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Century Club Awards

Quarter-Century Club, 40-Year Club & Half-Century Club

Each year, MNLA honors your colleagues who have worked in the industry for 25, 40, and 50 years or more. These designations are called the Quarter-Century, 40-Year, and Half-Century Clubs. The recipients of this honor are noted for contributions to the professional development and the growth of the industry, as well as their dedication and commitment.


Candidates must have completed 25 years of green industry service to qualify for the Quarter-Century Club, 40 years of green industry service to qualify for the 40-Year Club, and 50 years of green industry service to qualify for the Half-Century Club. Candidates must have been employed by an MNLA member firm in each of the preceding five years.

Selected candidates for the Quarter-Century Club and Half-Century Club will be honored with a commemorative plaque and lapel pin acknowledging their status. These tributes are presented during a special ceremony at the Great Lakes Trade Exposition every January.

Congratulations to MNLA's 2014 Century Club Inductees!

This year’s recipients and inductees into the Quarter–Century Club were:

Eric Nelson, 25 years
Joel Skok, 26 years  
Stephen Alford, 28 years
Mary Apol, 32 years
Eugene Kociba, 32 years


In our 40-Year Club, our inductees are:

Gerard M. Rice, 40 years Ron Krueger, 43 years
Robert Shabinaw, 40 years Dennis Wegner, 43 years
Peg Bormann, 40 years Rick Born, 43 years
Scott Bormann, 40 years John Apple, 45 years

We have four recipients and inductees this year into the Half–Century Club. They are:

Don Apol, 50 years
John Versluys, 52 years
Wallace Huggett, 52 years
Dave Steinkopf, 55 years

We have three sets of first and second generations that received their Century Club Awards together. They are:

Marv Wiegand (Half-Century Club Award) and his daughter Wendy Wiegand (Quarter-Century Club Award)
Bert Bakhuyzen (Half-Century Club Award) and his son Rob Bakhuyzen (Quarter-Century Club Award)
Margie deWit (40-Year Club Award) and her daughter Jennifer DeJager (Quarter-Century Club Award)