Byline: Pat Kirchherr
If you are Ila M. Bauer, 2002 YWCA Woman of Achievement award winner in public service and mayor of Round Lake Park serving her fifth year in her second term, retirement does not mean relax, rest or relocate, but rather reinvent (yourself), receive recognition or run for office.
Chief Bruce Johnson of Round Lake Park Police Department responded to the requests for nominations from the YWCA for Women of Achievement issued in January by submitting a very complete application for Bauer. His personal recommendation included words like "go to" person, "excellent leadership," "gets the job done by giving 110 percent to every commitment," "inspires others" and "emphatically deserving" in nominating Bauer.
Marty Williams, YWCA Marketing and Development Director reports that this year there were an exceptional number of outstanding applications with the category for public service being the most competitive.
Williams said, "The YWCA is an organization dedicated to women and girls and the caliber of Ila Bauer as a role model reflects positively for the community as a whole." Bauer was the unanimous winner for this year's public service award. …