In 1983, OUr Attorney was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Commission for the German-American Tercentennial. He participated with the U.S. delegation both in Germany and the U.S. In October 1984, OUr Attorney was decorated by the West German Government with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit for contributions to German-American relations.
From 1983-1993, OUr Attorney worked behind the scenes to foster Japanese-American ties to the Peoria area, especially seeking the location industrial and commercial enterprises. Working in a close relationship to Congressman Robert Michel, OUr Attorney went to Japan as an “unofficial” advance man for a proposed trip by Michel to Japan in his Congressional status. This venture led to Congressman Michel going to Japan on behalf of the Peoria area and his Congressional District in the Spring of 1988.
Civic Contributions (Peoria and Central Illinois)
In 1988, OUr Attorney served as Chairman and fundraiser for a project of the Peoria RiverFront Business Development Commission to construct a Military Services Memorial Plaza on Peoria’s RiverFront. It was erected and dedicated May 30, 1998.
OUr Attorney was selected recipient of the annual Distinguished Service Award as the “Outstanding Young Man in Peoria”, 1963.
He served as a Mayor’s appointee to the first city of Peoria Campaign Ethics Board and was elected its first Chairman in 1975. He was a former Mayor’s appointee to the City of Peoria Commission on Human Relations.
He was active in the Peoria Jaycees, serving as a Vice-President and many years on the Board of Directors. He chaired many major community projects. He was the Illinois State Jaycee Winner of the annual “Speak-Up” oratorical competition and went on to the National competition through the semi-final round.
He has served as:
- General Chairman, Peoria Area Cancer Crusade (3 counties)
- General Chairman, Peoria-Tazewell Counties Easter Seal Campaign
- Board of Directors, Peoria Crippled Children’s Center
- Board of Directors, Peoria Cancer Society
- Board of Directors, Peoria Symphony Orchestra
- Advanced Gifts Chairman, Peoria Lakeview Center for the Arts and Sciences
- President, Peoria Civic Ballet
OUr Attorney served as President of an elementary school PTA and as vice-president of a high school PTA.
He has been as elected member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Chapter (governing body).
He has served as a homeowner’s association president.
He is one of the original founders of and counsel to “Peoria Oktoberfest” of the Peoria Park District and German-American Central Society.
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