We returned to an in-person gathering for our BADC Annual Dinner and Citizen of the Year Awards event held last Spring, celebrating the leadership and volunteerism of our recent award winners – Brian Battle (2020), Barbara Benson (2021), and Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque (2022) — and announcing our 2023 Citizen of the Year: Penny Kazmier, former School District 220 board president.
The event, titled Better Together, showcased the many ways BADC has partnered across our communities to bring forward significant programs.
Watch for an announcement at the start of the new year, with a call for nominations for our 2024 Citizen of the Year Award!
Join Us for the
BADC Annual Dinner and Citizen of the Year Awards
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
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Founded nearly six decades ago, BADC has a long history of sponsoring initiatives and helping organizations that have benefited our community. We work with schools, government, and nonprofits to preserve the character of our unique community by promoting programs to protect the environment and support education, healthcare and quality of life.
Since our formation in 1966, we have had a unique role in catalyzing and supporting numerous organizations including Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG), Citizens For Conservation (CFC), Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA), Barrington Community Unit School District 220, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, and more recently raising the impact of nonprofits like Hope’s In, NeuroBalance Center, and Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watershed Partnership. With the grant support of the Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF), our Barrington Leadership Network (BLN) continues to gather momentum. Everyone wins when community and nonprofit leaders get better!
Every year since 1975 we celebrate citizen volunteers with our “Citizen of the Year” Award, presented to a person or persons who made a meaningful contribution of time and eﬀort that has benefited the entire greater Barrington Area Community. This includes, but is not limited to, ﬁelds such as health, ﬁnance, land use, youth, education, conservation and transportation. Our Nominating Committee, includes past recipients, whose volunteer service has been recognized as extraordinary.
Truly Barrington is a special place for social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and volunteerism.
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Each year, BADC selects a local resident who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and made significant contributions to the greater Barrington area. Former District 220 School Board President Brian Battle was named the 2020 BADC Citizen of the Year.
Barrington Area Historian Barbara L. Benson is one of the foremost authorities on our area’s founders and early history. In 2003, BADC published her book, They Builded Better Than They Knew: Historical Perspectives of the Barrington Area.
To understand the history of BACOG, we must first recall the circumstances in which the Barrington Area Development Council (BADC) itself was created in 1966.
Fifty years ago BADC determined the need for a conservation organization to address local environmental concerns, and Citizens for Conservation was started.
Through the generosity and vision of the Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF) board, BADC is proud to partner again for the eighth year in coordinating participation in the world-renowned Global Leadership Summit.
During August 2023, BADC hosted a gathering of more than 75 not-for-profit leaders from throughout our community, in an exclusive viewing event at the Barrington’s White House. The annual seminar is followed by Quarterly Refresher sessions throughout each year.
Kelsch, who was active in many community service organizations – including BADC – was instrumental in lobbying for and spearheading efforts to bring together the Village of Barrington, the Barrington Park District, and the Barrington 220 school district in this collaborative initiative to reclaim and renew this waterway.
Introducing the Barrington Area Digital Photo Gallery
BADC recently spearheaded the creation of a new Barrington Area Digital Photo Gallery, with its mission to promote awareness and appreciation of the natural beauty of the Barrington area.
View this spectacular online resource at: www.BADPG.org
Introducing the Barrington Area Digital Photo Gallery
This Summer, BADC spearheaded the creation of a new Barrington Area Digital Photo Gallery, with its mission to promote awareness and appreciation of the natural beauty of the Barrington area.
View this spectacular online resource at: www.badpg.com
Photos courtesy of BADC Member Bob Lee
The Barrington Area Development Council (BADC) is a not-for-profit civic organization with a long history of sponsoring initiatives and organizations that have benefited the Barrington Area community, including CPR Training, the Bikeways Commission, the District 220 Caucus, Barrington BloodLine, the Holiday Wish List, the Leadership Academy, and the Citizen of the Year Award. In addition, BADC was the founding organization of the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) in the 1970s, and a catalyst participating in the formation of renowned groups such as the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) and Citizens for Conservation (CFC). More recently, we have helped raise the impact of nonprofits like Hope’s In, NeuroBalance Center, and the Flint Creek/Spring Creek Watersheds Partnership. With the grant support of the Barrington Area Community Foundation (BACF), our Barrington Leadership Network (BLN) continues to gather momentum. Everyone wins when community and nonprofit leaders get better!
In addition, BADC is an organizing co-sponsor of the Barrington Area Volunteer Connection (www.TheBAVC.org), and spearheaded the creation of the new Barrington Area Digital Photo Gallery (www.BADPG.org).
BADC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Barrington Area Development Council (BADC)
P.O. Box 72, Barrington, IL 60011