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ONYX announces its spring, summer plans

First-ever all-member meeting next month

OTTAWA, Ill. — Ottawa Network of Young eXecs (ONYX) announced plans recently for several upcoming events, including an all-member meeting, family picnic, and 5k run/walk.

eXec Connect, an informal networking event usually held the first Thursday of the month, has been cancelled for April 4 in lieu of the all-member meeting later in the month.


Scheduled for Thursday, April 25, an all-member meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at JJ’s Sports Pub and Grill, 104 W. Main St., Ottawa.

Complimentary appetizers will be available as part of the social/cocktail hour beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting itself is slated to begin at 6 p.m. in the upper room.

The all-member meeting is open to current ONYX members and their guests, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the group or applying for membership. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn how to get involved in the group, and promote your business and/or industry.

RSVPs are not required, but questions about the meeting may be directed to Robb Hasty at (815) 228-7253 or


A family picnic is being planned for Fathers’ Day weekend, on Saturday, June 15. A new activity for the group, this event aims to involve the spouses and/or children of members in a fun and safe setting.

Hayrack rides, games, and a small petting zoo are among the activities to be provided. The club will provide the meat and attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass.

Weather pending, swimming and/or canoeing may be available.

For more information, contact Robb Hasty at (815) 228-7253 or


This year’s fifth annual Dash for Ca$h 5K run/walk will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. Proceeds from this event will help to fund a newly created scholarship program benefiting local high school students.

Mail-in (paper) applications postmarked by Monday, July 8, require a $25 fee. Online registration is available through until Monday, July 8, and carries a $30 fee.

Custom-designed men’s and women’s technical shirts are guaranteed to runners and walkers who pre-register within this timeframe. Race day registration will also be available for $30 per person, though technical shirts will not be guaranteed to these participants.

Medals will be awarded to the overall male and female winners, as well as the first-, second- and third-place male and female winners in each age division. Results will be posted online within 48 hours of the race at

Group/team registrations are available, and event volunteers and sponsors are needed.

For more information, contact race director Matt Skelly at (847) 287-1566 or


ONYX, an organization developed in partnership with the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, enables and encourages young professionals ages 22-40 to become the future “gems” of the community.

From entry-level to executive, ONYX allows members an opportunity to achieve personal and professional growth by providing a modern setting for social and business networking, community involvement, and cultural and career development.

Learn more at or

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