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Local Business

Chambers provide support, networking for non-profit agencies

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These days, it’s not uncommon for non-profits to be on a local Chamber of Commerce’s membership roster.

That’s because those organizations understand the benefits of such a partnership, such as increased visibility, advocacy and networking opportunities.

The roughly 20 members who make up the Oswego Lions Club have seen this firsthand.

"The Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in helping the Lions Club get out in the public eye again,” said club member Stacey Limacher. “The resources that the Chamber offers as far as networking and publicity is invaluable for a small group like ours with limited funds. Angie at the Chamber has been extremely supportive of the efforts we are making to revive this legacy club and we rely heavily on her experience and connections when embarking on new projects.”

Currently, the Oswego Lions are planning one of their most ambitious projects yet: the club’s first car show. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at Allied First Bank, 3201 Orchard Road. Entry for public viewing is free. Concessions, including hot dogs, drinks and snacks, will be available for purchase. The inaugural event will also include free retinal screenings, kid’s activities, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, participant judging, custom trophies, and the raffling off of a 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 Clone by the Morris Lions Club. Proceeds from the car show will benefit the Oswego Lions Club vision and hearing programs.

Consistent with the Lions Clubs International charter, the purpose of the local club is to serve. And the members do just that by hosting free vision and hearing screenings, raising funds to provide hearing aids and eyeglasses to those in need, volunteering at the food pantry, and getting involved in community beautification projects, among other initiatives.

Club members are grateful to the Chamber for promoting both their organization and fundraising efforts.

“It's really very encouraging when you see an organization like the Chamber of Commerce really step up to help a local service group the way they have,” Limacher said. “We are looking forward to partnering with them on more events and fundraisers this next year.”

Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce : 73 W Van Buren Street : Oswego, IL 60543 : 630.554.3505 : http://www.oswegochamber.org/