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Sebesta: Finding a new leader gives Crystal Lake Chamber new opportunity

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 5:00 a.m. CDT

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As I look out the window and see piles of snow everywhere, I can’t help but think, or maybe hope, that spring is just around the corner. In a few weeks’ time, this winter of 2014 will be a memory, and we will once again be greeted by the spring rejuvenation that promises renewal every year.

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce also is bearing down on rejuvenation. While change is often difficult and sometimes downright scary, we actually have been handed a wonderful opportunity to plot a new course to bring our chamber to an even higher level of accomplishment and success.  

We owe Gary Reece two debts of gratitude. One is for the outstanding job he did for the past seven years. He was a tireless advocate for our businesses and our community. He took a good chamber and brought it to the next level. The second debt is Gary’s perception and understanding that it was time to hand the reins to someone else. What Gary has given to this chamber is the opportunity to see our organization through a fresh pair of eyes and once again take things to the next level.  

Right now, right here, we have that opportunity to set the course for the next seven to 10 years for our organization. It starts with the search committee and the pool of applicants being reviewed and sorted through. It moves on to making the selection of the individual who will head up and be the face of the Crystal Lake Chamber, our chamber, for the next decade. But, in reality, the success, growth and positive impact this chamber can have on our community is entirely dependent upon each and every one of our members. 

It is up to each member to commit themselves to doing the work, to contribute to the group effort, to raise the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce to an even higher plain. Do not get so focused on the everyday tasks that you lose sight of the big picture. Take the time to step back and get a clearer focus on what is necessary to make your business and personal lives better.

Take that same process and apply it to what the chamber means to you, your fellow chamber members and our community and make the commitment to be a positive influence as we move to this next chapter in the ever-changing life of our chamber.

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Join us from noon to 1 p.m. March 4 for Women Building Working Relationships. Bring your lunch and ideas. This month’s topic is “The Power of Girls.”

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From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14, join us at The Pointe, 5650 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, for a Governmental Affairs Luncheon with state Sens. Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay and state Rep. Mike Tryon. 

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Please welcome our newest members: Brilliance Honda, Bourbon Country, Impression Sign Studio, Island Groove Tan, Koenig & Strey Real Living, OSM Auto Repair, Schwan’s Home Service, Suran Built and Vantiv.

• Jack Sebesta is chairman of the Crystal Lake Chamber Ambassadors and superintendent of recreation for the Crystal Lake Park District.

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