EYPN Book Club

EYPN_BookClubIn an effort to learn from each other, EYPN is starting a book club! This club will focus on professional development books and meet once every three months.

The first book we will be reading is the classic Who Moved My Cheese.

EYPN is grateful to Books at Sunset, 1100 South Street in Elgin, has agreed to host our book club and we in turn would like to support them. Thus Books at Sunset has agreed to order copies of this book for us and offer it for purchase at a discount.

We need to let them know how many books to order in advance so please RSVP on Facebook by Wednesday, July 15. Books will be ordered for every person who responds that they will be attending. We will then let you know when books will be available for purchase.

EYPN’s “Halfway Thru” Year in Review

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We’re barely midway into 2015 and already Elgin Young Professionals Network has accomplished great things for ourselves, our network and for the Elgin community this calendar year.

Here are some of the highlights:

Membership Has Its Privileges

DSC_0211To help strengthen our network, provide value to our stakeholders and take our programming to the next level, EYPN instituted a paid membership program for 2015. We launched our member drive in grand style at our EYPN Game Night at Chooch’s Pizza in January. In addition to enjoying free food and sweet treats from the Elgin High School Clumsy Chefs, Game Night attendees divided into teams and enjoyed a knock down, drag out, game show-like competition emceed by EYPN board member Jason Pawlowski. More than 20 new members joined as a result of our membership drive.

New Leadership

10930528_663790847064529_1244879242878038856_nBecause one of our mantras is leadership development, we were happy to see Krisilee Murphy (Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Marketing) elevated to the position of Board Chair and Christina Pearson (United Way of Elgin Office Manager) to the position of Vice Chair of the Elgin Young Professionals Network.

We also welcomed two new board members to the organization in 2015 - Megan Ault and Marissa Garza.

 

 

Something Old…Something New…

We continued to offer valuable professional development and community service opportunities to our members while rolling out progressive new programs and events as well.

11204978_711766162266997_6293313723201230155_nOur May Cash Mob brought more than a dozen motivated Mother’s Day mob shoppers to The Flower Wagon in South Elgin accounting for a record day of sales for this area small business. Also our first Professional Development session in March 2015 at Judson University covered Personal Finance for Young Professionals and was led by Keith Rauschenberger of Rauschenberger Financial Advisors.

13781_695489747227972_5848559768241270615_nWe also unveiled some new, more social opportunities for EYPN members including our Coffee with EYPN events in January and April at Domani Café; our EYPN Brown Bag Summer Lunch Series, which premiered in June at Blue Box Café; EYPN Night at the Movies at Marcus Elgin Cinema in June; and our exclusive EYPN Tweet Night at the Symphony, featuring a wine tasting at Solo Restaurant & Wine Bar followed by an elegant evening of Beethoven paired with social media, all courtesy of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

At Your Service

1907569_677156172394663_1399499874258519008_nEYPN also continues to connect our members to volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations. This year alone our members have already volunteered their time with City of Elgin Special Events’ Elgin Valley Fox Trot, Downtown Neighborhood Association‘s 4th of July Parade, Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau‘s Bikes & Bites on the Fox, City of Elgin and Gail Borden Public Library‘s VolunteerPalooza, and at Food for Greater Elgin.

Image is Everything

ImageAwardsIn March 2015, Elgin Young Professionals Network was honored with an award from the Elgin Image Advisory Commission at the 23rd Annual City of Elgin Image Awards Ceremony. EYPN won recognition in the Organizations/Business category for its community service and professional development efforts in 2014.

Member Kari Christensen was also honored by the YWCA Elgin with a Leader Luncheon Award in the Communications & Technology Category this past May.

And we’re far from done with making our mark in 2015. Among the programs and events we still have to look forward to include:

So, how are we doing?

Here’s to finishing strong in the second half of 2015. Go EYPN!

EYPN Volunteer Night at Food for Greater Elgin

FoodForGreaterElginElgin Young Professionals Network is proud to announce we are now spending the first Thursday of every month volunteering at Food for Greater Elgin, 1553 Commerce Drive in Elgin.

Our August volunteer event takes place on Thursday, August 6 from 5:30-8pm. Volunteers will perform a variety of duties from sorting food donations, organizing aisles, assisting clients with shopping and more.

We will cap each month’s volunteer night at a maximum of 8 volunteers – first come, first serve. EYPN’s volunteer events are open to anyone, whether you’re currently a member or not, so please join us to see first hand the impact we can have on our great community.

If you are planning on attending this month’s Volunteer Night, you can “join” the Facebook event but also please e-mail Elissa Kojzarek at ekojzarek@uwelgin.org by Monday, August 3 to confirm your attendance.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Special Events Marketing Coordinator (PT)

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APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS POSITION

 

 

 

 

POSITION: Special Events Marketing Coordinator (part-time)

ORGANIZATION: City of Elgin

SALARY: $10.00 – $14.00 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 06/26/15

CLOSING DATE: 07/10/15 11:59 PM

GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:

Under the direction of the Special Events Department in the City Manager’s Office, this position will be responsible for developing marketing materials and assisting with administration tasks for a variety of events.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/TYPICAL TASKS:

Assist with administrative duties of special events, such as:
* Assist with designing posters, distributing fliers, writing press releases and developing program forms.
* Manages Special Events website/Facebook pages, create blogs and place ads in all forms of media.
* Create a special events newsletter using Constant Contact
* Assists with permitting festivals, parades and block parties by sending out letters, following up with missing paperwork and setting up meetings.
* Attend Community Engagement Committee meetings, take minutes to distribute to committee members and update the Special Events Monthly Calendar.
* Liaison with City departments, outside agencies, volunteers, and citizens to ensure overall safety and an effective presentation of events.
* Answer and return phone calls and messages.
* Follow and implement City ordinances and regulations.
* Ensure the proper care of City equipment.
* Perform other tasks as assigned.
* Work with businesses and foundations to attain sponsorships for special events. Work closely with sponsors to ensure their marketing needs are met.
* Recruit and assist in the management of volunteers for special events
* Attend and contribute to special events planning meetings as requested

OTHER:

* Experience working with special events and volunteers.
* Must possess strong organizational skills.
* Must possess exceptional interpersonal skills
* Must have strong customer service skills.
* Must have a High School Diploma/GED, with college credit or degree a plus.
* Fluency in the use and application of MS Office Suite and electronic mail systems
* Ability to work weekends and extended hours when necessary.
* Must be physically capable of lifting boxes up to 50 lbs, setting up tables and pop up tents, hanging banners and other similar duties

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Hours:
* 15 hours per week, with potential for additional hours during busy periods.
* Requires working flexible day, evening and weekend hours

Apply online at www.cityofelgin.org.

 

EYPN Member Only Event

1435262521482The event you have been waiting for is finally here…the Member Only Event!

We will be celebrating all of our wonderful members on Thursday, July 16 from 5:30-7:30pm at Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Rd. in Elgin, in the lawn.

All EYPN members will receive a ticket for a complimentary first drink from the EYPN and light appetizers will also be provided by the EYPN Board. (Significant others and spouses are welcome but will not receive a complimentary drink)

We will have bag sets for everyone to play and door prizes you will not want to miss! We also encourage everyone to bring a chair to sit on and if you would like to bring a dessert to share.

Parking is very limited at Plank Road Tap Room so we will announce some more details on carpooling next week.

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page.

This event is rain or shine!

EYPN Brown Bag Lunch at In the Neighborhood Deli

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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 next EYPN Brown Bag Summer Lunch Series event takes place on Friday, July 17 at In the Neighborhood Deli, 185 N. Edison Avenue in Elgin, from 12-1pm. ITN Deli will be offering exclusive discounts on their entire menu for all Brown Bag attendees that day.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page.

We’ve got lunch in the bag for you this summer with EYPN!

June EYPN Monthly Meeting at Danny’s Pizza on Douglas

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting is Tuesday, June 23 at Danny’s Pizza on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin, at 6pm.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Members Only Social Event
  • EYPN Book Club
  • Volunteer Nights at Food for Greater Elgin
  • EYPN Mentor Program Update
  • EYPN Brown Bag Lunch recap
  • EYPN Movie Night recap
  • And more!

This event is also open to anyone interested in joining or learning more about the leadership building and community service opportunities available with EYPN.

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.