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And the award goes to....

posted May 16, 2011, 11:58 AM by Stephen Fox   [ updated Feb 3, 2015, 9:33 AM ]
Ruth Johnson Lifetime Legacy Award recipents (L to R Carol Adair-2010, Marilyn Coutee-2011,
Ruth Johnson-2008, Rosetta Flowers-2009. No pictured Pat Sieger-2009).
Since 2008 the CEF of Illinois, Inc: Three Rivers Chapter has been annually presenting the Ruth Johnson Lifetime Legacy award to honor dedicated CEF volunteers who foster excellence by action, word and deed, in ministry to children. Each Spring at the Chapter Appreciation Banquet the award is given. For 2011 the award was given to Mrs. Marilyn Coutee.  Mrs. Coutee became familiar with CEF in 2004 when she was encouraged to take Teaching Children Effectively Level 1 by her home church.  At first, Mrs. Coutee was not really sure about taking the class, but all that soon changed. She learned so much and was so excited to watch God work in and through her as she completed her first out-of-class assignments. After successfully completing TCE-1, Mrs. Coutee used what she learned and applied them to her Sunday School Class. Mrs. Coutee remembers clearly that first class where she lead a child to the Lord.  She was so amazed to see children coming to the Lord and learning to live for Him.  Mrs. Coutee's next stop was to reach the children outside the four walls of church. She became involved in after-school Good News Clubs right away. In fact that very first year after TCE-1, Mrs. Coutee taught in two school clubs and one pre-school Good News Clubs; she has been teaching faithfully in GNC ever since. She is now the lead teacher for her church's adopt-a-school's TWO GNCs. In 2007, Mrs. Coutee went down to CEF International Head Quarters for training to become an Instructor of Teaching Children Effectively Level 1.  Since that time, she has taught many courses of TCE 1 and has been an inspiration for several people to come and take TCE-1 and get involved with reaching children. It is with great joy that we welcome Mrs. Marilyn Coutee to a very select fellowship of dedicated volunteers.