April 2014 Meeting Minutes

cropped-eypn1.jpgTuesday, April 22
Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago Street, Elgin



Krisilee Murphy, Board Vice President (minutes)
Jason Pawlowski, Board Member
Christina Pearson, Board Member
Elissa Kojzarek, Board Member


Krisilee Murphy, Board Vice President, facilitated the meeting. Krisilee welcomed the group and everyone introduced themselves.


We reached our goal! Over 480 raffle tickets were sold. Great job to everyone helped collect donations, put together the baskets and spread the word about the event. We will be giving away two scholarships: one to a high school student entering ECC’s culinary program and one to a scholarship winner last year that is continuing their education.

What went well:

- Hula Hoop Contest was a hit. The whole group agreed that we need something to get the event attendees up on their doing something.
- No cover charge. Rather encourage the attendees to buy more tickets.
- A band would be a good addition – Stephanie knows a lot of bands.

What could be changed/improved:

- Need a larger space.
- Do two fundraisers to raise money, one in the spring and one in late summer/early fall, so we know the exact amount of scholarship money we can giveaway prior to announcing the scholarship.
- Get consolation prizes for anyone who buys a ticket.
- Start collecting donations much earlier. Elaina recommended at least 6 months out.
- Award the scholarship at the event.

Themes for the next Scholarship Fundraiser:

Stephanie suggested pirates. Christina suggested super heroes. Jason said Super Suits is a local band that has a relationship with the owners of Danny’s Pizza. Elissa suggested live cooking demos or a game like Chopped, the TV show. We could put a list of ingredients on our website and Facebook and let people vote for what the students will have to cook with. Stephanie said we could even have people pledge money towards the ingredient they would like the students to use. The top winners get used.

2014 scholarship forms will go out in early May. Stephanie, Krisilee, Saul, Jason, Elissa and Christina all requested to receive and subsequently review the completed scholarship applications for judging.


Our next Cash Mob is going to take place mid/late May. Past mobs have taken place at Elgin Books & Coffee, SpaceTaste Gallery, State Street Market and Downtown Elgin Harvest Market. The group offered up ideas from Soulful Sparrow, Viking Thrift & Artwork, Rediscover Records, Town & Country Gardens.

The group all agreed that Herb’s Bakery would be fun for our next Cash Mob. Because Herb’s is only open until 5pm weekdays, we would need to look at doing the Cash Mob either early morning during the week (like 7-8am) or on a Saturday morning. Someone from EYPN needs to reach out to Wendy, the owner.


In case you missed it, we have a website! Jason has worked tirelessly to provide us with this new resource. Please check it out and let us know if you see anything we could add. We will use this to promote upcoming events, meeting minutes, job postings and more. We are asking you to continue to engage with us on content. If you see a job posting or if your company has a volunteer experience, then let us know.

Jason has reached out to Chris Higgins from Future Link IT in Elgin to transfer the domains for ElginYoungProfessionals.com and ElginHomefortheHolidays.com to Future Link’s servers. Both sites will now be WordPress.org self-hosted sites which will enable us to add features like an Events Calendar widget, directories, etc. EYPN will then relaunch ElginHomefortheHolidays.com with a new look and features. The look of ElginYoungProfessionals.com will mostly stay the same.


Our next session is set to take place on Tuesday, June 10th at 6pm. We will have a couple board presidents speak about skills we need to develop to become a beneficial board member. More details to follow.


The group was asked how they would feel about having all the members volunteer for at least one of the committees. Everyone thought it was a good idea. The committees: Scholarship, Professional Development Planning, Elgin Home for the Holidays and Social Events. More will probably come up but those are the ones we could think of as a group.


Elgin Area CVB’s Tourism Luncheon- Monday, May 5th at the Grand Victoria Casino

- Becky Hardekopf is receiving the The Young Professional Friend of Tourism Award

YWCA’s Leader Luncheon – Thursday, May 8th at The Seville

- Becky Hardekopf, Ann Leider and Kari Christensen are nominated for awards


- Little Angels 27th Annual Pledge Run is taking place Sunday, May 18th.


Saul Acevedo
Stephanie Casstevens
Elissa Kozjarek
Elaina McCalmont
Krisilee Murphy
Jason Pawlowski
Christina Pearson

Reserve Your Seats for EACVB Tourism Luncheon

image_eacvblogoKick-off National Travel & Tourism Week with the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 7th Annual Tourism Luncheon, which takes place Monday, May 5 from 11am-1pm at the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin.

Guest speakers will include Jen Hoelzle, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism, as well as Mayors from the Elgin Area. A delicious lunch will also be provided by Grand Victoria Casino.

As a new addition to this year’s event, the CVB will recognize individuals for their leadership by presenting the Friends of Tourism Awards. EYPN’s Board President, Becky Hardekopf, will be among the award recipients receiving the “The Young Professional” Friend of Tourism Award.

Individual tickets are $40 and tables of 8 are $310.

To reserve your seats for the 7th Annual EACVB Tourism Luncheon, CLICK HERE!

Volunteers Needed for Community Carnival Fundraiser

1941532_738552766184625_40477436_oThe Community Carnival, which takes place May 1-4 and May 8-11 at the intersection of Kimball and N. Grove Avenue (across from the Gail Borden Public Library) in downtown Elgin, is seeking volunteers to greet visitors, give information and directions, or provide general maintenance at the event.

Shift schedules are as follows (3-hour shifts):

Thursday shifts: 4:30-7:30 and 7-10 (5-10 counts as double shift)
Friday shifts: 4:30-7:30 and 7-10 (5-10 counts as double shift)
Saturday shifts: 1-4, 4-7 and 7-10
Sunday shifts: 1-4, 4-7 and 7-10

There are two ways volunteers can also help support your local school or non-profit:

1. $10 per volunteer shift will be donated to a Non-Profit/School
2. For every 10 people that volunteer for a Non-profit/ School, they will receive $100

For more information about volunteering at the Community Carnival, contact Anthony, 312-402-8880 or e-mail Communitycarnivals@gmail.com. For additional details, follow Community Carnivals on Facebook.

Tickets Still Available for Clumsy Chefs Candlelight Dinner

cropped-eypn1.jpgThere are still spots open for the 2014 Candlelight Dinner scheduled for Wednesday, April 30 featuring the Elgin High School Clumsy Chefs.

Appetizers and beverages start at 6pm in Room 140. From 6:30-8:30pm there will be a six-course meal showcasing Elgin High School’s Clumsy Chef Senior Culinary Talents.

Cost is $30 per person. (Checks can be made out to Elgin High School)

There are a limited number of spaces left that will be first come first serve. Don’t delay!

RSVP now!


EYPN’s Hula for Moola Exceeds Fundraising Goals

HulaforMoolaHula1 Hula2Elgin Young Professional Network’s Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser at Chooch’s Pizza in downtown Elgin on Thursday night was a hip-shaking success worthy of all the hula-hoopla!

The second annual fundraising event, featuring a latitude-changing tropical theme and over 30 raffle baskets, helped raise more than $1,500 for EYPN’s scholarship program supporting Elgin High School’s Clumsy Chefs culinary students entering Elgin Community College’s culinary arts program.

EYPN will award two scholarships for the 2014-15 school year: one scholarship to a newly graduating high school senior in the Clumsy Chefs program and one scholarship for one of the returning ECC students that benefitted from the EYPN scholarship last school year.

In addition to a variety of fun-raising Hawaiian fare courtesy of the Clumsy Chefs, the evening was highlighted by the inaugural Hula Hoopla Bracket Challenge where 16 participants competed head-to-head in an NCAA-style bracket tournament of hula-hooping supremacy. The championship round between Clumsy Chef student Ya-Ya and EYPN member Stephanie, went into overtime with Ya-Ya taking home the title.

The organization is still accepting monetary donations for the Clumsy Chefs scholarship program. If you would like to support the scholarship program, please e-mail eypn@outlook.com for donation details.

EYPN would also like to thank the following parties for their support of the Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser:

- Chooch’s Pizza, 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, and owners Mike and Dan Butirro for hosting the event and for the great food and service;

- Ann Leider of Elgin High School and her Clumsy Chefs culinary students for providing the delicious Hawaiian goodies;

- Christina Pearson and Elissa Kojzarek of United Way of Elgin for organizing and coordinating all the raffle donations, putting together the raffle baskets and organizing the raffle table;

- Chad Meyers for creating the Hula for Moola logo, posters, signage and Hula Hoopla Challenge bracket graphics;

- All of the individuals, businesses and organizations that generously donated merchandise, gift cards and/or services for our raffle baskets;

- All of the hard-working EYPN members and volunteers who helped with set-up/take-down, selling raffle tickets, event coordination, collecting raffle basket donations and advanced promotion of the event;

- Most of all thanks to everyone in the Elgin community who supported or attended EYPN’s Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser.

For more information about Elgin Young Professional Network, visit www.ElginYoungProfessionals.com or follow EYPN on Facebook (facebook.com/ElginYoungProfessionalsNetwork) and Twitter (twitter.com/ElginYPN).

Hula for Moola Raffle Baskets

Poster_teaserAd3Tonight’s the night! Get your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts on and come see what all the hoopla is about at Elgin Young Professional Network’s Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser benefitting the Elgin High School Clumsy Chefs culinary students. The fun starts at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizza, 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

In addition to a cash bar and free pizza, guests can enjoy Hawaiian music, freshly prepared treats from the Clumsy Chefs and our inaugural Hula Hoopla Challenge where hip-shaking hipsters compete head-to-head in a battle of hula hooping supremacy.

There will also be over 30 raffle baskets available. EYPN members will be selling raffle tickets tonight for $5 each or 6 for $20. Below is a summary of each raffle basket as well as photos of several of the baskets.

If you are unable to attend tonight but would still like to donate to the scholarship fund, please e-mail us at elginyoungprofessionals@yahoo.com.


  1. Well, don’t you look pretty! – Basket includes gorgeous handcrafted necklace and earrings from Simply Exquisite by Sandra Young. Value $80
  2. Make your hair shine! – Basket includes $100 gift card to Fox River Spa & Salon and a Beauty Kit of Kerastase Elixir Ultime for sublime, weightless, radiant hair. Value $125
  3. Basket from Shop.com - Basket includes Motives Boxed Beauty (6 eye shadows & 2 brushes), 30-day supply Isotonix Multi-Vitamin, liquid eyeliner, Motives makeup remover towelettes, and two sample packs of Lumiere De Vie skin care products. Value $75
  4. Salon C Beauty Basket - Basket includes tote bag, 1 pump Liter of Redken Shampoo, 1 pump Liter Redken Conditioner, 1 Redken styling cream, 1 oversized hand mirror and a $50 Salon C gift certificate. Value $175
  5. Mind, Body, and Soul – Gift certificate for five free yoga classes at Fusion Mind/Body Studio. Value $70
  6. Go Blackhawks! - Replica Jonathan Toews 2010 Winter Classic Chicago Blackhawks jersey. Value $175
  7. Tee it Up! – Two “Member for a Day” guest passes to Bowes Creek Country Club. Valid thru the 2014 season. Value $198
  8. Drive the Course! – Pass for 2 rounds of golf at The Highlands of Elgin w/ a cart. To be used any time Monday-Friday or after 2 PM on weekends or holidays. Value $118
  9. Fore! – Package includes a foursome pass to Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn with 2 carts and a brand new putter. Value $200
  10. Let’s Go Cougars! - Four box seats for the Friday, May 2 Kane County Cougars game vs. Burlington Bees. It’s their annual Star Wars Night (who doesn’t love Star Wars) as well as a fireworks night. Value $60
  11. Happy Easter Boys – An Easter basket full of wonderful goodies for your little boy. Value $25
  12. Happy Easter Girls – An Easter basket full of wonderful goodies for your little girl. Value $25
  13. Love the wine you’re with! – Basket includes Sweet Beginnings Wine, Cherry Wine and Chardonel 2006 Grand Reserve all from Fox Valley Winery, Houdini wine preserver and flippers, Wine for Dummies book, two wine scented and shaped candles. Value $75
  14. Aloha! – Basket includes Oahu Coconut Sunset Pink Sand Body Scrub (8oz), Triple Moisture Body Cream (8oz) and Body Lotion (8oz). Peach Bellini Room Spray, Glass Pineapple Luminary, two Hawaiian Hibiscus Candles, Pineapple Wallflower with two Caribbean Escape Wallflowers and one Island Waters Wallflower. Value $75
  15. Manly Man Basket – Basket includes Bacardi Gold Rum and flask, Bacon Bowl maker, Stuffed Burger maker, corn grilling basket, nose hair trimmer, “Bromance” DVD, tools, golf balls, casino set (poker chips, cards, dice), t-shirts, man flower vase, hot sauce, nuts and more! – Value $100
  16. Step Into My Office Basket – Basket includes writing utensils, magnets, note-cube, electric pencil sharpener, sophisticated glass white board and large pushpin and clothespin art/note board. Value $130
  17. United Way of Elgin Basket – Package includes a United Way sports duffle bag, trunk organizer, Live United tote, tumbler, Mag Lite, 5×7 notebook and two Live United t-shirts. Value $65
  18. Test Your Luck! – Package includes 10 lotto scratch-off tickets and a bottle of bubbly to either celebrate or drown your sorrows after the tickets have been scratched! Value – who knows?!?!?
  19. Spring Fling for Your Car – Basket includes gift certificate for 1 free car wash and 1 free oil change from Brittain’s Express Oil & Lube along with some extra cleaning products to keep the inside as clean as the outside. Value $50
  20. Downtown Elgin Basket – Basket includes Buckingham’s Steakhouse and Lounge $100 gift certificate, $50 in Downtown Elgin gift certificates, “Old Riverview Park” photos/posters from SpaceTaste Gallery, Elgin Public House gift certificate, Rediscover Records t-shirt, Downtown Elgin Harvest Market t-shirt, various Hemmens and Grand Victoria Casino Elgin swag. Value $250
  21. Movie Date Night Basket - Basket includes $25 Cooper’s Hawk Winery gift card, 5 date night DVDs, tub of popcorn, movie candy and Frango mints. Value $75
  22. Kountry Kennels Basket - Basket includes toys and treats your dog will love and a gift certificate for one weekend (2 nights) of lodging including playtime. Value $200
  23. Tool Basket - Basket includes brand new tool sets including sander, jigsaw, socket sets, pliers sets, cutters and more. Value $100
  24. Trendy Cook’s Basket - basket includes Food Network 3 cup mini-processor/chopper, 10 speed hand mixer, kitchen towel, dishcloths, wooden utensils and spatulas. Value $115
  25. Dinner and a Show! - Two tickets to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for one of the remaining 13-14 season concerts or upcoming 14-15 concert season and a $100 Buckingham’s Steakhouse & Lounge gift certificate. Value $220
  26. Clumsy Chef Dinner – Two tickets to the Clumsy Chef Candlelight dinner provided by the talented Elgin High School Culinary students. Value $60
  27. Have a WILD Family Day— Package includes four general admission tickets to Azoosment Park and a $40 Rainforest Café gift card. Value $120
  28. Local Favorites - Gift certificates in various denominations from Al’s Cafe, Colonial Cafe, Domani Cafe, In the Neighborhood Deli, Macianos Pizza and Pastaria, Pita Puff, Starbucks and Villa Verone. Value $160
  29. Make it a Girls Night (TWO AVAILABLE) - Package includes $30 Martini Room gift certificate, $25 Villa Verone gift certificate, two martini glasses and a half dozen Andes Mint cupcakes made and professionally decorated by Stephanie Casstevens Value $75
  30. Girl Scouts Bag - Package includes Girl Scouts tote bag with boxes of Pecan Clusters and Samonas and a can of cashews. Value $30

#2 Make Your Hair Shine

#6 Go Blackhawks!

#13 Love the Wine You’re With

#14 Aloha!

#15 Manly Man Basket

#16 Step Into My Office

#17 United Way of Elgin Basket

#19 Spring Fling For Your Car

#21 Movie Date Night Basket

#23 Tool Set

Aloha and Mahalo!

Hula for Moola Hula Hoopla Challenge


Bracket by Chad Meyers

If your NCAA bracket is busted, you can still win big in a completely different type of bracket challenge worthy of all the hoopla of March!

As part of our Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, April 10 at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizza, 64 S. Grove Avenue, EYPN will conduct our first ever Hula for Moola Hula Hoopla Challenge.

16 contestants will compete head-to-head in a bracket-style tournament of Hawaiian hip-shaking, hula-hooping fun! Winners will advance to take on the winners of other match-ups round-by-round straight through to the Final Two. Our first, second and third place finalists will receive a Tropical Trophy and other prizes will go to the overall winner!

Participation is FREE but a monetary donation to the EYPN Scholarship Fund would be appreciated from all entrants.

Ready to shoot some hoops, EYPN style? Sign up now to be a part of EYPN’s Hula Hoopla Challenge at next Thursday’s Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser.

E-mail us at elginyoungprofessionals@yahoo.com to reserve your spot in our Field of 16 or to find out just what all the Hula Hoopla is about.


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Hampton Inn Elgin
405 Airport Road

Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 931-1940

Please come to the hotel to complete an application.

The Hampton Inn Elgin is currently looking for self-motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join their team.

Full Time Front Desk-Night Audit Associate 11pm-7am

Job Description
The successful candidate should be a quick learner, have a warm personality and friendly attitude, be a team player, and a good problem solver. Previous hotel experience is preferred but not required. Hours include days, nights, weekends and holidays. Candidate must be available for entire shift of 11pm-7am.

Job Requirements
- Excellent guest service skills are a must.
- Proficiency in the English language both verbal and written
- Excellent math skills and previous cash-handling experience helpful
- Organizational skills including follow up, problem solving, and communication
- Positive and professional appearance and attitude is a must!

Full Time & Part Time Maintenance/Engineer

Job Description
Full time engineer position sought. Hotel experience preferred. Certified Pool Operator preferred, but not necessary. This position involves some van driving also, so a valid driver’s license is required. Full time position mostly weekdays; Part-Time Position weekends and some nights. Responds to all service calls and maintain hotel equipment in an efficient, safe manner. Perform preventative maintenance and necessary reports on all hotel equipment, including laundry, boiler, plumbing, pool, HVAC, electrical, guest rooms and kitchen. Makes rounds of hotel property to ensure everything is in working order. Order supplies as needed. Maintain grounds and drive local area shuttle.

Job Requirements
- General knowledge of technical fields, i.e. carpentry, painting, electrical, plumbing, etc.
- Must be customer focused
- Organizational skills and time management including follow up, problem solving and communication