I’ve spent a good portion of the last 2 years working as a freelance editor for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), for some of their products/services/textbooks, including their Prostart guide, ServSave book, and Food Management Professional guide. They are now merged with their educational foundation, but when I began freelancing for them back in 2005, they were known simply as “NRA.” Funnily, many people in this industry are also affiliated with the “CIA” (Culinary Institute of America), and FBI (Food and Beverage Institute). The organization is a huge one, and because it’s politically active, is sometimes controversial, but I’ve had nothing but good experiences working with NRAEF staff over the years.
I recently finished some freelance writing and editing for the American Library Association’s wonderful “I Love Libraries” site. If you don’t know about this resource, you should — it lists ways for everyday people (non-librarians) to get involved with advocating libraries on the local and national level. Years ago, I worked for the ALA’s Trustee division and it was a pleasure seeing volunteers who were so passionate about fighting for library funding, and ensuring that books, resources, and information would continue to be provided to their communities. Here’s an oft-trotted out quote from Carl Sagan about libraries, available on the ALA’s “Library Quotes” page: ”I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future, can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”
I recently did some copywriting for Vosges Haut Chocolat’s catalog — the Gypsy-themed Valentine’s Day issue. It’s not available online, unfortunately, but here are some excerpts from the mailer, “A Book of Chocolate Love Spells.”
[The word Gypsy refers to the Roma people, a wandering ethnic group that originated in northern India around the 9th century. A creative people who live outside modern rules of ownership and property; the world is their home to wander.]
[Gypsies are said to travel with magic carpets and snakes and are notoriously private--it is almost impossible for an outsider to penetrate a gypsy band. Because so much of gypsy lore is shrouded in secrecy, popular culture tends to either romanticize or demonize them, focusing on their mystical powers.]
[The pagan practice of men showering their sweethearts with roses started when early practitioners of herbal medicine learned that eating rose hips (the fruit of the rose that remains after the petals have fallen) assisted in many aspects of female health. So on Valentine's Day, bask in the knowledge that by enjoying roses, you are taking part in an ancient ritual.]
(About Us section of website) Serving the North Hammond neighborhood and Polish Community for generations
Known simply as The Cav by those who frequent it, this Polish restaurant and bar has served the North Hammond neighborhood and Polish community for generations. The Cav is owned and managed by Wally and Mary Kasprzycki and their son, Wally. Wally Sr. arrived in the United States in 1938 and opened the Cavalier Inn 1949. The Cavalier Inn thrives not only because of the consistently wonderful Polish food (best pierogis and potato pancakes in town), but also to the welcoming atmosphere instituted by Wally and Mary, and carried on dutifully by their son….[for more, click the site, but consider yourself warned about the polka music.]
I freelance occasionally for Vosges Haut Chocolat, and I recently copy-edited a fascinating guidebook that Vosges is including with their “Cheese and Chocolat” collection. The gorgeous design and layout of this book was done by Ali Nash; this image is from her portfolio site. The purpose of the guidebook is to help readers understand flavors, textures, and aromas of myriad kinds of cheeses and chocolate, and guide them through the process of conducting a cheese and chocolate tasting. I learned a lot about things like fermentation, washed-rind and cave-aged cheeses, and why Taleggio cheese is perfect with dark chocolate.
Contact: Jean Lareau Profero, Inc. 1-888-4 Lean 5S www.ProferoInc.com
For Immediate Release Chicago, IL Profero, Inc. Adds New Office to Accommodate Growth CHICAGO, IL (April 6, 2007) — Profero Inc., a leader in Lean Enterprise methods, will be adding a new office space to their organization in April 2007. Profero will retain its main corporate headquarters in Chicago’s Printer’s Row neighborhood, but the new space in the historic Monadnock Building will allow for Profero’s recent expansion and growth.
Profero has enjoyed a number of recent successes. In the past year, they have expanded their client base and given dozens of workshops, trainings, and lectures in locations across the country. They have also launched a 5S Supply site , and are gearing up to launch a redesign of their main website. All these projects have led to more jobs, added income, and a need for additional accommodations.
Profero’s Tony Manos is optimistic about the added space. “In the past year, we’ve found that the office in Printer’s Row wasn’t large enough to accommodate all our clientele, staff, and storage needs. So, we decided that it was time to commit to additional space which will also foster better client-consultant interactions.” Built in 1893, the Monadnock building is a famed piece of Chicago Loop architecture, known for its “nationally acclaimed melding of historic character and modern technology.”
The Monadnock is also ideal for Profero since the building’s varied suite-sizes can grow as Profero grows. Manos stresses how the new Monadnock office will foster Profero’s continued expansion; “The additional space points to our recent gains and will give us more flexibility to suit our growth,” he says.
# # # About Profero, Inc.: Profero, Inc. coaches, guides, and delivers excellence via quality and process improvements including Lean Enterprise. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Profero performs services all over the world. For more information, see www.ProferoInc.com.
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CHICAGO — American Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) named Maureen Hayes and Ruby Neely as the recipients of 2005 ALTA/Gale Outstanding Trustee Grant. Established in 1990, this award provides $750 each to attend an ALA Annual Meeting for the first time to two public library trustees who have demonstrated qualitative interests and efforts in supportive service of the local public library.
Ruby Neely is a trustee at the Farmers Branch Manske Library in Farmers Branch, Texas. She has served on the library’s board for five years and presently is serving as chairman.
Maureen Hayes is a trustee at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, Ill. She also holds the position of the Bolingbrook Chamber Board President.
Both Hayes and Neely are looking forward to their first conference, which will afford them the opportunity to interact with trustees from different regions and compare notes on how their colleagues are handling funding, privacy, and legislative issues in their respective communities. To read the rest of this press release, click here.
Contact: Gretchen Kalwinski Program Assistant 312-280-2161 email@example.com
For Immediate Release: March 11, 2005
ALTA names Jim Connor and Robert B. Lyons as the 2005 Trustee Citation award winners
CHICAGO – American Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Jim Connor and Robert B. Lyons as the 2005 Trustee Citation award winners. The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, symbolizes and honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.
Connor is a trustee of Jefferson County Public library in Colorado. Lyons is a trustee of Schaumburg Township District library in Illinois.
Connor has been tireless in his efforts to energize the state trustee organization in Colorado, traveling nearly 10,000 miles throughout the region, to build an advocacy network for libraries. His enthusiasm for working with trustees and library advocates has been evident in all who see him at the ALA midwinter meetings and annual conferences. He has, per William Knott, the Jefferson County librarian in Colorado, created a new spirit of advocacy among public library trustees in the West.
Connor’s recent accomplishments include establishing working relationships with his region’s state librarians, setting up a Website for the trustees and advocates in his region, and organizing his many community contacts to speak in support of libraries.
“Lyons has been a very active legislative advocate for libraries both on the state and national levels,” said Michael Madden, the director of the Schaumburg Township District Library.
“Lyons exemplifies the best traits needed in a public library trustee,” said Jean Wilkins, director of the Illinois State Library.
Lyons has served as board president at both the local library and system level. He has worked steadfastly to improve libraries at the local, regional system, and state level and has helped to pass a number of bond and funding referenda over the years, all of which passed by a large margin. He is the 2002 recipient of the Illinois Library Association Trustee Citation award.
The awards will be presented during the Opening General Session of the ALA Annual Meeting in Chicago. During each ALA Annual Meeting, up to two trustees are presented with citations in recognition of distinguished service to library development.
CHICAGO – American Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) named Joel Hondorp and Karen Dyer as the recipients of the 2004 ALTA/Gale Outstanding Trustee Grant. Established in 1990, this award provides $750 each to attend an ALA Annual Conference for the first time to two public library trustees who have demonstrated qualitative interests and efforts in supportive service of the local public library. For the rest of the press release, click here:
ALTA names Alma Dennis as the 2004 Trustee Citation award recipient CHICAGO – American Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Alma Dennis as the 2004 Trustee Citation award winner. Dennis is currently serving her fourth term as a trustee of the Birmingham Public Library in Alabama.
Her recent accomplishments include garnering support from Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid to erect a vibrant mural entitled “A New Day in Birmingham” at the Birmingham Public Library and leading a campaign to raise $50,000 for the project.
“An impassioned fundraiser for libraries, Dennis has played a central role in forming an excellent relationship between the Birmingham Public Library and Birmingham’s citizens,” said Peggy F. Sparks, executive assistant to the superintendent of Birmingham’s city schools. “Dennis understands that education is a needed tool for survival and has worked constantly to ensure that all children have the opportunity to enjoy the gift of reading.” For the rest of the press release, click here:
The R.R. Donnelley Foundation and Simmesport State Bank are the winners of the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) Major Benefactors Honor Award. The award, two specially prepared citations for the recipient(s) and the beneficiary library, is given to individuals, families or corporate bodies for major benefactions to public libraries. For the rest of the press release, click here:
May 13, 2003 Contact: Gretchen Kalwinski 312.280.2161
ALTA Announces the 2003 ALTA/Gale Grant Winner Congratulations to Trinidad Valentin!
Trinidad Valentin is the recipient of the ALTA/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant for 2003. He has participated on many levels-from volunteer to President-at the Friends of the Sierra Vista (AZ) Public Library. Valentin has also been active in the Arizona Library Friends, now serving as President of that Executive Board. He has been active in state advocacy efforts, serving on the Legislative Committee of the Arizona Library Association. In addition, Valentin was named as a new library commission member by the City Council in July 2001. His remark about the ALA Conference in Toronto this year was that, “I wish to attend an ALA Annual Conference to expand my knowledge of library functions and through that provide information to the Arizona Library Friends and Friends groups in Arizona. In turn, these Friends can then better support their respective libraries.”
ALTA/GALE Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant Established in 1990, this award provides $750 each to enable two public library trustees to attend an ALA Annual Conference for the first time. The award is presented during the ALTA Opening Session at the ALA Annual Conference.