Getting Through It
WHAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE OF ANY COMPANY?
View Upcoming Events, such as the Feb '07 Business Disaster Planning luncheon....
David Oreck knows. He also knows that disasters are
a surefire test that reveal what companies are made
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
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
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.
Succeed On Your Own Terms Herb Greenberg
and Patrick Sweeney / McGraw-Hill
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
Eisenmenger of Eisenmenger & Companies
presents "Nine Lies Holding Back Your
Those in attendance will have a
chance to be picked as "Featured Business of the
Cost is $20 for members who RSVP
before November 7th 5pm or $25 for visitors or walk-
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
||Email your RSVP today...
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
We would like to thank the other chambers and Don
at Bloomingdale Golf Club for helping us make this
||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
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
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!
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 ... ... ...
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Thanksgiving to you and your families!!