A Mere Thank You is Not Enough
Eskimos have fifty words that mean snow. The English language needs that many to say thank you. The Board of Directors of the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce volunteers their ideas, time, and resources to tirelessly support the Chamber, the local business community and those who live here. They embody the Chamber mission that states those who live here and work here, should thrive.
As 2022 comes to a close, we would like to acknowledge the Directors and Officers who are leaving the Board to make room for new Board members.
Kimberly Augustin, Kale Realty, Board Director. Kimberly joined our Board of Directors six years ago and has been integral in leading the Governance Committee and developing our Diversity Statement. Kimberly, thank you for your extraordinary work to set organizational policies in place and help us to lead the way in having a more diverse Board of Directors.
Pamela Dass, Forest Park Bank, Board Treasurer. Pam joined the Board in January of 2020 and shepherded the finances of the organization through the pandemic. Pam, we are thankful for your clear thinking and tireless hard work.
Heidi Ruehle, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, Board Secretary. Heidi has served on the Chamber Board of Directors since 2019 and has been a voice for the non-profits in our community. She graciously hosted the Chamber Annual Meeting at our very own World Heritage Site - Unity Temple. Thank you, Heidi, for sharing this remarkable building with our membership.
Dr. Mary Ann Bender, DPM, Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, Board Past President. Dr. Bender is an relentless advocate for all things small business in this community and that infused every minute of her eight years on the Chamber Board. She chaired the Health & Wellness Fair three times and was a co-chair of the Economic Luncheon. In 2016, she was chosen as the Chamber Ambassador of the Year and Best Customer Service Spotlight Award. Dr. Bender was our Board Vice President for one year before taking on the role of Board President in January, 2020. She tirelessly navigated the unending adjustments, developments and ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines with the grit and grace of a tenured professional. Dr. Bender spent her last year on the Chamber Board as the Past President and co-chaired the Governance Committee helping to choose incoming Board members. Her patience and clever wit will be missed at monthly Board meetings. Dr. Bender, you are welcome to join us any time you miss the action!
How does one offer sincere gratitude and appreciation for a job well done when there are no written words that properly express that sentiment. It is comforting to know we will still be blessed with the company of these outstanding accomplished women at all of the Chamber programs and events. Thank you again for all you do and enjoy your new free time!
Please stay tuned to meet your new 2023 Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors!