When the Streator Kiwanis Club welcomed Beckie Chismarick as its first female member in 1987, a great relationship began to take root between the non-profit organization, the community and a local woman who has become a positive force in helping area women and children.
Chismarick took on a variety of roles with the Kiwanis Club, including Distinguished President. She also became involved with the Woodland High School Key Club, the Streator Red Stocking program and the Streator Leading Ladies organization.
The Kiwanis support the Woodland High School Key Club, with Chismarick serving as an advisor to students during for the past four years. “I enjoy listening to the students in Key Club every week during the school year, hearing about their activities and acting as a liaison between that club and our Kiwanis Club,” says the REALTOR® for RE/MAX Country in Streator.
A graduating student appreciated the adult volunteers like Chismarick through his Facebook page, writing: “I want to take a moment to thank my advisors! Without all of you, Key Club wouldn’t have meant the world to me! You all are/were vital to the success of WHS Key Club.”
Also, the Kiwanis now oversee the community Red Stocking program, annually providing underprivileged local children Christmas gifts. “The program provides 150 children, ages 12 and under, eight gifts,” she says.
“I became involved with the Kiwanis Club and the Red Stocking program because they ‘serve the children of the world,’” she says. “I became involved with Streator Leading Ladies because it promotes the education of women.”
Real estate career
Chismarick started her real estate career in 2005, working for a non-MLS agency. When the owner of that business retired, she joined an MLS agency and became a REALTOR® in 2007. “My sales exploded when I became a REALTOR® and have continued to increase almost every year,” she says, adding that she has earned her GRI designation.
Together with her husband and son, the trio owns nine apartment buildings with a total of 92 units in Streator. “I have been a business woman since 1986,” she explains. “I joined various organizations when I first returned back to Streator in order to change my high school view of my hometown. Joining these organizations made me realize all the good things Streator and the surrounding communities have to offer residents. I am still in those organizations because I like the good we do for the community.”
Chismarick is a member of the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS®, a past member of its board of directors and is its 2016 REALTOR® of the Year.
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