Glen Ellyn Character CoalitionĀ 

Glen Ellyn, ILĀ 
Glen Ellyn Character Coalition
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"Thank You" to all for your support over the last 9YRS!

Since 2003, the Glen Ellyn Character Coalition (GECC) has been a grass-roots organization dedicated to promoting good character within our village through its Person of Character recognition program. Over the years, that program has honored residents who have demonstrated exemplary character, particularly the “Six Pillars” of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

In recent years, the GECC has experienced a steady decline in volunteers and in numbers of nominations for its Person of Character program, and it has not been able to reverse this trend. As a result, it has made the difficult decision to cease operations and to donate its small fund balance to four local philanthropic organizations: The Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center, the Glenbard Parent Series, The Glen Ellyn Park District Scholarship Fund and the BR Ryall YMCA.

The Glen Ellyn Character Coalition has been privileged to publicly honor outstanding members of our community whose contributions might otherwise have gone unsung. We are grateful for the participation and support of many, and know that regardless of whether the GECC exists, the Six Pillars of Character remain important to the individuals and organizations within the community.

Our Vision: Our community, strengthened by character development in our schools, families and businesses, is a guiding light for all citizens and the foundation of a healthy society.
Our Mission: Our mission is to foster a common language that recognizes, discusses, and supports the six pillars of character throughout Glen Ellyn. This will result in a community that teaches, enforces, advocates and models trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Our Goals:

Make a character education program visible in all community areas (YMCA, Library,Village Hall, Park Dist.,Police Dept., Fire Dept, Schools, Businesses, etc.)

Increase community involvement to heighten awareness of the six pillars of character.

Integrate character education into new and existing programs of education, recreation and service.

Honor those who work and/or live in Glen Ellyn through the Person of Character Awards.

  • TRUSTWORTHINESS: Be honest-Don't deceive, cheat or steal-do what you say you'll do-Have the courage to do the right thing-Build a good reputation-Be loyal-stand by your family, friends, community
  • RESPECT: Be tolerant of differences-Use good manners, not bad language-Be considerate of the feelings of others-Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone
  • RESPONSIBILITY: Do what you are supposed to do-Persevere:keep on trying!-Always do your best-Use self-control-Be self-disciplined-Think before you act-consider the consequences-Be accountable for your choices
  • FAIRNESS: Play by the rules-Take turns and share-Be open-minded; listen to others-Don't take advantage of others-Don't blame others carelessly
  • CARING: Be kind-Be compassionate and show you care-express gratitude-Forgive others-Help people in need
  • CITIZENSHIP: Do your share to make your community better-VOTE Cooperate-Stay informed-Be a good neighbor-Protect the environment-Obey laws and rules

For more information on the Character Counts national program, please visit their website

  Every month, the Glen Ellyn Character Coalition honors a member of our community who demonstrates the six pillars of character. Winners' profiles appear once a month in The Sun. If you know someone who lives or works in Glen Ellyn and deserves to be honored in this way, please download a nomination form.
(Click on the link in the main selector bar labeled - "GECC Nomination Form")
  Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn -

School District 41 -

B.R. Ryall YMCA -

Glenbard High School District 87 -

Glen Ellyn Park District -

Chamber of Commerce -

Glen Ellyn Public Library -

School District 89 -

Community Bank Wheaton - Glen Ellyn -

Kiwanis - Glen Ellyn -

The Meadows of Glen Ellyn -

The Village of Glen Ellyn -

Please note: Clicking on any one of these web addresses will take you to the selected website.  To return to this website, you will need to use your "back" button.
Proposed and Ongoing Projects:
  -Person of Character Awards published monthly in Glen Ellyn News
-Participation in Taste of Glen Ellyn
-Creating Newsletter/Web page
-July 4th Parade
-General Visibility (Banners, connections with local businesses, etc.)
-National Character Counts!® Week festivities

Any individual or group who supports the vision and mission of the GLEN ELLYN CHARACTER COALITION is more than welcome to join and further the realization of our goals. If you have questions about joining or about the aims and/or structure of our organization, please email us at:
Dues to support our efforts are submitted on an annual basis (our year running from July to July):
___ Individual member $10
___ Institutional member $50
___ Sustaining Institutional member (following years) $100

Dues can be submitted along with pertinent contact information to:
Glen Ellyn Character Coalition
c/o P. Belke
45 S. Park Blvd. Suite 224
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

or call P. Belke @ (630) 942-0487

If you would like more information on the National Character Counts Organization, please click here:

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