April 18, First National Bank of Brookfield announced the promotions of John E. DiGiovanni to president and Gloria J. Garcia to executive vice president. Jan Schultz remains the chairman and CEO.
DiGiovanni was hired as executive vice president of the bank in 1987 and has served on the board of directors for First National Bank of Brookfield since 1991. DiGiovanni grew up in Brookfield and attended St. Barbara School and Riverside-Brookfield High School. He then moved on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a degree in banking. DiGiovanni now resides in LaGrange Park with his wife, Penny. He is very active in the community of Brookfield, and has been a board member
for the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce since 1988.
Garcia, a Naperville resident, was hired as the teller manager in 1990. Since she was hired by the bank, she has been promoted to assistant cashier and her latest position of vice president and cashier. Garcia serves as an advisory officer of the board of directors for First National Bank of Brookfield.
At your service: Brookfield resident Robert J. Rolewicz was named the 2004-05 Elk of the Year at the Installation of Officers at the Cicero-Berwyn Elks Lodge in April. Rolewicz, the club’s drug awareness chairman, also organized a bowling/pizza party in April for members of the Lyons Township and Riverside-Brookfield high school Snowball Clubs as well as the RBHS Art and Photo clubs as a reward for the students’ anti-drug efforts during the past year.
Personal days: Two members of Boy Scout Troop 92, based at St. Mary Parish in Riverside, were recognized by the Riverside village board on April 18. Jonathan L. Bauer was honored for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and for his Eagle Scout Leadership Project, collecting new and used sporting equipment for underprivileged children and delivering it to St. Mary’s sister parish, St. Agatha. Mark J. Bensfield was also recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank and for his leadership project, organizing the scout troop to repair and rejuvenate the historic Scout Cabin and surrounding grounds in Riverside. Village President Harold J. Wiaduck Jr. proclaimed Sunday, April 24 as Jonathan L. Bauer Day and Mark J. Bensfield Day in Riverside.
On campus: Jean-Pierre Gary , an Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.) senior and son of Dennis and Martine Gary of Riverside, received the George Van Dyke Outstanding Athlete Award, and the Wendell M. Stanley Senior Scholar-Athlete Award during Earlham’s Awards Convocation on April 8.
This award was established by an anonymous alumni gift to honor George Van Dyke, professor of physics 1930-1963. It is given to senior students who have made the most outstanding contribution to Earlham athletics.
This award was established to honor one of the college’s most distinguished alumni and an outstanding student athlete. Wendell Stanley, class of 1926, received an Earlham Honorary Science degree in 1938 and a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1946. The award is given to seniors who have combined significant participation in intercollegiate athletics with an unusually high level of academic achievement. Athletes are selected by the director of athletics in consultation with coaches and the dean of student development.
? The Riverside-Brookfield High School Instrumental Spring Concert was held on Sunday April 17 in the school’s auditorium. The performance featured the RB Symphony, Marching and
Concert bands, the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band, as well as the String Orchestra. Senior violinists Barry Lau, Ted Johnson, Andrea Ambrosia and Rhiannon Ardisana were featured with the orchestra, on an arrangement by RB alumnus and composition student at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, William Huebler. Ted Johnson, a world-class Irish dancer performed as well. Retiring staff member Vicki Notier was featured as a dancer with the Jazz Ensemble.
? Lyons Township High School junior John Kim, of Brookfield, was a member of the LT Scholastic Bowl team that finished first in the IHSA regional competition in April. Scholastic Bowl is a game similar to Jeopardy, with subject areas including history, literature, music, math, earth science, biology and more.
? Hauser Junior High eighth-grader Allison Fantetti and Riverside-Brookfield High School freshman Andrea Wodzinski teamed up to earn the highest number of points at the National Star event at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state conference April 14-16 in Springfield. Their project consisted of a PowerPoint presentation to be shown to FCCLA members at Hauser Junior High in order to better prepare them for competition in interior design display competitions. They will advance to the National FCCLA Conference in San Diego in July. Riverside resident Suzanne Maviano has volunteered as a consultant to help the girls prepare for the national competition. Co-sponsors of FCCLA at Hauser are Carol Williams and Stacy Bieryla.