The Round Lake Area Exchange Club and sponsor, Robert Frank of Robert E. Frank Real Estate, Inc are proud to announce the July Hometown Hero, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Michael Collins. He was registered for this honor by former Hometown Hero, SSG Jacob Schmitt of Antioch.
Collins has served in the Army for 20 years and is a native of Casey, Illinois. He has worked as a motor transport operator and currently is a Career Recruiter in Round Lake Beach. Collins has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal seven times, the Army Achievement Medal three times, the Iraq Campaign Medals with 4 campaign stars and others. He and his wife, Charity, along with their three sons call Lake County home, where he is also active in the VFW.
With the generous support of this month’s sponsor, Robert Frank of Robert E. Frank Real Estate, Inc, Collins’ “Hanging with the Heroes” care package will include a Joe’s Crab Shack gift card. Also included is a personalized “Hanging with the Heroes” t-shirt (donated by Artrageous of Hainesville) and letters from Round Lake Area School District 116 students. The Hometown Hero website is managed by Fokoz Creative Group of Grayslake. The Round Lake Area Exchange Club will present a plaque on his behalf Wednesday, July 22, at 7:30 a.m. at Panera Bread on Rollin’s Road in Round Lake Beach.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club needs your help in getting our local heroes signed up. Any and all military personnel serving overseas or in the USA from any of the Round Lake Areas, Hainesville, Fox Lake, Ingleside or surrounding areas qualify for the program. You can register your loved ones by going to, five minutes is all it takes. For more information visit the web site or you can contact the program chair Sherry Ridge at 847-740-2379.