MONTHLY NEWSLETTER | April 2017
Belle-Scott Committee Hosts 67th Annual Enlisted Dinner The 67th Annual Belle-Scott Enlisted Dinner was held Thursday, March 9th at St. Clair Country Club in Belleville. The event honored 90 enlisted men and women, along with 4 veterans and Retired Congressman Jerry Costello. It provided an opportunity for community members to show their gratitude to our friends at Scott Air Force Base. The night began with a receiving line in which the enlisted men and women were greeted with handshakes and expressions of welcome and appreciation from civilians. It was a gesture of good will from community members and is a long-standing tradition of the Belle-Scott Committee. Community members were able to visit with the enlisted men and women before dinner with words of welcome from Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director of the Chamber. After dinner, the program continued with kind words from Civilian Chairman, Jay Tebbe, St. Clair County Chairman, Mark Kern, and City of Belleville Mayor, Mark Eckert. Next, Jay Tebbe presented Col. Laura Lenderman with an commemorative plate in honor of Scott Air Force Baseâ€™s 100th Anniversary. Col. Lenderman accepted the award with gratitude and spoke about the many ways Belleville has become a hometown for families stationed at Scott throughout the years. TSgt. Brittany Lanahan issued the Enlisted Response on behalf of the men and women of Scott Air Force Base. TSgt. Lanahan described the ways in which the community supported her and her family during her time of deployment and thanked the Belle-Scott Committee for continuing the tradition of the Enlisted Dinner. ...continued on page 3
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Kevin Richter, President Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD Dr. Jeff Dosier, President Elect Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, 1st Vice President Memorial Hospital Bob Mueller, Immediate Past President TheBANK of Edwardsville
Board of Directors Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood University-Belleville Edmond Brown, ELB Enterprises Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Dr. Mark Eichenlaub, Southwestern Illinois College Grant Evitts, Illinois American Water Harlan “Skip” Ferry, Commerce Bank Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Rachel Jackson, Project Compassion, NFP Darlene Jones, Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District #118 Mary C. Lamie, Bi-State Development Melissa Mason, Belleville News-Democrat Kevin Pesko, Bank of Belleville John Reichert, In-Focus Marketing Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Peg Sebastian, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois Will Welsh, Gateway Region YMCA Roger Wigginton, Don Rodgers, Ltd.
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Chairman Mark Kern, St. Clair County Christine Spargur, Scott Air Force Base
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Chamber Happenings ....continued from page 1 After TSgt. Lanahan’s response, Jay Tebbe presented Retired Congressman Jerry Costello a special award for his support of Scott Air Force Base throughout his career. Tebbe noted that Congressman Costello was instrumental in keeping Scott Air Force Base open during the BRAC closures in the early 2000’s. Terry Foerste introduced and described four veteran’s military experiences as a way of honoring them for their service to our country. The four honorees were Bill DeMestri (WWII Veteran), Lou Eisenbrandt (Vietnam War Veteran), Leroy Getz (Korean War Veteran), and Claude Cable (Korean War Veteran). Ms. Eisenbrandt also made Belle-Scott history as the first ever female honored veteran. Another noted veteran also in attendance was Robert Hahn, a WWII veteran who was happy to be able to attend the event. The 67th Enlisted Dinner was a tremendous success and the Belle-Scott Committee is already planning next year’s event. Thank you to everyone who was able to support the event! To learn more about the Belle-Scott Committee, visit BellevilleChamber.org
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Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. welcomed Chamber members to their Belleville office, located at 23 Public Square, on March 2nd, 2017. Kevin Richter, Chamber Board President and MM&R Shareholder, addressed the crowd by thanking everyone for their continued support of the Chamber. The attorneys at Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. bring a broad range of experience to the firm in addition to their law degrees. Many of their attorneys have undergraduate and graduate business degrees as well as advanced tax degrees and CPA certifications. They are also known for having a team that has deep roots in the local community and for their commitment to tailoring personalized solutions and services to meet their clients needs. Over the past two decades, that combination has enabled MM&R to emerge as one of the most respected and trusted law firms in the Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metropolitan areas. Additionally, MM&R suppports many community outreach initiatives throughout St. Clair County and beyond. Their commitment to the local art scene is evident throughout their offices, which feature a diverse display of paintings, sculptures, glassware and other works of art showcasing the varied talents of local and regional artists. A big thanks to Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. for hosting the Chamberâ€™s March 2017 Business After Hours! ...............................................................................................................
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The Ambassadors presented Grey Eagle Distributors with the Chamber’s Commitment to Community Award on March 2nd, 2017. Since Grey Eagle acquired Illinois Distributing Co. in Dec. 2012, their ultimate goal has been to continue building upon the legacy of Illinois Distributing, who was a great partner to retailers and heavily involved in the community. Grey Eagle is the exclusive distributor of Anheuser-Busch products and other premium beverages in St. Clair County and several other counties in IL and MO. Their Illinois distribution center is located in Belleville off Highway 15, where they employ approximately 85 full and part-time employees. They are the largest beer wholesaler in the Midwest and among the upper echelon in the nation, selling nearly ten million cases of beer each year. Due to their close relationship with Anheuser-Busch, the Grey Eagle family of employees is dedicated to delivering the best service and highest quality products to their customers. Their employees take pride in Grey Eagle’s involvement and activity in many charitable organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan community and have the philosophy that if the communities they serve are not succeeding, they are not succeeding as a company. Grey Eagle’s support and investments in their retailers, organizations and festivals in Belleville and the surrounding area demonstrates their commitment to our community.
ISSUES & EGGS INFORMS ATTENDEES ABOUT PROPOSED TAX INCREASES On Wednesday, March 1st, community members joined the Chamber at Bellecourt Place for an Issues & Eggs breakfast featuring St. Clair Co. States Attorney, Brendan Kelly, and Belleville Township High School District 201 Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Dosier. The duo discussed two proposed taxes that will be on the ballot April 4th, 2017. Kelly spoke about a one-cent sales tax hike that would strengthen public safety in St. Clair County by increasing firefighting capabilities and law enforcement staff, which would potentially lower insurance rates in some parts of the county. Dr. Dosier discussed a one-cent sales tax increase that would be used to improve school facilities in the county and would potentially lower property taxes. Each of the proposed taxes would bring in approximately $22 million dollars in revenue per year, until the program expires in 2030. The benefit of each of the taxes is that it allows the county and the local school systems to become more independent of the State of Illinois, whose budget crisis is leaving many social and educational institutions in dire need of alternative funding.
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The 2017 Leadership Belleville class participated in Business Day on March 17th. The goal of the day was to witness first-hand how five different sized businesses operate at both the local and national level. They also learned about business leaders’ management styles and techniques, and how they achieve their business goals. The day began with breakfast at Bank of Belleville where Kevin Pesko, President, addressed the class. Next, the class traveled to ROHO, Inc. for a tour of their 74th Street facility. After the tour, the class headed to Eckert’s, Inc. for a homestyle lunch and a tour of the organization’s Country Store, Restaurant and Orchard Operations, led by Chris Eckert, CEO. The class spent the beginning of their afternoon at the Belleville News-Democrat printing facility with Jay Tebbe, President and Publisher. Finally, the class fittingly ended St. Patrick’s Day at the Robert “Chick” Fritz Distributing grounds for a tour with Scott Fournie, GM. A big thanks to Brandy Steely, BND, and Mona Friederich, Bank of Belleville, for serving as the coordinators and facilitators of Leadership Belleville Business Day!
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Spotlight on Education Technology is an integral part of our daily lives. It affects the way we work, shop, socialize, play, and just as importantly it affects how we learn. Our children are growing up in a complex yet extremely connected world because technology has made it so. District 175 has made a strong commitment to embrace both the challenges and the opportunities that technology in the classrooms can provide. Thanks to the leadership and vision of District Superintendent, Dr. Pam Leonard, and the District 175 Board of Education, the district has accomplished a student-to-computer ratio of 1-1 at Harmony Intermediate and 2-1 at Ellis Elementary. This improvement came despite the financial challenges schools have been enduring the past several years. The platform of choice for the district has been Google. Google Chromebooks serve as the main tool for students to gain online access. The Google platform is an integral part of the district’s technology plan. As an administrative team, the ability for teachers to use and access Google was an important factor in the decision to go with Chromebooks, because ultimately it’s the teachers who have to make lessons and teach within this platform. And to that end, the district has been so proud of the hard work, professionalism, and dedication of the teachers to grow professionally and implement some fantastic lessons utilizing technology in the classroom. This includes the widespread use of Google Classroom throughout the district. Over the past few years, the district has wittnessed significant growth among their teachers and students in the ability to utilize technology in the classroom. It’s used in nearly every phase of teaching now, including: a wide variety assessments, discussion, research, presentations, student management/ discipline, homework, peer-to-peer editing, writing skills, communication with home, and more. This year, students were even able to go on “Virtual Field Trips” with the use of Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions. Some classes were even able to do away with traditional microscopes in favor of electric microscopes that projected straight into the Chromebooks. The scope of how technology is used in the classroom is simply amazing and continues to grow each day. Simply put, technology is not just the future of education. It’s already arrived. It’s a vital part of nearly everything we do and advances in technology are made by the minute. It’s a world that we at Harmony 175 not only want our students to survive in, but to thrive in.
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Chamber Member Update KORTE & LUITJOHAN CONTRACTORS, INC. WELCOMES SCOTT MUENTNICH, LEED AP TO ITS STAFF Korte & Luitjohan Contractors (K&L), is pleased to announce that Scott Muentnich has joined the K&L team as Director of Client Relations. Scott comes to K&L with over 20 years of construction and development experience overseeing a variety of projects both as a project manager and manager of multi-state commercial/industrial business development. Scott has the designation of LEED Accredited Professional. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He resides in Collinsville with his wife Stephanie Muentnich and their two children. Korte & Luitjohan is a full-service general contracting firm based in Highland, Illinois. Since its founding in 1958, the company has been providing quality construction throughout the Metro St. Louis area and Southern and Central Illinois. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
LEADERSHIP COUNCIL RELEASES 2016 MARKET REVIEW & INVESTMENT UPDATE The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Market Review & Investment Update, revealing significant continuing investment activity in Southwestern Illinois during 2016. “The projects highlighted in this year’s report play a pivotal role in the shaping of the region’s economy for many years to come,” noted Ronda Sauget, Executive Director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, the member-based economic development corporation that complies the economic data for Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois. “The projects under construction in 2015-2016 were essential and have potential to attract investments for Southwestern Illinois in the years to come.” Among the essential projects under construction in 2015-2016 was the $50M New Madison South Harbor Project and the continued restoration of the American Bottoms levee system. The American Bottoms levee system protects more than 156,000 people, 4,000 businesses and over 56,000 jobs from Alton, IL to south of Columbia, IL located in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties. This $110M restoration of the American Bottom Levee restoration and utility infrastructure enhancements competitively positions Southwestern Illinois as a top development site. The report provides sampling of many other individual projects completed in Madison and St. Clair counties in 20152016, paving the way for economic expansion in the region for many years to come. The completed $130M Memorial Hospital East in Belleville, IL, $23.5M FedEx Distribution Center located in Sauget, IL, the $8M Roxana Water Treatment Plant in Roxana, IL, $5.8M Fire House & Parks Maintenance Facility in O’Fallon, IL, $2M expansion of Alton Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Health & Childbirth Center in Alton, IL, and $4.5M completion of the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities in Edwardsville, IL. In addition, several schools were completed including the $30M Father McGivney Catholic High School, $17.5M Wingate Elementary, $19.1M Liberal Arts Building, $4.1M Maryville Christian School. These projects not only give options to help improve the lives of Southwestern Illinois residents but it also gives stateof-the-art, high tech employment facilities in the region. In addition, the report lists millions of dollars of projects that are under construction during 2015-2016. The Southwestern Illinois region is growing and continues to be a great place to do business. If you look geographically, Southwestern Illinois is situated in the midsection of America serving as a central corridor for economic activities now and in the future. Other areas highlighted in the report include Southwestern Illinois America’s Center for transportation, infrastructure enhancements in Southwestern Illinois, the Manufacture/Craft Your Future Campaign, Scott Air Force Base – National Security Asset, foundational businesses over 100 years old, educating the workforce for the future, residential housing market update, demographics, labor force, private sector employment, and other economic development assets of Southwestern Illinois. The PDF version of the complete 2016 Market Review & Investment Update is now available online at www. leadershipcouncilswil.com. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
SWIC STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR STEM SCHOLARSHIPS You still have time to apply for the Southwestern Illinois College STEM Scholars Program for science, technology, engineering or mathematics majors. The application deadline has been extended to April 17 for fall 2017 scholarship awards that cover full tuition and fees, and provide money for living and transportation expenses. Twelve to fourteen new scholarships will be awarded each year to students who qualify for financial aid, are studying a STEM subject and are planning on transferring to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree. SWIC received National Science Foundation S-STEM grant of a more than $600,000 to develop the program. STEM Scholars also will be paired with faculty mentors, participate in study groups, take part in off-campus activities, such as college visits, and enroll in special topics courses. For details or to download an application, visit swic.edu/STEM. For questions, contact Branlund at 618-931-0600, ext. 7451, or STEMScholars@swic.edu.
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Chamber Member Update EGYPTIAN STATIONERS ANNOUNCES CORPORATE REBRANDING, CHANGING NAME TO EGYPTIAN WORKSPACE PARTNERS Egyptian Stationers Inc, a leading supplier of business products and interiors, will officially bring together its two operating divisions, Egyptian Stationers and Egyptian Business Furniture, under the name “Egyptian Workspace Partners” on March 27, 2017. “The new name – Egyptian Workspace Partners – allows us to emphasize all of our business categories rather than just the traditional office products and office furniture we had come to be known for,” said Brett Baltz, Treasurer. The new Company looks to be a turn‐key solution for workspace environments supplying all interior needs from the design and installation of furniture, modular walls, integrated technology, carpet, and art– everything to make the workspace smart and functional. Furthermore, the Company can help establish cost and time saving procurement solutions for office, technology, facility, break room, safety, and medical supplies as an ongoing partner serving the Healthcare, Education, Government, and Corporate industries. The unified brand boasts a rich history of over 146 years serving Southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metro Region. “By uniting our brands, we are positioning ourselves to better serve our partners (customers) with more convenience and efficiency than ever before,” said Kevin Baltz, President. “And now together, our customers will have a stronger solution with access to more products across more categories. We will continue to provide our customers with the workspace solutions they need to succeed.” Please call 800-642-3949 for more information. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
HOLLAND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES STARTS CONSTRUCTION WORK ON FOURTH NEW STORE AT HICKORY POINT MALL IN DECATUR Decatur, IL - Holland Construction Services (Holland) recently started construction work for Accent Construction Services and CBL Properties on the new 22,000 square-foot T.J. Maxx tenant space at Hickory Point Mall in Decatur, Illinois. This major renovation involves demolition work to the existing space currently occupied by Shoe Dept. Encore (which is moving to another location in the mall). The $2 million project will include new walls and floors, and exterior work including a new entrance, lighting, sidewalks and landscaping. Construction is scheduled for completion in July; the store plans to open later this year. This is the sixth project Holland has worked on for Accent Construction Services and CBL Properties and the fourth project at Hickory Point Mall. Most recently, Holland completed construction work for Accent and CBL on a new DXL tenant space located at South County Mall in St. Louis. This $541,000 project involved the reconfiguration of the existing Applebee’s into a DXL men’s store. Construction was completed in February and the store is scheduled to open this May. At Hickory Point Mall, Holland worked on tenant spaces for a new Ross Dress for Less and ULTA Beauty, both completed in 2014 and a new Hobby Lobby completed in 2015. The first project Holland completed for Accent and CBL was the Kirkland’s in Fairview Heights in 2013. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
STROKE SUPPORT GROUP TO MEET APRIL 5 AT HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL To serve our patients and the community, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital offers a free stroke support group for stroke survivors and their families. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Millennium Room of the hospital, located on the first floor of the Prairie Heart Institute Bldg., at 340 W. Lincoln Street, Belleville. The upcoming session’s topic is “Healthy Eating and Stroke Prevention.” The topic will be presented by a Registered Dietician from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The goal the support group is to foster a better understanding of stroke recovery, rehabilitation and prevention of recurrent strokes while providing a way for stroke survivors to meet others with similar challenges. In addition, caregivers and family members of stroke patients are offered an open atmosphere for sharing and for supporting each other. Additional meetings during 2017 include June 7, August 2 and October 4. For more information, call Christy at 618-2342120, ext. 1519. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Chamber Member Update HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S FOUNDATION RECEIVES $1.28 MILLION GIFT FOR HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER FROM RENTH TRUST HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation acknowledges the receipt of a gift of $1.28 Million from the W.E. Renth Trust. One million dollars of the gift is designated for the St. Elizabeth’s Replacement Hospital Capital Campaign with the balance placed in an endowment for maintenance and upkeep of the new facility. The gift originated from a trust established to benefit W.E. Renth’s sister, Betty Renth. Ms. Renth generously chose to release the trust in support of the campaign and the hospital. In honor of their generosity, W.E. and Betty Renth will receive special recognition in the replacement hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center. “The Renth family’s gift to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is a powerful testament to their commitment to the availability of high quality health in Southern Illinois and to the legacy of the Hospital Sisters ofSt. Francis” said Peg Sebastian, President and CEO of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “I cannot help but be in awe of this unprecedented level of generosity and offer great appreciation on behalf of all of our colleagues, physicians, and future patients who will benefit from the mission-driven care available at our hospital.” The St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Capital Campaign supports the replacement St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and physician office building that is being built in O’Fallon along with future updates to the Belleville Health Campus. The replacement hospital project broke ground in June 2015 and is set to open in November of 2017. St. Elizabeth’s Foundation is conducting the campaign with a goal of providing a minimum of $4.9 million to the project. Recognition opportunities are available at both the replacement hospital in O’Fallon and the Belleville Health Campus. For more information, visit www.steliz.org/giving, email StEFoundation@hshs.org, or call 618-234-2120 ext. 2446. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
NEW RN CRITICAL CARE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE AT HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is accepting applications now through April 3, 2017 for a new RN Critical Care Fellowship Program. The program is a great opportunity for Registered Nurses (RNs) with at least one year of acute care experience with a desire to work in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) or Emergency department (ED). The opportunity is open to all RNs meeting the requirements including current hospital RNs, HSHS Southern Illinois Division RNs and the public. “We are privileged to offer this special Critical Care Fellowship opportunity for nurses of our region,” shared Elizabeth Govero, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “The objective of the program is to attract nurses who have the desire to work in specialty care areas, but do not yet have the necessary experience.” Participants of the program will work for one year on the Progressive Care Unit at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to build their skills. After successful completion of the Fellowship Program, they will be eligible to transfer to specialty units including the emergency department or critical care unit. During the year-long program, the RNs will receive special classes, training and orientation to prepare them for serving patients and families in the ED or CCU. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital serves as a teaching hospital for the Metro East Region providing first-class residency programs and clinical educational opportunities. As a region leader in quality care and as a healing ministry founded on Franciscan traditions, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital offers the right mix of support and clinical expertise to develop high quality medical professionals for the future. For more information about this program or to apply, visit St. Elizabeth’s Web site at www.hshscareers.jobs. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
SWIC TO OFFER FREE PEOPLE’S LAW SCHOOL WORKSHOPS Learn more about our legal system through free workshops held at Southwestern Illinois College. Each People’s Law School workshop is conducted by a local attorney and consists of a lecture on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. Advanced registration is required.
People’s Law School Workshops
April 5 – Personal Injury/Worker’s Compensation; Jon Rosenstengel April 12 – Family Law; Heather Dabler April 19 – Criminal Law; Justin Kuehn April 26 – Wills and Probate; Richard Erdmann
All workshops are held in the Information Sciences Building, Room 2014 at the Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The People’s Law School series is sponsored by the St. Clair County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and SWIC.
Chamber Member Update THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS WILL CELEBRATE HOLY WEEK IN A UNIQUE WAY. Two special programs exclusive to the Shrine, will be presented during Holy Week. “We Were There,” a dramatic, prayerful presentation of Pope John Paul II’s scriptural Way of the Cross, will be presented on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows. On Good Friday, April 14, at 1 p.m. Shrine visitors can experience “Journey of Decision,” a Way of the Cross presentation at the Outdoor Stations of the Cross, in which Pilate, Veronica, Mary, Herod and other witnesses of Christ’s Passion share their stories and experiences from that fateful day.
Holy Week Schedule
Services will take place in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows unless otherwise stated. • • • • •
Palm Sunday Masses - Sat., Apr. 8, 5 p.m. Sun., Apr. 9, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. (Spanish) “We Were There” Way of the Cross Presentation - Tues., Apr. 11, 7:30 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass - Thurs., Apr. 13, 7 p.m. (Spanish) - Christ the King Chapel Holy Thursday Mass - Thurs., Apr. 13, 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Way of the Cross - Fri., Apr. 14, 1 p.m.
Outdoor Stations (In case of rain, OLS Church) • Good Friday Service - Fri., Apr. 14, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Spanish) • Easter Vigil - Sat. Apr. 15, 7 p.m. (Spanish) - Christ the King Chapel • Easter Vigil - Sat., Apr.15, 8 p.m. • Easter Sunday Masses - Sun., Apr. 16, 6:45, 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Amphitheatre (In case of rain, OLS Church) • Easter Sunday Mass - Sun., Apr. 16, 2 p.m. (Spanish) For more information, contact Shrine Pastoral Ministries at 618-397-6700 ext. 6276 or 314-241-3400 ext. 6276. www.snows.org/holyweek
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Chamber Member Update PROTESTANT MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER (MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BELLEVILLE) NAMES NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Memorial Hospital Belleville has named the following new members to its Board of Directors:
• Geri E. Boyer of Belleville is president of Kaskaskia Engineering Group. Boyer is involved in a variety of civic and professional organizations; she also serves as first vice chair of Memorial Foundation Board of Directors. • Douglas W. Dothager, M.D. of Belleville is a pulmonary physician with Memorial Medical Group and serves on a variety of hospital committees. He is a past recipient of the Matthew B. Eisele, M.D. Physician Excellence Award and served as Medical Staff President from 2012-2014. • Matthew J. Klosterman of Belleville is superintendent of Belleville Public School District 118. He is a board member for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and Do the Right Thing, Inc. and is actively involved in a variety of community and professional organizations. • Claire S. Leopold of Swansea is president of Coldwell Banker Nester Realty. She has served on the board for Bank of Belleville and Realtor Association of Southern Illinois. Leopold is a member of Junior Service Club of St. Clair County. • Beatriz Ramos-Pardo, M.D. of Belleville is an internal medicine physician with Memorial Medical Group. She serves as medical director for Community Integration Services and is a Special Olympic physician for the Parent Teacher Organization for Exceptional Children (PTOEC). • Otto Roberts of Belleville is vice president of Strebor Specialties, LLC. He has been involved in a variety of community activities including serving on the Signal School Board and YMCA board. • Charmaine Y. Savage of East St. Louis is publisher and editor-in-chief of “I Am East St. Louis, The Magazine” and is a retired U.S. Navy Commander. Edward Hoering of Swansea is chairman of the board; Scott Givens of Belleville services as first vice chair; Robert Graebe of Belleville is second vice chair and Rev. Rob Dyer of Belleville is third vice chair. Memorial Hospital Belleville is part of Memorial Regional Health Services (MRHS), a non-profit organization jointly governed by Memorial and BJC HealthCare. It is the parent organization of Memorial Hospital Belleville, Memorial Hospital East, Memorial Care Center, Memorial Medical Group and Memorial Foundation. The Board of Directors includes equal representation from both Memorial and BJC. Mark J. Turner serves as president. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
ECKERT’S EXPANDS TO KENTUCKY Celebrating over 100 years of a family-owned farm and business, Eckert’s Orchards is expanding with the purchase of a family farm in Versailles, KY. Since opening in 1910, Eckert’s has grown into the largest family-owned and operated pickyour-own orchard in the United States, with existing locations in Belleville, Millstadt, and Grafton and over 600 acres of working farmland. “Over one hundred years ago, my great-great-great grandfather, Alvin O. Eckert, opened our first roadside stand, selling locally-grown produce to local residents,” said Chris Eckert, President of Eckert’s, Inc. “I can’t imagine how proud he would be to see what his family has done, in our seventh generation of growing this business and now expanding our operations to a beautiful area in Kentucky.” Boyd Orchards is an established pick-your-own fruit farm that offers plenty of family fun seasonally, May through October. Terry and Susie Boyd, previous owners of Boyd Orchards, approached the Eckert family over a year ago about the deal. The two families have known each other since the 1970’s. “It’s very rare that this happens,” Terry Boyd said about the purchase. Car dealerships may change hands, he said, but fruit farms rarely do, even more so when they have an entertainment component. Still, “there aren’t any better people I could have handed it off to,” he said, adding that he has confidence in the Eckerts’ technical expertise and personal character. The Eckert family is over-joyed that Megan Fields, who was born and raised in Kentucky and has been the retail manager for Terry & Susie Boyd, has agreed to stay on as the General Manager under the Eckert family management team. This is the first cross-state expansion for Eckert’s Orchards and according to the Eckert family; they are very excited about being party of the Versailles community and extending their mission of creating family memories to the Kentucky area. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL INVITES COMMUNITY TO BASKET RAFFLE AND BOOK & GIFT SALE, APRIL 12 AND 13 The Mission Integration Committee (MIC) at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is hosting its annual Basket Raffle and Book & Gift Sale on April 12 and 13 in the Millennium Room of the Prairie Heart Institute Building, located at 340 West Lincoln Street, Belleville. Sale hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday. The public is invited to purchase raffle tickets for the creatively themed baskets designed and donated by hospital departments. The event will feature a “pick to win” raffle format which allows participants to purchase raffle tickets – 1 for $1, 6 for $5 and take chances on items of their choice. Winners for each item will be randomly drawn and individually notified after the event. Cash only will be accepted for basket ticket purchases. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Franciscan Fund.
What’s Happening in April Saturday | April 1 Arcade Auction/Brewery Collectible Show | 12:00pm Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-233-3303 Sunday | April 2 A Unique Youth Percussion Ensemble | 3:00pm St. Paul UCC | Belleville 618-233-3303 Belleville Historical Society Annual Trivia Night | 6:00pm St. Mary’s Church | Belleville 618-531-7753 Monday | April 3 Belleville Parks & Rec Drawing Class | 6:00pm Nichols Community Center | Belleville 618-277-9785 Thursday | April 6 Lindenwood University-Belleville Alumni Networking Event | 6:00pm Old Post Office | St. Louis 618-239-6033 Friday | April 7 Belleville Parks & Rec Dodgeball Night | 5:30pm Nichols Community Center | Belleville 618-277-9785 Jazz Night | 7:30pm The Abbey | Belleville 618-277-8373 Saturday | April 8 CARITAS Family Solutions Growing Hope Breakfast | 8:30am Hecker Community Center | Hecker 618-213-8714 St. Clair Co. Historical Society Fashion Promenade | 11:00am St. Clair Country Club | Belleville 618-234-0600
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois “A Night Under the Stars” 10th Annual Gala | 6:00pm Bellecourt Manor | Belleville 618-236-2181 ext. 111 Sunday | April 9 Motorcycle Swap Meet | 12:00pm Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-233-0052 Thurs. – Sat. | April 13 – 15 Men’s Holy Week Retreat Kings House Retreat & Renewal Center | Belleville 618-397-0584
Friday | April 21 Race Through Scott’s Past | 2:00pm Scott Air Force Base 618-256-1218 Sat. & Sun. | April 22 & 23 St. Louis Antique Festival | Times Vary Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-233-0052 Saturday | April 22 Althoff Catholic High School Igniting the Future Together Gala | 6:00pm Four Points by Sheraton | Belleville 618-235-1100 ext. 109
Thursday | April 13 Spring Job Fair | 9:00am SWIC | Belleville 618-233-2700, ext. 5562
Wednesday | April 26 Lunch & Learn: Herbs in the Kitchen | 12:00pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618-233-0513
Wine Class | 6:00pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618-233-0513
Thursday | April 27 Yoga & Wine | 6:00pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618-257-9463
Sat. & Sun. | April 15 & 16 Flea Market | Times Vary Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-233-0052 Thursday | April 20 Day of Prayer with Fr. Sal Gonzalez | 8:30am Kings House Retreat & Renewal Center | Belleville 618-397-0584 Spring Into Style Fashion Show | 7:00pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618-257-9463 Fri. – Sun. | April 21 – 23 Men’s Quiet Retreat Kings House Retreat & Renewal Center | Belleville 618-397-0584
FireStone Walker Beer Tapping | 6:00pm Grappa Growlers | Belleville 618-234-9463 Saturday | April 29 Ladies Roller Derby | 12:00pm Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618-233-0052 Sunday | April 30 Belleville Philharmonic Society For the Love of Music Concert | 7:30pm Lindenwood University-Belleville 618-235-5600 We are constantly updating our community calendar. Please visit BellevilleChamber.org for an up-to-date list of events!
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AleFest 04.22.17 ................ Location:
Event and Distribution Center 6435 West Main St. | Belleville, IL Music: The Rat Rod Kings
Food: 4204 Main St. Brewing Co. Crehanâ€™s Irish Pub | Geoâ€™s Wings & More Tickets: VIP $50 | General Admission $25 Designated Driver $10
Parking: On-site parking available. Shuttle service available from Memorial Metrolink Station. Time: VIP Entrance 12-5 p.m. | General Admission 1-5 p.m. More Info: 618.233.2015
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Summer Youth Choral Experience A one-week program for aspiring young musicians
July 10-14 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
St. Paul’s UCC, Belleville
For singers entering grades 3-12
with Dr. Stephen Mager, music director and conductor Activities and opportunities:
• Beginning and advanced vocal training; music reading skills • Performance of standard choral repertoire, jazz, and Broadway • Music-making with handbells, handchimes, Orff Instruments, pipe organ • Special guest appearances by St. Louis area professional musicians • Introduction to dance with Laura Roth
Tuition-Registration: $125 per singer / $350 max. per family Financial assistance is available if needed.
For more information, contact Lisa Cripe, Chorus Manager, at 618-304-9094 or MCC@singmasterworks.org
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