Greenwood Chamber delivers belated citizen award to Ribbie Hinker

When the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on April 14, the plan was to honor Ribbie Hinker with the group’s annual citizen of the year award. The honoree had become ill, however, and could not attend.
Ribbie has been convalescing at his home near Greenwood since then, and Chamber members stopped in last week to present the belated Citizen of the Year plaque. The award was given to him for the numerous roles he has taken on over the years to help his native community.
The following narrative was provided by his family:
“Robert “Ribbie” Hinker was born and raised in Greenwood. Living in the community for over 69 years, as a ‘hometown’ boy, Ribbie has provided many years of involvement and dedication to help make Greenwood a better place to grow and raise a family.
“Ribbie and Donna have raised their own two children in Greenwood as well. Their daughter Amy (Hinker) Standiford currently resides with her own family (husband Shawn and boys Storm and Sawyer) in Eau Claire and operates her own home daycare as well as being the commissioner for the Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley. Their son, Justin, an FIS Global sales manager, along with his wife Lori and his two boys, Maxwell and Taye live in Excelsior, Minn.
“‘Family is first …’ and being a grandpa has always been one of the proudest titles Ribbie has held. You can often find Ribbie attending one of his grandson’s events and being their biggest fan in the stands.
“While owning the Blue Mirror Bar and Bowling Alley for 11 years, many patrons also became family. Ribbie and Donna took great pride in owning and managing their establishment, which could be seen and felt by the many regulars who came in.

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