Bates: Mixers are a good way to meet leaders

Tuesday is the last day to register for the ladies “Table Talk” luncheon.  

It is a bit of a different luncheon whereby professional women have the opportunity to promote their company’s unique benefits to 20 other businesses while enjoying lunch at two different tables.

Luncheon registration will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McHenry Country Club. Lunch and Table Talk begin at 11:45 a.m. Call the Chamber office at 815-385-4300 to reserve your spot before noon today.

The next Shop In is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Cottage Boutique, next to the chamber office. Please visit and take advantage of special offers while enjoying many designer outfits at reseller prices.

The community is invited as well as chamber members.

People often ask “How do I meet owners of organizations?” My answer is to go to the mixers. Watch for those hosted by organizations with owners you wish to meet.

The next mixer is Tuesday at Boone Creek Cabinet Co. The following mixer will be hosted by Marketing Connection on Oct. 1. On the menu will be ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken, along with homemade potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans. Desserts will include some of Raleigh Showens famous cheesecakes, such as cookies and cream, pumpkin and a ricotta. Everyone needs to bring a big appetite, a guest and business cards. Find details at

The McHenry Area Chamber invites you to nominate a Chamber Member for its “Red Carpet Awards” luncheon. Sponsored by Porte Brown LLC, the luncheon acknowledges Chamber members for their diligence, leadership and service to their customers, employees and their communities. There are 10 categories available.

Forms and details are available at There will be three finalists recognized at the Red Carpet Awards luncheon with one winner in each category. The luncheon will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 13 at 31 North Banquets.  

Plan to attend the “Whether One Employee or More, Be Up to Date on Labor Laws” luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday at 31 North Banquets. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m.  

Learn the basics of labor law and human resources management, including how to respond to government officials and difficult employees, from Charles Krugel, a highly regarded labor and employment law and human resources counselor. Call the Chamber or visit the website to register.

Next month, the McHenry Area Chamber will honor 10 individuals for their lifetime of work accomplishments, volunteerism and mentoring at a luncheon.

Called “Chapters: Stories of the Wise, Witty & Wonderful,” the luncheon will be Oct. 18 at the McHenry Country Club. Those honored include Laurie Carlson, Betty Davis, Robert Doran, Frances Larsen, Ruthanne Kee, Ruby Lounder, Catherine “Kitty” Nash, Dr. Santo Ruggero, Syl Schubert and Judithann Wett.

Entertainment will be provided by Mary Ellen Heelan, of Heelan Music, and Joy Aavang, who will share her story “A Lost Adolescence – Surviving the Blitz.”  

Thanks to our Wise sponsors Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and Rosecrance Health Network; Witty sponsor Heritage Woods of McHenry; and Wonderful sponsor, the Chamber’s RISE Referral Group. Call the Chamber or visit the website to register.

The McHenry NOW mobile app is available for advertisers. Included will be lots of new features including post card mailings, free texting and video, plus online coupons. Call the chamber office for information.

• Kay Bates is executive director of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. 

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