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Updated: June 1, 2013 6:07AM

Elgin: Mayor, wife donate to U46 scholarship fund

Mayor Dave Kaptain and his wife Sandy have answered School District U46 Superintendent Jose Torres’ challenge to the community by making a $1,000 donation to his Superintendent Scholarship Program, U46 announced. Torres committed this year to match new contributions to the scholarship program up to $10,000, already donating $6,000. The superintendent established the program last year to support young people who are the first in their immediate families to attend college. He was to announce the winners of the second Superintendent Scholarship on Tuesday, April 30, at an awards ceremony at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin. To donate to the Superintendent Scholarship Program, call U46 School and Community Relations Director Patrick Mogge at 847-888-5000, ext. 4160.

West Dundee: Lincoln Funeral Train speaker

Bill Werst, the executive director of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train, will be the featured speaker at the Dundee Township Rotary Club meeting at noon Tuesday, April 30, at Emmett’s Tavern and Brewery, 128 Main St., West Dundee.

Guests are invited to attend to hear about the Lincoln Funeral Train. For lunch details, call Dundee Township Rotary Club president Jim Bolz at 847-428-6107.

Werst will provide details on the progress of the re-creation of the Lincoln Funeral Train and how the tour is shaping up for 2015. Part of the observation will be the tour of the Lincoln Funeral Train from Washington, D.C., to Springfield.

For more information about the Rotary Club, call Al Treml at 847-659-9266.

Elgin: Downtown group to hold brainstorm session

The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin invites the public to attend the first Downtown Brainstorm workshop of 2013 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at The Centre of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way.

Downtown Brainstorm is an interactive planning workshop about Downtown Elgin and the DNA. The focus of this month’s Brainstorm workshop is about reintroducing the DNA to the downtown business and residential community, and identifying short- and long-term priorities for both.

Discussion topics will include economic development initiatives, new business recruitment, marketing and promotions, special events, arts and culture, neighborhood outreach, and image enhancement. The DNA will use this information as a barometer for planning the organization’s future programming.

Interested Downtown Brainstorm participants are encouraged to RSVP to the DNA at 847-488-1456 or email An online RSVP form is available at

Elgin: Native plant sale scheduled for May 4

Northern Kane County Wild Ones will hold a native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive. With an emphasis on attracting monarch butterflies and creating wildlife habitats with native perennials, Wild Ones will offer more than 30 species for sale. This is also an opportunity for attendees to receive tips on landscaping with native perennials from local experts, including partners Hawthorne Hill Nature Center; Jim Kleinwachter from The Conservation Foundation’s Conservation@Home program; Charlene Breitlow, monarch butterfly expert; and Patricia Hill, local award-winning garden designer, native plants expert, author and Wild Ones member.

Ready-to-plant plants in gallon-sized containers of sample monarch, shade and rain gardens have been donated by Midwest Groundcovers as door prizes for the day of the sale. For more information call, 847-794-8962 or contact through email at

West Dundee: Backyard plant sale set for May 18

The Backyard Garden Club’s annual plant sale will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Grafelman Park on Route 72 two blocks east of Route 31.

Perennial, grasses, herbs, vegetables and more will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Garden Club’s Scholarship Program.

Dundee Twp.: Historical society annual meeting

The Dundee Township Historical Society annual meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the museum, 426 Highland Ave., West Dundee. After a brief business meeting, guests will have the opportunity to learn the early history of the wildlife in the area and view extraordinary photos of creatures in their natural habitat, the society said. Society member Dave Culligan has spent many hours along the Fox River documenting the majestic eagles that hunt there. The program is free. For more information, call the museum at 847-428-6996.

East Dundee: Church men’s club to hold annual dinner

Immanuel Lutheran Church Men’s Club will hold its annual beef dinner served family style from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Proceeds go for service projects at the school and church. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children in grades kindergarten to eighth. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and carryouts are available. Call Chuck Bartelt at 847-428-1939, Dave Bartelt at 847-428-2298 or Henry Karolus at 847-426-4504 for more information.

Elgin: Forum to be held on human trafficking May 11

The ATLAST Human Trafficking Awareness Forum will be presented from 3 to 5 p.m. May 11 at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. The event, sponsored by Administer Justice, will feature a panel of experts from Administer Justice, World Relief, Metropolitan Family Services, the Elgin Police Department Gang Crimes Unit and Willow Creek Community Church. Administer Justice began its ATLAST (Attorneys Targeting Labor And Sex Trafficking) program in 2012 to help educate neighboring communities on this growing problem, and to provide free legal assistance to those throughout the northwest suburbs who are trapped in human trafficking. There is no cost to attend the forum. Those interested in attending can register online at or by calling 847-429-4597.

From more information on Administer Justice, call 847-844-1100 or visit

Fox Valley: Applicants sought for scholarship

Women in Management (WIM) Fox Valley seeks applicants to award two $1,000 Susan Wyatt Memorial WIM Scholarships to area women who have management as a career goal, or working towards a certification/degree to become a licensed professional.

The scholarship is named in memory of the late Susan Wyatt of Sleepy Hollow who served as an administrative assistant to the Northern Fox Valley Chapter of Women in Management.

The deadline for completed applications for the Susan Wyatt Memorial WIM Scholarship is Friday, May 10, 2013. For information and to receive an application, contact Janet Ellingson at

Since the inception of the scholarship program in 1991-92, the Northern Fox Valley Chapter of Women in Management has awarded over $26,000 in financial assistance to area women.

Women in Management is an organization of professional women managers and business owners. Its purpose is to provide networking opportunities, and informative lectures to promote, support and advance the professional image of women managers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from September through June at the Elgin Country Club, Weld Road, in Elgin. Visit for more information.

Elgin: New York Life agent named firm Champion

New York Life agent Amy True of the Greater Chicago General Office recently was named a Lives Protected Champion. This recognition is attained by agents who in the 4th quarter of 2012 assisted the most families in their communities with life insurance protection. Nearly four hundred agents out of more than 12,250 licensed New York Life agents across the country were recognized for assisting the greatest number of policyholders with exceptional life insurance sales productivity.

True has been a New York Life agent since 2007. She is a member of the Elgin Junior Service Board and works with Little Angels on their auction every year. She also was recently nominated for the YWCA Marjorie Leonard Award for Community Service.

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