WOODRIDGE – For Loren J. Tiede, Woodridge’s Community Recognition program proves the value of community.
Tiede, the former superintendent of Center Cass School District 66, where he worked for 39 years, was recognized during last year’s awards.
“It was a big surprise for me,” Tiede said. “Everyone wants to be recognized.”
The annual Community Recognition program awards people who have provided a positive, significant contribution through community service. Individuals are honored in five categories in the program: citizen, business, association, employee and youth.
“We live in a community that has people actively doing public work. [The awards are] just a nice thing,” said Tiede, also a member of the Woodridge Public Library Board for 10 years.
Anyone can be nominated for the Community Recognition awards.
Nominations are reviewed by the Woodridge Intergovernmental Council, made up of representatives from the Woodridge Library, the Woodridge Park District and the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, among others.
The Woodridge Village Board then selects winners in the fall.
Nominations for this year’s program will be accepted until July 25. Forms are available through the village of Woodridge website at
For information, call Leslie Davies at 630-719-4706.