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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Mike McManus, President Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Edmond Brown, President Elect ELB Enterprises, Inc.


Illinois American Water Company


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


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


Abbott EMS Allsup, Inc Balke Brown Transwestern Bank of America Bank of Belleville Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative BOS Metro East Banking Center Breakthru Beverage Group Cannon Utility Services, LLC. 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. Siteman Cancer Treatment Center McKendree University National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Print Master Sam’s Club Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. SIHF Healthcare Strano & Associates The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows Volkert, Inc. Walmart Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Center

Justin Price, Vice President CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Kevin Vick, Second Vice President Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Dr. Jeff Dosier, Immediate Past President Belleville Township High School District #201

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lisa Adams, Marketplace Magazine Brett Baltz, Egyptian Workspace Partners Ryan Boike, Belleville School District #118 Cathy Dupertuis, People Ready Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Carol Haffner, Beacon Ministry Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary Lamie, Bi-State Development Dan Lovekamp, Auffenberg Dealer Group Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Kayla Mitchell, Scheffel Boyle CPAs David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System Jessica Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Amy Richter, Hospice of Southern Illinois 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

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

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director Beth Tucker, Office Manager Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager Diana Goebel, Marketing & Communications Manager Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism

Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077

AMBASSADORS 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 Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Dennis F. Korte, Sr., 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, Community Member Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union

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COVER STORY ENLISTED DINNER HONORS ENLISTED MEN & WOMEN OF SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE & WWII VETERANS The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Belle-Scott Committee hosted their 69th Annual Enlisted Dinner on Thursday, March 14th 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. This is an annual, sold-out event that reminds the community each year of the important role Scott Air Force Base plays in the metro-east. “The Enlisted Dinner is Belleville’s opportunity to show our deep appreciation to Scott’s enlisted members for their service and sacrifice,” said Geri Boyer, the Belle-Scott Committee Civilian Chairman. “This year we hosted 100 enlisted. It is also our chance to honor a few local veterans and tell their stories of bravery and remarkable resilience.” The Belle-Scott Committee, once known as “The Belleville Plan”, has been in existence since 1950 working to promote good relations between Belleville and Scott Air Force Base. The plan was announced at the First G.I. Pal Dinner (later known as the Belle-Scott Enlisted Dinner) which was held November 29, 1950, at the U.S.O. Canteen in Belleville. “The Belle-Scott Committee was established in 1950 to promote a positive relationship between the local business community and the Base,” said Boyer. “Belle-Scott was formed because this was not always the case. Many veterans we have honored tell us that only recently have they been thanked for their service. We want the members of the military and veterans of our community to know how much we cherish and value their sacrifice and service and this dinner gives Belleville an opportunity to do that in a very personal way.” The dinner included remarks from Rick Vernier (St. Clair County), Mayor Mark Eckert (City of Belleville), and Col. Joseph Meyer (375th Air Mobility Wing). A special response was also given by SSgt. David Roberson, who was personally affected by Hurricane Michael that hit the Florida coast this past fall. He and his family were left with nothing but were welcomed with open arms at Scott Air Force Base after the tragedy. During the event, three U.S. Army Air Corps World War II veterans were also honored as special guests including Jim Reynolds (96, Swansea), Fred Bruss (94, Freeburg) and Ralph Goldsticker (97, St. Louis). Terry Foerste, a Belle-Scott committee member and Vietnam veteran, interviews veterans and composes biographies of the honorees that he then presents during the event. “There were 16 million Americans that served during World War II and there are now around 400,000 left,” he said. “So the stories of all veterans, in particular, the WWII veterans, are eventually going to disappear. I think it’s important that we record their stories when we can.”

Find a brief synopsis of this year’s honorees on the next page.

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CONTINUED COVER STORY RALPH GOLDSTICKER He was born in October 1921 and enlisted in U.S. Army Aviation Cadet Corps on July 6, 1942. He became a bombardier on a B-17. On June 6, 1944, during the D-Day invasion, Goldsticker’s aircraft flew two missions totaling 14 hours in the air. He was released from active service on October 20, 1945, after his 35th mission. JIM REYNOLDS Born in November 1922, Reynolds got into flying after a small plane landed on his father’s farm where he got a free ride and fell in love with flying at a young age. Reynolds ultimately became a pilot, and was qualified to fly 22 different aircraft. Reynolds flew numerous VIP missions, including for the vice president of the (Back row, left to right) Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert, Belle-Scott United States, secretary of the Army, Civilian Chair Geri Boyer, Committee Member Terry Foerste secretary of the Air Force, director of the (Front row, left to right) Honored veterans Fred Bruss, Jim Reynolds CIA, and retired Gen. Jimmy Doolittle. & Ralph Goldsticker Overall, Reynolds ended his career with 9,700 military flight hours and 800 additional civilian hours. Before he retired from the Air Force in 1965, Reynolds was commander of the 375th Air Medical Squadron at Scott Air Force Base. FRED BRUSS Bruss was born in 1924 and is a Belleville native. At the age of 17, Bruss dropped out of high school the day after the Pearl Harbor attack to join the military service. Being too young, he was sent home but later drafted in 1942. Bruss was a gunner on an A-20 light attack bomber. Foerste explained that aircraft had one pilot and two gunners, and was used mostly for low altitude missions (200-300 ft above the ground). Bruss flew missions from April 1944 to January 1945. Bruss had to bail out once when his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire, and, on two more occasions, the aircraft sustained damage that required the aircraft to make a wheels-up belly crash landing behind Allied lines. Bruss was sent home March 25, 1945, after his 60th mission. Bruss later retired as the Belleville Fire Department’s fire chief.

MORE ABOUT THE BELLE-SCOTT COMMITTEE Although today the Enlisted Dinner is the most visible public activity undertaken by the Belle-Scott Committee, much has been accomplished behind the scenes by this group since its inception. The work of the Belle-Scott Committee continues with new ideas and new programs added to those already in place. These programs and the Belle-Scott Enlisted Dinner provide an opportunity for the citizens of Belleville to show their support and appreciation for the men and women of Scott Air Force Base throughout the year. To find out more about this committee, contact the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce at 618-233-2015.

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The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to Rose Marie Fitzgerald. Rose Marie is born and raised in the Belleville area. She currently lives in Millstadt and is truly a gem in this community.

Rose Marie retired from Commerce Bank where she worked with their (left to right) Ambassador Chairman Terri Dambacher, Chamber Senior Partners, planning group trips Executive Director Wendy Pfeil, Rose Marie Fitzgerald, Belleville ranging from day trips around the Mayor Mark Eckert area to cruises and more. She has great attention to detail and it showed in her work. Rose Marie was great at what she did and brought joy to those she interacted with. Rose Marie is also a wonderful community member by giving back through her volunteer work. She has volunteered with organizations including MindsEye radio station, reading to those who cannot see. She has also been an avid supporter of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, serving as an ambassador for many years and volunteering for multiple events. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and our Ambassadors are proud to honor Rose Marie Fitzgerald with this quarter’s Commitment to Community Award.

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April 2019

Upcoming Chamber Events

4/2 4/4 4/4 4/8 4/9 4/11 4/16 4/16 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/18 4/19 4/24 4/26

Education Committee Meeting Ambassadors Committee Meeting Business After Hours @ St. Paul’s Senior Community PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections @ Carelink of Metro East Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Board of Directors Meeting Economic Development Committee INforM Committee Meeting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Government Affairs Committee Meeting Veteran Resource Fair @ SWIC Office Closed for Good Friday Issues & Eggs @ Bellecourt Manor Leadership Belleville Regional Growth Day

Advertise your organization’s job opportunities for free! E-mail your job descriptions to or call 618-233-2015 for more information.

If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618-233-2015.

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The Healthcare & CSA Committee is Collecting Items for

Emergency Hygiene Kits April 1st - May 9th, 2019

Suggested Items: Tooth brushes, Tooth paste, Shampoo, Body Wash, Bar Soap, Kleenex, Deodorant, Lotion, Wipes, Lip Balm, etc. Items must fit in a quart sized plastic bag.

Collection sites: AgeSmart Community Resources | Belleville Chamber Office | Downtown Belleville YMCA East Belleville YMCA | Family Hospice | Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Programs and Services for Older Persons

Distribution sites:

Beacon Ministries | Call for Help, Inc. | Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Project Compassion | Violence Prevention Center | Union United Methodist Church

For more information:

Carla Boswell (618) 234-4410 Ext. 7036 or

Tamara Foote (618) 222-2561 ext: 34 or

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to the following businesses and organizations who joined the Chamber in February.

Barstool Gypsy 117 West Main | Belleville

Smokin’ Aces Industries, LLC 25 East Main Street, Suite B | Belleville

Terry Beach Community Member

Thank you

to the following members for renewing their membership with the Chamber in February.

Apex Network Physical Therapy Balance Coffee & Tea Balke Brown Transwestern Bellecourt Banquet Center Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Illinois Challenge Unlimited, Inc Cork Tree Creative Eckert Florist Edwards Jones - Adam Brewer Egyptian Workspace Partners Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Club Gateway Region YMCA George Renner & Sons Funeral Home Harmony-Emge School District 175 Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

Illinois Math & Science Academy Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Laux Grafix Inc. Lewis & Clark B.S.A. Lindenwood University McKendree University McIlravy’s Irish Pub Meckfessel Tire & Auto Metro Lock & Security Parkway Gardens Sonnenberg Landscaping Materials Co. The Esquiline - Apartment Community Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. Turkey Hill Grange

For a complete list of our members, visit For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618-233-2015 or

Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel?

Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting! Contact Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager, for more info. Call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015.

Did you know the Chamber has a members-only event calendar? Submit your event online at and click “Calendar” to see the calendar and submit your event! All events will be featured in our Weekly Friday E-blast. Page 8

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Ribbon Cuttings

St. Clair Village Apartments *New Ownership* Thursday | March 7 409 Carlyle East | Belleville

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Upcoming Business After Hours April 4 St. Paul’s Senior Community RSVP for events online at! Just click on the event you wish to attend and log-in. Need help? Email your RSVP to or call 618-233-2015.

May 2 The EDGE June 6 Raymond James July 11 Lindenwood University August 1 Schmale Insurance September 5 The Esquiline October 10 Grimm & Gorly November 7 The Atrium of Belleville December Breakthru Beverage

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS On March 1, Memorial Hospital welcomed Business After Hours attendees in their auditorium for a festive event! Memorial hosted nearly 80 Chamber members and guests with Mardi Gras theme food complete with King Cake bites and masks. Memorial Hospital Belleville is conveniently located on the west side of Belleville at 4500 Memorial Drive. They also have diagnostic centers in O’Fallon, Illinois, and an off-campus physical therapy center in east Belleville as well as Memorial East. In 2018, Memorial was named a Five-Star Recipient by Healthgrades for Treatment of Heart Failure, Stoke, COPD, Stomach Surgeries, GI Bleed, Sepsis, Pulmonary Embolism, and Respiratory Failure. They were also ranked by Healthgrades in the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall GI Services and Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety. This past year, the Washington University School of Medicine completed their big transition, combining the Cancer Treatment Center and Illinois Oncology Ltd. in Swansea and turning them into a satellite location of Siteman Cancer Center. The center is expected to move into a new building on the Memorial Hospital East campus in early 2020. At both places, the idea is to keep Illinois residents from having to drive across the Mississippi River to see Siteman doctors and participate in their renowned clinical trials. 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.

Randy Elser, Metro East Pride Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County Office on Aging Anne Thomure, Memorial Hospital Dorothy Meyer, St. Clair County Bob Mueller, TheBANK of Edwardsville

Thank you to Memorial Hospital for their hospitality at the March Business After Hours.


For more information about Memorial Hospital:

Upcoming Business After Hours


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Althoff Catholic Students Learn About the Power of Presence in Peru Saint Pope John Paul II once said: “Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.” Althoff Catholic High School’s annual senior service project is a three-week immersion experience that gives students the opportunity to put their faith in action through service to others. More often than not, the experience is transformative and life-changing for our Crusaders.

Serving in Lima was a life-changing experience for all three girls. “I learned that I should be a more grateful person,” said Samantha. “We tend to let our problems be a wall in our lives. The people we met did not allow their problems to stop them from being happy; they showed us that a positive attitude is key to a better life.” Megan would like to continue volunteering in her community either at food pantries or clinics for people who do not have much. One of Laney’s biggest take-a-ways from the experience was not to take things like easy access to clean water, being able to Megan Hinds, Samantha Land and Laney Martz go to school every day and even having a change of chose to serve in Lima, Peru. Samantha’s mother grew clothes for granted. up in Peru and presented the girls with the option of doing their service project there. “I thought it was a great idea and jumped at the opportunity,” said “One thing I realized in Peru was that we do not hug Laney. “It seemed like a great way to do something enough in the United States,” said Laney. “The people out of my comfort zone and to experience a culture we met would greet us with a hug and a kiss on the different from my own.” cheek. It was a simple thing, but people were always kind and went out of their way to introduce themselves.” Throughout their days in Lima, the girls had the opportunity to serve at a variety of places including a pediatric cancer hospital, a school for special needs In our fast-paced, technology driven world, the power children, an animal shelter and a church. “Some of of truly being present to those around us is often lost. the kids we met were at the hospital by themselves. Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: “Go out into the world Their parents were either at work or never there at all,” today and love the people you meet. Let your pressaid Megan. “This made me sad because the children ence light new light in the hearts of people.” We are were not only sick but lonely. I am glad we got to confident that Megan, Laney and Samantha learned keep them company.” the value of giving and receiving the simple, yet powerful gift of being truly present with others while in Lima. The girls also had the opportunity to learn about the power individuals have to make a difference in the lives of others. “We met a family that turned their own In the months leading up to their trip, the girls raised home into a dog shelter,” said Laney. “Seeing how funds through GoFundMe. They also organized a one family can be so generous to all the stray animals supply drive for items such as gently used soccer in Lima was awesome.” cleats and baby clothes. Upon arriving in Peru, the girls used the funds they raised to purchase soap, snacks, coloring books, toys and puzzles for distribution Megan’s favorite experience was visiting a boy’s at the school and hospital. The girls are thankful to all orphanage. Having the opportunity to interact with who assisted them in their efforts including the grade the boys through games, songs and more was very school students at Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. meaningful. The boys even asked our Althoff Catholic Joseph’s schools. students to teach them a little English. Join us for a personal tour of Althoff Catholic to learn more about the ways in which we integrate faith and service to others into our college preparatory curriculum. Contact our Office of Admissions at 618.235.1100 ext. 116.

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LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE Business Day The 2019 Leadership Belleville class participated in Business Day on March 15. The goal of the day was to witness firsthand how 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 Eckert’s and presentation by Chris Eckert and took part in Performance Enhancement Panels with Vertical Performance. Once they were finished, they traveled to Chelar Tool & Die where they took part in a leadership discussion and took a tour of the facility. They then continued their morning visiting Egyptian Workspace Partners where they met with and had discussions with leaders from there and Belleville Main Street. The group then finished their morning at 4204 Tap House with a tour and lunch. The afternoon continued to be busy with a panel discussion including Geri Boyer (Kaskaskia Engineering Group), Jennaver Brown (Eye on Design), Todd & Julia Kennedy (4204 Main Street Brewing Co.), Kevin Pesko (Bank of Belleville), Andria Powell (Circa Boutique), and Roger Wigginton (Don Rogers, Ltd.). The afternoon finished with a tour at The EDGE. A special thanks goes out to all of our speakers as well as our day coordinators, Eric Schauster (Class of 2000) and Sherry Favre-Salvatore (Class of 2018). We would also like to thank our Business Day Food Sponsors: Eckert’s & Bank of Belleville. To learn more about the Leadership Belleville Program, visit

KEVIN BOUSE Kevin Bouse is a landlord here in Belleville for several large multi family and duplex style apartment homes as well as office space and self storage. Over the past few years, Kevin found himself talking with several people whom he respects in the community and learned they had all graduated from Leadership Belleville. These people have both been successful with their family, life and work and in making our community a better place. He is always searching out mentors and enjoys self-help books. From the beginning, Leadership Belleville has allowed him to better value the people around him both at home and with his employees. He has been able to assemble a better team at work and communicate goals and concerns better with his family. He has also found many new volunteer and leadership opportunities waiting to be explored in the Belleville area. “As the group nears the completion of Leadership Belleville, I realize how blessed I am to be in a profession I love and in a community with so much support,” says Bouse. “I have been able to deepen existing friendships and establish new ones. This will help to grow our business and rejuvenate neighborhoods in Belleville that are primarily rental. I hope to be a valuable resource to the Chamber as so many of them have been to me.”

GINA POOLE Gina was selected by her senior leaders at Memorial Hospital to attend the Leadership Belleville program and was excited for the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other leaders within the community and across a variety of businesses. The Leadership Belleville program has allowed for her personal leadership to grow and expand exponentially in a small, dedicated time frame. The Vertical Performance team allowed for the leaders in the class to build a safe culture to share and learn from shared experiences to enhance personal and professional growth. Gina’s expectations for the future would be to gain additional insight into her community, to increase her connection to the community, and services offered and needed to support Belleville. As well as utilize the growth in skills from the Leadership program to enrich her professional leadership career in supply chain.

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MEMBER EASTER EVENTS Be sure to visit our Chamber members during your Easter festivities! Easter Cookie Decorating Class Saturday, April 13 9 - 11AM Toots’ Cake & Candy Supplies, 314 E. Main St, Belleville Decorating cookies is a great way to celebrate the Easter season! You’ll learn the “secrets” of piping & flooding, along with tips to make the decorating process a snap. Register at or by calling Toots, 618-277-7373. Cost: $35 2019 Easter EGG-Stravaganza Saturday, April 13 10:00 AM Bellevue Park, 401 Bellevue Park Dr., Belleville, IL 62226 This annual, FREE Easter Egg Hunt is open to the public for children ages 1-7, and is co-sponsored by the Turkey Hill Grange. Bring your own Easter basket. Arrive at 9:45 AM. Pre-registration required. Call (618) 233-1416 for details. Cost: Free St. Clair Village Apts. Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 13th 10am-1pm St. Clair Village Apartments, 409 Carlyle East, Belleville, IL 62221 Join us Saturday, April 13th for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt located at our Gazebo Park. Prizes and games for the kids. Special guest appearance and we won’t say who... can you guess? This event is open to the public. We can’t wait to see you there. Cost: Free Easter Cookie Decorating Class Thursday, April 18 6pm to 8pm Toots’ Cake & Candy Supplies, 314 E. Main St, Belleville Decorating cookies is a great way to celebrate the Easter season! You’ll learn the “secrets” of piping & flooding, along with tips to make the decorating process a snap. Register at or by calling Toots, 618-277-7373. Cost: $35 Breakfast with the Bunny Friday, April 19 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eckerts, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville, IL Breakfast with the Bunny from 8am-11am for a hearty country meal to start this fun-filled day. Family-style breakfast includes scrambled eggs, hash brown, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, plus a buffet of cereals, fruit and fried biscuits. Drink of coffee, juice, tea, milk or soda is included. $6.99/child and $12.99/adult. To make a reservation, please call (618)233-0513 x 3. Easter Egg-Citement Friday, April 19 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hop on down the bunny trail and fill your basket with fun! Eckert’s Annual Egg Hunt, baby chicks & bunnies, face painting, the Easter Bunny, plant a seed and savor a yummy Easter treat. ,A photo with the bunny can be purchased for $10 each. Easter Egg Hunts, the largest in Southwestern Illinois, will take place at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Register online at

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MEMBER EASTER EVENTS Breakfast with the Bunny Saturday, April 20 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eckerts, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville, IL Breakfast with the Bunny from 8am-11am for a hearty country meal to start this fun-filled day. Family-style breakfast includes scrambled eggs, hash brown, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, plus a buffet of cereals, fruit and fried biscuits. Drink of coffee, juice, tea, milk or soda is included. $6.99/child and $12.99/adult. To make a reservation, please call (618)233-0513 x 3. Easter Egg-Citement Saturday, April 20 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hop on down the bunny trail and fill your basket with fun! Eckert’s Annual Egg Hunt, baby chicks & bunnies, face painting, the Easter Bunny, plant a seed and savor a yummy Easter treat. ,A photo with the bunny can be purchased for $10 each. Easter Egg Hunts, the largest in Southwestern Illinois, will take place at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Register online at St. Paul UCC Bunny Breakfast Saturday, April 20 10am-12pm St. Paul UCC Activities Center 115 West B Street, Belleville, IL Event includes breakfast, egg hunts, games, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Everyone is welcome! Free event

Easter Worship at St. Paul United Church of Christ Sunday, April 21 9am traditional worship & 11am Celebration worship St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B Street, Belleville, IL Easter morning will be filled with excitement as we worship together at St. Paul United Church of Christ. All are welcome! Free event 1818 Chophouse Easter Brunch Buffet Sunday April 21 10:00am-6:00pm 1818 Chophouse, 1405 North Green Mount Road, Suite 100 O’Fallon, IL 62269 This lavish Buffet will consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner items including but not limited to; Traditional Eggs Benedict, Omelets Made to Order, Biscuits and Gravy, an Ice Bar with Oysters on the 1/2 Shell, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Carved Prime Rib & Turkey, Assorted Desserts and much more! Reservations are required on this holiday, call 618-206-6451 to book yours today! $29.95 Adults, 12 + under $16.95, under 4 Free! Easter Sunday Kinderfest Sunday, April 21 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Hofbrauhaus St. Louis - Belleville, 123 St. Eugene Dr., Belleville, Il 62223 Join us for our Easter Sunday Kinderfest! Featuring Easter Brunch, Easter Bunny Photos, Egg Hunts Beginning at 2 p.m., Great Prizes, Live German Music Admission is free, however a brunch purchase is required for kids entering the egg hunts.

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MEMBER UPDATES YOUNG ARTISTS TO DISPLAY THEIR WORKS AT SCHMIDT ART CENTER Get a look at some of the area’s up-and-coming artistic talent when the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College’s Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., hosts its annual High School Student Art Exhibition and Congressional Art Competition. The exhibition kicks off Thursday, March 28 with a 6-8 p.m. opening reception. Students present artwork created in a variety of media, including paint, photography, clay, mixed media, graphite, charcoal and more. An awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. In addition to the SWIC awards presentation, the winners of the 12th Congressional District High School Art Competition will be announced during the evening. If you can’t make it to the opening reception, be sure to stop by The Schmidt before the exhibition closes at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 4. For more information about this exhibition or Schmidt Art Center hours, call 618-222-5ART (5278) or visit

LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE’S TRICE PUBLISHES RESEARCH WITH HELP OF UNDERGRAD STUDENTS The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police recently published research conducted by Lindenwood University-Belleville Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Thomas Trice along with three of his students, Naomi-Denise Oudshoorn, Leiden, Netherlands; Peyton Rose, Manteca, Calif.; and Courtney Smith, Breese, Ill. Their research, Law Enforcement Leadership Through the Eyes of a Citizen: Why Real Leadership, Cultural Competency and Empathy Matter analyzed how police officers can better connect to communities through three key factors – leadership, cultural competency, and empathy. “My students get to learn first-hand how much time and energy goes into conducting research and how that forms knowledge surrounding the issues we discuss in class,” said Trice, who plans to involve his strongest undergraduate students in his research. In 2014, Trice began looking at ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Since that time, he has incorporated his students into this work to enhance their academic career and to connect them to the professional world of criminal justice. “These students gained honors credits, got a taste of real-world research, and are helping to make a difference in their field even as undergraduates,” said Trice. Over the course of six months, Trice and his student researchers reviewed more than 300 videos captured of law enforcement and discussed them with more than 800 law enforcement officers throughout the United States. At the conclusion of the data collection, the research team determined that the public would be more trusting of police agencies if leadership, cultural competency, and empathy were incorporated into the policies. The research also provides a framework that law enforcement agencies can use to evaluate their own policies that may impact their relationship with the community. Trice earned a doctorate of management in organizational behavior, organizational change, and leadership and a master’s degree in leadership management and human recourses and development, both from Webster University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and administration of justice and pre-law from Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale. Trice served on the police force for nearly 23 years on the local, state, and federal levels. He also is the CEO of TRIKEN Consulting, a company that conducts background investigation for more than 20 law enforcement agencies and conducts national evidence-based training for private and public sectors. He is also a nationally certified polygraph technician. Trice’s work was also featured in the Texas Lawmen Association Journal, the Oklahoma State Police Journal, and the Illinois Sheriff Association. To learn more about the Criminal Justice Department at Lindenwood University-Belleville, visit https://www.lindenwood. edu/belleville/academics/academic-divisions/division-of-social-and-behavioral-sciences/criminology-and-criminaljustice/ The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES LEARN HOW TO MANAGE STRESS AND GRIEF OF STROKE AT HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL, APRIL 3 To serve patients and the community, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital offers free stroke support groups for stroke survivors and their families. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the St. Francis Conference Room, which is located adjacent to the hospital lobby, at 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon, IL. The upcoming session’s topic is “how to manage the stress and grief of stroke” and will be presented by Bethany Borrenpohl, LCSW, owner and practioner of Live Well Counseling Services, LLC. “HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Stroke Support Group is excited to cover this important topic with our group members and the community,” shared Christy Koenigstein, CTRS, group facilitator and recreational therapist at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “Having a stroke affects so many areas of our lives whether you are a stroke survivor or caregiver. Anger, frustration, anxiety, sadness, fear are only some feelings survivors and caretakers may experience as they move through the stages of grief. This meeting will help all attending to learn to manage these feelings and continue to move forward to find joy in life again.” The overall goal of the 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. Caregivers and family members of stroke patients are also offered an open atmosphere for sharing and for supporting each other. In addition, a closed Facebook Group titled “Stroke & Recovery Support Group at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s” is also available for those affected by stroke and their caregivers. Anyone interested in joining the Facebook group, is encouraged to log into your Facebook account and search “Stroke & Recovery Support Group at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s.” Then click on the group and request to join. For additional questions or for more information about meetings, call Christy at 618-234-2120, ext. 52004 or Angela at 618-234-2120, ext. 11277. Additional meeting dates in 2019 include: June 5, August 7, October 2, and December 4. HSHS Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland and HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

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Our hospital can now call itself one of the best hospitals in the region for 2018-2019. More than 4,500 hospitals in the U.S. were evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and ONLY 12% achieved “Best” status. In addition, Memorial Care Center has been named one of America’s Best Nursing Homes by the publication for the eighth year in a row. THANK YOU to our caring employees; dedicated staff; and most importantly, our patients, for helping Memorial Hospital Belleville and Memorial Care Center earn these honors.

MEMBER UPDATES SWIC ADULT EDUCATION TO OFFER FREE HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY CLASSES If you left high school without earning a diploma and feel that now is the time to earn one, let Southwestern Illinois College help you get ready. The Adult Education and Literacy department will offer free high school equivalency preparation classes in St. Clair, Madison and Randolph counties in March and April. Day Classes: Day high school equivalency preparation classes will meet at the following days, times and locations. Monday through Thursday from March 18 to April 24 from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.: • SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. • SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road Monday through Wednesday from March 18 to April 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.: • East St. Louis Community College Center, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd. • Cahokia Library, 140 Cahokia Park Drive Monday through Wednesday from March 18 to April 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.: • SWIC Red Bud Campus, 500 W. South Fourth St. Evening Classes: Evening high school equivalency preparation classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 2 to May 23 from 5:30-8:15 p.m. at the following locations: • SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. • Collinsville High School, 201 S. Morrison Ave. • East St. Louis Community College Center, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd. • SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road Spanish Evening Classes Spanish Evening high school equivalency preparation classes will meet on Mondays from April 1 to May 13 from 5:30-8:35 p.m. at the SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road. A mandatory preregistration and orientation session is required. Learn more about upcoming classes and schedule a preregistration appointment by calling 618-235-2700, ext. 5525, or toll free in Illinois at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5525.

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MEMBER UPDATES SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS NEEDED Belleville AmeriCorps at Southwestern Illinois College is now accepting applications for the positions of Summer Camp Counselors for Belleville Public School Districts 118 and 175! Summer Camp Counselors serve at a Belleville summer day camp, Monday through Friday, from approximately 8:00am – 5:00pm from May 30th to approximately July 26th. Counselors earn over $3200 in cash & college money. Counselors over 55 can transfer their education awards to their children, foster children, or grandchildren. Plus, all counselors receive a free Metro-Link pass courtesy of SWIC! Counselors gain experience working with children and can add “National Service” to their resume! Education majors are encouraged to apply. Duties include: Be a role model and leader for elementary school-aged children; assist camp director and counselors in the daily set up, service, and clean-up of lunch and afternoon snacks; set up and clean-up of camp activities; maintain camp facilities; tutor campers; organize recreational and enrichment activities; manage camper behavior and enforce camp rules; supervise field trips; have the physical ability to endure activities occurring outdoors during summer months. To apply immediately, visit the AmeriCorps website at For more information, call 618-641-5713 or 618-641-5711. Qualifications: * Be a citizen of the United States, a U. S. national or a legal permanent resident of the US. *17 years of age to 80+. * Have a high school diploma or GED. * Pass a comprehensive background screening. * Enjoy working with children. * Have a desire to serve children in Belleville, IL. * Available from May 30 thru July 26. * Available Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm

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Community Happenings in April Monday, April 1 Blood Drive | 12:00pm Arsenal Credit Union | Swansea Monday, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Friday, April 5, 12, 19, 26 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville Friday, April 5 Can You Dig It? Funshop | 6:00pm Liberty Middle School | Edwardsville Saturday, April 6 Brewery Collective Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Sunday, April 7, 14, 21, 28 Service Sunday & Sunday Brunch The Weingarten | Belleville Tuesday, April 9 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville Wednesday, April 10 Cash Management Basics for Entrepreneurs | 9:00am SIUE | East St. Louis

Saturday, April 13 Easter Cookie Decorating Class | 6pm Hospice of Southern Illinois’ Fairway 5K Toots’ Cake & Candy Supplies | Belleville The Orchards | Belleville Saturday, April 20 Easter Cookie Decorating Class | 9 am Bunny Breakfast | 10:00am Toots’ Cake & Candy Supplies | Belleville St. Paul UCC | Belleville Easter EGG-Stravaganza | 10:00am Bellevue Park | Belleville Easter Egg Hunt | 10:00am St. Clair Village Apts. | Belleville Music Trivia | 6:00pm American Legion | Germantown Sunday, April 14 Motorcycle Swap Meet Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Race for Rescues 5k/1 mile Fun Run Belleville West High School | 9:00am Tuesday, April 16 HubZone and Government Contracting Seminar | 9:00am SIUE | East St. Louis Wednesday, April 17 Girl Scout Information/Recruitment Belle Valley Grade School | Belleville Thursday, April 18 Girl Scout Information/Recruitment Belle Valley Grade School | Belleville

Sunday, April 21 Easter Worship | 9 & 11 am St. Paul UCC | Belleville Easter Brunch Buffet | 10:00am 181 Chophouse | O’Fallon Wednesday, April 24 Regional Screening of “The Public” The Edge | Belleville | 6:00pm Friday, April 26 Sports Night | 6:00pm Nelson Community Center | Belleville Saturday, April 27 St. Louis Antique Festival Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Walk a Mile In Her Shoes 2019 | 9:00am Lindenwood Univ. | Belleville Surviving Caregiving Conference St. John United Church of Christ Collinsville | 9;00am

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