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Bob and Rosemary Blazier at the ...
Bob and Rosemary Blazier at the 2014 Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce GEM luncheon.
CRYSTAL LAKE If youve lived in the Crystal Lake area for a while, youve probably met, or at least know of, Bob
and Rosemary Blazier.
[Bob] and Rosemary have been involved with starting, participating and expanding literally over 40 organizations in McHenry County, said Kathleen Caldwell, chairwoman of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Bob Blazier is a former superintendent of Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47, a former Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce president and a former vice president of marketing and education for Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry (now Centegra Hospital McHenry), among many other positions.
It was fitting to name the building after the Blaziers, especially since Bob
helped create the Chamber foundation in 2007, in part to renovate the aging pump house, Caldwell said.
grew up in poverty in Kewanee.
parents died when he
was young, so he
was raised by his
sister a good Christian woman, according to John Blazier who instilled in him a strong faith in God and an inner drive to succeed.
[He grew up believing], If Im going to go out and do anything in my life, Ive got to do it myself, John Blazier said. [He has always said], You can do anything you put your mind to.
put himself through college on an athletic scholarship, and it was at Western Illinois University
met a young woman from Spring Valley who mirrored the values Bob
had come to live by: faithfully follow God, give back to the community and empower others.
They married in 1949, only one week after graduating from WIU
That was the start of a 67-year relationship that only has become stronger over time.
We both feel we were very fortunate to find each other because our compatibility and love is the same as when we first met, Bob Blazier
Throughout the years, Bob
often has been the brains behind new programs, and he
often receives the praise, but Rosemary Blazier always has been his
A lot of things I did, Rosemary helped with by coming and supporting me, Bob
We werent looking to move, Bob Blazier
Things were just starting to happen, Bob
The town was very proud of the schools and supportive of education.
There were a lot of couples in their early 30s our age raising a family.
Plus, it was a recreational community a positive for Bob
and Rosemary, both avid golfers and recreation enthusiasts.
Bob became principal at what now is Lundahl Middle School, and Rosemary Blazier taught physical education at what now is Husmann Elementary.
Rosemary spent 35 years in education; Bob
, 36 years, including 12 years as superintendent.
Bob then spent five years at the Northern Illinois Medical Center and 17 years as president of the Chamber.
Along the way, they became involved in other organizations
, volunteering their time and talents and encouraging others to do the same.
Coming from education and then getting involved in business, [Bob] has a very good way of communicating and teaching people and getting people involved in stuff, so thats been a big bonus in the community, Gray said.
You might see Bob Blazier at Home State Bank, where he still works as director of communications.
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Bob Blazier, President, Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Lake, IL.
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Bob is retired from CL District 47, the Centegra Foundation, and most recently as president of the CL Chamber.
Having failed retirement, like many of our hard working members, he now works for Home State Bank as a Commercial Community Relations Officer and serves on several not-for-profit boards.
"Bob and Rosemary Blazier have ...
"Bob and Rosemary Blazier have helped make our community a brilliant place to live and work," chamber foundation leader Kathleen Caldwell said in the release.
If the campaign meets its goal, the foundation would be able to pay off the debt from remodeling the chamber building and focus resources in other areas, such as scholarship programs, said Bob Blazier, who first got involved with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce when he served as superintendent of Crystal Lake Community Consolidated School District 47.
Blazier later served as the head of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce and helped secure a 100-year lease on the Crystal Lake Pump House for the organization from the city, which owns the property.
said the chamber's decision to name the building for him and Rosemary was "a great honor.
encouraged support for the campaign and the chamber.
"Generating business in the community helps the entire tax base," he
The Crystal Lake Chamber Foundation was founded in 2006 by Bob Blazier and Woodstock attorney Jeffrey Keck.
The honorees at the luncheon were ...
The honorees at the luncheon were Julie Mayer and Mike Ploszek representing Advocate Good Shepherd, Vinnie Foglia accepting on behalf of the Foglia Family Foundation, James Davids of Dorion-Gray Retirement Planning Inc., Steven Slack representing Home State Bank N.A., Chuck Ruth of Alliance Contractors Inc. and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blazier.
Highlights of the luncheon included the presentation of the Ginger Rogers Award to Rosemary Blazier; the Legislative Award of Excellence to guest speaker and honoree Bob Blazier, who co-founded the Crystal Lake Chamber Foundation in 2006; and the announcement of the Bob Blazier Leadership Scholarship for Excellence.