COURTESY OF GALEN GOCKEL

The Senior Citizens’ Center of Oak Park River Forest will honor two local residents for their community leadership at the Center’s annual Ulyssean Dinner on Friday, September 19.

John Hedges and Harold Rohlfing will receive their awards at the Center’s dinner to be held at Brookdale Plaza, 1111 Ontario Street at 7:45 p.m., following a 6:30 reception.

Hedges was recently appointed Executive Director of the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation, following six years of service as a village trustee.  He had previously been the president of four local non-profit organizations, the United Way and Community Chest, the Pleasant Home Foundation, the local Rotary Club, and the Area Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

His other areas of service were as a charter member of the Gang and Drug Task Force and a board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

He is a graduate of Indiana University which awarded him the Bachelors’ Degree and the Masters’ degree in Recreation and Parks Administration.  He served Oak Park for twenty years as its Executive Director of the local Park District.

Rohlfing is a life-long local resident, and a graduate of  Oak Park River Forest High School.  He received Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees from Northwestern University in music.  While at Northwestern, he played in its symphony orchestra and other ensembles as a member of its bassoon section.   

He has performed with many local musical groups, including the Oak Park River Forest Symphony, which he has also directed.  He has been a regular member of the chamber orchestra at the annual Bach Cantata series at Grace Lutheran Church.   For a decade in the 1960’s, he was a member of the Concordia University music faculty.

In 1976 Rohlfing was elected to the Board of Education of Oak Park River Forest High school, his alma mater.  He has served on the boards of  Community Nursing Service, and the YMCA.

He graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1972, and practiced law with offices in downtown Oak Park, concentrating in estate planning.

The local Senior Citizens Center is the oldest organization of its kind in Illinois, now completing its 60th year.  It offers a wide range of opportunities in weaving, ceramics, quilting, painting and a wide range of associated activities. Studios are located at 414 S. Oak Park Avenue.

Reservations for the dinner, at $65 per plate,  may be made by calling the  Center at 848-5251.

Join the discussion on social media!