OSCEOLA COUNTY — The Osceola County Community Foundation is known for financially assisting the county through various programs, projects and goals. Once each year, the foundation also recognizes individuals for their exemplary service to the community with the presentation of the Chief Osceola Award.

This year it was presented to Roger Elkins.

"I was surprised by it to say the least," Elkins said of the award. "It never crossed my mind that I would receive it."

Elkins was born in Chase, attended Ferris State University and has lived in Osceola County since 1969. He's a former Evart city manager and mayor, is a current Osceola County Commissioner and serves on the Evart Local District Finance Committee Board. He also was a founding member of Osceola County Habitat for Humanity and volunteers at the Marion Community of Christ Church in Marion.

Elkins said he feels its important for individuals to give back to their community and encourages county residents to get involved.

Larry Emig also was recognized for his role as OCCF Director of Public Relations. After four years of helping represent the foundation to the community, spreading the word about the foundation's progress and more, Emig is stepping down from the position.

"It was a good step to take in the beginning because I enjoyed being involved, know who's who and have a strong faith in the foundation," Emig said. "But now I feel it's time to focus on other areas."

Though he will no longer serve in the position of public relations director, he plans to continue to be actively involved in the foundation through various committees. In addition, he and his wife have established an endowment fund in the Emig name.