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Milner Named INBAs First Honorary Member

The journalists and educators of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association named Lee Milner as the organization’s first Honorary Member on April 16th. Milner, a longtime associate member of INBA, received the surprise honor at the organization’s annual awards dinner on Saturday night.

“He is genuinely one of the kindest people you’re ever likely to meet at one of our gatherings,” INBA President Jennifer Fuller told the audience, reading from a resolution approved earlier in the day by the General Membership. On behalf of the organization, she thanked Milner for his years of service and fellowship, and she presented him with a plaque to commemorate the event.

Lee Milner works as Manager of Public Affairs for the Central Illinois Community Blood Center, which, since 2010, has been a part of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Centers. He’s been a constant presence at INBA’s twice-yearly conventions, recording each event in pictures. He’s a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and he holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Lee has also been a long-time supporter of INBA’s annual scholarship auction, held each fall, as both a donor and a buyer. In 2008, he donated collages of his photographs, taken while attending both the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

INBA has had “honorary membership” listed in its By-laws for many years, but records show that Lee is the first person to be named as such. The Board of Directors unanimously voted to recommend Lee for honorary membership at its January meeting. The general membership confirmed the nomination without debate.

While it is a non-voting position, it nonetheless solidifies Lee’s place as a very special and very beloved member of the INBA family.

Photo:  Honorary Member Lee Milner and INBA President Jennifer Fuller at the Saturday, April 16th awards dinner.  Jennifer Dooley kindly took the snapshot, one of the few not taken by Lee himself!


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What a wonderful honor for a wonderful gentleman. I am thrilled to see Lee's many contributions to INBA recognized with this Honorary Membership.

Congratulations, Lee!

Steve Scott, INBA Past President

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