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DEKALB COUNTY
TRIBUTE TO HEROES
Three Fires Council - Illinois



You are cordially invited to our 13th Annual


DeKalb County Tribute to Heroes
Thursday October 1, 2015
Kishwaukee College
Jenkins Conference Center
21193 Malta Road - Malta, Illinois

Individual tickets are $50.00 each.

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DEKALB COUNTY
TRIBUTE TO HEROES


An evening to enjoy
        - Scouting exihibits
        - Heavy hors d'ovres
        - Presentation of Awards
        - Tribute to Veterans

Our 2015 Honorees
        - Dan Kenney
        - Rob Larkins
        - Rick Olson
        - Tim and Julie Suter

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To benefit
KISHWAUKEE DISTRICT
THREE FIRES COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA


BSA Council

Three Fires
415 N Second Street
St Charles, Illinois 60174

630-584-9250

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WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT

Your tax deductible contribution goes to support the Three Fires Council especially the CAMPING and YOUTH program in which disadvantaged youth receive support to be able to attend a Boy Scouts of America activity. Individual tickets are $50.00 each.

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DeKalb County
Tribute to Heroes

Our 2015 Honorees

Dan Kenny
Rob Larkins
Rick Olson
Tim & Julie Suter



Honoree
Dan Kenny

Honoree
Dan Kenny

As a retired elementary teacher from DeKalb School District 428, Dan embodies the true meaning of community steward. As founder and director of the nonprofit organization, DeKalb County Community Gardens, Dan has engaged over 70 community organizations, businesses, municipalities, schools and churches to ensure food supply to nearly 20,000 residents who struggle with hunger. In just a few short years the program has grown from a few school based gardens to over 40 growing sites.

Dan is also the president of the board for the Barb Food Mart District 428 School Based Food Pantry. Dan has introduced innovative programs such as the Box of Hope Vegetable Program (fresh local sustainably-grown organic food for people in need), the development of the Walnut Grove Farm that offers agricultural and horticultural experiences and training for individuals with special needs, and expanded the Five Points Forest to increase fruit and berry production. He participates in a wide variety of educational forums, fund raising activities and is currently pursuing the concept of a Food Hub.

In addition to all these, Dan serves on a wide array of boards and commissions. In short, Dan Kenney exemplifies commitment and service to the residents of DeKalb County through his volunteer service and his commitment to providing nutritious food for our county.

Dan has a step-daughter, Amy Smith-Harris, son in-law, Shane Harris, and grand daughter, Emily Harris. He and his wife, Maylan, live in DeKalb.





Honoree
Rob Larkins

A local war hero and family man, Rob continues to serve the community with his physical therapy expertise.

A recipient of the Bronze Star medal in November, 2012, for his accomplishments during his tour of duty in Afghanistan from July, 2009 to March, 2010, he served in a medical team for the second battalion 20th Special Forces group with a mission of providing village medical outreach. He led the operation to bring 400 wheelchairs to disabled people under the Wheels for the World program. The wheelchairs distributed benefited hundreds of people, including some who have never walked. Always interested in the military, Rob has 23 years of service in the Army initially joining the military in hopes of working as a paratrooper.

In 1991, he served as a combat engineer in the Gulf War. After his tour in the Gulf, he decided he wanted to be an Army diver and served for three years with one of those in Germany with a diving detachment, and later with a unit in Somalia. When he came off active duty, he stayed in the National Guard and graduated from NIU in 1999 with a degree in physical therapy. After graduation, he served as a medical specialist corps officer in the Army Reserve.

Rob has been with the 20th Special Forces group since 2006, and has reached the rank of major. Rob, and his wife Sherri, daughter Alexandria (24), sons Jonah (17) and Luke (14) reside in Sycamore, and he is a career physical therapist with Northern Rehab in their DeKalb office.

Always involved in his community, he had taught Sunday School, served on the Kishwaukee YMCA board, and as a junior high basketball coach at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Currently, he is a basketball coach for Sycamore Force.

Honoree
Rob Larkins




Honoree
Rick Olson

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Honoree
Rick Olson

Born in DeKalb in 1953 – in fact, he was the first child born in DeKalb County in that year, and was raised in Waterman, the son of a farmer and a dedicated mother. At age 12 his father passed away and he and his mother moved to DeKalb. In high school, Rick ran cross country, participated in basketball, ran track and played at every level in the music department.

Wanting to be a basketball coach after high school, but not able to afford college and with no scholarships in sight, Rick was told of a Cadet Program the DeKalb Police started. He figured he’d give it a try -- 39 years later, Rick retired from the Sandwich Police Department as their chief.

As a Police Officer Rick learned from experience and from some very dedicated people what it meant to be a public servant and extended this service beyond the police department. He has been a strong advocate for people with special needs and for these victims of domestic violence.

He finally got to coach basketball (as a volunteer) and has been involved in scouting and little league in the Sandwich area for years. Rick also coordinated the “Holiday Wish” program providing gifts for over 150 developmentally handicapped individuals – many of whom have little to no family involvement. These are just a few of the reasons Rick is a true hero.

Rick resides in Sandwich with his wife, Lynn. They have two children, Emily, a counselor at Oswego High School and Mike, an art teacher at Dixon High School, and four beautiful grandchildren.




Honorees
Tim & Julie Suter

Tim was born and raised in DeKalb, graduating from DeKalb High School in 1986 while Julie came to the community to attend NIU in 1987 and has lived here ever since. The two met in 1990 and were married in 1994 and have two children (Madeline and Cullin). Both hold masters degrees (Julie from National Louis University in Curriculum and Instruction, Tim an M.B.A from the executive program at NIU).

After graduating from college, Tim joined The Suter Company, his family’s Sycamore-based, third-generation food processing business and has spent his career there, becoming President & CEO in 1998 after his father retired. The Suter Company is an active supporter of the community, providing countless volunteer hours and financial support to more than 50 local non-profit organizations.

Tim & Julie volunteer their service to multiple local boards including; Barb Food Mart, Hope Haven, DeKalb Education Foundation, DeKalb County Community Foundation (of which Tim is currently the president), and Make A Difference.

Perhaps their greatest passion is for the work they do through Make A Difference for Feed My Starving Children. After volunteering at the event started by Greg & Sherri Howells in 2010, the two immediately fell in love with the cause and have been helping organize an annual MobilePack event ever since. The Suter Company hosts the event each November, which has become the largest volunteer event in the community.

In 2014, Tim & Julie strengthened their commitment to FMSC by traveling on a mission trip to Haiti to help the organization distribute meals to children in need.

Honorees
Tim & Julie Suter






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DeKalb County
Tribute to Heroes

Past Honorees


2003
Rev. Robert Dell
David Juday
Karen Sepaniak
1st Lt. Brian Slavenas
Ging Palma Smith
Chris Spartz
Representative David A. Wirsing
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2010
Robert and Doris Boey
Gordon and Betty Koehling
Michael Larson
Tom Thomas
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2004
Joseph Bussone
Harold Dannewitz
Dee Palmer
Donald Schoo
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2011
Bruce Griffith
Barbara “Boots” Hoffman
Elmer Hughes
Jesus Romero
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2005
David Baker and Open Door Rehabilitation Center .
Jerry Smith
Lucille (Lou) Strack
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2012
Robert E. Coulter
Ken Doubler
Michael J. and Jenelle Muzzillo
Dennis Rehn
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2006
Donald Bark
Cliff Golden
Chuck and Kathy Siebrasse
Sally Stevens
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2013
Evelina Cichy
Denise Curran
Michael Flora
Dave Lindgren
Barry Schrader
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2007
Dorothy Dallinger
Ron Klein
Donna Prain
Berni and Russ Schelkopf
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2014
Les Bellah
Greg & Sherri Howells
Pete Johnson
Franklin & Peg Mall
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2008
Don Grady
The Grandgeorge Family
Mike Mooney
Larry Nelson
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2015
Dan Kenny
Rob Larkins
Rick Olson
Tim & Julie Suter
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2009
Yvonne Johnson
Virginia Larsen
Roger and Marcia Scott
Don Stahl
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DeKalb County
Tribute to Heroes

Contact Information

Admission Fee $50
Sponsorship Opportunities begin at $75


For more information, sponsorship or tickets

CONTACT:

Matthew Faltz (630)797-4623
or matthew.faltz@scouting.org



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Three Fires Council
Boy Scouts of America



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