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Lorain County Chamber of Commerce Networking

We had several events planned for Monday, March 13th, and Tuesday, March 14th, but almost all of them were cancelled due to volatile weather conditions.

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One event that did take place as scheduled was a Lorain County Chamber of Commerce networking event that took place at the "Boys and Girls Club" on Pearl Avenue in Lorain. About 75 members had RSVP'd and a large percentage of them showed up which was really good, considering the weather that was in the low 20's not counting the wind chill factor.

Among those who made it were four students from Lorain High School named Stefanie, John, Noah, and Brian (who was in ROTC) who came in order to make some contacts who might help/advise them regarding their future careers.

We also talked to Ms. Denise Weller who recently had the kickoff event for "Hearts of Patriots" an organization whose mission is "to provide education, resources, and support for spouses and families of Veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)." Ms. Weller told us that the event went quite well and that U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown sent an excellent video greeting.

We hooked up again with Ms. Cathy Kingsley from "Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More" who made a special t-shirts for all of the people who attended the 2017 Lorain County Chamber Annual Meeting Luncheon in late January. Unfortunately, we hardly had any events in Lorain County since that time so we never picked up our t-shirt that has our name and "Margaret W. Wong & Associates" printed on it. Thus we made arrangements with Ms. Kingsley to mail it to our office on Chester Avenue.

With Ms. Barb McCann and other people associated with "AM 930 WEOL & WEOL.com" we brainstormed about upcoming festivals in Lorain that we may want to table at on behalf of "Margaret W. Wong & Associates" and dialogued with, at least, a couple of other members about President Trump's executive orders and his potential immigration policies.

Most importantly, though, we talked to Mr. Mike Conibear, Executive Director, and Mr. Chad Heileman, Outcome Coordinator, with the "Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County" and learned that in addition to the facility on Pearl Avenue there are there are clubs in many other locations which are visited daily after school by some 700 youngsters who receive help with the homework, a hot meal, and have the opportunity to engage in recreational programs and artistic endeavors.

According to the literature we were given, the young people are encouraged to "adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices, and make a lifelong commitment to fitness."

Moreover, the goal of this club is to inspire whoever walks through their doors to "be an engaged citizen involved in the community, register to vote, and model strong character."

By:

Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC