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State Rep. Charlie Meier inducted into Illinois Jaycee Hall of Fame

Rep. Charlie Meier poses with his family for a photo after being inducted into the Illinois Jaycee Hall of Fame. From left are Marilee Roethemeyer (sister), Sam Roethemeyer (brother in-law), Linda Knolhoff (sister), Rep. Meier, Cindy Gross (girlfriend), and Dr. Josh Knolhoff (nephew).
Rep. Charlie Meier poses with his family for a photo after being inducted into the Illinois Jaycee Hall of Fame. From left are Marilee Roethemeyer (sister), Sam Roethemeyer (brother in-law), Linda Knolhoff (sister), Rep. Meier, Cindy Gross (girlfriend), and Dr. Josh Knolhoff (nephew).

State Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville, who represents the Highland area and has his district office here, was recently inducted into the Illinois Jaycee Hall of Fame.

Meier became the 30th member to join the Hall of Fame on the 100th Anniversary of the Jaycees.

“I want to thank the Jaycees Senate, the Illinois Jaycees, and the Jaycee Charitable Foundation Board for endorsing me into the honorable hall of fame,” said Meier. “The Jaycees taught me leadership. Jaycees taught me how to conduct a meeting, the importance of volunteerism in the community, and gave me the training I needed that helped me move forward and become a State Representative.”

Meier joined the Addieville Jaycees in 1979. He served as local president in 1982, district director in 1983 and 1987 and was recognized both times as the outstanding district director, region director in 1982 and served on the State Jaycees board twice. In 1988, Meier was recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Young People in Illinois.

For all his Jaycee efforts, he was awarded a Senatorship, and he served on the Senate Board in 2009. In 1991, he was inducted into the Illinois Jaycees recruiter Hall of Fame.

Meier became the sixth legislator to be inducted into the Jaycee Hall of Fame. His predecessors include state representatives Bill Black, John Doody, state Sen. Frank Watson, state Sen. John Davidson and U.S. Sen. Roland Burris.

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