President’s Letter

March President’s Letter

Welcome to March, or as we now call it, the middle of winter.  The calendar says spring is right around the corner, but I’m not sure which corner that might be, they’re all covered in snow.

Despite the frigid conditions, things are heating up for the Chamber and its members in the upcoming weeks.

March 20th brings our “March Madness” membership get-together hosted by Marty Linderborg and Great Harvest Bread Company in Palos Park.  Members and non-members alike are invited to join in for an evening of food and fun including chair massages and special drawings.  I’ll be the first one in the door so don’t miss out.

April 15th is our next monthly luncheon at Alan B Shepard High School and should offer our first chance to see their recent remodeling project.  The culinary class always makes this a don’t miss date.

Saturday, May 3rd is our annual Health Expo at Moraine Valley Baptist Church.  Tables are still available so contact the Chamber Office to reserve your space now.

Thursday, June 5th brings our Annual Golf Outing.  Updates will be posted on the website soon.

Try to stay warm and don’t look too closely at your gas bill.

Stephen Georgiou

Palos Area Chamber President

February Presiden’t Letter

February is here and it appears as though this winter is just getting started. The Ground Hog has predicted 6 more weeks of the cold white stuff- thanks for the tip Mr. Obvious, but thankfully we all enjoyed a very warm evening last Friday for the Chamber Banquet.

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped make the night such a success, especially our Executive Director, Mary Kay Spindler. The amount of time and effort it takes for the planning and execution of an evening like this was tremendous- and thankfully the night went very smoothly. All of our Chamber members who were able to attend were treated to great food, friends, and entertainment. Our pianist, Adam Miller; Vocalist, Cora Georgiou; and the amazing talents of Art Beat Live speed painter, Elliott From made for a real experience.

I would also like to again congratulate the four recipients of the Chamber Awards presented that evening, Alan B. Shepard High School, Palos Community Hospital, Palos Baseball Organization, and The Regional News. It was great fun to share time with such deserving and appreciative people. That is one of the things I enjoy most about being part of the Chamber, the people.

Our next Chamber luncheon is Tuesday, February 18th at Moraine Valley Community College. This will include the Mayor’s State of the City Address and has always been one of the best attended luncheons of the year. Please contact the Chamber office or email us at info@palosareachamber.org to reserve your space soon.

The Annual Chamber Scholarship applications will be available shortly. The information will be going out to the area high schools and will be posted on the Chamber website. We will be awarding four- $1,000 scholarships again this year and look forward to seeing a tremendous response of applicants over the next few months. The application deadline will be April 11th, so there is plenty of time to prepare. As a father of a college freshman, I can guarantee that expenses will be higher than you can imagine, and a scholarship award of $1,000 can go a long way toward helping cover some of those expenses.

The 3rd Annual CommuniT-Shirt will be making its debut over the next few weeks. The response we have seen from the first two editions has been very positive and I’m working on something fun again this year. We do have a limited number of advertising spots available and I will be offering them on a first come basis when the design is complete. Keep an eye out for an email and notice on this website when we are ready to take reservations.

Hoping for a safe month for all of us, and if you run into any weather predicting rodents, tell him I said “thanks a lot”.

Stephen Georgiou
Palos Area Chamber President

January President’s Letter

A belated welcome to 2014 to all. I cannot believe how quickly 2013 has come and gone and yet my list of things to accomplish for last year is sadly still quite full. I could just cross out the “3” and write in a “4” and hope for the best as I usually do, but I’m optimistic about this year being different. I’m not sure I have anything to base that on, but sometimes blind optimism is all we have.

My New Year’s resolution is simply to stop being the procrastinator that I am inclined to be. To not just add the new task to my list, but to take care of things when possible, without ever having to put them on the list at all. Now having stated that, I know my days, like most of yours, start with a list of things to accomplish and while one or two will certainly get completed, often 3 or 4 new ones seem to jump on before the day is over. Days go by and the tasks that we would “like” to accomplish but are not priorities, will eventually fall off altogether. I know this needs to change and making the time while still balancing my need for family, friends, and sleep will be the challenge.

To the point- the work I try to do with the Chamber often fills many of the spots on my list. While I have struggled at times to keep up with my “real job” while maintaining the goals and obligations I have for the Chamber, I am rarely as rewarded as when I am able to work with the amazing people that donate their time and efforts to Chamber functions. The board of the Palos Area Chamber and its members that actively participate are smart, funny, talented, and challenging in ways that I rarely have the chance to experience in the rest of my work. Does it take time and effort? No doubt. Is it worth it to take the time and make the effort? Again, no doubt.

2014 is barely underway and I’m sure our “lists” are growing every day. Do me a favor, add one more thing to your list. “Participate in at least one Chamber Function”: attend a luncheon; join us at the golf outing; come to the Chamber Banquet (January 31st at Midlothian Country Club); have fun at the Tree Lighting; advertise on the CommuniT-Shirt or Chamber Discount Card. Give some of your time and effort and add your talents to the mix and I guarantee you it will be worth it.

Stephen Georgiou
President, Palos Area Chamber

December President’s Letter

It seems like yesterday that I was asked to be on the Executive Palos Area Chamber Board. I would like to thank everyone for trusting me in this position and offering me the opportunity to be part of the Palos Area Chamber Board. As President this past year, it has been full of wonderful and exciting experiences. I would like to thank all of the chamber board members for their time and dedication to making our Palos Area Chamber a success. With their sincere efforts and cooperation, we have the right combination for success. Thanks to all of our volunteers who have helped out at events and reaching out to the business that joined out Chamber. May you all have a wonderful Holiday Season with friends and family.

My daughter Elizabeth just had a baby boy November 29th, so our family gathering will be wonderful. Both Elizabeth and Quinn are doing fine. We are now blessed with four grandchildren. Happy Holidays!

Luncheon:

We are planning our luncheon schedule for 2014 and have a few months still available. If you are a chamber member and would like to host one of our monthly luncheons, or know someone who would like to be our guest speak at our luncheons, please give us a call.

Local Upcoming Events:

Annual Tree Lighting will be held Friday December 6th at 6:00 pm. Please join us and bring your children to see Santa, play children’s games, and have some treats.
If you are looking for additional information about the chamber, you can contact the Chamber office at info@palosareachamber.org. Shop Local!!

We are looking for additional Palos Area Chamber Ambassadors. This position is someone who would be willing to attend local chamber events and support the chamber. For more information or to participate, please call Mary Kay at the chamber office. We would love the opportunity to work with you.

On behalf of the Palos Area Chamber, thank you for your continued support.
Thank you for visiting our web-site and liking us on face book. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Regards,
Susan Withers
Assistant Vice President
Standard Bank and Trust

November President’s Letter

Indian Summer gave us a few warmer but wet days at the end of October. Hope you are all looking forward to the Thanksgiving Day dinner aroma: baked turkey; sweet potatoes; and pumpkin pie. May you enjoy family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving.

In October, we held our annual membership drive at the Palos Heights Library. Thank you to all who participated in this event.

November 12, 2013 will be the Chamber Networking Breakfast from 7:30-9:30 am at the Palos Heights Library. There will be a Blood Drive right after the Networking Breakfast Please join us for both events. Make your reservations by calling the Chamber office at (708) 480-3025.

Luncheons:
We are planning our luncheon schedule for 2014 and have a few months still available. If you are a chamber member and would like to host one of our monthly luncheons, or know someone who would like to speak at our luncheons, please give us a call.

Local Upcoming Events:
Archer Bank located at 12701 S. Harlem Ave, is holding a Business After Hours event November 13th from 5:30 -8:00 pm. Please stop in and meet some of your neighbors and join the Chamber.

Annual Tree Lighting:
It is not too early to start thinking about the Holidays. Watch for more news about our Annual Tree Lighting Event and a Small Business Saturday Event. If you would like to donate items for our children’s goodie bags or be a sponsor for event, you can contact the Chamber office or send us an email to info@palosareachamber.org.

On behalf of the Palos Area Chamber, thank you for your continued support. Thank you for visiting our web-site and liking us on Facebook. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Regards,
Susan Withers
Assistant Vice President
Standard Bank and Trust

October President’s Letter

When I think of October, I think of Jack-O-Lanterns, Scarecrows, Halloween, and leaves changing into beautiful fall colors. My 3 granddaughters have their costumes picked out and are just waiting to go Trick-or–Treating. Let’s all be safe this Halloween.

Local Upcoming Events:

Palos Area Chamber Membership Drive

If you have been thinking about joining the chamber and learning about what the chamber has to offer, please join us Wednesday October 26, 2013 from 8am-10am at the Palos Heights Public Library. We would love to meet you!

The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway has opened their Pumpkin Playland. Have a great week-end day of fun for the whole family, come on out and visit the farm. For additional information please call 708-361-3650.

If you are doing some fall cleaning and looking for a place to shred your old papers we have just the place for you to come. Bring all your confidential documents and paper to the Standard Bank and Trust Co. Shred Day Saturday October 26, 2013 from 10:00 to 12:00 located at 9700 w 131st Palos Park.

Archer Bank located at 12701 S Harlem Ave. is holding a Business After Hours event November 13th from 5:30-8. Please stop in and meet some of your neighbors.

New Chamber Members:

Please join me in welcoming the following new Chamber Members Zounds Hearing Aids located at 7202 W 119th Street Palos Heights, The Law Office of Jack Haan,P.C. , Fanning Communications and The Law Offices of Eileen Kerlin Walsh, P.C.,

It is not too early to start thinking about the Holidays. Watch for more news about our Annual Tree Lighting Event and a Small Business Saturday Event. If you would like to donate items for our children’s goodie bags or be a sponsor for event, you can contact the Chamber office or send us an email to info@palosareachamber.org.

On behalf of the Palos Area Chamber, thank you for your continued support, for visiting our web-site and liking us on Facebook. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Regards,

Susan Withers

Assistant Vice President

Standard Bank and Trust

September President’s Letter

We have been having some beautiful weather as the school year begins. The question is “are you ready for some football”? With an ex-Chicago Bear in my family, we will be watching and reviewing every football game the Bears play. Go Bears!

Our new Executive Director, Mary Kay Spindler, has been stepping out and reaching out, to our local businesses introducing herself. If you have not seen or met her yet, she is making her way through town. Thanks Mary Kay.

We have a lot of activity in Palos Heights and Palos Park in the month of September if you are looking for an event to attend. Here is our local news.

Local Events:

Palos Heights farmers market opens at 7:00 a m every Wednesday. If you have not had the time to sample some of the vendor’s items, they are still around for a little time longer. Palos Park’s farmers market is held every Friday at 123rd and Forest Glenn at 9:00 am.
This gives you two days a week to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Library News:

Palos Park Library is holding their Annual Book Sale with a special preview night Thursday September 26th 5:00-8:00 pm. $5.00 admission.

Palos Heights Library is holding a Patron Appreciation day, Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 2 pm.
The Library Staff and Board want to say “Thank You” to their loyal patrons.

Monarch Butterfly Festival
If you have not attended Lake Katherine’s Monarch Butterfly Fest, you do not know what you have been missing. You can join them for fun activities, hayrides, canoe rentals, children’s games and crafts, and much more. The event will be held on Sunday September 15th from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Autumn in the Park
This event will be held on Friday September 20th from 5:00 – 10:00 pm and Saturday September 21st. Saturday will kick of the event with a parade down 123rd street at noon. There are events for all ages and also the well-known annual chili contest. The Standard Bank Windy City Thunder Bolts Mascot Boomer, will be in the parade.

Luncheon:

Our September luncheon will be held at Francesca’s in Palos Park at 11:45. Our luncheons are always held on the second Tuesday of each month. If you can join us, please register for our luncheon by calling (708) 480-3025.
If you are a chamber member and would like to host one of our monthly luncheons, please give us a call and we can work something out.

Chamber Offer:
We have our Annual CommuniT-Shirt and Chamber Advantage Discount Card available for $5 each, and you can save over $100.00 at local merchants while supporting our local businesses.
If you would like to become a member of our Chamber, you can access the membership form directly from our website or call the office at (708) 480-3025.

It is important to me to find out what we can do you make your Chamber Membership more valuable. We would love to hear your ideas or suggestions. Working together is what makes the Chamber successful.

On behalf of the Palos Area Chamber, thank you for your continued support.
Thank you for visiting our web-site and liking us on face book. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Regards,
Susan Withers
Assistant Vice President
Standard Bank and Trust

August President’s Letter

As the saying goes, we are now in the dog days of summer. School will be starting in a few weeks and it’s back to school shopping for the kids. Hope everyone had a wonderful summer and enjoyed family vacations. We have had a busy few months in the City, with the 4th of July, sidewalk sale, and fests.

The Chamber would like to welcome our new Executive Director Mary Kay to our chamber team. She is a long time resident of Palos Heights and brings much to the table. She will be stopping by our local businesses to introduce herself and meet our chamber members. Please give her a warm welcome.

The farmers market is still open and providing many good food items. Take a minute to stop by on a Wednesday to meet the vendors. It is so nice to be able to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables right here in PalosHeights.

Luncheon:

We will start back up with our monthly luncheons in September. They are always held on the second Tuesday of each month. Our September luncheon will be held at Francesca’s in Palos Park at 11:45. If you can join us, please register for our luncheon by calling (708) 480-3025.

If you are a chamber member and would like to host one of our monthly luncheons, please give us a call and we can work something out.

Local Upcoming Events:

Evening under the Stars at Lake Katherine August 17, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. You can be part of Lake Katherine’s fundraiser to help raise money for the addition of an outdoor pavilion. Music, entertainment, food and drink. Make your reservation by calling 708-361-1873

BIG Rummage Sale, Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 – 8am to 1pm, The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway
The Children’s Farm will be taking donations for this sale after Aug 12. To arrange a pick up for any larger items please call 708-361-3650.

Standard Bank and Trust is offering a Breakfast for Success workshop on Tuesday August 20th at 9700 W 131st street, Palos Park at 8:00 am. The topic is Performance Management presented by William Michalak President, WCH Human Resource Consulting. He will discuss an easy approach to improving employee performance. Contact Barb Kopca at 708.499.2062 x60410.

Chamber Members:

I would like to send out a big thank you to all of our Palos Area Chamber Members. Your continued support and dedication to the Chamber is greatly appreciated. One of the perks of being a Palos Area Chamber Member is a listing on website directory. This provides our local residents information about your business and contact information.

If you would like to become a member of our Chamber, you can access the membership form directly from our website or call the office at (708) 480-3025.

 

It is important to me to find out what we can do you make your Chamber Membership more valuable. We would love to hear your ideas or suggestions. Working together is what makes the Chamber successful.

On behalf of the Palos Area Chamber, thank you for your continued support.

Thank you for visiting our web-site and liking us on Facebook. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

 

Regards, Sue

Susan Withers
Assistant Vice President
Standard Bank and Trust

July President’s Letter

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Red, White, and Blue are the colors we see throughout our cities with everyone anticipating the 4th of July parades, festivals, and fireworks. The City of Palos Heights is holding their Independence Day Celebration Wednesday July 3rd from 4pm – midnight at Memorial Park. Fireworks from Lake Katherine will be held at dusk (9:15 PM). Be safe over the holiday weekend and enjoy the holiday.

Our Annual Scholarship Golf Outing last month was a success even though the threat of rain in the morning gave us a scare. The rain moved out and our golfers moved in. We had 58 golfers participating this year. The Chamber Board and our Scholarship Winners would like to thank you for the support you gave this year to help us continue offering the awards to our local graduating seniors. I would like to give a BIG thank you to the hole sponsors, golfers, and to the businesses that donated raffle prizes. All of you make the day special.

The sidewalk sale will be held July 11th through the 13th. Shop Palos!

The farmers market has been open and providing many good food items. Take a minute to stop by on a Wednesday to meet the vendors. It is so nice to be able to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables right here in Palos Heights.

Luncheon:
For the months of July and August, we will not be holding Chamber luncheons. We will start back up with our luncheons in September.
If you can join us, please register for our luncheon by calling (708)480-3025. If you are a chamber member and would like to host one of our monthly luncheons, please give us a call and we will be happy to make arrangements.

Special Offers:
One of our chamber members has a special offer for you.
As you plan office meetings, special events, or just perks for the employees, remember GREAT HARVEST does some GREAT CATERING! From breakfast and snack boxes to full box-lunch meals, we can make the meal or treats at your event healthful and great tasting! See our catering menu at www.handkneaded.com Place an order for any selection on our catering menu during the month of July and you’ll get a free loaf of our delicious Honey Whole Wheat AND a 6-pack of our famous cookies to take home to the family, too!
Thank you, Marty

Interested in becoming a Chamber Member?
If you would like to become a member of our Chamber, you can access the membership form directly from our website or call the office at (708) 480-3025.
You can find all of our Chamber members listed in the Directory on our website. Stop in and meet the owners, welcome them into our Chamber, and help support our local businesses.

It is important to me to find out what we can do you make your Chamber Membership more valuable. We would love to hear your ideas or suggestions. Working together is what makes the Chamber successful.

On behalf of the Palos Area Chamber, thank you for your continued support.
Thank you for visiting our web-site and liking us on Facebook. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Regards,
Susan Withers
Assistant Vice President
Standard Bank and Trust

June President’s Letter

Everyone is coming back from the Memorial Day 3 day weekend. Spring is in the air and thoughts go to spring cleaning and planting flowers and vegetables. This is the best time to find locally grown fruits and vegetables. Palos Heights has their farmers’ market every Wednesday morning at the Municipal parking lot. Please stop by and see all the items available.

June is the month for our annual golf outing. We hope to see everyone there.

Annual Scholarship Golf Outing
Thursday June 6, 2013
Water’s Edge Golf Course
Enjoy golf, lunch, dinner and refreshments for $105 per golfer, $400 foursome, or $35 dinner only. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shot gun start at Noon. Buffet lunch will be served from 11am to Noon. Become a hole sponsor for $225 or a beverage sponsor for $350. The cost includes signage, recognition in the golf program as well as the chamber’s website.
Please contact Bill Flowers at 708-923-6678 for additional information.

Luncheon:
Our May Chamber Luncheon was held at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights. The food was catered by Great Harvest Bread Co. Marty has many different types of bread, including gluten free items. The bread store is located at the corner of LaGrange Road and 131st in Palos Park.

Our June luncheon will be held at Mama Vesuvio’s where you can also meet our scholarship winners. If you can join us, please register for our luncheon by calling (708)480-3025. If you are a chamber member and would like to host one of our monthly luncheons, please give us a call and we can work something out.

Welcome New Chamber Members:
Please join me in welcoming the following new chamber members: Mike Meehan DDS from Palos Heights and Gaidus Funeral Home from Palos Hills. You can find all of our Chamber members on our website. Stop in and meet the owners, welcome them into our Chamber, and help support our local businesses.

If you would like to become a member of our Chamber, you can access the membership form directly from our website or call the office at (708) 480-3025.

It is important to me to find out what we can do you make your Chamber Membership more valuable. We would love to hear your ideas or suggestions. Working together is what makes the Chamber successful.

On behalf of the Palos Area Chamber, thank you for your continued support.

Thank you for visiting our web-site and liking us on face book. Your comments and thoughts are always welcome.

Regards,
Susan Withers
Assistant Vice President
Standard Bank and Trust

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