The Apple Award program was started in 1993 by the Jonathan Association Board of Directors and it is the highest honor that the Jonathan Association gives. The Apple Award in intended to recognize extraordinary service given on behalf of Jonathan and its residents. This extraordinary service can occur during significant short-term assignments; or through a variety of volunteer activities performed over many years, sometimes even decades.
The Apple Award is not necessarily strictly defined or designated as an award but is rather, a rare recognition of a person’s significant commitment to and successful leadership of the Jonathan community. Through the years, recipients of the Apple Award have included those who have demonstrated entrepreneurial vision and integrity of character.
While Apple Award recipients are chosen on a periodic basis by the Board of Directors, there is an annual "review of possible recipients" which takes place during the May monthly Board meeting; and the names of the recipients (if any have been chosen) are announced via the Summer Issue (June) of the Jonathan Neighbors newsletter, on the Association web site, and in a Press Release submitted to the Chaska Herald newspaper after the May Board meeting.
Past recipients of the Apple Award are:
1993 – Lee Wilwerding, Jon Thorstenson
1994 – Marsh Halberg
1997 – Monica Green
1998 – Steve Mueller, Mary Mirick, Tom Everson
2003 – James H. Main
2004 – Doug Pass, Marsh Halberg
2009 – Gayle Kincannon, Jules Smith
2010 – Maria Awes, Dick Hagen, Mike Liebe
2011 – Alice O’Donnell, Bob Moeller, Bruce Koprucki
2012 – Linda Frey, Nate Bostrom
2013 – Andy Awes
The Seedling Award program was started in 2009 by the Jonathan Association Board of Directors and is designed to recognize individuals for their current volunteer contributions of time and effort given on behalf of their fellow Jonathan neighbors. In many instances, the Seedling Award is the first public recognition given to an individual by the Jonathan Association. "A full grown apple tree often starts as a seedling." Just as the Apple Award recognizes those who have made significant or long-term volunteer contributions to Jonathan, the Seedling Award identifies the first and smallest of what might later become many and larger volunteer contributions to Jonathan.
Seedling Award recipients are chosen annually by the Board of Directors during the May monthly Board meeting, and then the recipients are announced via the Summer Issue (June) of the Jonathan Neighbors newsletter, posted on the Association web site, and in a press release submitted to the Chaska Herald newspaper – immediately after award recipients are chosen by the Board at the May monthly meeting.
2009 Seedling Award recipients:
Mike Sibley, Alice O’Donnell, Dick Hagen, Mary Stapleton, Marsh Halberg, and Gordon Means.
2010 Seedling Award recipients:
Marie Esch, Nancy Dilks, William Johnson, Mary Booth, Bruce Koprucki, Carol Hauck, Ranell Johnson, Linda Frey, Jeri Glander, Sharon Butz, Sandy Olson, ReNae Motl, Cheryl Chalupsky, St. Andrew West Lutheran Church, Elijah Bach, Luke Larkin, Jake Lindfors, Zachary Crumpton, Conner Kujak, Nate Simon, Ian Hammer, Jim Lindfors, Matt Crumpton, Terry Simon, and Tim Larkin.
2011 Seedling Award recipients:
Gina Light, JoAnn Halberg, Lauren Halberg, Tom Glander, Mary Siegfried, Jason Lund, Ted Rogers, John Varone, Gerri Ripplinger, Mark Halla, Anson Allard, Jake Bell, Cory Bach, Kasey Crumpton, Jake Connealy, Jeremy Caulfield, Matthew Dale, Steve Dale, Colin Emerson, Steve Emerson, Leif Ewald, Jonathan Early, Sean Hanson, Greg Hammer, Bob Hanson, Cameron Leinen, Alex Logan, Brady Lass, David Kloke, Ryan Kloke, Ben Kloke, Connor Martin, Sonya Martin, Karl Martin, Brooke Moormeier, Mike McGraw, Maria Awes, Andrew Maries, Joshua Ramette, Caleb Ramette, David Roper, Jake Richelsen, Mason Satterman, Jacob Simon, Kieren Webster, Jared Zingsheim, Jim Ramette, and Jon Leinen.
2012 Seedling Award recipients:
Karen Bloodworth, Melissa Waldenberg, Bonnie O’Neal, Andrea Perez-Lujan, Olga Torres, Kelly Bickford, Sharon Lewison, Pam Ott, Valerie Stuhr, Sarah Heyer, Cindy Geiger, Alicia Stone, John Meyer, Austin Aase, Mike Aase, Samuel Bach, Jim Bell, Jacob Boothroyd, Eric Ewald, Thomas Henry, Kevin Hippen, Gregg Kloke, Samuel Larson, Ben Meier, Jacob Meier, Luke Meier, Stephen Phillips, Grayson Relander, Paul Walters, Randy Relander, Ethan Rodina, Kent Rodina, Joshua Sheldon, Paul Sheldon, Michael Simon, Jacob Stuhr, Andrew Tetrick, Blaine Von Ruden, Brien Wood, and Travis Wood.
2013 Seedling Award recipients:
Zachary Anderson, Ben Baribault, Shaun Caulfield, Jordan Coon, Jarrett Coon, Henry Hace, Brian Hace, Mike Kujak, Joshua Manion, and Ethan Robaina.