April 2015 Meeting Minutes

cropped-eypn1.jpgEYPN April Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, April 28, 2016 6:00pm
Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, Elgin

Board Members Present: Megan Ault, Aaron Cosentino, Marissa Garza, Jason Pawlowski

Members Present: Andrea Fugitt, Olivia Vlahos, Brooke Wardle, Molly Center, Emily Tyler, Andrew Block, Justin Budd, Angela Carlson

Introductions

Jason Pawlowski, Board Treasurer, facilitated the meeting and welcomed the group at 6:01pm.

Coffee with EYPN

The April Coffee with EYPN event at Domani Café was well attended. Domani has been a great host for the last two coffee events. The question was raised about whether we should consider rotating these events to offer other coffee shops in town the opportunity to host. Another question was raised about if the events could be rotated to another day besides Fridays. It was decided that our next Coffee with EYPN, tentatively scheduled for mid-July or August, should rotate to Blue Box Café in downtown Elgin and we will look at the feasibility of scheduling the event on a different day of the week.

EYPN May Volunteer Event

Our next volunteer event will be a Clean-Up Day at Hawthorne Hills in Elgin on Saturday, May 16 from 9am-12pm. A Facebook event will be created and cross promoted thru the EYPN website. Sign-up will be coordinated thru Elissa Kojzarek and Molly Center.

Regarding the ongoing monthly EYPN volunteer nights with Food for Greater Elgin, we will work with Sue Ericson and her staff to coordinate another volunteer night in June. We will then continue to promote and offer the ongoing monthly FFGE opportunities to anyone who is interested and look at setting a goal for the year for total FFGE volunteer hours as an organization.

2015 Mentor Program

Past Chair Becky Hardekopf was unable to attend the meeting so discussion on the specifics of the “kick-off” event for the 2015 Mentor Program was tabled.

Discussion did take place on potential mentor candidates. We will confirm which candidates Becky has already lined-up and then reach out to those other potential mentors discussed this evening.

Discussion also took place on current EYPN members serving as mentors not just for our membership but for college students as well. Several members expressed an interest in serving as mentors. Additional discussion on the logistics and integration into our existing mentor program is needed.

It was suggested that our members perhaps consider serving as presenters for more Professional Development Series this year with topics/presenters such as Learning Adobe InDesign (Jason Pawlowski), Social Media tips (Marissa Garza, Molly Center, Krisilee Murphy, others), etc.

Tweet Night at the Symphony

The EYPN Tweet Night at the ESO will be Saturday, May 2 beginning with a wine tasting at Solo restaurant & wine bar at 6pm followed by the concert at Hemmens at 7:30pm. We have a total of 11 EYPN members and their guests attending. EYPN will prepay the ESO by check on Wednesday, April 29 and collect remaining outstanding funds from attendees by Saturday night.

Mother’s Day Cash Mob

Our spring Cash Mob will be Saturday, May 9 from 9am-1pm at The Flower Wagon, 989 W. Spring Street in South Elgin. The Facebook event went live earlier this week and over 350 people have been invited from both EYPN and the owners of The Flower Wagon. For every “cash mobster” that spends $20, they are entered into a raffle for a planter of flowers valued at $50. Winners need not be present to win. Also, each mom in attendance that day will receive a single flower as a gift.

Upcoming Community Events/Volunteer Opportunities

Downtown Elgin Art Hop (5/1) is looking for volunteers to help with registration and check-in at nine different venues in downtown Elgin. Contact Paige Roeber at the DNA at proeber@downtownelgin.com or call 847-488-1456.

Strawberry Festival (5/2) takes place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin and benefits local non-profit organizations.

City of Elgin’s Public Works Open House (5/2) is a family-friendly event that takes place at the Public Works facility at 1900 Holmes Road.

EYPN member Kari Christensen has been nominated in the Communications category for this year’s YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon (5/7) at the Seville in Streamwood. Several EYPN members are attending to support Kari. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at www.YWCAElgin.org.

City of Elgin’s Fox Trot is seeking volunteers for packet stuffing during the week leading up to the race (5/19-5/21). Shifts are from 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm. They are also in need of pre-registration volunteers (5/22) and race day volunteers (5/23) for check-in and other duties.

Bikes and Bites on the Fox (5/30) will be a bicycle-friendly event on Riverside Drive featuring food trucks, farmers market, kids activities and more. EYPN is organizing the bags activity for the event. We will post this as a volunteer opportunity for EYPN members and we need at least 2-3 people. We are also looking into prizes for a potential bags tournament at the event. Angela Carlson will promote Bikes and Bites on the Fox on her 7 for the Weekend segment on 95.9-FM The River.

Other Discussion

Marissa Garza has agreed to organize a new EYPN Book Club, where different members will pick a book each quarter that they like for other participating members to read. Then we will host informal quarterly meetings to discuss.

The group was definitely on board with doing another EYPN painting night. We will decide on an appropriate night for sometime this summer and work with Ola la Ijorere to schedule. Several members expressed interest in doing the Riverside Drive painting.

Brooke Wardle will be joining as a new EYPN member thru Judson University. Brooke will only be in the Elgin area until late summer. We will give the option to Judson to send another representative in her place after Brooke leaves.

Andrew Block has also expressed interest in joining and volunteering at some of our upcoming EYPN functions.

The group was in favor of conducting the next meeting at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill in downtown Elgin in their outdoor beer garden. We will confirm this with Christina Pearson just in case a May venue has already been confirmed.

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 21st at 6pm (location TBD)

Meeting Adjourned at 6:45pm

EYPN Mother’s Day Cash Mob

1512811_830054390408290_1772430570351040511_nElgin Young Professionals Network invites you to our Mother’s Day Cash Mob at Flower Wagon Garden Center & Nursery, 989 W. Spring Street in South Elgin on Saturday, May 9 from 9am-1pm.

All participating “Cash Mobsters” who spend a minimum of $20 that day will be eligible for a raffle drawing of a great prize package courtesy of the Flower Wagon staff. All “Mobster” moms in attendance will also receive a special gift.

Be sure to share this Facebook event with all of your friends. We encourage everyone to invite friends, family and colleagues…and especially mothers… out for a fun day of shopping and to help support this Elgin area small business.

For more information about Flower Wagon Garden Center & Nursery, visit www.theflowerwagon.net.

April EYPN Meeting at Elgin Public House

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting will be Tuesday, April 28 at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin, at 6pm.

Topics to be Covered: Coffee with EYPN, 2015 Mentor Program, Tweet Night at the Symphony, May Cash Mob and more!

Our meetings are informal so we invite you to come for the meeting and stay for dinner and friendly conversation with some fantastic young professionals.

EYPN Tweet Night at the Symphony

TweetNightThe Elgin Symphony Orchestra is offering a special event exclusively for EYPN members only on Saturday, May 2.

The evening begins at 6pm with an exclusive wine tasting at Solo Restaurant and Wine Bar, 13 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin.

Then at 7pm we will head over to the ESO’s 2014-15 Season Finale concert at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way. Your seats will be designated as “Tweet Seats” and for the first time ever, you are invited to Tweet during the concert! You will receive a special lanyard with the EYPN logo on it.

After the concert, the ESO will host an end-of-season party at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin, where appetizers will be served with a cash bar. The cost for all of this is only $20 per person. EYPN members are welcome to invite spouses, significant others or a friend to join! There are only 30 spots available.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one of Elgin’s artistic gems and a great way to spend a Saturday night with EYPN friends.

If you are planning to attend EYPN’s Tweet Night at the Symphony, please RSVP at elginyoungprofessionals@yahoo.com and submit payment to us on or before our next EYPN meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 6pm at Elgin Public House. Cash or check only.