Community groups co-host local citizen awards
by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont/information submitted by Dondra Menzel
The Dupree Community Club co-hosted the Ziebach County Historical Society annual meeting, Monday, January 28, 2013, with ZCHS during the club’s meeting with a special program and dinner.
Historian of the Year and Citizen of the Year were presented to those nominated and chosen for this merit-based recognition.
Darla Vrooman was recognized at the 2012 Citizen of the Year for her multi-faceted service to the community.
“Darla has been active in the Ziebach County Historical Society since its inception and now holds the office of president in that organization. She worked diligently with Donnie Sprague in putting together the Ziebach County 1910-2010 picture book. She was instrumental in the fundraising, grant application and acquisition of the Lucile Silverman First Lady Dolls for the Historical Society,” wrote Dondra Menzel, in her nomination letter for Vrooman.
“She took over as Secretary/Treasurer of the Pioneer Days Rodeo Committee several years ago and has picked up many extra tasks with that position to keep the Pioneer Days celebration running smoothly and efficiently.”
Vrooman was also commended for her instrumental planning and implementation of Dupree’s Centennial celebration.
Trula (Horn) Fields of Sturgis was recognized as the 2012 Historian of the Year for her book, entitled, “A Baker’s Dozen,” her constant support for the Ziebach County Historical Society and for her work in education and administration.
Fields and her husband, Bill Fields, moved to a ranch in Ziebach County in 1947 and raised their family. During that time, Fields taught the rural schools of Sunnybrook, White Swan and Fairview. They moved to Dupree in 1957 and Fields became Ziebach County Superintendent of Schools until 1960. They moved to the Black Hills in 1979. She retired from her educational career in 1991 after 22 years of teaching and 22 years as an administrator.
Jim Nelson gave a historical talk for the Ziebach County Historical Society annual meeting program.