CONGRATULATIONS TO CINDY PERKINS
LAGRANGE ROTARY 2019 BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Cindy Perkins has owned and operated day care and child care centers for over 31 years. She openedher first child care center fresh out of college, at the ripe old age of 21, in downstate IL. She continued to develop four more centers and preschools on the near north shore over the next 30 years. She is proud to say that each location continues to thrive today, and are now under the ownership of their original staff.
In 2001 the opportunity presented itself to acquire a location in La Grange, making it her one and only program. A decision she still applauds today.
Cindy is dedicated to excellence in early child care and education, the professionalism of the industry, and the development of staff and teachers in the field.
It is her passion for the arts and the education of young children that inspired an art integrated program here in La Grange. She is actively involved as an executive officer of the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as a member of the LaGrange Business Association.
The Rotary Club of LaGrange is pleased to honor Cindy Perkins as the 8th recipient of the Bob Butler Business Person of the Year Award.
ROTARY CLUB OF LA GRANGE
BOB BUTLER BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Rotary Club of LaGrange established the Rotary Business Person of the Year Award to honor a business leader who works in LaGrange, and in 2014 renamed the award in honor of longtime club member Bob Butler. The recipient does not need to reside in LaGrange and may be retired or semi-retired. The Vocational Service committee of the Rotary Club is responsible for nominating the recipient.
Vocational Service is one of the five Avenues of Service which are the cornerstone of Rotary. Rotary was founded in Chicago in 1905 by four businessmen who were looking for others they could trust to do business with. As Rotary developed, the organization adopted the Four-Way Test by which Rotarians live and conduct their business:
1.Is it the TRUTH?
2.Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3.Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4.Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Adherence to the Four-Way Test along with years of business leadership in the community, volunteer work and community involvement, and stability and growth in the business community are the criteria for choosing the recipient of this award.
2012-13 John R. Madden - First National Bank of LaGrange
2013-14 Ruth Palmer - Palmer Place Restaurant & Biergarten
2014-15 Robert E. Butler - Allen E. Power Plumbing
2015-16 Dick & Wayne DeVries - DeVries Groceries
2016-17 John Rot - Hortons Home Lighting
2017-18 Joan Smothers - Smothers Realty Group
2018-19 Tom Cunningham & Steve DeSitter - DeSitter Flooring
2019-20 Cindy Perkins - Little Peoples Country