BADC : Advisory Role
Sometimes our role is simply one of weighing in with guidance and recommendations. Our board members have a broad range of experience to assist in many critical area of need. In addition, our bienniel Leadership Academy provides introductions to available resources and access to key area leaders for the benefit of the attendees and their representative organizations.
In December of 2004, BADC President Joe Kelsch convened a meeting of the BADC Board and representatives of the Barrington Village Staff (John Heinz), BACOG (Janet Agnoletti) and Citizens for Conservation (Sam Oliver and Patsy Mortimer) for the purpose of discussing various issues relating to Flint Creek. For several months prior to this meeting, Joe Kelsch and BADC Director Ron Hammelberg had been meeting with some of the above individuals concerning a proposed creek beautification program along that portion of Flint Creek that parallels the bikeway path between the High School and Langendorf Park. Those meetings led to a realization that Flint Creek was facing more serious environmental and water –quality issues as it flowed through the Barrington area and its eventual linkage with the Fox River.
BADC – Good Shepherd Hospital Support
As the Barrington area continued its population growth in the 1970’s, it became obvious that the community was in great need of a local hospital. Through the support of many area organizations –including BADC, and several of its Directors who had important leadership roles in this initiative—Good Shepherd Hospital opened in 1979.
Since its opening, many of BADC’s past and present Directors have been involved in various community advisory and fundraising committees that have assisted the hospital in achieving its ambitious expansion objectives in specialty care services notably in The Kocourek Family Cardiac Care Center and cancer treatment facilities.Most recently, in 2004, BADC was asked by Good Shepherd to assume the leadership role in implementing a community wide financial support campaign for its planned Cardiac Care Center. At issue was whether BADC could generate a broad base of community donor support in order to satisfy the support standard of the Kresge Foundation. Through extensive presentations to area village governments, community service organizations, local banks, the Chamber of Commerce and home-owner associations, BADC successfully met this challenge resulting in the awarding of an $850,000 grant –in addition to local citizen contributions. BADC looks forward to providing continuing leadership support in assisting Good Shepherd Hospital in achieving its growth plans as they evolve. [/orbit_accordion_panel][/orbit_accordion]
Early in 2005, with an initial start-up funding commitment from BADC and Citizens for Conservation, the Flint Creek Watershed Partnership was formed under the joint sponsorship of BADC, Citizens for Conservation and BACOG –with Patsy Mortimer as its salaried Executive Director, and with BADC being represented by Joe Kelsch and Ron Hammelberg on the Executive Board. The partnership membership has greatly expanded to include all of the Barrington area Villages and Townships through which the creek flows as well as representation from Lake Zurich and Hawthorne Woods. A major accomplishment of the Partnership has been the completion of a comprehensive audit of the condition of the creek, together with a creek –management plan that provides restoration and maintenance directions and cost estimates for area villages and private citizens.
Current activities include monitoring and coordination of various creek management projects and in assisting local villages in preparing state and federal funding grants for eligible projects included in the plan. Importantly, the Partnership through membership fees and grants has been able to retain the services of professional creek management consultants to develop the management plan and oversee its implementation.
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Barrington, IL 60010