Ronald Hayes wins Heckendorf award

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NEW Credit Union President Lisa Gilligan, left, presents the 2018 H.P. Heckendorf Community Service Award to Ronald Hayes of Oconto. (Contributed photo)

Ronald Hayes of Oconto is the recipient of the 2018 H.P. Heckendorf Community Service Award, NEW Credit Union announced last week.

Hayes received a $250 check, and the charity of his choice, Bread by the Bay in Oconto, received a matching donation of $250.

The award, sponsored by NEW Credit Union for the 16th year, is named for Harold P. Heckendorf — a longtime volunteer board member who promoted the credit union’s philosophy of “people helping people” and was very active in his church and local community.

Hayes has been president of the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce since 2008 and is also a member of the Oconto Tourism Committee, NEWCAP civic revitalization program and OCEDC Micro Loan program.

He has been very active in the community as Little League and Babe Ruth coach for many years; a WIAA basketball, football and baseball official for 25 years; Oconto School Board member; and past president of the Oconto Park & Recreation Committee, where he served as oversight chairperson for the construction of the Aegeson Lake Pool.

One of Hayes’ greatest accomplishments was as chairman of the Oconto City Hall Building Committee in 1990. He was also the Jaycees Outstanding Young Man and and an officer of the Oconto Elks Club.

Hayes also helped to organize the annual Oconto Hospital’s Golf Outing and Raffle in the past. Recently, Hayes was instrumental in bringing the Open Air Convertible Club car show to Main Street Oconto. He is also on the pedestrian bridge committee for the bridge project over the Oconto River and is currently seeking pledges and grants for that project.

He was born in Oconto in 1947, the son of Florence Hayes and the late Harvey Hayes, and has lived in the community all his life. The oldest of five children, he graduated from Oconto High School in 1965. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 31 years, and they have three children – Ron Hayes Jr., Lori Zavada and Sara Perrizo – seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.