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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS! 
THE EVENTORS, INC.
 1976-2018 

December 24, 2018 

Welcome to the 24th edition of the Jane Network News.  This month we celebrate family - friendship & laughter.  Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays and PEACE in the New Year!  

Enjoy the read!

REFLECTIONS - HOLIDAYS
HOPE & LIFE ACCORDING TO ERMA BOMBECK

I have been writing the Jane Network News for two years and have enjoyed the process and the walk down memory lane.  I hope that you have as well.  As someone who has always been in the public eye, I am blessed to have many friends and family to enhance my life.  I have enjoyed sharing my family history and some of our tap dancing adventures.  Reminiscing and writing about my career in Chicago as THE EVENTOR has been fun to do and share.   It has been wonderful to reconnect and write features about my former special events & promotions students from Columbia College Chicago.  You can find past issues of the newsletters on www.eventors.us

CHEERS TO KIKI FOR 50 YEARS AS THE TOP FRENCH RESTAURANTUER IN CHICAGO

People ask me why I write about  Kiki’s Bistro and the charismatic Frenchman who operates the restaurant.  In one word – friendship and another word – history!  As a young Chicago career woman embarking on a new life path – the corners of State & Madison intersected for me at Carson Pirie Scott & Co. as a member of a retail sales program called “College Board.”  I spent two summers learning the retail ropes on a grand scale and shadowing my late older sister Mary Anne, my guiding star in my career and in my life.  Mary was the one who introduced me to Kiki!!  As the Director of Special Events, Public Relations and Training, she was THE rising star at Carsons and everyone wanted to be like her, to be with her and be in her limelight.  She shared all of that easily and she brought her colleagues and friends to dine at the famous LeBordeaux – the charming subterranean French bistro located in the lower level of Three West Madison.  I followed her everywhere and learned as much as I could from her about charm, elegance, fine dining, diplomacy, foreign and public relations!  Get a passport and travel! 
  
Kiki, Denise Staniec (wife), and Reginald Stewart from Alderman Walter Burnett's office present Kiki with a street naming proclamation!  Rue de Kiki! 
 
On January 1, 1969 Georges “Kiki” Cuisance opened LeBordeaux and this New Year’s Eve will mark his 50 years in business.  How many people have you known as friends for 50 years!  I am fortunate to have known Kiki!  His friendship, his demeanor, his charm and his laugh are the things that make me smile.  Join us during the early months of January 2019 to celebrate his longevity in the Chicago restaurant business.  I will continue to hold my Jane Network Nights at Kiki’s Bistro 900 N. Franklin Chicago on the last Monday or each month – January 28, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm 

MY DEAR FRIEND NANCY

During my tenure at Carson’s during my first summer on College Board –  I met a Chicago soul mate in Nancy McMahon!  Like Kiki, Nancy and I have been tied together since our college days at Carsons.   We survived good jobs and bad, marriages and divorces and raising our only children who both are similar in ages and life circumstances.  Nancy and I are blessed to have healthy children and through them have darling granddaughters.  We shared a passion for exploring every corner of the store and the entire Chicago “loop”.  If we got “lost” at lunch it was at Kroch & Brentano’s across the street at Wabash and Monroe.  Nancy was from the south side of Chicago and her parents operated a pizza restaurant near Comiskey Park.   I was introduced to one of my favorite things: GREEN OLIVE PIZZA!  Our friendship has matured as we have, and Nancy can attest “to know me is to love me!” I made her do many things and as a wonderful and willing friend she obliged.  Here she is distributing Wild Garden Hummus at the Museum of Science and Industry for the Chicago Christmas Parade.  Everyone needs a rock-solid friend and Nancy is surely my blessing. 
Susan Befera McKinney and grandson Ashton looks like her baby amd at 68 that is not an option! 

Growing up in Baraboo, WI my parents sent my siblings and I to St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  I survived that experience with a friend I made in the first grade.  Susan Befera and I shared a desk as our last names were close together in the alphabet.  I count her as another one of my lifelong friends.  Saying her name makes me laugh and smile and everyone needs to laugh these days.  Today we share our lives and our families, and we have been compared to “Lucy and Ethel”.  Susan was new to the email scene in the year 2000 and she shared with me the following in an email.
 
*The late humorist and author Erma Bombeck was famous for her one-liners and she was called the enchanting lady of laughter by another late columnist Art Buchwald.  According to Mr. Buchwald – “see if you can read a paragraph without laughing out loud.” 

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER   
By Erma Bombeck 
** written after she had found out she was dying from cancer**
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the Earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day. 
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. 
I would have talked less and listened more. 
I would have invited friends over to dinner, even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room, and worried much less about the dirt if someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband. 
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. 
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, or wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. 
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. 
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later.” Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I love you’s,” More “I’m sorry’s.”
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it … live it … and never give it back.
Stop sweating the small stuff.  Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what.  Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who DO love us.  Let’s think about what God HAS blessed us with, and what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually. 
Life is too short to let it pass you by.  We only have one shot at this and then it’s gone. 

I hope you all have a blessed day.  In memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight to cancer.  Pass this along to share with your friends and loved ones. 

Treat yourself to an Erma Bombeck book – one of my favorite foods is cherry pie.  Erma says it best with her book “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?"
Jammin With Jane is a student run event organized by Columbia College’s Special Events and Promotions class. Throughout the semester, students learn about the process of planning an event and also get to have hands on experience by attending current events around Chicago. At the end of the semester, students are expected to successfully plan a final event that supports a local charity. This year students have chosen to donate proceeds towards the MENTEE organization. Visit Jammin With Jane for more information.

MENTEE is a Chicago nonprofit that supports immigrant, refugee, and low-income youth with mentorship and cross-sector job shadows. MENTEE keeps kids in school, provides the social and emotional support students need, helps build a network they wouldn’t naturally have, and gives our young mentees the confidence and experience to direct their own futures.

Georgette Couvall

Georgette Couvall graduated from Columbia College in June 2002.  As a charming young woman, she was a joy to have as a student.  She has a miraculous story that was documented by the TV show EXTRA. The news crew came to the class to film her and fellow students.  Check out her personal blog to learn the incredible story of her life https://georgettecouvall.wordpress.com.  Georgette continues to work for awareness for Dr. Kenneth E. Salyer Founder & Chairman of the World Craniofacial Foundation in Dallas, Texas.  http://www.worldcf.org.  According to Georgette, there are several different types of medical conditions that exist that people have never heard of – many of these causes are part of Georgette’s passion to raise funding and awareness.
 

Never deprive someone of HOPE it might be all they have! 

 
Join us!
Monday, January 28 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm 
Monthly Social Media Social Hour and Jane Network Night at Kiki’s Bistro 

Kiki's Bistro 
900 N. Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.335.5454

www.kikisbistro.com
Graduating this year? Planning your next career move? Want to maintain your personal and professional connections? Let Jane help! Email us your story and we'll help connect you to the right person, who can connect you to your future! 
 
Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Jane E. Canepa
President, The Eventors, Inc. 
312.217.JANE (5263)
jane@eventors.us
www.eventors.us
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