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2018 Gurnee Days Honoree Is Daniel Kloczkowski

.           The Gurnee Days Corporation is pleased to announce Daniel Kloczkowski has been chosen as the 2018 Gurnee Days Honoree. For 46 years, the Gurnee Days Corporation has selected a deserving individual or couple to be honored during the annual Gurnee Days celebration. The testimonial dinner honoring Dan will be held on Thursday, August 9 and traditionally kicks off the annual Gurnee Days festivities.

            Dan was born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He attended grade school and high school on the south side of Chicago. Dan graduated in 1976 from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a major in marketing and a minor in economics.

            In 1976, he started his career at Cadillac Plastics in Chicago. The switchboard operator ordered his business cards printed Dan Kay because she could not pronounce or spell Kloczkowski. So now may people refer to him as Dan Kay. Dan joined Aspen Lane Acrylics in 1979. In 1982, Dan and two partners founded KHM Plastics in Gurnee. His business provides employment opportunities for Gurnee residents, generates Village revenue and he is consistently recognized as a positive community leader in Gurnee.

            Dan met his wife, Barbara while working at Cadillac Plastics and they were married in Chicago. In 1984, The Kloczkowskis moved into a home on O’Plaine Road on Gurnee’s east side. They have a daughter, Melissa and son in law, Todd and twin grandsons, Lucas and Ian.

            Dan joined the Breakfast Exchange Club in 2001. He served as Secretary, President and a long term board member. For over 16 years, he has served on the Exchange’s Rib Fest committee and many years as the Chairman. While the rest of the people are enjoying the delicious ribs, Dan can be seen behind the counter forehead adorned with a bandana ensuring that the event is running smoothly. His commitment, contribution, support and ability to work with many Gurnee entities has been the driving force behind Rib Fest’s success. Dan has worked on all of the other Exchange Club programs and was instrumental in the combining of the two Gurnee Exchange Clubs in 2014. He was recognized as Gurnee Exchangite of the Year and Distinguished Service Award, the Nation Exchange Club for Outstanding Service for the Prevention of Child Abuse and the Lincoln Land District Exchange Club Exchangite of the Year.

            Appointed by the Mayor in 2001, Dan joined the Village of Gurnee Zoning Board of Appeals and the Village of Gurnee Plan Commission in 2002. He served until 2007 and helped shape Gurnee making the community a desirable location for businesses and residents.

            Dan was asked to become a board member at Community Trust Credit Union, a not-for-profit Credit Union, which has been a Gurnee business mainstay for over 50 years. This volunteer position once again points directly to his generosity of his time and dedication to the Gurnee community.

            Since 2010, he has been a board member of the Gurnee Chamber of Commerce and in 2014 became Chairman of the Board. Dan was recently charged with bringing back community/business involvement with the Gurnee Chamber of Commerce. This has not been an easy task in a world where Chambers are slowly becoming extinct. Since he was selected as Chairman, the organization devotes 100% of its resources directly to the business community as a whole and he helped create a thriving chamber.

            One of the founding members of the Wuzda’s, Dan spends once a week over lunch solving the world’s problems. The group enjoys getting together but miss many of their members including Dick Welton, Bob Depke and Ed Harms.

            In spite of all his volunteer work, Dan is a busy business owner and known throughout his company as a people person and respected and admired by his employees. He is proud to have seven employees with over 25 years of service and many others have been with his company for over ten years. Dan and Barbara host a large company Christmas party for employees, retirees, vendors, guests and the K & A Graphics family. Also, they celebrate anniversaries, retirements, Cinco de Mayo and just a job well done parties.

            If someone from the community needs a helping hand, Dan will either provide the help or point to the right person who can help. “There has never been a time when I have asked Dan for help when he has not been there. Whether it is business advice, chairing a committee, sponsorship check, raffle item, grill cook, babysitter, event speaker, or a shoulder to cry on, Dan is always there just like he is for the Gurnee community,” said Huntington Learning Center Director Deanne Fisher.

            “Some people are unpretentiously community minded and volunteer their valuable time to make their community better, not because they look at it as a duty but because they love it. All of the things Dan does represent an individual whose heart and soul is infused into the Village of Gurnee, its residents and its future,” stated Gurnee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elmer Fallos.

            Each year, the Gurnee Days Corporation seeks nominations from the community for people who have made a meaningful contribution to make this area a better place to work and live. Gurnee Days Corporation is pleased to have such a dedicated person as Daniel Kloczkowski as the 2018 Gurnee Days Honoree and Parade Marshall. 

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