Weekly News
6 March 2017

Inclement Weather Procedure - In case of bad weather, the Chapel Hill Leads Group will not meet if Chapel Hill Schools are closed or delayed on the day of the meeting! Check the Chapel Hill schools closing schedule on Twitter (https://twitter.com/chccs) each Wednesday morning to determine if the Chapel Hill Leads Group meets. Check the CHLG website (www.chapelhillleads.com) for any last minute changes!

Chapel Hill Schools are Closed this Wednesday as a Teacher Work Day and not because of inclement weather.

The Chapel Hill Leads Group WILL MEET this Wednesday at its regularly scheduled time and location.

This Week's Speaker:

Happy Birthday Chapel Hill Leads Group!

This February, the Chapel Hill Leads Group celebrates its 19th birthday. Since 1998, the CHLG has helped over 650 Triangle businesses build better business relationships one meeting at a time. The Chapel Hill Leads Group was founded on the concept of "old-fashioned marketing and business dealings" or dealing with people that you trust and in whom you have faith.

Come and join us this Wednesday, 8 March, in celebrating 19 years of Chapel Hill Leads Group. Have a cup of coffee and a piece of birthday cake. Renew old business acquaintances and forge new alliances. As a new member, use this opportunity to check out the CHLG.

Date:  8 March 2017
Time:  8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location:  American Legion Post 6
1714 Legion Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Through the years, our members have transformed our group into the premier business referral organization that it has become today.

Happy Birthday, Chapel Hill Leads Group !.

If you missed last Wednesday's meeting ...

Health and Cleaning - Cleaning is the first line of defense in the health care industry, the key to stopping the spread of germs.

Nationally-known residential cleaning instructor, Bruce Vance will touch on such things as:

 * Does spraying biocide all over your home really make you healthier?
 * Air quality: is your vacuum helping or hurting?
 * What about VOC’s?  Are they harmful?

Bring your questions about cleaning agents and surfaces.

Speaker's Schedule for March / April 2017
15 March - Planned Open Networking Meeting
22 March - Barnsley Brown, Spirited Solutions
29 March - Guest Speaker
5 April - Joe Jacob, The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.
12 April - Randy Menear, The Menear Group - KW Realty
19 April - Planned Open Networking Meeting
26 April - Tom Faulkner, Real-Time Pain Relief

Keep It Simple - Attend the Leads meeting at least 50% of the time for 3 consecutive months and have an up to date member business profile in the Member's Directory. Ask Lou Umscheid to place you on the speakers schedule. Continue to attend at least 50% of the Leads meetings until your presentation. Continue to attend the Leads meeting to strengthen your new referral network.

CHLG Meeting

The Chapel Hill Leads Group regularly scheduled weekly meeting is held every Wednesday morning at American Legion Post 6, 1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill, NC from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Meeting Dues are $5.00 per week. Place your business card and $1.00 in the Optional Drawing. One card will be selected and that person will receive the week's kitty. For Express Check-In, please arrive with a $5.00, a $1.00, and a business card and we will check you in. We greatly appreciate your bringing correct change. We cannot change large denomination bills ($10, $20, $50, etc.) and cannot accept checks.

EXPO OPPORTUNITIES - Each week arrangements have been made for you to show your products. Two (2) tables are available for this "mini-expo". Do not miss the opportunity to display your products or services so that your fellow Leads members can see what it is you do!

Did You Know:

Construction Alert! - Beginning Monday, 25 April 2016, the city of Chapel Hill will begin road improvements in and around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and Fordham Boulevard! As the construction progresses, members may wish to find an alternate route to the Chapel Hill Leads Group meeting, thus avoiding the road work.

From: Lee Schearer,
To: My Fellow Chapel Hill Leads Group Members


You have heard me mention the word appreciation many times in my closing remarks each week. Appreciation is defined as " The act of estimating the quality of things and giving them their proper value" Inherent within that definition is the act of keeping value in its perspective or relevancy. One cannot really be appreciative of something unless he/she has experienced the opposite of whatever it is that is to be appreciated. I recently came upon a Tibetan prayer, that I wish to share with you, and one that illustrates this belief;

"Grant that I may be given appropriate difficulties and sufferings on this journey, so that my heart may be truly awakened and my practice of liberation and universal compassion may be truly fulfilled"

I invite you to join me at the Chapel Hill Leads Group, this Wednesday morning, with a big smile on your face, a skip in your step, a song in your heart and an attitude of gratitude for the life you live, in this great country, America, the beautiful.


Lee Schearer

Operation - We Care

The Chapel Hill Leads Group is collecting donations of food and non-food items to send to our troops overseas. Items for our troops may be brought to the American Legion Post 6, 1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill. Cash donations will be used to defer shipping costs of approximately $15.00 per box.

Donations will be accepted during the regular CHLG meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the next two Wednesday's, 22 February and 22 March.

The following is a suggested list of acceptable Food and Personal Care items as well as some items to avoid.

Suggested Snack Items
(Please, No Glass Containers)

* Hard candy
* Cookies and Snack Bars, Crackers
* Sunflower Seeds, Trail Mix
* Gum, Twizzlers, Life Savers
* Pop Tarts, Popcorn, Chex Mix
* Beef Jerky, Slim Jims
* Coffee, Hot Cocoa Mix
* Tea Bags (individually wrapped)
* "On the Go" Powdered drink mix for bottles water

Suggested Personal-Care Items
(Please, No Glass Containers)

* Lens Cleaning Wipes, Eye Drops
* Tape (electrical/duct)
* Chapstick, Blistex
* Vaseline Nasal Saline Spray
* Foot Powder, Body Wash, Loofahs
* Toothpaste
* Batteries (AAA, AA C)
* Tissues (pocket size)
* Baby wipes (pocket, no tubs)
* Socks, Boot Insole

Items to Avoid
(Please, No Glass Containers)

Bar soap
* Cheap Razors
* Aerosol cans
* Large bottles of shampoo
* Chocolate is OK during winter months
* No fruit in plastic cups (cans are OK)

Support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Attention CHLG Members - The Chapel Hill Leads Group's goal is to raise 100+ boxes of cereal a month. If everyone brought one box of cereal to two meetings this month, the Chapel Hill Leads Group would easily exceed the 100 boxes of cereal goal.

Chamber News:

Non-Profit Roundtable, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Planned Giving for Nonprofits ... Read the complete story.

Retail Roundtable, 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Provide peer counseling to fellow business principals in the retail trade ... Read the complete story.

Kevin V. Cooke State Farm Grand Opening, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday, 17 March 2017

Planned Giving for Nonprofits ... Read the complete story.

Networking In Your Neighborhood

There are several other Triangle Area Leads Groups available. These groups meet on different days of the week and at different times of the day. They provide the business person a more focused access to the local market. Try one of these other area leads groups soon.