Julie Dobski

Little Jewels Learning Center
Julie Dobski

Julie Baker Dobski has served Central Illinois as a business person and philanthropist for almost 30 years. In 1988, she and her husband Bob, along with their four children, moved to Bloomington-Normal as the owners of several area McDonald’s restaurants. Julie quickly became vital to the community through her charitable works, her volunteerism, and her roles on many committees, boards, and organizations.

The Dobskis opened their first McDonald’s franchise in 1982 in Farmington, Missouri. They currently own the McDonald’s restaurants in Bloomington, Normal, McLean, and Gibson City. In 2004, Julie opened her first Little Jewels Learning Center and presently owns and operates three centers. She has given much of her time and resources within these two companies to support the community. As a result of her contributions to her community, she was honored with the McDonald’s People Award in 2006 and 2007, and the McDonald’s Ronald Award in 1987 and 2005.

Julie has served as president of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross event chair, Central Catholic High School Saints Alive chair, United Way chair, and Bloomington-Normal Sunrise Rotary president – which received club of the year under her leadership. She currently serves as Baby Fold chair, Illinois State University College of Business Advisory Board member, BN Advantage Leadership Council member, and is a trustee for the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where she and Bob have been members since they moved to Bloomington-Normal.
She began a local amateur theatre group called the One Nighters II, she has been involved in the Holiday Spectacular and the Nutcracker performances for many years, and she and her friends started serving meals once a month at the Salvation Army Safe Harbor.

Julie has received numerous honors locally including Large Business of the Year, Boy Scout Award, Athena Award, and Women of Distinction Award. She attributes her successes to her husband Bob; her children – Steven, Jimmy, Laura, and Erin; her grandchildren – Michael, Bryce, and Dean; and her many friends, family, and loyal staff.

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Breakout Session: Girl of Merit Award Ceremony
A special thank you to girls who have proven themselves exceptional members of the community through their actions, activities, leadership, and positive influence on others.
At Girls World Expo Bloomington, IL on Sunday, May 6, 2018

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