Jeanne Ives, representative in the Illinois State House in the 42nd District, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Pearl Harbor Memorial Luncheon at the Gaslite Manor, Monday, Dec. 10. The annual luncheon is sponsored by the Navy League of Aurora Council 247. (The Voice incorrectly listed the date in last week’s issue as Monday, Dec. 3 and regrets the error.)
The Ted Brattin Awards are a part of an occasion to honor Fox Valley area youth.
These awards are presented in memory of Ted Brattin, an Aurora businessman, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He was involved in founding the Aurora Council of the Navy League and the Aurora-Naperville Rotary Club. The annual award is presented to youth who, like Ted Brattin, have shown outstanding leadership and selfless service to the community.
In September Aurora University president, Dr. Rebecca Sherrick, sent out more than 160 letters to churches and schools in the Fox Valley area.
The letters contain the nomination form and ask recipients to nominate their young people who exhibit qualities of civic involvement, leadership and community service.
The Rotary Club of Aurora compiles all of the submitted nomination forms, reviews them, and selects 10 winners. They will be honored at the luncheon. The Rotary pays for awards and pays for luncheon tickets for the winners, two guests, and their nominator. The Navy League Aurora Council pays for the award winners’ luncheon tickets.
Ives 42nd District includes all or portions of Wheaton, Warrenville, West Chicago, Winfield, Carol Stream, Lisle, and Naperville. She was first elected in 2012. Representative Ives was graduated in the West Point Class of 1987. She went on to serve in the U.S. Army. Her assignments included platoon leader and headquarters detachment commander for transportation units in Germany and ROTC instructor in Wheaton College. She resigned from the Army in 1993 to raise her children and at the same time worked as a tax advisor and bookkeeper for small businesses and individuals. She has lived in Wheaton for 25 years with her husband, Paul, a USMA Class of 1987 graduate, and their five children. She is a parent volunteer at her children’s schools and has been coaching the St. Michael boys and girls cross country teams for 11 years.