A Fond Farewell to Carol

Village of Barrington News
July 30, 2016

Carol Beese was the second female member of the Barrington Rotary Club, having been a pioneer for women in business, it was one of the only times she wasn’t the first!

Carol and her husband Ron moved to Barrington in 1958. They raised their children in Barrington and both volunteered extensively in the community. Carol’s husband Ron died in 1981, but Carol remained in the area and continued to dedicate herself to leading and serving organizations in the Barrington area. Unfortunately, their children moved out of state. After continued pleas from her children to move closer to them, Carol finally relented and is moving to Minnesota.

Many friends joined the Barrington Noon Rotarians this past week to honor Carol and give her a proper send off.

Former Barrington Township Supervisor and fellow Rotarian Eugene Dawson introduced local government officials and not-for-profit leaders. Everyone spoke of their gratitude towards Carol and how she helped their efforts in the 60010 community.

The Village of Barrington’s President Karen Darch, Barrington Township new Supervisor Amy Nykaza and Barrington Noon Rotary President Anne Kristufek, all presented Carol with special certificates in thanks of her service.

Rev. Chris Winkler, Senior Pastor of the Barrington United Methodist Church presented Carol with framed artwork representing their church’s steeple rising. The steeple rising is significant to the church’s rebuilding after burning in October of 1998. He thanked Carol for her dedication and involvement in the BUMC community.

Joyce Palmquist of the Barrington Area Council on Aging thanked Carol for her help over the past thirty years. Carol served on BACOA boards and volunteered to help the organization in many ways.

Suzanne Corr, current CEO of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and fellow Rotarian spoke of her gratitude to Carol for starting and establishing a chamber that is recognized as one of the strongest in the state of Illinois.

Cuba Township Supervisor and honorary Rotarian David Nelson shared stories of his friendship with Carol. Including the story of Carol’s Garden on Northwest Highway. Named for David’s wife Carol, his wife has often said it was in honor of Carol Beese.

Former Village of Barrington President Ron Hamelburg thanked Carol for her assistance and support of the village while he was in office. He also expressed thanks for her friendship and dedication to the community.

Fellow Rotarian Joe Kelsch shared experiences he had working with Carol and the impact she had on local projects.

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I was fortunate to speak to my experience meeting Carol when we moved to the community 20 years ago. Carol actually shared information about all the companies in the area with goods and services to help us as we fixed up our old home. She also explained the importance of supporting our local businesses, as money spent within the community, helps our schools and infrastructure.

I am sure Carol’s children are happy she will finally be close to them, but the rest of us are sad to see her go. We all appreciate everything she did to help build the Barrington community. A true leader in helping to shape the area through her support of businesses, government and not-for-profits, it is hard to imagine our community without her in it!