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March 2017

IN THIS ISSUE pg 2 :: New & Renewing Members pg 3 :: Luncheon pg 4 :: Golf Tournament pg 5 :: Social Hours pg 6 :: Member News pg 7 :: FLASH & Member Events pg 9 :: Day of Service pg 10 :: First Responders Memorial

SAVE THE DATE March 7 :: Tuesday Social Hour Merx Flooring 3:00-6:00 pm March 9 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting Orlando Gardens Banquet Center 11:15 am-1:00 pm March 14 :: Tuesday Golf Committee Meeting Affton Chamber Office 4:00 pm March 15 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber office 9:00 am April 4 :: Tuesday Social Hour Greg Mans-Farmers Insurance 3:00-6:00 pm April 12 :: Wednesday Community & Business Expo Affton High School 3:30-6:00 pm 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.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 92ND DIST. Doug Beck 9426 Brenda Ave.(63123) 314.603.7404 doug.beck@house.mo.gov

KELLER WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE Dan Kaestner 10805 Sunset Office Dr., Ste. 102 (63127) 314.276.2342 www.dankaestner.kwrealty.com ▪ dkaestner@kw.com Sales of residential homes. Locating homes for buyers. Land sales and acquisitions. Real estate consulting and investments.

PRECISION GARAGE DOOR OF ST. LOUIS Sean Patty 938 St. Louis Ave. (63088) 636.227.7272 www.precisiongaragedoorstl.comcom sales@precisiongaragedoorstl.com Precision Garage Door of St. Louis has been active in the garage door industry since 1999. Our company provides new garage doors and installation, garage door repair, new openers, opener repair, and spring repair in St. Louis, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, and Metro East. We pride ourselves on answering calls 24/7, offering same day service, scheduling weekend and evening appointments, and guaranteeing a free service call with any repair. At Precision Garage Door of St. Louis, our focus on costumer service allows us to also offer you a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. These benefits explain our motto: We Fix Garage Doors Right!™

SAM’S STEAKHOUSE Patrick Long 10205 Gravois Road (63123) 314.849.3033 www.samssteakhouse.com samssteakhouseoffice@gmail.com Our primary goal is to provide each guest culinary excellene & superb service. From fried artichoke hearts to succulent marbled steak, Sam's has something for everyone. Chow down on our generous portions and enjoy a variety of meat from the air, land and sea. Descriptions are written by the new members. When you’re in their area, stop by or call them and welcome them to the chamber.


Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are January 25-February 22.

Debi Ajemian (2016) America's Incredible Pizza Company (2009) American Eagle Credit Union (2010) Commerce Bank (1972) DEH Jewelers, Inc. (2009) Delmar Gardens & Garden Villas South (2005) First Community Credit Union (2008) Great Southern Bank (2011) HR Block-Grasso Plaza (2011) Melanie Layer Creative, LLC (2016) Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (2014) Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes (1999) Saint Dominic Savio Church (2001) Servpro of Affton/Webster Groves (2013) Sharpshooters Pit & Grill (2014) Southside Jewelry & Pawn (1998) State Farm Insurance-Huxel (2012) Lorraine Sullivan (2016) Wolfs Flower Shop (1973) Patricia Yaeger (2002)


AFFTON CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP? As a member, YOU are our best salesperson because YOU know the value of membership! Recruit a new member & you can choose:

lunch at a member meeting or

business card newsletter ad requirements:  Your name must be listed on the new member’s application (write your name on applications you give out).  The new member cannot have been a member during the past 2 years.

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

Better Business Bureau & Your Business Michelle Corey, President & CEO of St. Louis BBB Learn how to protect your business from the latest scams trending in our community. Top inquired and complained about industries. How to respond to customer reviews and complaints. How BBB advances marketplace trust, and more!

March Membership Meeting Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:15 am Registration | 12 noon Lunch Orlando Gardens Banquet Center 4300 Hoffmeister, 63125 $15 members | $20 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com by Friday, March 3


one luncheon attendee | 3-5 minute “commercial” at meeting exclusive rights to attendee tables | recognition on all promotional materials



Call the Chamber office if you're interested! PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, Neighbors Credit Union, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Silver…American Eagle Credit Union


Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency Ribbon Cutting - February 15, 2017

Tuesday June 13 10:30 am Shotgun Start - 9 am Check In

$125 per golfer includes 18 holes with cart, lunch, dinner Corporate Sponsor Beverage Cart Sponsors

Closest to the Pin Sponsor

Commerce Bank

Bethesda Health Group Great Southern Bank

Scorecard Sponsor

St. Anthony’s Medical Center

Beverage Tent Sponsor

Golf Ball Sponsor

American Eagle Credit Union

Willingham Insurance Agency Hole Sponsors

Gapsch Carstar Collision Center | J & J Construction & Remodeling | Syberg’s: An Eating & Drink Co.

Interested in sponsoring? Interested in volunteering that day? Call or email the Chamber office. JOIN THE COMMITTEE...next committee meeting: March 14, 4 pm @ Chamber office 4

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

February Membership Meeting February 16, 2017

Thanks...  Meeting Sponsor Bethesda Health Group.  Delicious lunch at Orlando Gardens Banquet Center.  Dr. Steve Brotherton & Erica Chandler, Affton School District and Anthony Dobson, Lindbergh Schools

for their presentation about connecting with your customers & the community.

 Greeters Patricia Cowan, RainMaker Sales Support; Keith Brooks, Sharpshooters Pit & Grill.

Network with members and meet new business leaders. Prospective members are welcome to come see what the Affton Chamber is all about. NETWORKING, FOOD & FUN!


Interested in hosting one in 2017? Contact Kayla Lackner 314.657.9308 or klackner@abecu.org

Tuesday, March 7 3:00 - 6:00 pm Merx Flooring (4245 Bayless)

Tuesday, April 4 3:00 - 6:00 pm Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency (9335 Gravois, Suite C)

Tuesday, May 16 5:00 - 7:00 pm Express Employment Professionals (8039 Watson)

PARTNERS Bronze...Morris Family Chiropractic, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Co, Willingham Insurance Agency


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.

Restaurants | Churches | Financial Institutions Service-Based Businesses or any member trying to reach new customers: Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union and Midwest BankCentre were featured in the February edition of the St. Louis Small Business Monthly for being best in customer service.

Affton Fire Protection District Chief Nick Fahs welcomed his second grandchild, Rory Joseph Fahs. Congrats to the entire Fahs family!


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, April 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)!

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

No Membership Meeting in April...


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.


Join us for this one-of-a-kind breakfast networking event with Fenton, Lemay, Affton & Sunset Hills/Crestwood (FLASH) Chambers of Commerce. Move from table to table as you have the opportunity to make new connections, and perhaps meet potential clients, from not just one but four area chambers.

Friday, April 21 7:00-9:00 am Andre’s South Banquet Center 4254 Telegraph $20 members only | must prepay

register at www.afftonchamber.com mail your check or call with credit card info

Quilts: A Celebration of Quilts and Quilting Saturday, March 4 10:00 am-2:00 pm Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (7400 Grant) Bring the whole family for this free event. Admire quilts by local artists, including a Ulysses S. Grant retrospective quilt made by Glenda Gauss. Talk to quilters, practice your own quilting, and make a quilted "mug rug" to take home. For more information, call 314-842-1867 ext. 230.

ABOLITIONIST!! The Life & Death of Elijah Lovejoy March 24, 7:00 pm March 25, 10:00 am & 1:00 pm Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (7400 Grant) The Reverend Elijah P. Lovejoy was not from Missouri, or even the Midwest. His family never owned slaves. But he saw the “outright evil” of the slavery system here in St. Louis and grew to be appalled by its very existence. After the murder of a freeman of color in 1836 he could no longer hide his rage and spoke of it in his newspaper, The Observer. The result of these writings, and his uncompromising anti-slavery tone, was that both he and his printing press would meet with utter destruction. Free, reservations required. Call 314-842-1867 ext. 223.

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


We asked the newest Board Members to answer a few questions so we can get to know them better. We’ll feature one here each month. Let’s get to know…

DUANE DORMEIER Checkpoint Surveying LLC

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I am a Professional Land Surveyor in the states of MO and ND. I have been surveying for 20 years and decided to open my own Land Surveying Company (Checkpoint Surveying LLC) in 2014. I have been a member of the Affton Chamber since 2014 and have enjoyed the hospitality and local community. I am married to my amazing wife (Karen) and a father of two children a boy (Jackson) and a girl (Gillian). I hope to continue to contribute to the local community from not only a business aspect, but also on a personal level.

FAVORITE HOBBIES/PASTIMES I am the CYC golf director for St. Mark's Parish and also coach basketball and soccer for my kids grades. I enjoy playing all types of sports and taking time with my children to explore new adventures.

FAVORITE QUOTES "Go ahead, make my day." - Clint Eastwood - Sudden Impact "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION Some may say it would be Jamaica, because that is where I got married and have been there 3 times, but I prefer to travel to different locations and experience as many new things as possible. However I would love to go back to Hawaii.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BE ON THE BOARD Besides the peer pressure...just kidding. I thought it would be a great way to meet more people in the community and to get the word out about my business and what I could provide to them as a professional in my career, while in turn learning about their businesses.

WHAT IS A GOAL YOU’D LIKE TO HELP THE CHAMBER ACCOMPLISH I hope to contribute to the overall benefit of the chamber and its resources among its current members and the out reach to others within neighboring communities. I would like to see Affton strive in the future to maintain a diverse and youthful community population. Offering help and businesses that know the area to accomplish particular projects or just to have a better understanding of what is offered in the community.


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

Community Day of Service

Friday, May 12 All Affton Schools will participate, with the goal of every student and staff member engaging in some type of community service or random act of kindness during the day.

AFFTON COMMUNITY & BUSINESS EXPO BAGS 500 white die cut handle bags with different imprint on 2 sides in reflex blue 12” x 15” x 3” gusset please include set up charges and freight bags are needed by April 12 Email bid to lisa@afftonchamber.com by March 15.

Affton businesses, churches, and community members are invited to participate. Projects and volunteers are needed from area businesses. Sponsorships are available. They include recognition on t-shirts that volunteers will wear on May 12 and on Affton Schools website & social media. For more information, contact Erica Chandler at 314.633.5908 or echandler@afftonschools.net

The 50/50 amount of $97 was won by Fran Atkins of Mid-East Area Agency on Aging. Want to see your name mentioned here? Attend a meeting, buy 50/50 tickets & win OR donate an item for the 50/50 drawing.

10% Discount to Affton Chamber Members

PARTNERS Bronze...Morris Family Chiropractic, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Co, Willingham Insurance Agency


FIRST RESPONDERS MEMORIAL FLAGPOLE The Affton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has approved the installation of a flagpole at the Affton Chamber office in honor of the First Responders killed in the line of duty. To fund this project, the Affton Fire Protection District has agreed to sell raffle tickets. Thanks to Record Printing & Publishing for donating the printing of the raffle tickets. $5 each Only 300 Sold | $400 Prize available at Affton Fire House 1 (9282 Gravois) & Affton Chamber office CASH ONLY

wanted: ambassadors

Ambassadors are official representatives of the Affton Chamber that serve as volunteers on the “front-line” of our meetings & events. Help educate prospective members & guests, welcome new members, and facilitate networking. Committee attends Affton Chamber events (meetings, ribbon cuttings, social hours, etc.) and facilitates Key to the 123 Seminar. INTERESTED? Contact the Chamber office!

Save the Date Saturday, May 13

Tickets will be mailed to members soon...watch your mail. Volunteers needed to work that day. Call the Chamber office to volunteer!

Thanks to Anthony Dobson, Lindbergh Schools and Erica Chandler, Affton School District for conducting the Social Media Bootcamp! This hands-on work session was for members that attended the February membership meeting about connecting with customers and the community.

Save the Date Saturday, September 16 10

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

Job Opportunities Know someone looking for a job? Have a job opportunity at your business? Check out www.afftonchamber.com/employment.html Current Postings include: Great Southern Bank Part-Time Teller Affton Christian Food Pantry Pantry Manager Lindbergh Schools Custodian ...and a list of Job Fairs & Networking Events

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. 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 & Townhomes—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. 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.

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, Neighbors Credit Union, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Silver…American Eagle Credit Union


PRSRT STD U.S. Postage

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


2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers President President-Elect Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Directors Michael Bamvakais Jake Baretich Keith Brooks Marty Carr Carrie Carrigan Patricia Cowan Duane Dormeier Charlie Merx 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 PenTech Computer Services

Ex-Officio Chief Nick Fahs Capt. Melissa Webb

Affton Fire Protection District St. Louis County Police-Affton

Lisa Rackley Mandy Montgomery


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

Executive Director Office Assistant

AFFTON COMMUNITY & BUSINESS EXPO Sponsor / Exhibitor Registration Form

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Affton High School Commons (8309 Mackenzie Road, 63123) Vendor set-up from 2 - 3 p.m. // Vendor networking from 3 - 3:30 p.m.

 Major Sponsor : $350    

One (1) booth in “prime” location Logo on all promotional materials (if paid by March 1) Business name in newsletter and on website Electric (optional; if needed, no additional charge)

Registration Deadline for Sponsors & Booths: Friday, March 31

 Restaurants & Caterers : $150 deposit   

Must provide 400 samples available to visitors Deposit check of $150 to be held and returned (deposit checks will not be returned in the event of a no-show) Please list the food and/or beverage that you will serve:

Exhibitor Booth Please check all that apply:  $150 Affton Chamber Member Booth  $275 Non-Chamber Member Booth  $100 Home-Based Business Booth (can be split between two businesses)  $0 Churches & Schools (fee waived if event is promoted to congregations and families)  $25 Electric (limited number of booths available with electricity) For the purpose of booth placement, will you have a display of 3-feet or taller?  Yes NEW IN 2017: Will you donate an item for a Community Raffle Basket?  Yes





 No  No

Address Total Enclosed: $ Drop off or mail to: Affton Chamber of Commerce, 9815 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123 FAX to: 314.631.3102 Call or Email: 314.631.3100 or Sponsored by:

Corporate Sponsor:

Four Person Scramble / Shotgun Start 10:30  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  PUTTING CONTEST SPONSOR…………………..$250

Opportunity for company representative(s) to be located at the contest area and talk with all the golfers. Includes: quarter page program ad, newsletter listing and website listing.

 SPECIALTY SPONSORS ……….………...............$200

Includes: quarter page program ad, newsletter listing and website listing.

_____ 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

 REGISTRATION  Name: ________________________________________________ Company: _____________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________ City/State/Zip: __________________________________________ Phone: (

) ________________________________________

E-mail: ________________________________________________

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

 BEVERAGE TENT SPONSOR ………. ………………...$250

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

 LUNCH/DINNER SPONSOR……………................$150 Quarter page ad in Golf Program, Recognition at Lunch & Dinner, Recognition in Chamber Newsletter and Website. (unlimited availability)


• Soda/Water Drink Sponsor • Snack Sponsor • Signage Sponsor-Printing • Program Sponsor Printing


Approximately 100 items needed

 PARTICIPATION   GOLF FOURSOME PLUS………..…………………$600 Includes Foursome & hole sponsorship

 GOLF FOURSOME…………………………………..$500  INDIVIDUAL ENTRY…………...…………………....$125 Complete and Mail Registration or Register Online at www.afftonchamber.com

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

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