EYPN Night at the Movies: Jurassic World

EYPN_Movie_NightOn Tuesday, June 16, EYPN invites members and their spouses/significant others to join them for an EYPN Night at the Movies at Marcus Elgin Cinema​, 111 S. Randall Road, for a screening of the upcoming summer blockbuster Jurassic World. Specific show time will be announced the week before but we anticipate the movie start time to be between 6:30-7:30pm.

Tickets are only $5 and we will have special reserved seating for our EYPN group. Marcus Elgin Cinema is also offering a concession combo option for an additional $5.50, which includes a 20 oz. soda and a 46 oz. popcorn – about 50% of retail price!

We will need a head count in advance to reserve our seats so if you are attending please RSVP by no later than Thursday, June 11.

If you’ve never seen a movie in Marcus Elgin Cinema’s beautiful theaters – complete with leather reclining seats – here’s a great chance to experience it for the first time watching THE movie of the summer with your EYPN colleagues.

Brown Bag Lunch Series Debuts This Summer

EYPNBBatBBCElgin Young Professionals Network will relaunch lunch this summer.

Beginning in June, EYPN invites the public to join us for our new, informal monthly summer lunch series, where you can get to know our vast network of young professionals better and catch up on all that we are doing in the Elgin community.

Our first EYPN Brown Bag Summer Lunch Series event takes place on Tuesday, June 9 at Blue Box Café, 176 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin, from 12-1pm. Blue Box will be offering exclusive lunch specials for all of our guests in an actual EYPN Brown Bag! Tweet, Facebook or Instagram your experience using the hashtag #EYPNBBatBBC.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page.

It’s in the bag this summer with EYPN.

A schedule of the remaining Brown Bag Lunch Series events will be posted soon. Stay tuned for details.

May EYPN Meeting at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting will be Thursday, May 21 at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill, 127 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, at 6pm. Weather permitting the meeting will be held outside in Prairie Rock’s beautiful outdoor patio also known as the “Rock Garden”.

Topics to be covered:

  • 2015 Mentor Program
  • Recaps of Tweet Night at the Symphony and Mother’s Day Cash Mob
  • New EYPN Programming including the EYPN Book Club and Brown Bag Summer Lunch Series
  • Volunteering at Food for Greater Elgin
  • And much more!

RSVP on our Facebook event page!

Our monthly meetings are informal. Come for the meeting and stay for dinner or drinks as well as some friendly conversation with our fabulous young professionals.

And if you are not a current EYPN member, we invite you to join us for the meeting and learn more about what EYPN is all about. If you like what you hear, membership is only $30.

EYPN’s Kari Christensen Wins YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon Award

DSC_0609EYPN member Kari Christensen was honored with the Marguerite Henry Award for Communications and Technology at the annual YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon on Thursday, May 7 at The Seville Banquets in Streamwood.

Kari was nominated by fellow EYPN member Jason Pawlowski for her leadership and communication savvy demonstrated with her roles with the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, Shared Harvest Food Co-Op, Elgin 360 Photography Club, Downtown Neighborhood Association and Elgin Young Professionals Network.

Kari is the second EYPN member to win the Marguerite Henry Award. EYPN Board Chair Krisilee Murphy was recognized with the same award in 2012.

Here are some excerpts of the nomination submitted for Kari Christensen:

11167687_10200553351751684_5462395648706800365_nList the significant achievements of the nominee in the named category.

Kari served as Chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s 15th Annual Window Wonderland event, where she essentially single-handedly organized, marketed and promoted the event – a task normally handled by multiple paid staff and an entire committee of volunteers. Her dedication and resourcefulness in orchestrating and promoting all aspects of this complex, multi-faceted event – including programming, publicity, and obtaining event sponsorships – all with minimal staff support is a testament to the spirit of the Illinois Main Street model of community development thru volunteerism as well as to Kari’s ingenuity and leadership qualities. Her efforts won her the Individual Volunteer Award at the 2014 Downtown Neighborhood Association Awards Gala.

Thru positive messaging and good old fashioned advocacy, Kari has also helped heighten the profile and awareness of the Elgin Shared Harvest Food Cooperative, a cooperatively owned grocery store that will soon link consumers to affordable, healthy, locally-produced food, foster sustainable agriculture, and contribute to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the Elgin community. As a volunteer board member, she has built a significant community following by leveraging innovative social media and e-mail marketing practices on behalf of the organization. Because of her extensive communication and messaging efforts, the food co-op is fast approaching its goals for shareholder membership.

Her Facebook page and timeline of photos, “check-ins”, “tags”, “mentions”, “shares” and conversations are quite literally a “who’s-who” of Elgin institutions, businesses, organizations and engaged citizens, business owners and local leaders. She is quite simply building a stronger community thru social interaction one communication at a time.

List past or present positions of leadership or responsibility.

After spending over a decade in the corporate realm of private equity as an Accounting Manager as well as a recent stint as a Mission Investment Specialist/Development Assistant for the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, promoting the positives of and better connecting the community to the organization, Kari has now ventured down an exciting new path of entrepreneurship. She recently started a new communications, design and grant writing consulting company this past year called Trillium Link LLC to support non-profit and for-profit businesses with creative consulting services.

Kari also serves as the Board Treasurer of the Shared Harvest Food Cooperative, where she not only maintains the books for this Elgin non-profit organization but also served as Co-Chair for the co-op’s annual Membership Drive.

She is also the Treasurer for the Elgin 360 Photography Club, a local group of community-oriented photography enthusiasts who meet once a month to discuss techniques and tips as well as to support the arts and local business.

She served as Chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s 2013 Window Wonderland event, where she basically single-handedly coordinated nearly all aspects of this cherished annual Downtown Elgin event including programming, marketing, publicity, and obtaining sponsorships.

She also served as a member of the Elgin Junior Service Board, a volunteer organization that works to enhance and support health, education, and well-being of women and children in Elgin and the surrounding communities.

Describe qualities of leadership demonstrated by the nominee.

At her core Kari is extremely selfless and very giving of both her time and of herself. When she first signed up as a member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association in 2013, she won an iPad as part of a membership drive raffle promotion we were conducting. Upon hearing this news, she immediately asked the organization to donate the iPad to the students at the YWCA Elgin.

She has proven to be extraordinarily entrepreneurial and resourceful, which are two absolute necessities in the non-profit world that she makes her living in and gives so generously of her time and efforts.

She is also not afraid to take risks. In 2013, after more than a decade in the corporate world, Kari elected to cast off the corporate shackles, without a net mind you, all in the hopes of pursuing her passion of helping the people and businesses of her community.

Her positivity, boundless energy and dedication to Elgin are traits we should all aspire to. Since returning to town, Kari has hit the ground running as a staunch supporter and promoter of all things Elgin. Despite the long commute to-and-from her former office in Chicago, there was nary a night of the week that Kari was not out supporting local businesses, partaking in local events, volunteering her time for local causes or building connections in the Elgin community. Now making her professional home in Elgin as well, she is able to dedicate even more time to enjoying, supporting and advocating for our great city.

Describe how this person has demonstrated a commitment to excellence.

Kari’s commitment to excellence is demonstrated by the sheer number of community commitments she undertakes. In addition to her work with the Boys and Girls Club, she has invested significant time volunteering for Elgin Junior Service Board, Cinderella’s Closet, Little Angels, Suicide Prevention Services, Have a Heart Community Dinner, Citizens for Debbie Miller, Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin Fringe Festival, Shared Harvest Food Cooperative, Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, Elgin 4th of July Parade, Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl, Elgin International Festival, Art & Soul on the Fox, Art on the Eighth and City of Elgin Special Events.

She is also a tireless networking pro and continues to advocate for and communicate the positives of Elgin thru a variety of local groups including the Elgin Young Professionals Network and Elgin 360 Photography Club, as well as, at networking events thru the Elgin Technology Center, Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Elgin Area Chamber.

Explain how the nominee made an outstanding or innovative contribution in the category.

Kari’s savvy social media marketing and communication efforts have helped build a sizeable following for the Shared Harvest Food Co-Op, Boys & Girls Club of Elgin and other vital organizations. Furthermore her willingness to go above and beyond and actually “walk the walk”, by putting a smiling face to that positive messaging she so adeptly sends out online into Elgin’s business community offline, makes her an invaluable community development asset for this city.

Kari’s grant-writing prowess also lead to some notable financial support successes for the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin during her tenure.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: House Lead

HabitatNFV

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

 

 

 

HOUSE LEAD

REPORTS TO: Construction Manager

WORKS WITH: HFH volunteers, house sponsors and staff members

HOURS: Part-time, 2 build days per week, Wednesdays or Fridays with Saturdays mandatory, 95% of time on site, 5% on planning, preparing, office, meetings

Overall Responsibilities Understand Habitat for Humanity’s programs Ensure quality construction, compliance with HFHNFV standards, manage site safety Ensure compliance with all Federal, State and Local laws, codes and ordnances Assist in establishing a schedule for the project, complete project on budget and on schedule Project ends with occupancy permit

Major Duties/Responsibilities

Planning/Scheduling

• Adhere to construction plans, standards and schedules to meet affiliate and sponsor goals • Communicate schedule adjustments to HFH staff • Be present at worksite on Wednesdays and Saturdays • Prepare list of construction tasks for workdays • Assure the safety and security of the site, tools and materials.

Volunteer Management

• Teach non-skilled volunteers how to use tools and train them on the day’s construction tasks • Provide safety talk and be aware of safety hazards throughout the day • Monitor the work done by volunteers to ensure construction quality • Maximize volunteer usage

Materials/Paid Labor

• Make judicious use of all materials by integrating donated and inventory items into construction. • Prepare materials and tools for each work day. • Check work-site and report back to the Construction Manager after each work day for work completed, quality and to assess needs for the next work day. • Submit coded invoices promptly

Public Relations/Fundraising/Partner Families

• Explain Habitat mission, goals, programs, etc to volunteers, neighbors and the public as needed • Cultivate relationships with crew leaders, donors and sponsors • Help develop policies and procedures with HFH staff regarding construction, standards and safety • Communicate standards and product choices to partner families and ensure compliance

Requirements and Skills Ability to work with volunteers, donors and sponsors and ensure they have a good Habitat experience Ability to read construction drawings Knowledge of all phases of construction Ability to work effectively as a member of a diverse team in a manner which retains supporters Ability to plan, organize and delegate Ability to communicate in both written and verbal form

Working Conditions Site work requires broad mobility, ability to climb ladders to roof level and into foundations Ability to lift at least 70 pounds Travel to construction sites and warehouses in own vehicle

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Travis Juracek, Construction Manager, at travis.juracek@habitatnfv.org.