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Corr: Chamber welcomes new board, officers

The Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes its new 2013 board of directors and officers. Our board members are passionate volunteers who strive not only to pour their heart and soul into their businesses, but also get involved in chamber and community events.

Welcome to the new 2013 chamber officers: President Sandra Nies of BMO Harris Bank Cary and Fox River Grove, Vice President Dave Evans of Evans Carpet Cleaning Plus, Treasurer Dr. Nick Malooley of Malooley Sport & Family Chiropractic, Secretary Dr. Patrick McEneaney of Cary-Grove Foot & Ankle Center, and Past President Chuck Barrett of Frisch & Barrett Insurance Agency.

Welcome to our new board members: Phil Horn of State Farm – Phil Horn Agency, Sue Jensen of Periwinkle Florist, and John Pletz of ServiceMaster by Pletz.

Continuing on the board in 2013 are Gene Brickhouse of True Value Manufacturing Co., Holly Kelps of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Dave Miller of Lake Julian Contracting, Joe McVicker of Cary Bank & Trust, Neelie Kruse of Cary Travel Express, John Opatrny of Stone Hill Shopping Center, Sumish Parikh of Dunkin Donuts - Baskin Robbins, Lisa Raupp of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Richard Sansone of Edward Jones Investments, Penny Verest of LegalShield, and Tim Sterzik of Sage Products, Inc.

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Join us on Jan. 25 for our Annual Dinner and Silent Auction – “Meet Us In Chamberitaville” – at D’Andrea Banquets. Tickets are $45 per person and include a buffet. We will introduce our 2013 board of directors and honor our volunteers and business sponsors. Come in casual tropical attire and join us for boat drinks!

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Registration is in full swing for local business, governmental leaders and community groups and organizations interested in participating in the 2013 Cary Grove Community Showcase. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Cary-Grove High School. The showcase puts the spotlight on local resources and attracts hundreds of community residents. Last year 2,300 people attended. Registration forms are available on the chamber’s website at www.carygrovechamber.com. Booths are more than two-thirds sold.

The Community Showcase will again feature an Indoor Farmers Market with several vendors offering dairy products, meats, cheeses, pickles, specialty foods and baked goods. The market will be held in the high school cafeteria.

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The Cary and Fox River Grove business roundtables are held by the chamber each year to connect local business professionals and the public with village leaders for first-hand updates on current and future developments and the state of the local community. After the updates, the floor will be open for questions.

Cary Mayor Tom Kierna will be the keynote speaker at the Cary Business Roundtable at noon Jan. 16 at the Cary Park District Community Center, 255 Briargate Road, Cary. The mayor will offer a “State of the Community Address” and discuss new business developments in the community. The public is welcome to attend. To register, visit www.carygrovechamber.com. The cost is $15 and includes a box lunch.

Fox River Grove Village President Bob Nunamaker will be the keynote speaker at the Fox River Grove Business Roundtable at noon Feb. 21 at Fox River Grove Village Hall, 305 Illinois St.. The cost is $15 and includes a box lunch.

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Candidates are being sought for the annual Miss Cary and Miss Fox River Grove Business Scholarship Pageant May 18 at Cary-Grove High School. Miss Cary and Miss Fox River Grove title winners each receive $1,000 scholarships from the chamber and other prizes. Runners-up also receive scholarships. Application forms are available at the chamber office, 445 Park Ave., Cary, and Cary-Grove High School. Forms also are available online at www.carygrovechamber.com. The deadline to register is Feb. 11.

• Suzanne Corr is the executive director of the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

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