Marina Riemenschneider is 2021 Bloomingdale CHARACTER COUNTS! Award Recipient

Our very own Marina Riemenschneider is one of the 2021 Bloomingdale CHARACTER COUNTS! Award Recipients.

Denise M, fellow Bloomingdale resident and Bloomingdale Church member nominated Marina Riemenschneider as follows:

Sometimes, but not often, you meet someone who just epitomizes CARING! That person, who has been my friend for 38 years, is Marina Riemenschneider. Marina happens to be married to a pastor but she has no paid position nor expectations affiliated with her husband’s church. Despite her considerable health issues, all of the things she does are because she truly cares about people of all ages. 

For over 40 years she has headed up a free summer day camp for kids kindergarten to fifth grade that first started in her backyard. In recent years over 300 children have attended. Many of the skits and song lyrics that are used at day camp are written by Marina. Her devotion is relentless toward children. 

Marina was also involved with a Wednesday night kids club called Awana where she worked as story teller, counselor and team leader for over 30 years. When it became apparent that 5th and 6th graders were at such an important and pivotal age in their lives and spiritual development, she decided she would co-teach that group at church so they would have a strong spiritual basis and solid self-esteem before they started high school. She has taught that group for the last 29 years making sure that there was plenty of fun involved in her class which sometimes translated into “Fast Food Frenzy’ trips where the kids would travel to various fast food places buying one tasty treat at each stop! 

Marina’s caring attitude does not only apply to children but she also cares deeply for adults. Over 30 years she has led a Women’s Bible Study. There have been many days when over 100 women have attended because her studies take God’s word and shows us how we can apply it to our daily lives. Her studies hit home! When Covid invaded us all last year, Marina continued the studies even through the summer which is usually a break time, because she knew we all needed extra encouragement during such a trying time even though it meant she would have to navigate Zoom issues and the other regulations besides her long hours of study. 

Marina is also someone who brings meals to the sick. She opens her home for gatherings of all ages. She makes encouraging phone calls. She regularly keeps in contact with international workers from Africa, Asia and South America to find out their needs, to encourage them, and to pray for them. I guess it’s becoming obvious that I could go on and on about my CARING friend, Marina Riemenschneider.

The Bloomingdale CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition sponsors an annual breakfast to recognize members of the community who live, work, or attend school in Bloomingdale and exhibit one or more of the Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The following community members listed above were recognized at the 20th Annual Recognition Program that was held on Saturday, August 14th at the Bloomingdale Golf Club:

Front row (l to r): Chuck Kinnaman, Debbie Cozzo, Angel Frattinger, Jigna Gandhi, Alisha Bedi, Fran Fleischhacker, Marina Riemenschneider, and Jignesh Gandhi
Back row (l to r): Noah Matthies, Larry Rogers, Sara Dworianyn, Colleen Muka, and Dick Roll

Congratulations to all 2021 Bloomingdale CHARACTER COUNTS! Award Recipients.