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September 21, 2018 

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Welcome to the twenty first edition of Jane Network News. This month's theme is about the importance of building a culture in your community to give back and a support network of people who have got your back! Enjoy the read! 
Growing up in Baraboo, Wisconsin had its perks and growing up in a large family of dancers also helped.  My parents raised us to be light on our feet and with so many of us it was easy to have a built-in sports team.  We learned to play football, baseball, soccer and some siblings took up gymnastics, tumbling and circus acrobatics.  The Circus World Museum was getting started in the early 1960’s and to put a positive “spin” on the career-path that would be Circus-life, local youngsters were able to attend circus school weekly in a program designed to teach tumbling, flying ladders, rope spinning wrist-pulls and other stunts.  I chose the concession stand for one-day and then took the job offer from Wisconsin Bell.  My mother said it was year-round and no tumbling experience needed!
During our grade and high school years most of my sisters and I were cheerleaders.  I realized later what a perk that was for my parents as a cheerleader you gained free entry into the games.  Considering we did not get an allowance that was a smart way to save money!  My sister Antoinette was a pom-pom cheerleader at the University of Wisconsin Madison and my brother, Joe, was also a UW cheerleader.  We still like to attend the Badger games and cheering the team from the sidelines has always been a wonderful Fall activity.  Put a UW Badger football game on your bucket list!  You will not be disappointed. 


Happy Birthday Joe! Joe is on the top left hand corner. Check out a Badger game
My sister Bertie and I were the original Chicago Bears cheerleaders known as The Bear Essentials 

During my post-college years while employed at Carson Pirie Scott & Co., and at my father’s urging, I made some extra money teaching dancing after work to my CPS associates at the YWCA across the street.  The public relations and special events departments at Carson Pirie Scott & Co. were always in the “know” for activities and opportunities in Chicago and the suburbs.  Ladies in the Fashion Office heard of an opportunity for dancers to join a new group of “Cheerleader/Dancers” for the Chicago Bears. I enlisted my sister Bertie to join me in the tryouts.  Remember that I can make anyone do anything at any time and be happy about it! 
Bertie and I made the squad and we joined a group of 18 young dancers. We were known as the “Bear Essentials”.  Most of us were good dancers, but we lacked the cohesiveness of a dance team and many of them knew absolutely nothing about football.  Our squad was not very “essential” to the Chicago Bears and their fans.  We started out learning one dance routine to be performed at the beginning of each home game and then were moved to the sidelines to cheer on the team.  Throw in unflattering uniforms, clunky shoes and not much coaching or choreography – we did not take a page from the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders play-book.  Put that along with a losing season and some unhappy fans, it made being on the Soldier Field sidelines more painful than being tackled.  At least Bertie and I did meet the late Howard Cosell, Coach Abe Gibron and quarterback Mike Avellini and the late and great Walter Payton was in his rookie year.  A friend Mike Sandrolini, writer and contributor to THE BEAR REPORT wrote a nice article that summed up our experiences from that memorable 1975 season!  Click here to read the article about The Bear Essentials.

Congrats to Brian Urlacher on finally making it into the Football Hall of Fame. 
The Eventors were hired by a credit union service organization, FSCC (Financial Services Center Cooperative, Inc.) to promote a member convention in Las Vegas in 2004.  FSCC was a cooperative shared branching network that was owned and controlled by credit unions.  FSCC had credit unions and branches from coast to coast and was available in foreign countries including Japan, South Korea, Italy, Puerto Rico, and Germany.  At the time FSCC Conventions were held to bring clients and partners together for networking and generating relationships and continued business.  
Rudy Ruettiger
The headline motivational speaker was the former Notre Dame football great Rudy Ruettiger.  Rudy was the third of fourteen children and was diagnosed with dyslexia.  He spent two years at Holy Cross College and on his fourth try was accepted at Notre Dame in the fall of 1974.  A mere 5’6” and 165 lbs., he was encouraged as a walk-on by the legendary Ara Parseghian, who liked to recruit from the student body.  After the 1974 season, Parseghian stepped down, and former Green Bay Packers coach Dan Devine was named head coach.  In Ruettiger’s last opportunity to play for Notre Dame at home, Devine put him into the game as defensive end against Georgia Tech on November 8, 1975.   His early life and career at Notre Dame was the inspiration for the 1993 film Rudy.
It was Devine’s idea to dress Rudy and in the final play of the season Ruettiger is credited with sacking the Georgia Tech quarterback Rudy Allen.  Team members carried Ruettiger off the field following the game and Ruettiger was one of only two players carried off the field by his teammates. 
Convention attendees were able to meet Mr. Ruettiger and obtain autographed photos and a signed copy of his memoir and a copy of the film.  A commemorative College Football Rudy Award was created by the Rudy Foundation to uncover the “Rudy” on every High School football team in America.  The award is presented to the most inspirational High School football player who personifies what Ruettiger calls “The Four C’s”: Courage, Character, Commitment and Contribution. 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the movie release. Check out
Mom to two children and wife to former Chicago Bear great and New York Jets running back, Matt Forte, Danielle Forte is the creative influence and founder behind the 828 brand.  Fashion has always been a passion of Danielle’s growing up, she says an individual’s sense of style is one of life’s “guilt-free” pleasures for creative self-expression.  Danielle launched her first fashion line, the Danielle Forte Collection, but as she matured, so did her brand.  The “grown-up version” of the Danielle Forte Collection, 828 Clothing, launched on August 28, 2017.  The launch date was a nod to the Romans 8.28 proverb, which speaks to love and purpose; principles that both Danielle and Matt say guide their personal and professional lives.  While Matt enjoys providing stylistic feedback for the 828 collection, the real collaboration between the husband-wife duo comes from 828 Baby.  Launched shortly after 828 Clothing in November 2017, 828 Baby was a natural progression for the brand, with unisex clothing for babies up to 24 months.  While Danielle manages the visual expression for the line, selecting color swatches, fabrics, and cuts, Matt designs the pieces, crafted all the tongue-in-cheek sayings on their signature onesies and uses his life as a professional athlete to inspire everyday wear for kids, with a focus geared towards sports.

Danielle plans to grow both brands to international attraction and eventually incorporate philanthropy and education into the line with her husband’s non-profit foundation, What’s your Forte. Danielle names her parents and God as her biggest influences and says her proudest accomplishment is her family.  Danielle was a student in my class in the Fall of 2011.  It was the 20th Anniversary of Jammin With Jane and benefited two deserving charities:  Bridge to Success and Charity is Love. Check out her site
Jamie Whittington
Jaime Whittington is a member of the Special Events group at Major League Baseball based in New York City.  Jaime graduated from Columbia College in 2007 with a degree in Marketing Communications. At the start of her time in Chicago, Jaime interned with the Chicago Bears in the fan experience department, working game days. In Jaime’s junior year she was lucky enough to be exposed to opportunities in the events world through Jane’s class. During that time, she was able to volunteer at the Chicago Marathon and secure an internship in the events department at the March of Dimes.  

The next milestone in Jaime’s career occurred in 2008 when she secured an internship with Major League Baseball, coordinating the volunteer program for the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium that summer. Since then, Jaime has a remained a member of the special department at Major League Baseball, growing from intern to senior coordinator. A large part of Jaime’s focus throughout the year falls on the All-Star Game and Postseason. Jaime concentrates on ballpark events including operations and entertainment. In addition to those jewel events, Jaime manages the planning and execution of various large scale Major League Baseball meetings throughout the calendar year. Example of that include Winter Meetings, General Managers Meetings and the MLB Draft with a focus on a variety baseball operations meetings and programs.   Jaime would not be where she is today without key networking that opened opportunities to advance her career to where it is today. If you would like to connect with Jaime, she can be reached via email at:
JAMMIN WITH JANE is the Columbia College Chicago events class final exam.  Selecting a not-for-profit and organizing an event is all part of the hands-on learning experience.  In December 2013, two classes of 50 students organized the event at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children located at 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue in Chicago.   The main charity was the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago an independent not-for-profit volunteer association founded in 1957.  2Tough2Bully ™ is part of their cornerstone program Learning to Live which is designed to educate teachers, parents and students about the 15 mental health disorders common in adolescents.  These disorders include suicide, depression, self-mutilation, anxiety and eating disorders.  Bullying is an epidemic and affects people of all ages, primarily adolescents.  The well-being of the youth population drives the organization to continue their efforts.  As students are heading back to school this fall it is good to keep mental health and the well-being of our young people first and foremost in our minds.  Reach out and help someone who might be in need and remember to be KIND.  Here is a reminder from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   800 273-8256   “Just remember in case your mind is playing tricks on you today: You matter. You’re important. You’re loved.  And your presence on the earth makes a difference whether you see it or not.” 

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Jane E. Canepa
President, The Eventors, Inc. 
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