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changing hanging the world one cup at a time

December, 2009 Introducing the Overflow Coffee Bar Board of Directors On Saturday, December 5, Overflow Coffee Bar had its first board elections and now has 6 board members. We thought you would like to get to know them. Here’s a little bit about each of them. Amanda Neely – Amanda is the Executive Director of Overflow. She has a huge passion for the South Loop and for the world. Amanda is a musician and a writer. John Backes – John lends his business expertise to Overflow. He has a passion for seeing lives, neighborhoods and the world transformed. John loves to sing. Alex Jones – Alex is new to the board and brings his meticulous thought processes. He is learning a lot about fair and direct trade products. Alex plays guitar. Nicolas Mutch – Nicolas lives and works in the South Loop. He has lots of experience with non-profit non work and is looking forward to sharing it with Overflow. Nicolas owns two dogs. Karyn Vanderwarren – Karyn is an attorney with lots of corporate and non-profit non law experience. She loves to garden, do yoga and be a mom. Derek Watts Watts– Derek is a native of the United Kingdom. He is active in non non-profit profit work in Chicago. Derek creates stained stain glass works of art. This board will lead Overflow forward toward achieving our mission. Their expertise, ideas and commitment are invaluable to this organization. If you know one of them, be sure to say “thank you” the next time you see them.

An Opportunity to Change the World: Now Accepting Applications for the Set Up Shop Committee Overflow is now seeking individuals to join our Set Up Shop Committee. This committee will w work together to brainstorm, plan and problem problem-solve ways for Overflow to o become the robust, sustainable organization we were designed to be. This committee will consist of individuals from many different backgrounds and expertise. Serving on a non-profit profit committee is a great way to build your resume, gain work experience you may not be able to gain at your workplace and do something to give back to your community. Many of the details for the committee have not been fully developed because we want this committee to be crafted by its members. If you are interested in joining Overflow’s Set Up Shop Committee please download the application at: Applications are due January Jan 8, 2010. Questions? Contact Brandon at (more on the next page)

Overflow Coffee Connection – December, 2009

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The mission of Overflow Coffee Bar is to give South Loop residents, students and workers the opportunity to change the world. Here is a snapshot of how we have advanced our mission in 2009: June:: Overflow Coffee Bar was officially incorporated in the state of Illinois. July:: We developed our first brochure to help us explain what Overflow is all about. August: Overflow submitted our 501(c)3 application to the Internal Revenue Service. We published our first newsletter, “Overflow Coffee Connections.” October:: Overflow held our first educational event, “Think Global, Drink Local.” Thirty people were in attendance and learned about how their drink choices affect the world. November:: Overflow’s Facebook Fan Page ( reached 100 fans. We received our largest one one-time gift yet - $1,000. December:: Overflow had its first electio election n of our Board of Directors (see above). Look for a new and improved website coming your way by the end of the month!

A Look at 2010 January 23, 2010 – “Save the Date” for our next educational event. This one is sure to be bigger and better than the last one! Spoiler Alert – this event is a collaboration with some great non non-profits. Also in January, we are launching a coffee subscription program. When you enroll in this program and give a monthly donation donation* to Overflow, you will receive coffee beans delivered to your home. You set the donation, amount and frequency and we do the rest! As the Set Up Shop Committee gets underway, you are sure to see some exciting and creative ideas generated to move Overflow to the next level and closer to opening the doors of a coffee shop.

Would You Like to Give Overflow a Holiday Gift? We have created an Amazon Wish List with some ideas of things we could use right away. Check it out at

Happy Holidays from Overflow Coffee Bar! Questions? Have ideas? Contact Amanda at or 773-919-6960. 6960. Also check out and *Currently Currently donations are not tax exempt. When Overflow Coffee Bar receives its tax exempt status from the IRS, all donations will become tax exempt. The status is retroactive. You can give a donation now and then it will become tax exempt once Overflow received eceived its 501(c)3 paperwork. paperwork Please make checks payable to “Overflow Coffee Bar.”

Overflow Coffee Connection December 2009  
Overflow Coffee Connection December 2009  

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