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Monday, January 30, 2023

Naperville Jaycees present 39th Annual Distinguished Service Awards


Above / Pictured are Katy Leclair, Daniel Perez, Fire Marshall Scott Scheller, Chad Pedigo, Jim Croat, Ann Lord, Ron Keller and Karen Coleman. With more than a century of combined service to the Naperville Municipal Band, Ann Lord and Ron Keller were honored together with the Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Naperville Jaycees 39th Annual Distinguished Service Awards were presented Thursday evening in the Pavilion at Meson Sabika with Zakery Kates serving as Master of Ceremonies.

Every Distinguished Service Award (DSA) special event recognizes local individuals and organizations for their community spirit and dedication to Naperville.

2017 DSA Honorees

  • Todd Holmberg, Educator (with Redhawk)
  • Nabila Qadri, Student Volunteer
  • Fire Marshall Scott Scheller, Public Employee
  • 360 Youth Services, Non-Profit Organization since 1971, represented by Katy Leclair
  • Marquette Properties, Business, represented by Nick Ryan
  • Dr. Sangita Rangala, Healthcare Professional
  • Michael Ochs, Community Leader
  • Ron Keller & Ann Lord, Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award

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With more than a century of combined service to the Naperville Municipal Band, Director Ron Keller and Emcee Ann Lord were recognized together with the Charles “Chuck” Bueche Lifetime Achievement Award. During their time at the podium, they reminisced about growing up in Naperville three houses from each other. With good humor, Lord repeatedly mentioned that she was eight years older than her neighborhood buddy.

Keller informed this group of Naperville Jaycees that back in the year 2000 their service organization had stepped up to donate $40,000 to the new Naperville Community Concert Center in Central Park. The Jaycees’ donation was the most generous gift of all.

Keller noted that back then he had challenged the community to contribute to the $200,000 fundraising campaign for interior furnishings with the promise that he would write a march for the group that donated the most. And he wrote the “March of the Naperville Jaycees.”

At 3PM Sun., April 30, the Naperville Municipal Band will perform its spring concert in the Wentz Concert Hall. Emcee Ann Lord again will provide the narration as the 100-piece band performs with special guest professional vocalist and internationally-acclaimed soprano Cindy Halgrimson. And in honor of the Jaycees’ generosity, Keller said the band will perform the Jaycees’ march.

The 39th Annual DSA Committe was led by Miranda Barfuss*. Committee members were Kelly Beyer, Karen Coleman*, Matt Eastman*, James Groat*, Zak Kates, Sue Navalgund, Chad Pedigo*, Daniel Perez*, Greg Siegel*, Danielle Tufano* and Katie Williams.   *Presented Distinguished Service Awards to Recipients.

The 2017 sponsors included Awards and Fine Gifts, The Charles D. Bueche Family, Meson Sabika, Minuteman Press Naperville, Elements of Water Street and Ron Hume Photography.

Naperville Jaycees Fun & Fundraising

Widely-known for the Last Fling and Labor Day Parade, a four-day family festival held for fun, live concerts and tradition over Labor Day Weekend, the Naperville Jaycees is a nonprofit service organization with more than 120 young people dedicated to personal development through community service.

Next up is Lobster Day on May 13. Place orders for live or cooked North Atlantic Lobsters and Casey’s Foods filet mignon. Lobsters weigh on average 1¼ to 1½ pounds and are available for $20 each or cooked for $25 each. The filets are 6-8 oz. for $13. “Lobster kits” are available that come with a claw cracker, a bib, and a small fork (for getting that hard to reach claw meat!) Lobsters and filets will be available for pick-up at Pepe’s, 1270 East Chicago Avenue in Naperville (note the new location), 11AM-5PM on Sat., May 13. The deadline for orders is Mon., May 8.  ORDER TODAY!

Then it’ll be time for more fun and songs with the Naperville Jaycees Lip Sync Battle on June 23 at Center Stage Theater. Save the date.

The organization provides Naperville area residents with the opportunity to better themselves and to grow personally and professionally while giving through community service and fund raising efforts. Through their fund raising efforts, the Naperville Jaycees are able to donate funds to nonprofit organizations in the community and throughout DuPage County.

Jaycees Creed

We believe: That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;

That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;

That economic justice can best be won by free man through free enterprise;

That government should be of laws rather than of man;

That Earth’s great treasure lies in human personality;

And that service to humanity is the best work of life.



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