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Stephanie Penick


Stephanie Penick's passion for history, volunteerism, public policy, nostalgia, cultural attractions and the arts were met with many opportunities when she moved to Naperville in 1993. She became an active volunteer and served an 18-month stint doing public relations for the Naper Settlement. She was a prolific writer of press releases on many topics, and in 1999, Daily Herald DuPage City Editor Bob Smith asked Stephanie to write a column about the goings-on in Naperville.

She has been involved in the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Naperville Visitors Bureau and parent organizations when her children attended Indian Prairie Unit District 204 schools. Stephanie also served on a variety of local boards and fundraising campaigns. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown and a founding member of the Riverwalk Foundation.

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A day of fishing rekindles childhood memories

Aug 19 2014 | 1:06 pm - When our Stephanie Penick came upon two dads and two young boys fishing in a Naperville park, it sparked all sorts of childhood memories -- some of which might surprise you.

Scott’s Walk raises awareness of testicular cancer

Jul 29 2014 | 3:10 pm - A walk at Whalon Lake in south Naperville helps celebrate the life of Scott Zager and raise awareness of tewsticular cancer.

Taking a step backward isn’t always bad

Jun 24 2014 | 11:53 am - Our Stephanie Penick says a recent trip to see her parents reminded her that taking a step backward isn't always bad.

Has city council lost its spirit of volunteerism?

Apr 29 2014 | 1:32 pm - Stephanie Penick asks if the Naperville City Council has lost its spirit of volunteerism as it looks for some benefits.

Volunteers played key roles in Naperville's many successes

Apr 30 2014 | 2:31 pm - As Volunteer Appreciation Month wraps up, our Stephanie Penick says she's mindful that Naperville's generous community spirit, a year-round activity, is one of many things that attracted her to move here.

A history lesson of little-known Naperville facts

Mar 25 2014 | 1:09 pm - Public speaking isn't high on our Stephanie Penick's list of favorite things to do. But a recent speaking engagement led her to recall some of those who came before her and some little-known Naperville history.

Heartwarming tale about an ice box

Feb 11 2014 | 9:07 am - Stephanie Penick's parents will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day. That's all very sweet, of course, but here's the really amazing part: They've been using the same refrigerator for almost all of that time.

The best Christmas present? All those memories

Dec 17 2013 | 12:38 pm - Our Stephanie Penick says the best Christmas present of all usually turns out to be all the wonderful memories.

Plenty to give thanks for this year and always

Nov 25 2013 | 11:10 am - Our Stephanie Penick says there's plenty to be thankful for this year ... and always.

Books offer political lessons from the 19th century

Oct 21 2013 | 1:39 pm - Our Stephanie Penick learns some valuable political lessons from a book written in the 19th century.

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