Businesses and organizations are run and managed by many volunteers in and around our community. The Harvard Chamber of Commerce is an example of one that functions with a part-time staff and a volunteer board of directors.
As former President Bill Clinton once said, “Citizen service is the very American idea that we meet our challenges not as isolated individuals but as members of a true community, with all of us working together. Our mission is nothing less than to spark a renewed sense of obligation, a new sense of duty, a new season of service."
Sometimes, through unexpected situations, we get an opportunity to give back to those individuals. In March 1989. chamber President Kevin B. MCFarlin passed away unexpectedly after just finishing our Business Expo. Our members and board of directors were devastated by the loss and joined together to organize a scholarship fund in his name.
More than 20 years have passed and this scholarship is still given to a high school senior in his memory. His dedication and commitment to the Harvard Chamber is not forgotten.
Unfortunately, now we are in need of our community to join together again. One of our past board of directors, Barbara Rowe, has been very sick for over the last 18 months and is in need of a kidney. She has been an outstanding volunteer not only at the chamber but also Milk Days, St Joseph Church, Harvard city events and many other organizations.
To help raise money for her ongoing medical bills, we are having a dinner at 5 p.m. March 16 at the Harvard Moose Lodge. The event will include music, dancing, silent auction, and 50/50 cash raffle. Donations and tickets ($10) can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Harvard chamber or First Place Promotions & Awards.
We also will have a meat raffle at Bopp’s Bar & Grill at 6 p.m. March 23.
An account has been set up at Harvard Saving Bank in her name. For more information or to donate, call 815-943-4404.
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Welcome to our newest chamber members: Jon Pagles Designs, McHenry County Recorder, and Harvard Boy’s League. Thank you to our renewed members: Dr. Krol, Angelo’s Pizzeria, Farmers Market, Carriage House, Brown Bear Daycare, Stratford Banquets, First Baptist Church, Stahl Insurance, Northfield Court Apts., Aquatics Unlimited, MGM Mechanical and Tri-Ag Supply.
• Crystal Musgrove is executive director of the Harvard Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 815-943-4404.