Golden Apple Foundation Renames Service Award in Honor of Jan Jones


Golden Apple Foundation has renamed its education service award in honor of the late Jan Jones who served the Foundation since 1998. Jan joined the Board of Directors in 2006 and served as the Vice President of Awards and Recognition. Jan was a tireless advocate for excellence in local education. She led a successful career in education within the Rockford Public School system as a teacher and administrator where her numerous accomplishments resulted in tangible progress for our community’s children. She also instructed future teachers as a Rockford University adjunct professor. After retirement Jan remained a passionate catalyst for educational progress with Golden Apple Foundation and numerous other education service organizations. She was a mentor to many educators and community activists. When something needed to be done, Jan Jones did not wait in hope for someone else to do it; she lived the realization that she was that someone while inspiring others to do the same.

In her honor, the award from this moment forward will be named the Golden Apple Foundation Jan Jones Service Award. Each year the Golden Apple Foundation Jan Jones Service Award will be presented to an individual, couple, organization, or business for demonstrating a deep commitment to Excellence in Education in Winnebago and/or Boone County through volunteerism.

To nominate someone CLICK HERE to download the nomination form and please limit your descriptive narrative to two (2) pages and include the proposed award recipient’s name, address and phone number.  In addition, please provide your name, address, phone and e-mail.

Explain why your nominee deserves consideration for the Golden Apple Foundation Jan Jones Service Award according to the following criteria:

  • Recipient will be considered for his/her volunteer work in fields relating to education or additional fields that serve teachers, students, and schools.
  • Recipient will have exhibited a deep commitment to excellence in education in Winnebago and/or Boone County.
  • Recipient will have shared his/her resources, time, and expertise in a manner that has had significant impact on education in our community.  

The recipient of this year’s award will be recognized at the 18th Annual Golden Apple Banquet on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel.  

Please mail your nomination to Golden Apple Foundation 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL  61108 or send by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The deadline for nominations is January 30, 2014. For more information contact the Golden Apple office at 815-226-4180.