NCGR Northern Illinois Chapter
Announcements and Upcoming Events for 2018 

    Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month (March through December) for a variety of astrological topics.

    We are on our winter break (no meetings in January or February). We will resume on March 13th, 2018.

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  • March 13, 2018 ~ Dawn Silver and Joe Polise
    Good Dog Bad Dog

    2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog. Who bites, who get s bit and who needs better denture adhesive? Astrologers Joe Polise and Dawn Silver will take us through the 2018 highlighting the Ingress Charts for the US, the important topics of the day and the aspects to watch for and take advantage of.

    Dawn Silver is a Naprapath, Astrologer, Crystal Healer and Healing Earth Resources founder and author. Her book, the Jewels of the Lotus Tibetan Gemstone Oracle, was the recipient of the national Visionary Arts Award in which she offers certification. She has lectured internationally at numerous Crystal, Nutritional and Astrology conventions, including the Global Pyramid and Lightworkers conferences. Dawn is an NCGR member.

    Joe Polise is professionally certified astrological consultant/ teacher who loves to share the practical value astrology has for our world. He builds community with other astrologers by serving as an NCGR-PAA examiner, Education Director for NI-NCGR, and VP of Chicago's Friends of Astrology. Nationally, Joe has taught for NCGR, ISAR, and UAC, SOTA conventions and many regional U.S. astrology groups

    It’s time for our Board Elections. We will take nominations up until the March meeting. You can nominate yourself or another member with his or her permission. Ballots will go out in April and the people who are elected will be announced at the May meeting. Term of service is two years and runs from May 1, 2018 thru April 30, 2020. Here are the positions that are elected and the duties associated with each.

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    The President is responsible for:
    Acting as group spokesperson and promoting the Chapter’s mission and purpose
    Presiding over meetings of the Board of Directors as well as over general business meetings
    Maintaining current bylaws
    Leading the strategic planning process
    Overseeing chapter budget
    Submitting an annual report as required for NCGR National
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    The Vice-President is responsible for:
    Assuming the office and duties of the President on account of the absence, resignation or demise of the President
    Working to create linkages with other astrology groups
    Cultivating contacts with national groups
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    The Treasurer is responsible for:
    Maintaining records of Chapter finances
    Assisting in preparation of Chapter budget
    Monitoring terms of checking and other bank accounts
    Maintaining proof of nonprofit status/EIN
    Collecting membership dues and other fees, and when so directed by the President and/or Board of Directors, disburse monies.
    Making a written report at each board meeting, and presenting oral interim reports at business meetings.
    Submitting an annual report as required by NCGR National.
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    The Secretary is responsible for:
    Keeping records of board actions, including overseeing the taking of minutes at all board meetings Sending out meeting announcements, distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each board member
    Assuring that Chapter records are maintained
    Acting as Parliamentarian during official board and business meetings
    Maintaining supplies of letterhead, logo, P.O. Box, software and other office items
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    The Membership Director is responsible for:
       Keeping records of members ~ who's membership is current, and who's is about to expire or has expired.
       Encouraging members to re-join, once they have left.
       Implementing new ideas to encourage membership growth.
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    UAC Is Just Around the Corner!
    Registration for the United Astrology Conference (UAC 2018) is now open!
    This exciting event is presented every few years by a cooperating group of educational astrological organizations, including NCGR. The result is education, fun for all, and the largest gathering of astrologers in the world!
      Click here to check it out - and by all means register!
    Once you are registered, please reserve your room. They are limited at the special conference price, and you don’t want to miss out.
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    NCGR Workshop at UAC:
    Cyber Tools for Astrologers
    NCGR is presenting an exciting and informative all-day workshop at UAC 2018 on Wednesday May 23, 2018. $90 for the day, or $55 for session 1, $30 for session 2, $30 for session 3. The complete program is shown below.
    Session 1. Office Tools. (2.5 hours with 15 min. break) 10 am-12:30 pm 1. Introduction to Google Suite of products. 30 mins a. What products are present within Google Suite: Doc (similar to Word), Sheets (similar to Excel), Slides (PowerPoint), Sites (to create websites), Google drive to store materials; b. What is the advantage of using the Google suite: multiple people collaborating simultaneously. How to create and edit documents in multiple devices, maintain revisions, convert to pdf; c. Refer to handouts for all training material on YouTube, websites etc. 2. Power Points: 45 mins a. Best practices for effective presentations; b. Easy tips and tricks for using animations; c. Adding pictures, tables into PowerPoint; d. Smart Art 3. Excel (Sheets): 1 hour a. Step by Step instructions on creating and editing worksheets; b.Using templates; c. Sorting, filtering; d. Formulas.
    Session 2. Audio/Video Interactive Tools. (1 hour) 2- 3 PM 1. Use of online webinars for consulting and teaching a. Comparison of zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting, skype; b.Demo of an online webinar: tips and tricks; c. How to have an interactive online session; d. How to record and share webinars/ consultations–Hightail, Mediafire, Dropbox
    Session 3. Cyber Social Tools. (1 hour) 3:30-4:30 PM 1. Better utilization and integration of your Facebook page, twitter, blog and website a. How to create a Facebook page and maximize its potential; b. When to use twitter vs blogs vs Facebook; c. Other online tools: surveys, email, calendar.
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    Wanted: Volunteers to help out at the NCGR Table at UAC.
    Right now, we are looking for 1 – 2 hour commitments, from Tuesday, May 22 thru Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
    This is a great way to meet people in the area as well as across the world. Working at the NCGR Table will also allow us to advertise our Northern Illinois Chapter, attracting new members and new speakers. The UAC Faculty will realize how great Chicago is and want to come back and speak for our chapter, and maybe offer workshops. Your volunteer efforts will make a big impact on our group, so we thank you in advance for your assistance.

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    Monthly Meetings are $8.00 for Members, $12.00 for Guests
    Payment at door - cash only. Thank you!
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    495 Lee Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016

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