Freedom Shrine Dedication at Avon Township Center

On June 7, 2012, the Round Lake Area Exchange Club dedicated a Freedom Shrine at the Avon Township Center. An entire wall in the lobby of the Avon Township Center now displays a shrine of historical documents of the United States of America. Many of the documents on display show early drafts of what our forefathers eventually passed into law to form our government.

Exchange Club Freedom Shrine Chairperson, Lisa Rusch
Exchange Club Freedom Shrine Chairperson, Lisa Rusch

Lisa Rusch, Avon Township Clerk, is also the Exchange Club Freedom Shrine Chairperson and was very instrumental in putting together the event. After the invocation by Edward Gueroult and reciting the Pledge, led by three Grayslake students (Jocelyn Alfaro, Lindsay Brust, and Ryan Rusch) Lisa introduced the guest speaker, Retired Army Captain Timothy J. Stewart, who spoke about “Our Founding Fathers”. Captain Stewart, who grew up on a farm in Nebraska, has over 21 years of military service. He met his wife, the former April Pritchard from Johnsburg, while on active duty and in 1976 settled down in Johnsburg to raise a family. Residents of that area with students in the Junior High and High School may recognize his name since he was a coach for many years at those schools. Captain Stewart continues to be active in his community as a member of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce and is also Grand Knight of the Johnsburg Council 9167.

Guest speaker Retired Army Captain Timothy Stewart with  Judy Armstrong and Sam Yingling
Guest speaker Retired Army Captain Timothy Stewart with Judy Armstrong and Sam Yingling

Exchange Club President, Judy Armstrong, made a short speech explaining the goals of the Club in adding more Freedom Shrines throughout the Round Lake Area so that people have a better understanding of what our forefathers had done. She then presented a plaque to Avon Township Supervisor, Sam Yingling, who added it to the Freedom Shrine wall along with the other historic documents.

Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling and Exchange Club President Judy Armstrong at the Freedom Shrine display.
Avon Township Supervisor Sam Yingling and Exchange Club President Judy Armstrong at the Freedom Shrine display.

When you are in the area of the Avon Township Center, be sure to stop in and take a look at all the items on display and see what “Our Founding Fathers” accomplished to make this such a great country to live in.

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  • Lisa Rusch

    Hi Gene,

    Thank you for the great article! I hope you enjoyed the presentation.
    All the speakers did a wonderful job – Ed, Judy, Sam, and especially Tim Stewart!

    Thank you,
    Lisa

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