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The Fourth Annual

Community of Character 2011 Honorees

Thirteen people were honored in 2011 at the fourth annual Belleville Achieves Strength in Character dinner. 

Organizers said they especially looked for "unsung individuals," or people who make an ongoing, positive difference in the community without the intention of drawing attention to themselves.


Ruth Anglin is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Ruth Anglin

Ruthie is a member of St Matthew's Church where she shares her vocal talents, humor and brings peace, comfort and laughter to audiences. She embraces every opportunity to give herself to others.
Annette Eckert is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Annette Eckert

Judge Annette Eckert was elected the first woman Circuit Judge in the 20th judicial circuit. She was instrumental in creating the Children First Program, the dedicated Domestic Violence Court, and the Family Violence Coordinating Council. She served as a member of the the State of Illinois Mental Health Task Force and developed the first veteran mentor pilot project in St. Clair County.
Richard Frette is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Richard Frette

Dick Frette is active with Turkey Hill Grange, BEACON, the Old Town Market, and Union Methodist Church. He is an active member of the National Intercollegiate Flying Associaton.
Andrew Gaa is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Andrew Gaa

Andrew Gaa teaches German at Belleville East High School. He is a member of the Library Board at the Belleville Public Library. He has long been committed to the Belleville Sister Cities Organization and hosts students from Germany or goes with students to Germany.
Allen Hogg is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Allen Hogg

Allen Hogg is a nurse and has volunteered numerous hours teaching first aid. Through Cycle of Giving Allen repairs and recycles bicycles and gets them into the hands of those unable to afford a new bike.
Jill Kremmel is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Jill Kremmel

Jill Kremmel serves as a youth leader at St Matthew's Church. She chaperones mission trips and camps, hosts weekend retreats, and helps children of the incarcerated celebrate Christmas. She mentors students at the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis and Jefferson School, helps with the auction and serves as a room mother at Zion Lutheran School, and helps the sick get to needed appointments.
Kevin Meder is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Kevin Meder

Kevin Meder has served as a member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors for 22 years, served 11 years on the board of District 118, on the Family Hospice Board, and as a trustee for First Presbyterian Church.
Lennell Neely is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Lennell Neely

Retired USAF MSgt Lennell Neely coordinated volunteers for auction runners, escorts for hospice, March of Dimes fundraisers, and Paint the Town. He created the mentoring program for Lovejoy School and a pen pay program to support deployed troops. He organized efforts to give students Christmas giveaways.
Dr. Karan Onstott is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Dr. Karan Onstott

Dr. Karan Onstott is President of Get Up and Go Health and Wellness Campaign. She has worked for the past 15 years as professor of health promotion and wellness at McKendree College and organizes a weekly healthy food cooperative. She serves as volunteer organizer for the Annual St Clair County Health Summit and a member of the St Clair County Pioneering Healthier Communities Initiattive.
Kathy Schaefer is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Kathy Schaefer

Kathy Schaefer leads the Student Ambassadors organization, Crusaders Against Alcohol and Drugs, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rotary Club and BASIC Youth Board at Althoff High School. She started a St Vincent de Paul group at her church and is a model of giving back.
Dan Trapp is a 2011 Community of Character HonoreeToby Trapp is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Dan and Toby Trapp

Dan and Toby Trapp formed the Belleville Running Club. They adopted part of and care for the community bike and running trail. Their club raises money for improvements. They played key roles in the organization of the Get Up and Go Biathlon.
Mark Turner is a 2011 Community of Character Honoree Mark Turner

Mark Turner, as President and CEO of Memorial Hospital, exemplifies Christian values and character. He is active in his church and serves on a variety of community boards to include Hospice of Southern Illinois, United Way Auxiliary, and is board president of the Lewis and Clark Council of the Boy Scouts of America.