by Elizabeth Rago
SUGAR GROVE—At a young age, Laurene Geary learned from her parents the importance of giving back to your community.
A resident of the Sugar Grove community since 1996, Laurene is rather familiar with area politics, and that’s a big reason why she’s running for Sugar Grove Township Board as a write-in candidate. Her husband, Village Board trustee Kevin Geary, has provided a considerable amount of inspiration.
“Kevin always gives 110 percent to everything he does, be it family, being a trustee and being a friend,” Laurene said. “I couldn’t let him have all the fun.”
With two open vacancies on the SG Township Board, Laurene felt compelled to step in. Due to the combination of being immersed in the community by positive exposure from her husband, and the fact that her parents raised her to give back and participate within the area in which she lives, it was only natural that Laurene have the urge to fill one of the vacancies.
“My parents raised us to be proud of the work you do and community you live in,” Laurene said. “I love being involved with the residents, from working at the Sugar Grove Library to being involved with Holiday in the Grove.”
In the role of township trustee, Laurene sees her service and support of area seniors and the Senior Center to be of the upmost importance. Located at 54 Snow St., the Senior Center offers information about adult-oriented recreational opportunities, and allows residents to receive social service assistance. Seniors regularly enjoy fellowship in the form of cards, board games, bingo, fitness activities and crafts.
Believing in smaller, more effective government, Laurene wants to create a Share-A-Ride or a possible Pace transportation for residents around town, and sees the role of township trustee as being part of a team, just as the township residents are part of the team.
Listening to township residents and being readily available to inquire about services or address concerns about the township, Laurene hopes to make Sugar Grove village offices more available to those they serve.
“This role of being a Sugar Grove Township trustee will be another way for me to be involved with the wonderful residents who like to give their time to the community,” she said. “I especially love serving the town and the township by participating in annual events like the Sugar Grove Corn Boil and Holiday in the Grove.”