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July 2017

IN THIS ISSUE 2 :: New Mbrs & Trivia Night 3 :: Renewing Mbrs & Teacher Bags 3 :: New Resident Mailing 3 :: Breakfast Networking 4 :: Golf Tournament 6 :: Affton Community Days 7 :: Pictures 8 :: Mentoring 9 :: Member Events 10 :: Member News 11 :: August Mtg & Mbr Discounts

SAVE THE DATE July 12 :: Wednesday Ambassador Meeting Affton Chamber office 10:00 am July 14 :: Friday Joint Luncheon w/Lemay Chamber River City Casino Event Center 11:15 am-1:00 pm July 14 :: Friday New Resident Inserts Due Affton Chamber office 1:00 pm July 19 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber office 9:00 am July 31 :: Monday New Teacher Bag Items Due Affton Chamber office 1:00 pm August 8 :: Tuesday Breakfast Networking Sam’s Club-Lemay Ferry 7:30-9:00 am

Invited to attend: State Senator Scott Sifton, 1st District State Representative Doug Beck, 92nd District State Representative Bob Burns, 93rd District State Representative Cloria Brown, 94th District County Councilman Pat Dolan, 5th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, 6th District Local elected officials will speak about the legislation that was passed this year that affects business owners and residents in St. Louis County. How will your businesses and lives be affected?

FRIDAY, July 14 11:15 am Registration | 12 noon Lunch River City Casino Event Center 777 River City Casino Blvd., 63125 $18 members | $23 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com by Monday, July 10 meeting 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.

ABIGAIL’S APPAREL Beth Mohr 8088 Watson Road (63119) 314.348.4921 Abigail's Apparel has been on Main Street St. Charles for 6 years and has recently opened a second location at 8088 Watson Rd. Why be like everyone else when you can get fun and trendy clothing and accessories at an affordable price? This quaint location carries a variety of products for females of all ages, from tweens to seniors.

LEGALSHIELD IDENTITY THEFT Michelle Peters 18 Ryan Street (63028) 636.262.5456 www.legalshield.com/hub/mapeters Referred by Patricia Cowan, RainMaker Sales Support You never know what's around the corner, but you can be confident that you'll be ready for whatever comes your way. LegalShield and IDShield look out for you so you can get back to living life. Get protected for a number of legal issues and assistance with common legal needs. IDShield’s comprehensive identity protection service diligently monitors for signs of criminal activity and gives you all you need to keep your identity secure from thieves and fraud.

THE STELLAR HOG Alan Cupp 5623 Leona St. (63116) 314.481.8448 www.thestellarhog.com Referred by Charlie Merx, Merx Flooring The Stellar Hog BBQ @ the Bungalow is a new BBQ concept operating out of the Historic Old Bungalow Building. It's a neighborhood establishment that combines barbeque styles from across the country in a really delicious way. We smoke everything here, everything is in house! Smoked Corned Beef, Cheesy Pulled Porked Fries and much more.

STINGY BRIM WRITING SERVICES RC Atchisson PO Box 29452 (63126) 314.243.5810 www.stingybrimllc.com Whatever your composition, presentation, or messaging needs, Stingy Brim Writing Services is here to help. Be it technical, professional, creative, or personal, our Word Sherpas™ will be able to help you convey clear, concise, and creative messaging to your intended audience with maximum efficiency and zero anxiety.

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

TRIVIA NIGHT COMMITTEE IS FORMING NOW! Are you interested in planning a fun night for Chamber members, their families, and residents to test their knowledge? Contact Trevor at 314.852.3056 or dwillingham@farmersagent.com


PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, J & J Construction & Remodeling, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are May 18-June 22.

Regions Bank (1988) Special School District (2008) Triple Threat Armory (2016)

Meeting Sponsorship Available December 14, 2017 $100 includes: one lunch, 3-5 minute “commercial” during the meeting, exclusive rights to place materials on tables, donate & present an attendance prize, recognition in newsletter and on our website

Restaurants | Churches | Financial Institutions Service-Based Businesses or any member trying to reach new customers: You provide 200 half-page inserts & $40 and we do the rest! New Resident Mailing is sent quarterly to new homeowners in 63123 welcoming them to our area. Drop off 200 half-page* inserts & $40 by 1 pm on Friday, July 14. *Have so much to tell new Affton residents that you need a full sheet? Simply double the price ($80) and fold the sheets (in half or tri-fold)!

Welcome New Teachers The Affton Chamber provides a welcome bag for new teachers at Affton & Bayless School Districts, Cor Jesu Academy & Lutheran High School South. We include one of our new directories...you can include an item too! Logoed promotional items and coupons are welcome...flyers and business cards by themselves are not. Items for one or all schools are due by July 31. Call the office or watch your email for amounts!

August 8 7:30-9:00 am Sam’s Club - 4512 Lemay Ferry Games - Door Prizes - Games - Fun!

Our Condolences to

Network with members of Affton, Arnold, Lemay & South County Chambers of Commerce

Dan Kaestner, Keller Williams Real Estate, on the passing of his wife.

Please RSVP by July 28 at www.afftonchamber.com to allow your host to plan.

PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, Neighbors Credit Union, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Silver…American Eagle Credit Union


Grand Sponsor

2017 Golf Committee


Trevor Willingham, Farmers Insurance—Chair Marty Carr, DECA Realty—Co-Chair Duane Dormeier, Checkpoint Surveying Mark Miles, Affton License Office/Beacon Virtual Assist.

Affton Veterinary Clinic Bethesda Health Group Great Southern Bank Sharpshooter Pit & Grill




American Eagle Credit Union American Roofing & Exteriors Delmar Gardens/Garden Villas South

SCORECARD SPONSOR St. Anthony’s Medical Center

GOLF BALL SPONSOR Farmers Insurance-Trevor Willingham

HOLE IN ONE SPONSOR Bommarito Chevy South

SPECIALITY SPONSORS Closest to the Pin Affton License Office/Beacon Virtual Assist. Longest Drive (Men) Fran Ann Engraving Longest Drive (Ladies) Commerce Bank


Crown Vision Center • Mark Bernard Realty South County Times 4

Corporate Sponsor

DESSERT SPONSOR Mr. Wizard’s Frozen Custard & Yogurt

Event Volunteers Roy Cox, Key Rex Properties Terri Ems, Retired Resident Lisa Graf, Crestside Heating & Cooling Sunny Hozanovic, Crown Vision Center Kayla Lackner, American Eagle Credit Union Charlie & Anthony Merx, Merx Flooring Beth Moore, Rooftop Church Peg Most, South County Times Chris Rackley, Bommarito Chevy South Pam VonderHaar, Evren Senol of Re/Max Dick Walkenbach, Insurance Concepts Barbara Wentz, Key Rex Properties Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services Carmen Worley, Friendship Village Roy Wunsch, Feed My People

PARTNERS Bronze...Commerce Bank, Friendship Village-Sunset Hills, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

Congratulations to our winners….

Flight A—First Place Great Southern Bank

Flight A—Second Place Affton Fire Protection District

Cooler of Fun Winner— Dan Schroeder Sponsored by Garden Villas South

Closest to the Pin Ed Stewart Longest Drive—Men Duane Dormeier, Checkpoint Surveying, LLC

Flight B—First Place Ed Stewart Team

Flight B—Second Place Affton School District

Longest Drive—Women Capt. Melissa Webb St. Louis Co. Police-Affton

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s event…. AB-InBEV Aberdeen Golf Club Affton License Office/ Beacon Virtual Assist. Affton Fire Protection District Affton School District Affton Veterinary Clinic Andre’s Banquet Centers American Eagle Credit Union American Roofing & Exteriors AT&T Bethesda Health Group C3, LLC Checkpoint Surveying, LLC Cindy’s Photo Commerce Bank Crawford-Butz Insurance Crown Vision Center Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham PC DECA Reality Delmar Gardens/Garden Villas South Dr. John G’Sell Ed Parker, Parker Insurance Ed Stewart

Evren Senol of RE/MAX Results Farmers Insurance Federhofer’s Bakery Feed My People First Tee, The Fran-Ann Engraving Friendship Village Gapsch’s Carstar Collision Center Gateway Tree Care Georgetown Apartments Great Southern Bank Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency Harster Heating & Cooling Happy Joe’s Pizza Insurance Concepts-Dick Walkenbach J&J Construction & Remodeling Kenrick’s Meats & Catering Kirk McCullen, RE/MAX Laborers’ Local 110 Lindbergh Schools Mark Bernard Realty Melanie Layer Creative MB Health Morris Family Chiropractic

Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Pasta House Rainmaker Sales Support River City Casino & Hotel Sabrina Tate Golf Instruction Sam’s Club #8205 Sharpshooter Pit & Grill South County Times St. Anthony’s Medical Center St. Louis Co Police Department-Affton Syberg’s-an eating & drink co. Tapawingo National Golf Club The UPS Store-Grasso Plaza

Thanks to Friendship Village for providing Sia’s Italian Ice Truck! Thanks to Cindy Tiefenbrunn of Cindy’s Photo for capturing great event photos...you can view them at https://cindysphoto.shootproof.com/AfftonGolf17

PARTNERS Bronze...Morris Family Chiropractic, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company


Saturday, September 16 “Affton Chamber Turns Platinum” enter the parade for FREE available sponsorships $50-$200 help decorate the chamber FLOAT Presenting Sponsor

Golf Carts Sponsor

Judges Stand Sponsors

Band Sponsors

Scholarship Sponsor

RainMaker Sales Support


PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, J & J Construction & Remodeling, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

June Membership Meeting |Sponsored by: June 8, 2017 Trevor Willingham


 Delicious lunch at Orlando Gardens Banquet Center.  Marty Carr, Deca Realty for developing and conducting the

meeting forum.

 Greeter Jake Baretich, J & J Construction & Remodeling.

Social Hour @ Feed My People May 25, 2017 June 7, 2017

Attend our next Key to the 123...

Wednesday, September 6 @ 8:00 am

Can’t make it? Contact us to set up a 1-on-1! PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, Neighbors Credit Union, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Silver…American Eagle Credit Union


WHY FIND A MENTOR? Question: I have been in business for 2 years. It has been suggested that I seek out the advice of a business counselor. Can you give me some help in how a mentor will help? Answer: According to the SBA Office of Advocacy only half of all small businesses survive more than five years--30% won’t last more than 24 months. According to a You’ll find a wealth of small businessUPS Store Study in 2014, 70% of mentored businesses survive more than five years. related information, resources & That same study says that 88% of business owners say having a mentor to lean on is training, plus free, confidential invaluable. counseling from business experts. Jean Mojo, a Certified SCORE Mentor, shares “Why is having a mentor so effective?” SCORE St. Louis 314.539.6602 1. An objective resource: Mentors are objective about your business and can open email_score@stlscore.org your mind to new solutions, new ways of doing business. Mentors have worked with suppliers, understand customer dynamics and can help you understand how to best deal with these individuals. 2. Experienced: Take advantage of a mentor’s experience. They’ve already made the mistakes you want to avoid. Learn from them. As a small business owner your friends and family provide more advice than you could possibly need but what advice should you be listening to? Mentors can use their business experience to help you sort through all that advice and advise you on more complicated matters that your friends and family can’t help you with. 3. An impartial confidant: It’s lonely going solo—your family and your employees don’t understand the stress and difficulty of a startup. A mentor is more likely to understand the issues and help you get through the tough times. Sometimes you also need to vent and venting at your family or your employees isn’t productive. Mentors can help you work through that nasty problem whether it’s frustration with under-performing employees, lack of sales success or product issues. Mentors can give you the confidence you need when facing difficult times and recognize the great decisions you make every day. 4. Skill builders: Small business owners are rarely experts in every area. Oftentimes, a small business owner is an excellent chef, jewelry maker or landscaper but doesn’t have the required skills of daily business management or accounting or human resources. A mentor can work with you gain the skills you need to better run your business. 5. A growth resource: You’ve had some success on the smaller level, selling out at the farmer’s market or your products have been a hit at a few outlets. Now you want to expand. How do you write the necessary business plan? Create the right brand strategy for the next generation of your products? Think about hiring the right people? This is where a mentor can provide critical assistance as they help you navigate the tricky waters to growth. 6. An ongoing resource: Mentor relationships can bear the test of time. Mentors have no motive other than your success. If you have a strong relationship with a mentor, you may continue to collaborate for the life of your business. That relationship can help you maintain a consistent approach to your business and help you gain the resources you need during every stage of business growth. And importantly: 1. Mentors don’t cost anything except time. Most mentoring relationships are grounded in mutual respect, not money. You may find that you have a specific expertise need that requires compensation. Depending on the situation, it may be advantageous. 2. You can determine how often you need to meet with a mentor, whether it be every week, monthly, quarterly or even yearly. It’s when you feel the need to discuss a business issue.


PARTNERS Bronze...Commerce Bank, Friendship Village-Sunset Hills, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

Affton Chamber of Commerce Janet Broderick Scholarship Recipients

Submit your event to our Community Calendar in the Member’s Area by the 15th of the month for publication in the next month’s newsletter.

Pascal Odijk, Affton High School Mariah Kolb, Bayless High School Marissa Colombo, Cor Jesu Academy Patrick Jokerst, Lutheran High School South

Food Truck Thursday Thursday, July 13| 4:30-7:00 pm Affton Christian Church (9625 Tesson Ferry, 63123) Bring your friends and meet your neighbors for a change of pace from your everyday dinner! Food trucks scheduled: Fughettaboutit, Slide Piece, and Sarah’s Cupcakes. For more information, visit www.inasmuchas.org/food-truck-thursday

The 50/50 amount of $54 was won by Roger Richie of John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes. Katie Malle of Express Employment Professionals won the gift pack donated by Ad Source One. Erica Chandler of Affton School District and Dan Kaestner of Keller Williams Realty won the networking game. Dan Jung of MB Health and Officer Mike Costa of St. Louis County Police won golf balls donated by Willingham Insurance Agency. Want to see your name mentioned here? Attend a meeting, buy 50/50 tickets & win OR donate an item for the 50/50 drawing.

PARTNERS Bronze...Morris Family Chiropractic, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company


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

Congratulations to Board Member Rich Whited on his retirement from Cor Jesu Academy.

The Affton School District Board of Education has earned the 2017 Outstanding Board of Education Award in School Finance Resources from the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA).

St. Louis County is a participating Work Ready Community that is actively engaged in earning their certified status. They need your help! A certified Work Ready Community means the local county has job candidates in the pipeline with highdemand skills proved by the National Career Readiness Certificate. It also shows that local employers care about hiring the best and brightest your region has to offer. A job seeker with documented skills reduces company cost for hiring, speeds up training, lowers turnover and improves the quality of new hires. Those signs point to more productive organizations. St. Louis County employers can help by registering at


Signing up does not legally bind a company or require it to hire certified applicants, but does show evidence of supporting this program.

The Bayless School District Board of Education has earned the School Governance Award from the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) for the 5th year in a row.

The Lindbergh Schools Board of Education has earned the School Governance Award from the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) for the 6th time since 2010.

Neighbors Credit Union Scholarship Contest awarded four $1,500 scholarships to My.Bux Club members who will be attending college in the fall of 2017 to Taylor Dedic of University of Mississippi, Morgan Dimercurio of Lutheran High School North, Mallory Rodell of Hazelwood West High School and Tyra Searcy of Vanderbilt University. 10

PARTNERS Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, J & J Construction & Remodeling, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE AFFTON IS IN THE PATH OF TOTALITY 1 minute 30 seconds beginning at 1:17 pm On Monday, August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature's most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.

Learn more about the Great American Eclipse in Affton at our August Luncheon… Speaker

Don Ficken StLouisEclipse2017.org Thursday, August 10 11:15 am Registration | 12 noon Lunch

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. 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. 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 & Townhomes—Application fee waived and 13 month lease with 1 month free. Precision Garage Door of St. Louis—Free tube and tune-up with any repair service. Stingy Brim Writing Services—10% off of services for any chamber and cooperating chamber members. Ziegenhein Funeral Home—10% off of ANY casket with “traditional" funeral service of a US Veteran or paid in full pre-need traditional 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.

Garden Villas South 13457 Tesson Ferry, 63128 $15 members | $20 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com by Friday, August 4 meeting sponsor

PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, Neighbors Credit Union, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Silver…American Eagle Credit Union


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



2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers President President-Elect

MAY 2017  New Members: The Stellar Hog & Stingy Brim Writing        

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Services Held May General Membership Meeting Monthly Board of Directors Meeting Express Employment Professionals hosted a Social Hour Committee Meetings: Affton Community Days, Golf Tournament, Economic Development, Ambassadors, Annual Dinner Auction & Awards Gala Sam’s Club hosted a Meet & Greet Feed My People hosted a Social Hour Member Communication: 3 E-Blast (3 members participated) and 3 E-News Website: 6,064 views of afftonchamber.com; top visited pages: Golf Tournament, Calendar, Contact Us, and Relocation/Demographics; 8,027 impressions of banner ads on website & member’s area with 65 click-thrus. Hosted: Annual Chamber BBQ Attended St. Louis County Planning Commission meeting for Affton Veterinary Clinic CUP

Vice-President Secretary Treasurer

Dr. Eric Werner Morris Family Chiropractic Dr. Steve Brotherton Affton School District Trevor Willingham Willingham Insurance Agency Kayla Lackner American Eagle Credit Union Dane Huxel State Farm Insurance

Directors Michael Bamvakais Jake Baretich Keith Brooks Marty Carr Carrie Carrigan Patricia Cowan Duane Dormeier Charlie Merx Suzanne Welker Rich Whited

Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, PC J & J Construction & Remodeling Sharpshooters Pit & Grill Deca Realty Great Southern Bank Rainmaker Sales Support Checkpoint Surveying LLC Merx Flooring Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes PenTech Computer Services

Ex-Officio Chief Nick Fahs Capt. Melissa Webb

Affton Fire Protection District St. Louis County Police-Affton

Lisa Rackley Mandy Montgomery

Executive Director Office Assistant

Saturday, September 16th Parade 10:00 a.m. Affton High School Presented by: Theme:

“Affton Chamber Turns Platinum”

The Affton Community Days Parade is made possible by the financial contributions of our members and the community. Thank you for your support! Golf

Cart Sponsor (exclusive)



Company Name & Logo on Golf Carts, logo recognition on chamber website, all social & print media, and listed in chamber newsletter. Thank you F2

Sponsor (non-exclusive) $100

Company name on chamber website, all social & print media, and listed in chamber newsletter



Thank you Rainmaker Sales Support

Garage Door Solutions


Sponsor (two available)



Bus Sponsor (non-exclusive)


Company name on chamber website, all social & print media, and listed in chamber newsletter

Banner with sponsors name, logo recognition on chamber website, all social & print media, and listed in chamber newsletter. Thank you Commerce Bank &

LD O S Fred’s South County Auto Repair

Monetary Donation $_______ Monetary donation receives: Company Name listed on Judges Stand Sponsor (non-exclusive) $200 Affton Community Days website and listed in chamber Signage located at Judges Stand, logo recognition on newsletter

chamber website, all social & print media, and listed in chamber newsletter. Thank you Gem Properties, Great Southern Bank


Sponsor (non-exclusive) $150

Logo recognition on chamber website, all social & print media, and listed in chamber newsletter

Chamber Float Volunteer FUN! We need you all, bring your co-workers, friends and family members to join in this unique experience planning & decorating the Affton Chamber’s float!

For more information or to become a sponsor contact: Affton Chamber of Commerce 314.631.3100 | info@afftonchamber.com | afftonchamber.com Please return this form to the Chamber office at 9815 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123

Business:_________________________________________ Name:_________________________________ Address:___________________________________City:__________________________Zip Code:_________ Telephone:___________________________Email Address:________________________________________ Method of Payment:  Check (enclosed)

 Credit Card

Credit Card Number:_____________________________________ Expiration Date:____Security Code:_____

For Office Use Only: Date & Time:__________________

2017 AFFTON COMMUNITY DAYS PARADE APPLICATION September 16, 2017 - Parade starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. “Affton Chamber Turns Platinum”

Organization Name ( ) *Daytime Phone

Contact Person Email Address


Alternate Email Address

We will confirm by email that we received your application within one week of receipt. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact us at 314.631.3100.

Mailing Address


Type of Entry: □ Entry with music □ Entry without music


Zip Code

□ Horses (must provide own clean up) □ Other

Please describe entry as accurately as possible:

Total number of vehicles

Total length of entry

Total number of persons participating in your entry Number of horses


Due to space limitations in the line-up area, you must provide exact number of vehicles that will be in your entry. Submitted by: Date: * NOTE: We must have a valid daytime phone number or we will mail the application back to you. In most cases, entries will be positioned in the order in which the applications are received. Any entry received after August 31, 2017 will not be included in the judging line-up. Return to:

Affton Community Days 9815 Mackenzie Rd. Affton, MO 63123-5424 affton-days@sbcglobal.net

Questions? affton-days@sbcglobal.net or 314.631.3100 Visit afftonchamber.com for an online application.

On behalf of my group or organization listed above, I understand that the Affton Chamber of Commerce and the Affton Community Days Committee assume no responsibility for the safety of anyone participating in the parade and that I will make certain the participants in my unit adhere to the rules and practice safe behavior, including only licensed drivers operating vehicles, no alcohol, and no throwing candy or objects from units.


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