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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,

Weekly Update 11/20/18

                                     CFE Weekly Update                 November 20, 2018

In This Issue:

West Suburban Book Club
Holiday Brunch
Downtown Book Club
2019 Winter Social & Annual Meeting
Member News
Career Opportunity

West Suburban Book Club
Tuesday, December 4 | 6:30 pm | Livia, Elmhurst

Come join other CFE members for a social book discussion at Livia Italian Eatery in Elmhurst. The featured book is Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult.

Soon to be a motion picture, the book follows Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers.Small Great Thingsis a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

Click here to register and learn more about the book.

Holiday Brunch: Sunday, December 9 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
175 East Delaware Place, 44th Floor (John Hancock Building)

Celebrate the holidays with other CFE members at the Annual Holiday Brunch. Members Kathy Abbott, Margaret Annett and Dorothy Bossung are this year's co-hosts. The brunch will be held at the John Hancock 44th floor "party room."

Attendees are asked to bring a brunch dish (e.g. egg dish, salad/appetizer, fruit/dessert). Margaret Annett will coordinate to ensure a nice assortment. Please email her at to indicate what you will bring. Hostesses will provide Champagne, Mimosas, Coffee & Tea

In keeping with the festive tradition of the brunch, there will be a gift exchange. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift ($35 value) for the exchange.

Click here to register

Downtown Book Club
Wednesday, December 12 | 5:30 pm | Le Sardine

Join CFE members for a social book discussion and dinner at Le Sardine. The featured book is Before We Where Yours, by Lisa Wingate.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country. Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Click here to learn more about the book and register to attend.


CFE Member News

Congratulations to CFE Member Karen Kane on being named 2018 FEI Chicago Chapter, CFO of the Year, Not-For-Profit Mid-Size Company: Marillac St. Vincent Family Services

Karen has been involved in supporting the mission at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services (MSV) for over 25 years: the first 21 years as a volunteer while working full time in the corporate world combined with the last four years working as its CFO. Many hats have been worn! Click to read the complete announcement.

Career Opportunity

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Company: R.D. Offutt Company, Fargo, ND

R.D. Offutt Company is an entrepreneurial, growth-oriented holding company that has grown to more than $3B in revenues with primary interests in heavy equipment dealerships, production agriculture, consumer packaged goods, food processing, and commercial and residential real estate. The CFO will serve as a thought leader and strategic business partner to the CEO and be a key member of R.D. Offutt’s Senior Leadership Team. S/he will provide oversight and leadership for the enterprise wide functional areas of Reporting, Treasury, Tax, Audit, Legal, Risk Management and Insurance and will be responsible for keeping leadership fully apprised of financial matters. Click here to learn more

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