Message from the President
Posted by the Community Affairs Department
August 18, 2017
Sheila Chalmers-Currin











Message from the Village President

I would like to extend best wishes to every resident of Matteson. If you are new to the Village, welcome to Matteson. The Village Trustees, Matteson's employees, and myself are all very glad you have joined our current residents to make Matteson your home - it is a great place to live and raise your family.

My sincere belief is that the life and breath of the Village is in its neighborhoods. With that said, on Tuesday night August 2nd, I traveled with Police Chief Mike Jones to several neighborhoods as part of "National Night Out". This was a great opportunity to meet with residents in the Village of Matteson. Night Out is designed to help with generating support for Anti-Crime programs and to strengthen community policing by engaging neighbors in discussion and dialogue. Chief Jones mentioned "it's a plus for law enforcement to come together with the community to build a relationship on good terms". I definitively agree, it was a great night of food, soda, snacks, and good conversation. My goal is to expand "Night Out" by increasing neighborhood block by block involvement and enlisting the participation of every homeowners association.

We are in the process of wrapping up our summer youth program. What a great group of young people participating in a program that allows youth to develop their life skills and gain valuable work experience. It is my hope to grow this program in the coming years. I am firmly focused on expanding summer employment and mentoring to as many area high school and college students as possible. This year's achievement had the support and financial backing of elected officials, area business owners, corporate officials, and staff. Thanks to all for making the program a success.

On August 23rd, I am hosting a "Senior Luncheon with the President" - an event engaging many Village of Matteson senior citizens. The luncheon will be held from noon until 2:00 pm at the outdoor grounds of Village Hall, 4900 Village Commons. We will have lunch, music, and guest speakers. Interested seniors should RSVP by calling 708-283-4776. This is a good opportunity to have informal conversation and talk about upcoming events that involve our senior community. The newly designed senior program initiative will be responsible for establishing the framework and components necessary for a successful implementation of all senior targeted programs to come.

Matteson needs to be a place that retains our young professionals and embraces our elderly. A place that educates our children, revitalizes our neighborhoods, strengthens our businesses, and holds people accountable. We are constantly striving to ensure that the Village and residents of the Village of Matteson move forward. We have to work together. I use the word "we" because I alone cannot effect the changes we need to move forward in this great Village. We are slowly seeing the Village of Matteson being transformed and we are making it happen by working together.

We have several great and positive projects ahead. Nonetheless, one of my hardest jobs in the last 90 days has been helping people understand why Matteson's best days are ahead. I firmly believe, to be successful in the fight for economic development, we need to be creative, flexible, participatory, and open to trying new things. It is my intention to lead this effort on a daily basis.

It is an honor to serve as Village President, and I am grateful for your encouragement and support.

Sincerely,



Sheila Chalmers-Currin, Village President
Village of Matteson