DAR Recommends Community Service Awards to Jim and Mary Lou Jacek
Friday, February 23, 2018 - Posted 3:50:41 PM by Jari Lynn Oncken
The Black Partridge Chapter recommended husband and wife, Jim and Mary Lou Jacek, for community service awards from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
For many years Mary Lou has been active with the senior citizens of Minonk. After she retired as a teller and then Chief Operations Officer at the Minonk Community Bank she volunteered at the Minonk Food Pantry and also for Meals on Wheels.
She donates to the Heritage Health Care's hospitality cart and also volunteers at the weekly bingo games and get-togethers she heads at the Senior Center.
Jim Jacek was recommended for his patriotic service to the community of Minonk. He is a member of the American Legion Post 142 and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Following his graduation from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School in 1963 he enrolled in Coyne Electronics in Chicago, graduating in 1964. He was employed at Caterpillar for a year and a half before joining the Navy during the Vietnam War. In October of 1969, Jim was discharged from the Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island, after four years, one month and four days in the service of his country.
Jim and his fellow veterans keep busy with all the patriotic events that occur in Minonk during the year, be it on Memorial Day, in parades, or conducting military rites for deceased veterans.
Jim said, "There is nothing more humbling than to be marching in a parade with other Legion members and to see a veteran in the crowd pull himself to his feet to salute the flag as men march by."
Mary Lou and Jim are very deserving of this award and continue to be valuable members of the Minonk community.
Betty Stephens Griffith: That is wonderful Lou and Chop.
Marge Dunham: Congratulations Lou and chop
Elaine Lahr Cunningham: Congratulations to both of you!
Janice Weber: Congrats to you both!
Carla Williams: Congrats you two you deserve it
Lori Vaughn Kapraun: Well deserved.