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The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce has the perfect part-time job for an outgoing and organized person who loves to patronize local businesses. If you are a media-savvy professional interested in supporting our businesses, you could become our Member Services Coordinator.
Member Services Coordinator – Job Description
Independent contractor. Not a paid employee; the contractor waives rights to regular employee benefits such as vacation, sick time, profit sharing, health benefits or any other benefits. Responsible for own income and employment taxes. Contractor will generally work from home; he/she will be reimbursed for office supplies but must use own equipment to perform duties. Submits invoice for payment on a bi-monthly basis.
- Acts as the link between Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce (EPCC) members and the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
- Works according to the policies, principles, procedures, and culture of the EPCC.
- Carries out duties established by the Board through an annual schedule of implementation.
- Presents a professional and positive image to members and the greater community through appropriate appearance, grooming, demeanor, and remarks.
- Provides administrative support to ensure the efficient operation of the EPCC.
- Manage incoming and outgoing mail. Communicates effectively and regularly in person, by phone, by email and other electronic communications with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, members, vendors, and the public.
- Maintain current list of Chamber membership.
- Send annual dues renewal invoices.
- Work with graphic design firm to publish annual directory and buyers’ guide.
- Work with content marketing firm to maintain an effective communications program responsive to the needs of the membership, through print, online, and social media outlets.
- Compile and assemble information for new member packets and send or delivers packets to prospective members.
- Facilitate new memberships by developing leads, making cold calls, and actively seeking new members. Follow up appropriately.
- Cultivate positive member relations and retention through personal contact.
- Coordinate the planning, scheduling, marketing, promoting, and executing of special events and activities.
- Coordinate registration for events.
- Attend monthly Officers’ and Directors’ meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing, and in group presentations.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Facebook, Gmail and Google Docs.
- Experience with the WordPress content management system for basic website updates (or the motivation to learn and follow through).
- Valid driver’s license.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.
Evergreen Park’s new Humana neighborhood center in the new Plaza is a welcoming, bright, and versatile space. On a recent morning, it deftly transformed from a conference area where Chamber members enjoyed a breakfast buffet into an exercise space for an exercise class with local seniors. Humana is a health insurance company, but at their neighborhood centers, they also provide a variety of community programming for the public.
The center, which opened last summer, recently hosted the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce for a networking breakfast and nutrition workshop called “Rate Your Plate.” Humana health educator Kristin Conrad shared best practices for healthful eating, along with helpful tips for avoiding pitfalls. Some of her key takeaways:
You should eat nine servings of fruits and veggies per week.
76% of Americans don’t eat enough fruit daily. Expense, availability, and shelf life are the main obstacles cited. Conrad suggested purchasing fresh produce when it’s in season, then freezing it to enjoy throughout the year. She said that women should aim for eating 1.5 cups of fruit per day, versus 2 cups for men.
87% of Americans don’t eat enough vegetables, even though they have the highest nutritional value of all foods. Women should eat 2 cups of vegetables per day; men, 2.5 cups. Conrad said that if you store veggies in plain sight, chances are you’ll eat them.
Whole Grains Facts
While Americans eat plenty of grains (in the form of bleached flour), most of us consume less than 1 serving of whole grains per day. Women should have 5 ounces of whole grains–oats, quinoa, brown rice, barley, whole wheat etc.—and men should consume 6 ounces per day.
Men need just 5.5 ounces of protein each day, and women need just 5 ounces.
Healthy Eating Hacks
Avoid Portion Pitfalls—Measure your portions. Purchase a food scale to help keep you honest with your serving size. When you snack, don’t reach into a jar or bag for repeat handfuls, Instead, measure a single serving snack to enjoy. When you eat a full meal, consider using a 9-inch plate, which will help you resist the temptation to fill a larger plate.
Be a Smart Shopper—Plan a weekly menu and use it as a shopping guide. When you’re at the store, avoid the candy and sugary drinks aisles. Instead, start in the produce section. Also, don’t shop when you’re hungry.
Dine Out with Care—Restaurant portions can be huge! Be mindful of your regular portion size, and ask for a to-go container or share your meal. Another good tip is to eat your veggies first, to help fill you up. You can also ask for food to be prepared in a healthy manner and request sauces and dressings on the side.
Limit Added Sugar—Most of us eat far more sugar than our bodies need. The recommended daily allowance of sugar is 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. The new food labels coming out in July will show added sugar, which will be helpful for those paying attention to their intake.
The annual Chamber Directory & Buyers’ Guide is in development, which means there’s still time to submit an ad! The Chamber mails the guides to 7,000 homes in the Evergreen Park area each year, reaching every resident.
Advertising in this handy guide is a terrific way to maximize your exposure in the community! The black & white ads are available in three sizes: 1/4 page for $125; 1/2 page for $275, and a full page for $400. In addition, there is one inside cover available for $525 in full color, and the outside back cover in full color is available for $650.
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
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.
Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton presented his Annual State of the Village address to EPCC members on April 18 over lunch at Barraco’s Restaurant. He shared updates on many new businesses that have opened over the past year and additional businesses that will open in the coming months, including Whole Foods in the Plaza, scheduled to open in January 2019.
The next day, April 19, we learned that Carson’s woes will extend to the Evergreen Park store. However, Mayor Stexton told the Patch he is already speaking with interested retailers about leasing the Carson’s space. The white building abuts several other new businesses that have opened recently in the newly reimagined Evergreen Plaza, including DSW, Five Below, Petco, TJ Maxx, Ulta, David’s Bridal, Raising Cane’s, and others. Mayor Sexton said the Plaza development is in its final stages, with 14 of the 30 stores already open. In total, the project will have created 500 retail jobs and 200 union construction jobs.
In his address, Mayor Sexton stressed that economic growth is strong in Evergreen Park, which issues 500 business licenses each year. He said the Village government operates with a balanced budget, and all pensions are fully funded. Home values are rising, and the Village continues to invest in recreational services for residents, with a new $6 million Community Center scheduled to open in April 2019.
Mayor Sexton urged business owners and residents alike to support businesses in Evergreen Park rather than shopping online or in neighboring municipalities. “One percent of everything you buy here comes back to Evergreen Park, which allows us to continue to do good things,” he said.
The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce (EPCC) is seeking an organized, outgoing, and media-savvy professional to serve as its Member Liaison. This new position will serve as the link between EPCC members and the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The EPCC Member Liaison will enhance the value of Chamber membership by focusing on opportunities for member relationships, education, and collaboration.
Specific duties include:
- Developing an effective program of membership development that retains current members and grows the membership base.
- Developing and maintaining an effective communications program responsive to the needs of the membership, through print, online, and social media outlets.
- Developing and conducting a variety of events, including the annual meeting holiday luncheon, to enhance relationship and business building opportunities for the membership.
- Developing and conducting education programs to advance the professional, technical, and managerial skills of the membership.
- Cultivating positive member relations with the EPCC through personal contact.
- Utilizing connections and partnerships within the community as appropriate to advance the goals of the Chamber
- Attending monthly Officers and Directors’ meetings, on the first and last Tuesdays of each month.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and make presentations to groups.
- Ability to use software functions such Microsoft Office, Facebook, gmail and Googledocs.
- Ability to update EPCC web site using WordPress content management system.
- Valid drivers’ license.
Flexible schedule, 12 hours/week.
The Member Liaison is an independent contractor, not a paid employee. The contractor waives rights to regular employee benefits and is responsible for own income and employment taxes. Contractor will generally work from home; he/she will be reimbursed for office supplies but must use own equipment to perform duties.
Equal Opportunity Statement
The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce does not discriminate in its hiring practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, creed, religion, origin, age, disability, sex, or any other characteristic protected by law, rule, or regulation.
Criminal Background Check
The contractor receiving a conditional offer of engagement will be required to undergo a criminal background check, and to provide the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce with the resulting report. The contractor may refuse to obtain a criminal background check or provide the report, in which event the conditional offer of engagement will be withdrawn.
For his commitment to economic development, business recruitment, and overall leadership, Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton was named the town’s 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. He received the award at the Chamber’s holiday luncheon in December.
Mr. Sexton has served as the mayor of Evergreen Park since 2001. He was recognized for making numerous contributions to strengthen the business climate and enhance the quality of life in the village during his tenure.
“Jim has achieved great successes in developing a wonderful economic environment in which businesses can start, grow and thrive,” said Laura Shallow, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, as she announced the award.
Those accomplishments include:
- upgrading the streetscape along Evergreen Park’s main thoroughfare of 95th Street in 2002.
- bringing in new development on Kedzie at 87th and 95th streets.
- redeveloping Yukich Field into several sports fields, with a walking path and an ice skating rink.
- transforming the Evergreen Country Club property into a community golf range, a farm with a variety of animals, a gazebo for concerts, and a dog park.
- creating the Evergreen Park Senior Center at the site of a former church on 94th and Homan.
- renovating Evergreen Plaza, bringing several new stores and restaurants to the site.
“All this great economic development reminds each of us, business people and residents alike, to shop local and ‘Keep the Green in Evergreen,’” Shallow said. The sales tax dollars Mayor Sexton has steered into the community helps to fund important Village projects, she added.
The Citizen of the Year award, formerly called the Business Person of the Year, was changed in 2017 to be more inclusive of community members who help make Evergreen Park stronger. Past recipients include Laura Shallow of World Data Systems and Saint Xavier University; Sister Margaret Christina Hoban of Little Company of Mary Hospital; Nicki Seidl of the Evergreen Park Public Library; Linda Kosary of Kosary Funeral Home; Thomas Ollenburger of H. & R. Johnson Brothers; and Dennis Reilly of LCM Hospital. Last year’s recipient was Nick Barraco of Barraco’s Restaurant.
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Evergreen Park, IL 60805
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