Jean Morrow wins Eighth Annual Uram Award

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois held its 2012 Annual Event Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Forest Hills Country Club. At the event, the Eighth Annual Charles G. Uram Lifetime Service Award was presented on behalf of the Cosmopolitan Club of Rockford.

The Uram Award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a person who embodies the values demonstrated by the late Charles (Chuck) G. Uram, who passed away Dec. 24, 2004. He is remembered as a friend and mentor to the Cosmopolitan Club of Rockford and to the Rockford community as a whole.

Nominees for the award were Roberta Holzworth, YMCA; Jean Morrow, NAMI; and Webbs Norman, RAMP.

The winner of the 2012 Uram Award was Morrow. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nonprofit organization that nominated Morrow, received a $5,000 prize from the Cosmopolitan Club of Rockford.

Morrow has more than 25 years of continuous community service and activism in the area of mental health. She has been a member of NAMI for more than 25 years and has served as president of the local chapter three different times.

Trained as a family support facilitator, Morrow has led two monthly NAMI Family Support groups for 15 years, and more than 25 people have benefited from NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program.

Morrow has served on the board of directors for the Mental Health Association of the Rock River Valley and on Shelter Care Ministries’ advisory board. She served on the Janet Wattles Board of Directors for 12 years and raised awareness for mental health issues by collaborating with the Rockford Health Council and the League of Women Voters.

According to her nominators, Morrow “is a quiet force for change, working out of the spotlight with gentle persistence. Her strong faith inspires her, along with her conviction in the intrinsic value of all people.”

Morrow was also described as “one of those focused, caring people who will speak up when necessary and when the time is right. As such, she is one of those of whom it is said when she speaks — people listen. People listen because of her extensive knowledge, recognized advocacy and ability to see what needs to be done.”

From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue

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