2010 AAIM Angel Award
Congratulations Pat! You are a remarkable role model and an inspiration to many people.
2009 AAIM Angel Award
Today I am pleased to present the very first Angel of AAIM Award to someone who has made exceptional contributions to the work of AAIM.
In all areas of business and organizations, there are always some people who do much of the work without getting much of the credit. We all know who they are – they are the glue that holds us together, the organizer that helps us get where we want to go, the historian who reminds us of the battles fought in previous years and even many years ago, they provide the memory that reminds us of the issues not yet resolved, they are the ones who continue the fight despite many, many set backs.
They are also the ones who most often stay in the background, they are the ones who oversee all the papers and reports and staff required for our success, the ones who nominate others for awards, the ones who choose others as spokespersons.
They are the ones without whom “we” other traffic safety enthusiasts and leaders would surely struggle even more. They are the ones who are most essential to our work.
As you all probably now realize, I am talking about Charlene Chapman, Executive Director of AAIM. She is the one who has spent years working to make Illinois roadways safer, saving lives and preventing impaired driving crashes and has spent years behind the scenes making us all more successful. Much of AAIM’s impact has been because of Charlene. With this in mind, the Board voted unanimously to give this first Angel of AAIM Award to Charlene with appreciation for her extraordinary contributions to AAIM.