Community Impact Award Recipients

Velma L. Sept

Velma L. Sept was born on December 4,1948 in Chicago,IL,; the second oldest of 7 children. She lived in South Bend, IN. for 9 years before moving to Elgin, IL. in March 1976. After working 30 years for the US Postal Service, she retired on December 24th, 2003. Since retiring, she has devoted her life to faith, family and community service. She has been an active member of New Hope Baptist Church of Elgin, IL for 30 years. She has 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter. Ms. Sept is featured in the book "Looking In, Looking Up: A Year with School District U-46" and the movie documentary "Project 231: Blacks in Elgin".


Velma Sept is an active member of the following organizations:

  • African American Advisory Council U-46
  • American Postal Workers Union
  • Bible Study Fellowship Women
  • Black Women's Association of Northwest Illinois
  • Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin
  • Board Member of the U-36 Educational Foundation
  • Chicago Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Elgin
  • Curves of Elgin
  • Elgin Area Chamber Ambassador
  • Elgin Area Women Connection
  • Elgin Community College Alliance Steps Committee
  • Elgin Police Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Larkins Family Gospel Singing Group of Chicago
  • NHBC Choir, NHBC Healthcare, NHBC Missionaries
  • NHBC Praise and Worship
  • NHBC Sunday School Superintendent
  • NHBC Trustee
  • NHBC Women Ministry
  • Stonecroft Ministries
  • YWCA Member


Awards Received:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Elgin Founders Award 2007
  • Quad County Urban League Outstanding Community Service Award 2008
  • American Gospel Quartet Convention Service Award 2010
  • Elgin Police Department Volunteer Award 2010
  • City of Elgin Volunteer Image Award 1011
  • U-46 School District Volunteer of the Year Award 2012
  • Elgin Community College Lasting Impact Award 2013
  • City of Elgin Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award 2014
  • Elgin Area Chamber Unsung Volunteer Award 2014
  • Judson University D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award 2015
  • Boys and Girls Club of Elgin 25th Anniversary Alumni Award 2018


Reverend Dr. Nathaniel Edmond

Reverend Dr. Nathaniel Edmond has been the Pastor of Second Baptist Church since February 20, 2000.  Under Rev. Dr. Edmond, the church has experienced tremendous growth numerically, financially, and most importantly spiritually.

Rev. Dr. Edmond has served in numerous leadership positions within community organizations.  His services include the National Alumni President of Xavier University of Louisiana; Board of Governors', Xavier University; Board of Trustees, Judson University; Board of Directors, United Way of Elgin; Board of Directors, National Association for Sickle Cell Disease, Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Board of Directors, Sherman Hospital and Advocate Healthcare Corporate Board.

As a member of the Board of Directors at Sherman Hospital, Rev. Dr. Edmond helped oversee the construction and completion of a new 255 bed "Green" hospital with a 15-acre geothermal lake.  The geothermal lake is expected to save the hospital $1 million annually in heating and cooling costs.

Other organization memberships include:

  • Enhancing Elgin Committee, Elgin Chamber
  • Implementation Review Committee and Finance Review Committee U-46 School District
  • Vision Council and Chairperson Income Impact Council, United Way of Elgin
  • NAACP of Greater Elgin
  • African American Christian Minister's Alliance of Elgin and the Golf Course Planning Committee, City of Elgin
  •  Chairman of Trustee Emeriti for Judson University


Rev. Dr. Edmond has been the recipient of numerous awards:

  • The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for the City of Elgin
  • The Distinguished Volunteer Award for the U-46 School District
  • Quad County Urban League Outstanding Religious Leader Award
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Community Impact Award for Leadership
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Elgin
  • The Partner in Peace Award from the Community Crisis Center for Domestic Violence and the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin Distinguished Citizen Award
  • The Black Student Association of Elgin Community College District 509 Lasting Impact Award
  • The Golden Eagle Award from Judson University for Outstanding Community Impact


In addition, Rev. Dr. Edmond serves as a spiritual advisor to U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi.  He was the opening speaker at the election celebration.  Since 2017,

Rev. Dr. Edmond has served as the Chairman of the Mission and Spiritual Care Committee of Advocate Healthcare Corporation.

Rev. Dr. Edmond states that "his greatest privilege and pleasure is serving others."

Rev. Dr. Nathaniel L. Edmond

Board Memberships/Affiliations



  • United Way of Elgin
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital-Vice Chair
  • Advocate Health System
  • Advocate Community Health Council-Chair
  • Judson University Trustee Emeriti-Chair
  • Xavier University Board of Governors
  • Alignment for Collaborative Education
  • African American Christian Ministers Alliance


  • Judson University Board of Trustees
  • National Association of Sickle Cell Disease
  • Florida State Sickle Cell Foundation
  • Florida U.S. Jaycees
  • U-46 School District Foundation
  • Enhancing Elgin Committee