Thursday, October 25, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 3 p.m.
Featured image: Roberto Sepúlveda, community inclusionist. | Roberto Sepúlveda
Roberto Sepúlveda, a Melrose Park native, works in corporate diversity and inclusion. On Oct. 11, he spoke to the Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club about what his job — and his life’s mission as what he calls a community inclusionist — entails.
MAYWOOD–Community leaders and local elected officials gathered in front of the Fred Hampton Family Aquatic Center on Fred Hampton Way to celebrate the official opening of the pool’s 2014 summer season.
Guests included Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins; Maywood Trustees Ron Rivers, Toni Dorris and Audrey Jaycox; State Representatives Emanuel “Chris” Welch and Kathleen Willis; Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley; District 209 Board Member Theresa Kelly; West Cook YMCA CEO Phillip Jimenez; West Cook YMCA COO David Parsons; West Cook Board members Roberto Sepulveda and Phil Gordon; West Cook YMCA Aquatics Director Kim Polk; Maywood Park District Commissioner and brother of Fred Hampton, Bill Hampton; Hampton’s mother Iberia Hampton; and Maywood Park District Interim Executive Director Lawrence Broughton.
“West Cook YMCA is thankful and delighted to be in partnership with the Village of Maywood, the Mayor and the Hampton family,” Jimenez said. He also thanked the West Cook YMCA staff, Acting Village Manager David Myers and Maywood’s Coordinator of Enforcement David Flowers for a job well done.
(From left to right: Mayor Edwenna Perkins; Mayor Perkin and Phillip; the Mayor and Rep. Welch (right) talk with a resident; Isiah Brandon, Executive Director of Youth on the Move, speaks with Rep. Willis. Photos by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press).
This marks the third year that the YMCA has maintained the pool, but it will be the first year that the Village shares the burden of the operating costs. Last month, the Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to allocate $40,000 toward the approximately $80,000 it costs the West Cook YMCA to run the pool during the summer season, which officially kicked off after today’s ribbon-cutting and will end on August 17th.
“This is the proper place, the proper setting, the proper pool for people to do the proper things in this community,” said Bill Hampton. “Fred gave his life, not just for people to swim, but to build cooperation and unity. This was a great day in Maywood.”
“Since it opened in 1970, this pool has been a center of good, wholesome fun and hope for thousands of families,” Mayor Perkins said. “It has provided past and present residents of this Village with lifetimes of memories; and it has been a place where Maywoodians have bonded and formed lasting relationships.”
The Mayor lauded the Board of Trustees for voting to share the cost of operating the pool. She also thanked the administrative staff and board members of the YMCA for a fruitful collaboration. The Mayor noted that keeping the pool open year after year would require a constant struggle, but one she’s optimism about.
“In order for this pool to stay open another 40 plus years, it will take a struggle,” she said. “But the recent actions taken by the Village, in partnership with the West Cook YMCA, should give residents a lot of hope that this pool will be in good shape for years to come.”
(From left to right: Roberto Sepulveda; Iberia Hampton and local author Mary Morris; a crowd heads into the pool complex; Chief Talley converses with Trustee Jaycox; two boys plotting poolside; a YMCA lifeguard standing watch; a woman reading poolside; children wading the pool; Theresa Kelly, Mary Morris and Mrs. Hampton; Trustee Jaycox and Mrs. Hampton; Kim Polk, Mrs. Hampton and Bill Hampton cutting the ribbon; a poolside attendant waits for a patron to go down the slide. Photos by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press).
“It’s a joy and a hard-fought battle, but it’s something we have to do for our kids,” said Trustee Rivers, riffing on the Mayor’s martial metaphor. “It would’ve been a terrible mistake for this pool not to be open and for it not to be open on time. We did what we set out to do. Now, I just hope that it’s a safe and hot summer.”
West Cook YMCA board member Roberto Sepulveda, who is also a member of the Maywood Rotary Club, said that the partnership between the YMCA and the Village has never been stronger.
“We are glad to see a full partnership that includes greater engagement and financial support from Mayor Perkins, the Maywood Trustees and the Village of Maywood as a whole,” he said. “Today, you could really feel the sense of community.”
Iberia Hampton gathered with local leaders in front of a Univision television camera to cut the ribbon. The pool opening wouldn’t be official without her. VFP
Dominican University Will Recognize Alumnus Roberto Sepulveda as BSB’s Young Mazuchelli Model
Monday, February 10, 2014 — Dominican University announced that to celebrate the memory and legacy of Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, the pioneer missionary priest who founded the congregation of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, each of the university’s schools will recognize a recent alumnus whose characteristics echo that of “Fr. Sam.” Each of these alumni will be known as a “Young Mazzuchelli Model.” Dominican’s Brennan School of Business will present alumnus Roberto Sepulveda (MBA 2010) as its Young Mazzuchelli Model on the evening of February 11, prior to the annual lecture by the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics.
Born in , in 1806, Fr. Mazzuchelli came to in his early twenties, joining the priesthood and going on to bring the church to the far corners of the . He founded a number of parishes, as well as , which would later become . Fr. Mazzuchelli was known for qualities including his strong sense of purpose, intellectual curiosity, and community leadership.
“‘Fr. Sam’ was a person of deeply strong character and commitment,” said Dominican president Donna Carroll, “and a hallmark of a Dominican education is that these traits are still evident in our students today. Though he passed away 150 years ago, his legacy lives on. The many ways in which our Young Mazzuchelli Models conduct their personal and professional lives attest to his continued impact on our efforts to create a more just and humane world.”
The announcement of the Young Mazzuchelli Models coincides with the university’s Brennan School of Business celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. “For more than 35 years, the Brennan School has emphasized ethics-centered management education,” said Molly Burke, dean of the Brennan School. “That focus has its foundation in the lifelong work of Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli. So it is very fitting that our annual lecture by the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics include the presentation of alumnus Roberto Sepulveda as our Young Mazzuchelli Model.”
Roberto Sepulveda of Melrose Park earned his MBA from Dominican’s Brennan School of Business in 2010. He currently leads diversity and inclusion at United Stationers (a Fortune 500 company). His career has included diversity roles with Sara Lee Corporation and the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE). Sepulveda is also an active figure in his community, serving on the board of directors of the West Cook YMCA, the Triton College Community Advisory Committee, the Fenwick (High School) Diversity Committee and the Maywood Rotary Club.
The Christopher Chair Lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. on February 11, in the Springer Suites on Dominican’s main campus at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required. More detail is available at business.dom.edu/news-events. Those interested in attending can also contact the Brennan School of Business at (708) 524-6810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maywood Fine Arts To Host Pistols and Petticoats Fundraiser on March 1st; RSVP By February 24th
Maywood, IL — Saddle up for this year’s Pistols and Petticoats fundraiser at Maywood Fine Arts on Saturday, March 1st. Wear your chaps, corsets, cowboy boots and spurs! The fun starts at 7pm and lasts until 1am at 25 North 5th Avenue in Maywood, IL. The show, featuring Stairway of the Stars Saloon Girls, begins at 9pm. Tickets are $30 for one and $50 for two, so bring a friend. Don’t miss out. RSVP by February 24th. Buy your tickets online maywoodfinearts.org, or call 708-650-0301 for more information.
The funds raised from this event will go towards securing a permanent home for our dance studio, Stairway of the Stars. A devastating fire destroyed the previous studio in March of 2010. Since then, the school has been operating in a temporary space, but thanks to help from State Sen. Kimberly Lightford and State Rep. Emanuel “Chris’ Welch, we are on our way to a new building. However, there is still a long way to go, so we’re asking you to ante up: join us with your boots on at this rootin’ tootin’ wild west party!
Come support MFA and its mission to provide affordable, quality arts and fitness education that will enrich the lives of children in Maywood and surrounding communities! For more information, please contact Katie Hills at 708-681-2788, or at email@example.com. VFP