Carol Stream Chamber Newsletter
November 2006

in this issue....

Getting Through It

Monthly Luncheon - November 8th

Networking....AFTER HOURS....

Multi-Chamber Progressive Luncheon

After Hours Recap

Holiday Comedy Social.... Coming Up!

TIDBITS ... ... ...


Getting Through It


David Oreck knows. He also knows that disasters are a surefire test that reveal what companies are made of.

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast of the United States, it also hit Oreck's renowned vacuum cleaner company -- both the manufacturing site in Long Beach, MS and the headquarters in New Orleans.

A day after the hurricane, Oreck assembled members of his executive team for damage assessment and crisis management. The report wasn't good. Just about everyone in the company was homeless thanks to Katrina.

But without knowing what the next move should be, Oreck and his team decided that their first priority was to act in the best interest of the only thing left of the company: the employees.

The team relocated about 150 employees to Texas, so they could get the administrative side of the business operating again. Meanwhile, they had generators, fuel, and trailers delivered to the Mississippi plant site where temporary housing was set up for workers. By meeting the basic needs of their staff, the team aimed to slowly but steadily bring Oreck's business back to an operational level. Employees received everything from food to counseling and medical care from their management team.

When word spread that the company was back in business -- the first in New Orleans to do so -- hundreds of Oreck employees made their way back to their jobs and some semblance of a life. Since then, the company has helped find permanent housing for many of those who returned.

David Oreck knows that his company wouldn't be in business today were it not for the loyalty and dedication of his workers. His bottom line is those hundreds of men and women.
-Adapted from Succeed On Your Own Terms Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney / McGraw-Hill

View Upcoming Events, such as the Feb '07 Business Disaster Planning luncheon....


In between our quarterly mailed newsletters, we like to keep our members updated on the monthly events. Fire up the palm pilots, open Outlook or take out your planner and mark down these dates. These events are great opportunities to network, build relationships, thus building your business. Join us!

  • Monthly Luncheon - November 8th
  • Our November luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday, November 8th. Join us as Brian Eisenmenger of Eisenmenger & Companies presents "Nine Lies Holding Back Your Business".

    Those in attendance will have a chance to be picked as "Featured Business of the Month".

    Cost is $20 for members who RSVP before November 7th 5pm or $25 for visitors or walk- ins.

    On the menu is:

    • Minestrone Soup
    • Assorted Rolls
    • Cheese Lasagna
    • Steamed Broccoli
    • Warm Chocolate Ooze Cake/Vanilla Ice Cream

    Let us save YOU a spot at this networking event!

    Email your RSVP today...
  • Networking....AFTER HOURS....
  • Networking, food, drinks AND games are on the docket for the November After Hours held at WDSRA (Western DuPage Special Recreation Association). The delicious food (and drinks) will be by none other than the famous Foxfire Restaurant in Geneva.

    Why games? Why not?! That's what WDSRA is about - - RECREATION! They provide recreational and leisure programs for adults and children with disabilities. Nice people, great opportunity to network and enjoy yourself AND some food and drinks. Oh, one more PLUS -- it's free!!!! See you there!!

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  • Multi-Chamber Progressive Luncheon
  • They came in droves to meet each other and network at the Progressive Luncheon on October 26th. Bloomingdale Golf Club was the location for this successful event with five chambers gathering -- Addison, Bloomingdale, Itasca, Glendale Heights and Carol Stream.

    We would like to thank the other chambers and Don at Bloomingdale Golf Club for helping us make this possible.

    View a list of all attendees.. .. ..
  • After Hours Recap
  • What a great tailgate party we had at Hampton Inn on October 19th!

    Lori McElwee, Carol Mitchell and staff got that extra point for the Bears football theme. They power- partnered with Cody's and provided delicious food for the 34 members and visitors in attendance. It was all about networking as the attendees made their way around the tables. Thanks, Hampton Inn, for the great event!

    Here is the list of those who networked: Lori Demos ~ Affordable Health & Life, Peter Demos ~ Affordable Health & Life, Anne Marie Davidson ~ Assisted Living Referrals, Darrel Malcom ~ Brust Funeral Home, Luanne Triolo ~ Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce, Jo Ellen Gisler ~ Charles Rutenberg Realty, Martin Gisler ~ Charles Rutenberg Realty, Angela ~ Cody's, Mary Ahart ~ Cody's Food and Fun on Main, Edward Zuniga ~ Community Auto Body, Inc., JoAnn Larsen ~ Different Drummer, Mike Ashby ~ DuPage County Farm Bureau, Brian Poole ~ ERC Delivery Service, Vin Clements ~ ERC Delivery Service, Ern Kovacs ~ FASTSIGNS, Kammie Dove ~ GCG, Liliya Katerinitch ~ Hampton Inn, Carol Mitchell ~ Hampton Inn-Carol Stream, Lori A. McElwee ~ Hampton Inn-Carol Stream, Chad Schultenover ~ Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Debbie Zweibruck ~ Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Cindy Cain ~ The IRA Store, Rosalie Hanzel ~ Keller Williams Realty, Linda Keen ~ Massage Clinique, Inc., June Losavio ~ Old Country Buffet, Michele Saxman ~ Rapid Rentals & Sales, Inc., Joe Mistrata ~ Residential Electric Services Inc., Frank Saverino ~ Saverino & Associates, Inc., Jim Hodgdon ~ The HBC Group, Christie Ruffino ~ Total Staffing Solutions, Inc., Matt Steinbach ~ Wagner Systems Inc, Debra Foley ~ Wings of Roselle, Tamara J Riley ~ World Ventures, Kevin Hopkins ~ World Ventures.

  • Holiday Comedy Social.... Coming Up!
  • The Holiday season will soon be upon us and we don't want you to miss a night of networking, socializing and enjoying a comedian!

    We hope you will plan to spend Friday, December 1st with your friends of the Carol Stream Chamber at the Holiday Comedy Social at the Holiday Inn from 5:30-9:00pm.

    Butler-served appetizers will circulate around the room as members gather to wish each other holiday cheer. Comedian, Mike Ostrowski will supply the comic relief and the Silent Auction will be stunning. It will be a Night of Ten Thousand Lights so don't miss it!

    We hope you will support the organizations this event will benefit: Christmas Sharing and Outreach Community Center. Please consider donating an item or two for the Silent Auction. If you bring an item (value $25 or more) to the November 8th luncheon, receive $5 off your lunch. Limit one per chamber member.

    Watch your mailbox and our website for more details. See you on December 1st!

    Carol Stream Chamber Holiday Comedy Social.. ..
  • TIDBITS ... ... ...
  • ... ... ...Congratulations to Our Savior Lutheran Church on celebrating their 25th anniversary!! ... ... ... Christmas trees at Barn Owl may arrive by Thanksgiving. Plan ahead... ... ...Congrats to Sign*A*Rama on 15 years!... ... ... Don't forget to exercise your RIGHT TO VOTE on Tuesday, November 7th... ... ...Congratulations to Indian Lakes Resort who is celebrating 20 years!... ... ...Western DuPage Special Recreation Assn. is celebrating 30 years and holding a special event at Indian Lakes on Sun., Nov 5th 5-8pm... ... ... If you haven't already, please consider putting a LINK on your website to the Carol Stream Chamber site. Email us and ask for our PROUD MEMBER logo or go on our site on the JOIN page to find it, right-click it and save it for posting... ... ...Trivia: The average person receives 371 emails per week... ... ...Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!!

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