Know Someone Generous? Give Them Some Recognition
Byline: Joan Broz
If you know someone who gives of their time and talents to others, who worked through an obstacle or who cared for a neighbor in need - turn them in.
Do you know a group or business that deserves a pat on the back? Do you know someone who did what is right as a personal act of courage?
Nominate the person, business or group for a Lisle Community Character Counts! Pillar Award. Pillars are designed to honor young people, adults, businesses or groups whose action and achievement demonstrate qualities associated with good character.
Pillars are Lisle's way of thanking everyday people who are a positive in the equation that makes the village click. Perhaps it's a clerk who welcomes his or her customers by name, an educator who goes the extra mile, a young person who turns in a found item to the proper authorities or a neighbor who organizes the yearly block party. The possibilities are endless.
The awards acknowledge that anybody can be a person of character. It recognizes good character comes in a variety of forms and at its best enriches the community. The awards also serve to remind us of all the countless acts of kindness and courage that happen daily. They serve to inspire others and help identify everyday heroes.
The only restriction is that the nominated person must live, work or attend school in Lisle. All ages are welcome. Nominations will be judged in categories applying to one of the six pillars of Character Counts! - trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Character Counts! is a national movement designed to instill good values in young people.
Award winners receive a certificate of appreciation and a Character Counts! pin. Winners will be given awards at a regular televised meeting of the village board in May and will be included in an upcoming village newsletter.
Lisle's first Pillars were presented in the fall to Patty Brechlin, Mark Briel, William Carroll, Celeste Giles, Shana Greenburg, Stella Gut, Phil Hubbert, Bridget Kelly, Joanne Kuttner, Christy Scriba, Chris Soltis, Carrie Straub and Katie Straub. Awards also were given to Lisle business Bead With Me and, in the group category, to Kidz in the Biz.
The Lisle Character Counts! committee began in 2003 when cofounders Debbie Pallardy and Pat DeAngelo shared their vision with the village's In Touch Committee of adopting the national Character Counts! program locally. One component of the national program is Pursuing Victory with Honor, formed to prepare sport leaders, coaches, parents and counselors on the ethical aspects of sport and sportsmanship with practical decision-making techniques. …