Weekly News
20 March 2017

Remember to bring your items for the CLHG Troops Gift boxes. This Wednesday, 22 March 2017 is the last day for your donations to Operation - We CARE. Later in this newsletter you will find a itemized list of items for our troops in the Middle East.

This Week's Speaker:

How to Rein in Money Drains and Create 500 Extra Bucks Now! How would it feel to create an extra $500 per month with what you are already spending?  Dr. Barnsley will give you a clear plan of action to identify your money drains and turn them into an “investment fund” in what you truly value in business and life.

She’s a self-proclaimed "steel magnolia" in a long line of strong Southern women, a long-time member of Women's Power Networking, the National Speakers Association, and the American Society of Training and Development, and a frequent guest on Online and Offline radio shows.  Dr. Barnsley has taught the Reiki Method of Natural Stress and Pain Relief to over a thousand people in five countries across the globe.

As a professional speaker and coach and President of Spirited Solutions™, Dr. Barnsley helps women, business owners, and busy professionals like you have more time, energy, and money right now!

If you missed last Wednesday's meeting ...

Last Wednesday, 15 March was an Open Networking Meeting at the Chapel Hill Leads Group. New relationships were developed. First time attendees were made to feel welcomed. Several returning members put in an appearance after a long absence made new connections and rekindled old ones.

Plenty of Business Cards were exchanged!

Speaker's Schedule for March / April 2017
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

"Loyalty to the Chapel Hill Leads Group"

The word loyalty is defined as "a feeling of faithfulness or allegiance". While there are many of our regular core-group members who are very loyal to the Chapel Hill Leads Group, I would like to make note of one of us here. That member is Don Bonin, the co-facilitator, who has not only been my "right-hand man" and one who brings me my coffee each week, but who has been instrumental in providing me with a sounding board and has acted as an advisor and a mentor over these past 14 + years. Don started in his role as a co-facilitator the day that I received word that my Father died, January 14, 2004. Don and I had just arrived at the Leads Group meeting at the Holiday Inn and were in the process of setting things up for the regular meeting. It was in that time period that I came to realize that Don was to be a trusted ally and one that we all could rely on in the growth of the Chapel Hill Leads Group. 13 years at the head table and his dedication to the Leads Group including helping me relocate 7 times over those 13 years affords Don a special place within our membership.

I also want to make sure to all who read this message and to those who may hear of Don's decision through social-media are clear of his decision and of his future, within the Leads Group. Since many of you were not at the meeting last week and our attendance was low, I want to provide you with the reason for his decision. Following are Don's comment, in his own words;

"I stepped down from the Leads Group head table due to my time resources to start a new publication and to attend other Leads Groups in the area. I also stated I would still support and come to the Leads Group and if Lee Schearer needed someone to fill in I would be glad to do so."

Don's allegiance and faithfulness to the Chapel Hill Leads Group is unparalleled. It has been my honor and privilege to have had him not only sharing the head table, but also to be a confidant and a mentor over these past 14 years and one who will still be within our attendance at regular intervals.


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:

Retail Roundtable, 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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

CHYP at Linda's Bar & Grill, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Spend the evening on Franklin Street with your peers ... Read the complete story.

Lights, Camera, Advocacy!, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.,Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Lights, camera, advocacy!  ... Read the complete story.

China Travel Information Session, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Join us for a free information session on the upcoming Chamber travel to China.   ... 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.