Bloomington, Illinois – Oct. 15, 2015 – Collaborative Solutions Institute, Inc. (CSI) recognized and honored the men who were nominated for the 2015 Extraordinary/Ordinary Men of the Year at an awards dinner on October 15, 2015, at the Carol A. Reitan Conference Center, Uptown Marriott Hotel. These awards celebrate men who volunteer their time and make a positive impact on others’ lives and this community.
Award recipients for 2015 are Frank Beck, Hank Campbell, Paul Harmon, Craig Luchtefeld, Michael Predmore, Bishop Larry Taylor and Bill Tolone. You can read more about these men below.
Frank Beck: Dr. Beck has influenced this community, the state, and the world in countless ways, including his work in the Sociology Department at ISU, and even more importantly through his world-spanning work with the Stevenson Center and his work with Peace Corps volunteers. He has provided data to the Criminal Justice Coordination Council, worked on the Normal Uptown Redevelopment, the Economic Development Council, and the West Bloomington Revitalization Partnership. Dr. Beck volunteers his time with the Boy Scouts, at St. Mary’s, washing dishes at Chef’s for PATH, and helps local projects such as the Green Grocery and Ecology Action Center. He is a quiet leader, devoted to his family, his faith community, and the education and development of children and young adults.
Hank Campbell: Dr. Campbell has an extensive resume as an educator and community volunteer. He is a dedicated member of the Normal Rotary Club, serving on the Board of Directors as Sergeant at Arms, has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and is involved with the Friends Forever Program to help promote world peace and understanding. Dr. Campbell has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for the past 21 years, serving as project director for construction for ISU/IWU College Houses. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the M.J. Rhymer Family Dry Grove Nature Preserve, is Treasurer for the West Bloomington Revitalization Project, and is a volunteer and construction director for Labyrinth Outreach Service for Women. His efforts personify a true community leader.
Paul Harmon: Mr. Harmon has a long and rich history of commitment to his community and is considered a leader among leaders. He has served as chair for the Town of Normal Planning Commission, Mayor for the Town of Normal and has been involved in Board of Director roles for the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also, he has provided board service for many not-for-profit organizations. Currently, Mr. Harmon gives his time to the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, where he has been a member of the Board of Directors for seven years. As a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Normal, Mr. Harmon chairs the Gifts and Memorials Committee.
Craig Luchtefeld: Mr. Luchtefeld is a community leader with such organizations as Autism McLean County, Kiwanis, and the Multicultural Leadership Program. He helped to create a Bloomington, IL Aktion Club, a club that provides adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their communities. Mr. Luchtefeld is always willing to volunteer his technology skills by providing tech mentoring to local organizations. This year, Craig has embarked on a year of service. He inspires his social media followers by posting his efforts at #Volunteer365 every single day. He is an individual who lives his life, fully embracing his values, to advance humanity in more ways than one.
Michael Predmore: Mr. Predmore personally believes in giving back to his community through church, advocacy, and legislative leadership. He has professionally been involved in the support of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities for more than 20 years. At Marcfirst, Mr. Predmore has worked diligently to help people with developmental disabilities find employment in our community. His efforts have resulted in a +60% employment rate for those supported at Marcfirst, compared to a national average of 10%. He currently serves on the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Board to develop best practices for employment, supports youth mission trips, and worked to establish Chris’ Law, giving college students the opportunity to sign a waiver to share critical mental health information with their parents while on campus.
Bishop Larry Taylor: As the founder of Center for Hope International Ministries, Bishop Taylor impacts the lives of hundreds of individuals through a message of faith, hope, love and balance. He has established the Center for Hope Food Pantry Network, which is available to whoever may need assistance. Annually, Bishop Taylor hosts several conferences and summits to empower, motivate and inspire men from every walk of life. He is a graduate of the first Leadership McLean County class and serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois Extension and the Immanuel Health Care Clinic. In addition to his civic involvement, Bishop Taylor also volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and delivers food to the homebound here in our community.
Bill Tolone: Mr. Tolone has volunteered with McLean County Habitat for Humanity since 2004, currently serving as a Project Director. He is recognized each year for contributing the greatest number volunteer hours among all volunteers. In addition to his volunteer efforts with Habitat, Mr. Tolone also volunteers at the Clare House food pantry. Rain or shine, you will find Mr. Tolone bagging groceries, actively engaging people in line, and handing out books to families. Passionate about the Free Little Library, he collects books from garage sales to replace those he’s given away. Mr. Tolone never misses a shift, except to help with the Wesley United Methodist mission trip to build and repair the orphanage in Nicaragua. Humbly and quietly, he goes about helping others with no need for a reward or thank you. For more information on the event and the recipients, please visit collaborativesolutions.org.
CSI is a non-profit organization devoted to providing specialized counseling solutions to families and individuals struggling with a variety of psychological and emotional issues. CSI is committed to providing services for those who have limited access to professional help.