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FEBRUARY

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Garden Center Services

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The View From My Chair A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sunny and Gerry

INSIDE THIS ISSUE THE VIEW FROM MY CHAIR Page 1

Boy, you talk about your winter blues! The cold and snow we’ve already experienced the past couple of months has at times made the delivery of our services more difficult. The largest effect has been on transportation, but the extreme temperatures have also been a lot for some of our heating systems to handle. On the days of sub-zero temperatures we’ve closed our day programs as to not risk any exposure of our consumers to the bone chilling and hazardous conditions.

FLOWERSHOW BENEFIT Page 2 BOARD CANDIDATES Page 3 AROUND GCS Page 4

I truly want to express my gratitude to all the staff that struggled with the roads and weather to provide care for the individuals we support. A huge thank you to our two-person

maintenance staff, Brian Fraider and Will Batistella, that spent many hours in frigid conditions clearing snow at our multiple sites. Their task was made much more difficult by the fact that our Ford pickup, with the plow attached, was stolen a couple of weeks ago from the lot behind the State street building. I also appreciate the understanding and support of the families regarding the altering of the schedule due to the inclement weather.

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” Thomas Merton Even with the crazy weather I think it’s very appropriate that the picture on the front of this month’s newsletter is of me and the agency’s mascot, Sunny. And that’s because as you look through this month’s edition, I hope the articles, pictures, and calendar warm your heart as you read about all the tremendous activities happening at Garden Center

Services. I’m very pleased and excited about the car raffle, the spot at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Saturday’s open house at the Blossom Boys, and our new relationship with the HARDBOILED Coffee Company. You’ll also see information about the three candidates for the two vacant Board positions that will be determined at the February 20th membership meeting. The work and contribution of our Board of Directors is vitally important to the future direction and presence of our agency. Next week, ballots will be mailed out to those families that have met the criteria to participate in the annual election process. Please provide your input in these very vital decisions. In closing, I’d to share a quote celebrating Valentine’s Day. “Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” Thomas Merton Peace,


GARDEN CENTER NEWS 2014 CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW’S OPENING GALA TO BENEFIT GCS! Garden Center Services was recently chosen by the Chicago Flower and Garden Show as one of the organizations to benefit from the show’s opening gala and preview event. The Evening in Bloom event provides an exclusive first look at the show and its exhibits to gala attendees while they enjoy amazing food and drink created by some of Chicago’s best chefs. The 2014 Evening in Bloom is scheduled for Friday, March 15th. We are honored to be included in this select group of charities. Garden Center’s, Garden Gallery & Studio will also have a booth at the show to sell our hand-painted silk scarves, garden-themed totes and jewelry. Tickets for the gala event will go on sale in the coming weeks on the Flowershow’s website. You will be asked to choose Garden Center as your charity of choice when you purchase your ticket. We hope you will attend this amazing event to show your support for Garden Center Services.

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GCS has partnered with Hardboiled Coffee Company to bring our coffee production closer to home and increase the opportunities available to individuals who want to participate. Hardboiled Coffee opened in February last year in the Beverly neighborhood. Owner, Gregg Wilson is working with us to create amazing coffee blends for our customers that will be even better than those they already love from GC Roast. Individuals GCS supports will be working at Hardboiled a few hours each week to prepare our orders, ensuring that each order is roasted to perfection and delivered fresh to our customers. We look forward to our new level of involvement in the production of GC Roast and our new partnership with Gregg and the folks at Hardboiled Coffee Company.

Steven and Katie check out Hardboiled’s roasting area

Hardboiled’s coffee beans come from a family-run, fair-trade and eco-friendly farm in Honduras Our first bags of coffee made with our friends at Hardboiled will be available at the Blossom Boys Open House on February 1st. See the article below for more information on this event.

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Garden Gallery’s artisan training program is joining a small group of Illinois artists featured in an Open House at The Blossom Boys in Chicago. The event will feature Garden Center artists’ hand-painted silk scarves and jewelry. Other Illinois artists featured in the event include Gabriel John Candles, Dale Vanderbloomen’s beautiful handcrafted wood pieces, Cards with Presence, Beatific Beads bracelets, The Spice of Life’s glass angels, and Penny Paine Nichols’ gorgeous quiltwork. The Blossom Boys Open House Saturday, February 1st 1pm to 4pm 9911 South Walden Parkway Chicago, IL

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We hope you will be able to come out to show your support for Garden Center/ Garden Gallery and your appreciation to The Blossom Boys who sell our artists’ products in their store.

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Meet Your New Board Member Candidates Garden Center’s Board of Director’s election will be held at our February Membership Meeting on Thursday, February 20th at our State Street location. We will be electing two new members to the board. Below is information about our three candidates. Mary Beth Herr Mary Beth has been a strong corporate supporter of Garden Center Services. Through her business, Coyle and Herr, a high-end consignment/interior design store in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, Mary Beth has been a sponsor for a number of Garden Center special events. Mary Beth also frequently attends GCS events and provides strong financial support. Additionally, Mary Beth was instrumental in assisting the Garden Gallery & Studio with establishing its retail display space for the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Mary Beth secured several beautiful furniture pieces from her store for use in the display and assisted Gallery staff in creating a top-of the-line retail space. Mary Beth has also donated numerous furniture and display pieces to both the Garden Center Services’ residential program and the Garden Gallery & Studio. Mary Beth is a resident of Oak Park, Illinois. In addition to co-owning Coyle and Herr, Mary Beth is a licensed architect and previously served on Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Mick Houston Mick Houston concentrates his practice in the area of personal, business, and retirement planning. He has been a personal financial planner for over 39 years. Mick is an affiliated Registered Investment Advisor and a licensed insurance representative. He has a degree from the University of Illinois in finance and business administration and is working toward his masters in financial planning. Mick is a former diplomat for the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce and is a former president of his local business group. He is an active member in a number of associations including the Financial Planning Association. Mick has two daughters and resides in St. John, Indiana. He has dedicated his career to the financial service industry and to serving the needs of his community and its people with integrity and innovation.

George Sterba George and his wife Algi have been active Garden Center Services’ parents, since their son, Richie, began attending Garden Center in 2005. George has continuously assisted in making Garden Center Services’ special events financially successful. When Garden Center’s Walk-a-Thon began, George and Algi worked with their Harley Davidson group to provide and prepare all of the food for the event. This year, George secured sponsors and a large number of donors for the Walk-a-thon, while also helping with the post-walk barbecue. Additionally, he secured Local Union 705, as a top level corporate sponsor for the 2013 Fashion Show and secured a number of other advertisers and basket raffle donors as well. George and Algi, long-standing residents of Burbank, have consistently encouraged their large circle of friends to support Garden Center Services even getting a large group together to staff the intersection at 111th and Harlem for the last Tootsie Roll drive. They and several of their friends can be found at most Garden Center events.

Mark your calendar...

February 2014 Sunday

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Tinley Park Irish Parade

March 15th 23rd

Chicago Flower and Garden Show

GCS Potting Party

June 7th

Super Sunny 5k and Walk ’n Roll-a-Thon

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Second Chance Super Sale 12pm to 4pm

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Washington’s Birthday Presidents’ Day

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First Friday at the Gallery 7pm to 9pm

Groundhog Day

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April 4th

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Blossom Boys Open House 1pm to 4pm

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March 9th

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13 GCS Sweetheart Dance at State 7pm to 9pm

20 Membership Meeting & Board Election at State 7pm

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Growing dignity and independence 8333 S. Austin Ave. Burbank, IL 60459 10444 S. Kedzie Chicago, IL 60655 phone 773-941-4151 email info@gardencenterservices.org web www.GardenCenterServices.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Daniel Wenzler

1st Vice President

Jenny Wojcik

2nd Vice President

Doug Combs

Treasurer

R. Pat Ballis

Secretary

Annmarie Caulfield

Members:

Sharon Duncan

Elvis concert at Stony Creek in Oak Lawn Jamie and K en drop off clothes at Elam Davies Social Servi ces

Scott Hardek John J. Kunkes Sean O’Shea Linda Sherwood

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Tickets for GCS’s Fiat 500 Convertible Raffle are on sale NOW!

OUR MISSION Garden Center Services is committed to supporting and empowering persons with developmental disabilities through innovative and person-centered services. Our commitment to the excellence of our programs is surpassed only by our devotion to the people we serve and the communities in which they live.

Buy yours today at GCS’s State Street Building, Garden Gallery & Studio OR on our website. The drawing will be held at the Super Sunny 5k and Walk ‘n Roll-a-Thon on Saturday, June 7th

Membership Meeting

& BOARD ELECTION

February 20th 7pm

at the State Street Building See page three to learn about the candidates

GCS earns more this month when you give your valentine a gift ordered through iGive! If you haven’t signed up for iGive, now is the perfect time! Just visit www.igive.com and choose Garden Center Services as your charity of choice. You’ll instantly start earning money for GCS every time you shop at the over 1300 stores registered with iGive. Join today & help GCS with every online valentine purchase you make!


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