Village President

It's hard to believe the year long Centennial Celebration for the Village of Worth has come to a close. We had a very active group of volunteers on the Centennial Committee who helped raise money and plan events. I would like to thank the dozens of residents and business owners who purchased the Centennial Banners that are located along Harlem Avenue and 111th Street. I also would like to thank Celeste Cameron who made the stunning Centennial Quilt that was raffled off. All of this money was used to support events and activities.

And speaking of events…. There were several exciting ones including the "Kick-Off Party" at Chieftain; the May 20, 2014 "Old Fashioned" Board Meeting at Gale Moore Park; the Ice Cream Social with the Worth Library on June 20, 2014; the American Legion Music Fest; Worth Park District Open House and the unveiling of the Museum Centennial Display; the Centennial Group Photo taken on July 3rd courtesy of Quality Plus Photo; Worth Days Centennial Parade on August 24th; our official Birthday Celebration at the Worth Jr. High and Birthday Cake at the Village Hall on August 29th; St. Marks Centennial Celebration on August 30th etc. etc. etc.

In addition we had several very special activities:

Back on August 29th which was our official "birthday" we had 1,460 cupcakes delivered to the Worth Schools so all of our students could join in the celebration.

Worth resident Carol Banasiak was kind enough to produce a Village of Worth Centennial Video that took her on a fantastic journey around Worth interviewing current as well as former residents. If you haven't seen the video yet I encourage you to go to you tube and spend about 30 minutes of pure enjoyment at

The final and most recent Centennial activity culminated with the unveiling of the amazing Mark Vancura Centennial Mosaic which is permanently mounted on the east side of the Village Hall. If you haven't had a chance to stop by the Village Hall yet to see the mural I think you should put it on the top of your to do list. When you stop by to see the mosaic be sure to check out the stepping stones near the bench that were made by dozens of residents under Mark's watchful eye as a group project at the Terrace Centre.

All of these fun, interesting, awesome, amazing events and activities would not have been possible without the vision, hard work and dedication of the Centennial Committee: Bahira Karim (chairman), Bob Burns, Celeste Cameron, Linda Dawson, Barb Dziedzic (secretary), Jeanne Elder, Kari Fickes, Jim Plahm, Theresa Rebersky, Gene Sikora, Judi Weber and Lezley Zubaty. The liaison to this group that helped guide and encourage them was Trustee Colleen McElroy who also wears the hat of Village Historian.