recipients of the community awards are: Ken Rohrbach, DSA; Sherri Matthews, Outstanding Young Woman; Joe Purschke, Outstanding Young Man; and Sue Wilkinson, Outstanding Educator.

Tickets are still on sale for the event.


The deadline to purchase DSA tickets is Feb. 1. The banquet will be at Union City Hall and the cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed with the awards ceremony and dancing until midnight.

The tickets are $30 per person, or $200 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased through a Union Jaycees member or the Union Chamber of Commerce office.

For more information people may call the Chamber office at 636-583-8979.

Nominees Distinguished Service Award

David Hall

Hall is one of the three founders of Franklin County Honor Flight. He has unselfishly and generously donated an estimated 600 plus hours per year of volunteer time since the organization began in 2007.

In addition to time, Hall has furnished office space and allowed employees at Dave Hall State Farm to devote an equal number (or more) of hours on the clock in serving the nonprofit in data processing and funds management needs. His devotion to veterans and appreciation for their service to their country during World War II and the Korean War is evident in the time and resources devoted to Honor Flight.

Hall served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and is an Eagle Scout. In addition to Honor Flight, the nominee is also affiliated, past or currently, with the following organizations: Central Elementary PTO, UHS Girls Softball, Union Little League Football, Union Board of Adjustment, Union Park Board, member and past president of the Union Rotary Club, Union Area Chamber of Commerce, both a charter member and charter representative for BSA Troop 442, Union Kiwanis Club and Union Jaycees.

Paul Arand

Arand is the owner of Great 8 Cinemas. He has served as an alderman for eight years.

Arand is the former president of the Union Chamber of Commerce, a current and former president of the Union Rotary Club. He also served as a board member of the Franklin County Area United Way.

He is a founding member and major contributor to the Robin Hood Charities. Arand is an active member of Immaculate Conception Parish. He has served on the parish council and school board, and volunteered on several event committees.

He also was a member of the Franklin County Youth Sports Organization, and has been involved in many other community organizations and endeavors.

David Sutton

Sutton has acted in productions at East Central College and developed students’ leadership skills in Student Council at Union High School. He took a formative role in the establishment of Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County and worked tirelessly for the betterment of Zion United Church of Christ. He has played the role of Santa for needy children and has overseen the initiation of a Wildcat Foodpack program to feed hungry children.

Young people have especially been impacted by Sutton’s involvement, first through teaching and extra-curricular activities, then through service to the community, not only through Habitat for Humanity, but most recently through tireless efforts for the Kiwanis Club’s fledgling Wildcat Foodpack program, which helps provide weekend nutrition for many of the children who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the week and go home to meager or no meals on the weekend.

Sutton is also active in several other organizations including the Franklin County Chorale Association, the Combined Christian Choir, and he has spearheaded many groups and organization while teaching at Union High School.

Outstanding Young Person

Mike Marcink

Marcink is dedicated to family, church, the community and work. At the job, he shows leadership and dedication beyond compare and acts as a mentor to new employees.

Marcink is an active member of the Union Lions Club, working hard, showing great leadership and providing a voice of reason. He is an avid church volunteer, a volunteer den leader for Boy Scouts’ Den 3 Pack 442, coaches multiple youth sports and is active in the Union Rotary Club.

Aaron Groff

Groff contributes a great deal of time, energy and funds toward activities designed to help our young people. His service, generosity and contributions are ongoing and selfless in every way.

Groff is an active member in the Union Kiwanis Club, where he plans, organizes and sponsors the annual bowling social for Kiwanis youth organizations and families, is co-chair for Peanut Days, and annually serves as a driver and navigator for a Santa team for the Angel Tree delivery program.

Groff also is actively involved in Camp Mo-Val/Tambo, volunteering as camp counselor for one week each summer every year since high school, and serving on the camp’s property team. His involvement and dedication has helped build and maintain a tent camping complex for older kids, build and maintain a shade canopy for the camp swimming pool, construct and install the new basketball area and purchase paddleboats and kayaks for the camp lake.

In addition, Groff organized the UHS Musical ReUnion, a musical event that served as the opening event for the UHS Fine Arts Center. This involved contacting hundreds of former students and convincing many of them to return to UHS for one final performance together.

Sarah Lackey

Lackey has been a loyal and dedicated Franklin County Fair Board member, and former chairman, for the last eight years, truly believing in what the Fair can do if it continues to grow and visualizing what the money raised can do for the community, literally putting sweat, blood and tears into the event each year.

Lackey currently serves on the Union Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Union Planning and Zoning Committee. In addition, she coaches basketball for Immaculate Conception Grade School, spending most of the winter working with the kids on team work and skill. Lackey is a person who believes in the people and causes of Union, giving freely of time and ideas because of the belief of the community.

Outstanding Educator

Stacy Titter

This kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary noticed a student wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t acting quite like herself in class. Titter sent her to the nurse. Being a little shy, the girl most likely wouldn’t have said anything about not feeling well. After being taken to the doctor, she was then transferred by ambulance to Children’s in St. Louis, in respiratory distress from her first asthma attack. There were 22 children in the class, and Titter was attentive enough to notice the situation.

Titter also has served in community organizations, and is a longtime member of the Union R-XI Foundation.

Sarah Schell

Schell is a third-grade teacher at Central Elementary who is dedicated to students. She spends a large amount of extra time for them and with them, getting to school early every morning and leaving late every night to make sure lessons and activities are optimized for the best experience for the students. In addition to six years of teaching, Schell has volunteered as the UHS softball coach for the past five years, and volunteers for extra duties at school.

Shield Award

Rod Tappe

Tappe is a graduate of UHS and has worked for the Union Police Department since 1986, He is now one of three School Resource Officers (SRO) for the Union R-XI School District. In addition, the nominee is also a D.A.R.E officer and TREND coordinator and supporter for several schools. Tappe also has served as a Union School Board member.

Joe Straatmann

Straatmann began volunteering with the Union Fire Protection District in high school and became a full-time firefighter with the district in 2007. In those seven years, he has received several awards, including the Lifesaving Award in 2009 for a life rescue at Rik’s Restaurant and recognition for exemplary performance in a rescue situation in both 2010 and 2013. In addition to working for the fire district full time, he has been an EMT for the Union Ambulance District for the past six years and serves on Missouri Task Force 1.

Straatmann is a small business owner and an active volunteer for several community organizations, including the Union Jaycees, the UFPD truck committee and the Franklin County Fair Board. He also is an Eagle Scout.