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September 2017

IN THIS ISSUE 2 :: New Members & Key to the 123 3 :: September Meeting 3 :: Trivia Night 4 :: New Resident Mailing 4 :: Renewing Members 6 :: Nominations Needed 7 :: Pictures 8 :: Traffic Catcher Sites 10 :: Member Events 11 :: Member News 11 :: Member Discounts

SAVE THE DATE September 6 :: Wednesday Key to the 123 Affton Chamber office 8:00 am September 14 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting Sharpshooters Pit & Grill 11:15 am-1:00 pm September 16 :: Saturday Affton Community Days Parade 10:00 am September 20 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber office 9:00 am October 12 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting School District Update 11:15 am-1:00 pm October 13 :: Friday New Resident Inserts Due Affton Chamber office 1:00 pm

presented by

Saturday, September 16

“Affton Chamber Turns Platinum� Parade begins at 10:00 am

Parade Route

Affton High School, south on Mackenzie, east on Gravois, west on Weber, north on Mackenzie, Rogers Middle School Golf Carts Sponsor

Chamber Float Work Days

Affton Fire Protection District Valcour Fire House

September 9 @ 1 pm September 10 @ 10 am

Thanks to the Affton Fire Protection District for providing work space!

Band Sponsors

Judges Stand Sponsors

Scholarship Sponsors

J & J Construction & Remodeling RainMaker Sales Support

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.

AMEN, GANTNER & CAPRIANO, ATTORNEYS AT LAW Adam Ford 10805 Sunset Office Dr., Suite 100 (63127) 314.966.8077 www.yourestatematters.com Our firm is dedicated to providing you with quality estate planning resources, so you can become familiar with all of the existing options. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family’s future.

THE COMIC GRIND Suzanne Welker & Phil Trapp 1507 Lanvale Dr. (63123) 314.630.8161 www.thecomicgrind.com THE COMIC GRIND BRINGS COMICS AND COFFEE TO YOU! A mobile comic book store, coffee, and more. Comics include Silver Age, Bronze Age and Current. Watch for our grand opening soon!

Unlock your Membership! Wednesday, September 6 8:00 am -9:00 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 to mandy@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.

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? Attend the Key to the 123 on September 6, visit afftonchamber.com/join.html or contact the Chamber office 2

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

Thursday, September 14 11:15 am Registration | 12 noon Lunch Sharpshooter Pit & Grill 8135 Gravois Rd., 63123 Please use rear entrance.

$15 members | $20 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com by Friday, September 8 meeting sponsor


Presenting Sponsor

Popcorn Sponsor & 2 Round Sponsors…only $100 each.


Poker Hand Sponsor

Only $160 includes soda, water, beer & popcorn!

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Volunteers needed between 6:30 & 10:00 pm...help the whole time or just an hour or two!

THANKS TO OUR PLANNING COMMITTEE Chair Trevor Willingham, Willingham Insurance Agency Lois Mans, Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency Suzanne Welker, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes

Beverage Sponsor



Visit www.afftonchamber.com or contact the Chamber office to participate in this


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


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)!

New Teacher Welcome Bag participants: ABC Animal & Insect Innovations, Abigail’s Apparel, American Eagle Credit Union, Bethesda Health Group, First Bank, Great Southern Bank, Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency, Insurance Concepts-Dick Walkenbach, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Kona Ice of Arnold, Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, St. Louis County Library, The Teachers’ Lounge, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. Residents of The Village at Mackenzie Place for dropping by the office to deliver treats during their Joy Week.

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are July 21-August 22.

County Councilman Ernie Trakas, 6th District (2016) Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency (2016) Holy Cross Academy (2016) The 50/50 amount of $57 was won by Carrie Carrigan, Great Southern Bank.

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 4

Chief Nick Fahs, Affton Fire Protection District won the gift pack donated by Ad Source One. Delmar Gardens & Garden Villas South donated many great items won by: Phyllis Lawas, F2 Garage Door Solutions Ryan Pachl, RainMaker Sales Support Joe Richter, Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Joan Edleson, Retired Resident 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...Commerce Bank, Friendship Village-Sunset Hills, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center



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

October Membership Luncheon Thursday, October 12 School District Update

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.

watch for more details!

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

Did you miss our golf tournament? Do you want to play Tapawingo again? save the date... Lemay Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble Wednesday, October 4 Tapawingo National Golf Club

Completed Retaining Wall at Citizens National Bank


SCORE is the largest national non-profit organization in the country which provides FREE advice and mentoring to small businesses. There are 10,000 SCORE volunteers and 320 chapters nationwide. SCORE is a partner with the SBA.


A SCORE mentor can meet with you to discuss your business goals, immediate needs, challenges, and issues. Your SCORE mentor will offer useful tools and suggestions that you can use immediately to grow and make your business more successful.


All SCORE mentoring services are FREE. To Request SCORE Business Mentoring Call SCORE at 314.539.6602 email_score@stlscore.org

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


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

Annual Awards & Dinner Auction Gala January 20, 2017

Andre’s South Banquet Center


wanted: ambassadors Ambassadors are official Affton Chamber representatives. They help mentor new members and volunteer on the “front-line” of our meetings & events. Ambassadors help educate prospective members & guests, welcome new members, and facilitate networking. Committee members attend Affton Chamber events (meetings, ribbon cuttings, social hours, etc.) and facilitate the Key to the 123 Seminar. INTERESTED? Contact the Chamber office!

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

August Membership Meeting |Sponsored by: August 10, 2017


 Delicious lunch at Garden Villas South.  Don Ficken, StLouisEclipse2017.org for speaking about the Great

American Eclipse.

 Greeter Trevor Willingham, Willingham Insurance Agency.

Breakfast Networking @ Sam’s Club August 8, 2017

Dressel Elementary School Ribbon Cutting August 2, 2017

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


Your Company’s Traffic Catcher Site/Landing Page has many features:  Search Engine Optimized (SEO) Page helps move your  List Services & Products company to the top of search results...it is accessed  Display Photos & Videos through Affton Chamber Member Directory  Designate Keywords so customers can find you faster!

Visit www.afftonchamber.com & click MEMBER LOGIN

Enter the Username & Password you were emailed when you joined. If you need it again, contact the office.

Request Chamber Nation staff set up your Traffic Catcher Site with no additional cost & no sales pitches (1) Create or upload a coupon (2) Set Up your Landing Page with step-by-step prompts (4)


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

F2 Garage Door Solutions & Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency participated in a community event in Affton Plaza on August 24.

NOW ACCEPTING AMERICAN EXPRESS We’ve changed merchant services. To ensure that you receive email receipts from us, please add app@clover.com to your whitelist.

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


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.

Feed My People Manna March Walk for Hunger Sunday, September 10 | 1:00-3:00 pm JB Park, Gen. Atkinson Shelter (345 North Road, 63125) Enjoy beautiful and historic Jefferson Barracks Park with walking the 1 mile or 2.3-mile walking path, then take in one of the five museums, the Mississippi River overlook, the Frisbee course, or, the new Pavilion at Lemay Recreation Center. For more information please contact Sara Becker at 314.631.4900.

Annual Afternoon Tea Thursday, September 28 | 1:00-3:30 pm Oakland House (7801 Genesta St., 63123) Featuring Guest Speaker Valerie Battle Kienzle who will review her book "What's With St. Louis? The Quirks, Personality, and Charm of the Gateway City." $30.00 per person, reservations are required. For reservations or more information, contact Pam Danklef at 314.842.0149.

Affton Christian Food Pantry Annual Health & Safety Fair Saturday, September 23 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm St. George Parish Center (4980 Heege, 63123) Flu Shots, Mammograms, Blood Pressure/Glucose Checks for FREE! For more information please call 314.966.5170. Affton Christian Food Pantry Trivia Night Saturday, September 23 | 7:00-10:00 pm Seven Holy Founders Parish Hall (6741 S. Rock Hill Road, 63123) Under the Big Top! Trivia Night, Dessert Dash & Silent Auction. $20 per person, tables of 8. Doors open 6:00 pm, Trivia starts at 7:00 pm. Reserve your table by visiting afftonchristianfoodpantry.com.

LearnStorm 2017 supported by AT&T September 12-October 20 www.learnstorm2017.org For back-to-school 2017, Khan Academy & AT&T are launching a FREE national learning challenge designed to equip students with the skills and mindsets they need to start the school year strong. LearnStorm combines Khan Academy’s thousands of free, standards-aligned exercises with new, limited-time-only incentives to engage, celebrate, and reward every student—no matter their level. Any student in grades 3-12, anywhere in the country will be eligible to participate – in and out-ofschool.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENT TO OUR CALENDAR! If it is submitted 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 Platinum...Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Dane Huxel - State Farm, J & J Construction & Remodeling, St. Anthony’s | Mercy

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.

The affiliation between Mercy and St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis is official. The two organizations announced in February they were entering a definitive agreement for an affiliation and have since been finalizing details. Under the terms, St. Anthony’s becomes Mercy’s fifth acute care hospital in the greater St. Louis region and the third largest hospital across Mercy’s four states. Mike McCurry, Mercy executive vice president and chief operating officer, is expanding his responsibilities to take on the role of St. Anthony’s president, succeeding Kelly Wetzler, who served as interim CEO for the past few months. Sorensen will provide executive oversight for operations.

Arina’s Alteration & Tailor Shop has moved to 3942 Union Road (63125). All other contact information remains the same.

Bayless High School has been recognized as one of America’s Best High Schools by US News & World Report in 2017.

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 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

JULY 2017  Held Joint Luncheon Meeting with Lemay Chamber.  Monthly Board of Directors Meeting  Committee Meetings: Affton Community Days,      

Ambassadors, By-Laws, Economic Development, Trivia Night Prepared New Resident Mailing to 200 new residents. Conducted 1 One-on-One Consultation with a member for ChamberNation Member’s Area. Submitted a quarterly report to the St. Louis Port Authority for the Façade Improvement Grant. Met with St. Louis CAPS about strategic partnering. Member Communication: 2 E-Blast (2 members participated) and 3 News & Events Emails Website: 6,856 views of afftonchamber.com; top visited pages: Affton Community Days, Calendar, and Member Directory; 6,532 impressions of banner ads on website & member’s area with 49 click-thrus.


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

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Beverage Sponsor Presenting Sponsor


Poker Hand Sponsor


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_________________________________


Presenting Sponsor


Poker Hand Sponsor

Beverage Sponsor


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30) Affton White-Rodgers Community Center 9801 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123


Come dressed as your scariest ghoul or decorate a “jack o lantern” and enjoy a night of fun and laughter!

G Presenting Sponsor | $500 | SOLD-J&J Construction G Poker Hand Sponsor |$100|SOLD-Farmers Insurance,  Table of 8 at event Trevor Willingham      

Company logo on all answer sheets On-site signage Acknowledgement by emcee during event Logo as “Event Sponsor” on all promotional materials Logo placement on screen at beginning and conclusion of slides Option to provide company ink pens or pencils (company provides)

G Beverage Sponsor | $250 | SOLD-Dane Huxel Agent    

On-site signage Acknowledgement by emcee during event Name and logo featured on all event promotional materials Option to provide company koozie cups for beverages

G Popcorn Sponsor | $100 | 1 Available   

On-site signage Acknowledgement by emcee during event Name and logo featured on all event promotional materials

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On-site signage Acknowledgement by emcee during event Name and logo featured on all event promotional materials Company logo on all envelopes containing poker hands

G Round Sponsor | $100 | 2 Available    

On-site signage Acknowledgement by emcee during event Name and logo featured on all event promotional materials Name and Logo placement on round answer sheet & slide

G Silent Auction/Raffle Donations | Cost: Your Choice! 

In addition to sponsorships or purchasing tables, we welcome any Silent Auction or Raffle items you wish to donate. Please list items on the reservation form.

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) ______ Charge: ______ Charge Card Number:_____________________________________ Expiration Date:____Security Code:_____

Annual Awards Nomination Form Please check one. You may duplicate this form to nominate in more than one category. Deadline is October 13, 2017.

Form must be completed in its entirety to be a valid nomination _______ I want to nominate an individual for Business Person of the Year. Recognition of a successful business leader in the Affton community; someone who has demonstrated ethical business practices, distinguished herself/himself with their dedicated & energetic leadership. This person has given her/his services to enhance the quality of business life & embodies community leadership through the combination of business, civic, & community activities. _______ I want to nominate an individual for Citizen of the Year. Recognition of an individual who has made substantial volunteer contributions with dedicated service in the interest of the Affton community. _______ I want to nominate a business for Commercial New Construction. New construction of commercial project in 63123 & is completed during 2017; must include photos and be current member of the Affton Chamber of Commerce. _______ I want to nominate a business for Commercial Renovation. Renovation project in 63123 & is completed during 2017; must include photos and be current member of the Affton Chamber of Commerce. _______ I want to nominate an individual for Residential Renovation. Renovation project in 63123 & is completed during 2017, must include photos.

Nominee’s Name ___________________________________________________________ Street Address______________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip ________________________________ Phone: _______________________ Please tell us why the nominee deserves this award. List any accomplishments, awards, or honors the nominee has received. This section will be used to determine who receives this award. Please attach additional pages if necessary.

_______________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ Nomination submitted by:


Submit completed forms to: 9815 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123

Phone: 314.631.3100

Fax: 314.631.3102


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