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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER | April 2018

6th Annual Belleville Ale Fest Coming April 21

Feeling thirsty? The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is once again excited to host the annual Ale Fest at 4204’s Banquet & Distribution Center, located at 6435 West Main Street in Belleville. Festival hours are 1-5 pm, with VIP access beginning at 12:00 pm. The Trophy Mules will be this year’s entertainment, playing from 1-4:00 pm. The goal of Belleville Ale Fest is to showcase American craft beer while supporting the Belleville Business Community. Proceeds from the 2018 Belleville Ale Fest will benefit the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to fulfill their mission of “Advancing Business. Supporting Community”. Attendees have three ticket options: - VIP Tickets – $50 (only 100 will be sold), Entry into Ale Fest 1 Hour before public opening, access to exclusive beers with dedicated special releases, 15 sampling tickets, a commemorative sampling mug and a food voucher for food from 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. - General Admission Tickets – $25, Entry into Ale Fest with 15 sampling tickets and a commemorative sampling mug. - Designated Driver Tickets – $10, Entry into Ale Fest and 2 tickets for soda or water. *To stay in compliance with Illinois liquor law the Belleville Ale Fest will be a ticketed event. Each drink ticket can be exchanged for a 3oz sample. To find more information and to purchase tickets, go online to www.bellevillealefest.com.


SPECIAL PARTNERS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dr. Jeff Dosier, President Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, President Elect Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc. Edmond Brown, Vice President ELB Enterprises, Inc. Kevin Richter, Immediate Past President Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood University-Belleville Ryan Boike, Belleville School District #118 Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Dr. Mark Eichenlaub, Southwestern Illinois College Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary C. Lamie, Bi-State Development Carol Haffner-Meyer, Beacon Ministry David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System Justin Price, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP John Reichert, In-Focus Marketing Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Ron Stephens, Bank of Belleville Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois Roger Wigginton, Don Rodgers, Ltd.

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Chairman Mark Kern, St. Clair County Christine Spargur, Scott Air Force Base

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director wpfeil@bellevillechamber.org Beth Tucker, Office Manager btucker@bellevillechamber.org Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager pschifferdecker@bellevillechamber.org Diana Goebel, Marketing & Communications Manager marketing@bellevillechamber.org Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager bms@bellevillechamber.org Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism clindauer@bellevillechamber.org Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077 www.bellevillechamber.org

Platinum:

Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.

Gold:

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Silver:

Illinois American Water Company

Bronze:

Ameren AT&T Belleville News-Democrat Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Friends:

Associated Bank Auffenberg Belleville Commerce Bank Eckert’s Country Store and Farms Four Fountains Nursing and Rehab Gonzalez Companies, LLC Grey Eagle Distributors Korte & Luitjohan Regions Bank Scott Credit Union Southwestern Illinois College TerraSourceGlobal TheBANK of Edwardsville The ROHO Group

Alliance:

Abbott EMS Allsup, Inc Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows Balke Brown Transwestern Bank of America Bank of Belleville Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative BOS Metro East Banking Center Brown & Crouppen Breakthru Beverage Group Casino Queen Chelar Tool and Die CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Cooling Concepts ELB Enterprises, Inc. Empire Comfort Systems FCB Bank First Bank FKG Oil Company Flooring Systems, Inc. Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP Holland Construction Services International Paper Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Lewis Rice LLC Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. McDonald’s - Burris Management, Inc. Memorial Cancer Treatment Center McKendree University National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows NAACP, East St. Louis Branch North Bay Produce Print Master Sam’s Club Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. Strano & Associates UMB Bank Volkert, Inc. Walmart Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Center

AMBASSADORS Shirley Bertelsmann, Community Member Rebecca Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville Lynne Clapp, Vertical Performance Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Julie Fetters, Associated Bank RoseMarie Fitzgerald, Community Member Mary Jo Foerste, Community Member Cari Frick, Metro Lock and Security, Inc. Sharon Goff, Self-Employed Patty Gregory, Art on the Square Martha Holloway, The Apartment Community of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Dennis F. Korte, Sr., Community Member Joyce Laux, Community Member Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Dorothy Meyer, St. Clair County Mark Mueller, Mueller Furniture Al Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Lisa Phillipson, Hospice of Southern Illinois Joy Prigge, Dieterich Bank Leslie Schmidt, Abbott EMS Loretta Stammer, Community Member Brandy Steely, CTS Technology Solutions, Inc. Anne Thomure, Memorial Regional Health Services Jack Weck, Community Member Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County Office on Aging John Wunderlich, Egyptian Workspace Partners Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union

2018 Advertising Rates Business Card: (3.5 x 2.3)

$25 per month

1/4 Page: (3.5 x 4.8)

$50 per month

1/2 Page: (7.3 x 4.8)

$100 per month

Full Page: (7.3 x 9.8)

$200 per month

Ads must be received by the 15th of each month, electronically in JPEG or PDF form. Please call 618-233-2015 or email marketing@bellevillechamber.org to reserve your ad space.

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Chamber News BELLEVILLE CHAMBER DINNER HONORS ENLISTED MEN AND WOMEN OF SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Belle-Scott Committee hosted their 68th Annual Enlisted Dinner on Thursday, March 8th at the St. Clair Country Club to honor the enlisted men and women of Scott Air Force Base and thank them for their bravery, commitment, and sacrifice to our nation. During the event, four veterans were also honored as special guests including Robert Hahn (Army, World War II Veteran, Troy, IL), Chuck Poettker (Army, Vietnam Veteran, Breeze, IL), Tommy Stewart (Navy, World War II & Korean War Veteran, Fairview Heights, IL), and Jack Jackson (Marines, Vietnam Veteran, St. Albans, MO). Bob Dintelmann received the first Belle-Scott distinguished civilian member award, The Golden Eagle, for his time and service to the Belle-Scott Committee. The Belle-Scott Plan for practical community relations between the City of Belleville, Illinois and Scott Air Force Base was established in September 1950 and publicly announced at the First GI Pal Dinner in November of that year. This plan offers a direct means for the two communities to work together to promote matters of mutual interest still today. To see more photos from this event, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreaterBellevilleChamber. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

AMBASSADOR CLUB HONORS JACK WECK WITH MARCH 2018 COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AWARD

FEBRUARY ISSUES & EGGS NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH IN CHAMBER VIDEO LIBRARY

TOTAL RESOURCE CAMPAIGN SELLERS GET TO TEST-DRIVE NEW GO-CART TRACK

The Ambassador Club of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to honor Jack Weck with the March 2018 Commitment to Community Award.

The Belleville Chamber of Commerce hosted their most recent Issues & Eggs event on Wednesday, February 28th covering “How Are Today’s Youth Preparing to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders?” featuring Belleville area high school students from Belleville CEO, Teen Court, & BASIC.

The Chamber continues their annual

You can now watch these events later thanks to Lindenwood University on our YouTube Channel as well as our weekly “Where Are We Wednesday” videos featuring area businesses. You can find out more by going to the Chamber’s blog page at www.bellevillechamber.org/blog.

soon at THE EDGE and had a great time.

Weck has been a lifelong resident of Belleville and is a dedicated member of several organizations in our community. Jack completed 50 years of employment at the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville and has held multiple leadership positions over the years. He continues to be an active member at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Belleville Tourism, Sierra Club, the Belleville Chamber of Commerce and more.

campaign where they seek sponsorships for the year ahead including but not limited to Business After Hours, Coffee Cup Connections, Chili Cook-Off and more. In March, the group had the chance to test drive the new indoor go-cart track opening

If you are interested in sponsoring a Chamber event and have not been contracted yet, call us at 618-233-2015 to be put in touch with a seller. The deadline is FRIDAY, APRIL 6!

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Welcome The following members joined the Chamber in February. Angels of St. Clair County P.O. Box 371 | Belleville 708-378-1532 Bass Automotive 208 Hickman St. | Belleville bassautomotiveinc@gmail.com TAJ Nail Bar 4019 N Illilnois St., #200 | Swansea taj.nailbar@gmail.com

BMO Harris 2 Carlyle Plaza Dr. | Belleville amanda.smoot@bmo.com www.bmoharris.com Office Productivity Training, LLC. P.O. Box 912 | O’Fallon

officeproductivitytraining@gmail.com www.officeproductivitytraining.com/

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February Renewals The following members renewed their investment with the Chamber in February. Commerce Bank EWR Associates, Inc. Cigar Inn Jazz Club Inc

The Atrium of Belleville

Carol Bartle

Balke Brown Transwestern

Turkey Hill Grange

Med Star Ambulance

Laux Grafix Inc.

Sonnenberg Landscape Materials Co.

Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc.

Meckfessel Tire & Auto

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois

Parkway Gardens/Arbors

Lincoln Theatre

Harmony-Emge School Dist. # 175

George Renner & Sons Funeral Homes, Inc.

Apex Network Physical Therapy

Professional Therapy Services Inc.

Edward Jones - Adam Brewer Keils Clock Shop

For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618.233.2015

Upcoming Business After Hours April 5 Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd May 3 BND June 7 St. Paul’s Senior Community July 5 Raymond James Financial August 2 Apartment Community at the Shrine September 6 Forks & Sticks/Seven October 11 Balke Brown Transwestern November 1 Associated Bank December 6 Breakthru Beverage

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Leadership Belleville Leadership Belleville Business Day The 2018 Leadership Belleville class participated in Business Day on March 16. The goal of the day was to witness firsthand how six different businesses operate from all sizes and customer focus. They learned who influenced these leaders, how they inspire their employees, challenges they have faced on their leadership journey and how they have overcome them. Their day started with breakfast at Boy Scouts of America and presentation by Mandy Wuebbels of Meckfessel Tire & Auto. Once they were finished, they traveled to Mueller Furniture where they took part in a leadership discussion and took a tour of the store with Mark Mueller. They then continued their morning visiting Jared Katt with Chelar Tool & Die and Mary Dahm-Schell at The EDGE for a tour and lunch. The afternoon continued to be busy heading to Empire Comfort Systems to talk with Nick Bauer and then finished their day traveling to 4204’s Banquet Center where they had discussions with Lynn Clapp, Todd and Julia Kennedy. A special thanks goes out to all of our speakers as well as our day coordinators, Kevin Welch and Natalie Jablonski. We would also like to thank our Business Day sponsors: Food Sponsors: TheBANK of Edwardsville and The EDGE. Day Sponsor:

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Business After Hours Sponsored by: On March 1, Memorial Hospital welcomed Business After Hours attendees in their auditorium for a festive event! Memorial celebrates 60 years this year and celebrated it with nearly 100 Chamber members and guests with St. Patrick’s Day theme food complete with shamrocks and gold coin chocolates.

Catherine Kreher, Community Member Rose Marie Fitzgerald, Chamber Ambassador Ruth Ann Erdmann, Erdmann Law Office Richard Erdmann, Erdmann Law Office

Memorial Hospital Belleville is conveniently located in a wellestablished west Belleville neighborhood at 4500 Memorial Drive in Belleville, Illinois with a bed capacity of 222. We also have diagnostic centers in O’Fallon, Illinois, and an off-campus physical therapy center in east Belleville. Memorial was recently named a Five-Star Recipient by Healthgrades for Neurosciences and Cardiology Care for Treatment of Heath Failure, Valve Surgery and Treatment of Stoke. Memorial was also named a Five-Star Recipient for Pulmonary Care for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism and Treatment of Respiratory Failure.

Debra Pierce, CareLink Evelyn LaPointe, Visiting Angels Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions

Owned by Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc., Memorial Hospital Belleville provides full- and part-time employment for more than 2,300 people. They have a medical staff with more than 400 members representing 42 specialties. Thank you to Memorial Hospital for their hospitality at the March Business After Hours. .......................................................................................................................

For more information about Memorial Hospital: www.memhosp.com

Maggie Gerstner, Hospice of Southern IL Christine Litteken, Hospice of Southern IL Laurie Bauer, The Cancer Treatment Center Leigh Sindelar, Hospice of Southern IL

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Upcoming Business After Hours

Sponsor:

Thursday, April 5 | 5-7PM Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. 23 Public Square | Belleville

Memorial Hospital showed their festive side by providing St. Patrick’s Day theme food including special treats from LaBonne Bouchee in St. Louis.

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Ribbon Cuttings TAJ Nail Bar | March 3

4019 N Illinois St., #200 | Swansea

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Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel? Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting! Contact Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager, for more information. Email pschifferdecker@bellevillechamber.org or call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

April 2018 Upcoming Chamber Events 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/5 4/9 4/10 4/12 4/16 4/17 4/17 4/17 4/18 4/19 4/19 4/12 4/25

Education Committee Meeting Issues & Eggs Ambassador Meeting Business After Hours PR/Marketing Committee Coffee Cup Connections Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Yoga Night Board of Directors Meeting Economic Development Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Young Professionals Luncheon Government Affairs Committee Meeting Divas’ Night Out 6th Annual Belleville Ale Fest Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting

If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618.233.2015

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Chamber Happenings Upcoming Coffee Cup Connections Tuesday, April 10 | 8:15am Hosted By:

305 South Illinois Street | Belleville Please RSVP by Monday, April 9th Main Streets are really the heartbeat of America’s cities and towns. They play an important part in the long-term success of communities and really help build a sense of place. When Main Streets are strong, so are the communities that surround them. Help Belleville Main Street win some money to make further improvements to downtown Belleville! Go online to https://mainstreetcontest.com/ profile/5, then click “vote”... and that’s it! You can vote once every 24 hours through April 22nd to help get us through the first round.

Young Professionals Luncheon Speaker: Patty Gregory, Art on the Square Wednesday | April 18th | 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch available for purchase | RSVP due by Monday, April 16 Location: St. Clair Country Club 100 South 78th Street | Belleville

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Chamber Happenings Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate with Belleville Main Street for

St. Patrick's Day!

$25 - 10 tastings of Illinois Home Brewers’ Best Offerings. Only 200 tickets available at BellevilleMainStreet.com Music Walk - Free of Charge

“Ladies’ Night Out” is now “Diva’s Night Out”! Grab a friend and join us on Belleville Main Street. Third Thursday of the Month | March-December 5:00-8:00pm April 19 Theme: Creative Spring Bonnets Start: Toots’ End: Big Daddy’s May 17 Theme: Prom! Start: Eckert Florist End: Mystery Location June 21 Theme: Sport Your Favorite Team Start: Collector’s Corner End: Summer Solstice Party More information: www.BellevilleMainStreet.net The Chamber Connection

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Spotlight on Education: Menta Academy

The Menta Group was founded in 1973 by three individuals dedicated to positive educational outcomes for all children. These individuals saw a critical need to help children who were not achieving their potential in a traditional classroom setting. Since that time, The Menta Group has evolved into a dynamic, responsive, multi-state education non-profit, operating numerous private and public/private partnership schools. The organization still firmly adheres to its policy to never give up on a child and that no student will be rejected, suspended, or expelled. The Menta Group also expanded to offer additional non-profit educational services under the umbrella of Special Education Services (SES) as well as transportation services under the umbrella of Special Education Systems. Menta Academy-Belleville began working with students during the 2016-17 school year. When school began in August, there were six students enrolled. At the end of the 2016-17 school year, there were thirty-seven students enrolled. Realizing the continued potential for growth, The Menta Group added more instructional space to the existing building. As of March 2018, there are fifty-seven students enrolled. We are excited about the progress our students have made. In the short time we have been in Belleville, we have had three students graduate from high school and four students successfully re-integrate full time to their home schools. We have two students we are currently working with on re-integration planning. Academically, since opening in August 2016, our third grade students have seen an average growth of 343 points on their lexile score. Simply stated, our third grade students have gained three grade levels in reading performance. The fifth grade students have improved 216 lexile points on average. This would equate to two years of growth. The Menta Group is committed to utilizing best practices and researched based interventions to work with students who have significant social and emotional disabilities. Students are learning to regulate their emotions and behaviors through Zones of Regulation lessons. They are utilizing coping skills in their educational environment to handle frustrations that arise. Staff and students work together to find ways for students to utilize these skills beyond the classroom setting. Aside from utilizing Zones of Regulation, we are also training site staff in the effects of trauma. A trauma-sensitive school is a safe and respectful environment that enables students to build caring relationships with adults and peers, self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, and succeed academically, while supporting their physical health and well-being. RELAX AND RESTORE.

“A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS”

Saturday, April 14, 2018

ELEVENTH ANNUAL GALA

6:00 pm – Cocktails 7:00 pm – Dinner 8:00 pm – Oral Auction

Benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois MONDAY, APRIL 16 | 4:30-5:30 PM 4204 TAP HOUSE | 6435 WEST MAIN ST. | BELLEVILLE ADMISSION: $10 (CASH ONLY) INCLUDES ONE 4204 HOUSE BEER & STILLPOINTE YOGA AND WELLNESS CENTER INSTRUCTORS YOGA MATS NOT PROVIDED | PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN YOGA MAT OR TOWEL

Silent Auctions/Wine Pull/ Raffles during the evening Bellecourt Manor 225 East “A” Street Belleville, Illinois

Help send a child to camp this summer!

RSVP by April 2, 2018 $50 per person CALL (618) 236-2181

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Home Loan. P$lus off 450 Closing Costs!

Apply Online! 618.234.9500 • my-mortgagecenter.com Special offer is available only on applications submitted to Providence Bank by 12/31/2018 that are funded. Special offer can only be applied towards payment of closing costs, up to a total amount of $450.00. Any portion of the discount amount not used towards closing costs will be waived. Applicant cannot receive cash back from this offer. Offer is not available on Home Equity Loans or Home Equity Lines of Credit. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. Normal credit qualifications and other terms and conditions apply. This does not represent an offer to enter into a loan agreement. Loans subject to credit approval. Products, rates and terms subject to change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. Ask for details.

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Chamber Member Updates

JOIN BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS FOR THEIR BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE CAMPAIGN

There are many ways to help kids through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, but did you know you can help them just by bowling? Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking individuals and teams who want to have fun and support children in their community! Companies, organizations, and individuals are invited to participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) 2018. “I enjoy participating in BFKS because you can see the difference it makes in children’s lives when you give of yourself to help someone else,” says Roz Brooks-Willis, a retired Ameren Illinois employee. Upcoming event dates include: - Friday, April 6th: 6 pm at St. Clair Bowl - Tuesday, April 24th: 7 pm at Edison’s (Edwardsville) - Saturday, April 28th: Cops for Kids, 7 pm at Camelot Bowl (Collinsville) It’s easy to join in the fun! Form a bowling team of five individuals – or join a team as an individual bowler. Collect pledges before the event and come out to enjoy 2 free games of bowling, free shoe rental, a free t-shirt, and free pizza and the chance to win some awesome prizes! New for this year is the option to participate in Crazy Bowl! Visit our brand new bowling website for more information: http://amplify.netdonor.net/4621/bfks2018. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois has been helping children realize their full potential and build their futures since 1980. The services provided are essential in meeting the needs of our community’s youth by matching positive, caring role models to mentor and guide them through the challenges they face in today’s society. Services are for children in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, and Clinton counties. We are always looking for volunteers. How can you help? Contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ office at (618) 3983162 for information. Check out our website www.bbbsil.org and “Like” us on Facebook: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois. We are a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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First-Ever B2B Section Highlights Local Businesses Weight Loss Has Never Been So Easy Early Spring Calendar Blossoms With March And April Events

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Chamber Member Updates

BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS INVITED TO PARTNER FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to acknowledge the important role that families and communities play in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children. In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, Caritas Family Solutions is partnering with local organizations and businesses to promote the “Blue Kids Campaign.” This campaign aims to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect as well as efforts to prevent it by distributing and posting “Blue Kids” cards in various locations throughout Southern Illinois. To become a partner in the Blue Kids Campaign, please contact Event Coordinator Sam Lappe at 618-213-8717 or sam.lappe@caritasfamily.org. For more information or to make a donation to the campaign, visit www.caritasfamilysolutions.org/bluekids. “Blue Kids” derived from the Blue Ribbon Campaign, began in 1989 as one woman’s tribute to her grandson. She tied a blue ribbon on her car antenna to symbolize her grandson’s injuries after he died at the hands of his mother’s abusive partner. In addition to creating awareness, the Blue Ribbon Campaign also focuses on educating individuals and groups on how better to protect children in their community from the horrors of child abuse. Similarly, the “Blue Kids” cards symbolize abused and neglected children, and bring attention to this growing problem that takes place in every community. Individuals who make a donation of $1.00 or more to the Blue Kids Campaign will receive a “Blue Kid” card on which to sign their name. The cards will then be displayed at partner locations or at the nearest Caritas Family Solutions office (in Belleville, Carterville, East Alton, Effingham or Mt. Vernon.) The collective displays will serve as a reminder of all the children impacted by abuse and/or neglect, and how the community can and must make efforts to lessen these numbers. Donations collected support efforts by Caritas Family Solutions to reduce abusive behaviors and situations. These efforts include anger management and parenting classes, individual and family counseling, community presentations and other programs to strengthen families and help children find the love and safety they deserve. Founded in 1947, Caritas Family Solutions is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide direct services that meet the social and emotional needs of people of all ages. Services include adoption, pregnancy care, foster care, counseling, residential treatment for abused and neglected children, multisystemic therapy for at-risk youth, independent living for adults with developmental disabilities, and assisted living and employment assistance for lowincome seniors. Caritas serves more than 4,500 individuals annually across Southern Illinois from offices located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, East Alton, and Effingham. For additional information, visit www. caritasfamilysolutions.org. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

LINK, INC. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PSOP, SWIC OFFER FREE COMPUTER CLASSES FOR SENIORS Advance Registration Required! Screen Readers will be provided for those with vision loss. All classes meet from 9:00a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at PSOP – 201 N Church St., Belleville, IL 62220. - Wednesday, 4/18 - Intro to your Computer/Device This class will teach the basics on how to start/shut down your device. Other topics include: basic keyboarding skills, how to use the mouse and touchscreen, and how to navigate the Desktop/Home screen. - Wednesday, 5/2 - Intro to Letter Writing Learn how to use a basic word processing tool like Word Pad or Microsoft Word to type letters or notes. Students will be taught how to save and retrieve documents and how to print. - Wednesday 5/16 - Intro to the Internet Students will be taught how to use the Google Chrome web browser. Topics covered include how to type a web address, how to perform a Google search, and basic web navigation. - Wednesday, 5/30 - Basic Email This class is an introduction into how to use Gmail. In this class we will learn how to write, read, and reply to emails. - Wednesday, 6/6 - Fun with the Internet Students will be taught how to use entertainment and/or social networking sites. Two examples of sites covered would be YouTube and Facebook. - Wednesday, 6/20 - Basic Smartphone This class will cover the basics on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Students will learn how to set contacts, check email, use the calendar app, take pictures, and text. Bring your own device to get the most from this class! Additional drop-in time with YOUR questions are available every class date from 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. For more information OR to register, please contact Amy Engle with LINC, Inc. at 618-235-9988

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CARING TOGETHER

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NATIONALLY Memorial has the exceptional physicians and caring employees you know and trust right here in the Metro East. And they’re backed by BJC HealthCare’s renowned services and technology. Together, we’re making connections to bring outstanding care to our patients in the communities we serve.

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Chamber Member Updates

BHSHS HOME CARE AND HOSPICE “CRAMS THE CAR” WITH CANNED GOODS FOR CATHOLIC URBAN CHARITIES

In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois recently teamed up with several local organizations to “Cram the Car” with non-perishable food items for Catholic Urban Programs out of East St. Louis. The food drive effort by these organizations collected 770 pounds for Catholic Urban Programs alone, and filled an entire Home Care car with canned goods and other non-perishable items. The food drive was also carried out through the other communities HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois services, and in total, 2,810 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected across all of Southern Illinois. “Thanks to the generous contributions of these community organizations and members, this ‘Cram the Car’ food drive was a success,” said Ethan Beck, HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois Outreach Representative. “The food we were able to collect was much appreciated by Catholic Urban Programs, and will be used to help families and individuals in the area.” Beck extended his gratitude to the following organizations for teaming up with HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois in making this food drive a success: • Oliver C. Joseph Chrysler Dodge Jeep • Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation • Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center • Cedar Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lebanon Illinois HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois serves the communities of 27 counties across the state of Illinois. For more information about HSHS Home Care and Hospice, visit their web sites at www.hshshomecare.org or www.hshshospice.org. HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois, under the auspices of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. (left to right): Andrew Wilmes, Outreach Representative for HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois; Melissa Monte, Marketing Director for Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Rhonda Herring, Administrative Assistant and Site Coordinator for Catholic Urban Programs; Julie Ohnesorge, Hospice Manager for HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois; Jifi Jacob, Administrator for Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; and Gerri Isenberg, Administrator for Caseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS Looking for a chance to brighten someone’s day? Become a Senior Companion! The Senior Companion Program pairs healthy, active people 55 and older with other seniors who otherwise would not be able to live independently. The program is sponsored by Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons. “The companions provide supportive, individualized services to help clients maintain their dignity and independence,” said Carla Boswell, director of the Senior Companion Program at PSOP. “The goal is to keep them independent and in their own homes.” Senior Companions provide companionship and assistance to their peers who are homebound or may be socially isolated. They visit one or more days per week for four hours per day and can assist with daily tasks, provide transportation, and give support and a much-needed break to full-time caregivers. Senior Companions earn a tax-free stipend, paid holidays, meal and travel reimbursement and other benefits. The Senior Companion Program is currently searching for volunteers in Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties, including East St. Louis. For more information on how to become a Senior Companion, contact Elaine Roustio in Madison County at 618-797-7369; Deena Duvall in Monroe or Randolph counties at 618-282-6682, ext. 8135; Charla Morton in St. Clair County at 618-234-4410, ext. 7095; and Deirdre Evans in the East St. Louis area at 618-874-6584.

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Chamber Member Updates

LAMBDA LEGAL PRESSES FIGHT FOR FEDERAL LGBT EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION PROTECTION IN NEW APPEALS COURT CASE

On March 7, Lambda Legal and co-counsel Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD. filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on behalf of Mark Horton, a healthcare sales specialist whose job offer at St. Louis-based Midwest Geriatric Management (MGM) was withdrawn when the employer learned Horton is gay. This is the fourth federal appeal in Lambda Legal’s quest to secure the discrimination protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers. It comes just one week after the full Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the estate of Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor fired for being gay, and less than a year after the landmark decision of the full Seventh Circuit in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit, Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, extending Title VII’s protections to a college instructor denied a fulltime job and ultimately fired because she is a lesbian. Lambda Legal argued before both those courts. “We have taken huge strides in ensuring that federal courts across the country recognize that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by federal law. Thanks to the landmark decisions by the Second and Seventh Circuits, we have the wind on our backs and progress towards the correct understanding that the Civil Rights Act covers LGBT workers now is as inexorable as it is inevitable,” said Greg Nevins, Employment Fairness Project Director for Lambda Legal. “The only metric employers or prospective employers should use is: is the candidate or employee qualified? Mark’s case was textbook discrimination by any standard. It was all systems go until MGM realized Mark is gay and withdrew the job offer.” “Midwest Geriatric Management basically ended my career,” Horton said. “I left my previous job to accept a great offer at MGM, a position that I had been recruited for. When MGM rescinded the offer, suddenly I was jobless. I am still trying to put the pieces back together. Being able to be open and bring my whole self to my work has been an asset, and I have the track record to prove it.” In February 2016, Horton, then vice president for sales and marketing for Celtic Healthcare, was approached by an executive search firm hired by Midwest Geriatric Management, a Celtic Healthcare competitor, to fill a similar position at MGM. While Horton was not actively looking to leave Celtic at that time, MGM’s representative persuaded him that it would be worth his while, so Horton decided to apply. After an extensive assessment and interview process, in mid-April, 2016, Horton received a written job offer from MGM’s owners, Judah and Faigie (Faye) Bienstock. Horton accepted the offer on May 4, and received an enthusiastic reply email from Faye Bienstock welcoming Horton to MGM. Based upon both the written offer and the enthusiastic reply, Horton notified Celtic Healthcare that he would be leaving. In the course of finalizing his start date and tracking the last remaining academic records for MGM’s background check, Horton had several communications with Faye Bienstock, none of which indicated any issue. Then, on May 17, in an email updating Bienstock on the status of the academic records search, Horton revealed he was in a same-sex relationship when he wrote: “My partner has been on me about [my MBA] since he completed his PhD a while back.” Five days later, Bienstock wrote Horton withdrawing the offer of employment. “This should never have happened,” co-counsel Mark S. Schuver said. “Mark was not actively looking to leave Celtic Healthcare; MGM recruited him. And it was only after receiving the written offer and the enthusiastic emails that Mark notified Celtic he was leaving. And he was certainly not hiding his sexual orientation, nor should he have to. This has been devastating for Mark and his family, and we hope the Eighth Circuit will follow the examples of the Second and Seventh Circuits and confirm that Title VII protects you no matter whom you love or how you identify.” Schuver and Natalie T. Lorenz of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD. represented Horton in the lawsuit filed last August in the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The lawsuit was dismissed, and Lambda Legal joined the case in its appeal to the Eighth Circuit. Lambda Legal’s involvement in this case, as well as Zarda v. Altitude Express in the Second Circuit, Hively v. Ivy Tech in the Seventh Circuit, and Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital in the Eleventh Circuit, is a part of a national effort to establish and enforce employment discrimination protection for all LGBT people and everyone living with HIV. In addition to the sexual orientation cases, these efforts include an historic win for transgender workplace rights in Glenn v. Brumby and the current lawsuit Karnoski v. Trump challenging the ban on transgender troops. The current cases are all part of Lambda Legal’s Out at Work campaign to bring awareness to LGBT people everywhere of their Title VII rights, and assert that all people have the right to a job with dignity, free from repercussions for who they are or whom they love. Gregory R. Nevins, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan and Sharon M. McGowan are the attorneys for Lambda Legal in this matter. They are joined by co-counsel Mark S. Schuver and Natalie T. Lorenz, of Belleville, Illinois-based Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD. The case is Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management. More information about Lambda Legal’s work on employment protections is available here: http://www.lambdalegal.org/issues/employment-and-rights-in-theworkplace. Page 16 January 2016


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Chamber Member Updates HOLLAND EMPLOYEE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION RAISES $25,000 AT THE ANNUAL KLONDIKE KLASSIC Over 140 golfers braved the cold February weather to participate in the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation’s (HECF) annual winter charity golf tournament, the Klondike Klassic. The golfers, along with over 85 sponsors helped the HECF in raising $25,000 for an area charity.

Community and charitable support has always been a priority for Holland Construction Services. So in 2015, the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation (HECF) was established with the mission of helping others in the community through donations and volunteering. The HECF is employee-run and driven and, among other initiatives, made the Klondike Klassic an annual event, with funds raised going towards a local organization voted on annually by the seven member Foundation Advisory Committee. To date the Klondike Klassic has raised over $180,000 for local charities. Each year when choosing a beneficiary, the committee looks at smaller deserving charities that may not get much funding outside of their own fundraisers. This year’s tournament was held to benefit the Jared Burke Foundation (JBF). The JBF provides memorable outdoor adventures to individuals who have a disability or major health problem. The JBF also works with local organizations providing hunter safety courses. Much of their work is with the youth and disabled veterans. At the conclusion of the golf tournament, members of the HECF presented a $25,000 check to John Burke, founder of the Jared Burke Foundation. “I cannot express the heartfelt thanks I have for Holland Construction for this donation. Unbelievable and humbling…God bless all involved,” said Burke. He added that the donation will provide at least five full hunting trips. The Holland Employee Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity as a component fund of the St. Louis Community Foundation. For more information about the Holland Employee Charitable Foundation, visit www.hollandcs. com and for more information about the Jared Burke Foundation, visit their website at jaredburkefoundation.com. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

APPLE VACATIONS NAMES 2018 PREFERRED PARTNER TRAVEL AGENCIES Ambassador Travel & Cruises was awarded the prestigious preferred level Apple Award from tour operator Apple Vacations, the leading name in all-inclusive vacations to beach destinations throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central/South America, as well as to the Hawaiian Islands. Preferred level Apple travel agencies are among the top sellers of Apple Vacations packages and receive extra benefits with Apple Vacations such as educational site inspections, exclusive promotions, cooperative advertising funding and more. “Preferred Partner travel agents deserve much of the credit for making Apple Vacations America’s Favorite Vacation Company by embracing our quality products, exclusive vacation flights and value-added incentives,” said Tim Mullen, president of Apple Vacations. “We are happy to award Preferred Partner benefits to our loyal travel agent partners.” Ambassador Travel & Cruises (618) 234-1046 About Apple Vacations For nearly 50 years, Apple Vacations, America’s Favorite Vacation Company, has provided affordable, top quality vacation packages from U.S. departure cities nationwide to vacation destinations throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Central/South America, and the Hawaiian Islands, as well top North and South American ski resorts. With the support of travel agents, Apple Vacations has delivered more passengers to Mexico and the Dominican Republic than any other tour operator worldwide. Apple Vacations is consistently voted “Best Tour Operator to Mexico/Latin America” and “Best Tour Operator to the Caribbean” by readers of the leading travel trade magazines.


Chamber Member Updates RELATIONSHIP BUILDER JOINS HOLLAND CONSTRUCTION TEAM Steve Schomaker has joined Holland Construction Services as the newest member of its business development team. However, he is anything but new to commercial construction. Schomaker has been building relationships and generating business in the commercial building industry throughout the Metro East for more than 30 years. He also serves as the mayor of Albers, Illinois. “I began working in commercial construction as Poettker Construction’s first business development guy back in 1986 and was there until 2004,” Schomaker said. “It was then that I went to work for GRS Construction in Columbia, Illinois for 12 years. When the owner of GRS decided to retire and close the company, I wasn’t quite ready to retire yet.” A close friend of Schomaker’s told Holland CEO Bruce Holland that Schomaker was looking to continue building commercial building relationships. It wasn’t long before Holland offered Schomaker the opportunity to work for him. “I’m thrilled to be working as part of the Holland team,” said Schomaker. “Holland is built on integrity and they’re the nicest people I’ve ever met. In the construction business, it’s all about integrity and relationships, trying to help people acknowledge and realize hopes and dreams. Holland is not just there to build a building for clients. Holland is there to build long-term relationships that are built with honesty and integrity. I look forward to sharing the contacts I’ve cultivated over the past 30 years,” he added. Holland said Schomaker’s down-to-earth, genuine work ethic pairs well with the company’s values and mission. “We’re open for business doing smaller projects,” Holland said. “Smaller projects are managed in a different way. The numbers are different and the process is different. We’ll do almost anything for our clients, and we welcome the job no matter the size. Steve Schomaker’s many longstanding relationships with companies and individuals across the region will benefit us greatly. We welcome the opportunity to work with him.” Schomaker is a native of Albers, Illinois and a graduate of Mater Dei High School in Breese and Kaskaskia College in Centralia. He has been married to Debbie Schomaker for 33 years; the couple has a son, Cole, who is a public school teacher in Mascoutah.

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Chamber Member Updates IMPACT STRATEGIES WELCOMES CRAIG SPIDLE IMPACT Strategies is excited to welcome Craig Spidle to the team! Craig with be filling the newly created role of Director of Construction Operations focusing on the delivery of expert services, the execution of construction projects, and helping guide them to a successful completion. Hailing form Wildwood, Missouri, Craig has 38 years of construction industry experience, most of which was spent in executive level roles in the St. Louis region. Craig has held the senior level positions of Vice President of Sverdrup Corporation, President of CRB Builders, and most recently Regional Manager for Burns & McDonnell. His industry executive level experience and finely tuned skill set are a welcome addition to the IMPACT Team and will aid in the continued growth of the company. Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies, said “We’re ecstatic to have Craig on our team as his talents will certainly benefit our company. We have a great opportunity for growth by attracting someone with his knowledge and leadership experience.”

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STEVE ZUBER, SIOR, CCIM, SELECTED SECRETARY FOR THE SOCIETY OF INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE REALTORS®, ST. LOUIS CHAPTER (SIOR) Steve Zuber, SIOR, CCIM, has been selected as Secretary for The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®, St. Louis Chapter (SIOR). SIOR is the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association. With members in 630 cities in 31 countries, SIOR represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists. Real estate professionals who have earned the SIOR designation are recognized by corporate real estate executives, commercial real estate brokers, agents, lenders, and other real estate professionals as the most capable and experienced brokerage practitioners in any market. The BARBERMurphy Group is a full service Real Estate Brokerage Firm which specializes in commercial, investment, and industrial properties.

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IMPACT STRATEGIES CREATES STATE OF THE ART FACILITY FOR AMEREN ILLINOIS IMPACT Strategies teamed with Ameren Illinois to renovate the energy delivery company’s 60-year-old East St. Louis regional operations facility. A grand re-opening of this facility was celebrated at a local ceremony in January. IMPACT Strategies started work less than a year ago in May 2017 and completed their tight schedule on time in December 2017. First, they gutted the office building and truck shelters, stripping them down to their basic skeleton. From there, IMPACT Strategies installed completely new electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and fire protection systems, plus interior finishes and a new exterior facade. Features of the revitalized facility include energy efficient LED lighting throughout the building, numerous conference rooms, and focus rooms equipped with updated technology, a new wellness room, locker rooms, and a large training room. The storage yard was also entirely rebuilt and parking lots were refinished and extended for increased employee parking. For Ameren Illinois, this project was about more than just upgrading a facility. It demonstrated the company’s commitment to solidifying East St. Louis as a key hub for its Metro East operations while providing its local employees with a more efficient, state-of-the-art work space.


Chamber Member Updates HIGH-IMPACT SESSIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES HOSTED AT SIUE Learn more about business plan basics, government contracting, marketing essentials, financing fundaments, human resource tips, cash flow projections and more on Friday, April 6 from 8:30-11:45am at SIUE. This series will have two tracks, one designed for new and the other for existing businesses. The fee is $25 to register and that includes refreshments and give-a-ways for all attendees. The event will be held in the SIUE Morris University Center (1 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville) in the second floor Hickory and Hackberry Rooms. Register online at https://commerce.cashnet.com/siuebus and choose Small Business Development Center.

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A CELEBRATION TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOB GOALBY’S MASTERS WIN The 1968 Masters Tournament was the 32nd Masters Tournament, held April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It was during this historic event that professional golfer Robert “Bob” Goalby secured the win of his career as Masters Champion. Born, raised, and living much of his life in Belleville, Illinois, Bob attended the University of Illinois where he played on the football team. He turned professional in 1952, won his first Tour event in 1958, and he won and contended steadily until 1971. “You win all the Tucsons, all the Kemps, all the Iron City Opens you can, nobody remembers,” said Goalby. “You win a Masters, nobody ever forgets.” A celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this historic Masters Tournament win will take place at St. Clair Country Club on Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m. A portion of the funds raised from the celebration will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, a one-to-one mentoring program serving youth throughout the Illinois counties of Clinton, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair. “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois has been helping children realize their full potential and build their futures since 1980,” shared Natalie Jablonski, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois. “We are honored that proceeds from this celebration will support the services we provide which are essential in meeting the needs of our community’s youth by matching positive, caring role models to mentor and guide them through the challenges they face in today’s society.” “St. Clair Country Club and the Belleville community have benefitted from Bob Goalby’s distinguished career and commitment to helping others for decades. Therefore, it was no surprise to us when Bob chose Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois to benefit from this historic event at our Club. It is a true pleasure to celebrate his accomplishments and to share the moment with an organization that does so much for young people in our community.” said Tom Sipula, General Manager and Director of Golf at St. Clair Country Club. The celebration is open to members of St. Clair Country Clubs and their guests. All guests must be sponsored by member of St. Clair Country Club. Space is limited for this special event and reservations are required in advance (with payment) by calling Lori at St. Clair Country Club at (618) 398-3400. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, a proud member of United Way, please visit their website www.bbbsil.org or call (618) 398-3162.

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What’s Happening in April April 1, 2018 - April 8, 2018 Photo Contest St. Clair Cnty Historical Soc. | Belleville Monday, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Thursday, April 5, 12, 19, 26 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Thursday, April 5 Sip & Shop | 6:30 pm The Weingarten | Belleville Friday, April 6, 13, 20, 27 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville Friday, April 6 High-Impact Sessions for Small Businesses | 8:30 am SIUE Morris University Center Passport to Wellness | 9:00 am St. Clair County Office on Aging Belleville Bowl for Kids’ Sake | 6:00 pm St. Clair Bowl | Fairview Heights

Saturday, April 7 Thursday, April 19 Community and Campus Day of Service Construction Industry Tax Reform 8:00 am | Lindenwood Belleville Seminar | 4:00 pm Four Points Sheraton | Fairview Heights Fire Dept. Open House | 10:00 am Belleville Fire Department | Belleville Divas’ Night Out | 5:00 pm Belleville Main Street Belleville Historical Society Trivia Night 6:00 pm | St. Luke’s Parish | Belleville Yoga & Wine | 6:30 pm The Weingarten | Belleville Saturday, April 7 & Sunday, April 8 Flea Market | 9:00 am Friday, April 20 St. Clair County Event Center | Belleville Dueling Pianos | 7:00 pm The Weingarten | Belleville Tuesday, April 10 Medicare 101 Workshop | 9:30 am Saturday, April 21 PSOP | Belleville Belleville Ale Fest | 12:00 pm 4204 Banquet & Dist. Center | Belleville Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Tuesday, April 24 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Thursday, April 12 Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville “Spring Into Style” Fashion Show | 7 pm The Weingarten | Belleville Bowl for Kids’ Sake | 7:00 pm Edison’s | Edwardsville Friday, April 13 More Than Just Desserts | 6:00 pm Saturday, April 28 Four Points Sheraton | Fairview Heights Home Brew & Music Walk | 4:30 pm Belleville Main Street Saturday, April 14 Urban Warrior Games | 10:00 am Bowl for Kids’ Sake | 7:00 pm Laderman Park | Belleville Camelot Bowl | Collinsville

We are constantly updating our community calendar. Please visit www.bellevillechamber.org for an up-to-date list of events! To submit an event, visit the calendar page at www.bellevillechamber.org or email marketing@bellevillechamber.org.

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