Exceptional Workplace Award

The Oregon Park District was one of five park districts in Illinois to be recognized on January 19 as an Exceptional Workplace by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association at the IPRA annual business meeting.

The Exceptional Workplace award is administered by IPRA to recognize agencies that show a commitment to the well-being of their employees. Agencies undergo a voluntary evaluation process to demonstrate they have met guidelines to provide employees with the opportunity for a well-balanced life from the inside out.

The Exceptional Workplace criteria includes staff wellness programs, continuing education, team building, community involvement, risk management, professionalism and much more. The Oregon Park District received the highest score possible with 50 out of 50 possible points.

“The Oregon Park District is proud to receive the Exceptional Workplace Award,” said Oregon Park District Executive Director Erin Folk. “Oregon is a great place to live, work and play for our patrons and the same applies to our employees. Having healthy employees is paramount to having a healthy agency with higher productivity and happier people.”

Oregon Park District Board Commissioners Mark Tremble, Gary Davis and Dan Engelkes accepted the award on behalf of the district.

 IPRA Oustanding Park Award

The Oregon Park District’s Fairground Park renovation has won the Illinois Park & Recreation Association’s Outstanding Park & Facility Award. The award is given to public agencies for exceptional unique achievements in design and development.

In 2017, the Oregon Park District completed a comprehensive plan and identified the community’s interest in maintaining existing facilities alongside additional outdoor recreation opportunities. Staff was searching to provide intergenerational opportunities and increase physical activity within our community.

Fairground Park was selected to undergo an infrastructure update based on several factors. The park was home to the District’s oldest playground and 53% of the community resides within 1 mile of the park. The Oregon Park District saw this as a chance to integrate outdoor opportunities for all ages utilizing three key design strategies: Play on Structures; Pathways for Play; and Outdoor Fitness. With these opportunities in place, Fairground Park was selected as a National Demonstration Site by PlayCore.

Park improvements included: three fitness pods along a ½ mile path each with a play element, new playground, swings, standalone play pieces, renovated basketball courts and baseball diamond, blacktop overlay on the trail and parking lot and renovated shelter allowing for ADA accessibility.

The completed design created an additional 6,000 square feet of outdoor play and fitness components for intergenerational programming, fitness and community partnerships. “Oregon Park District is honored to receive this award,” stated Erin Folk, Executive Director. “The Board and staff pride themselves on improving services by listening and responding to the needs of the community.”

Dan Engelkes – Rising Star Award

Dan Engelkes, Commissioner of the Oregon Park District, received the 2018 Rising Star Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The award recognizes exemplary performance in duties and responsibilities as a board member, active involvement in the community and a positive impact and dedication to the field of parks and recreation.

Dan was first appointed to the Board of Commissioners in 2012 and elected in 2013. Long before his tenure as a Commissioner, Dan was actively involved with the Park District as a participant and youth athletic coach, Oregon Basketball programs, KB Tough Run and much more.

Dan exemplifies the qualities necessary in a productive and successful park commissioner. He has been at the forefront of formulating and approving policies for the operation, control, improvement and planning of the park and recreation facilities and activities within the District.

Oregon Park District Executive Director Erin Folk stated, “The Oregon Park District is fortunate to have dedicated Park Commissioners who serve in a volunteer capacity. Dan has an impressive history with the Oregon Park District, and his willingness to become involved at the local and regional level is a testament to his dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life for all citizens through parks and recreation.”



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.

 

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