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February 2019

IN THIS ISSUE 2 :: New & Renewing Members 3 :: February Luncheon & Golf 4 :: Key to the 123 4 :: Member Events 5 :: Community Directory 5 :: FLASH & Shout Outs 7 :: Chamber Intern 8 :: Member News 11 :: Member Discounts

SAVE THE DATE February 2 :: Saturday Auction & Awards Dinner Gala Andre’s South Banquet Center 5:30 pm February 12 :: Tuesday Ambassador Committee Meeting Affton Chamber Office 10:00 am February 14 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting Genesis Banquet Center 11:15 am February 18 :: Monday Office Closed February 20 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber Office-lower level 9:00 am February 21 :: Thursday Golf Tournament Committee Mtg Affton Chamber Office 9:15 am

Sponsorships $350

Prime Location, Logo on Ads & Electric

Exhibitor $150

Non-Members $275

Bag Sponsor $75

Handed to all attendees!

Wednesday, April 3 3:30-6:00pm

Affton High School Commons 8309 Mackenzie Road ● 63123 SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE! major sponsors receive an exhibitor booth & logo on all promotional materials priority sign-up for inclusion in ads ends March 1

see enclosed insert for more details

STLCAPS students will be contacting you about participating in this year’s event!

March 6 :: Wednesday Key to the 123 Seminar Affton Chamber Office-lower level 8:00-9:00 am 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.

DO YOU KNOW A BUSINESS WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM AFFTON CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP? RAQUEL SKLEBAR 314.843.0563 Small home, apartment, and business cleaning service.

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


TERI PELECH Retired Resident

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.

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are December 20-January 23.

24-7 Animal & Pest Control (2012) Ad Source One (2003) Advance Solutions (2017) Affton License Office (2015) America's Incredible Pizza Company (2009) American Eagle Waste Industries LLC (2018) Americom Imaging Systems, Inc. (2013) Arina's Alteration and Tailor Shop (2003) State Representative Doug Beck, 92nd District (2017) Bethesda Health Group (2015) State Representative Bob Burns, 93rd District (2013) Casey Electric (1995) Crown Vision Center (1998) Delmar Gardens & Garden Villas South (2005) Desktop Graphics (2015) Eden United Church of Christ (1999) F2 Garage Door Solutions (2008) Feed My People (2015) Fortel's Pizza Den (1983) Fred's South County Auto Repair (1974) Gapsch's Carstar Collision Center (1991) Gateway Alarm, Inc. (1998) Gateway Tree Care (2015) Great Southern Bank (2011) Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency (2016) Harster Heating & Air Conditioning (1975) Insurance Concepts (1996) 2

Jardon Accounting & Tax Service (2001) Kenrick's Meats & Catering (1982) Kona Ice of Arnold (2017) Kutis Funeral Home (1973) Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant (2016) Lodge at Grant's Trail (2000) Mid America Arms (2001) Milford Supply Co. Inc. (2017) Natural Healing Therapies (2007) Orlando Gardens Banquet Center (1993) Saint Louis Carpenters J.A.P. (2003) Saint Louis County Police - Affton (1979) Save-A-Lot Reavis Barracks (1999) Servpro of Affton/Webster Groves (2013) Sharpshooters Pit & Grill (2014) Sonus Benefits (2018) Southside Jewelry & Pawn (1998) St. Louis Altenheim (2015) St. Louis BBQ Store (2018) St. Louis Bone and Joint Center (2012) StL Economic Development Partnership (2005) Syberg's-An Eating & Drink Co. (1987) The Crack Wizard (2016) The UPS Store-Grasso Plaza (2005) County Councilman Ernie Trakas, 6th District (2016) Will Electronics, Inc. (2004) Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Inc. (2016)

PARTNERS Diamond...Dane Huxel - State Farm Agent, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Sharpshooter Pit & Grill

presentation by Shaun C. Donegan, MD Medical Director, Mercy Clinic South Hematology & Oncology Dr. Donegan will speak about cancer and the new cancer facility set to be completed in early 2020. The David M. Sindelar Cancer Center will be a stand-alone comprehensive cancer care facility on the Mercy Hospital South campus. A connector will provide patients, visitors and co-workers access from the two-story, 70,000-square-foot center to the hospital.

Thursday, February 14 11:15 am Registration | 11:50 am Lunch

meeting sponsor

Genesis Banquet Center 2651 Telegraph, 63125 $15 members | $20 non-members

register at www.afftonchamber.com by Friday, February 8

2019 MEETING SPONSORHIPS AVAILABLE ... $100 one luncheon attendee | 3-5 minute “commercial� at meeting exclusive rights to place materials on tables | recognition on all promotional materials March April May July September October November December Call the Chamber office if you're interested!

Tuesday June 11 | 10:30 am Tapawingo National Golf Club GOLF | SPONSOR | VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS! Call or email the Chamber office.

PARTNERS Platinum...Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Mercy Hospital South


Did you know…

Unlock your Membership! Wednesday, March 6 8:00 - 9:00 am Affton Chamber Office-lower level 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.

Thanks… Dave Johnston, Affton Realty for providing addresses for our quarterly New Resident Mailing. Participants: Affton Early Childhood Center and Parents as Teachers; Affton Historical Society; Crawford-Butz Insurance Agency; Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union; Gateway Tree Care; Harster Heating & Air Conditioning; Lutheran High School South; MB Health; Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy; Mercy Hospital South; Natural Healing Therapies; Salem Lutheran School - PATS; Servpro of Affton/Webster Groves; State Farm Insurance-Luechtefeld; Syberg's-An Eating & Drink Co. Save the date for the next New Resident Mailing... 200 inserts | $40 half-page | $80 full-page Monday, April 15 @ 1 pm


you can increase your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) by creating a Traffic Catcher Site (TCS) at www.afftonchamber.com!

Want to learn more?

Attend our Key to the 123 Seminar on December 5 or contact the Chamber office. “Your website features are very impressive!”

-Brett Evans, Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union

“I learned so much about the Chamber today!”

-Beatriz Nunez, Language Access Multicultural People

POST CLASSIFIED ADS & HELP WANTED Did you know that Affton Chamber members can post classified ads on our website? It is included in your membership! Visit the Classified Ads or Help Wanted pages at afftonchamber.com to submit yours.

Jefferson Barracks Community Partnership Kick-Off Wednesday, February 13 | 3:00-7:15 pm Jefferson Barracks (1 Sherman Avenue, 63125) Join the 131st Bomb Wing, and the Missouri Air National Guard in their community engagement efforts at Jefferson Barracks Air National Guard Station. For more information or to register for this event, please visit https://jbcommunitypartnership.eventbrite.com.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENT TO OUR CALENDAR! 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 Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Tammy Luechtefeld - State Farm Agent Silver…Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

2019-2020 COMMUNITY DIRECTORY helping you connect with local residents, businesses & organizations 7,500 printed copies are distributed by direct mail, new resident mailings, and at member drop-off locations Digital edition is available 24-7 on our website for TWO YEARS. Enhanced Listings & Additional Categories available. Display Ads are affordable and begin at only $175. First 8 PAID Full Page Advertisers are featured on the cover. Contact the Chamber office for more information.

Speed Network with THREE other chambers! Friday, April 5 7:00-9:00 am Holiday Inn South County 6921 South Lindbergh Blvd., 63125 $20/person MEMBERS ONLY ALL ATTENDEES MUST PREPAY | NO WALK-INS Check afftonchamber.com for registration form.


Have you used an Affton Chamber member and had a great experience? We want to know about it! Lodge at Grant’s Trail "Great food, service, and wonderful Bed & Breakfast." -Gerard Schmidt ServPro of Affton/Webster Groves Watch here every month for more featured Shout Outs!

You can see all the Shout Outs or submit your own at afftonchamber.com/shout-out.html. Or email it to shoutout@afftonchamber.com

PARTNERS Bronze...Cindy’s Photo, Commerce Bank, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company


January Membership Meeting January 10, 2019

Sponsored by:


 Delicious lunch provided by Orlando Gardens Banquet Center  Speakers: County Councilpersons Ernie Trakas (District 6) & Lisa Clancy (District 5); Yvonne Merlotti

from Affton Plaza

 Greeters Lois Mans, Greg Mans Farmers Insurance Agency & Rich Whited, PenTech Computer Services  Photos provided by Cindy Tiefenbrunn, Cindy’s Photo

County Council Members Ernie Trakas & Lisa Clancy

Installation of the Affton Chamber of Commerce Officers & Directors

Updates from St. Louis County Police-Affton Precinct & Affton Plaza

The 50/50 amount of $47 was won by Jamie Tiff of ServPro of Affton/Webster Groves. Gary Chippendale of All Family Care won the attendance prize donated by ServPro of Affton/Webster Groves. 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 Diamond...Dane Huxel - State Farm Agent, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Sharpshooter Pit & Grill

Introducing Ben... Ben Pavlovsky has joined the Affton Chamber of Commerce as an intern to assist with the Chamber’s social media presence as well as other things involving membership. Ben is a senior at Oakville High School and a member of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Global Business and Entrepreneurship program. At Oakville, he is involved in numerous clubs, with a few being DECA, FBLA, and FCCLA. He is also a member of the varsity volleyball team. Ben will be attending the University of Arizona next year to major in Business Management and Minor in Sports Management. His dream job is to become a general manager of a professional sports team.

Your Company Name Here

NEW MEMBERSHIP PLAQUES The Affton Chamber of Commerce is discontinuing sending out current year segments for the black plastic membership plaques. Instead, new members are receiving the new, wooden plaque shown above. If you would like to replace your black plastic plaque with the new design, the cost is only $8 to cover production. Order yours by emailing or calling the Chamber office!

4324 Weber Road Affton, MO 63123

(314) 631-2440 kenricks.com home of...

Meats • Catering • Prepared Food

10% Discount

any Full Service or Delivery for over 25 people Affton Chamber member businesses only


PARTNERS Platinum...Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Mercy Hospital South


2019 PARTNERS Diamond If you have hired someone, received an award, added to your family, or anything else newsworthy, send it to mandy@afftonchamber.com by the 15th of the month for publication in the next month’s newsletter.

Essex Industries is pleased to announce that Evan Waldman has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2019. A third-generation member of the company's founding Guller family, Mr. Waldman is just the third CEO in the company’s 70-year history. He succeeds Keith Guller as CEO. Both Mr. Guller and Mickey Waldman, President, have retired from their leadership roles in the organization, but remain active as family members on the company’s Board of Directors. Essex Industries is a family-owned and operated manufacturer focused on the aerospace and defense market. Providing platform controls and aircraft components, Essex has been a part of virtually every major military and commercial aerospace program since the company began in 1947. Other Essex product lines include liquid oxygen equipment, emergency breathing equipment and gas regulators. Essex employs over 300 people at its four locations in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dane Huxel-State Farm Agent J & J Construction & Remodeling, LLC Sharpshooter Pit & Grill

Platinum Great Southern Bank Harster Heating & Air Conditioning Mercy Hospital South

Gold Tammy Luechtefeld-State Farm Agent The E & A CFO Group

Silver Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

Bronze Cindy’s Photo Commerce Bank Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company

Congratulations to Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union & Great Southern Bank on being named Best in Quality by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly.

Our Condolences to Rod & Suzanne Welker for the passing of Rod’s mother, Wilma Killian. 8

PARTNERS Gold…The E & A CFO Group, Tammy Luechtefeld - State Farm Agent Silver…Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

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

Dave Schneider Woodard Cleaning & Restoration TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF I’ve lived in the south county area of St. Louis all my life. I’ve been with Woodard for the past 7 years helping people get back to their lives after suffering from a fire loss.


Ribbon Cutting Wireless Lifestyle Sprint January 9, 2019

Lately I’ve been very into fitness.

FAVORITE QUOTE Prior planning prevents poor performance

FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION Honestly I’m not very interested in travel. I’m more of a home body.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BE ON THE BOARD I believe in supporting our chamber and giving of ourselves. I saw an opportunity to give back and provide more support to this organization.

WHAT IS A GOAL YOU’D LIKE TO HELP THE CHAMBER ACCOMPLISH I hope to build upon what has been in place thus far, provide support and resources where needed, and bring additional experience and insight to the table.... or at least not screw things up. Photo provided by Cindy’s Photo.

PARTNERS Bronze...Cindy’s Photo, Commerce Bank, Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company


Do you know a high school senior at Affton High School, Bayless High School, Cor Jesu Academy, or Lutheran High School South? They can apply for a scholarship from the Affton Chamber! One senior from each school will be selected based on their Community Service to receive a $500 scholarship for college. Applications are available from their school guidance counselor.

The St. Louis County Police-Affton Southwest Precinct has relocated their operations to 9059 Watson Road in Crestwood (Crestwood Square shopping plaza) until further notice. A roof leak and the presence of mold made their Gravois location unsafe. All contact information remains the same.

MEETING SPEAKERS Would you like to hear a speaker or presentation about a certain topic at an upcoming membership meeting? Please let the Chamber office know! 314.631.3100 or lisa@afftonchamber.com


J & J Construction & Remodeling

for replacing the fan & light in the Chamber office!

PARTNERS Diamond...Dane Huxel - State Farm Agent, J & J Construction & Remodeling, Sharpshooter Pit & Grill

GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE The Affton Chamber is excited to partner with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to offer a selffunded medical plan called the MCF Benefit Plan. This is a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA). MEWAs enable smaller employers to join together to share in the overall claims risk. By being part of a larger, self-funded pool, employers have financial protection backed by Anthem’s stop loss coverage.

To find out if you qualify for this new option, contact Sonus Benefits at 314.677.2550

Shop Chamber Members!

See more offers and details at afftonchamber.com

Add your offer to this list by emailing mandy@afftonchamber.com 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. Insite Advice—Free Extended Internet Marketing Analysis ($300 value) PenTech Computer Services—10% off email hosting. Get yourname@yourcompanyname.com! Precision Garage Door of St. Louis—Free tube and tune-up with any repair service. Salon Inertia—15% discount. St. Louis Bone and Joint Center—FREE Consultation/Exam and Report of Findings. 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.

DO YOU HAVE THIS CARD? It can save you money! Just present this card when you check out to save on office supplies and printing. Need one? Contact the Chamber office. PARTNERS Platinum...Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning, Mercy Hospital South


PRSRT STD U.S. Postage

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



2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers President President-Elect



 New Members: Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic, D2R


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Contracting, Wireless Lifestyle Sprint Held Joint Membership Meeting with CrestwoodSunset Hills Chamber Monthly Board of Directors Meeting Attended Business After Hours at St. Louis Altenheim Conducted the Key to the 123 Seminar Coordinated the Helping Hands drive & delivery Conducted STLCAPS interviews for internship. Visited State Farm-Tammy Luechtefeld First Responders Open House. Committee Meetings: Auction, Community Directory, FLASH Member Communication: 3 E-Blasts (3 members participated) and 1 E-News Website: 3,088 impressions of banner ads on website & member’s area with 36 click-thrus



Michael Bamvakais Dill, Bamvakais & O’Keefe, PC Carrie Carrigan Great Southern Bank Keith Brooks Sharpshooter Pit & Grill Erica Chandler Affton School District Dane Huxel State Farm Insurance

Directors Jake Baretich Dr. Steve Brotherton Marty Carr Lois Mans Charlie Merx Dave Schneider Cindy Tiefenbrunn Suzanne Welker Dr. Eric Werner Rich Whited

J & J Construction & Remodeling Individual Deca Realty Co. Inc. Farmers Insurance Agency Merx Flooring Woodward Cleaning & Restoration Cindy’s Photo The Comic Grind St. Louis Bone & Joint Center 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

affton chamber of commerce

2019-2020 Community Directory Update Your Business Listing & Reserve Your Display Ad “Shop Affton Chamber First”

Included In Your Membership—Community Directory Listing Affton Chamber of Commerce Members receive a Four-Line Listing in the 2019-2020 Community Directory Company Name Phone Number Contact Name Address, Zip Code If you need to update your information, please email lisa@afftonchamber.com. Listings in additional categories and additional lines are available for an additional fee. Maximum character count is 40 per line.

2019-2020 EDITION 8,000 printed mailed directly to select local residents mailed quarterly to new 63123 residents available at libraries, financial institutions & businesses available digitally

Advertising Opportunities □ Outside Back Cover * .................................A (5” wide x 7.75” height) ............. $750.00 □ Inside Front Cover * ...................................A (5” wide x 7.75” height) ............. $650.00 □ Inside Back Cover * .......................................A (5” wide x 7.75” height) ............. $550.00 □ Full Single Page * ........................................... B (5” wide x 7.75” height) ............. $450.00 □ One-Half Page ................................................ C (5” wide x 3.5” height) ............... $325.00 □ One-Fourth Page............................................ D (5” wide x 2.5” height) ............... $175.00 □ Centerfold (2 full pages, black & white) ........ AA (10.25” wide x 7.75” height) .... $800.00

(full color) (black & white) (black & white) (black & white) (black & white) (black & white) (black & white)

* First 8 paid full page advertisers will be featured on the front cover □ Electronic artwork will be submitted. Please send JPEG or PNG, in 300 dpi or higher. □ Please help me with my company ad. For design help, please contact the Chamber 314-631-3100. Most ads will be $30 and include a proof emailed to you for approval.

Finalize Mail/E-Mail Before Deadline—Friday, February 1, 2019 Please total your selected advertising options from above and indicate accordingly in spaces provided

Make Checks Payable to

Affton Chamber A) Additional Category Listing ($20 each category)……………………………………………$___________ of Commerce B) Enhanced Line Listing ($10/per line)……………………………………………………………..$___________ C) Ad price…………………………………………………………………………………………………………$___________ D) Additional Fee for Basic Ad/typesetting……………………………………………………… $___________ Total Due: ___________

Please select from the following payment options and indicate accordingly. Payment must be made in advance Name____________________________________________ Business Name________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ City _____________________ G Check Enclosed

State ______

Zip ________

Phone ______________________________________________

G MC, Visa, AmEx, Discover Card # _____________________________________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 3, 2019 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    

 Restaurants & Caterers : $150 deposit   

Priority Sign-Up for Inclusion in Ads: Friday, March 1

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)

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

Registration Deadline for Sponsors & Booths: Friday, March 22

returned in the event of a no-show) 

Please list the food and/or beverage that you will serve:

 Bag Sponsor : $75  

Limited to Chamber members Company logo on the bag distributed to all attendees

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

Contact Email Address Total Enclosed: $

Company Phone

Mail: Affton Chamber of Commerce, 9815 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123 Call or Email: 314.631.3100 or info@afftonchamber.com Sponsored by:

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