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October 2017

IN THIS ISSUE 2 :: New & Renewing Members 2 :: New Resident & Harvest BAH 3 :: October Luncheon 6 :: Affton Community Days 8 :: Annual Awards & Auction Gala 9 :: Member Events 10 :: Member News

SAVE THE DATE October 9 :: Monday Office Closed October 11 :: Wednesday Ambassador Committee Meeting Affton Chamber Office 10:00 am October 12 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting Location To Be Announced 11:15 am-1:00 pm October 13 :: Friday New Resident Inserts Due Affton Chamber Office 1:00 pm October 18 :: Wednesday Economic Development Affton Chamber Office 9:00 am Support Your Local Chamber Day Affton Chamber Office 9:00 am-1:00 pm October 26 :: Thursday Harvest Business After Hours Tower Tee Golf Complex 5:00-7:00 pm October 28 :: Saturday Trick or Treat Trivia Night Affton Community Center 7:00 pm

Presented by

beverage sponsor DANE HUXEL AGENT

poker hand sponsor


popcorn sponsor

round sponsors The Comic Grind The E & A CFO Group John G’Sell, DDS Great Southern Bank Harster Heating & Air Conditioning Merx Flooring Midwest BankCentre Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Syberg’s-An Eating & Drink Co. The UPS Store-Grasso Plaza

TABLES OF 8 $160 includes soda, water, beer & popcorn!


6:30-10:00 pm...help the whole time or just an hour or two!


prizes, raffles & silent auction are needed! Visit www.afftonchamber.com or contact the Chamber office to participate in this GHOULISH EVENT!

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.


Cassandra DeClue 6825 Gravois Avenue (63116) 314.352.2200 www.facebook.com/GravoisGlass Gravois Glass has been a fixture in the St. Louis community for over 30 years. The level of service we achieve in glass replacement is second to none. We strive for speed, accuracy and quality. With "Same Day Service" you'll never have to wait. Services Include: glass tops, glass shelving, custom-cut mirrors, door glass, patio door and window glass replacement, safety glass, tempered glass, laminated glass, wire glass and car side mirrors.


Sarah Stippec 7301 S. Broadway (63111) 314.450.6190 www.facebook.com/offtracksaloon7301 An old south city bar with a rustic saloon atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Carryout and delivery also available.

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, October 13. *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)!


Jeremy Knolhoff 6727 Langley Ave. (63123) in Center St. Louis 314.254.9468 www.gettorchedfit.com We are here to motivate you and teach you methods on how to achieve your personal fitness goals through our boot camps and personal trainers. We offer a wide range of classes, all professionally designed and led, that target your unique needs. The class sizes are limited and offered frequently, enabling us to spend the time necessary to maximize results. Boot camps are designed to help clients achieve realistic fitness goals. We provide a fun, safe environment that focuses on fostering a positive, encouraging community of boot campers working together to reach balanced strength training that is functional for everyday life. Boot campers of every fitness level are welcome.

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are August 23-September 21.

Shirley Eckert (2010) Mark Bernard Realty (2016) 2

Thursday, October 26 Tower Tee Golf Complex 5:00-7:00 pm Join the Affton, Crestwood-Sunset Hills & Lemay Chambers of Commerce for a fun evening of networking & golf!

Free event with cash bar & discounted rates on mini-golf & driving range. RSVP at afftonchamber.com

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

School District Update: Affton & Bayless presented by Dr. Steve Brotherton & Ron Tucker, Ed.S.

We're asking our attendees to consider a donation for Affton's Cougar Pack & Bayless' Backpack programs. These programs help ensure nutrition for food-insecure students while they are not at school. Both programs provide a backpack of supplemental food on Fridays for the students to take home. Suggested items include: easy mac, ravioli or any ready to eat canned meals, canned soup, chili, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, monetary donation, or gift cards to Aldi or Walmart to purchase items.

Thursday, October 12 11:15 am Registration | 12 noon Lunch Location To Be Determined

Watch your email for more information.

$15 members | $20 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com by Friday, October 6 meeting sponsor

IT’S MEMBERSHIP DRIVE TIME! Do you know a business that isn’t a member, but should be? This is a great time to join!

If they join between October 1 and December 31, the rest of 2017 is FREE! Not sure of all the benefits of being a member? Visit afftonchamber.com/ join.html or contact the Chamber office.

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


The 50/50 amount of $39 was won by Rich Bath, Fran Ann Engraving. He generously donated it to the Affton Fire Protection District’s MDA Fill the Boot Program. The Affton Chamber also donated their half of the 50/50.

Wednesday, October 18 National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day Stop by our office to say "hello" and pick up a treat between 9 am and 1 pm.

FIRST RESPONDERS MEMORIAL FLAGPOLE The Affton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved the installation of a flagpole at the Affton Chamber office in honor of the First Responders killed in the line of duty. Funds were raised earlier this year through a raffle and installation is currently being arranged. Watch your email for more details about the dedication ceremony.


The bottle of wine donated by RainMaker Sales Support was won by Dane Huxel, State Farm. Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services won a gift pack donated by Ad Source One. Jean McDaniel, Affton Historical Society; Pam VonderHaar, Evren Senol of RE/MAX Results; and Tony Bandera, Enterprise Bank & Trust each won a complimentary initial visit to Morris Family Chiropractic. Want to see your name mentioned here? Attend a meeting, buy 50/50 tickets & win OR donate an item for the 50/50 drawing.

Our Condolences to Ken Haller of the Gravois Kiwanis Club for the passing of his wife, Jeanette.

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

September Membership Meeting|Sponsored by: September 14, 2017 Thanks...    

Delicious lunch at Sharpshooters Pit & Grill. Meeting Sponsor Morris Family Chiropractic. Greeters Marty Carr, Deca Realty and Charlie Merx, Merx Flooring. Speaker: Emily Henderson, Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

New Member

Sarah Stippec The Off Track Saloon

New Member

Cassandra DeClue Gravois Glass

New Member

Beth Moore Rooftop Church

New Member

Adam Ford Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Attorneys at Law

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




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

presented by Golf Carts Sponsor

Band Sponsors

Judges Stand Sponsors Scholarship Sponsors

The E & A CFO Group J & J Construction & Remodeling RainMaker Sales Support

THANKS! COMMITTEE Ray Absolon, St. Louis County Police Jake Baretich, J & J Construction & Remodeling Patricia Cowan, RainMaker Sales Support Pam Knox, ACVO and ACIA Rachel Lovelace, Neighbors Credit Union Mandy Montgomery, Affton Chamber of Commerce Lisa Rackley, Affton Chamber of Commerce Dan Schroeder, St. Louis County Police Cindy Tiefenbrunn, Cindy’s Photo Dick Walkenbach, Insurance Concepts Suzanne Welker, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services

FLOAT VOLUNTEERS Jake Baretich, J & J Construction & Remodeling Carrie Carrigan, Great Southern Bank Cliff & Patricia Cowan, RainMaker Sales Support Karen Gibson, Enterprise Bank & Trust Jim & Sandy Kettelkamp, Desktop Graphics Charles Montgomery, 24-7 Animal & Pest Control Peg Most, South County Times Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services Dick Walkenbach, Insurance Concepts Lee Williams, Bethesda Health Group Tiffany Williams, Volunteer Trevor Willingham, Willingham Insurance Agency LLC Jeremy Buie & Chris Rackley, Volunteers A special thank you to Affton Fire Protection District for allowing us to use their space to build our float!

PARADE JUDGES Rev. Joe Cox, Lutheran High School South Rachel Eaton, Affton School District Amy Ruzicka, Bayless School District Lee Williams, Bethesda Health Group Tiffany Williams, Volunteer A special thank you to Gateway Insurance for allowing us to use their lot for the Judges Stand!

St. Louis County Police & Cadets, St. Louis County Park Rangers & MoDOT Staging/Parking Areas & Transportation: Affton High School, Rogers Middle School & Affton School District Photographers: Colin Bates, Affton High School student & Jim Kettelkamp, Desktop Graphics Graphic Design: Cindy’s Photo & Melanie Layer Creative Signage Printing: Lois Mans, Farmers Insurance Convertibles for VIPs: Bob & Linda Brendel, Novus Auto Glass; Charlie Ems, Volunteer; and Bommarito Chevy

PARADE MARSHALS Mike Bamvakais, Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham PC Jake Baretich, J & J Construction & Remodeling Diane Boyer, The E & A CFO Group Sue Casaleggi, ABC Animal & Insect Innovations LLC Brett Cox, Resident Duane Dormeier, Checkpoint Surveying Edward P Jardon, Jardon Accounting & Tax Service Angie Muegge, Sharpshooters Pit & Grill Jim Slama, Intaglio Dick Walkenbach, Insurance Concepts Russell Weber, O'Connor Insurance Rod Welker, The Comic Grind Suzanne Welker, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services Trevor Willingham, Willingham Insurance Agency LLC

PARADE AWARDS Theme of Parade—Schaeffer Electric Judge’s Choice—Lakewood Hall Most Original Entry—Bayless Theater Company Best Church Entry—Rooftop Church Best School Entry—Affton Early Childhood Center Thanks to all parade participants for making this one of the biggest and best parades!

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


Nominations are needed for: Business Person of the Year Citizen of the Year Commercial New Construction Commercial Renovation Residential Renovation Nominations can be submitted at afftonchamber.com. Deadline for nominations is October 13. Awards will be presented at Annual Awards & Dinner Auction Gala.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 Andre’s South Banquet Center your donations make this event great watch the mail for more information





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

Wellness Kiosk every Wednesday | 9:00 am-4:00 pm The Village at Mackenzie Place (8520 Mackenzie Rd., 63123) Take control of your health with the Wellness Kiosk. With this FREE service you are able to measure your blood pressure, weight, pulse and with the assistance of a LSS registered nurse your blood glucose level. For more information, call 314.884.7909.

First Impact Traffic Safety Parent Program hosted by Willingham Insurance Agency Wednesday, October 18 | 6:00-7:30 pm Affton High School Auditorium (8309 Mackenzie Road, 63123) Learn about the Graduated Driver License (GDL) law. You’ll be provided with tools to monitor, coach, and support your new teen driver. Contact Trevor Willingham at 314.852.3056 for more information.

Fall Rummage & Bake Sale Wednesday, October 11 | 8:00 am-3:00 pm Salem Lutheran Church (8343 Gravois Road, 63123) In Fellowship Hall. Hosted by The Salem Lutheran Church & School Ladies Guild. Donations of rummage are welcome beginning September 25 during normal business hours, 8 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday. Call 314.352.4454 for more information.

Fall Festival Thursday, October 12 | 5:00-7:00 pm Gotsch Intermediate School (8348 S. Laclede Station Road, 63123) Games. Crafts. Hot dogs & hamburgers. Bubble Bus. Investigation Station from Washington University. Contact Nicki Hejlek at 314.814.5972 or nhejlek@afftonschools.net for more information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENT TO OUR CALENDAR! Don’t Worry. Retire Happy! Wednesday, October 4 | noon-1:30 pm & 6:00-7:30 pm American Eagle Credit Union (3805 Union Road, 63125) Retirement today is very different from that of our parents & grandparents. Learn how the simple math and science of optimal retirement can help you retire, happily ever after! Seating is limited. RSVP to Diane at 314.657.9671.

If it is posted by the 15th of the month, it will be published in the next month’s newsletter.

Did you know the Calendar is one of the most visited pages on our website? Need help posting? Contact mandy@afftonchamber.com.

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.

St. Anthony’s Medical Center has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in 2017-18 in two categories: heart failure & colon cancer surgery.

Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Inc. was named one of the 50 fastest growing companies in St. Louis by the Small Business Monthly.

Essex Industries is celebrating their 70th Anniversary. Essex Industries is a leading supplier to the Aerospace and Defense industry, with local customers that include Boeing and Scott Air Force Base. The company is still family-owned and operated. Pictured from left: Keith Guller, CEO; Sidney Guller, Chairman of the Board; Mickey Waldman, President; background photo: Harold Guller.

Kutis Funeral Homes is make the Vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) app available for free to download from either the Apple App Store or Google Play. Enter the code #4458. Fill in the information and be prepared for an emergency. In the event of an emergency, first responders can use the Vital ICE app to retrieve the user’s vital information.

South County Times is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. This free publication has been helping inform Affton residents since 1947.

Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency, Great Southern Bank, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Tammy Luechtefeld-State Farm, and Woodard Cleaning & Restoration teamed up with Affton Fire Protrection District to Fill the Boot and Give Muscular Dystrophy the Boot during the month of September! 10

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

Affton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Class of 2020

Mike Bamvakais Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, PC Mark Bernard Mark Bernard Realty Carrie Carrigan Great Southern Bank Lois Mans Farmers Insurance Agency Cindy Tiefenbrunn Cindy’s Photo

Did you miss our golf tournament? Do you want to play Tapawingo again?

Lemay Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Wednesday, October 4 11:00 am Tapawingo National Golf Club Foursomes available for $500 Cash Prizes in 3 Flights www.lemaychamber.com for more info

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. Torched Fitness—10% off boot camp. 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 column and on our website, submit your discount online at www.afftonchamber.com or email to mandy@afftonchamber.com Your dues must be current.

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

AUGUST 2017  New Members: The Comic Grind; Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Attorneys at Law; Gravois Glass, The Off Track Saloon.  Held August General Membership Meeting  Monthly Board of Directors Meeting  Breakfast Networking at Sam’s Club with Arnold, Lemay & South County Chambers.  Attended Ribbon Cutting at Dressel Elementary School.  Attended Dedication Ceremony at Cor Jesu Academy.  Attended Affton Plaza Block Party.  Committee Meetings: Affton Community Days, Ambassadors, Economic Development, Trivia Night  Member Communication: 2 E-Blast (2 members participated) and 2 E-News  Website: 6,359 views of afftonchamber.com; top visited pages: Affton Community Days, Calendar, and Visitors Guide; 8,740 impressions of banner ads on website & member’s area with 42 click-thrus. 12

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

Presenting Sponsor

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Beverage Sponsor DANE HUXEL AGENT

Poker Hand Sponsor Popcorn Sponsor TREVOR WILLINGHAM

PRICE: $160 per table (8 people max) DOORS OPEN 6:30 PM; TRIVIA STARTS AT 7:00 PM Soda, Water, Beer & Popcorn Provided! FOR INFORMATION, CLICK ON WWW.AFFTONCHAMBER.COM OR CALL THE CHAMBER: 314-631-3100

Return completed form and check made payable to: Affton Chamber of Commerce, 9815 Mackenzie Rd., Affton, MO 63123-5425 or Fax completed form & credit card information to 314-631-3102 We accept Discover, Mastercard, Visa & American Express Paid by  Check  Credit Card Total Payment @ $160 per table___________ Credit Card #______________________________ Name_________________________________ Name of Card _____________________________ Address_______________________________ Exp. Date_____________CVV Code____________ Zip___________________________________ Billing Address #_______ Billing Zip Code _______ Phone________________________________ Signature_________________________________


2018 Board of Directors Ballot

The nominating committee of the Affton Chamber of Commerce has submitted the following individuals for election to a three-year term on the Board of Directors. Please vote for five (5) individuals. Write-ins accepted. ______ Mike Bamvakais, Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, PC ______ Mark Bernard, Mark Bernard Realty ______ Carrie Carrigan, Great Southern Bank ______ Lois Mans, Farmers Insurance Agency ______ Cindy Tiefenbrunn, Cindy’s Photo _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ G

I am interested in learning more about serving on the Board of Directors for the Affton Chamber of Commerce.

Please sign your ballot and return by fax or mail no later than October 11, 2017. Affton Chamber of Commerce 9815 Mackenzie Road Affton, MO 63123

Fax: 314.631.3102




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