Three Village Employees Receive Awards

Three Village Employees Receive Awards
Posted on 02/13/2009

Three Village of Orland Park employees were recently honored, earning three statewide awards and one regional honor.

Margie Owens-Klotz, who oversees public relations for the village, was honored by the Illinois Special Events Network at its statewide convention on Feb 3. Owens-Klotz received two of the group's Skyscraper Awards, one for her new design of the village's quarterly residential newsletter and the second for the village's 2008 special events newspaper tab section.

"The village's 28 year old newsletter now has a magazine look with large photos and lots of the same colors as the new website and commuter station," said Owens-Klotz. "The tab section was an all inclusive collection of the upcoming summer events," she added.

Amber Ratcliff, the village's graphic designer, received top honors from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. Ratcliff's brochure cover series for 2008 won the state award in the IPRA's 2008 Agency Showcase Competition.

Describing her cover series, Ratcliff said, "Everyone in the Recreation Department came up with every possible word to describe all that we do for the community. Once I had all of the words, I repeated them hundreds of times on the page. I then colored the individual letters to create the scene for each cover."

Maureen Wentz, of the village's Recreation and Parks Department, was named Ambassador of the Year by the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce. Wentz represents the village's Recreation and Parks Department with the chamber, promoting the village's Sportsplex at chamber events and programs.

"I've lived in Orland Park for 33 years and it's such an honor to be recognized for my work for the village that I care so very much about," Wentz said.

"We're very proud whenever village employees are honored for their work for Orland Park," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "To have three separate agencies commend the village's marketing efforts is a testament to the talent that we have on staff at the village," the mayor added.