June 10, 2024

A heartfelt thank you to all the Wheaton Chamber members who sponsored and/or volunteered at the Cream of Wheaton May 30 through June 2. Mike Tenerelli of Exit Real Estate Partners, our Volunteer of Volunteers, was a rock star. We had an amazing weekend in spite of the rain. Thanks to the Wheaton Park District for partnering with us on this event. Special shout-out to Margie Wilhelmi and Dan Novak (pictured here), Carolyn Wilken, Sammi Catanzaro and Kim Prazak along with fearless WPD leader Mike Benard for working with us to make this event a success. Thanks, too, to Cheryl Shurtz from RE/MAX Realty for her video promoting Cream of Wheaton! See our Photo Gallery at the end of this e-newsletter for highlights.

Just as we’re catching our breath from Cream of Wheaton, we turn to this weekend’s 38th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games, hosted by new Chamber member The Chicago Scots for the first time at DuPage County Fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday. Click here to learn more about this event, designed to provide a taste of Scottish culture, tradition, skill and athleticism.

You may already know that my husband Bill and I are heading west to Tucson in the coming weeks to be close to our kids and our grandson. While it is bittersweet to say goodbye to you all and to Wheaton, we’re excited about returning to the desert where our love story began. The board is working on filling the president role. I’ll be here at the Chamber through June 21 and hope to see you at our Progressive Luncheon “Under the Tents” at Ivy on June 20.

To the next round of leaders~

New Members Welcomed to Wheaton Chamber...

We are fortunate to welcome the following new members to the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce:


  • Human Interest Katie Francis is the partner account manager of Human Interest, a cloud-based company that manages 401(k)s. Human Interest's services including synching payroll, processing contributions, handling compliance testing, and IRS paperwork. You can reach Katie here.
  • A USA Rentals Ziad Khoury is the representative for this tool and equipment rental business, including earthmoving, tree service, lifts & booms, attachments, trailers, and power equipment. A USA Rentals is based in West Chicago, offering delivery or pickup. Reach out to Ziad here.
  • Keller Williams Premier Properties – This real estate brokerage firm covers Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and Elmhurst. Margo Humbert is the primary Chamber contact for Keller Williams Premier Properties, located at 218 W Willow St. in Wheaton. Welcome Margo and the team here.

Thank you for your continued referrals. And don't forget--you get a free lunch if you refer a new member and they include you in their profile.

Register for June Progressive Networking Luncheon "Under the Tents" at Ivy

Join Wheaton Chamber members and guests for our ever-popular Progressive Networking Luncheon "Under the Tents" at Ivy, 120 Hale Street, on Thursday, June 20, from 11:30 a.m. (registration) to 1:00 p.m. Bring plenty of business cards as we will be shifting tables three times to provide our members with lots of opportunities to meet new and current friends and colleagues. Interested in sponsoring this luncheon? Here is an overview of the benefits of sponsorship.


Annual Scottish Festival Heads to Wheaton

The Chicago Scots announce the 38th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games will be held at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton, on Friday, June 14, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday, June 15, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.

This two-day celebration will bring Scottish music, culture, tradition and athleticism to the festival’s new home. All proceeds will benefit the Chicago Scots’ charity, Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care in North Riverside. The festival recognizes and celebrates the Scottish roots of the world’s largest service organization, Illinois-headquartered, Rotary International, whose current president, Gordon McInally, will attend. Mr. McInally is one of only two Scots to be elected to lead Rotary International in the organization’s 119-year history.

For more information, event schedules, competition registration forms, volunteer opportunities or tickets, please visit chicagoscots.org or call

(708) 442-7268. 

Nordstrom Rack Opens to Fanfare and Crowds

We are so excited Nordstrom Rack in Danada East is here! Their Grand Opening was on Wednesday, May 30. Crowds showed up for music and a drawing, and our own Mayor Phil Suess was on hand to welcome this popular store to our fair town.

Chamber Members Team Up for "Joyful Life Circle"

Board member Moyra Gorski of Gorski Wellness and new member Victoria Isikman from VFA Creative Events have joined forces to offer an upcoming workshop, "Joyful Life Circle," on Thursday, June 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Explore the power of intention, meditation and art with these two talented ladies. For more information, click here.

The Local Features Paul Hawkinson of Transform Capital

The most recent episode of "The Local" features Paul Hawkinson of Transform Capital. This latest podcast is a production of Fairhaven Wealth Management in partnership with the Chamber. Click here to hear the conversation with Marc Horner and Meg Goodman of Flint Rock, LLC.

Please Tell Us Your News

Our Wheaton Chamber members have a lot going on and you have a lot to say! Read press releases from our members, learn about job openings and see our Chamber members' "Hot Deals." Got a job posting or a special you'd like to share? Contact us.

This week:

  • ABC Committee – Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Wheaton Chamber. The meeting is chaired by Debbie Venezia from Arts DuPage and Bari Erickson of the Wheaton Public Library is co-chair.
  •  Members Matter: An Orientation to the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce – Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. via Zoom. Please RSVP here and a Zoom link will be sent to you.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Meeting – Thursday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. Chaired by Courtney Tedrick of the Wheaton Public Library and co-chaired by Pastor Jared Olson of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Please RSVP here.
  •  Economic Development Consortium – Thursday, June 13, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Wheaton City Hall, 303 W. Wesley St. This is a meeting of representatives of the City, the Downtown Wheaton Association and the Chamber. All are welcome.


Coming up:

  • Progressive Networking Luncheon for Wheaton Chamber Members and Guests – Thursday, June 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ivy Restaurant. RSVP here.
  • Finance Committee Thursday June 13, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., led by Board Treasurer Helen Demsher, CPA, of Mathieson, Moyski, Austin & Co., LLP.
  • Make Music Wheaton Day – Friday, June 21, a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, parks, and venues across the city.

Highlights from Cream of Wheaton

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