State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives are honored to recognize notable achievements
 4    in the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Joseph  Meisenbach and his wife Kathy were
 6    named as the first  recipients  of  the  Catholic  Charities'
 7    "Spirit of Charity" award; and

 8        WHEREAS,  The  Meisenbachs,  long  active in a variety of
 9    area, Catholic and medical charities, received the award from
10    Bishop Joseph Imesch at a luncheon at the Catholic  Charities
11    office at N. Schuyler Avenue in Kankakee; and

12        WHEREAS,  Kathy  Meisenbach  was  named  to  the Catholic
13    Charities advisory board in 1991 and was president  in  1996;
14    Dr.  Meisenbach  is  known  for  his  efforts in coordinating
15    giving among physicians,  contributing  himself,  asking  for
16    donations, and then thanking donors; and

17        WHEREAS,  The  Meisenbachs recently celebrated their 30th
18    wedding anniversary; they were  high  school  sweethearts  in
19    Reddick   and   college  sweethearts  at  the  University  of
20    Illinois; and

21        WHEREAS,   In   1996,   the   Meisenbachs   were    named
22    Humanitarians of the Year by Provena St. Mary's Hospital; and

23        WHEREAS,   Dr.  Meisenbach  became  determined  to  be  a
24    cardiologist  after  watching  his  grandfather  suffer  from
25    angina,  a  condition  so  severe  that  he   had   to   take
26    nitroglycerin  just  to  watch  an  exciting  cowboy  show on
27    television; when he finished medical school, he was offered a
28    job in Hawaii, but the Meisenbachs decided to  come  back  to
29    Kankakee  County; Dr. Meisenbach's reputation for care of the
30    area's indigent and elder population has been  unselfish  and
31    limitless; and
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 1        WHEREAS, Catholic Charities, a United Way charity, serves
 2    people  of  all  faiths;  programs  that  Catholic  Charities
 3    sponsor  include,  Retired  Senior Volunteers, which provides
 4    help to many other activities, including  Hospice,  Meals  on
 5    Wheels,  and the Red Cross, counseling on martial, parenting,
 6    divorce, and other family  issues,  and  maternity  services,
 7    including  counseling,  medical  care and help with adoption,
 8    coordination  of  adoption,  and  foster   care;   additional
 9    services  include,  transitional  housing for the homeless, a
10    Back to School fair to  provide  school  supplies  for  needy
11    children,  money management classes and help for the disabled
12    or senior citizens, a Senior Companion  program  that  visits
13    adults,  60  and over, who cannot get out, and an Elder Abuse
14    and Neglect reporting station; therefore, be it

17    we  congratulate  Dr. Joseph Meisenbach and his wife Kathy on
18    being  named  as  the  first  recipients  of   the   Catholic
19    Charities' "Spirit of Charity" award; and be it further

20        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
21    presented to Dr. Joseph Meisenbach and Kathy Meisenbach as an
22    expression of our esteem.

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