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Springfield, IL–On Monday, May 2, 2011 the Central Illinois Chapter of ASPA (CIASPA) celebrated Public Service Recognition Week and the reinvigoration of their chapter with a Public Service Awards Luncheon at the Sangamo Club in Springfield, IL. Forty-five members and friends of CIASPA were in attendance.
Following networking and lunch, the program began with a welcome by the current chapter president, Gloria Simo, who introduced Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza as the guest speaker. Meza delivered an inspiring speech on the expectation of ethics for public administrators and the importance and relevance of ASPA’s Code of Ethics to those working in the profession.
The Rail-Splitter award for excellence in public service was then presented to Illinois Auditor General William Holland, who has served honorably in that position for almost twenty years. When accepting the award Mr. Holland expressed his appreciation for seven members of his staff who were also in attendance and discussed their important role in the work of his office. The Chapter then honored two graduate students in public administration: Judy Guenseth of University of Illinois Springfield and Libby Pritchard of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with the ASPA Public Service Student Award.
Those attending left the meeting with new strategies to put professional ethics into practice and were inspired by administrators and students currently engaged in public service. The CIASPA wants to again congratulate our award winners for their efforts that bring honor to public service, and thank all that came to support the revitalization of our organization. We look forward to upcoming events and are planning another luncheon meeting at the Sangamo Club in September of 2011.