The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce welcomed new directors to its leadership and honored a longtime volunteer at its annual Holiday Luncheon on December 12.

Longtime resident and volunteer Virginia Wrobel was named Evergreen Park’s 2018 Citizen of the Year for her dedicated years of service in the community and especially for her work with senior citizens.

Wrobel was the first director of the Evergreen Park Office of Citizen Services, a position she held for 15 years. She also is the founder of several service organizations in Evergreen Park, including our Food Pantry and a local chapter of Meals on Wheels.

Accepting the award, Wrobel thanked the hundreds of volunteers and village employees who have worked with her over the years. Every department willingly contributes to programs that Wrobel has been involved with over the years, “and with smiles on their faces,” she said.

“We are blessed in this village to have such a means of cooperating and working with each other,” Wrobel said. “And for me, it’s just a work of love.”

The 2018 Directors of the Chamber are:

Maria Cantu-Dougala, First Midwest Bank

Laura Freeman, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Jeseña Hernandez, First National Bank of Evergreen Park

Sean Kelly, State Farm

Dr. Robert Machak, Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124

Frank Monreal, US Bank

Ginger Morgan, Thompson & Kuenster Funeral Home

Thomas O’Malley, Evergreen Park Community High School District 231

Jeannette Orejel, First American Bank

Bruce Smith, B Allan Graphics

Pam Waldrom, Academy of Self Defense

Chad Weiler, Little Company of Mary Hospital

Stephanie Welch, Humana

 

Thanks to all of the families and community members who came out on December 1 to celebrate the beginning of the holiday shopping season in Evergreen Park. The Central Middle School choir gave a beautiful Christmas concert, and children took pictures of Santa. Thanks to our host, First National Bank of Evergreen Park!

Christina Musial, Danny Rosell and Jeseña Hernandez of First National Bank of Evergreen Park, posing with Santa, graciously hosted the Community Celebration.

The Evergreen Park Central Middle School choir performs a selection of Christmas carols.

Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce President Nicki Seidl welcomes community members and reminds them to support local businesses by choosing to shop within the community.

Chamber officials (L to R) Laura Shallow, Brian McKeown, Nicki Seidl, Tom Ollenburger, and Michele Carmona

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce hosted an informative Chamber Membership Breakfast on September 13, bringing business members together with local school officials to share information and exchange ideas.

Dr. Robert Machak, Superintendent of Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124, hosted the Chamber event at Central Middle School. He provided a delicious breakfast prepared by School District 124’s Director of Food Services Deb Michicich. The event included energetic performances by the Central Middle School band and award-winning choir, as well as networking and a presentation by District 124 administration officials on the state of the schools.

The four elementary schools and one middle school in Evergreen Park have seen a surge in enrollment over the past four years. The district’s student body has increased by 7 percent, adding some 127 children, according to Tim Kostecki, Director of Business Services for District 124. As a result, the district is financially strong and foresees continued growth.

School officials also reported on the district’s three-year strategic plan and on topics including school culture, buildings and grounds, safety, technology, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce hosted a networking breakfast at Evergreen Park Community High School on May 17 that was open to all current, new, and prospective members. All enjoyed a delicious buffet while Thomas O’Malley, Superintendent of District 231, highlighted exciting upgrades to the curriculum and facility. Afterward everyone toured the school, which included a visit to the new, state-of-the-art workout and weight room.

Your next opportunity to connect with fellow members of the business community is at our Lunch and Learn event on Friday, June 22 at noon at the Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S Troy. Digital marketing professionals Jim and Laurie Cleary of the Argus Internet Company will share their expertise on how to present your business online. A catered lunch will be provided. Register here.

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce closed out 2017 with a festive holiday party at Beverly Country Club on Dec. 13. Chamber members introduced a new group of officers and directors and presented Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton with their Citizen of the Year award.

Guests also enjoyed a luncheon, a performance by the Evergreen Park High School Madrigals Choir, and a presentation of the school’s Snow Queen and Court.

New Chamber President Nicki Seidl spoke directly to members, encouraging them to do more in 2018 to strengthen the town’s economic base.

Keep the Green in Evergreen is a mandate,” Seidl said. “We are responsible for sustaining economic prosperity in Evergreen Park. The foundation of that prosperity is a healthy, vibrant, diverse, and engaged community. It’s that important and it takes more than 13 members on a board of directors to accomplish.”

She challenged members to volunteer their time to help sustain economic prosperity in Evergreen Park through the Chamber of Commerce. “When someone asks, ‘What does the Chamber do for me?’ Say, ’Not as much as it can do with your active participation.’ And then invite them to get involved,” she said.

Interested in joining the Chamber? Explore the benefits of membership today!