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Northminster’s 2020 Vision Keeper: Carolyn Golmon

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The 2020 Vision Keepers dinner will be in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Orrington Hotel on February 16th at 5:30 p.m. This year’s honoree from Northminster is Carolyn Golmon.

Please remember to submit your check to Interfaith Action by noon February 3rd. All reservations must be accompanied by payment. Tickets are $75 each and benefit the many good works of Interfaith Action of Evanston, including an overnight shelter for Evanston’s homeless folks. Click here for more information.

Northminster Presbyterian’s 2020 Vision Keeper, Carolyn W. Golmon, is a woman on the move. She was raised in Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. She received her B.A. degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, her M.A.  from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she also met and married Dr. Melton Golmon. Her certification beyond her M.A. prepared her as a Reading Specialist and Mel’s work at Northwestern Medical School brought the family to Evanston and Chicago. Carolyn practiced at Evanston Township High School and Chicago Public Schools where she taught both students and other teachers. She has been a member of Northminster for over 40 years.

During Carolyn’s term as a Northminster Elder, she started the My Morning Out program, the Helpline, the Prayer Chains, and the Coffee Fellowship. In 2010 she retired from Chicago Public Schools. In her third term as a Deacon, she turned her church work to the Mission Committee where she took on the management of the congregation’s in-kind donations of toiletries to homeless shelters, Curt’s Café, The Night Ministry, Sarah’s Circle and others. Every year on Fathers’ Day, which also coincides with the Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate, Carolyn organizes a “Service as Worship” where church members who can’t participate in the community activities of the day pack over 200 bags with supplies for these programs.

The Golmons have two adult children. Eric works in Highland Park for the Recreation Department and Melissa Applebaum teaches third and fourth grade in Arlington Heights.

Each year Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) hosts an annual fundraising dinner to celebrate leaders who exemplify their organization’s ministry and missions. The IAE Board honors individuals from member organizations who exemplify the IAE vision to address the systemic issues of poverty, unemployment, homelessness and hunger; to bring people together to build relationships and encourage understanding across faith boundaries; and to promote a healthy and equitable society.

All proceeds from the event support IAE’s direct services to homeless and hungry people in Evanston. Supported programs include the Hospitality Center of the Homeless, local soup kitchens, Producemobile, winter overnight shelter, and winter warming centers.

Here’s the list of Northminster’s past honorees:

2003 – Diane Rosewall
2004 – Nan Snowdon
2005 – Walt Holdampf
2006 – Pat Drinkwine
2007 – Mary Sheppard
2008 – Jane & Paul Friesma
2009 – Rolfes Family
2010 – Ruth Uchtman
2011 – Heidi Niggli
2012 – Bob & Carol Lounsbury
2013 – Rita & Bob Bailey
2014 – Al Williams
2015 – Liz Holding & Ken Lewandowski
2016 – Paul & Leslie Lehner
2017 – Laurie McFarlane Davies
2018 – Kelly Brest van Kempen; Greg Boyer & Douglas Meekhof
2019 – Nancy Doyle

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