Tag Archives: CALL Event

February Business Meeting – Judge Edmond Chang

President Scott Vanderlin gaveled in the first meeting of 2023, which had 63 registrants and 27 participants attending for the The Future of History in Legal Research.  One new member joined CALL -Amy Tomaszewski and Scott welcomed her.

Vice President Mandy Lee introduced Judge Chang who provided and overview of two Supreme Court cases and how they show how the role of history impacts the decisions rendered in those cases. Continue reading February Business Meeting – Judge Edmond Chang

Community Service Beach Clean Up


In conjunction with the September CALL Business Meeting, the Community Service Committee coordinated a beach cleaning event.

CALL members Don Mac Gregor, Carrie Port, Mike McMillan, and Jack Door (pictured here) participated in an Adopt-a-Beach event at Montrose Beach coordinated through the Alliance for the Great Lakes. 

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CALL Volunteers Help GCFD to Wrap up 2021

The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) is Chicago’s food bank and partners with over 700 local agencies and food assistance programs, including pantries, soup kitchens and shelters for children, older adults and veterans to fight hunger.

They rely on volunteers to repackage bulk amounts of food into smaller, shareable quantities that can be distributed throughout the Chicagoland area and Cook County.

On December 4, 2021, five (5) CALL members volunteered at the GCFD to do just that. Continue reading CALL Volunteers Help GCFD to Wrap up 2021

Committee Roundup: Community Service Montrose Beach Cleanup

October 9th was a beautiful sunny day in Chicago. On that day eight CALL volunteers assembled at Montrose Beach with our garbage bags and rubber gloves and got down to business collecting trash. And there was plenty of garbage to be found, unfortunately. As we walked along the waterfront, everything from food wrappers and pieces of broken toys to Bulls baseball hats and cell phone accessories mingled with the sand and surf. Small bits of plastic are a disproportionately large pollution hazard that can travel well beyond the lakefront shore when wildlife fatally ingest them. Our group sent at least eight garbage bags of trash off to the landfill, a great start to getting some of the mess contained for proper disposal.  Continue reading Committee Roundup: Community Service Montrose Beach Cleanup

Trivia Night Review

The meetings committee hosted a holiday online trivia night on December 17, 2020. Ten excited and hopeful teams participated. Tanya Carlson, Konya Moss, Jessie LeMar, and Sandy Qiu of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom were the winning team with an assist from their families.

Jillian Baker hosted the trivia night and wowed us with her inventive questions. There were music hints to all the questions and the rounds consisted of pop culture, back to school, random questions, and two picture rounds featuring movies and license plates.

The Final 2 Questions are listed below. For fun see if you know the answers.

  • Children Books: Released in 1987, what book was the result of more than two years of detailed work by illustrator Martin Handford, and spent 93 weeks in the number one spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List?
  • Geography: Which US State has the most natural lakes?

The Meetings Committee is excited to host more events in the future.

Zoom Happy Hours!

When the rise of the coronavirus sent us home, the CALL Meetings Committee decided to host online happy hours. It has become a great way to raise a glass to discuss with working from home, fears and concerns about Covid, and chat about our favorite movie soundtrack.

Zoom Happy Hour
April Zoom Happy Hour (taken by Mandy Lee)

As librarians, we are skilled in learning new technologies so everyone has caught onto Zoom quickly. It has also been great to include CALL members who are living out of state (California, Indiana, Wisconsin).

After the success of the first online happy hour, we have been holding them every three weeks on Zoom.  We will be having our final summer happy hours on July 29 at 5:30 and August 20 at 12:30pm.

April Zoom Happy Hour (taken by Mandy Lee)
April Zoom Happy Hour (taken by Mandy Lee)

If you have suggestions for the fall please reach out to Eugene Guidice, Mike McMillan or Carrie Port, and stay tuned for the new schedule.

Recap: Creating a History Program For Your Organization

On October 1, 2019, Gretchen Van Dam, CALL member and Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Association Vice President and Archivist gave a presentation on the topic, “Creating a History Program for Your Organization: Lessons Learned from the Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Association.” The event took place at the Northern District of Illinois Court History Museum on the 21st floor of the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S.  Courthouse.

Find an overview of the tour and questions that can guide you through creating a historical organization in this recap from our CALL Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee.
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September 2019 Business Meeting with Jayne Reardon

Jayne Reardon, September 2019 CALL Business Meeting Featured SpeakerWe held our September 2019 business meeting at Wildfire with Jayne Reardon, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Ms. Reardon shared concerns about changes in the legal profession, both for lawyers and access to legal services. She also discussed proposed rule updates for professional conduct around fee sharing and finding clients. Continue reading September 2019 Business Meeting with Jayne Reardon