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May 2016

thanks to our ticket sponsor:

MISSION STATEMENT The Affton Chamber of Commerce exists to support the business and general interests of the greater Affton area, and to provide opportunities to network, advertise, and educate its member businesses.


Melanie Layer-Gaskell 7229 Waterford Drive (63123) 314.282.8171 www.melanielayer.com ▪ melanie@melanielayer.com Melanie Layer Creative is an individually run boutique design studio. Specializing in brand identities for small businesses. It is my focus to give your brand a clear voice and bring it to life.


Jan Selvaggio, Master Jeweler 8946 Wilma Drive (63123) 314.630.7330 www.jselvaggio.mypremierdesigns.com jgs4premier@yahoo.com Premier Designs is high-fashion jewelry. I offer 3 price points: retail, ½ price, and FREE Contact me to learn how to earn FREE jewelry while having fun with your girlfriends!


Individual Member.

Affton, MO (63123) d.ajemian@erllc.com


Retired Resident.

Descriptions are written by the new members. When you’re in their area, stop by or call them and welcome them to the chamber.

Know someone who would benefit from Affton Chamber membership?

MEMBER REWARDS PROGRAM This program is available to all Chamber members, as you are our best salespeople—you know the value of membership! Recruit a new member & receive a reward! Your choice of:  One (1) complimentary lunch at a member meeting.  One (1) business card ad in the newsletter. Requirements:  Your name must be listed on the new member’s application (make sure to write your name on applications you give out).  The new member cannot have been a member during the past 2 years. 2

PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

...Legislative Update...

County Councilman Pat Dolan, District 5

County Councilman Kevin O'Leary, District 6

Learn about district boundaries, council responsibilities & ask questions! Thursday, May 12, 2016 11:15 am Registration | 12 noon Lunch Orlando Gardens Banquet Center 4300 Hoffmeister, 63125 $15 members | $20 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com

meeting sponsor PARTNERS Gold‌The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Neighbors Credit Union Silver‌American Eagle Credit Union, Spectrum Business


Monday, August 1st at

Tapawingo National Golf Club Four Person Scramble Shotgun Start @ 1pm


early bird prize

all golfers & sponsors paid by June 9 will be eligible


American Eagle Credit Union | Commerce Bank | Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center Great Southern Bank| Harster Heating & Air Conditioning | Insurance Concepts J&J Construction & Remodeling | Neighbors Credit Union Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes | Sam’s Club | Spectrum Business State Farm-Dane Huxel | Syberg’s Restaurant

Photos © CindysPhoto.com


PARTNERS Bronze...Commerce Bank, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center, Morris Family Chiropractic, SSM Health Center-St. Clare, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company

Tuesday, May 31 4-6 pm St. Louis Altenheim Memory Care Community 5408 S. Broadway, 63111 help our host prepare, please RSVP at www.afftonchamber.com

PARTNERS Committed...Burns Auto Service, Holsome Health Holistic Spa & Boutique


New Resident Mailing

 Dave Johnston, Affton Realty for providing addresses for our quarterly New Resident Mailing.  Participants: American Eagle Credit Union, Burns Auto Service, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Kokondo

Martial Arts, MB Health, Natural Healing Therapies, Neighbors Credit Union, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, SSM Health Center - St. Clare, and Syberg’s-An Eating & Drinking Co.

Affton Community & Business Expo

 Major Sponsors: Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, Spectrum Business & SAMMY J Balloon Creations.  Bag Sponsors: All Family Care, American Eagle Credit Union, The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, J & J

Construction & Remodeling, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, ServPro of Affton/Webster Groves, South County Times  Exhibitors: Affton Christian Church; Affton Christian Food Pantry; Affton Community Improvement

Association; Affton Community Volunteer Organization; Affton Early Childhood Center & Parents As Teachers; Affton Fire Protection District; AHS Key Club & Gravois Kiwanis; American Eagle Credit Union; Andre’s Banquet Center; Bayless School District; Bethesda Health Group; Callahan’s Tuxedo, Alterations & Travel Co.; Camp Invention; Cindy’s Photo; Costco; Cricket Wireless; Crown Vision Center; Eden United Church of Christ; Feed My People; Friendship Village; Gateway Tree Care; Great Southern Bank; Harster Heating & Air Conditioning; Indian Hills Swim Club; Joyce Factory Direct; Kenrick’s Meats & Catering; Lots of Curb Appeal; Lutheran High School South; MB Health; Mr. Wizard’s Frozen Custard & Yogurt; Needy Paws Rescue; Neighbors Credit Union; Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes; Petsway; Rodan + Fields-Amanda Willis; Rooftop Community Church; St. Louis Bread Co.; St. Louis Camp E.N.E.R.G.Y.; St. Louis County Library-Weber Branch; St. Louis County Police; Salem Lutheran Church & School; Sam’s Club-Lemay Ferry; SAMMY J Balloon Creations; Sharpshooters Pit & Grill; South County Times; Spectrum Business; State Farm-Dane Huxel; Syberg’s-An Eating & Drinking Co.; and Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.

 Committee: Kayla Lackner, American Eagle Credit Union; Dr. Steve Brotherton & Erica Chandler, Affton School

District; Lisa Rackley, Affton Chamber of Commerce  Volunteers: Jake Baretich, J & J Construction & Remodeling; Marty Carr, Deca Realty; Affton High School


Photos © CindysPhoto.com


PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, St. Anthony’s Medical Center


Photos © CindysPhoto.com

To advertise in this newsletter, contact or submit your camera-ready artwork to:

Affton Chamber of Commerce 314.631.3100 info@afftonchamber.com 9815 Mackenzie Road Affton, MO 63123 Business Card - starting at $30 Quarter Page - starting at $50 Half Page - starting at $75 Full Page - starting at $450 Flyer Insert - $100/month E-Blast to Members $25 PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Neighbors Credit Union Silver…American Eagle Credit Union, Spectrum Business


How to Get More Reviews for Your Business Ask for Them This is the easiest approach out there. A local carpet cleaner made my carpets look amazing. At the end of their work, they asked me if there was anything more they could do for me, anything I wanted, needed, or was interested in knowing. They made it a point to make sure I understood the best cleaning methods to maintain the look. They certainly provided good customer service and a great product. They handed me a business card (which even contained the copy “Love us? Please review us.”), and said they’d love to earn my business again. Then the other person handed me a few more “in case you know someone.” Next they told me how competitive their business is. How everyone relies on reviews and without them, a brand new business like theirs was not competitive. They made me fully understand how a review is essential to their ability to grow. While they did impress me, and I would’ve certainly used them again, and referred them if anyone I knew was asking for carpet cleaners, you know what would’ve likely happened had they not asked me for a review? We would’ve said our pleasantries as I walked them to the door. I would’ve looked at my watch, realized how far behind I was in my work, and promised myself to write a review that night after the kids went to bed. Sometime during the course of that 8-hour stretch, it would’ve slipped my mind. Instead, I thought about how nice they were, what they had done for me, and what I could do for them, which they had made quite clear – write a review. So before starting back up on my work, I went to YELP and wrote a review. If they hadn’t asked, they wouldn’t have received.

Take the Time to Educate on Their Importance Not only did the carpet cleaners ask for reviews, they told me why they needed them. In the classic “Xerox” study published in the book Influence by Robert Cialdini, he showed that when people interrupted others in a long line to use the copier as long as the interrupter used the word “because” in explaining why they must interrupt, 93% of the people let the person cut even when the excuse was as weak as “May I use the Xerox machine because I have to make copies.” Using “because” influences behavior to the point that the words following the “because” don’t seem to matter. In addition to giving a “because” to your request, create collaterals around why writing reviews on Yelp (and other sites) help businesses. Many people don’t take the time to think about the correlation between positive reviews and business growth.

Answer Your Reviews If someone is deciding whether they want to do business with you or whether they want to leave you a review after doing business with you, they may skim your existing reviews. If they see a cantankerous person combating those who leave mean reviews, arguing with them and belittling them, they may think twice about you and the kind of person you are. If however, you respond to all of your reviews – positive or negative – with helpful information, you will appear to be someone who cares. We do business with people we like. 83 million people visit YELP (alone) each month. Isn’t it time you leverage those reviews into getting more business? Don’t just sit around and wait for reviews. Use these tips to make them happen.


PARTNERS Bronze...Commerce Bank, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center, Morris Family Chiropractic, SSM Health Center-St. Clare, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company

If you have hired someone, received an award, or added to your family—whatever is news worthy—send it to mandy@afftonchamber.com. The deadline is the 15th of the month for publication in the next month’s newsletter.

Marilyn Allen, coordinator of Career & Technical Education, Perkins Grant and the A+ program at Affton High School, received the 2016 Superintendent’s Award for her support of and dedication to the Affton School District.

2016 SOAR Winners (pictured from left): Kathy Vogt, volunteer; Emily Burst, fourth-grade teacher at Gotsch Intermediate; Sandi LaManna, volunteer; Dr. David Spellman, volunteer; Kathy Beezley, nurse at Rogers Middle School; and Sue Madden, SSD instructional assistant at Affton Early Childhood. In addition to the six SOAR Award winners, 22 others were nominated and honored at the ceremony. THANK YOU...Our Clothing Drive Was Successful! We filled 90 large bags. Thanks to everyone who donated merchandise. A special thanks to RogersSTUCO, AHS-Key Club, Boy Scout Troop 821 and leader Kevin Wagoner and Mrs. Been for helping during the event.

Rachel Eaton, fifth-grade teacher at Gotsch Intermediate School, has been named the Affton School District’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. At an awards ceremony on April 13, Eaton was awarded the honor. Each Affton school also named a Teacher of the Year for their building. They include: Zandra Jackson at Mesnier Primary; Eaton for Gotsch Intermediate; Katie Guiett at Rogers Middle; and Brian Esselman at Affton High School.

PARTNERS Committed...Burns Auto Service, Holsome Health Holistic Spa & Boutique


Shop Chamber Members! To take advantage of the following discounts, take along your newsletter as proof of membership or stop by the Chamber office to pick up a card showing you are a current member. Add your company to this list!!! A Plus Printing Services—10% discount on printing & copying. Ad Source One—10% discount. Advance Carpet One—10% discount on any non-sale item. Crown Optical—10% off all eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses & accessories. Not valid with insurance or other discount plans. The E & A CFO Group—One month free payroll or other accounting service with 1 year commitment. Call for free quote. Extra Space Storage—Receive 5% off your monthly rent. Ask Patrick for details. F2 Garage Door Solutions—Free Installation with Purchase of Garage Armour Security Kit ($35.00 value). Fran Ann Engraving—10% off purchase from store. John G’Sell DDS—10% discount off services. Gateway Alarm, Inc.—Receive 3 months free monitoring with a new system. Gateway Tree Care—10% off services. Great Clips-Schnucks Plaza—Haircuts: $10.99, $5 off perms, & 20% off products. Holsome Health Holistic Spa & Boutique—10% discount off services. Infinity Hair Design—15% OFF your first precision haircut or color. Mehlville-Oakville Alumni Assoc—$5 discount (regularly $15) for Alumni by Choice Membership for non-alumni owned businesses Mops in Motion, Inc.—$10 discount on cleaning service of 3 hours or more. Morris Family Chiropractic—Meet the Doctor “Special”: New Patient Free Services: Consultation, Exam & Report of Findings. Park Forest Apartments—Application fee waived and 13 month lease with 1 month free. Pauline’s Place Adult Day Care, LLC—Any enrolled senior family member who is admitted for a year will receive a $10 discount with private pay attendance of 6 or more Monday to Friday hours. Southern Floral Shop—10% discount on each order, or free mylar balloon with a purchase. Ziegenhein Funeral Home—FREE METAL CASKET with "traditional" funeral service for US Veteran or paid pre-need funeral contract If you would like to see your business in this monthly column, simply offer a discount by WRITING OUT the discount and emailing or faxing it to the Chamber office. Your dues must be current.


Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are March 24-April 26.

Bethesda Health Group (2015) Citizens for Pat Yaeger (2002) Cor Jesu Academy (2003) Kokondo Martial Arts (2015) State Senator Scott Sifton, 1st District (2001) State Farm-Dane Huxel (2012) STL Auto Care (2013) US Bank (1973) Wolf’s Flower Shop (1973)

Our Condolences to Charlie Merx, Merx Flooring, on the passing of his sister, Susan Creech.

Classified Ads New Feature of the Member’s Area! Services | Items for Sale Properties | Job Openings Submit your ad for free… it’s on our website for the public to see! Learn how at a Member’s Area Class.

PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

Sponsored by:

Photos © CindysPhoto.com

10% Discount to Affton Chamber Members

PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Neighbors Credit Union Silver…American Eagle Credit Union, Spectrum Business


PRSRT STD U.S. Postage

AFFTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE www.afftonchamber.com 9815 Mackenzie Road Affton, MO 63123-5424



Officers President

Chamber BBQ

Saturday, May 7 | Schnuck’s parking lot see front cover

May Luncheon: StL Co Legislative Update Thursday, May 12 | Orlando Gardens see page 3

Website Members Area Class

Tuesday, May 17 | Chamber office, lower level see page 2

Ribbon Cutting St. Louis Altenheim Memory Care Tuesday, May 31 | 5408 S. Broadway see page 5

register or find out more @ afftonchamber.com

Carrie Carrigan Great Southern Bank President-Elect Dr. Eric Werner Morris Family Chiropractic Vice-President Dr. Steve Brotherton Affton School District Secretary Kayla Lackner American Eagle Credit Union Treasurer Dane Huxel State Farm Insurance Directors Keith Brooks Sharpshooters Pit & Grill Marty Carr Deca Realty Patricia Cowan Rainmaker Sales Support Chief Jim Fritz Affton Fire Protection District Capt. Jeff Fuesting St. Louis County Police-Affton Charlie Merx Merx Flooring Tammy Scott Holsome Health Holistic Spa & Boutique Suzanne Welker Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Trevor Willingham Willingham Insurance Agency Lisa Rackley Mandy Montgomery


Executive Director Office Assistant




 Check In 11:30am  Lunch 12:00pm  Shotgun Start 1:00pm  Buffet Dinner Immediately Following Conclusion of Golf Rounds  Raffle Basket Winners Announced  Presentation of Awards


THANK YOU CURRENT SPONSORS! American Eagle Credit Union Commerce Bank Dane Huxel Agency Gapsch’s Carstar Collision Center Great Southern Bank Harster Heating & Air Conditioning Insurance Concepts-Dick Walkenbach J & J Construction & Remodeling, LLC Neighbors Credit Union Park Forest Apartments and Townhomes Sam’s Club #8205 Spectrum Business Syberg’s—An Eating & Drink Co.

Monday, August 1st at

Tapawingo National Golf Club

Shotgun Start @ 1pm Affton Chamber of Commerce 9815 Mackenzie Rd | Affton, MO 63123 Phone: 314-631-3100 | Fax: 314-631-3102 Email Us! info@afftonchamber.com Visit Us on the Web! www.afftonchamber.com Connect With Us On Facebook!

Rain or Shine

 SPONSORSHIP   GRAND SPONSOR ……………… $1500 Includes: (2) golf foursomes, full page back cover program ad and company logo on all promotional materials, large banner displayed at check-in and dinner/awards at event conclusion

 CORPORATE SPONSOR …….… $1000 Includes: (1) golf foursome, full page inside back cover program ad and company name on large banner displayed at check-in area and at dinner/ awards at event conclusion

 SCORECARD SPONSOR…….……$300 Includes: company name/logo on all scorecards

 GOLF BALL SPONSOR ……..…….$250 Includes: quarter page program ad and company name/ logo on golf ball sleeves given to attendees

 SPECIALTY SPONSORS …Provide Prize Includes: quarter page program ad, newsletter listing and website listing. Must provide prize with $200 value or larger for winner of sponsored contest

_____ Closest to the Pin _____ Longest Drive (Men) _____ Longest Drive (Ladies)

 HOLE SPONSOR …………….…… $125 Includes: an 18” x 24” sign at sponsored hole, includes business card program ad

 BEVERAGE CART SPONSOR……$300 Provide beverages and snacks on course to golfers, opportunity to decorate golf cart. Includes: signage and half page program ad


 REGISTRATION  Complete and Mail or Fax Registration

“Meet and Greet” the participating golfers. Includes: signage and quarter page program ad

Name: _______________________________________


Address: _____________________________________

Quarter page Ad in Golf Program, Recognition at Lunch, Signage on Course, Recognition in Chamber Newsletter and Website. (unlimited availability)

 IN KIND SPONSOR Provide single dinner item, soft drinks, water, etc. Includes: quarter page ad in program and signage at event

 DONATE GOODY BAG ITEM Approximately 200 items needed

 ADVERTISING   FULL PAGE (4.5w x 7.5h) …………….…… $75  HALF PAGE (4.5w x 3.75h) ……………..… $50  QUARTER PAGE (4.5w x 2h) …….….…… $25  All ads will appear in black & white ***  Please email ad in a .jpeg or image file to the Chamber office by July 11th to be included

 PARTICIPATION   GOLF FOURSOME ……………..… $500  INDIVIDUAL ENTRY ………..…..… $125 Participation fee includes:

Lunch • Golf Cart • Goody Bag • Dinner Support For YOUR Business Community!

Company: ____________________________________ City/State/Zip: _________________________________ Phone: (

) ______________________________

E-mail: ______________________________________ PLAYER #1 Name: _______________________________________ Company: ____________________________________ PLAYER #2 Name: _______________________________________ Company: ____________________________________ PLAYER #3 Name: _______________________________________ Company: ____________________________________ PLAYER #4 Name: _______________________________________ Company: ____________________________________

PAYMENT TOTAL: _______________  VISA/MC/DISCOVER  Invoice Me  Check Card No._______________________________ Expiration __________ Security Code _______ Checks payable to: Affton Chamber of Commerce

leaves Affton High School at 10 am south on Mackenzie, east on Weber west on Gravois, south on Mackenzie

to Festival at Affton White-Rodgers Community Center school bands floats cars & trucks

11 am-9 pm Games | Food Inflatables Beer Garden Car Show Police Display Fun for Young & Old

main stage

11:55 am | National Anthem Noon | Juggling Jeff 1 pm | SAMMY J Balloon Variety Show 2 pm | Memories of Elvis near the beer tent

3-5 pm | A Ticket to the Beatles back on the main stage

5-9 pm | Jeremiah Johnson Band

sponsored by Harster Heating & Air Conditioning

A Community Event sponsored by www.afftonchamber.com


2016 AFFTON COMMUNITY DAYS FESTIVAL BOOTH APPLICATION September 24, 2016 Affton White-Rodgers Community Center 10 am - 9 pm tear-down All items must be removed from the lot by 11 pm.

Organization Name Mailing Address



( ) *Daytime Phone

Contact Person

Zip Code _________

Email Address (used for contacting you in future years) GAME BOOTH  Affton Chamber Member $60  Non-Chamber Member $75

FOOD BOOTH  Affton Chamber Member $60  Non-Chamber Member $75

12’x12’ approximate booth space does NOT include tent, table or chairs

12’x12’ approximate booth space does NOT include tent, table or chairs

Description of game(s): __________________________ __________________________ __________________________

Description of food(s) served: __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ Must submit Temporary Food Service Permit to St. Louis County by September 12, 2016

INFORMATIONAL BOOTH  Affton Chamber Member $145  Non-Chamber Member $170 12’x12’ approximate booth space does NOT include tent, table or chairs

St. Louis County requires food service providers to maintain general liability insurance with limits of not less than $2,000,000 CSL per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage claims that may arise as a result of use of the facility. Please attach Certificate of Insurance with St. Louis County Government as “Additional Insured.”

ELECTRIC  Additional Fee $25 Must supply your own UL approved electrical extensions. List ALL items with exact amperage to be plugged in: __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ PAYMENT Booth Fee $_________ Electric Fee $_________ TOTAL $_________ Make checks payable & mail to: Affton Chamber of Commerce 9815 Mackenzie Rd. Affton, MO 63123-5424 Questions? affton-days@sbcglobal.net 314.631.3100

On behalf of my group or organization listed above, I understand that St. Louis County Parks, the Affton Chamber of Commerce, and the Affton Community Days Parade and Festival Committee assume no responsibility for our personal safety and any of our equipment, merchandise, or any other items that we bring to this event. I also agree that we will adhere to the rules listed in this packet and any other guidelines set forth in the final packet that we will receive.


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