by Susan Oâ€™Neill
When a Sugar Grove Township Community House Board member decided to retire, the opening encouraged two Sugar Grove residents to get involved.
The three positions on the board are president, secretary and treasurer. The elected board decides how to split the responsibilities.
The Community House is a public facility open to the community for meetings, parties and sports events. It has a gym, kitchen and large gathering areas. The board maintains and makes improvements to the building, oversees its operations, keeps it stocked and schedules its use.
The election involves two long-term board members and two new candidates for the three positions.
Lil Adams, who has served on the board for more than 30 years, said she has the maturity and the sense of responsibility to successfully handle the responsibilities involved. She said it is a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day-job. She said she has a strong feeling for the building and has worked hard to keep it updated. She would like to continue providing her services to the community, keeping the building accessible to everyone in the community.
Stan Schumacher, who has served on the board for approximately 25 years, said that with his background in finance, he is equipped to handle the budgets and has been successful in organizing and running projects to improve and maintain the building.
His other community involvement has included organizing girls’ softball in Sugar Grove. He was coach and board member for the Northern Illinois Thunder, a girls traveling fast pitch team. He is a past commander of the American Legion.
He said the Community House is a fixture in the community, and he takes a lot of pride in its upkeep and use. He wants to make sure it stays well-maintained and presentable. His company, Midwest Ground Cover, designed the landscaping for the building and upgraded everything a few years ago.
Dan Long said he has a lot of energy and would like to help expand the activities and programs offered for children, as well as generate some new activities in the gym, such as an adult volleyball league. He has coached grade school and high school sports and was a successful fundraiser for the girls’ basketball team.
Tim Wilson said that owning a home for 16 years has given him a good understanding of what it takes to maintain a building and hire others for some of the work. He lives directly across the street from the Community House and said his proximity is a plus for keeping a watchful eye on the building.
He said he would like to make the building even more accessible and available than it is currently. He said he considers the building the crown jewel of Sugar Grove and wants to keep it in good shape.
â€¢ Currently board treasurer and
community house scheduler
â€¢ Adams makes reservations, collects
money from users and pays the bills.
She keeps the building supplied and
works with maintenance people
â€¢ 41 years in Sugar Grove
â€¢ Served on the board for
more than 30 years
â€¢ Retired telephone operator for AT&T
â€¢ Current board president
â€¢ Schumacher oversees the building
operations and coordinates with
township, manages projects for
capital improvements, creates the
budgets and tax levies
â€¢ Served on the board for
approximately 25 years
â€¢ VP of Finance for Midwest Ground
Covers, St. Charles
â€¢ 16 years in Sugar Grove
â€¢ Outside plant technician for AT&T,
Sugar Grove area
â€¢ 13 years in Sugar Grove
â€¢ Material handler for parts distribution
center for International Truck and
Engine, West Chicago