Serenity Hospice Nurse Peggy Richard to be Honored at Reception on Jan. 26

Serenity Hospice and Home reluctantly announces the retirement of Peggy Richard, who has been with the organization for 19 years. Peggy has spent her entire 45- year nursing career in Northern Illinois working in many different capacities including home health, oncology, acute care, hospice and management positions. “Nursing has allowed me to pursue many different interests,” said Peggy. “In the 1970s, girls graduating from high school had three main options: teaching, secretary work and nursing. As someone interested in science and working with people, nursing seemed a natural choice for me.”

Peggy first earned her LPN from Sauk Valley Community College and began working for KSB Hospital in Dixon. Some medical experiences with family members led her to want to pursue a position in the cardiology department, but she was told that her LPN was not enough and this convinced her to earn her RN degree in 1978 from Highland Community College.

“I have really enjoyed working with such a variety of people and circumstances during my career,” said Peggy, who once had a patient awaken from a five-month coma. “You don’t work in the medical field for long without having many different stories and experiences. The interaction with the patients and families were the special part that I really enjoyed.” Her favorite area of health care was home health where she enjoyed the satisfaction of helping patients get back into their homes. She has spent the last 19 years with Serenity Hospice and Home. “I tell nursing students that come for a tour of our hospice home that sometimes there are worse things than death,” said Peggy, who has taught the hospice philosophy to many volunteers and nursing students in her most recent role as Education Coordinator and Compliance Manager with Serenity. “Hospice is about living and making sure that a person’s last journey is a peaceful one. Hospice is also for a dying person’s family and ensures that they have the resources to take care of their loved one and the access to bereavement services to help after the death.”

Peggy and her husband of 45 years, John, also have a passion for dog breeding and showing. “I was involved in pet therapy back in the 1980s before it had a name,” said Peggy, who took her dogs to visit patients on a regular basis. She once had a home health patient who also shared her love of dogs. “I was at my competition showing the dog and there in the crowd was my home-bound patient,” laughs Peggy. “The point of home health is that the person is homebound and does not leave the home. But she just said she had to see me perform at the competition!” Peggy believes that pet therapy can be beneficial in helping a person at the end of life. “A visiting pet distracts the patient and he/she also brings an unconditional love that all pet lovers are familiar with,” said Peggy, who was instrumental in starting the pet therapy program at Serenity Hospice.

Peggy, will be honored at a reception on Jan. 26 from 4-6 p.m. at The Cork and Tap located at 305 W. Washington in downtown Oregon. Everyone who knows Peggy is invited to attend. Cards may be sent c/o Serenity Hospice & Home, PO Box 462, Oregon, IL 61061.

 

Winterland Joins Central Bank of Illinois in Oregon

Jennifer Winterland recently joined Central Bank Illinois as an Assistant Vice President, Ag/Commercial Loan Officer. She will have offices in both the Rochelle and Oregon branches of Central Bank Illinois. With more than 20 years of banking experience, Winterland will be able to immediately begin contributing her expertise in the lending area and within the bank as a whole. Jeff E. Glen, Community Bank President for Central Bank Illinois in Rochelle, Ashton and Oregon, said “We are extremely pleased to welcome Jenni to Central Bank. Her previous experience as a loan officer makes her an extremely valuable addition to our entire market area.” Glen continued “Besides the experience Jenni brings to the bank, she is also a highly ethical banker with excellent work skills and a positive attitude. She will fit right into the culture here at Central Bank and we’re very happy she decided to join us.”

Winterland is a lifelong resident of the Franklin Grove area and has held positions at several local businesses and financial institutions. With 20 years’ experience in the banking industry in many areas of financial services, Winterland is well qualified to counsel customers and to meet their financial needs. In her own words, Winterland is “motivated to help others with precise attention to detail.” Speaking about Winterland’s banking and lending expertise, Lori Hillison, Vice President of Ag/Commercial Lending for Central Bank, commented “We are very happy to welcome Jenni to our Central Bank lending team. She will be instrumental in building business as our bank continues to grow.” Hillison stated “Central Bank Illinois is well-known for the strength of our Ag and Commercial lending services and Jenni will be an asset as we continue in that tradition.” Central Bank Illinois is headquartered in Geneseo, Illinois with full service branch locations in the Illinois communities of Andover, Ashton, Fulton, Geneseo, Oregon, Peru, Princeton and Rochelle, with a limited-purpose loan office in Prophetstown. Central Bank has grown to approximately $900 million in bank assets, along with $245 million in trust relationships since first opening in 1907. Central Bank is a full service commercial bank providing a complete line of banking and trust services to individuals and businesses.



Sterling Federal Bank Among top 1-percent for Extraordinary BankingTM.

Sterling Federal Bank was recognized with the Institute’s BankyTM Award for their commitment to excellence in banking and to their community. This recognition is given exclusively to the top 1-percent of community banks.

“This is a great honor for our employees and Sterling Federal Bank,” said Dean Ahlers, President & CEO. “We work tirelessly to provide an exceptional experience for all our customers through extraordinary customer service, needs based selling, and innovative products and services. In addition, our employees volunteer hundreds of hours of community service each year, and in 2016, between our employees and the bank, we donated over $83,000 to the communities we serve.”

The Extraordinary BankingTM Awards exist to highlight the vital, yet often overlooked, role that local community banks play in our economy. Consumers use the Grammys to guide their music purchases, the Emmys to lead them to the best of television, and the Tonys to discover outstanding live theater...And now, consumers have the BankyTM Awards as their guide to discovering the very best, most extraordinary banks in their communities, and in the country.

This year, the BankysTM recognized the top 1-percent of banks—The Best Banks in AmericaTM.

For more information, go to BankyAwards.com. To schedule an interview or get more information, call 815-622-3320 during business hours.

 

White Pines Resort Breaks Ground

The Sycamore Room inside of the Lodge at White Pines Resort is headed for expansion, and not just in size. It also will undergo major technology upgrades, and offer more than it ever has before. The cozy theater will not lose its nostalgic ambiance, however. It has been nearly three decades since any structural changes have taken place in picturesque White Pines Forest State Park. As a listing on the National Registry of Historic Places, the landmark status is great for preservation, but has been difficult for growth, Beth Henderson, president and founder of White Pines Resort said at a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 6.

Nestled back in the state’s 385-acre forest, the lodge and cabins were built in the early 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Henderson sought approval every chance she could, but was denied for decades, and most recently three years ago. Her effort to grow the business and feed the needs of the public, while maintaining the integrity of its rich history, was arduous, but she refused to give up, Jerry Campagna, vice president of operations at WPR said, adding that her persistence and patience always served her and the community best. He also explained it was that same gumption nearly 30 years ago that gained Henderson privileges as the site’s IDNR Concessionaire when she went toe-to- toe with a major hotel chain that likewise sought the position.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and State Preservation Committee mutually gave the green light for the development to move forward. On-hand for the momentous occasion were Oregon Mayor Ken Williams and 45th District State Senator Tim Bivins, representatives from the IDNR including Site Superintendent Jolyn Wise, members of area chambers of commerce, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism Cory Jobe, as well as representative of Blackhawk Waterways CVB.

Construction is slated for completion before the holiday season begins. Besides offering more seating, including a VIP section for stage productions, it will serve as a retreat center and classroom with upgraded audio and video equipment. Highland Community College is partnering with WPR to provide an offsite location for credit courses and other professional training programs. Upon completion, Campagna said the interior and exterior design will be seamless, and it will offer all of the comforts of the office for business retreats, without the stuffy office environment.

“Disconnecting from the daily hustle and bustle and taking people out of that corporate setting, giving them the tranquil sights and sounds of the Pines, can generate ideas and build better bonds in business,” he said. Jobe, the keynote speaker, discussed how vital WPR is for the state’s overall tourism industry, adding that this new experience will be a great service statewide. Bivins also addressed the crowd, speaking on behalf of his personal appreciation of the state parks and support he has for the project. Henderson said, “This December I’m even more thrilled to complete this expansion, which will provide our theatre productions with state of the art sound systems and lighting on a new stage. This will also now enable us to serve our WPR Retreat Center corporate clients with the type of modern presentation amenities that they would expect in a boardroom type environment—except they’ll be relaxing in a landmark status log lodge built in the 1930s.”

For more information regarding business retreats or to host your own event, please contact Jerry Campagna, WPR Vice President of Operations at 815-946- 2400 ext. 102 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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