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including what head coach Dan Hartman believes will be the Summer is winding down for most as August rolls in, but for key factor in achieving success this year. The home opener is the Hinsdale 12U All-Star squad, it’s just been heating up on Friday night, Sept. 1 against Willowbrook High School, in recent weeks. Last month, Hinsdale defeated Naperville starting at 7:30 p.m. I hope to see you there. Continental twice at Peirce Park to clinch the Division 11 championship, and a week later, continued its momentum A few years back, in June 2013, some of our longtime in taking down La Grange, 10-4, to win the Section 2 title readers might recall when we gave you an exclusive look and qualify for the state tournament. Just two summers ago, inside Hinsdale Golf Club, sharing the proud history and many of the same players that make tradition that has made the club such up this roster were part of a 10U state a prominent feature in our community. championship team, which we reported In this month’s “club tour,” we give you on back in 2015. Now the prize for a peek into Butterfield Country Club, which Hinsdale is competing stretches which has lately renovated both its beyond the state level, as if the team golf course and clubhouse. You will see 2017 HINSDALE CENTRAL prevails at the state tournament (held that Butterfield is not just debuting a FOOTBALL PREVIEW Plus downstate in Olney from July 27 to 31), picturesque clubhouse, but is also being it would proceed to the Great Lakes recognized by major golf periodicals Regional tournament in Westfield, Ind., for featuring one of the premier golf from Aug. 6 to 12. And if Hinsdale were courses in Illinois. to win that tourney--we might be getting In this month’s community scene just a little bit ahead of ourselves--, it’s pages, you will enjoy photos of your off to the Little League World Series in friends and neighbors from the Williamsport, Pa. Regardless of their Hinsdale Fourth of July Parade, Taste PRO BONO NETWORK VOLUNTEER LAWYER AND HINSDALE RESIDENT final outcome and destination, we are of Oak Brook, Dancin’ in the Street in all very proud of these kids and the way Clarendon Hills and Oak Brook Polo. they have represented Hinsdale Little If you’re looking for some fun activities League through the years. in the community this month, Dancin’ in the Street (Wednesday nights, On our cover this month is Julie 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., in downtown Clarendon Hills) has been Renehan, a Hinsdale resident and attorney who has extended to Aug. 9); Uniquely Thursdays (Thursday nights, represented mothers behind bars as part of the Pro Bono 6 to 9 p.m., in Burlington Park) will run in Hinsdale through Network. Through Renehan’s sit-down interview with our Aug. 17; and Concerts on the Green (Friday nights, 7 to 8:30 newest contributing writer Rosie Conway, you will learn how p.m., at Burr Ridge Village Center) continues in the heart of this Hinsdale resident has generously offered her legal skills Burr Ridge through Aug. 25. for the benefit of others. Each August for the past few years, we have been As always, we encourage you to connect with us online bringing you a Hinsdale Central football preview, as the at Hinsdale60521.com or on social media through our Red Devils prepare to kick off another exciting fall season at Facebook page and Twitter account. Share your story ideas the end of this month. Contributing editor Mike Ellis tells at news@hinsdale60521.com. you everything you need to know about the 2017 vintage, SERVING HINSDALE, BURR RIDGE, CLARENDON HILLS & OAK BROOK









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To Do List 8/3 - 6

Register for TCH’s annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament. thecommunityhouse.org


Chicago Air & Water Show Features daredevil pilots, boat jumping and much more. cityofchicago.org

Tropical Rock Party New Orleans theme at Pheasant Run. summerchi-ill.com

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Uniquely Thursdays Join us in Burlington Park. hinsdalechamber.com/events

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Family Football Festival Includes activities and live music outside Soldier Field. chicagobears.com/events


Dog Days Featuring a pet play area, high-flying, disc-catching dogs, vendors and more. cantigny.org

8/5 - 9/4

Bristol Renaissance Faire Watch knights joust, shop an artisan market, and attend shows in “16thcentury England” (i.e. Kenosha, Wisc.) renfair.com/bristol

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Oak Brook Polo Buy tickets to this timeless sport today. oakbrookpoloclub.com


Chicago Bears Training Camp Watch some football, and hopefully meet some players. thecommunityhouse.org

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8/10 -13

The Wedding Singer Tickets are now on sale. stagedoorfinearts.com

8/11 -13

Beatles Festival Beatles marketplace, guest speakers, look-alike contest, games and exhibits at Hyatt Regency O’Hare. thefest.com


French Picnic Under the Stars Enjoy a French-themed picnic (available for pre-purchase), live music by Chicago Jazz and Co., and stargazing. cantigny.org


One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody Hilarious tribute to the

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Kite Festival Make a kite in a workshop, and watch stunt kites perform to music. chicagobotanic.org

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Veggie Fest Features a food court, kids’ activities, demos, exhibits, speakers and music. veggiefestchicago.com

8/12 & 19

Movies on the Green at Oakbrook Center Outdoor summer movie series returns from 7 to 9 p.m. oakbrookcenter.com


3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Fine Art Festival Features art, artists in action, and music in Oak Brook. amdurproductions.com/fineart-festival-oakbrook-centerartist-info


Master Gardeners This lecture will take place on grains grown in the 1852 home garden. grauemill.org

8/25 & 26

Journey on the Underground Railroad Experience what it was like to be a passenger. grauemill.org

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Zoo Brew Enjoy 60 craft beers, live music, a silent auction and animals (for ages 21 and up). czs.org/ZooBrew

8/25 & 26

Naperville Wine Festival Savor your free time with wine, food, music and friends. napervillewinefestival.com

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SENSATION For the past four years, Butterfield Country Club has completed various growth projects to enhance its aesthetics in preparation for the centennial celebration in 2020. by Rosie Conway | Photography by Marco Nunez

n 2020, Butterfield Country Club (BCC) will be celebrating 100 years as a premier country club in the western suburbs of Chicago. Nestled off of Midwest Road in Oak Brook, the 27-hole state-of-the-art golf course and social campus facility has been undergoing various growth projects in preparation for the upcoming celebration. The latest clubhouse renovation, the first of a two-phase project, was completed in May, and has been admired by everyone from visiting guests to longtime members. “We started in 2010 with an entire golf course renovation, which allowed the course to be recognized by Golfweek as one of the top 100 Classic Courses in America,” said Scott Azinger, general manager at Butterfield. “In 2013, we renovated the golf shop, added a new paddle tennis facility and lodge, and followed up with a new pool snack bar, tennis shop, and fitness and indoor golf facilities. Most of the families that have joined here since we started these projects have been young families with three or four kids, so we wanted the renovations to reflect the new, young members, yet blend with the traditional, long-established memberships.” The clubhouse was originally built in 1920, but has been expanded in all directions to its current size of more than 80,000 square feet. The last remodel was completed in 2002. Butterfield hired BSB Design as its architect and Looney and Associates to decorate. The firms collaborated Continued on the next page The newly-renovated library at Butterfield Country Club Hinsdale Magazine, Inc. | hinsdale60521.com


with BCC, creating beautiful spaces that honored the original integrity of the traditional designs, while blending transitional color palettes and furniture throughout the club. Upon arriving at the clubhouse, the first thing one notices is the complete restructuring of the vestibule entryway. The new “store-front” look boasts all new windows, lighter doors, a new chandelier and a customized floor-mat bearing Butterfield’s logo. The design team expanded the vestibule by three feet, ensuring more space for guests when they arrive. “The old vestibule was very tight and dark,” Azinger said. “So this opens it up, and makes it much lighter.” To the left upon entry is a brand-new waiting area. Transitional furniture and decorative art adorn the 360 square-foot room, which creates an inviting, warm and timeless feel. “We needed more balance in the lobby, so we pushed back the reception desk 15 feet, and added a waiting room


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with more soft seating, which is a good space for overflow when waiting for guests to arrive,” Azinger said. The lobby area, which now has rich wood tones and warm neutral colors like espresso and caramel, leads directly to the library, which has also been completely renovated. The former library had seven openings, but three have been closed off. “We wanted the library to be more private and not like part of the lobby,” Azinger said. “For private parties, it feels like it’s your own space.” The library is also used to house dessert stations during Butterfield events. The effect of the jade, paprika and butterscotch tones is a relaxed and bespoke atmosphere. To the right upon entry is the Grill Room, so named for casual family dining. The renovation sought to create a fresh and engaging dining experience by adding booth seating and four 60-inch TVs. Decorative millwork, a vintage fireplace and a communal table made of mahogany and marble seats ten guests comfortably, while the color

THE RENOVATION Left: Butterfield Country Club’s warm and timeless waiting area with transitional furniture and decorative art; Right: The newly renovated, casual Grill Room. The renovation sought to create a more fresh and engaging dining experience.

palette throughout is soft grays, rich whites, celadon and butterscotch. The Butterfield Room, for more upscale dining, didn’t require the complete overhaul that the rest of the rooms did, as it was a new addition in 2002. Yet new light fixtures, carpet, furniture and wallpaper were all refreshed to update the look. “We added new patio doors, which will open up to the terrace that is planned for phase two,” Azinger said. The artwork in the clubhouse is noteworthy, as the decorators used a blend of modern art and historic club memorabilia. In the library specifically hangs a reframed version of the original prospectus given to the founding members of the club. “The history of the piece is very impressive,” Azinger said. The focal piece in the front lobby is a commissioned golf tee canvas art piece by Paul Peterson of Minnesota. The portrait is a rendition of the club’s “4 of Red” golf hole.

“There are about 20,000 golf tees pressed into a canvas, and he paints the artwork on the heads of the tees,” Azinger said. “It’s spectacular.” The floors throughout the club are ceramic tile, made to look like hardwood flooring. “We had the tile air-freighted from Italy,” Azinger said. All new light fixtures throughout enhance the transitional feel of the club. A brand-new LED energyefficient lighting and Lutron dimmer system has been installed as well. All the furniture is custom from manufacturers such as Century, Restoration Hardware, Bernhardt and Soho Myriad to name a few. In all, everyone, Azinger included, is very pleased with phase one of the renovation. “All the feedback we have received has been very positive,” Azinger said. “We couldn’t be happier.” n

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Above Par

After a 20-month golf course renovation which began in 2008 to repair a sub-par drainage system on a course of a bygone era, Butterfield Country Club reemerges as one of the top-ranked golf courses in Illinois. by Rosie Conway

n 1922, William Langford, a classic “Golden Age of Golf” architect, took approximately 195 acres of land in the western suburb of Oak Brook, and built three nine-hole golf courses with features in the same vein as noteworthy courses such as Pebble Beach, Augusta National and Pine Valley to name a few. Today, Butterfield Golf Course has been included among the top 25 golf courses in the state, achieving the rank of No. 22 on Golf Digest’s Best Courses in the State for 2017-18. But many believe it was the massive 20-month renovation of the golf course in 2008 that launched Butterfield into the level of highly-recognized classic courses it now ranks among. “The renovation was what earned Butterfield that [Golf Digest] ranking,” said Paul Moreschi, President of Butterfield Country Club. “There wasn’t a blade of grass that was untouched at this course.” While the original course was beautiful, it had virtually no drainage system, which often forced the club to close the course, and led to member dissatisfaction. “After rain events, the greens and fairways were often


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muddy, tough to maintain, and in the heat of summer, tough to keep alive,” Moreschi said. Butterfield hired renowned golf architect Steve Smyers to design and oversee the project. Smyers, an architect greatly influenced by the “Golden Age” architects, studied Langford’s original plans from the 1920s. He maintained Langford’s use of the natural terrain, original routing and uses of hills and ridges in order to restore the course to its original glory. BCC golf superintendent Mike Vercautren was an integral part of the renovation as well, but more importantly, he currently maintains Butterfield’s impeccable features post-renovation. Vercautren and his grounds crew were here every day helping build the course during the renovation. As the newly-renovated course matured, Vercautren was there to complete post-renovation projects. Vercautren came to Butterfield from Augusta National in 1991, but took over as superintendent of grounds in 1995. In short, he watches over everything outside the clubhouse. “All 195 acres are my responsibility,” says Vercautren, who also oversees a staff of 30 people during golf season. As to his thoughts on the renovation and recent course ranking, Vercautren couldn’t be more excited.

A family club first and foremost, Butterfield Country Club now also boasts one of the premier golf courses in Illinois, according to Golf Digest.

“I think the renovation is the best thing that has happened to the course,” he said. “It not only made Butterfield one of the best courses in the state, but in my opinion, one of the best courses in the country.” Aside from installing a sub-surface drainage system, Butterfield changed surface grades, which essentially enables the course to now slope towards Ginger Creek—a main waterway that runs throughout the property. A staggering 280,000 cubic yards of displaced earth was moved to create new features consistent with the existing natural landforms. “When you undertake a project that massive, you want to build a course that is stronger, better, healthier and can rank among the top in the state—and it did,” Moreschi said. “As soon as we reopened, it was immediately recognized by the golf periodicals.” In order to rank a course, golf publications use multiple points of comparisons. For example, Golfweek uses ten criteria to rate “classic courses”—defined as those courses built prior to 1960: routing, integrity of design, overall land plan, greens and surrounds, variety and memorability of par-3s, variety and memorability of par-4s, variety and memorability of par-5s, tree and landscape management, conditioning and a “walk-in-the-park” test. Classic courses

are normally ranked against each other, and Butterfield was immediately named among the top 200 Best Classic Courses in America in Golfweek when it reopened after the renovation. Classic courses are unique in the sense that they allow players to “think” their way through them. Players can choose to take less risk by using enhanced features of the natural terrain—running balls along the ground, up ridges and around bunkers—, as opposed to courses where they are forced to carry the ball to desired landing spots. Butterfield is always engaging the player to make these decisions. Another notable feature of the course is that not many family country clubs achieve that ranking. “It’s an honor to have our family club recognized for its outstanding golf course,” Moreschi said. As for the next generation of younger kids playing at Butterfield, Moreschi said they are very fortunate to play on a classic course like this. “All these classic features—bent-grass green surrounds, deep-faced bunkers, fast greens with a lot of ridges and movement to them—these classic features will definitely make them better players.” n

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Three luxurious getaways for a romantic weekend BY KE R R I E KE N N E DY

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Where to stay. The last thing you want to deal with on your romantic weekend getaway is someone else’s screaming children. At Auberge du Soleil in Napa, that will never happen, because kids aren’t allowed at this five-star hillside retreat. Located in a 33-acre olive grove, Auberge du Soleil features an awardwinning spa, a Michelin star restaurant and a pool and terrace with sweeping winecountry views. In Sonoma, the Mediterranean-style Kenwood Inn & Spa, with its three courtyards, two hot tubs, pool, spa and rooms with fireplaces, featherbeds and Italian furnishings, offers a tranquil retreat after a busy day of wine-tasting. What to do. With more than 400 wineries in Napa and another 600 in Sonoma, that’s a lot of ground to cover, not to mention a lot of drinking,



Beautiful scenery, luxurious inns, outstanding restaurants and some of the best wine in the world—what more can you ask for? How about some amazing fall colors? Wine Country may not be the first place you think of to see stunning fall foliage, but the vineyards’ amazing reds and golds make harvest season one of the most romantic times to schedule a visit. Whether you want to spend your time in Napa or Sonoma—or divide it equally—is a personal choice. Think of it as Cabernet (Napa) versus Pinot Noir (Sonoma). Napa is a little more touristy (with the focus on its visitors) and a lot pricier, but the dining and lodging options are abundant and sophisticated. Sonoma, on the other hand, is focused on making wine, and hence a bit more rustic. It’s been described as Napa 30 years ago, before the traffic and tourists. While it offers the same number of wineries as Napa, they’re more spread out, and they produce a wider variety of wines.

which is why it’s best to ditch the car and let someone else do the driving. Luckily, there are a myriad of bus tours (Beau Wine Tours, Artisan Wine Tours), trolleys (Napa Valley Wine Trolley, Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley), and trains (Napa Valley Wine Train) available. Or burn off all those wine calories on a bike tour (Napa Valley Bike Tours, Sonoma on a Bike Tours), hop on a Vespa (Wine Country Vespa), or

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get behind a horse (The Wine Carriage). There are so many fun ways to drink without driving! Where to eat. A visit to The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s grand dame of Napa, is both a splurge and a must. The menu is ever-changing, but the talent in the kitchen is a constant. Whether or not you’re staying at the Auberge du Soleil, try to get a reservation for dinner

at its restaurant (The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil), featuring spectacular views of the valley, and an eclectic menu focused on seasonal ingredients. For something a little more casual and quintessentially Sonoma, head to the Fremont Diner for Southern comfort-food favorites like biscuits and fried chicken with waffles.

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Summer mansion on the Cliff Walk, Cliffside Mansions of Newport, R.I.

Where to stay. Ocean House, about 30 minutes south of Newport, is an historic and classic New England retreat featuring a sprawling porch overlooking the ocean, a spa, an indoor pool, private beach and a restaurant offering native Rhode Island seafood and classic cocktails. Or step back into the Gilded Age at The Chanier at Cliff Walk, housed in the first mansion ever built on Newport’s famed Cliff Walk. Featuring ocean views, manicured gardens, a restaurant that is a culinary destination and a complimentary house-car to transport you around town, Chanier’s 20 rooms and villas—each inspired by a distinct period style—are beyond lavish and utterly romantic. Slightly more affordable is the Grace Vanderbilt, a quintessential Newport mansion featuring indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, full-service spa



It’s not nice to brag, which is perhaps why the grand, Gilded Age mansions in Newport, once home to the likes of the Vanderbilts, Doris Duke and other turn-of-the-century industrial titans, are known simply as “cottages.” That’s just part of the charm of this historic seaside town, once the Hamptons of the Jazz Age set. Here you will find the church where Jacqueline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy were married, the house where The Great Gatsby circa 1974 was filmed (Rosecliff Mansion), and a wealth of historic landmarks, like the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, the oldest lending library in America, which was used as an officers’ club during the Revolutionary War, and Washington Square, where the Declaration of Independence was read. and a rooftop terrace with two restaurants. What to do. Newport’s Gilded Age mansions offer a look into America’s privileged past, from the 70-room Breakers, the summer cottage of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, to Chateau-sur-Mer, a Victorian villa built for China trade merchant William Wetmore, and The Elms, which offer a fascinating behind-thescenes tour to Marble House, the outrageously opulent home built for William K. Vanderbilt featuring a tea house on the back lawn

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overlooking the ocean. But this “city by the sea” offers much more than mansions. The Point, a ten-block section of the city, offers the largest concentration of 17th- and 18th-century homes in the nation. If you visit in September, you won’t want to miss the Newport International Boat Show, the largest and most prestigious boat show in the country, spanning 13 acres of Newport’s downtown waterfront set against the beauty of a New England fall. Where to eat. As a port

town, seafood graces the menu of most restaurants in Newport, but Muses, located in the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, serves up an elegant atmosphere to go with your scallops in champagne broth. Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grill offers seaside dining with outstanding views of the port, thick steaks grilled to perfection and an impressive wine list. For something more casual, head to Scales & Shells, featuring “top of the catch” seafood, or Café Zelda, for café fare including killer mac-n-cheese.

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Hinsdale Magazine | Summer Travel

South Beach

Where to stay. The oceanfront Ritz-Carlton South Beach, a restored 1953 Art Moderne building in the middle of Miami’s Art Déco district, oozes South Beach glamour with its full-service spa and ocean-facing pool complete with your own tanning butler in a speedo. For something a little more eco-friendly, try the 1 Hotel South Beach, where the furniture is made from reclaimed materials, the mattresses are a custom hemp blend, the sheets 100-percent organic cotton, and the food farm-fresh. There are even Teslas at your disposal at this petfriendly hotel, which boasts two oceanside pools and one adults-only rooftop pool. Or stay at The Betsy, housed in an elegant beachfront 1940s Georgian Revival building in the heart of South Beach. Called “one



Sometimes nothing but a beach vacation—sun, sand, water and a tropical drink in your hand—will do. With its sugar-white sand, year-round tropical climate, glittering nightlife and Art Deco architecture, South Beach is the perfect place to heal all that ails, and then some. In fact, almost every top hotel on the beach offers a full-service spa, because massages and facials go with a beach vacation like baseball and hot dogs. No longer just a partier’s paradise, this land of beautiful people, palm trees, sidewalk cafes and Mojitos is also a romantic Garden of Eden.

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night of salsa-dancing at Ball & Chain, a 1930s club that once hosted the likes of Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Chet Baker. But definitely make time in your schedule for an Art Deco tour. You can even rent a DecoBike to explore. Where to eat. For authentic Cuban food, head to Versailles restaurant in Little Havana for some Cuban food (try the Cubano). And no visit to South Beach would be complete without a visit to Joe’s Stone Crab, a South

Beach landmark since 1913, thanks to the best crabs in town, not to mention its fried chicken, Lyonnaise potatoes and Key Lime pie. For classic Italian food, head to Casa Tua, a 1920s-era palazzo in the heart of South Beach, where you’ll find celebrities in the second-level lounge and a garden terrace that’s utterly romantic. For something a little more new-school, the chic and minimalist Zuma offers exquisite Japanese cuisine overlooking the Miami River.

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Hinsdale Magazine | On the Cover

Julie RENEHAN by Rosie Conway | Photography by Marco Nunez

Pro Bono Network volunteer lawyer and Hinsdale resident Julie Renehan is happy to give back. This busy mom of three paused her career to raise a family before joining PBN three years ago to practice law again. HM thinks this is someone you should know...

HM: What attracted you to volunteer for The Pro Bono Network?

RENEHAN: PBN identified a phenomenal

opportunity—matching attorneys who want to work outside of [their] traditional career with clients in dire need of legal aid. Pro Bono Network allowed me to use my education to help fill otherwise unmet legal needs, and [more] importantly, provided the tools and support I needed to do that work. PBN, through partnering [with] legal aid agencies, provides the legal cases and training for each of our practice areas. The result is over 12,000 hours of volunteered legal aid in just over six years. I am very proud of the work we do.

HM: One of your Pro Bono Network jobs was to

work with incarcerated women, and helping them get proper childcare for their children. What was most rewarding about that experience?

RENEHAN: The most rewarding thing about working with the incarcerated women’s project was, in meeting with these women from varied backgrounds and with oftentimes devastating personal stories, clearly seeing,


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as women and mothers, we are all hard-wired to love and protect our children. Our clients desperately want their children to be safe and cared for during their absence. We can provide some peace of mind with guardianships and social services, and advise them on legal reunification steps where necessary.

HM: What do you like to do in your free time? RENEHAN: Golf, paddle tennis, yoga. I love to

travel; I recently visited Iceland and France on spring break this year. I enjoy just hanging with my friends and family. I wish I would calm down and read more!

“We need to lift each other up when we can, and root for each other, “ Renehan said. “Showing compassion and respect for others can only be a good thing.”

HM: What’s your favorite thing about raising a

HM:What are some other types of pro bono cases

RENEHAN: Conveniences—I love that my kids

RENEHAN: I started doing pro bono law with the

family in Hinsdale?

could just walk around the corner to school, and that they could hang out in town or at the park, not far from home. My kids all had their first jobs here—the library, the pool and park district. My husband went to Hinsdale Central, so it is fun that our kids go there as well.

you have worked on?

It’s totally going to work out. You will pay off that law-school loan, so don’t worry!

idea that I wanted to help veterans. My grandfather fought in World War II, and I really wanted to give back to those that sacrifice so much for us. I volunteered with the American Bar Association’s Veterans’ Claim Assistance Network, appealing disability benefits for increase—not an easy task, given wait-times for doctor visits and record requests. With PBN, I have managed our divorce project, including dissolution and some post-decree work. Divorce is the No. 1 legal aid need for lowincome clients. I have also worked on consumer debt consolidation and immigration.

HM: Where do you see yourself professionally and

HM: What’s the most important professional or

HM: What advice would you give yourself in your 20s?

RENEHAN: Have more fun; don’t work so hard.

personally in ten years?

RENEHAN: Hopefully, I will continue with legal

aid, as I absolutely get more back personally than I put out in work effort. With Pro Bono Network, we are trying to expand our services further into DuPage County; so I would like to see that thriving and benefiting volunteers and clients. Personally, I just want to keep trying new things and going new places and enjoying the blessings of my life. Maybe I will finally learn to play the banjo, and improve my French—both on my list!

HM: What are some of your biggest challenges in working with clients at The Pro Bono Network?

RENEHAN: The challenges are no different

than working with any other client—scheduling, managing emotions, educating on legal issues. In fact, I find our clients are much, much more grateful and far less demanding than other clients. Many of them come from the place, “No one has ever helped me before.”

personal lesson you’ve learned that you’d like to pass on to your daughters?

RENEHAN: Keep on going; it’s never too late. In

the United States, we champion reinvention, and love to see the underdog succeed. You can always get back on the horse and go for your goal. It works personally and professionally.

HM: What quote sums up your view on life, or what’s your mantra?

RENEHAN: The Lakota Sioux prayer “Mitakuye

Oyasin” translates to “we are all related.” I think it is important to remember we all share in the same ups and downs as we go through this life. We need to lift each other up when we can, and root for each other—showing compassion and respect for others can only be a good thing. n

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Hinsdale Magazine | Giving Back


The Ray Graham Association’s Hanson Center is one of its seven community learning centers. The Ray Graham Association (RGA) is dedicated to empowering those with disabilities to reach, grow and achieve to the best of their abilities. Located in Burr Ridge, the Hanson Center provides an

Club” by parents of children with disabilities in the late 1960s. When the additional three acres were purchased by Anna Hanson, who had a daughter with down syndrome, the Farm Club became part of Ray Graham, and was renamed in honor of Anna Hanson. The Hanson Center facility contains a great hall, an indoor riding arena and stable, horse pastures, a small animal farm and a fully-equipped playground. There are pony rides the second Sunday of each month for all children, and people with disabilities are offered a variety of sports and recreational activities. “Here at the barn, we like people to come and feel like this is a good, welcoming, relaxing and happy place...and it is a place for people with disabilities to do things that they enjoy,” LeBeau said. The center provides a therapeutic riding program which allows children with disabilities to ride horses in order to achieve goals that enhance physical and cognitive skills. Denys Kang, whose son Kyle is non-verbal, has been attending the Hanson Center for four years. Hanson Center volunteers with child on horse The Kangs have benefited from the therapeutic Photograph provided by Ray Graham Association riding program ever since Kyle started riding. “Physical therapy at the Hanson Center is one that Kyle enjoys...it makes him happy and brings him joy,” Kang said. “The constant movement of the horse’s trotting motion motivates him to engage in environment for children and adults with intellectual and activities, and it strengthens his core, which improves his developmental disabilities to attain safety and comfort, balance.” while reaching their full potential. The location of the Hanson Center plays a part in that The Hanson Center creates an environment that it is in the middle of a residential area. The park located welcomes adults and students to volunteer and build at the center is open to the community, and people in the relationships with one another to help children with community are also welcome to enjoy the grounds, gardens disabilities achieve new heights. and see the horses and farm animals. “I’m really big on inclusion,” LeBeau said, “because it “We have horses here...and people from the community keeps people aware that everybody is different, but we all have special qualities.” n can come by who enjoy seeing animals and seeing people with disabilities enjoy the animals,” said Cathy To learn more about the Hanson Center, visit www.rayLeBeau, horsemanship administrator at the Ray Graham graham.org. Association. Originally, the Hanson Center was started as the “Farm


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STEPPING to the PLATE Scoreboard Charities prepares to host first major fundraiser in September by Mike Ellis | Photography by Daniel Garcia


Rick Heinz of Hinsdale possesses quite the collection of sports memorabilia, much of which he is donating to support cancer-related initiatives through his own non-profit organization, Scoreboard Charities.

he Hinsdale area abounds with charitable individuals and organizations, and one of its newest charities is preparing to host its premier major fundraising event in September. Combining sports memorabilia with a desire to raise money for cancer-related initiatives, Scoreboard Charities was developed by Rick Heinz of Hinsdale. Heinz possesses a massive memorabilia collection, ranging from an office full of White Sox items, to paintings signed by the majority of the Heisman Trophy winners, to baseballs signed by Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Sarah Glitto, co-chair of the upcoming Wine, Women &

Shoes event benefiting Scoreboard Charities, said Heinz’s dad hand-wrote letters to prominent athletes entreating them to mail signed photos, honing their collective passion for sports memorabilia collecting. “He always carries a Sharpie in his pocket, in case he runs into someone that he would want a signature from,” said Kelly Lim, co-chair of the Wine, Women & Shoes event. Prior to founding Scoreboard Charities, Heinz frequently donated portions of his collection for charitable purposes, but he decided to focus his efforts more directly on cancer research following his mother’s death about two decades ago. “He decided that instead of just having this collection of memorabilia, [he] wanted to sell it, and have all the proceeds go to charity—and specifically, cancer research,” Glitto said. Continued on page 48


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“We’ll have exclusive shopping vendors with deals and things they don’t sell anywhere else at our event.” —SARAH GLITTO, CO-CHAIR OF WINE, WOMEN & SHOES EVENT BENEFITING SCOREBOARD CHARITIES

Wine, Women & Shoes emcee for the evening, Lorena Diaz, from NBC’s Chicago Med

An accountant by trade, Heinz altruistically performs pro bono taxes and audits for a number of local non-profit entities, including the Madison, Monroe, Prospect and Walker Elementary School PTOs and the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club. And Heinz’s generosity has granted him access to an assortment of active local ladies, helping to plant the seed for Scoreboard Charities’ inaugural major fundraiser: a Wine, Women & Shoes (WWS) event at The Drake Hotel Oak Brook. “We’re kind of putting the sports roots aside, and switching the sports in for stilettos for this first charity event,” Glitto said. “So Wine, Women & Shoes doesn’t really have anything to do with sports, but he has all these connections with these PTOs and area charitable women, so we’re having this event for women.” WWS is a national charity that supports small non-profits like Scoreboard Charities across the country, mixing boutique shopping with the libations, raffle and auction fanfare of formal galas. Lim said the format is standard: attendees will arrive, receive a glass and engage in wine-tasting and shopping for the first half of the evening. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, register for a raffle and peruse a “wall of wine.” “We’ll have exclusive shopping vendors with deals and things they don’t sell anywhere else at our event,” Glitto said. Lim said the second half of the event will be a seated


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program, featuring a live auction, the announcement of raffle winners, and concluding with a “signature fashion show” produced by Neiman-Marcus Oakbrook. Scheduled for Sept. 22, a day after the autumnal equinox, the show will feature timely fall fashions as the weather becomes brisker, the days turn shorter and the leaves begin to change hues. Lorena Diaz, best-known for playing the role of Nurse Doris on the NBC drama Chicago Med, will serve as emcee for the evening. Glitto said attendees will receive “swag-bags,” which will each contain a Neiman-Marcus cookie, plus a piece of Kendra Scott jewelry valued between $65 and $195. Proceeds from the WWS fundraiser will benefit a pair of cancer-related organizations: the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University and Camp One Step, an organization that sends pediatric cancer patients to camp, which Glitto said allows children to receive the caliber of treatment and care offered at a hospital, while enabling them to “be a kid” at the same time. “When they get money from straight donations, and it’s not tied to government funding or grants, they really have the opportunity to do anything with it,” Glitto said. Lim said the fundraiser will offer a great girls’ night out option within the friendly confines of the western suburbs. “While a lot of local charities have taken their events downtown, and while that is fun and we all like a good night out in the city, it’s nice and a little easier to just hit an event on a Friday night just a few miles from home,” she said. “It’s going to be filled with a bunch of great wine and great fashion.” n Wine, Women & Shoes, benefiting Scoreboard Charities, will be held at The Drake Oak Brook from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 22. Tickets are available for $100 (general admission) and $250 (VIP). The VIP option includes preferred seating at the fashion show, champagne at the show, and access to an “exclusive swag-bag.” There is a maximum of 350 attendees. Tickets may be purchased electronically in three ways: at www.scoreboardcharities.ejoinme.org/wws, at www. winewomenandshoes.com/scoreboardcharities, or on the Scoreboard Charities homepage, www.scoreboardcharities.com.



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Hinsdale Magazine | Community Scene

COMMANDER’S CUP It was an afternoon of notable events at the Prince of Wales Field on June 25, as Oak Brook’s polo team defeated Team Zeralda, 14-9, in the Commander’s Cup 12-goal match. Armed Forces servicemen and veterans were honored in a remake of the Black Horse Troop match, and Samantha Falbe served as team patron and fielder for Team Zeralda, a rare and unique position for a woman in polo that hasn’t been seen in decades.

1 1. The Oak Brook team, captained by Chicago business leader Jim Drury, included Horacio Onetto, Tomas “Toto” Obregon and Mariano Gutierrez. Photo by Time Stops Photography

HORSES AND HORSEPOWER It was a “fast and furious” afternoon, as Oak Brook Polo Club’s Team Ferrari defeated Team Maserati, 16-12, in the “Horses and Horsepower” match on July 9 at Prince of Wales Field. In partnership with the Ferrari Club of America and Continental AutoSports Ferrari and Maserati, the 12-goal polo match attracted a record-setting crowd of more than 800 people who came out to flaunt their Italian and Ferrari pride, while participating in the festivities. The pre-match parade featured anthem singer Scott Ramsay, followed by more than 20 new and classic Ferraris.


2 1. Oak Brook polo match; 2. More than 20 new and classic Ferraris; Photos by Karl Knapp


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Thousands of local residents aligned the streets of Garfield, First and Grant throughout the south side of Hinsdale for the village’s annual Fourth of July parade. The parade returned in revamped fashion, as a number of new entrants breathed new life into the annual tradition. A small fleet of fire engines led off the parade, including one from Clarendon Hills, joined by vehicles from Hinsdale, Westmont, Western Springs and the Pleasantview Fire Protection District. Groups of military veterans and a handful of local dignitaries followed, including state Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Westmont, and Hinsdale village president Tom Cauley. The remainder of the parade featured some familiar favorites, intermixed with new entrants, some of which greatly delighted children sitting curbside. The Hinsdale Central marching band and color guard led off the “Red Devil spirit” portion, followed by the Hinsdale Central cheerleaders, the Hinsdale Falcon cheerleaders and members of the Hinsdale Central football club.

Stanford’s Battery, a Civil War reenactment group, marched through the downtown, stunning parade-goers with the projection of its rifles and booming cannon.




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Thousands of west suburbanites gathered on the Oak Brook Polo Grounds for the annual Taste of Oak Brook on July 3. Attendees pitched their tents and marked off their territories, as families and friends tossed footballs, baseballs and Frisbees around. Some guests congregated near the stage to hear musical entertainment provided by Dakota, High Infidelity, Lincoln Don’t Lie and DJ X. A number of area restaurants served food, including Gibsons, Real Urban Barbecue, Paul’s Pizza and for the first time, Michael Jordan’s Restaurant. Children enjoyed a smattering of activities, ranging from facepainting and balloon artistry, to a petting zoo and pony rides. As the sun fell beneath the horizon, taste organizers readied for the fireworks display. Some locals set up their viewing spots in parking lots along 22nd Street more than three hours before the fireworks commenced.







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Hundreds of residents of Clarendon Hills and surrounding communities turned out for the opening night of Dancin’ in the Street in downtown Clarendon Hills on June 21. Organized by the Village of Clarendon Hills, Dancin’ in the Street is the town’s annual summer concert series, spread across six Wednesday evenings. The weather on the summer solstice was idyllic, helping to bolster the opening-night draw. Heartsfield, a southern rock band, made its Clarendon Hills debut, and was most certainly audible in all corners of the downtown. The Daily Scoop functioned as food vendor, while volunteers from the village served in the beer tent. The Mike McCurry Group and Village Veterinary Practice are this year’s primary Dancin’ in the Street sponsors.





Dancin’ in the Street will continue on Wednesday nights through Aug. 9.

5 1. The Clarendon Hills Park District is providing face-painting for kids all summer at Dancin’ in the Street; 2. Kirsten Douglass with son Logan; 3. Frankie Barreda of Clarendon Hills made her Dancin’ in the Street debut on stage on July 12; 4. Amy Phillips with children Parker, Johnny and Charlie; 5. Katie Kozlowski with children James and Nora


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Hinsdale Magazine | Hinsdale Little League





Hinsdale Little League hosted its annual Fourth of July tournament at the 8U and 9U levels at Peirce Park over Fourth of July weekend. The Elmhurst “Explosion” squad prevailed in the 8U event, while Hinsdale (Red) was the runner-up.



In the 9U tournament, the La Grange (Gold) team claimed the title, while the La Grange (Blue) club finished second.



1. 8 year-olds Cam Linn, Jack Groszek, Greyson Alesia; 2. Elmhurst “Explosion” first baseman; 3. 8 year-old Will Arndt 4. 8 year-old Chris Jonlich 5. 10 year-old Kellen McInerney; 6. 10 year-old Greyson Davis


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1 The 12U Hinsdale Little League All-Star squad clinched a berth in the state tournament by claiming the Section 2 championship over La Grange, 10-4, in Burbank on July 21. The team advanced to the sectional competition by first securing a division title, twice defeating a Naperville squad to earn the championship. Prior to its win in the section championship, Hinsdale previously defeated La Grange, 9-5, in pool play.



Many of the young athletes on this squad were part of a 10U state-champion team in 2015. If Hinsdale were to win state, it would proceed to the Great Lakes regional tournament in Westfield, Ind., from Aug. 6 to 12.



1. Back row (coaches): Anthony Waelter, Jeff Kolke, Richard Eck; Middle Row (standing):Benny Oosterbaan, Max Merlo, Jakobi Lange, Joe Boggs, Evan Phillips, Max Williams, Reece Kolke, Emerson Eck, Andres Waelter; Front row (kneeling/sitting): Charlie Bergin, Grant Davis, Lucas Smith; 2. Benny Oosterbaan; 3. Mound conversations with teamates; 4. Andres Waelter; 5. Evan Phillips


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With new personnel on both lines, in the secondary and at quarterback, Hinsdale Central head coach Dan Hartman believes the key to success lies at the line of scrimmage by Mike Ellis | Photography by Kyle Hampson The Hinsdale Central varsity football team is gearing up for action this fall.

Hinsdale Central’s varsity football team is gearing up for action this fall, and has been hard at work during summer camp, needing to fill a number of key positions on both sides of the ball. In spring, the Red Devils graduated quarterback Josh Bean, a two-year starter at the varsity level, and their entire offensive line led by left tackle Niko Ivanisevic, who was named the West Suburban Silver Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2016, and was selected to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area football team. “I feel like it’s been a pretty good summer,” Hinsdale head coach Dan Hartman said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys playing this year, so we’re at a little different place than we were last year at this point; but we’re making strides.” Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, Central lost its starting defensive line and three of four starters in the secondary to graduation, including twin brothers Joe and John Kwasigroch. “We’re replacing both fronts on both sides of the ball,” Hartman said. “That’s been the area where we’ve been working the hardest right now. We’re getting there, but we’ve still got a long way to go.”


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At quarterback, senior Connor Bauer and junior Matt Rush are currently competing for the starting job. After starting on the sophomore squad two years ago, Bauer was a back-up for Bean last season, while Rush quarterbacked the sophomore unit. Hartman said both quarterbacks are benefiting from the fact that they’ve played in the system, as well as from some extra assistance from Bean, who is helping out with the Red Devils until he departs for Columbia University in New York later this month. “He’s done a great job for us this summer coaching up the quarterbacks,” he said, “and I think if that’s something that he chooses to do, he’ll be really good at it someday.” Defensively, Hartman said the new members of the secondary are “coming along quite well” this summer. He said senior Nick Biancalana is returning at safety, while senior cornerback Max Kuropas earned a number of reps last season. With salient unknown commodities on offense and defense entering the season, Hartman said he is looking to a strong crop of returning skill position players on offense to carry the load.

On the perimeter, the Red Devils will be led by senior tight end Matt Bjorson—who has committed to Indiana University and is the 34th-ranked prospect in Illinois by 247sports.com/ CBS Sports—, junior running back Luke Skokna—who rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season—, and senior all-purpose back Garrett Oakey, an explosive playmaker who starred in several games under the lights at Dickinson Field last fall. “Any time you’ve got that kind of caliber of guy coming back at your skill positions, they can make up for some of the deficiencies in other areas,” Hartman said. Hartman said he is also looking for senior running back Joey Buonavolanto, who played sparingly in 2016, to make an impact in the fall campaign. “He showed some flashes last year at times, and he’s done a really great job so far this summer; and I think he’s going to be a guy to look for and make some plays for us,” he said. GETTING LATE EARLY Unlike in recent years, when Hinsdale was able to settle into the season due to a back-loaded schedule, the Red Devils will be tested right out of the gates, traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio to square off with St. Xavier High School—the 2016 Ohio state champion—in Week 1. “We’re looking to go down there and compete, see where we’re at with our kids, and try to get a win on the road,” Hartman said. “I think it’ll do a lot for our guys, getting away from Hinsdale in Week 1—help them come together a little bit.” Central’s home opener is expected to be a challenge against IHSA 7A state quarterfinalist Willowbrook High School, which will be followed by a trip to Oak Park-River Forest to start conference play in Week 3. “Oak Park flipping onto the front of the schedule really changes things up a little bit, which hopefully keeps us a little healthier at the end of the year,” Hartman said, “but also makes things at the beginning of the year a little more difficult.” After a relative reprieve against Downers Grove North (Homecoming, Sept. 16), York and Proviso West the subsequent three weeks, the Hinsdale schedule concludes with three copious challenges and eagerly-anticipated matchups. When the Red Devils venture to Glen Ellyn to take on powerhouse Glenbard West the first Saturday in October, the Hitters will be anxious to exact revenge for Hinsdale’s stunning comeback victory in overtime on Homecoming last season— which also happened to be the decisive difference in Hinsdale winning the West Suburban Silver. “You’ve got Glenbard West who is Glenbard West, and they’re going to be there at the end of the year no matter what kind of kids they have back,” Hartman said. On a short week, Central will then return home for its biggest rivalry contest of the season against Lyons Township, led by senior quarterback Ben Bryant, who has committed to the University of Cincinnati. The Red Devils defeated the Lions in Western Springs in a battle of unbeatens last year, but Hartman said they are prepared for an even stiffer test this season. “Ben Bryant—[I’ve] watched him over the last few years—

Hinsdale Central will face a state champion team from Ohio to kick off the season, followed by Willowbrook High School and conference foe Oak Park-River Forest.

obviously, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the state,” he said. “They’ve got a ton of guys back at LT; they look like they’re ready to make a run.” Hinsdale will wrap up its regular season in Darien at Hinsdale South on Oct. 20. The Hornets are also not a team to overlook, with senior quarterback Justin Kolzow and senior wide receiver Destin Talbert both having attracted offers from FBS (First Bowl Subdivision) colleges. Despite their relative collective inexperience, Hartman said expectations for the Red Devils “remain the same” in 2017. “We want to compete for a conference championship, and we want to take that next step into making a run into the playoffs, which we haven’t done the last two years,” he said. “We need to start winning some playoff games.” In order to enjoy a successful year, Hartman said he believes it will boil down to the team’s development in the trenches. “I think it’s all going to come down to how our offensive and defensive lines play throughout the year,” he said, “and really not where we’re at in Week 1, but where we’re at in Week 9, Week 10.—That’ll be the judge of where we’re at. “Years past, we kind of knew what we had on the offensive and defensive line coming into the season; this year’s a little different, where we don’t. That’s going to be the big tell.” n

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10 tips to coach your kid to greatness Parenting is the most important responsibility one can have. Congratulations, you are in the game. So how are you doing? Fact: one learns more in the first 60 months of life than the rest of his or her life cumulatively. Spend as much time as you possibly can during these formative years. Learning still takes place after five years of age, but the basic habits and personality have been set. Adjusting or adding new habits is doable after age 5; however, it will just take more patience, tolerance and lots of repetition to implement. Great parents are up to the challenge. The main role of a parent is to develop your child into a world-class decision maker. This ability will determine their success or failure, and it paves his or her way towards greatness. How do you coach your child to greatness? First, greatness is being your most genuine, authentic best self. Here are ten tips to help guide the most important person in your life—your child. 1. Your children are watching you. Lead by example by: a. Saying what you mean and meaning what you say. b. Showing extreme optimism with a solution mindset. c. Showcasing solidarity between parents. d. Acting how you would like your children to act. e. Eliminating or hiding the victim and judge in you. 2. Establish routines. Create and adhere to measurable bedtime and morning routines. Establish “family first” routines such as church or community service. 3. Teach the concept of “risk and reward.” Explain and consistently mention this concept in all decisions involving your child’s independence (i.e. sleep-overs, functions, etc.). 4. Teach the concept of “supply and demand.” Money matters need to be discussed at an early age in order to instill the value of money. Also instill a positive work ethic. 5. Develop world-class decision-making. Allow your child to make his or her own decisions with the understanding of the consequences of poor decision-making. Let them fail when their decisions were poor choices.

6. Attitude is everything. How your child reacts when his or her expectation doesn’t match reality is crucial to success. In addition, building positive self-esteem is integral in success. “I believe in you” is a powerful statement when made to your children. 7. Upgrade the greeting. Teach your child how to represent the family brand. Here’s how to greet someone he or she just met: a. Look people in the eye. b. State his or her first and last name slowly and clearly, while adding silence between names. c. Shake hands firmly with eye-contact. d. State your name with pride and confidence. e. Repeat the other person’s name two to six times. 8. Manage your thoughts. Your child’s inner dialogue of thought has a direct impact on achieving positive or negative results. 9. Goal-setting rules. Teach the power of setting measurable, well-defined goals at the earliest age. Introduce simple visualization into the goal-setting process. 10. Family time is sacred, private and important. Schedule regular, weekly family time, and set holiday traditions. During these times, all family members are cell-phone free. Open, honest family communication with all at the table is one of the main ingredients for a strong family brand. Parenting is the world’s most important job. What you say and do will stay with your child for a lifetime. It won’t be long before your child leaves your home and embarks on an independent life. They will only be as great as what they think when you are not there. Developing a worldclass decision maker is your primary, overarching mission. Accept and hold yourself accountable. Parents are not always right, but they’re still the final word. Is parenting easy? No—if you have teenagers, you know this is true. However, it is definitely worth the extra effort. Be consistent and persistent. Be the leader, guide, advisor, coach and instructor, instead of your child’s buddy or friend. You can be best friends with them once they’re 30 years old. Today, you’re mom or dad, the world’s greatest coach—period. n

JIM FANNIN Columnist Burr Ridge resident Jim Fannin is a world-class thought leader and coach with 43 years of experience in life, business and sports. To learn about his thought management programs, visit jimfannn.com and tune-in to his weekly podcast, The Jim Fannin Show.


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