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January 2018

You’re Invited... IN THIS ISSUE 2 :: New Members & New Resident 3 :: January Luncheon 4 :: Renewing Members 5 :: 2017 Honorees 6 :: Minimum Wage 7 :: Pictures 9 :: Helping Hands 10 :: Member Events 11 :: Member Discounts

SAVE THE DATE January 1 :: Monday Office Closed January 9 :: Tuesday Ambassador Meeting Affton Chamber office 10:00 am January 11 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting Royale Orleans Banquet Center 11:15 am-1:00 pm January 12 :: Friday New Resident Inserts Due Affton Chamber office 1:00 pm

Saturday, January 20

5:30 pm Doors Open | 6:30 pm Dinner Buffet

Andre’s South Banquet Center

4254 Telegraph Road | Saint Louis, Missouri 63129

$40 per person RSVP by January 8, 2018 Presenting Sponsor

Dane Huxel

Wall of Wine Sponsor

January 15 :: Monday Office Closed January 17 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber Office 9:00 am January 20 :: Saturday Annual Auction & Awards Dinner Gala Andre’s South Banquet Center

Major Sponsors

Section Sponsors Gravois Glass, Inc.

First Responder Supporters

Carondelet Park Rec Complex

Design & Print Sponsor Greg Mans Agency

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.

MILFORD SUPPLY CO. INC. Tim Milford Jr. 10943 Lin-Valle Dr. (63123) 314.894.1991 www.milfordsupply.com Milford Supply sells wholesale and retail plumbing products for commercial and residential work. We maintain locations in Affton, St. Charles, Webster Groves, city of St. Louis, and Fenton. Our Fenton location is a kitchen and bath showroom with design services.

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.

R.G. ROSS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Jim Slama 4079 Bayless Ave. (63125) 314.638.9255 www.rgross.com Since 1975, R.G. Ross has maintained a steady growth to be among the premier General Contractors in the Missouri and Illinois construction community. For over 42 years, we’ve sustained strong growth by completing a wide range of projects for satisfied clients. The key to our success is our reputation as a solid ethical organization. Our commitment to providing our clients with the best value in the industry has led to many satisfied and repeat clients over the years.

Drop off 200 half-page* inserts & $40 by 1 pm on Friday, January 12. *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)!

ST. LOUIS TEACHERS’ RECYCLE CENTER Stacey Georges 315 Lemay Ferry Road (63125) 636.227.7095 www.sltrc.com The St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping creative materials and reusable resources out of landfills and putting them in the hands of children, teachers, artists, and others for creative and intellectual development.

A brand new benefit included in your Affton Chamber of Commerce membership... The Affton Chamber of Commerce is now a member of the Missouri Chamber Federation. All of our members can now have access to their new health insurance coverage option for small employers. Contact the Chamber office for more details.

DO YOU KNOW A BUSINESS WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM 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


business card newsletter ad

Your name or business must be indicated as referring the new member on their application. 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 | Mercy

Designing Your Life

presented by Brandon Dempsey, goBRANDgo! The only person responsible for your life is you. We all have an incredible amount of power to change the course of our life and build one that serves us. You just have to learn what steps to take.

Thursday, January 11 11:15 am Registration | 12 noon Lunch Royale Orleans Banquet Center 2801 Telegraph, 63125 $15 members | $20 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com by Friday, January 5 Brandon Dempsey

meeting sponsor


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

January February March July September October November Call the Chamber office if you're interested!

Annual Awards & Dinner Auction Gala January 20 Affton Community & Business Expo April 11 FLASH Networking April 27 Spring BBQ May 12 Golf Tournament June 12 Affton Community Days September 15 Trivia Night October 13 PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Great Southern Bank, Neighbors Credit Union, Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes Silver…American Eagle Credit Union


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

Terri Ems (1993) John Remelius (2011) Affton Center Stage (1988) Affton Christian Food Pantry (2008) Affton Fire Protection District (1984) Affton Historical Society (1974) Affton School District (1973) Affton Veterinary Clinic (2009) All Family Care (2009) Arina's Alteration and Tailor Shop (2003) Bethesda Health Group (2015) Brinkmann's Jewelry (1990) C.E.S. Pest & Termite Control, Inc. (2000) Casey Electric (1995) Checkpoint Surveying LLC (2014) Church of the Reformation-Lutheran (2003) Cindy's Photo (2008) City of Lakeshire (2010) Collaboratech (2007) Cotton's Ace Hardware of Affton (2010) Crawford-Butz Insurance Agency (1975) Deca Realty Co. Inc. (1994) Donelson Cycles Inc. (1971) Eden United Church of Christ (1999) Enterprise Bank & Trust (2005) Essex Industries (1973) Federhofer's Bakery (1975) First Community Credit Union (2008) Fortel's Pizza Den (1983) Friendship Village (2014) Gapsch's Carstar Collision Center (1991) Gateway Insurance (2007) Genesis Banquet Center (2013) Georgetown Apartments (1991) Gravois Kiwanis Club (2002) Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency (2016) Happy Joe's Pizza (1997) Harster Heating & Air Conditioning (1975) Heartland Industries, Inc. (1977) Indian Hills Swim Club (2007) John G'Sell, DDS (2009) 4

KidStreet Daycare & Learning Center (2012) Lindbergh Schools (2007) Lots of Curb Appeal, LLC (2002) Marlborough Trails Apartments (2004) Marty's Auto Shop (1989) MB Health (2013) McDonalds--Mackenzie Pointe (2001) Merx Flooring, LLC (2003) Michael Vogt, Attorney at Law (2002) Neighbors Credit Union (1995) Ontime Express Inc. (2004) Parker Insurance Group (2006) Pasta House Co. (1983) Petsway (2014) Record Printing & Publishing (2004) Reinhold Electric (2002) Reuter Merkle Law Firm, LLC (2001) Sabrina Tate Golf Instruction (2013) Saint Louis Altenheim (2015) Saint Louis Carpenters J.A.P. (2003) Saint Louis County Police - Affton (1979) Saint Louis Economic Development Partnership (2005) Saint Louis Group Inc. (1997) Saint Mark Catholic Church (2009) Salem Lutheran Church & School (1975) Save-A-Lot Reavis Barracks (1999) Seven Holy Founders Parish (1997) Simon Says Early Childhood Center (1999) South County Times (1986) State Farm Insurance-Luechtefeld (2001) State Representative 92nd District (2017) State Representative, 93rd District (2013) State Representative, 94th Cloria Brown (2008) Town of Grantwood Village (2001) Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (2010) Van Plumbing Co., LLC (1988) Village at Mackenzie Place (2011) Wilbur Park, Village of (1998) Will Electronics, Inc. (2004) Wilmington Clinic (2008) Zisser Tire & Auto (2000)

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

Announcing our 2017 Honorees: Business Person of the Year Keith Brooks

Citizen of the Year Matt & Michele Herndon

Matt & Michele Herndonn

First Responders of the Year

Keith Brooks

Scott Manning, Affton Fire Protection District Kevin Frederick, St. Louis County Police-Affton Southwest Precinct

Exceptional Educators Award Janet Peistrup, Affton School District · Katy Glass, Bayless School District Karen Schuering, Cor Jesu Academy · Jackie Theodore, Dressel Elementary School Steve Schmid, Lutheran High School South · Donna Catanzaro, Our Lady of Providence

Beautification Awards - Commercial New Construction Cor Jesu Academy · Dressel Elementary School · Fresh Thyme Farmers Market

Beautification Awards - Commercial Renovation Affton License Office · Bayless School District Farmers Insurance-Greg Mans Agency · F2 Garage Door Solutions LLC

Please help us celebrate at the Annual Gala on January 20

Presented by:

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


THANKS! More information at http://labor.mo.gov/ DLS/MinimumWage The Missouri Department of Labor announces the state minimum wage rate for 2018 has been established, according to state law, at $7.85, effective January 1. All businesses are required to pay at minimum, the $7.85 hourly rate, except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. Per state law, the minimum wage rate is calculated once a year and may increase or decrease based on the cost of living as measured by the previous year’s Consumer Price Index. Missouri law does not allow the state’s minimum wage rate to be lower than the federal minimum wage rate. Compensation for tipped employees must also total at least $7.85 per hour. Employers are required to pay tipped employees at least 50 percent of the minimum wage, or the amount necessary to bring the employee’s total compensation to a minimum of $7.85 per hour.


Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services and Terri Ems for helping prepare the December newsletter mailing.

Bethesda Health Group and J & J Construction & Remodeling for delivering delicious treats to the Chamber office!

J & J Construction & Remodeling for hanging the Christmas lights on the office building!

Everyone that sent the office a holiday card!

Our Condolences to Cindy Tiefenbrunn, Cindy’s Photo, on the passing of her sister.

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

December Membership Meeting |Sponsored by: December 14, 2017


 Delicious lunch at Sam’s Steakhouse.  Meeting Sponsor: MB Health.  Greeters Jake Baretich, J & J Construction & Remodeling; Charlie Merx, Merx

Flooring; and Stacy Cabanas, First Bank.

 Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services for greeting attendees as Santa Claus!

New Member

New Member

Stacey Georges St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center

Retiring President: Dr. Eric Werner, Morris Family Chiropractic

Jim Slama R.G. Ross Construction Co.

Retiring Board Members: Marty Carr, Deca Realty; Charlie Merx, Merx Flooring; Patricia Cowan, Rainmaker Sales Support

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

Board Member of the Year: Marty Carr, Deca Realty


to the 2018 Board of Directors Mark Bernard

Mark Bernard Realty Lois Mans

Farmers Insurance-Greg Mans Agency

The 50/50 amount of $84 was won by Patricia Cowan, Rainmaker Sales Support. Shane Hutchens, Gateway Tree Care; Jeremy Knolhoff, Torched Fitness; and Lee Williams, Bethesda Health Group each won an attendance prize donated by MB Health. Want to see your name mentioned here? Attend a meeting, buy 50/50 tickets & win OR donate an item for the 50/50 drawing.

Cindy Tiefenbrunn

Cindy’s Photo

Installation of 2018 Board of Directors

The 2018 Board of Directors was sworn in at the December Holiday Luncheon by State Representatives Doug Beck and Bob Burns.

Pictured: Keith Brooks, Sharpshooters Pit & Grill; Dane Huxel, State Farm Agent; Erica Chandler, Individual; Dr. Steve Brotherton, Affton School District; Mark Bernard, Mark Bernard Realty; Suzanne Welker, The Comic Grind; Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services; Lois Mans, Farmers Insurance-Greg Mans Agency; Jake Baretich, J & J Construction & Remodeling; Cindy Tiefenbrunn, Cindy’s Photo; Carrie Carrigan, Great Southern Bank; State Representatives Doug Beck & Bob Burns; Dr. Eric Werner, Morris Family Chiropractic. Not Pictured: Michael Bamvakais, Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham PC; Duane Dormeier, Checkpoint Surveying; Trevor Willingham, Farmers Insurance; Chief Nick Fahs, Affton Fire Protection District; Captain Melissa Webb, St. Louis County Police-Affton Precinct


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

Thanks to everyone who wrapped, donated and volunteered this year for our "Helping Hand" Families. With your generosity, we were able to assist eight families! Every family was overwhelmed with our community's generosity! Thanks to all that donated generously: ABC Animal & Insect Innovations; Ameren Missouri; Bethesda Health Group; Carrie & John Carrigan; Terri Ems; First Bank; Gateway Insurance; Gateway Tree Care; Harster Heating & Air Conditioning; Charlie & Neita Heinzman; J&J Construction & Remodeling; John G’Sell, DDS; Merx Flooring; PenTech Computer Services; Record Printing & Publishing; and Sharpshooter Pit & Grill Special thanks to Affton Fire Protection District and St. Louis County Police-Affton Southwest Precinct for delivering to the families!

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


We asked our newest board member to answer a few questions so we can get to know him better.

Suds-a-Fund Raiser Saturday, January 13 7:00-10:00 pm St. Dominic Savio Cafeteria (6120 Pebble Hill, 63123) Test your knowledge and skills and to help raise funds for SDS! Four Flights of Beers and Four Rounds of Sports. Trivia, pizza, appetizers and more all for $25 per person. For more information, contact Scotti Hark (314-603-3735 or scottihark@gmail.com).

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.

Mark Bernard Mark Bernard Realty TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. After a 40 year career in marketing and publishing, I changed hats and went into real estate. Since then, I have been able to help many people achieve their dream of home ownership. I love helping people buy their first home, and navigate them through the process. It is never about the sale for me, it is always about adding value to their lives.

FAVORITE HOBBIES/PASTIMES Photography, travel, painting, Cardinals, and history (especially St. Louis history).

FAVORITE QUOTE Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young.

FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION The Gulf Coast (Gulfport, MS to be exact). It's my happy spot.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BE ON THE BOARD I want to give back to the community and help my hometown of Affton become the best it can be.

WHAT IS A GOAL YOU’D LIKE TO HELP THE CHAMBER ACCOMPLISH I'd like to help Affton grow, attract more businesses, and become a destination for people to live, work and play.


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

Have you put your 2018 Affton Chamber Member cling on your door or window?

It was sent with your 2018 Membership Investment invoice.

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. This is a great way to meet new contacts! Interested? Contact the Chamber office.

Shop Chamber Members!

See more offers and details at afftonchamber.com Add your offer to this list by emailing mandy@afftonchamber.com 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. F2 Garage Door Solutions—Free safety inspection for garage door and garage door opener! 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—FREE Consultation/Exam and Report of Findings. Park Forest Apartments & Townhomes—First month rent FREE with 13 month lease. Precision Garage Door of St. Louis—Free tube and tune-up with any repair service. Stingy Brim Writing Services—10% off of any of our Writing Services-copywriting, social media, branding, advertising, promotional materials & more. Torched Fitness—10% off boot camp. Willingham Insurance Agency—FREE insurance review at your business or home to help you make the right decisions for you. 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.

Your Company’s Landing Page  Search Engine Optimized (SEO) Page accessed through Affton Chamber Member Directory  List Services & Products  Display Photos & Videos  Designate Keywords so customers can find you! Register for Chamber Events Submit Your Community Events Offer Coupons & Discounts Post Job Opportunities

You can do all of this and more through the Special Member Area with the User Friendly Interface! Contact the Chamber office for more details.

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



2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers President President-Elect Vice-President



 New Members: Barolino’s South; Milford Supply Co.


Inc.; St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center

 Joint Meeting with Crestwood-Sunset Hills Chamber  Monthly Board of Directors Meeting  Committee Meetings: Affton Community Days, Ambassadors, Economic Development, Trivia Night

 Member Communication: E-Blast (6 members participated) and 2 News & Events Emails

 Website: 4,345 views of afftonchamber.com; top visited pages: History of Affton, Calendar, and Member Directory; 5,808 impressions of banner ads on website & member’s area with 29 click-thrus. 12

Dr. Steve Brotherton Affton School District Trevor Willingham Willingham Insurance Agency Michael Bamvakais Dill, Bamvakais & Newsham, PC Erica Chandler Individual Dane Huxel State Farm Insurance

Directors Jake Baretich Mark Bernard Keith Brooks Carrie Carrigan Duane Dormeier Lois Mans Cindy Tiefenbrunn Suzanne Welker Dr. Eric Werner Rich Whited Ex-Officio Chief Nick Fahs Capt. Melissa Webb Lisa Rackley Mandy Montgomery

J & J Construction & Remodeling Mark Bernard Realty Sharpshooters Pit & Grill Great Southern Bank Checkpoint Surveying LLC Farmers Insurance Agency Cindy’s Photo The Comic Grind Morris Family Chiropractic PenTech Computer Services Affton Fire Protection District St. Louis County Police-Affton Executive Director Office Assistant

Affton Chamber of Commerce 25th Annual Awards & Dinner Auction Gala Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:30 pm Doors Open 6:30 pm Dinner Buffet

Andre’s South Banquet Center 4254 Telegraph Road Saint Louis, Missouri 63129 Presenting Sponsor

Kindly Respond by January 12, 2018 Name(s):

Tables of 8 or 10 available.

_______Reservations at $40 each = $________ Credit Card Number Exp Date____________________ Name on Card Billing Address & Zip Signature

Security Code____________________

 Check Enclosed

Presenting Sponsor:

 Presenting Sponsorship Exclusive Sponsorship


- (8) Tickets to Auction, Seating at Reserved Table premium location - Back Page Ad (7½” w x 9¾” h black & white) in Auction Program - Logo on Invitation and all promotional material - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media (newsletter, website, etc.)


 Major Sponsorship


- (4) Tickets to Auction - Half-Page Ad (7½” w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media

(newsletter, website, etc.)

 Section Sponsorship



- (2) Tickets to Auction - Business Card Ad (3½” w x 2” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media (newsletter, website, etc.)

- Signage at Event, Recognition in Media


(newsletter, website, etc.)


- (2) Tickets to Auction - Quarter-Page Ad (3½”w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media (newsletter, website, etc.)

 Wall of Wine Sponsorship

- Full-Page Ad (7½” w x 9¾” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media

 Supporter Sponsorship

(newsletter, website, etc.)

 Jewelry Raffle Sponsorship

 First Responder Sponsorship


- (2) Tickets to Auction - Quarter-Page Ad (3½”w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media


(newsletter, website, etc.)

- This sponsorship designed for someone unable to attend event but still would like to support

 In-Kind Resource Sponsorship

- Quarter-Page Ad (3½”w x 5” h black & white) in Auction Program - Signage at Event, Recognition in Media (newsletter, website, etc.)

- Designed for companies offering their resources for the following items: - Print Auction Invitation - approximately 350 copies - Print Auction Program - approximately 350 copies - Print Awards Program - approximately 350 copies - Donate Flowers Deadline for inclusion in Auction program is Friday, January 5, 2018 ** Ads for Program will appear in Black and White. Please email ad in a JPEG or image file **

Name____________________________________________ Business Name_________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________________________ City _____________________

State ______

Zip ________

Phone _______________________________________

MC, Visa, Discover, AmEx # _____________________________________________Exp. _____________ V-Code_______

Send completed form and payment to: Affton Chamber of Commerce, 9815 Mackenzie Road - Affton, MO 63123

AFFTON COMMUNITY & BUSINESS EXPO Sponsor / Exhibitor Registration Form

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 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)

 Restaurants & Caterers : $150 deposit    

Priority Sign-Up for Inclusion in Ads: Thursday, March 1 Registration Deadline for Sponsors & Booths: Friday, March 30

Limited to Chamber members 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





 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 info@afftonchamber.com

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