{' '} {' '}
Limited time offer
SAVE % on your upgrade.

Page 1

May 2017

IN THIS ISSUE pg 2 :: New & Renewing Members pg 3 :: Luncheon & Social Hours pg 4 :: Golf Tournament pg 10 :: Community Directory pg 11 :: Affton Community Days pg 11 :: Member Discounts

SAVE THE DATE May 10 :: Wednesday Ambassador Meeting Affton Chamber office 10:00 am May 11 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting Genesis Banquet Center 11:00 am-1:00 pm May 13 :: Saturday Spring BBQ Schnucks Parking Lot 11:00 am-6:00 pm May 16 :: Tuesday Social Hour Express Employment Professionals 5:00-7:00 pm May 17 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber office 9:00 am May 25 :: Thursday Social Hour Feed My People 5:00-7:00 pm

s i h t e k a Help m event a great

t to ets sen ! k c i t e h ll t lan se or se they help us p Purcha . . May 5. you by

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.

KONA ICE OF ARNOLD Kristi & Richie Kingree 1416 Appleton Ct. (63010) 844.ICE.KONA www.kona-ice.com ▪ konaiceofarnold@kona-ice.com Kona Ice is a mobile unite that sells a gourmet shaved ice from the KEV-Kona Entertainment Vehicle. We bring a party on wheels everywhere we go! From the tropical steel drum music, to letting kids (and adults) put their own flavor on using the Flavorwave. On top of that, part of Kona Ice’s DNA is that we love to giveback to the community and want to continue that in this community.

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are March 24-April 20.

Seven Holy Founders Parish (1997) Steve’s Factory Direct (2015) The Film Perspective (2015) Trinity United Church of Christ (2016)

VERIZON WIRELESS-CELLULAR SALES Molly Goodreau 9998 Gravois Road (63123) 314.256.1202 www.cellularsales.com ▪ molly.goodreau@cellularsales.com Recruited by Bob Burtelow, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning Our Affton location is a full-service store for Verizon Wireless products and service. The newest 4G/LTE smartphones, devices and tablets are available locally in St. Louis. Come experience the speed of 4G/LTE, pay your bill or get a personalized rate plan analysis. Our Affton reps are standing by to help you. Descriptions are written by the new members. When you’re in their area, stop by or call them and welcome them to the chamber.


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.


Unlock your Membership! Wednesday, June 7 8-9 am Affton Chamber office Can’t make it? Contact us to set up a 1-on-1! Learn how to make the most of your Affton Chamber membership by taking advantage of opportunities to network, market your business, use online tools, and more! New Members, New Representatives, and Prospective Members Welcome Complimentary Coffee and continental breakfast provided. Please RSVP at afftonchamber.com. Hear what others have to say about this... The “Key to the 123” clarified some points I had questions about posting events and participating in Chamber of Commerce programs.

Anna Maria Gonzalez, St. Louis County Library

Good overview and handled quickly.

John Fortner, Bender Inc.

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

Value Driven Business: Authenticity in Leadership & Teamwork In his interactive presentation, Jeff Koziatek of Core Authenticity will help you reach a higher level of understanding about your team, your clients and yourself. People hear your heart BEFORE they hear your technique. Learn to lead with authenticity. ENGAGE, EQUIP, EMPOWER and ENCOURAGE your team, yourself and your clients. Build value in your people and watch them build value in your company. Ensure your team is walking down the same path, a path of shared purpose and business excellence.

SPECIFIC TAKE-AWAYS INCLUDE: When we see value in ourselves, we are more likely to see value in others. The core challenge to successful teamwork. Tools you can implement NOW to fight against teamwork challenges. The 4 E’s and Super Power of Yet

May Membership Meeting lier Thursday, May 11

ear e! 11:00 am Registration | 11:30 am Lunch tim Genesis Banquet Center 2651 Telegraph (63125)

sponsored by

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

Thursday, May 25 5:00 - 7:00 pm Feed My People (171 Kingston Drive)

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


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

$125 per golfer includes 18 holes with cart, lunch, dinner REGISTRATION AVAILABLE @ AFFTONCHAMBER.COM

Beverage Cart Sponsors

Bethesda Health Group Great Southern Bank Sharpshooter Pit & Grill

Corporate Sponsors

Longest Drive-Ladies Sponsor

Commerce Bank

Longest Drive-Men Sponsor

Scorecard Sponsor

Fran Ann Engraving

St. Anthony’s Medical Center Lunch/Dinner Sponsor

Crown Vision Center Closest to the Pin Sponsor

Affton License Office/ Beacon Virtual Assistants

Beverage Tent Sponsor

American Eagle Credit Union Hole Sponsors

AT&T | Checkpoint Surveying LLC | Deca Realty | Gapsch Carstar Collision Center J & J Construction & Remodeling | Laborers Local 110 | Syberg’s: An Eating & Drink Co.

GOLFERS individuals or foursomes

PRIZES baseball tickets, golf equipment, gift certificates

GOODY BAG ITEMS 100 promotional items

Interested in sponsoring? Interested in volunteering that day? Call or email the Chamber office.


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

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…

MICHAEL BAMVAKAIS Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, P.C.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I am a principal of the law firm Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, P.C. and have practiced in the Metropolitan St. Louis area for 37 years. I mainly practice in the areas of estate planning, probate estate administration, and trust administration. I am rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating for legal ability and general ethical standards in the practice of law. An AV rating is a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence and denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities. I live in Oakville with my wife, Liz, We have been married 35 years and have three daughters, Alexis, a clinical pharmacist, Sara, a mechanical engineer, and Lauren, a police officer with the St. Louis County Police Department. We have three grandchildren, and one of my daughters is expecting our fourth grandchild.

FAVORITE HOBBIES/PASTIMES Spending time with my family, attending family functions, travelling and photography.

FAVORITE QUOTES “Remember that so often for reasons that later on will seem small, most of the kindest and most loving things that we think remain unsaid. Try not to be like that – express to those with whom you share friendship, and those whom you love, how you feel about them. Don’t permit good thoughts to go unsaid.”

FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION Undetermined at this time – but best trips so far have been family trips to Sarasota, FL, Cancun, Mexico and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and a Rhine River cruise and a cruise of the Greek Isles.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BE ON THE BOARD I enjoy being involved, meeting new people and believe it to be important to promote the greater Affton community and the businesses located within the greater Affton community.

WHAT IS A GOAL YOU’D LIKE TO HELP THE CHAMBER ACCOMPLISH To promote itself to the businesses in the greater Affton area and help promote new relationships between its members.

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.

Edward Jones has been named one of the country’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune magazine and consulting firm Great Place to Work, ranking as the No. 4 large company. It was also the top-ranked full-service financial firm among all 40 companies on the list.

Following an extensive search for talent and experience, the Affton School District Board of Education on Tues., April 4, approved the hiring of Lauren Knoll as Director of Early Learning for Affton Early Childhood and Parents As Teachers for the 2017-2018 school year.

Congratulations to Colin Tillman from Mid States Agencies and his wife, Missy on the arrival of their son, August Joseph “Gus” on March 31.


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

Thanks to The Film Perspective for creating the sponsor video for J & J Construction & Remodeling.

Photos ©CindysPhoto.com

Ribbon Cutting JDog Junk Removal & Hauling April 19, 2017

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

Ribbon Cutting Affton License Office April 18, 2017



Bag Sponsors: All Family Care, American Eagle Credit Union, The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, J & J Construction & Remodeling, MB Health; Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes, South County Times, State FarmTammy Luechtefeld Exhibitors: Affton Christian Church; Affton Christian Food Pantry; Affton Affton Community Volunteer Organization; Affton Fire Protection District; Affton Presbyterian Church; AHS Cheerleaders; American Eagle Credit Union; American Roofing & Exteriors; Andre’s Banquet Center; Bayless School District; Bethesda Health Group; Camp Invention; Cecil Whittaker’s Pizza; Church at Affton; Clarkson Eyecare; Costco; Crestview Senior Living; Cricket Wireless; Crown Vision Center; Dan Kaestner, Keller Williams Realty; Enterprise Bank & Trust; Feed My People; Gateway Tree Care; Gravois Kiwanis Club/AHS Key Club; Great Southern Bank; Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency; Harster Heating & Air Conditioning; JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, Kona Ice of Arnold; Lutheran High School South; Mark Bernard Realty; MB Health; Melanie Layer Creative; Merx Flooring; Needy Paws Rescue; Neighbors Credit Union; Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes; Rooftop Church; St. Anthony’s Medical Center; St. Louis Bread Co.; St. Louis Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program; St. Louis County Library; St. Louis County Police; St. Louis Economic Development Partnership; Salem Lutheran Church & School; Sam’s ClubLemay Ferry; Sharpshooters Pit & Grill; Shine Bright Dance Project; South County Times; State Farm-Dane Huxel; State Farm-Tammy Luechtefeld; Steve’s Factory Direct; 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; Bob Burtelow, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning; Marty Carr, Deca Realty; Charlie Merx, Merx Flooring; Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services; Trevor Willingham, Willingham Insurance Agency; Affton High School students; Affton School District staff Mascots: Affton School District cougar, Bayless School District bronco, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Ronald McDonald


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

Clarkson Eyecare

Mark Bernard Realty

St. Anthony’s Medical Center

Tammy LuechtefeldState Farm Insurance

American Roofing & Exteriors Affton Fire Protection District

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




FACADE IMPROVEMENT GRANT funded by St. Louis County Port Authority A small amount of funding is still available! Eligibility Requirements:

Business is located on Gravois Road between Musick Road & St. Louis City limits. Project is building exterior and/or landscape improvement. Have not already received funding from this Grant.

If you’re interested in receiving funding for your project, please contact the Chamber office.

Rich Dierkes, Zisser Tire & Auto accepts a check for improvements at 9000 Gravois.

2017-2018 Community Directories are Coming to you Soon! The new edition has arrived in our office...watch the mail for your copy.

If you’d like a stack for your lobby or customers, please contact the Chamber office.

Thanks to Cindy’s Photo for the cover photo, Intaglio for the cover design, Kenrick’s Meat & Catering for the cover photo location, and Record Printing & Publishing for printing this edition.

Charles Tretter accepts a check for improvements at 7914 Gravois.

New Resident Mailing  Dave

Johnston, Affton Realty for providing addresses for our quarterly New Resident Mailing.  Participants: American Eagle Credit Union, Church of the Reformation-Lutheran, Edward Jones-Jennifer Ridgeway, Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Lutheran High School South, Seven Holy Founders Parish, and Syberg’s-An Eating & Drinking Co.  The Staff at Great Southern Bank for preparing the mailing.


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

Saturday, September 16 The Affton Community Days Parade is made possible by the financial contributions of our members and the community. If you’re interested in a sponsorship, please contact the Chamber office. Participation in the parade is FREE … to register for the parade, visit www.afftonchamber.com. Stay up-todate by following Affton Community Days Facebook page at www.facebook.com/afftondays.

NEW IN 2017 … A CHAMBER FLOAT! We need YOU to join in the unique and fun experience of planning & decorating the Affton Chamber’s parade float...bring your co-workers, friends, and family members! Interested? Contact the Chamber office today!

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. 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

Friday, May 12 Sign Up to Volunteer or Donate Today! afftonschools.net/afftonserves 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 businesses, churches, and community members are invited to participate. For more information, contact Erica Chandler at 314.633.5908 or echandler@afftonschools.net 12


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 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

Executive Director Office Assistant

Corporate Sponsors:

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 (only 1 remaining)

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

“Meet and Greet” the participating golfers. Includes: signage and quarter page program ad (only 2 remaining)

 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

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 

Band Sponsor (two available)


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

Judges Stand Sponsor

Supporter Sponsor (non-exclusive) $150

Shuttle 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 

Scholarship Sponsor (non-exclusive) $100

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

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

Chamber Float Volunteer


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:_____

Profile for Affton Chamber of Commerce