MINONK - The Black Partridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has recommended that Jim and Mary Lou Jacek be in consideration for community service awards from the DAR's national society.
For many years, she has been active with local senior citizens. After she retired as a teller and then chief operations officer (COO) at Minonk Community Bank, Jacek volunteered at the Food Pantry and for Meals on Wheels. She also donates to the Heritage Health Care’s hospitality cart and also volunteers at the weekly Bingo games and get-together she heads at the Senior Center.
He is being recommended for patriotic service to the community. Jacek is a member of the Minonk American Legion Post No. 142 and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Following his graduation from Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School in 1963, he enrolled in Coyne Electronics in Chicago, where completed coursework the following year. Jacek worked at Caterpillar for approximately 18 months before he enlisted into the Navy during the Vietnam conflict. In October 1969, he was discharged from the Naval Station in Newport, R.I., after four years, one month and four days of service.
“There is nothing more humbling than to be marching in a parade with other Legion members and to see a veteran in the crowd pull himself to his feet to salute the flag as men march by," he said.
Jacek and other veterans stay busy with the various events that take place in town during the course of the year, which includes Memorial Day, parades and military rites for deceased veterans.