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Updated: July 19, 2013 6:21AM

Elgin: DNA director Jason Pawlowski leaving

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin announced Monday that managing director Jason Pawlowski has accepted a new position to be the marketing manager for the St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“It is with a profound sense of excitement tempered with some sadness that I announce this move,” said Pawlowski in a statement.

“Even though I’m not an Elgin resident, the people of this city have adopted me as one of their own; and after three years of seeing the impact the Downtown Neighborhood Association can have on revitalizing our downtown, I have never been more proud to call myself an Elginite.”

His last official duty with DNA will be helping run the city of Elgin’s Fourth of July Parade, which the DNA organizes annually.

“We have been blessed to have Jason as a part of the DNA for three years, first as our promotions coordinator and most recently as DNA’s managing director,” said DNA board president Karin Jones.

The DNA invites the public to Villa Verone, 13 Douglas Ave., for a “Not Goodbye — Just Good Luck” celebration for Pawlowski at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27.

Elgin: Murphy named 30 Under 30 ambassador

Destination Marketing Association International has named Krisilee Murphy, director of marketing at the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, an ambassador for its 30 Under 30 program.

DMAI’s 30 Under 30 program focuses on identifying and developing the talent of destination marketing professionals age 30 and under through increased access to top-level networking and professional development.

Destination Marketing Association International chose two previous 30 Under 30 winners to serve as program ambassadors in 2013. Ambassadors attend DMAI Leadership events including the DMAI Board of Directors meeting, mentor the 2013 class of 30 Under 30 at the convention, participate within DMAI committees throughout the year, and advocate for the 30 Under 30 program at industry events.

Murphy’s major take-away from last year was working with locals to extend the reach of the convention and visitors bureau. Shortly after returning from the conference, she implemented the #ResidentRec social media campaign. Locals are asked to share all the things they think visitors should know by using the hashtag #ResidentRec. Visitors are also encouraged to use the hashtag if they have questions.

“Identifying and developing future industry leaders is an important priority,” stated Kimberly Bless, president and CEO for the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “To have Krisilee at the forefront of this initiative speaks volumes of her leadership and the impact she is having here in the Elgin Area.”

South Elgin: VBS World Tour scheduled by church

Community United Methodist Church, 400 W. Spring St., will hold a Vacation Bible School World Tour this summer.

Participants will “travel” to Ireland and Uganda (Session I) and India, Brazil and back home (Session II). Cost is $5 per child (preschool to fifth grade). The program includes both VBS sessions, T-shirt transfer, crafts, snacks, Wednesday evening family meet-and-greets, and Friday evening family picnics.

Session I is 9 to 11:15 a.m. June 27 and 28. Session II is 9 to 11:15 a.m. Aug. 1 and 2. Meet-and-greets are 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 26 and July 31. Family picnics are at 6 p.m. June 28 and Aug. 2.

Register atw Call 847-931-0563 for more information.

St. Charles: Palestinian art on display at church

The Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., is hosting an exhibition of Palestinian art throughout the month of June.

The exhibit originated in Bethlehem, with a juried call for artists living in Palestine, Jerusalem and Gaza. It is part of a cultural initiative to bring art, culture and education to Christians and Muslims. A public reception to view the artwork will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 28. A representative from the Bright Stars of Bethlehem will be present to share information about the organization. Hosts also will be present during open houses from 1 to 4 p.m. June 29 and 30.

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