Mike Munro, Associate Publisher of Chicagoland Golf, told the eye-widening story of how he built one of the state's first domed driving range, White Pines Golf Dome in Bensenville. Rain, snow, vandalism and consultant crises couldn't stop him from raising a 100 yard long fabric dome to accommodate winter enthusiasts. Mike's stories of grass on the ceiling and repairing 39 foot rents in the dome made us admire his sheer grit on the project. From the beginning, Mike said, he wanted it to be accessible to the entire community, so he organized youth tournaments, fundraisers and parties. 24 years later, he has recently sold the dome, but his community committment is still strong. Mike has been on the board at Maryville for years, and we discussed the dire state of social services in Illinois - 50th in the country. Forgive the pun, but Mike is still out there swinging, and we will try to follow his example.
Superintendent of District 207 Ken Wallace shared the stellar history of the district's three high schools, from diversity to innovation. they were the first district to offer an auto shop class for example.  For students that aren't succeeding, "They don't remediate - they accelerate," Ken told us, as he described a system that has made the Washington Post "Most Challenging High Schools" list again this year. A new computer service program, Chrome Depot, in each high school, allows students to get tech help when they need it year round. He reminded us that most of The Breakfast Club was filmed in the closed Maine North High School in 1984, and they have a copy of the script to prove it!
We were delighted to host Lauren Munson of Two Men and a Truck, who told us about the company's community engagement program. They are active on the board of the Self-Help Pantry, the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, and coordinate several clothing and toiletries drives during the year. You may have seen Truckee out and about when collecting boxes of coats and gloves in the winter, and toiletries for needy Moms in May. From the very beginning, Two Men and A Truck have pledged money and practical support to every community in which they have a franchise - and Lauren is such a great partner to work with!
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