In the spirit of the holidays, we dedicate this month's edition of Elgin's Five Fabulous Facts to the six volunteers that were recognized at our 38th Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon event on November 21, 2017 at Elgin Community College. We call this our Five...err...Six Fabulous "Folks".
Photo by James Harvey Photography
Tom Brockner of Tom’s Auto Clinic has been keeping Elgin’s tires on the road since 1969. His business philosophy has always been providing quality service. That service mentality applies to Tom’s civic life as well. As a member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Tom has served in every capacity on the DNA board, including President and has volunteered for nearly every DNA event over the years. Tom is also a long-standing member of the Elgin Noon Kiwanis Club, where he runs the group’s annual Peanut Days sales as well as volunteering at the Annual Kiwanis BBQ and the Fox Trot Beer Tent.
Sylvia Hiple has volunteered with the Community Crisis Center since 2013 as a hospital advocate and community educator. Ms. Hiple has averaged 5 to 10 hours of volunteer service each month as a hospital advocate. She also assists the Crisis Center by volunteering at domestic violence and sexual assault awareness events within the community. As a member of the St. Hubert Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry, and as a frequent volunteer at informational tables sponsored by the Crisis Center, Ms. Hiple has played an important role in increasing community awareness to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.
As president of the NorthEast Neighborhood Association of Elgin, Eric played a large role in bringing the Dennis Jurs bike race to Elgin. The event honored the memory of Elgin cyclist Dennis Jurs with a full day of professional and elite amateur bicycle racing, combined with bicycling safety clinics, kids’ races, and a neighborhood festival with food, drink and music all in Elgin’s Spring-Douglas historic district. Eric also partnered NENA with NHS of the Fox Valley as this year's featured neighborhood for the annual Neighbor Works day, where he personally executed the neighborhood outreach and secured 10 residences for the project. He also is the current chair of Elgin's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Executive Director of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Terry Dunning does not seek recognition. Throughout his life, he has received awards and accolades, statewide, nationally and internationally for his profession and company. He has led boards and committees at his church First United Methodist Church, First Community Bank and other notable Elgin institutions. Terry is a long-time member of the Elgin Noon Rotary Club where he oversaw the first women members admitted to Rotary, helped raise over $130,000 for Polio Plus Project, and donated $7,000 to Elgin's Softball Complex Park Project.
Karen Fox is instrumental in shaping the future of our community. Gail Borden Library’s efforts to reach children in the community via the annual summer reading challenge, dynamic exhibits and programming play an important part of Elgin’s future. Having a strong partnership with School District U-46 has helped the library in reaching these children. Karen’s assistance has been invaluable when it comes to major exhibits such as SuperCroc in 2013, Discover Space in 2016 and this year’s Dinosaur Giants. Karen lends her time and talents toward writing scripts for exhibit tour docents and she has even portrayed Mrs. Santa Claus for holiday reading programs.
Every organization needs a volunteer like Karen Schock: someone who often quietly works behind the scenes, dedicated hours and hours to help bring exciting exhibits and programming to this community. She has been involved as a volunteer at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for over 10 years, including her most recent term as Board Chair. At Gail Borden Public Library, she presides over the team that runs the annual book sale and recently joined the Foundation board to lend her expertise to special events. She has been a docent for the Elgin Historic House Walks, has portrayed outstanding historic women in the Bluff City Cemetery Walk, volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club, and was president of the charter school exploration for U-46.