Message from the Supervisor

September 2011

Gearing up for the beginning of the school year tends to launch a flurry of activity for everyone. The township is no exception.

NORTH CHICAGO COMMUNITY DAYS

In August, I was honored to be one of the judges for North Chicago Community Days. It was a spectacular procession of community groups, organizations and bands. Congratulations to all of the entrants who made the parade a wonderful success.

In the afternoon, Trustee Woodson and I manned an information booth for the township and answered questions from our neighbors interested in learning more about Shields Township and the services we offer. It was great seeing so many familiar faces and meeting new ones.

DRIVE FORE FOOD OUTING

The week after North Chicago Community Days, 74 golfers participated in the first DRIVE FORE FOOD golf outing to benefit the Shields Township Food Pantry. The volunteer-led effort netted around $9,000 from what we hope will be an annual event.

The overwhelming success of the golf outing was due to the generosity and commitment of so many individuals, corporations, businesses, and volunteers. The original outing was postponed due to storms and flooding, but this "mulligan" event allowed more golfers and sponsors to participate. Here's a big "thank you" to Russ Armstrong, the outing organizer and an invaluable support to me as we developed a winning formula for fun, competition and success. Click here to view a photo gallery of the event.

PARTNERING WITH NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES

In early September, Shields Township partnered with the Naval Station at Great Lakes and the Northern Illinois Food Bank to host our second mobile food drive on the grounds of Forrestal City, North Chicago. Both military and civilian families were the recipients of this combined effort to distribute nearly 10,000 pounds of food in two hours. I'm always so pleased to take part in these collaborative endeavors that bring together a community of volunteers to deliver much-needed and appreciated nourishment to so many of our neighbors. A photo gallery for this event can be found on our website.

KNOLLWOOD NEIGHBORS PICNIC

On September 11, the Knollwood Neighbors community organization hosted its 12th annual neighborhood potluck. The afternoon was full of community and friendship with many residents stopping by the Shields Township booth to talk. The afternoon was punctuated by a solemn remembrance to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The Naval Station Great Lakes provided an Honor Guard, along with an Honor Guard of the Boy Scouts of Troop 42, Lake Bluff. Stirring music was provided by a five-piece brass ensemble from Lake Forest High School. All in all, the afternoon was an excellent tribute to our shared past while fostering an opportunity to build upon a shared community.

SHIELDS TOWNSHIP FOOD PANTRY WINS AT RIBFEST

Even rain couldn't dampen the competition at the 10th annual Ribfest, sponsored by the Lake Bluff Barbeque Society. And, for the third year in a row, the Food Pantry located in the Shields Township offices was the big winner, collecting nearly $3,000 in donations at the event..

Ribfest is a fun way to support a serious cause. It helps us spotlight the growing numbers of neighbors accessing our food pantry. Through August, we've witnessed a 51% increase in residents coming for food assistance.

In addition, Ribfest helps us promote greater awareness of and interest in the volunteer and support opportunities that exist in this community. I spoke with many residents eager to help in a variety of ways.

The fundraising component of Ribfest is the coveted People's Choice Award, given to the favorite barbeque team as determined by popular vote of the general public in attendance. Each vote costs $1 and the proceeds benefit the Shields Township Food Pantry. Out of 17 teams, this year's People's Choice Award winner was Team Circle Drive Jerks. Click here to see a photo gallery from this event.


Here are other things you should know:

SAVE ON PRESCRIPTIONS WITH FREE DISCOUNT CARDS

You may want to check this out…

You can get free prescription discount cards that may reduce the cost of your prescription drugs – generic and brand name.

With most of these cards, everyone is eligible…the insured and the uninsured; those with income and those without income. One card covers your whole family. These cards don't take the place of insurance and may not help on every prescription, but there's no cost to find out.

The Chicago Tribune ran an in-depth and informative article on one of these programs, Coast2Coast Discount Prescription Card, on August 17. For further details, go online to coast2coastrx.com.

Lake County offers a similar card, NACo/Caremark. More information on this program can be found by going online to caremark.com/naco or call toll-free 1-877-321-2652.

SENIOR RIDE FREE PROGRAM

New legislation signed by Governor Quinn in February changed the qualifications for this program. Beginning September 1, the Free Ride program will be limited to low-income seniors in accordance with the Illinois Department on Aging Circuit Breaker program requirements. Those seniors who don't meet the Circuit Breaker standards will be approved for the Reduced Fare program.

If you have held a Ride Free card in the past, you should have received a program explanation notice from the state.

Regardless of which program you're eligible for, you can sign up for either at the Township office.

Gale Strenger Wayne
Shields Township Supervisor