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Frankie Jarchow named 2018 Cook County Citizen of the Year

Each year during Fisherman’s Picnic, the Grand Marais Lions Club announces the Cook County Citizen of the Year. Honorees are nominated by the community and this year’s award goes to Frances “Frankie” Jarchow of Grand Marais.

Frankie was nominated by a number of friends and neighbors, people who have worked with her on a number of volunteer boards and commissions.

Frankie has served on the Active Living Steering Committee, Safe Routes to School Committee, Public Health and Human Service Advisory Board, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board, Cook County Community Center Board of Trustees, the Grand Marais Garden Club, and the Cook County Tennis Association and likely several others.

Some of the comments the Grand Marais Lions received regarding her nomination were:
 “Frankie is also currently the chair for the Cook County Community Center Board of Trustees. She does a great job of advocating for the Community Center and I appreciate her leadership with the Board.”
Diane Booth, Cook County Extension and Community Center

"Frankie Jarchow's life-long commitment to the health and wellness of her community and herself is inspirational. She shows up, is a positive force, and contributes meaningfully. We are all better off because of Frankie Jarchow."
Sue Hakes

"Frankie Jarchow is a one woman powerhouse at not far from 90 years old! She can run circles around me and the number of committees I am on and participate in. I look forward to meetings with her because she gets things done and is a kind and thoughtful participant. If you look at her work you will see she covers the gamut of community service and work to support her community. She does not have a single mission or agenda- her mission is to move Cook County ahead.”
Heidi Doo-Kirk

"Frankie has served the community as a member of the Cook County PHHS Advisory Committee for the last six years..Frankie’s passion for supporting healthy communities is evidenced in participation and her ability to give voice to the essential perspective of a community member.
We are honored to nominate Frankie Jarchow for this award in appreciation for her service to the community and her work to help support the mission of Cook County PHHS, supporting the health, safety and well-being of the community"
Alison McIntyre
Cook County Public Health and Human Services Director
Joni Kristenson
Cook County Public Health Nurse
Carla LaPointe
Cook County Public Health and Human Services Advisory Committee Chair
Jerry Lilja
Cook County Public Health and Human Services Advisory Committee Vice Chair

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with this year’s Citizen of the Year. Here’s her conversation with Frankie.
All photos courtesy of Safe Routes to School Committee