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Father and son riding a golf cart.

Park Board issues proclamation honoring former commissioner

Jim Geils Family Golf Nights to take place third Sunday of the month during summer

Jim Geils
Jim Geils served as a Bensenville Park District commissioner from 2013-2021.

Bensenville, Ill. (February 22, 2024)— At its February 21 board meeting, Bensenville Park District Board President Rich Johnson signed a proclamation to adopt a resolution naming White Pines’ family golf nights in honor of former Bensenville Park District Commissioner Jim Geils, inclusive of logo, marketing, signage, accessories, apparel, tee markers and flags. Jim Geils Family Golf Nights will feature affordable rates and a family-friendly environment for those of all skill levels.

Johnson, full of emotion, read the proclamation aloud, noting, “Jim Geils was an integral part of the park district and provided great leadership in his roles as commissioner, treasurer and secretary.”

“Jim had the personality and the natural gift to deal with the public on a day-to-day basis, as well as a true passion for the community,” Johnson continued. “Jim Geils was loved and appreciated by an overwhelming number of residents of the community and was always there to assist in their time of need.”

Born in 1958, Geils passed away at the age of 65 in 2023. In addition to his service to the community and park district as a commissioner, he is remembered for following in his great grandfather, grandfather and father’s footsteps in providing funeral services dedicated to helping families.

Jim Geils Family Golf NIghtsGeils was appointed to the Bensenville Park District Board of Commissioners in May 2013 and was elected to the board in 2015. In his capacity as commissioner, he served as treasurer from May 2013 to May 2016 and then as secretary from June 2016 until May 2021.

“On behalf of myself, my mom, my sister and our family, we can’t thank [Executive Director Joe Vallez], President Johnson and the board enough for this great honor of my late father,” said Monica Geils Conroy. “Anyone who knew my dad knew he loved golf and family, so putting these two together in the same sentence is just a great honor…I know he’s smiling down, knowing that [Family Golf Nights] will live on in his name.”

Jim Geils Family Golf Nights will take place beginning at 5 p.m. the third Sunday each month from May through September. Fees are just $5 for juniors 17 and under and $10 for adults. The cart fees are $10 per cart and $10 to ride along without playing. Tees will be moved up for each of the family nights, and players will be able to play at their own pace. An inexpensive meal deal featuring a hot dog, chips and drink will also be available.

White Pines Golf Club is located at 500 W. Jefferson in Bensenville. Visit for details.

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