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Inductees

Marjorie Owens-Klotz

Owner of Owens Media
Class of 1983
Marjorie Owens-Klotz is the owner of Owens Media, which provides marketing and public relations services to individuals, businesses and organizations, as well as offers public speaking training for companies.

In addition, Marjorie serves as a speech communications adjunct faculty member at Moraine Valley Community College and Saint Xavier University. She also teaches marketing at Trinity Christian College. She finds teaching speech to students especially fulfilling, and she begins each semester by telling students why being able to communicate effectively is valuable in any career.

Marjorie received her Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Moraine Valley before transferring to Governors State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in media communications and master’s degree in communication studies.

She began working at the Village of Orland Park as an intern. While completing her master’s degree, she was asked to create the village’s Office of Public Information, and in 1987, she was named the village’s first public information officer. She worked for the Village of Orland Park for 37 years, leading its communication efforts, promoting programs and events, managing the community’s branding initiatives and handling crisis communications.

She helped produce the nationally acclaimed drunk driving public education docudrama, “Shattered Lives – Shattered Dreams,” which was used by driver’s education programs across the country in the early 1990s and garnered a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award.

Marjorie received numerous regional, state and national awards, including the Illinois Park and Recreation Association Event Promotion Award, Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau Event Promotion and Publication Design Award, and CANfest ’90 Gold Award.

She has a long history of community service as a Girl Scout, Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, cheerleading coach, religious education teacher and baseball manager. She was the recipient of five Eagle Scout Mentor Awards and was named the Orland Park Girl Scout Leader of the Year.

Marjorie is married to retired Orland Fire Protection District Lieutenant Gerry Klotz, Jr., and they have two adult children, Tim and Stephanie.

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