The Pekin Marigold Committee picked the 2018 Marigold Grand Marshal because of his giving nature and his love for the community and the people in it, said Committee Vice Charwoman Baylee Gambetti.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Pekin Kiwanis. As Marigold Grand Marshal, Dale Sandrock will judge the Lip Sync Contest and the Sidewalk Chalk Contest. He will also be at most of the events and be honored during the entire festival. The grand marshall does not have to be a part of the Marigold Festival event.

“The committee cares a lot more about who the person is and what the person has done,” said Gambetti. “So it’s all about the community — giving back to Pekin, things they’ve done around town. They are very community service driven.

“Starting with Kiwanis, (Sandrock has) been a member for decades. He’s currently serving on our board of directors. He was on the Pekin Library Board and Friends of the Library.” 

The nomination letter stated, “Dale cares deeply for his community and is consistently doing what he can to make the world around him a better place. It has always been important to Dale to help others. It is no secret that he assists his neighbors by cutting grass and removing snow. After the North Pekin tornado, Dale spent many hours using his heavy equipment to clean up the area.”

He and his wife, Lela, hosted foreign exchange students through Youth For Understanding.

Sandrock also:

• Recently started a recognition program to encourage and honor members of the Boys and Girls Club of Pekin for honesty, leadership, good decisions, and volunteering.

• Provides the Dale and Lela Sandrock Scholarship to two graduates of Pekin Community High School in the top 50 percent of their graduating class with financial need and the opportunity to earn a four-year college degree. 

• Has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin for 22 years. He also currently serves on  the board. He recently purchased a kettle corn maker that will help in the club’s fundraising efforts for years to come, and he made a generous donation through the club for the Fund a Ride for Austin and Jackson Project, which provided a handicap accessible van for two brothers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. 

• Served on the Pekin Public Library board, the Pekin Concert Association, and as a Deacon and youth leader at First Christian Church. He is a member of  the Pekin Barbershop Chorus. 

• Member of the Tazewell County Museum and Education Center. 

• Donates to the University of Illinois Foundation for trophies at the 4-H Fair, summer band concerts in Mineral Springs Park, the Salvation Army of Pekin, Carol’s House of Hope, AMBUCS and many more.

Information provided by the Pekin Kiwanis Club.