Special Mission Recognition was awarded to Darell Tilberg on Sunday, May 24, during worship services at the Onida United Methodist Church. Tilberg was chosen by members of the United Methodist Women for his unselfish work for the church.
While making the presentation, Curt Reich, previous recipient of the recognition, stated that it wouldn't take long before it becomes apparent of whom he was speaking. "This person was not raised in Onida, was raised on a farm and has farmed in Sully County. He has made many vital contributions to our community and our church.
From his professional career to his community involvement, he has touched the lives of many people, myself included. Some of the awards he has received include the Onida Masonic Lodge award for Distinguished Service, Governor's Employee Excellence Award, Wildlife Officer of the Year from Shikar-Safari International, and the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from Lions Club International. He was president of the SD Peace Officers and of the SD Conservation Officers Associations.
"I know he would shrug those awards off and say his biggest reward is his family: his wife, two children and five grandchildren," Reich said.
"His involvement in the community includes the Lions Club, Sully County Fairboard and serving for many years as president of the Church Council, but he does so much more behind the scenes for the betterment of our church. I would go on but I don't want to overshadow this award, so I give you the 2020 UMW Mission Recognition Pin recipient, sometimes colleague, sometimes mentor, all the time, my friend, Darell Tilberg."