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Elite Furniture a cornerstone of community

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

It is my privilege to introduce you to McHenry Area Chamber member Elite Furniture owned by Jeff Kleinschmidt.

Being established for over a decade, Elite has grown to become a cornerstone in the community for customer’s furniture needs. Be it complete furniture repair, restoration of wood or upholstery, or restoring value to antiques, Elite Furniture Service does it all.

The chamber has multiple members including staff who have used Elite to repair chairs, restore an antique or make old upholstery new. All have raved over the work done by Jeff and his crew. Little known fact about Jeff: He used to be part of a rock band in his 20s, traveling all over the states opening for famous groups.

The chamber has tapped into his skills in aiding us as leader of Fiesta Days Entertainment Committee and stage manager for Fiesta Days. Jeff also serves on the chamber’s Board of Directors.

Thank you, Jeff, for your high level of volunteerism.

Would you like to volunteer for a committee and enjoy the visibility other members gain through involvement? Please contact the chamber office. We have a place for you!

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Celebrate Letizia Financial Group’s move to 1307 Green St., McHenry by attending the organization’s mixer and open house from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Rain date is June 19). Enjoy Porkies pig roast and Meals Like Mom’s great sides. Live entertainment is by Brian Castillo. For more information, call Letizia Financial Group at 815-728-0404.

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Our next mixer is June 25 at Kodiak Collision with referral group II. Take advantage of networking with people we usually do not get a chance to know.

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On June 28, the chamber invites its members to attend Leadership Coach Tim Stewart’s session on goal setting. Starting at 7:30 am in the chamber office this session will help us get ready for the push to gain clients in the late summer months.

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It’s not too early to register for WINGs women’s July 24 luncheon “The Power & Promise of Assertive Communication.” Dr. Timothy Hayes of C&H Counseling Solutions will be addressing how we can gain communication skills to help us improve relationships and minimize battles.

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Do you have your sailboat yet? Don’t miss the opportunity to paint your own unique sailboat sign to decorate our downtown area. Cost is as little as $110 with funding gong to the Riverwalk Foundation. Two sizes are available – 32 inches and and 48 inches. More information is available at mchenrychamber.com.

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Do you have someone in your life, parent aunt, uncle, grandparent that you would like to recognize? Consider nominating him or her for our Chapters luncheon “Stories of the wise, witty and wonderful.” The date is Oct. 18 at McHenry Country Club. Honorees will have a wonderful luncheon, entertainment, significant recognition leaving with a keepsake and the warmth and support of the whole community.

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Fiesta Days is July 12-21. This year’s Music Fest will feature three national acts. New is Family Fun Day with Mighty Trucks and games and entertainment. The following week features races, sports meets and the Big Wheel contest, parade and arts and crafts in the park and the Kid’s Ice Cream Social ending with the Drum and Bugle Corps Show. Coupons and tickets are online at mchenryfiestadays.com.

• Kay Rial Bates is the president and CEO of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at kay@mchenrychamber.com.

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