Hutchinson Bell
Chicagoland Chapter

Board Meeting Notes

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Saturday, January 13th
2:00 PM

at the home of Board Member David Diestelkamp
630 N. Elmwood Dr., Aurora, Illinois

Juniors and Seniors in high school are

invited to visit the Florida College campus during Falcon Days.

   • Get a taste of college life without the

   • Lots of information and activities
   • Meals are included
   • Parents are welcome
If you’re interested in attending one of
these events, please contact Laura Alvarez.
Our chapter will be working toward coordinating chaperones to take
groups down if there is enough

2017 Chicagoland Camp
June 17-23, 2018

Andy Diestelkamp    andydiestelkamp@gmail.com
Bill Sink    billshan0592@att.net

Board Members
Shannon Sink billshan0592@att.net
Philip Chumbley pechumbley@aol.com
Curt Nettles  cnettles@cusd15.org
David Diestelkamp  davdiestel@yahoo.com
Jen Venuso  the.venusos@gmail.com
Mason Venuso  mason.venuso@gmail.com
Laura Alvarez  alvarez64@gmail.com

Congratulations to the
Join The Hutchinson Bell
t-shirt winners

Scott and Suzy Miller
Justin and Hannah Alvarez
Trenton and Beth Roth

Chicagoland members of the FC cross country team at the USCAA Fall 2017 National Championship Tournament in Virginia Beach, VA.
(Left to right)  Jacob Alvarez, Ethan Sink, Jason Mallo, Madison West, Cassie Miller, Jacob Sink

Scott and Suzy Miller show their support for the FC cross country team at the USCAA National Tournament



Got Questions?

What happened to the Chicagoland Florida College Booster Club (CFCBC)?
It was decided in a series of Booster club meetings to dissolve the existing club and form the Chicagoland chapter of the Hutchinson Bell

What's the Hutchinson Bell?
The Hutchinson Bell is Florida College’s alumni and friends’ association which exists to serve members by allowing them to connect, communicate and cultivate relationships with one another and the college which brought them together.
So did we just change names?
No, the club, before dissolving, chose a board of directors who will serve as the governing body of the Chicagoland Chapter of the Hutchinson Bell.

What will the board do?
The board has elected new officers and will have meetings throughout the year to make decisions about the chapter’s activities and endeavors.

Does this mean there are no more meetings like we used to have?
Yes and no. Anyone who is a member of the chapter is welcome to attend the board meetings to offer input and bring suggestions. There will also be an annual meeting where new board members will be nominated and elected by the members at large, however, the regular board meetings will not be tied to a social function as it has been in the past.

How do I find out about the meetings?
Meetings will be posted on the website, and emails will be sent out to the membership at large.

How do I offer suggestions and input if I'm not able to attend a meeting?
You can contact any of the board members or officers with questions, suggestions or other input.

So, if I'm not an officer or a board member how else can I be involved in the club?
The board members and officers will always be looking for volunteers to head committees, work on committees and generally lend a helping hand. We strongly encourage members at large to stay involved in the chapter, with a goal of serving and, if interested, pursue a role as board member or officer in the future. 

Are there any things I can help with right now?
Yes, definitely. The board is currently looking for members who are capable at website design and other social media platforms to help on our Communication Committee. If you or someone you know of is interested in helping in this way, they should contact the Communication Committee chair, Mason Venuso.

We are also looking for people interested in driving prospective students down to the Falcon Days events on the FC campus. You can contact Laura Alvarez if you would like more information about that.

Am I a current member of the Chicagoland Chapter of The Hutchinson Bell?
Here is a list of the people from our area that as of September 9, 2017, have signed up as members: Susan Elam, Al Diestelkamp, Dominic & Jen Venuso, Curt & Jody Nettles, Mike & Laura Alvarez, Paul & Alice Thomas, Bill & Shannon Sink, Keith & Kathy Barclay, Andy & Karen Diestelkamp. Those who are already members should make sure that they have chosen to be affiliated with the Chicagoland Chapter. They can do that in their settings when they are signed into their account.

NOTE: Some people who have been recurring members in the past may assume their memberships have renewed automatically. However, it is necessary to renew mannually now that our Booster Club has joined The Hutchinson Bell. See next question below.

How do I become a member of The Chicagoland Chapter of the Hutchinson Bell?
By paying annual dues of $35 (for family) or $25 (for individuals) to The Hutchinson Bell, you automatically are able to be a member of a local chapter. You can go to thehutchinsonbell.com to sign up.

Still have questions?
Feel free to contact our President, Vice President or one of the Board Members. (See list in left column)

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Web Editor: Al Diestelkamp