Citizen of the Year

Awarded annually to recognize residents that exemplify community spirit and involvement. (H2)

Initiated in 1977, the Citizen of the Year is selected annually by the Rogers Lions Club Board of Directors. The award honors a Rogers Minnesota resident who exemplifies community spirit and involvement. The award is presented during the annual Rockin' Rogers Days festival where the winner is honored as the Grand Marshall of the parade.

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John Seifert named 2022 Rogers Citizen of the Year

Every year at Rockin’ Rogers, a Rogers Citizen of the Year is announced. The 2022 Citizen of the Year is John Seifert.

Seifert is a life-long resident of Rogers and has served the community for more than 30 years as the city’s Public Works Director. He started working with the city in 1982 and then became the director in 1987.

He just retired in 2021 and since April is working at the Albertville water treatment plant. Seifert has helped grow Rockin’ Rogers to where it is today by working with the Rogers Lions.

“[We] took it from what it was initially just a Rogers celebration and chili cook-off to what it is today,” Seifert said. “The Lions did a great job with growing it to what it is today.”

Seifert has kept busy working in the community of Rogers. He has volunteered with the Rogers Fire Department for more than 26 years, was the president of the Rogers Community Club that supports athletics and special projects in the city and started the Rogers Fire Department Auxiliary.

“I’ve found a great deal of volunteer projects in the community in the last 40 plus years I’ve lived in Rogers,” Seifert said. “I’ve been trying to find ways to create a sense of community by volunteering to build and assist in projects that bring the community closer together for different gatherings and purposes.”

There were also a lot of projects that were started and completed by Seifert in his time working for the city, including the opening the Rogers Community Center right before he retired. Another big project Seifert contributed to while working with the city was helping with fundraising for the Rogers Veterans Memorial in 2014.

“I think to a fault a service to others through the fire department and volunteering for the community and other work, giving back has been a source of great pride,” Seifert said. “When they gave [the Citizen of the Year award] to me I was like isn’t this for the old guys?”

Seifert encourages younger people to give back to the community as he has, whether that is at the high school or other programs. Seifert attributes the strong community of Rogers apart to how strong the Rogers Lions are as a group and the community’s dedication to the city. He credits Jack Hines and Judy Walker, who dedicated a lot of years to the community and allowed him to take the lead from them.