The new president of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce said “value” was the byword of the new officers and board. The Chambers newly elected president Dan Mennemeyer said at its 91st annual meeting that the Chamber board and its new executive director would continually examine the question, “Are we providing enough value to our members?” He noted new leadership in many parts of the community – at the City, at Northwestern University and at the Chamber itself, where Eve Doi replaces Jonathan Perman as executive director. Giving a nod to Evanston’s noted community activism and engagement, he said, “We are a civic-minded people. We email, we moan, we blog,” all of which will keep the City moving forward.
Mr. Mennemeyer recognized new board members Matt Johnson, David Kane, Dick Peach, Cindy Rawlings, Herbert Rivero, Jim Schermerhorn, Karen Singer, Ingrid Stafford and Matt Switzer and board treasurer Joe Liss.
“I tried not to have any plastic bags, and I got rid of my ‘Tilted Kilt’ sticker when I came,” Ms. Doi joked when Mr. Mennemeyer introduced her.
Awards of the evening went to Sara Schastok, president and CEO of Evanston Community Foundation; Frank Muns and Kyle Kurz of Allegra Design, Print and Signs; and Bill Geiger, president and CEO of the McGaw Y.
Ms. Schastok received the Brown Kaplan + Liss Community Leadership award. In honoring her, the Chamber said, “Thanks to Ms. Schastok’s efforts, ECF has identified community priorities such as early childhood education, workforce training and development… Her leadership has also led to … providing grants to Evanston non-profits [and] growing ECF’s endowments from $3 million to $14 million.”
Mr. Muns and Mr. Kurz received the North Shore Community Bank & Trust Small Businessperson of the Year Award. “Allegra does their part to support the Evanston community. Since 2006, they have awarded $10,000 in printing services annually to various non-profits and community groups … [T]he company is running leaner and green these days, eliminating the use of film and harsh processing chemicals in print production.”
Mr. Geiger received the NorthShore University HealthSystems Public Service/Nonprofit Person of the Year Award. His “guidance has fostered unprecedented growth and development. He has expand[ed] recreational, residential and educational programs .. and has rallied a strong corps of volunteers and supporters,” the Chamber said in honoring him.