by Lincoln District 27
with Most Distinguished Graduate Award
William E. Gossett
Class of 1937
Business and civic leader
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[April 23, 2012]
Gossett is one of six people chosen for the Most Distinguished
Graduate Award from Lincoln Elementary School District 27. Before
the recognition program on Saturday, Lincoln Daily News received
introductory documents prepared for the occasion. Below is a copy of
the biographical material on Gossett:
distinguished graduate is William E. Gossett, a well known business
and civic leader. Bill's voice is known throughout Lincoln and Logan
County to those that tune into View Point every Wednesday morning at
8:15. He has been a business owner, is a Veteran having served in
the Army Air Corps, has been an active participant in education
having served on two school boards, including Lincoln Elementary
School District #27 as Board President, and was a member of the LCHS
District #404 Steering Committee.
Mr. Gossett is a
staunch supporter of children of all ages. He is a trustee for
Lincoln College, has been a coach, a mentor for the students at
Washington-Monroe School, and the chairman of the Lincoln Elks
Crippled Children's Commission. He has shared his love of education
at the Logan Correctional Prison by participating in their Story
Book Reading Program. He is a positive role model for all and an
advocate for all aspects of education.
Our Honoree has
been Commander of the Constantine Commandery #51-Knight's Templar
and is an active member of the Trinity Episcopal Church serving on
committees and as Lay Reader.
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Bill has sat on the
Boards of the Salvation Army, The Oasis, and Abraham Lincoln
Hospital Association. He has been President of the Lincoln Rotary
Club, Lincoln Toastmasters Club, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce,
and the Union Cemetery Association Board.
Among Mr. Gossett's
professional organizational ties, he is a member of the Illinois
State Fabric Care Association having served on its board of
Directors for twelve years, was its secretary/ treasurer for 4 years
and President for two years. He has been a district director and has
participated on advisory committees and has been a speaker at state
and national conventions for the National Institute of Dry cleaning
and Fabric care Services.
Bill is a friend to
all and never meets a stranger—one of Lincoln's best ambassadors.
District# 27 is proud to honor from the class of 1937, Mr. William
E. Gossett as a distinguished graduate.
[Text copied from file received]