New Chamber president ready to step up

By on December 10, 2010

Editor’s Note: Leslie Flint is the Design Director of the Elburn Herald.
by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Supporting a community isn’t difficult when you enjoy the people and the town. Leslie Flint will take over the reins as president of the Elburn Chamber of Commerce in January.

“She’s been a very dedicated and active member and leader in the chamber for years,” former Chamber president Bob Britz said. “She’s never been afraid to step up and take the initiative to see the job through. If only all chamber members were that active.”

For the past nine years, Flint has been volunteering her time and energy to help promote businesses in Elburn. She has been active in organizing the annual pork chop dinner, the Christmas Stroll and the Day in the Park, along with many other chamber events. She has also acted as Vice President of Marketing and then Vice President of Committees.

“I like helping out with community events,” said Flint, who is the Design Director at the Elburn Herald. “It’s an easy way to meet people and get involved.”

Growing up in the Kaneland area, Flint was active in 4-H, volleyball and softball. It wasn’t until she started working at the Elburn Herald that a co-worker who was active in the chamber asked Leslie to help with events.

“Growing up in a large family, it’s not hard to get to know people. We enjoy being supportive of the community. It’s something we value,” Flint said.

Flint summarizes the skills she has honed over the years of handling events into two necessary elements.

“Organization is key, and getting volunteers. If you’ve got that, you can put on any event,” Flint said. “If you can get people excited about an event, you can get them to volunteer. It doesn’t take a lot of time or labor (to volunteer). It just takes an hour here and an hour there.”

With those persuasive skills in tow, Flint has succeeded in orchestrating not only events that volunteers can get excited about, but also a vision for businesses in Elburn.

“Obviously, we want to bring more businesses to town. It’s hard to do, so we ask ‘What can we do for you?’” Flint said. “This year I want to work on getting businesses to work with each other. We want to work on businesses cross-promoting.”

Flint cites Paisano’s Pizza and Grill as being exemplary in both giving back to the community and joining with other businesses and helping them out.

She also says that the chamber has been working on improving its communication with the village and the Lion’s Club. She said that the organizations now talk freely and can coordinate efforts.

Even though the chamber has taken a hit in the last few years, especially last year’s Day in the Park fundraiser for the fireworks, she looks forward to taking the time to revise its goals.

“Now’s the time to regroup, to try to get some new volunteers to help with events that don’t cost much to put on,” Flint said. “We want to come up with a new game plan. We want to offer something for the community but not kill the chamber in the meantime.”