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Glen Ellyn Newcomers Club Announces Kathleen Culp Award Recipient and New Executive Board at Annual Dinner

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  • Diana Laufenberg (left) with Ruthie Wood, last year's Culp award recipient

    Diana Laufenberg (left) with Ruthie Wood, last year's Culp award recipient
    Eric Schmidt

Katheleen Ehrhart

Glen Ellyn, IL (June 14, 2013) -- The Glen Ellyn Newcomers Club, a social organization founded in 1952 for the purpose of welcoming new residents of Glen Ellyn, has named Diana Laufenberg as recipient of the Kathleen Culp Award for 2013.

The Kathleen Culp Award, named for the Club's founder, recognizes individuals who embody a warm and welcoming spirit in Glen Ellyn. Diana served as the club president in 2011-2012. In presenting the award, outgoing club vice president Kate Koppenhoefer shared that the many members who nominated Diana all echoed a similar theme, "she has given so very much to our club! She simply embodies Newcomers. Diana's smile and love of Glen Ellyn has welcomed every new member with love and kindness."

As Ruthie Wood, former club vice president and who served with Diana on the club board, explained, "Diana truly cares about people and goes above and beyond for everyone. She is a true inspiration and has the most welcoming and generous spirit. Glen Ellyn is very fortunate to have her in our community. Diana truly represents the focus of our club by bringing people together and making them feel at home and truly welcome in our village."

Diana was incredibly honored to be named this year's recipient. "I follow a group of incredible women who have given so much to our organization. The Glen Ellyn Newcomers club has been a great way to get more involved in Glen Ellyn and to meet some wonderful families through all of their events and activities. I have loved serving the organization on the Board and as the former President - I hope to live up the legacy that Kathleen Culp, the founder of the Glen Ellyn Newcomers Club, envisioned for our group in 1952 - to welcome everyone to our community and make them feel like Glen Ellyn is their home."

The 2013-2014 Newcomer's Executive Board was also announced at the year-end celebration held at Waterleaf Restaurant at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. They are President Claudia Brown, Vice President Emily Lobdell, Treasurer Kim Laubinger, Recording Secretary Kate Koppenhoefer, and Corresponding Secretary Megan Fahey. All Board members are residents of Glen Ellyn.

This year the Newcomers Club welcomed 160 new members for a total of nearly 450 active members. The club will officially kick-off the new year in September but will continue to host welcoming socials over the summer.

For information about joining Glen Ellyn Newcomers and upcoming social activities, please visit the club's website at, call 630.225.5094, or follow us on Facebook.

About Glen Ellyn Newcomers:

Glen Ellyn Newcomers is a social organization founded in 1952 for the purpose of welcoming people new to Glen Ellyn and the immediate vicinity. The club hosts a variety of social and philanthropic activities throughout the year. For more information about welcoming socials and club activities, visit, call 630.225.5094, or follow us on Facebook.