July / August 2014
IN THIS ISSUE
Mrs Las Vegas
Gearing up for
To become a
or an Offcial Social
Member scan here.
Former Midwesterners making
a positive difference in our
adopted home of Nevada
OFFICIAL SOCIAL MEMBERS
"Discovering and becoming an Offcial Social Member of CITD has been
fortunate and rewarding for me. The CITD community was very wel-
coming, friendly and supportive - invaluable for someone like me, with no
family and few acquaintances coming into a brand new town." John S.
"Last year I joined CITD as an Offcial Social Member. Since then I
have met many former Chicagoans, some with whom I have crossed
paths with back in Chicago. I attend many CITD events and have re-
cently become the honorary "Mayor" of Brando's - the ultimate
Chicago sports bar in Las Vegas. Great Organization!" Mike M.
"After teaching in the Chicago Public Schools for 30 years, I packed my
bags and moved to Las Vegas last August. I was introduced to CITD on
a chance encounter with Mary at Windy City Beefs N Pizza. We have
been collaborating ever since, we put together a very successful schol-
arship fund-raiser for the Las Vegas Chapter of the Roosevelt Univer-
sity Alumni Association. Being an Offcial Social Member has many
benefts; meeting the business members, fnding common interests or
needs and forming connections. In working with other organizations,
including a group of musicians, Beyond the Velvet Rope, the ability to
bring people together in collaboration has proven to be a valuable asset.
Thank you CITD for making me feel right at home." Denise W.
A FORMER CHICAGOAN YOU SHOULD KNOW
WOW! Talk about a former Midwesterner making a positive
difference in our adopted home of Nevada...here she is! Con-
gratulations are in order to our very own CITD Business Member
Jil-Marie Borchers, owner of Celebrity PhotoBooth. Jil-Marie
has been crowned Mrs Las Vegas 2015. Her Entrepreneurship
platform along with raising Awareness for Disabled and Fallen
Police Offcers is something we, as a community, can all be proud
of. Celebrity PhotoBooth provides portable photobooths for
personal and business events. In addition to CITD, Celebrity
PhotoBooth also has membership with Business Connections of
Nevada and Danny Vegas Live to name a few. We ask that you
support Jil-Marie by liking her FB page and visiting these websites
GEARING UP FOR FOOTBALL!
Our New Offcial Social Members: Sheri Berthelson, Layban Green,
Marilyn Ransaw, Donna Marie Serritella, Becky Stonebarger,
Mike Tresdale, Sylvia Welsh & Denise Woods
time again...to move the Hawks clothes
over just behind the Bulls stuff, keep
the Cubs & Sox clothes within hands
reach and bring the Bears clothes
forward! As I took a step back, I
smiled. Most of our members closets
must look the same way! Now that
we're full fedged Las Vegans, our
closets are no longer set up by the
weather seasons...but by our Sports
seasons. And if you're like me you
also have some Chicago and Illinois
wear too. We're proud of where we
come from, our colors, our teams
and so proud to call each other friend.
Thank you for being a CITD.
As I stood in front of
my closet, hanging up
a Blackhawks tee shirt,
I stopped for a mo-
ment and pondered in
thought...it was that
For a full gallery of our Event photos visit www.chicagoansinthedesert.com
That's right! Football! On behalf of our Bar and Restaurant owners we
want you to know that they are in full preparation mode for the upcoming
sesason. Adding HD TV's, painting and designing new"during the game
food and drink specials." As is years past, Chicagoans In The Desert will
be foating each week during the regular season to various locations. Keep
an eye on our website for further information.
OUR MEDIA FRIENDS
Right: Andy Kay of KOMP Radio
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FAMILY LAW CORNER with MICHELE L. ROBERTS, ESQ
Michele L. Roberts ESQ is on vacation and will continue her column in our next issue.
CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH GREAT LOCAL BUSINESSES
and write reviews. Yelp contains a search tool that can assist a consumer to fnd specifc products and services
in their area. Businesses can pay to advertise on Yelp and offer special perks for checking into their business on
Yelp. However, there is no favoritism for paying advertisers – they are not able to change or reorder their reviews.
Every business owner can claim their business and set up a business owner’s account on Yelp. The free tools pro-
vided allow a business owner to respond to reviews (both privately and publicly), post descriptive information
about their business, add photos, and track activity and customer leads from their Yelp page. This is all
available at biz.yelp.com. Yelp rewards its top user reviewers through its Yelp Elite Squad. Yelp recognizes
and rewards active Yelpers based on well-written reviews, great tips on mobile, a feshed-out personal profle,
an active voting and complimenting record. Yelpers obtain an Elite status through being nominated online by
a council in San Francisco. Elite members post hundreds of quality reviews and receive exclusive invitations
to special restaurant and social events. There are 60 Yelp Elite Squads in North America and Europe, with
Las Vegas being one of them. Have a stellar experience at a Chicagoan-owned establishment in Vegas?
Want to spread the word? You can help support our Chicagoans in the Desert businesses in Las Vegas by
patronizing their establishments and writing a review based on your experience. For example, if you had
a great dining experience at a restaurant you can use the Yelp app to “check in” to the business, write a
review and rate the business between 1-5 stars (5 being the best) based on your dining experience. Additionally,
you can also upload photos of the food with descriptions, which consumers may fnd helpful when they are
choosing to go to the restaurant. Remember to SHOP CHICAGOAN and help out a business owner by writing
a quality review on Yelp.com.
Rhonda (aka "Bears Girrrrl") has earned "Elite
Yelper" status with Yelp.com She was awarded
our "Former Chicagoan You Should Know" in
2012 and is instramental in the continued growth
of our community. She serves as Co-Event
Host and as a Guest Writer in our newsletter.
At Chicagoans In The Desert they are all about "taking care of each other". You can join them
in thier cause to support former Chicagoan Businesses by Writing a Review on Yelp.
Yelp.com is an “online urban guide” and business review site to fnd and support great local
businesses. It is currently one of the best sources for online reviews written by consumers on
just about any business, such as restaurants, pet care, auto services and more. In addition,
you can use Yelp to fnd events, lists and have online discussions with other Yelpers. Yelp is
available via desktop at yelp.com and also as a mobile phone app. It's free to create an account
OUR COMMUNITY RECENTLY LOST TWO AMAZING MEN.
BOTH HAD A PASSION FOR FEEDING US.
VICTOR MERCADO OF VIVA MERCADO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
" UNCLE LOU" OF WINDY CITY BEEFS N DOGS
REST IN PEACE
SHOP CHICAGOAN...IT WORKS!
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