By Linda Titel
Ann Shears is the Citizen of the Year for Shiocton 2019.
Shears is unsure of who nominated her for the award but has a suspicion that it was a collaboration between her daughter Chelsi Brown and Shears’ good friend Cheryl Pahlow. She received a letter in the mail that said she was nominated and will be awarded the Shiocton Citizen of the Year for 2019.
Shears has lived in Shiocton for over thirty years and said she just loves the Shiocton community.
Shears works at Bank First in Appleton and Seymour as an assistant vice president, she has been in finance for 30 plus years.
Shears has been involved in many activities and groups and is very active in her church, Saint Denis of Shiocton. She is a lector for St. Denis Church and has taught catechism for 10 years now. She is also on the finance committee, schedules the snow plowing, shoveling and participates in brat frys, the Annual Cabbage Chuck and anywhere else she is needed for the church.
Shears is also on the planning and zoning board for the Town of Bovina.
She is the committee chair member for “Families in Need” an organization out of Shiocton.
She volunteers for a lot of school events, she teaches identity theft and is part of “Reality Check” where she teaches students how to handle their finances in real life. She does some career path education and teaches high school students knowledge of how important finances will be in their future and every day life.
Shears said, “I do what I can, I always consider three things: Do I have time to do it? Do I have talent enough to be a benefit to do it? Am I able to do treasures, maybe, with money? Sometimes I can do all three sometimes only one or two but I take a look at that and that is how I make my decisions on what I get involved with.”
Shears said she is honored and humbled by the recognition. She said, “It was very unexpected and it’s a wonderful reward, I have been to the banquets in the past, you never really picture yourself as that [person] It’s a great honor, it’s a great community to be part of. I love a good party and I’m looking forward to it [the banquet] so I can celebrate with family and friends.”
Shears is the youngest of 12 children. She is not from Shiocton, she was brought up in a small town in Florence County.
Shears said, “Due to unforeseen circumstances I ended up in Shiocton and loved it, the community, the river and the people were so friendly, it’s a wonder I stayed after looking around and seeing what the people and community have done it was easy to call this place [Shiocton] home.”
Shears’ family includes her husband Jim, a married daughter Chelsi Brown, husband Brett and granddaughters Audrey and Anna. Shears also has two sons, Clayton, 19, attends the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and Carson 16, is a sophomore at Shiocton High School.
Shears said, “I love being part of this community, when you look around at all the people that make up all the great things about Shiocton it’s easy to step up and become part of it because you make so many friends doing it, great memories and you do good things for the community.”
Shears banquet is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at the River Rail in Shiocton. Social hour is at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets are $16/person and are available at the River Rail, Johnson’s Hardware and the Pump and Munch Gas station.