On Aug. 1, Riverside United Methodist Church welcomed Mark Gilmore as its new pastor.

Gilmore comes to Riverside from Evanston, where he is a Master of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary on Northwestern University’s campus. He is a UMC Certified Candidate for Ordained Ministry (Elder track), a licensed local pastor in Indiana and Illinois UMC Conferences and a commissioned Stephen Minister. Gilmore is a 20-year member of the United Methodist Church, serving in many positions including worship leader. 

Prior to ordination, Gilmore worked for 30 years serving and leading organizations in the nonprofit sector. His interests include outdoor hiking, ceramics, travel, museum exhibits design, architectural restoration and preservation, and community building.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve, live and grow with the Riverside UMC community, where all are welcome to worship and Catch The Spirit,” Gilmore said in a press release.

 He is a Riverside resident, living in the RUMC parsonage. 

I’d be honored

Four members of the Riverside Township Lions Club were honored for their years of service in June.

 John Gelsomino, Dale Heilenbach and Voytek Putz were each recognized for 15 years of service and Jack Wilk for 10 years. 

All received chevrons from District Governor Terry D’Souza.

Riverside Police Officers Brian Greenenwald, Isaac Hamilton and Joseph Mahanna were honored by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) for their outstanding DUI enforcement. All were awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for removing DUI offenders from Illinois roadways.

On campus

Several local students were among the approximately 5,100 students receiving degrees from the University of Iowa at the close of the 2015 spring semester, including Brookfield residents Kathryn Skinner, B.A. in English and a B.F.A. in dance, both with distinction, and Benjamin Stelter, B.S.E. in mechanical engineering, and Riverside residents Louise Gangware, B.A. in communication studies, and Benjamin Mitchell, B.S. in actuarial science and a B.S. in mathematics, both with distinction.

Riverside resident David Tomecek, a 2011 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is working at a software company in Chicago.

Haley Croney, of Riverside, was named to the president’s list for the 2015 spring semester at the University of Iowa for achieving a grade-point average of 4.0 on a 4-point scale in all academic subjects for the preceding two semesters.

Wheaton College student Sonja Davy, of Brookfield was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester by attaining a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Eric Gough, of Brookfield, was named to the University of Dallas honor roll for the 2015 spring semester for earning a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49.

Olivia Legan, the daughter of Christopher and Christine Legan of Riverside, was named to the Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin) dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester for maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4. She is a 2012 graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

Riverside resident Erica Fong, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, was named to the 2015 spring semester dean’s list for attaining a GPA of at least 3.66. Fong is part of the university’s College of Education and Human Development.

Brittany E. Kosik, of North Riverside, was named to the dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester at Eastern Illinois University for achieving a GPA of at least 3.8 for the semester.