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Community Celebration Board

Welcome to the Ridgeville Park District Community Celebration Board! This is a space for us to post information on events here at the park, the City of Evanston and Chicago that you are your family can attend throughout the year to learn about and celebrate the uniques heritages and cultures that make up our great country. 

In June, Ridgeville Park District celebrates...

LGBTQ Pride!

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Ridgeville Park District spotlights the accomplishments of... 

Mario Treto, Jr.

Mario Treto, Jr. serves the City of Evanston by providing legal counsel to its elected officials and departments. He is the lead attorney for the Plan Commission, Board of Local Improvements, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Preservation Commission.

Treto has drafted various ordinances and resolutions, including updating the Human Rights Ordinance and creating a gender neutral restroom ordinance in collaboration with the State of Illinois. He is also active in the Chicagoland community, serving as the Board of Directors Vice-Chair and Secretary for Howard Brown Health, the Midwest's largest LGBT health and social service provider.

In addition, Treto is Vice-President of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Latino Alumni Advisory Board and has served on boards for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and LINK Unlimited.

He has spoken at national and regional conferences regarding municipal issues and the legal profession. Treto received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The National LGBT Bar Association will highlight Treto's professional and philanthropic accomplishments at the 2017 National LGBT Bar Association Annual Conference on Thursday, August 3, 2017 in San Francisco, California.(Evanston Patch) 


In May, Ridgeville Park District celebrates...

Jewish American Heritage!

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Ridgeville Park District spotlights the accomplishments of... 

Rabbi Rachel S. Weiss

Rachel Weiss joined JRC on August 1, 2016. Rabbi Weiss is known for her commitment to Jewish life that is creative, connective, and deep.  She brings her warmth and energy to life cycle officiation and pastoral counseling, is an innovative teacher of Torah and a passionate spiritual leader.  A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Weiss was an Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman scholar, and the recipient of the Berger Prize in Practical Rabbinics.  She holds a certificate in Congregational Life and has taken leadership roles within the Reconstructionist movement.

Rabbi Weiss joins the JRC community having previously served Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, New York City’s LGBTQS synagogue, as their associate rabbi.  At CBST, Rabbi Weiss directed the Limmud Family Education program, creating an original curriculum for Jewish LGBTQ families.  She brings her experience from CBST, a large metropolitan synagogue for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, to her work and her commitment to social justice.  In 2014, she was named one of the New York Pride Guide’s “45 Under 45” for her leadership.  Rabbi Weiss previously served as the rabbi of JRF affiliate Am Haskalah in the Lehigh Valley, PA, and was a member of the senior staff and faculty of Camp JRF.  As a rabbinic fellow at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, she developed this multi-denominational rabbinic fellowship to bring rabbinical students from all backgrounds to study social justice and community organizing.

Prior to becoming a rabbi, Rabbi Weiss served as the Director of Nuestro Center in Highwood, providing social work services to recently immigrated Latino families through Family Service of South Lake County.  A fluent Spanish speaker, she is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa where she earned a B.A. in Spanish with an interdisciplinary concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies.

A JRC and Evanston native, Rabbi Weiss is excited to return to her home congregation and community and to Lake Michigan.  She is a foodie and fan of all things culinary, an artisan and craftsperson, a lover of languages and grammar, and a Hebrew/English calligrapher. She is married to Julia Tauber, and they are the parents to Hannah and Norah.  

Learn more about Rabbi Weiss!


In April, Ridgeville Park District celebrates...

Asian Pacific American Heritage!

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*Note: May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! We just couldn't wait to celebrate. 

 

Ridgeville Park District spotlights the accomplishments of...

Tuyet Le

Tuyet Le is the executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago (Advancing Justice | Chicago), formerly the Asian American Institute. Established in 1992, this is a pan-Asian, not-for-profit organization that promotes equity for Asian Americans through advocacy, by utilizing research, education and coalition building. Other members of Asian Americans Advancing Justice are based in Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

In leading the organization since 1999, Ms. Le has focused on improving cooperation among diverse Asian American communities, on raising their visibility, and highlighting their concerns to policy makers and the public at large. Advancing Justice | Chicago’s programs have included civic engagement, community organizing, leadership development and legal advocacy, advocating for immigrant rights, affirmative action, voting rights, redistricting, and advocacy against hate crimes. Advancing Justice | Chicago has been recognized for its work by numerous government agencies, as well as local and national organizations.

Ms. Le currently serves on the board of Access Living, and formerly served on the boards of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugees.  She was a 2013 Rockwood Leadership Institute fellow, and a member of the 2004 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Class. In 2012 she gave the The Annual Balgopal Lecture on Human Rights and Asian Americans at the University of Illinois. She has served as a panelist and keynote speaker on a wide range of issues including refugee resettlement, disability rights, human relations and political empowerment.

Ms. Le is a polio survivor, who started advocated for the rights of students with disabilities in college. She came to the United States as a refugee at the age of three from Vietnam, and previously worked at the Vietnamese Association of Illinois for over two years, and last served as its Acting Executive Director.

Learn more about Ms. Le!


In March, Ridgeville Park District celebrates...

Women's History Month!

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Ridgeville Park District spotlights the accomplishments of...

Grace Wilbur Trout

Grace Wilbur Trout was an American suggragist instrumental in getting the Illinois legislature to pass a law allowing women to vote in local and national elections. She was born on March 18, 1864 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

She married George William Trout and had four children, one son dying in childhood and one son dying in 1912 at the age of 21.

Trout became president of the Chicago Political Equality League in 1910, originally founded in 1894. The league published pamphlets and circulated petitions to lobby the state legislature to grant women voting rights.

In 1910, Trout and other activists such as Catherine Waugh McCulloch made speaking tours of Illinois arguing for suffrage. Two years later, at the annual convention of the Illinois Equal Suffrage Association (IESA) on October 1–2, 1912, Trout was elected president of that association. She changed the IESA's tactics, setting new goals such as creating more local organizations and lobbying individual legislators to support suffrage.

A partial suffrage bill was introduced in 1913, permitting women to vote "for Presidential electors and for all local offices not specifically named in the Illinois Constitution", but not for state representatives, Congressional representatives, or governor.Trout mobilized a public show of support and the resulting bill was passed on June 11 (83 votes for, 58 votes against) and signed by Governor Dunne on June 26, 1913. Efforts to repeal or weaken the law in 1915 failed, in part due to the IESA's opposition.

Trout's goals did not extend to challenging racial segregation. When African-American Ida B. Wells wanted to march in a March 3, 1913 demonstration in Washington DC, Trout demanded that segregation be preserved to avoid offending Southern marchers who might boycott the event, and therefore all the black suffragists would have to march in their own group, not with their respective state delegations. While Trout was personally opposed to such exclusion, she was more concerned with avoiding the potential boycott. The day of the event, Wells "slipped out of the crowd along the parade route" to join the Illinois delegation.

In 1921 Trout moved to Jacksonville, Florida and became the first president of the Planning and Advisory Board and president of the Jacksonville Garden Club. She resided at an estate called Marabanong.

Trout died on October 21, 1955 in Jacksonville, Florida and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida.

Learn more about Grace!

 

In February, Ridgeville Park District celebrates...

Black History Month!

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Special Announcement: On March 9th at 7:45pm, RPD welcomes President of the Evanston/North Shore NAACP, Reverend Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors to our board meeting to speak with us! 

 

Ridgeville Park District spotlights the accomplishments of...

Reverend Dr. Michael Nabors

Senior Pastor-Elect
Reverend Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors is senior pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Evanston, Illinois. He was called to the church in December of 2014 after serving New Calvary Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan for sixteen years. He also served as Assistant Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, New Jersey and as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Princeton, New Jersey.

Most recently, Dr. Nabors has also served as Director of the Master of Divinity and Student Life Programs at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit where he is professor of Homiletics and African American Religious History. He also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio; Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan for the past ten years. His primary academic interest is in helping students practice homiletical preparation for preaching in the changing world of the 21st century. He has used Samuel Proctor’s “Hegelian dialectic”, Paul Scott Wilson’s “Four Pages of the Sermon”, and William Buechner’s literary genre as a foundation for his preaching courses. His primary church interest is in building bridges to erase the gap between community and university, the African American religious experience and the academy.

Dr. Nabors earned his undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He earned the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree as a Samuel DeWitt Proctor Fellow at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was a Fellow in the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program of Lilly Endowment, Inc., as well as a Fellow in the Pastor-Theologian Program led by the Institute of Theological Study.

Dr. Nabors has received over 100 community, church and ministry awards for leadership and service in New Jersey and Michigan. Before leaving Princeton, New Jersey, the Mayor and City Council commemorated his leadership by naming October 12th as “Dr. Michael Nabors Day.” He has been president of the Princeton and Trenton, New Jersey branches of the NAACP, the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention, and Chairman of the Board for Detroit East, Inc., and Gateway Community Health.

Dr. Nabors is married to Sydni Nabors and is the proud father of six children: three who are adults; Spencer Alexandria, 17; Pierce Alexander, 11; and Parker Anne, 6.