On October 3, 2012 in conjunction with the Community Foundation's Annual Dinner Event the Cosmopolitan Club of Rockford granted $6,000 with the announcement of this year's Uram Award. Congratulations to Jean Morrow as the 2012 recipient of this year's Charles G. Uram award. The award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a person who embodies the values demonstrated by the late Charles (Chuck) G Uram.
Jean Morrow has more than twenty-five years of continuous community service and activism in the area of mental health. She has been a member of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for over 25 years and has served as President of the local chapter three different times. Trained as a Family Support Facilitator, Jean has led two monthly NAMI Family Support groups for 15 years and more than 350 people have benefitted from NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program. Jean has served on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of the Rock River Valley and on Shelter Care Ministries Advisory Board. She served on the Janet Wattles Board of Directors for 12 years and raised awareness for mental health issues by collaborating with the Rockford Health Council and the League of Women Voters. According to her nominators, Jean “is a quiet force for change, working out of the spotlight with gentle persistence. Her strong faith inspires her, along with her conviction in the intrinsic value of all people.”
Jean was nominated by The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) who was presented with a check from the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club for $5,000. Jean will be added to a distinguished list including Dale Sanders (2005), Harry Ritter (2006), Dan Loescher (2007), Jim Keeling (2008), Phil Turner (2009), Barbara Berman (2010) and John Mink (2011).
The Charles G Uram Lifetime Service Award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a person who embodies the values demonstrated by the late Charles G Uram. Also Congrats to the runners up Roberta (Bobbie) Holzworth, nominated by the YMCA and Webbs Norman, nominated by RAMP; both organizations received $500 cash grants.