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File #: 16-1941    Version: 1 Name: HONORING THE OAK PARK-RIVER FOREST INFANT WELFARE SOCIETY AS IT CELEBRATES ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 2/29/2016 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 3/2/2016 Final action: 3/2/2016
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE OAK PARK-RIVER FOREST INFANT WELFARE SOCIETY AS IT CELEBRATES ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, the Infant Welfare Society (IWS) was started in December of 1902 after a baby died from diphtheria in his father's arms on the streets of Chicago. For the next decade the IWS worked to distribute clean milk for free or below cost to infants; and WHEREAS, the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society began in 1916 as an association of Chicago-area women who support the IWS Children's Clinic in its mission to provide all children with unfettered access to quality health care; and WHEREAS, since its inception, the IWS has been organized around "circles," which are small groups of women who join together to support the society's mission through fundraising and volunteering; and WHEREAS, currently, the Oak Park-River Forest IWS consists of 150 members in eight circles, each with its own personality and traditions; and WHEREAS, the society's work...
Sponsors: PETER N. SILVESTRI, RICHARD R. BOYKIN

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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

HONORING THE OAK PARK-RIVER FOREST INFANT WELFARE SOCIETY AS IT CELEBRATES ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY

 

WHEREAS, the Infant Welfare Society (IWS) was started in December of 1902 after a baby died from diphtheria in his father’s arms on the streets of Chicago. For the next decade the IWS worked to distribute clean milk for free or below cost to infants; and

 

WHEREAS, the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society began in 1916 as an association of Chicago-area women who support the IWS Children’s Clinic in its mission to provide all children with unfettered access to quality health care; and

 

WHEREAS, since its inception, the IWS  has been organized around “circles,” which are small groups of women who join together to support the society’s mission through fundraising and volunteering; and

 

WHEREAS, currently, the Oak Park-River Forest IWS consists of 150 members in eight circles, each with its own personality and traditions; and

 

WHEREAS, the society’s work is powered by dedicated members and volunteers, a highly competent professional staff, generous donors, engaged partners, and enlightened communities who share the view that sustaining the health of our children is a critical investment in the future; and

 

WHEREAS, in addition to its recurring fundraising events, the Oak Park-River Forest IWS is taking on special centennial events, including a business luncheon in March at Dominican University, a block party for children and families in May, and a dinner in September.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Cook County Board of Commissioners does hereby honor the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society as it celebrates its 100 years of dedicated service to the health of children.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a commemorative copy of this resolution be distributed to the Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society on the occasion of its 100th Anniversary.

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