Best of Glen Ellyn

Each month the Glen Ellyn Park District review the district’s volunteers and participants to find those who best exemplify the interests of the park district. These people are then recognized as the Best of Glen Ellyn at a Park Board meeting. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, email support@gepark.org with your nomination and details.

2017

Gymnastics Instructors

Date: January 5, 2017
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners recognized Nicki Tazelaar, Beth Rosch, Nick Maruyama, Donna Murphy, Maggie Wilhite, Lauren Rayer, and Sarah DeStefano for their hard work, commitment and dedication to the Park District Gymnastics program. The Gymnastics Program runs approximately 25 classes each session for children ages 18 months to 14 years old. Class enrollment has been on the rise since 2014 with an average of 240 kids enrolled per session. The program has grown in popularity over the last few years, due in large part to the fantastic and dedicated coaching staff.

The Park District is fortunate to have these truly extraordinary and devoted coaches. Without them, the program would certainly not be what it is today.

Ackerman SFC Staff

Date: February 21, 2017
The Park District recognized the hard work and outstanding dedication of the following employees from Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center at the February 21st meeting: Joan Bry, Beatriz Clark, Cheryl Conley, Stan Emmert, Pete Heinrich, Carlos Hernandez, Karen Johnson, Jen Karlson, Ken Karlson, Jessica Lang, Matt Larmore, Patti Lawler, Brett Love, Gerry Smith, Janet Vargas, Scott Watkins and Myron Yocum.

Don St. Clair

Date: March 4, 2017
Don St. Clair was named the Glen Ellyn Park District Volunteer of the Year at the annual Glen Ellyn Community Awards Breakfast on Saturday, March 4, 2017. As an original member of the Park District’s Citizens’ Finance Committee, Don’s efforts over the past six years have provided guidance and direction for the Park Board of Commissioners, helping develop a financial template which has resulted in saving the community countless dollars while maximizing financial resources. Don’s efforts include work on a long-term capital asset replacement program for the District, comparative analyses of other park districts, and financial analyses of projects such as the indoor aquatic study, platform tennis courts, Newton Park synthetic turf project, and the Lake Ellyn Park and Boathouse improvements.

 

2016

Bill Cleaver

Date: February 16, 2016
A longtime resident of Glen Ellyn, Bill has volunteered countless hours over the years working with Park District staff, coaches, players and parents to provide a quality soccer experience for the residents of Glen Ellyn and surrounding communities through the Lakers Futbol Club. Bill has served in many capacities, most recently as the co-chairman of the Lakers Executive Committee, charged with overseeing the entire organization including the boys and girls travel teams and the annual Lakers Fall Classic Soccer Tournament. Working closely with Park District staff, he has helped manage and coordinate hundreds of soccer volunteers as well as interacting closely with the professional training staff.

Bill’s passion for the Lakers program is undeniable in the countless hours he has spent coaching and managing, as well as leading the Lakers Executive Committee. With his calm demeanor, logical decision making and determination to focus on what was best for the entire program, Bill has long provided outstanding leadership and direction. His legacy will be that of a strong youth soccer organization in which participants improve not only as soccer players, but also as people.

Gary Mayo

Date: March 22, 2016
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners recognized Gary Mayo for his service as a Park District Commissioner the past five years along with his efforts and overall dedication to the Glen Ellyn community over the last several years.

While achieving and contributing to many significant accomplishments, Gary’s dedication and his desire to do what was in the best interest of the District was his most lasting achievement. Every decision, every public statement, every vote was made with considerable thought, thorough research and extensive consideration. From approval of the consent agenda to a vote on an annual budget, Gary did so informed, knowledgeable and in the best interest of the Glen Ellyn Park District.

Glen Ellyn Speedskating Club

Date: May 17, 2016
Founded in 1938, the Glen Ellyn Speedskating Club has a proud tradition of introducing skaters from ages four to over 70 years old to the sport of speedskating. The Club is comprised of skaters of all ages, abilities, and interest levels ranging from novice and recreational skaters who enjoy the cardio workout and club environment to skaters who have Olympic and World Team aspirations. The club is the largest speedskating organization in the United States and last year registered the most new members as well as the most skaters under the age of eleven. In recent years, the club has excelled both internationally and at the national level.

The club’s head coach is Carl Cepuran, a longtime Glen Ellyn resident. Carl has dedicated significant time and effort to the club and the sport of speedskating and was honored in 2016 at the United States Speedskating board meeting as the Volunteer Coach of the Year. Other members of the Glen Ellyn Speedskating Club that reside in Glen Ellyn include Elise Brinich, Isabella Main, Ethan Cepuran, Melissa Koenig and Michael Koenig.

Mike Formento

Date: August 16, 2016
The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners recognized Mike Formento, longtime Glen Ellyn community leader and supporter of the Glen Ellyn Park District throughout the past years.

After eight years of leading the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce as the Executive Director, Mike has stepped down from his position. During his tenure with the Chamber of Commerce, Mike was instrumental in producing many of the events enjoyed by hundreds of families throughout the community along with thousands of people from surrounding areas. Through his tireless efforts and passion for Glen Ellyn, Mike’s hard work provided entertainment for many while promoting and supporting Glen Ellyn’s local businesses.

Mike, known as “Mr. Glen Ellyn”, has long been involved in the community, including being Village of Glen Ellyn president from 1981 to 1989. Mike also served on the DuPage County Board and the DuPage County Forest Preserve Board for many years.

Dain Colliander & Ryan Bodzoich

Date: September 1, 2016
The Glen Ellyn Park District acknowledged the contributions of two Eagle Scouts who completed their projects this past spring/summer with the Park District. Both gentlemen pursued construction projects that will benefit park users and wildlife found within our community’s natural areas.

Dain Colliander built twenty two (22) bird houses in total, ten (10) of the structures were designed for wrens and/or chickadees, ten (10) houses for bluebirds and/or tree swallows, and two (2) were large wood duck boxes. Ryan Bodzoich designed, planned and helped construct a park bench and large kiosk located by the main parking lot of Churchill Park near the picnic shelter. Both required considerable time and work and their willingness to work cooperatively with the Glen Ellyn 1 Park District will benefit the community for years to come.

Dan Minkus

Date: October 18, 2016
For over 20 years, Dan has been an integral part of the Glen Ellyn soccer community as a parent-coach in the House League program, a volunteer coordinator on the House League soccer committee, and as a volunteer for numerous soccer clinics and instructional programs. He continues his roles as a volunteer soccer coach to this day and has volunteered as a coordinator in the Columbus Day Classic, now the Lakers Fall Classic Soccer Tournament. Dan has committed countless hours and time to ensure all players have a positive experience regardless of their level of play. The Park District is truly fortunate to have someone like Dan who freely gives of his time, energy and dedication to the programs.

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