Representatives from School District 59, School District 54, Queen of the Rosary School, Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village Public Library, Elk Grove Park District, Village of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Police Department, Elk Grove Township, and the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce began meeting to explore the possibility of forming a coalition among the private and public sectors of the community and create a community coalition.
The vision and the mission of the coalition was to create a model community where the quality of life is supported by Core Ethical Values translated into good character practices, which are taught, promoted, and recognized throughout the Elk Grove Village community.
Two sub-committees comprised of representatives from a variety of agencies and organizations were formed to assist in establishing the new coalition. The Bylaws sub-committee drew up a document to be approved by the Network members at their September meeting. At the same time, the Linkages sub-committee was formed to explore ways to build collaboration with a wide variety of service agencies, local businesses, faith-based institutions, and service organizations from the private and public sector.
Mike Lebert and Tammy Miller led the Bylaws committee in the arduous task of creating the governance structure of the coalition. The committee drew up the rules and regulations, the structure of the organization and identified the committees that would provide support and activities in the day-to-day operation of the coalition.
Jim Arey of Elk Grove High School and chair of the Linkages committee presented several ideas to members aimed at bringing the public and private sectors together. A proposed schedule of activities to occur throughout the year for the Elk Grove community was presented. Mr. Arey and sub-committee members supported the position that our youth is a valuable resource and needs to be included in coalition activities. The coalition will begin to implement this sub-committee’s month-to-month recommendations during the 2003/2004 school year.
With bylaws in place and representatives from a cross section of the community committed to promoting good character practices, the Community Coalition of Elk Grove is set to provide resources and opportunities for all who live, work and attend school in the greater Elk Grove area.
September 16, 2003
The vision and mission of this group became reality when the proposed bylaws created by the Bylaws Committee were accepted and adopted and the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove was formally established.
Originally, District 59 staff members had created and established Character Counts Community Network. They had a vision of expanding the district goal of providing a safe and nurturing environment by using the important messages found within the framework of the Character Counts program to build positive character traits and to link the school district with the communities it served. Representatives from area organizations and businesses participated in Network meetings for three years, with many of the participants coming from Elk Grove Village. Eventually, some members from Elk Grove Village felt the need to become more focused in a single community so the group would have a greater impact, and discussions began to explore the possibility of becoming a community-based organization. While attending a Healthy Du Page Coalition meeting, Network members Harriette Herrera, from District #59, Tammy Miller of the Elk Grove Park District and Mike Lebert of the Elk Grove Police Department began the brainstorming process of how to create a stronger, more focused coalition. The idea was brought to Network meetings in the spring and shared with Network members through the Internet for those who were unable to attend. There was strong support from the members who lived and/or worked in Elk Grove to move forward and develop the coalition.