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Perspective....A View from a Westside Neighborhood

Robert Esmond - quiet neighbor to transformative neighbor
November 20, 2017 | 11:30 AM CST

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November 2017 RNPW Newsletter Print

President's Message

November is upon us. I love the way the season of Thanksgiving forces me to slow down and remember to practice intentional gratitude. Author John Ortberg wrote, “Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It opens us up to wonder, delight, and humility. It makes our hearts generous. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” 
Perhaps like me, you have the tendency to hit the floor running in the morning, eat on the run, drive fast, work hard, multi-task, fill up your days, and crash at night… sometimes without pausing to reflect on all the gifts given to me throughout the day. Lately, I’ve been trying to slow down, eliminate hurry, pause a bit more, and realize how much I have to be thankful for… a hot shower, my morning coffee, a roof over my head, a car that runs, a job I love, a beautiful sunset… And as I take time to notice, remember and express gratitude, I have found the quote above to be so true – gratitude makes my heart more generous toward others. I am more patient. I share my stuff. I give others the benefit of the doubt. I bless them instead of curse them. I want what’s best for them. 
I witnessed such a vivid illustration of this when I was working with vulnerable children in Africa. In a remote Zambian village, our team was assessing the situation of the local children. Most lived with a grandparent who might sell vegetables or some other goods along the road; they had little food or clothes, and our team was working to empower the locals to provide for these basic needs as well as education. At the conclusion of each assessment, we gave the children a snack size bag of skittles, a treat they rarely, if ever, received. I watched as one little girl held out her hand to receive the candy, her eyes shining at the small red bag with the rainbow. She smiled and ran outside, where I watched her tear open the bag and begin to give the skittles away one by one to all of her friends who encircled her. She ate one Skittle. And she giggled with delight and jumped up and down with all of her friends with whom she had shared her treasure. That moment still lives in my memory. A little girl so grateful for a gift she had been given that she turned around and gave almost all of it away. And she was happy.
It is my hope this month (and every month!) that you and I realize the precious gifts we’ve been given this November and not only express thanks but become more generous people as a result. If you want to be inspired by one such person, you won’t want to miss this month’s meeting. We will hear from Bob Esmond, one man who gave thanks for what he had and then generously began giving and serving his west-side neighborhood, resulting in nothing short of a transformation. It’s a remarkable story of the difference one grateful soul can make.
Gandhi said, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” I think being that change starts from a grateful heart. May each of you have a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with gifts that open you up to wonder and delight in such as way that you make the world a better place.

Tiffany Staman



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Welcome New Members


Victoria Benson, Costume Manager
Rock Valley College - Starlight Theatre

Debra Bly, Owner
Deb's Inviting Interiors

Janet Fischer, Corporate Support Rep
Northern Public Radio

Vickie Fogel,  President/Founder
MasterPlan Events

Nicole Taylor, Freelance Artist
Nicole's Abstracts LLC

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Member News

CEANCI assists with National Manufacturing Day

On Thursday, October 12th nearly 400 students from across the region were able to take part in the National Manufacturing Day, as manufacturers across the Rockford Region oepned their doors. This was a celebration of the trades in giving the younger generation a chance to see what their jobs and businesses were all about.

This event is coordinated by many committee members including  the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, The Rockford Area Econonomic Development Council, CEANCI and Rock Valley College.  Students toured facilities, observed demonstrations and asked questions about potential careers, education and training opportunities. 

On behalf of CEANCI, Beth Mead, Community Outreach Coordinator would like to thank the many businesses, school administrators and volunteers for their part in providing this opportunity for students. 


Green for the Seasons - The Landscape Connection

Join us for a FUN Interactive Workshop welcoming in the Green of the Seasons, while we talk about the personal greens of INVESTING.

Jen Reisinger will be presenting "Rules of the Road" in a casual, fun atmosphere.

Michelle Cox from The Landscape Connection will teach us how to create a Fantastic Winter Pot with greens and nature.

Bring a friend and receive a gift!

You won't want to miss this fun workshop!

Saturday, November 18th

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Landscape Connection

4472 S Mulford Rd

Rockford, IL  61109


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Website Tips and Tricks

Take a Moment to Add your Image to your Member Profile

-- Login to the "Member Area" of the RNPW website.
-- Click Member Information Editor (located on the left menu)
-- View the contact fields and update with correct information.  
-- Be sure to click "Save" after each section.
-- Add a second email and phone that is personal (you can choose to hide from member directory, but a secondary method of contact that is not business related is helpful for the Membership Chair in case a member changes jobs and work info becomes invalid).
-- Be sure to click "Save".
-- Email with any help needed.
-- Upload your image.  Click "Save".


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Member Spotlight

Bonnie Bloomquist

Business Development & Marketing

2HB Human Resources & Benefits Solutions

RNPW:  Tell us about your business and what role you play in its success. 

BB:  2HB Human Resources & Benefits Solutions is a full service human resources outsourcing company dedicated to providing customized HR solutions to our clients.  We specialize in providing clients with the resources to help them better manage their HR function.  From staffing, assistance with special projects, interim HR needs as an alternative to a “full-time” HR staff, our highly-experienced team of HR professionals can efficiently assess your organization’s needs and provide customized solutions with a personal touch.

My role is Business Development and Marketing


RNPW:  What are the other things outside of work that bring you joy?

BB:  I love spending time with my family, having company over all the time, all things active and outdoors and 4-wheeling.


RNPW:  What things do you like best about RNPW?

BB:  I absolutely love that it’s all women and you really focus on a warm, friendly culture and climate here for all women both professionally and personally.


RNPW:  What one thing do you like best about Rockford?

BB:  Rockford has so much to offer!  As an outsider, people here don’t even realize or take for granted all that Rockford has.  They have the most amazing Park district like none that I’ve ever seen.  Rockford has all the attractions a city could want including semi-pro teams, the Coronado, the museums, the BMO Harris Center and so much more!

RNPW:  What would you say to others who are considering joining?

BB:  I would highly recommend everyone to join!  It’s a warm and friendly, non-intimidating place to network with the atmosphere that has been created here.


RNPW:  Do you have a favorite quote or saying that you would like to share?

BB:  Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will lead your path straight. Proverbs 3:5


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To find inspiration, one need look no further than our speaker in October:  Charlotte Hackin.  At 97 years young, she's an every day, living and breathing testament to inspiration.  If you made the meeting and heard her speak, good for you.  If not, don't miss an opportunity to read her book Stay Young to 100 which has such good life advice.  If I'm lucky enough to live to 100, I hope I remember (or at least remind myself) of her inspiring message.  Sue Snyder 

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Calendar of Events

Perspective....A View from a Westside Neighborhood

November 20, 2017
11:30 AM CST - 1:00 PM CST

Forest Hills Country Club
5135 Forest Hills Road
Rockford , IL 61107
Venue website

Robert Esmond - quiet neighbor to transformative neighbor






Annual Holiday Party - Tuesday, December 5

5:00 to 7:00 PM

More details to follow........




REMINDER:  Walk in rates for the regular luncheon meetings will rise effective with the November meeting from $20 to $23.  This is being done to encourage registrations to help in better planning and meal preparation.

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