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Sunday, June 30, 2019
Welcome to the 30th edition of the Jane Network News. June is the month to bring in the Summer and burst with pride!

Enjoy the read!



Everyone needs an umbrella and a popular song reminds us all that we have a smile that can serve as an umbrella on a rainy rainy day! Raining on parades is a metaphor and something that happens in real life! Coming from Baraboo, WI, the home of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and the world-famous Circus World Museum, every day was a parade of one type or another. Our tap-dancing family was always enlisted to join in and be part of most of these occasions – my father, Tony, could get anyone anywhere to join in the event. From girl scouts, boy scouts, marching bands, baton twirlers, flag bearers, veterans and retirees - everyone was in the parade and the entire town came out to support these endeavors.

Summer is a time for parades and promotions of every shape and size. June is Pride Month in Chicago and it is a time to “Burst with Pride!’. Organization is the key and cooperation a must. My early parade organizing skills began as an assistant to my dad and one of his proudest moments was an attempt to start a Drum & Bugle Corps. He was Baraboo’s “Music Man”. Combine the grade and high schoolers with the authentic Circus Wagons and floats – clowns and elephants we had some pretty good parades. Our most daring parade appearance was on a bicycle built for 13. The custom-built bicycle was created by my dad and my brothers and it was ride-able but just not able to corner very well. We posed for photos and then rode out onto the city streets. We were a spectacle and fashionable in costumes and dresses sewn by our talented mother, Alberta.

Chicago was also a calling for parade appearances by our family. We first appeared in a Chicago Christmas Parade in the 1960's and tap-danced down State Street on a very snowy and rainy day. Next time bring the umbrella!

In my early days of teaching special events and public relations at Columbia College Chicago I was reconnected with the Chicago Christmas Parade organizers. Promoting my events class with volunteer participation made parades a great way to introduce my students to the special events business. Learning how to communicate, organize and be called on to avert an emergency became a quick entry into the world of special events. Many of my students became interns, part and full-time employees and volunteers for a lifetime at these parades and events.

In 1934, the idea for a Christmas parade in Chicago was pitched to then Mayor Edward Kelly by Walter Gregory, president of the – State Street Council (now Chicago Loop Alliance). During the Great Depression, people weren’t too happy or doing any shopping and Gregory hoped to bring some much- needed cheer and economic stimulation to the city.

In May of that year, a three-car Burlington Zephyr train was making the 1,000-mile, non-stop trek from Denver to Chicago at 112 miles per hour. On December 7, 1934, the Christmas Caravan train arrived in full fanfare and loaded with toys from State Street stores. According to news reports at that time, the spectacle worked as sales in the Loop saw the highest profits since pre-Depression days in 1927. Fast forward to 2019 and this year the parade now moved back to Thanksgiving Day and along State Street and this year November 28 will mark the 85th year for the event.


Although my father’s idea to start a Baraboo Drum & Bugle Corps did not take off – corps members appearances were made in many local parades. Today there are plenty of musical instruments in garages, basements and closets. Get them out and join a parade. Yesterday in Chicago a 76 Trombones Parade stepped off from the Goodman Theatre to promote the Music Man starting Saturday June 29.

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 Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella!

Just let a smile be your umbrella, on a rainy, rainy day - and if your sweetie cries just tell her that a smile will always pay. Whenever skies are gray, don't you worry or fret, a smile will bring the sunshine and you'll never get wet. So, let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy, rainy day! I dedicate this issue to my late nephew "Bud" Dennis Lee Reifsteck, Jr. who would have been 30 today!  I love you Bud! 

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Pride Parade and it kicks off today at noon. Charlie Rice-Minoso, one of my former students, is an advocate and supporter of pride events in Chicago. 
Charlie Rice-Minoso
Charlie Rice-Minoso is an award-winning communications strategist, advocate and community activist with a passion for storytelling on behalf of brands and impactful causes. With comprehensive experience spearheading effective programs, overseeing media, public and community relations, corporate social responsibility, cause marketing, public affairs, healthcare and advocacy campaigns. Among the communications initiatives he’s spearheaded include the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s public awareness campaigns that successfully secured $500,000 in emergency federal funds to empower homeless pregnant mothers living with HIV and to secure civil protections for Chicago’s transgender community in city hall. Among the other organizations Charlie’s worked with include the Allstate Foundation, AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation, Columbia College Chicago, Cradles to Crayons, Howard Brown Health and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Previously, Charlie worked as a community outreach and communications associate for Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest LGBTQ rights organization. While there, he worked on community organizing efforts that successfully contributed to the passage of Illinois’ marriage equality legislation, making Illinois the 13 th state to allow same-gender couples to marry. He also implemented a strategic partnership between the City of Chicago, JPMorgan Chase and community nonprofits to host finance literacy workshops to empower at-risk and homeless LGBTQ youth. Charlie graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and minors in theater and cultural studies. During his time at Columbia, Charlie was vice president of Common Ground, the on-campus LGBTQ student organization where his involvement led him to win the 2008 “Most Outstanding Student Volunteer Award.”

Awards and honors Charlie has received include the Windy City Times “30 Under 30 Award: For Outstanding Young LGBTQ Leaders” and Equality Illinois’ Most Outstanding Volunteer Award. His campaigns have also won numerous awards from the Publicity Relations Society of America- Chicago and Publicity Club of Chicago, including PCC’s “Edwin J. Shaughnessy Quality of Life Award” granted for the use of using public relations to improve society. When not consulting on client campaigns, he volunteers with area nonprofits such as After School Matters, Chicago White Sox Charities, Equality Illinois and Legal Council for Health Justice.

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