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The Weekly Update is designed to keep members informed about upcoming events, career opportunities, and member news.  Members may submit news items to the CFE Office,


                                     CFE Weekly Update                   June 18, 2019

In This Issue:

Summer Social at the Fremont
West Suburban Book Club
Downtown Book Club
Giving Back Exchange Candle Making Event
Career Opportunity
Board Opportunity

Summer officially arrives this week, and few cities compare to Chicago in the summer. Mark your calendar and register to celebrate summer with CFE at Fremont Chicago. Located in the heart of River North, Fremont offers an eclectic dining and social atmosphere. CFE will have private access to the second level, which features a retractable roof for that perfect indoor/outdoor summer experience. Come enjoy a fun evening with good food, friends and conversation.

Location: Fremont Chicago - 15 West Illinois Street, Chicago
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Date: Thursday, July 11
Cost: No charge for Regular Members / $100 for Retired and Non-Resident Members

Register Today!

West Suburban Book Club - Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm
Il Poggiolo in Hinsdale

Bestselling author Frances Mayes brings her trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of place, food, and friendship to her latest book, Women in Sunlight.

Four American women become unexpected friends during a year in Tuscany marked by a writer's complicated relationship with the subject of her biography, long-postponed dreams, and shifting senses of adventure and bravery. Join fellow CFE members at Il Poggiolo for dinner and a social discussion about the book.


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Downtown Book Club - Thursday, July 25 at 5:30 pm
Location TBD

Join CFE for a downtown book club gathering. The featured book is Second Person Singular, by Sayed Kashu. A powerful and gripping tale of a successful Arab criminal attorney and a social worker-turned-artist who find their lives intersecting under the most curious of circumstances.

The lawyer has a thriving practice in the Jewish part of Jerusalem, a large house, a Mercedes, speaks both Arabic and Hebrew, and is in love with his wife and two young children. In an effort to uphold his image as a sophisticated Israeli Arab, he often makes weekly visits to a local bookstore to pick up popular novels. On one fateful evening, he decides to buy a used copy of Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata, a book his wife once recommended. To his surprise, inside he finds a small white note, a love letter, in Arabic, in her handwriting. Consumed with suspicion and jealousy, the lawyer slips into a blind rage over the presumed betrayal. He first considers murder, revenge, then divorce, but when the initial sting of humiliation and hurt dissipates, he decides to hunt for the book’s previous owner—a man named Yonatan, a man who is not easy to track down, whose identity is more complex than imagined, and whose life is more closely aligned with his own than expected. In the process of dredging up old ghosts and secrets, the lawyer tears the string that holds all of their lives together.

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Career Opportunity
Position: CFO
Company: Confidential
Location: Chicago/West Suburbs

Position is Chief Financial Officer for a well-established and highly respected commercial and industrial construction company that executes projects across North America. They are a privately held business which works with many of the world’s leading corporations. The company is a trusted partner as it possesses a demonstrable track record of reliable and safe performance, combined with a commitment to operate with the highest levels of integrity.

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Board Opportunity
The Alliance for the Great Lakes

The Alliance for the Great Lakes (the Alliance) works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow- involving tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all. The Alliance is currently recruiting a finance professional to join our volunteer Board of Directors. Our board members guide and oversee the work of the Alliance by providing mission-based leadership, governance and strategic direction, fiscal oversight, and philanthropic support to the organization and represent a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region.

The fiscal governance our board members provide includes reviewing and approving the annual budget and annual audit reports and tax filings, overseeing the organization’s investment strategy, and leveraging their expertise to inform operational improvements and strategic decisions. Board members serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-election for one additional three-year term. New members will be voted in during our November board retreat. Interested individuals should contact Sue Conatser at


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