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February 2020

IN THIS ISSUE 2 :: New Members 3 :: February Meeting 4 :: Key to the 123 4 :: Board & Intern Spotlight 5 :: Renewing Members 7 :: Member News & Shout Out 9 :: Member Events 10 :: Chamber Benefit Plan 11 :: Member Discounts

SAVE THE DATE February 13 :: Thursday General Membership Meeting Andre’s South Banquet Center 11:15 am February 17 :: Monday Office Closed

Sponsorships $350

Prime Location, Logo on Ads & Electric

Exhibitor $150

Non-Members $275

Bag Sponsor $75

Handed to all attendees!

NEW in 2020: Area Job Fair

Wednesday, April 15 4:00-6:30pm

February 19 :: Wednesday Economic Development Meeting Affton Chamber Office-lower level 9:00 am

Affton High School Commons

February 25 :: Tuesday Ambassador Committee Meeting Affton Chamber Office 10:00 am


March 4 :: Wednesday Key to the 123 Affton Chamber Office-lower level 8:00-9:00 am March 19 :: Thursday Joint Membership Meeting w/Webster Groves-ShrewsburyRock Hill Chamber Westborough Country Club 11:15 am

8309 Mackenzie Road ● 63123 major sponsors receive an exhibitor booth & logo on all promotional materials priority sign-up for inclusion in ads ends March 16

see enclosed insert for more details STLCAPS students will be contacting you about participating in this year’s event!

April 15 :: Wednesday Affton Community & Business Expo with Job Fair Affton High School Commons 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.

PAUL ADRIGNOLA Retired Resident


Jeremy Buie 13 N. Elizabeth Ave. (63135) 314.341.2238 www.fergusonreclaimedwoodworks.com Specializing in custom made wood furniture. These pieces are created in detail by a skilled craftsman who acquires his hardwood material from local and exclusively American sources. Jeremy specializes in taking a vision from your imagination to reality, creating a breathtaking heirloom quality piece for your home or business. Some of his most popular requests are farmhouse tables, barn doors, entry tables and wine bars.


James Brennan 218 Chesterfield Towne Centre (63005) 314.402.8988 www.mckelveyhomes.com Missouri’s oldest residential & custom homebuilder.


Alan Green 2000 S. Broadway (63104) 314.421.0156 Midwest Pump & Meter sells industrial level parts to customers all over the country.


Kelly Carbery 4850 Lemay Ferry Road (63129) 314.805.2470 www.homestlouis.com Since 1976, Kelly provides hands on attention from start to finish protecting his client’s investment. Whether buying or selling, Kelly would enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to earn your trust, your business. Referrals greatly appreciated.


David Eschbach 7900 Gravois Road (63123) 314.818.2886 www.spiritoneautomotive.com Your trusted St. Louis neighborhood auto repair & services shop. Providing standard maintenance, engine services, tire & brake services, transmission & driveline, and more. Our knowledgeable technicians quickly diagnose and offer an honest quote. Take advantage of our free shuttle service to and from our shop to work or home. If your car is broken down in the St. Louis Metro area, we have a fleet of tow trucks on standby 24 hours a day, for both large and small vehicles.

Tuesday, July 14 | 10:00 am Tapawingo National Golf Club GOLF | SPONSOR | VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS! Call or email the Chamber office.


PARTNERS Diamond...J & J Construction & Remodeling Platinum...9 Mile Garden, Affton Plaza

Thursday, February 13 11:15 am Registration - 11:50 am Lunch Andre’s South Banquet Center 4254 Telegraph, 63129 $15 members | $20 non-members register at afftonchamber.com by February 7

Speaker: Brandon Dempsey goBRANDgo!

Presented in partnership with:


2020 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 Call the Chamber office if you're interested!

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 Your Company Name Here

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!

PARTNERS Platinum...Dane Huxel-State Farm Agent, Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning


We asked our new board members to answer a few questions so we can get to know them better. Watch for more spotlights in the months to come. Photo provided by Cindy’s Photo.

Affton Plaza 9 Mile Garden

Lifelong South County resident, dog mother and rescuer, outdoor enthusiast. Have been working in the commercial real estate world for over 15 years now and find myself utterly fascinated with its complexities. Creating something where there was nothing or taking something broken and turning it into something fresh and useful excites me. Hiking, gardening, biking Grants Trail, hanging out with my furry gang, getting in over my head on home DIY projects and then calling professionals for help. “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Michigan Upper Peninsula

Affton… just Affton. It would be hard to find a more wonderful supportive group of people. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

Affton is flourishing and the growth we are seeing now will continue many years into the future. I hope I can help the chamber see opportunities for growth and redevelopment and do whatever I can to be a part of the effort.


Unlock your Membership! Wednesday, March 4 8:00 am -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 Please RSVP at afftonchamber.com.

Introducing Brooklyn฀฀฀ Brooklyn Harper has recently joined the Affton Chamber of Commerce to assist the Chamber's social media presence, as well as other things involving membership. Brooklyn is a senior at Affton High School and a member of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). She is in the Global Business and Entrepreneurship strand of CAPS. At Affton, she is involved in numerous clubs: DECA, FBLA, Students Fighting Hate, and Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA). She is also the captain of Affton's Cougarettes Dance Team. She plans to attend Mizzou and participate in their Undecided Business Program.

PARTNERS Gold…Mercy Hospital South, Tammy Luechtefeld - State Farm Agent Silver…Affton Veterinary Clinic, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships. Year joined is in parentheses. Listed renewals are December 27-January 30.

24-7 Animal & Pest Control (2012) Ad Source One (2003) Affton School Parents Club (1974) All Family Care (2009) Amen, Gantner, & Capriano, Attorneys at Law (2017) BDN Properties (2018) Delmar Gardens & Garden Villas South (2005) The E&A CFO Group (2002) Essex Industries (1973) F2 Garage Door Solutions (2008) Feed My People (2015) First Bank (2013) Gapsch Carstar Collision Center (1991) Gateway Alarm, Inc. (1998) Gateway Tree Care (2015) Harster Heating & Air Conditioning (1975)

Kuenne Company (1975) Las Fuentes Mexican Restaurant (2016) Lodge at Grant's Trail (2000) More for Less Remodeling, LLC (2018) Natural Healing Therapies (2007) Orlando's Event Center (1993) Saint Louis County Library (2012) Sharpshooters Pit & Grill (2014) Southside Jewelry & Pawn (1998) St. Louis Bone and Joint Center (2012) Syberg's-An Eating & Drink Co. (1987) Ernie Trakas, 6th District County Council (2016) Village of Marlborough (2019) WealthPlan Advisors Group LLC (2019) Woodard Cleaning & Restoration Inc. (2016)

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


January Membership Meeting

January 9, 2020


Orlando’s Event Center for the delicious lunch. Meeting Sponsor: Merx Flooring Speaker: Suzanne Sierra, St. Louis Mosaic Project Greeters Jake Baretich, J & J Construction & Remodeling and Lois Mans, Farmers Insurance Agency  Photos provided by Cindy’s Photo

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New Member David Eschbach Spirit One Automotive

The 50/50 amount of $37 was won by Dick Walkenbach. Peg Most, South County Times won a gift card donated by Gateway Tree Care. Rich Metz, Woodard Cleaning & Restoration; Nicole Swanson, Village at Mackenzie Place; and Shane Hutchen, Gateway Tree Care each won a prize donated by Merx Flooring. 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...J & J Construction & Remodeling Platinum...9 Mile Garden, Affton Plaza

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.

Have you used an Affton Chamber member and had a great experience? We want to know about it!

Congratulations to Affton Fire Protection District’s Chief Nick Fahs on the birth of his grandchild! Theodore Charles was born on January 13 to Jennifer & Justin.

Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Co. is celebrating their 40th year...Happy Anniversary!

Affton Veterinary Clinic “Thank you to Dr. Brooks and her staff for a great visit with our dog Mika. Mika is a rescue from Hurricane Harvey and she can get skiddish at times. The entire staff was so welcoming and caring. We really appreciated the follow-up call after our visit. We will certainly refer Affton Veterinary Clinic whenever we can.” Suzanne Welker The Comic Grind Watch here every month for more featured Shout Outs!

Congratulations to Alex Knebel of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties for being named 2019 Rookie of the Year for their Town and Country office.

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

Send an E-Blast to over 400 member reps for only $25! 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.

E-Blasts are a weekly email of member-submitted ads, offers, events and/or coupons sent each Thursday. Multiple members can participate each week.

To Participate: Submit a full page (.jpeg or image file) to the Chamber office along with $25 payment. Subject line of email will include names of participating members. Contact the Chamber to reserve your space!

PARTNERS Platinum...Dane Huxel-State Farm Agent, Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning


Thanks… Amanda Willis with Grant Hickman Real Estate Advisors for providing addresses for our quarterly New Resident Mailing.

Participants: Affton Christian Food Pantry; Church of the Reformation-Lutheran; Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union; Harster Heating & Air Conditioning; Lois Mans Farmers Insurance Agency; Natural Healing Therapies; Salem Lutheran School; Syberg's-An Eating & Drink Co. Save the date for the next New Resident Mailing... 200 inserts | $40 half-page | $80 full-page Wednesday, April 15 @ 1 pm


Happy Hour Wine-Tasting Friday, April 3 5:30-7:30 pm Affton Veterinary Clinic (8455 Gravois Road) Eric Winters of PRP Wines will bring a variety of 8 different wines, appealing to a variety of wine palates. We’ll go through each wine one at a time, as I teach about the wine, provide tasting notes, and answer a variety of wine-related questions. All the wines will be available for ordering, with the average prices $25-$30 per bottle. A portion of every purchase will be donated to the Affton Chamber.

PARTNERS Gold…Mercy Hospital South, Tammy Luechtefeld - State Farm Agent Silver…Affton Veterinary Clinic, Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center

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.

Citizens Police Academy Mondays, March 23-May 14 | 6:00 pm Grace Union Church (3900 Union) Hosted by the South County and Affton Southwest Precincts. The Citizens Police Academy is free to all and you do not have to reside in either precinct to attend. Please go to the following link to register: https:// www.surveymonkey.com/r/SoCoAffton. Any questions please contact Officer Kappler at 314-615-0162 or mkappler@stlouisco.com.

Free Gun Lock Program St. Louis County Police-Affton Southwest Precinct (5030 Griffin Road, 63128) or any St. Louis County Police Department Precinct Did you know the St. Louis County Police Department offers free gun locks to St. Louis County residents to prevent accidental shootings? Stop by your local precinct to obtain yours today. The program is a partnership with Project Child-Safe to enhance the public’s knowledge of gun safety and firearm storage.

Affton Parents Club 80s Trivia Night International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local One (5850 Elizabeth Ave) February 29 | 5:30 pm Join us for raffles, 50/50, silent auction, and much more! Beer and soda included. Feel free to bring food & drinks of any kind. Dress up as your favorite 80s icon or come up with a clever team name and win a prize! $25 per person ($20 per person before February 1) Venmo: @afftonparents-Club. Check: Affton Parents Club, Attn: Trivia, 8701 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123. Please include name and table name on Venmo or check memo. For more information, contact Angela Wilder (314) 225-7224 or missangelachildrenshine@gmail.com

An Unconditional...or Unchivalrous...Surrender; Fort Donelson February 7 | 7:00-8:00 pm February 8 | 10:00-11:00 am & 1:00-2:00 pm Ulysses S. Grant NHS (7400 Grant Rd., 63123) Join Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site for this special multi-media presentation by Douglas Richardson. The event will feature a screening of an award-winning film on Fort Donelson. Richardson, who worked on the production of the film as Chief of Interpretation and Resource Education at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, will provide a narrative outlining the history of the famous surrender. Free but reservations required. Call 314-842-1867 ext. 230. President’s Day Concert February 17 | 2:00-3:00 pm Ulysses S. Grant NHS (7400 Grant Rd., 63123) Windfall, a woodwind quintet from the 135th Army Band, will perform in the park’s theater. The 135th Army Band is stationed in Springfield, MO. It was organized in 1947 with the mission to provide music throughout the full spectrum of military operations and instill in our soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad. Free. No reservations required; first come, first seated.

Through the Decades Trivia Night February 21 | 6:00-10:00 pm Rooftop Church (9217 Gravois) Join us for an epic trivia event that's a century in the making, featuring questions from the last 10 decades. Expect raffles and an auction. Dress in your favorite decade's fashion. Prizes for best costume and table decorations. Soda and popcorn provided; feel free to bring your own munchies. Proceeds will support Arise Church, Rooftop's church plant expected to launch later this year. Admission is $25 per person or $160 for a table of 8. Reserve your table now at www.rooftop.org.

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


2020 PARTNERS Diamond

J & J Construction & Remodeling, LLC


9 Mile Garden Affton Plaza Dane Huxel-State Farm Agent Great Southern Bank Harster Heating & Air Conditioning


Mercy Hospital South Tammy Luechtefeld-State Farm Agent


Affton Veterinary Clinic Gapsch CARSTAR Collision Center


Affton Christian Food Pantry Cindy’s Photo Commerce Bank Syberg’s: An Eating & Drinking Company

Peg Most of the South County Times for bringing the staff a delicious chocolate treat! Rich Whited for helping prepare the January newsletter mailing. Reference Librarian Mel Lambert from the St. Louis County Library for presenting our Lunch & Learn with a librarian on January 23.


CHAMBER BENEFIT PLAN Looking for health insurance options for 2020? There’s Strength in Numbers! We are proud to offer a medical plan that lets small businesses join together for more plan options and lower rates. Say hello to the Chamber Benefit Plan. A multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) designed for small businesses who are members of a qualified Chamber of Commerce, like ours. Powered by the Missouri Chamber Federation and administered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Chamber Benefit Plan is available to small group employers in Missouri who have 2 to 50 eligible employees. To find out if you qualify, contact one of our members that are Chamber Benefit Plan Certified Brokers: MB Health 314.544.5400 Sonus Benefits 314.677.2550

Our Condolences to Roger Richie of John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes for the passing of his sister, Rev. Gloria Weber. She was a Missouri State Representative of District 99 (1993-94)

PARTNERS Diamond...J & J Construction & Remodeling Platinum...9 Mile Garden, Affton Plaza

Shop Chamber Members! See more offers and details at afftonchamber.com Add your offer to this list by emailing mandy@afftonchamber.com

Newsletters are sent to every member and emailed to additional representatives. To advertise in this newsletter, contact or submit your camera-ready artwork to:

Affton Chamber of Commerce 314.631.3100 info@afftonchamber.com 9815 Mackenzie Road Affton, MO 63123 Business Card - starting at $30 Quarter Page - starting at $50 Half Page - starting at $75 Full Page - starting at $450 Flyer Insert - $100/month

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)

Precision Garage Door of St. Louis—Free tube and tune-up with any repair service. St. Louis Bone and Joint Center—FREE Consultation/Exam and Report of Findings.

Did you receive your Monthly SIR? What’s a SIR?

It’s a Statistics Information Report! This new feature of the Member’s Area gives you a snapshot of your online presence through our website. Included are counts of online Membership Directory and Traffic Catcher Site views for your organization. Watch for your email with the subject: “Your Affton Chamber Monthly Statistics Information Report” If you have any questions, please contact the Affton Chamber office...we're happy to help!

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...Dane Huxel-State Farm Agent, Great Southern Bank, Harster Heating & Air Conditioning


PRSRT STD U.S. Postage

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




2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers President President-Elect

DECEMBER 2019 • New Members: Paul Adrignola; 2 Bros. That Mow-Lawn & Landscape, LLC; 9 Mile Garden; Grateful Pets; Massey Tuckpointing and Masonry, LLC; Midwest Pump & Meter Co Inc; Modern Imports; Plasti-Lite Signs.

• Held December General Membership Meeting • Monthly Board of Directors Meeting • Conducted Key to the 123 Seminar • Committee Meeting: Ambassadors • Member Communication: 3 E-Blasts (4 members participated) and 1 E-News

• Website: 1,007 page views (498 unique visits); top visited pages: Calendar, Member Directory, History of Affton; 11,706 impressions of banner ads on website & member’s area with 153 click-thrus

Vice-President Secretary Treasurer Directors Michael Bamvakais Jake Baretich Keith Brooks Dr. Tara Brooks Alex Knebel Lois Mans Yvonne Merlotti Charlie Merx Rich Metz Rich Whited

Ex-Officio Chief Nick Fahs Capt. Melissa Webb Lisa Rackley Mandy Montgomery


Carrie Carrigan Great Southern Bank Marty Carr Deca Realty Co. Inc. Cindy Tiefenbrunn Cindy’s Photo Erica Chandler Affton School District Dane Huxel State Farm Insurance Dill, Bamvakais & O’Keefe, PC J & J Construction & Remodeling Sharpshooter Pit & Grill Affton Veterinary Clinic Farmers Insurance Agency Affton Plaza Merx Flooring Woodard Cleaning & Restoration PenTech Computer Services Affton Fire Protection District St. Louis County Police-Affton Executive Director Office Assistant

AFFTON COMMUNITY & BUSINESS EXPO Sponsor / Exhibitor / Job Fair Registration Form

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Affton High School Commons (8309 Mackenzie Road, 63123) Vendor set-up from 2 - 3:30 p.m. // Vendor networking from 3:30 - 4 p.m.

 Major Sponsor : $350 • • • •

One (1) booth in “prime” location Logo on all promotional materials (if paid by March 2) Business name in newsletter and on website Electric (optional; if needed, no additional charge)

 Bag Sponsor : $75 • •

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

Priority Sign-Up for Inclusion in Ads: March 16 Registration Deadline for Sponsors & Booths: April 6

 Restaurants & Caterers • • •

Limited to Chamber members Must provide 400 samples available to visitors Please list the food and/or beverage that you will serve:

 NEW Job Fair : $0 • •

Table placed in designated Job Fair area. Participant agrees to provide applications (paper or online) and is not allowed to solicit customers.

 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? (does not apply to job fair)  Yes  No





Address Total Enclosed: $

Sponsored by:

Drop off or mail to: Affton Chamber of Commerce 9815 Mackenzie Road St. Louis, MO 63123 Call or Email: 314.631.3100 or info@afftonchamber.com



NEW: Area Job Fair

Wednesday, April 15 4:00-6:30pm

Affton High School Commons 8309 Mackenzie Road 63123

Reserve your sponsorship or table by March 16 to be included in: Flyers, Posters, Newspaper Ads, Buckslips & Social Media Sponsorships Available for $350!

Includes Prime Location, Logo on Ads & Electric

Exhibitor Booth - $150 (Non-members $275) Afftonchamber.com info@afftonchamber.com 314-631-3100

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