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Bates: McHenry chamber sets 2017 goals

The McHenry Area Chamber Board of Directors was charged during October’s retreat with establishing its goals for 2017. The board narrowed all discussed items down to three top goals to work through for the coming year.

Goal 1: New board member mentoring

The McHenry Area Chamber has 23 board members representing 20 different industries from the chamber membership. It was thought during the retreat that board members should be better equipped to do the job of representing their industries.

Suggestions were to create a new board member mentoring committee that would set board expectations and responsibilities each quarter, and accountability to meet those responsibilities.

Goal 2: Advocate for members

Members often have issues with government entities or other members. Sometimes members just need help working through a crisis. The board decided to review the establishment of an advisory or advocate group that could work with members facing the challenges of owning a business.

Goal 3:  Maintain and attract members

The chamber is well aware that members who are successful get involved and stay involved with the chamber. The Board of Directors felt that the chamber needs to do a better job of “member on-boarding” to gain this involvement. During 2017, more of an effort will be given to why each member joined and whether we are meeting the member expectations, and, if not, how can we do so. Each new member will be followed up with by the board and ambassador group periodically to aid with business issues, training or encouragement to attend activities benefiting each business.

Committees, led by board members, will be meeting during 2017 to develop these goals, making this already strong chamber even stronger in 2017 and beyond. Should you have any interest in helping the chamber pursue these goals by serving on a short-term committee, please email kay@mchenrychamber.com.

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The McHenry Area Chamber WINGs professional women’s group invites women to its “High Tea” luncheon sponsored by Centegra Health System, Heritage Woods of McHenry and the Shah Center. Participants will enjoy assorted teas, specialty sandwiches, luscious scones, lemon curd, fruits and delicately delightful desserts from Toni’s Serendipity Party & Event Planning.

The speaker will be Julie Ford of Julz for Life on “Creating Time and Energy – Foundational Habits for a Scattered World.”

Are you constantly identifying yourself as “crazy busy”?

Ground yourself in what you value most and the daunting “sea of choice” becomes easy to navigate. Instead of “crazy busy,” own a calendar filled with no regrets and use your energy on the most fulfilling aspects of your life. Time and energy have always been yours – let Julie help you find it in the mess of it all.

Date for the High Tea is Jan. 18 at McHenry County College’s Shah Center. Reserve your spot at www.mchenrychamber.com.

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The Chamber’s “Life is a Journey” Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at McHenry High School West Campus. Sponsored by Centegra Health System and the Northwest Herald, “Life is a Journey” will feature family-friendly entertainment such as Exotic Animal Show, Parkland School Jazz Band, Magician Show, Darth Vader, McHenry Middle School choir, Inflatables and much more.

A limited amount of booths are left. Contact the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-385-4300 or download form at www.mchenrychamber.com.

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The Chamber invites you to attend our “State of McHenry” Mayoral Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 22 at McHenry Country Club.

Mayor Sue Low will discuss city accomplishments during her tenure as mayor of McHenry.

Register online at www.mchenrychamber.com.

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The McHenry Area Chamber invites you to attend the Men of Monday Night “Pre-Superbowl” Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Halftimes.

Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and networking. There will be a cash bar. Those who have purchased a Men of Monday Night Football Book and are in attendance have a chance to win $500. Books are available to purchase for the drawing as well as coupons.

• Kay Rial Bates is president of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce.

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