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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Heartland Health awards employees’ volunteer groups

Heartland Health awards employees’ volunteer groups

Heartland Health Care Center-Oakland of Troy is awarding Julie Crego and Amy Tung with the HCR Manorcare Foundation Volunteer Grant, based on their commitment to organizations within their communities. Crego is the human resources director of Heartland Health Care Centers-Oakland/Georgian Bloomfield. She has devoted her time to Evangelical Covenant/Messiah Church. Tung is a housekeeper at Heartland Health Care Center-Oakland. She is an active member of the Michigan Chinese Women’s Association. Each of the organizations will be presented with a check for $500 May 26. The HCR ManorCare Foundation’s Volunteer Grant Program was designed to give back to the communities where our employees live and work.

Networking seminar focuses on building relationships

 Business and Personal Coach Barry Demp presents “Take Charge: The Journey to Personal Excellence” 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at The Community House, 380 S. Bates St. in Birmingham. In this interactive session, participants will be advised on techniques to build and expand professional and personal relationships, ways to generate common ground and help design and align on new futures. The session will conclude with an hour of networking. There is a $5 fee per person. For reservations, call 248-644-5832 or visit


Defense group to host  speed networking event

A speed networking event for local professionals interested in the defense industry will be hosted by the Women In Defense (WID) Michigan Chapter 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Somerset Inn, 2601 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy. The evening will begin with a networking reception and followed by a facilitated speed networking session, featuring specific topic areas. Both men and women are welcome to attend the Lapeer Industries-sponsored event includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. On-site registration is $45 for WID members and $55 for non-members. To register in advance, visit Exhibit space is also available at a cost of $250 per table. In addition, WID supports Jackets for Jobs and encourages attendees to bring men and women’s gently used professional clothing on hangers.

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