March President's Message

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March 02, 2017

Dear Members:
Last month, I updated you on some of the Chamber’s Centennial Celebration planning for our 100th Anniversary come 2018.  This month, I have more news to share with you.
The Chamber’s Board of Directors at its February 14 meeting took action on several endeavors regarding our Centennial Celebration, as follows:
  • Approved the Case Statement in support of our once-in-a-century $250K Capital Campaign, as recommended by the Centennial Celebration Committee;
  • Approved a $1.7K contract to redesign our 20-year-old Elm leaf logo and tagline, as recommended by the Marketing Committee; and
  • Approved a $1.95K contract to reformat and redesign our website after five years, as recommended by the Marketing Committee.
The Case Statement was mutually drafted by Director, Executive Committee member and First Vice Chair Ken Bartels of Community Bank of Elmhurst, Capital Campaign consultant Lea Ann Skogsberg of Dollars and Sense and yours truly.
The Case Statement establishes the foundation upon which our Chamber will accomplish the Capital Campaign’s three fundraising initiatives, as follows:
  • Endow our Chamber’s Student Internship Fund at Elmhurst College;
  • Fund construction of a public Civic Hall of Fame Memorial; and
  • Establish a Second Century Fund to secure our future for the next 100 years.
When done, our Chamber hopes to raise $150K for the Student Internship Endowment at Elmhurst College, $50K for a Civic Hall of Fame Memorial and $50K for the Second Century Fund.  In December, retired Elmhurst banker Ralph Pechanio, a long-time Chamber member and volunteer, donated $100K to Elmhurst College to fully endow our Student Internship Fund at two-thirds of our goal, and I am making monthly payments on my $25K pledge to cover 50% of the Second Century Fund goal.
The Chamber has contracted with Korzenowski Design, a Chamber member since 1999, for a redesigned logo to cover both our 100th Anniversary year and for years after.  On February 21, Bartels and I brainstormed ideas with John and Gigi Korzenowski in order to develop two logo options for March 7 Marketing Committee meeting consideration.  My thanks to Chamber members DeForest Creative Group (since 1967) and Creative Inks (since 2001) for submitting imaginative proposals to also consider.
The Chamber has contracted with SMB Advantage Group to reformat our website into a WordPress platform and redesign both the look and the content to be “responsive” to any kind of accessing technology and provide searchable content optimization (SCO).
First created in January of 2000, our website has morphed into a content management mix of ChamberMaster modules and JOOMLA! pages displayed within a template developed by SMB Advantage Group and regularly updated by staff.
10th Elmhurst College Governmental Forum
With ECCI as a gift-in-kind sponsor, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton will be the Keynote Speaker at Elmhurst College’s 10th Annual Governmental Forum, titled “State of Illinois: Crisis and Resolution,” at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace on Friday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Click HERE to register.
Multi-Chamber Spring Luncheon
Elmhurst is among 18 chambers participating in a Spring Luncheon and Business Expo, featuring Steinway Musical Instruments CEO Ron Losby as the Keynote Speaker, at Bobak’s Signature Event in Woodridge on Thursday, March 16, from 10:30 to 2 a.m.  Exhibitor opportunities are available.  Click HERE to register.
98th ECCI Award Gala
Coverage of our 98th Annual Awards Gala at The Drake Oak Brook Hotel on January 27 will be broadcast by Elmhurst Our Kind of Town in February on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.  After February, you can view the program at and on our website.
Happy Anniversaries
Eleven members are celebrating Chamber anniversaries in March, as follows:  50 yearsAlan Heating & Air Conditioning and Republic Services; 45 yearsElmhurst Park District; 15 yearsPanera Bread, The Stevens Group and Timothy Christian Schools, and; 10 yearsLee Daniels & Associates, Pure Harmony Massage and Real Estate Sales & Investment Group; and 5 yearsHoly Family Catholic School and Karl Meyer Expert Plumbing.

New Members
The Chamber welcomed four new members in February, as follows:  Bradford & Gordon, LLC, Corporate Communications, LLC, Little Medical School and My Mechanic Inc.
Recruitment BOGO-ing Strong
Five of eight new Chamber members in 2017 have taken advantage of our BOGO1/2 (Buy One, Get One Half Off) discounted two-year membership at a savings of at least $176, committing to us through our 100th Anniversary in 2018.
If you know a businessperson who could benefit from Chamber membership as you do, please share our BOGO1/2 information with them or put them in touch with Director of Member Services Tessa Zemgulys by phone (630-834-6060, ext. 224) or e-mail.
No Longer Members
The Chamber said goodbye to the following six members in February: ADT Security Services, Adventist Health Partners, Closterides Allstate Insurance, Image System & Business Solutions, Red Caffeine and TriNet Solutions.