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November 2015

Visit the Belleville Old Town Farmers’ Market in August! National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12, just in time for some of the largest hauls of the year for local farmers! Belleville’s Old Time Farmers’ Market (located on the first block of South Charles Street in Belleville), is open the first Saturday in May through the first Saturday in November from 8:00amnoon. It provides the opportunity to purchase locally-grown produce in the heart of our great city. In the past the market was located at the corner of 1st Street and West Main, but this year it was moved to South Charles Street to allow for better access for walk-up traffic and parking for customers. Market Manager, Burt Wikgren, has been facilitating the market for four years. He notes that the new location has been great for attracting patrons from the surrounding neighborhoods. National Farmers Market Week is held annually to shine light on farmers markets across the nation, as they provide a positive influence on the communities they serve. Farmers Markets, including Belleville’s Old Town Farmers’ Market, are active agents in preserving America’s rural livelihood and farmland. They stimulate local economies, increase community access to fresh, nutritious food, and promote sustainability. The Chamber encourages everyone to shop the Belleville Farmers’ Market during the month of August. More info on page 3....

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Kevin Richter, President Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD Dr. Jeff Dosier, President Elect Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, 1st Vice President Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc. Melissa Mason, 2nd Vice President Belleville News-Democrat Bob Mueller, Immediate Past President TheBANK of Edwardsville

Board of Directors Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood University-Belleville Edmond Brown, ELB Enterprises Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Dr. Mark Eichenlaub, Southwestern Illinois College Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Rachel Jackson, Project Compassion, NFP Darlene Jones, Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District #118 Mary C. Lamie, Bi-State Development Kevin Pesko, Bank of Belleville John Reichert, In-Focus Marketing Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Peg Sebastian, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois Will Welsh 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 Beth Tucker, Office Manager Landon Brooks, Marketing and Communications Manager Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event 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



Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital


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 Century Brass Works Chelar Tool and Die CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Cooling Concepts ELB Enterprises, Inc. Empire Comfort Systems FCB Bank First Bank FKG Oil Company Hilton Garden Inn & Regency Conference Center Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP Holland Construction Services International Paper Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Lewis Rice LLC Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. McDonald’s - Burris Management, Inc. Memorial & St. Elizabeth’s 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

Shirley Bertelsmann, Community Member Rebecca Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Bob Dintelmann, Landscape Consultant 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, BND 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

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Chamber Happenings Why Farmers Markets?

Source: Farmers Market Coalition

August 2017

Upcoming Chamber Events 8/2 8/3 8/3 8/7 8/8 8/10 8/14 8/15 8/16 8/17 8/17 8/18 8/23

Back to School Fun Fair Ambassador Luncheon Business After Hours at Bel-Air Bowl Yoga Night! at 4204’s Banquet Center Coffee Cup Connections at Lindenwood University-Belleville Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Economic Development Committee Meeting Young Professionals Social at Seven Government Affairs Committee Meeting Ladies’ Night Out Leadership Belleville Kick-off Breakfast Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting



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Fall classes begin

AUG. 19, 2017 If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618.233.2015.

Belleville Campus Red Bud Campus Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.” Upcoming Business After Hours August 3 Bel-Air Bowl September 7 Healthcare & CSA Committee with The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows October 12 Grimm & Gorly Florist & Gifts, Inc. November 2 Associated Bank

Presenting Sponsor:

December 2 Breakthru Beverage

Save the Date

Featuring: The 5th Annual Chili Chase 5K Run/Walk & Kid’s Pepper Dash Registration Fee: Adults $25, Youth $20 (16 & under). Late Registration Fee: $30 after September 22, 2017. Register Today! Kids Pepper Dash $10 (13 &under)

T-Shirts: “Chili Chase” T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed for 5K registration ONLY and registration must be received by September 22, 2017.

September 6 Jr. Idol Auditions September 19 Teacher Appreciation Reception September 20 Government Officals’ BBQ October 18 Women’s Conference

Upcoming Coffee Cup Connections Tuesday, August 8th | 8:15am Hosted by: Lindenwood University-Belleville 2600 West Main Street | Belleville


“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Thank You

The businesses and organizations below renewed their investment with the Chamber in June ...

Arsenal Credit Union

Oktoberfest of Belleville, IL

Center for Racial Harmony


CK & L of I Country Club

Sam’s Club

Commercial Energy Consultants

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Schools

Community Link

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP

The Abbey

Lawrence Group Architects


Leading Lawyers

Vertical Performance, Inc.

McDermott Remodeling

6000 Old Collinsville Rd. Fairview Heights, IL 62208

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Business After Hours Sponsor:

Memorial Hospital hosted a festive Business After Hours in their auditorium on July 6th! Members enjoyed the beach theme, complete with leis and tiki torches. Memorial Hospital Belleville is conveniently located in west Belleville at 4500 Memorial Drive. They are a 316-bed full-service acute-care hospital, a designated MAGNET facility and an accredited chest pain center. Their medical staff includes more than 400 members representing 48 specialties. The organization’s 2,300 employees have been honored with numerous quality care recognitions. Memorial also has diagnostic centers in O’Fallon, Illinois, an off-campus physical therapy center in east Belleville and a new 94-all private bed hospital located in Shiloh, Illinois. Memorial Hospital is a part of Memorial Regional Health Services, a nonprofit organization jointly governed by Memorial and BJC Healthcare

Jessica Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Al Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Dawn Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency


For more information about Memorial Hospital, visit:

Emily Dohle, The Weingarten Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Kim O’Bryan, Heartlands Conservancy Anne Koleson, Metro East Gastronology Ldt.

Upcoming Business After Hours Thursday, August 3 | 5-7PM Bel-Air Bowl 200 S. Belt West Belleville

Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District #118 Edmond Brown, ELB Enterprises

Anne Thomure, Memorial Regional Health Services Jennifer Gain Meyer, City of Belleville

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Ribbon Cuttings LDT Photography Friday, July 7th 18 E. Main Street | Belleville


Seven/Shichi Friday, July 7th 7 South High Street | Belleville

Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel?

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

Young Professionals Social Wednesday | August 16th | 4:30pm-6:30pm Location: Seven | 7 South High Street | Belleville

............................. No Admission Fee.

Bring a book of stamps or a bottle of bleach to receive a complementary appetizer buffet. Items will be donated to the Belleville Area Humane Society.


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Spotlight on Education

Webster University in the Metro East Founded in 1915 in Webster Groves, MO, Webster University is a global institution with nearly 16,000 students. In the Metro East, Graduate degrees and Graduate certificates are available to civilian and military students at Webster’s Scott AFB campus location. New this August, Webster’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree will be offered at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. This new addition to Webster adult graduate programs is designed to help prepare students for demanding management positions protecting critical computer systems, information networks, and complex infrastructure. Webster offers 5 terms per year with courses in each term lasting 9 weeks. Classes meet one night per week from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration for the Fall 1 and Fall 2 terms is currently underway. Those who apply soon can begin their degree program with the start of the Fall 1 term August 21st. Metro East Webster adult graduate students earn a Master’s Degree by attending full-time, part-time or online in the following programs: MS in Cybersecurity MA in Human Resources Development MA in Information Technology Management MA in International Relations MA in Management and Leadership MA in Procurement and Acquisitions Management Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Complete information is available at, or by contacting Susan Schultz at or 618-746-4747.

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Back to School .......... FUN FAIR


Wednesday, August 2nd | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Belleville West High School Help the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Education Committee celebrate the start of a new school year at the annual Back to School Fun Fair!


School Physicals | Dental Exams | Face Paintings | Games | Meet the Mascots & More! Plus a complimentary hot dog, chips and a backpack full of school supplies!

More info: or call 618.233.2015


*The event is open to children K-8 and their families from the Chamber member schools (public & private). *Must be registered with one of the following schools to get backpack passport & food tickets: BASSC Elementary, Belleville School District #118, Belle Valley School District #119, Governor French Academy, Harmony-Emge School District #175, High Mount School District #116, Menta Academy, Signal Hill School District #181,Whiteside School District #115, Zion Lutheran Grade School and all Catholic grade schools - Blessed Sacrament, Notre Dame Academy, Sister Thea Bowman, St. Teresa and Queen of Peace.



Attention Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Members: ST. CLAIR • SPRING ISSUE 2015





Celebrating Mother’s Day, favorite outdoor festivals, lush green landscapes and more.


Butler Home Improvement Is A Locally-Owned AND Woman-Owned Remodeling Company In Business For Over 20 Years!

Discounts are offered at $50 per credit hour. New Bridal Event Showcases The Area's Best Vendors Get Set For Spring Home Improvement At The HBA Home Show Don't Miss Our Winter/Early Spring Calendar

Creative Landscapes Offers Hardy Perennials Grown In The Garden Center


A Masterworks Christmas with Christine Brewer Highlights The Season BEL-O Wins The BBB Torch Award The Marketplace Holiday Calendar Is Your Guide To All That's Bright Marketplace Magazine wishes

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Bike Surgeon Is The "Let's Have Fun Store"

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Employees, spouses, and dependants can receive a discount up to $1,800 off tuition annually.


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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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. Page 12 January 2016

Chamber Member Update TWM IS NOW 100% ESOP OWNED Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. (TWM) has been an employeeowned company for more than 70 years. Recently the engineering and surveying firm took it one step further and announced it has become 100 percent Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) owned. In 2003, TWM initiated the ESOP structure, with the ESOP buying more shares with each passing year. Effective July 17, the 14 individual shareholders who owned the remaining 61 percent of the company sold their shares to the ESOP. This sale has allowed TWM to become 100 percent ESOP owned. TWM was already 100 percent employee owned, as the individual shareholders are also employees. An ESOP is an employee benefit plan that holds company stock in each employee’s name. In TWM’s established plan, employees do not make financial contributions in order to participate in the ESOP; instead, they build equity in the plan based on length of service. As part of this transition, President Rollie Thouvenot, PE, has announced he will retire at the end of 2017. Thouvenot has served as president since 1987. Chief Operating Officer Robert DeConcini, PE, will then assume the role of president. “One of my proudest moments from the past 30 years was transitioning TWM into an ESOP,” said Thouvenot. “It creates an ownership culture and allows our employees to share in the growth and prosperity of the company.” The company has also appointed two outside individuals, Tom Holloway of Edwardsville and Mike Riley of Belleville, to its Board of Directors. Holloway retired from his role as president and CEO at TheBANK of Edwardsville in 2015. He currently serves on the board at McKendree University, SIUE Foundation, University Park at SIUE and Memorial Hospital East. Riley is the founder and president of Professional Therapy Services, Inc. He is president of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association and has served as chair of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. “We wanted to stay close to our roots with this new logo, as the TWM emblem has become a recognized symbol throughout the region,” said DeConcini. “However, these small changes will help us modernize the look a bit and give our identity a little more distinction to reflect the new company ownership. Even with this slight change in the appearance of our company logo, unchanged will be the commitment of all our employees to our mission of “Exceptional Service. Nothing Less.” What started as a three-man operation back in 1946, TWM now employs approximately 90 people and provides civil, structural and railway engineering, land surveying, and a full array of geospatial services. TWM serves clients both locally and nationally with five locations in the greater St. Louis region, including Swansea, Waterloo and Edwardsville in Illinois and St. Louis and St. Charles in Missouri. The firm was ranked the 7th Largest Engineering Firm in the metropolitan area by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2017. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

TWM WELCOMES NEW EMPLOYEES Local engineering and surveying firm Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. (TWM) has hired new employees in its Swansea, Ill., and St. Louis offices. Lisa Newhouse of Wildwood, Mo., has joined TWM as the marketing coordinator at the firm’s St. Louis regional office. She has a bachelor’s degree in Literature/Writing from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to TWM, Newhouse previously worked at Penta Engineering Corp. and Ken Newhouse & Co. Melanie Reinhardt of Trenton, Ill., will serve as the marketing assistant at the firm’s corporate office in Swansea, Ill. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Communication from the University of Illinois in Springfield, as well as a master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University. Reinhardt previously worked at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

18TH ANNUAL HOSPICE OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT Join Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. at the 18th Annual Hospice of Southern Illinois Benefit Golf Tournament at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, Illinois on Monday, August 14, 2017. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. Registration is $125 per golfer or $500 per team, includes 18 holes of golf with a golf cart, lunch, on-course snacks, and a hole-in-one contest. After golfing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and awards will be presented. Activities, in addition to your golf game, include a 50/50 and longest drive (men & women) raffles. The Benefit Golf Tournament helps continue Hospice of Southern Illinois’ mission, to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Hospice of Southern Illinois appreciates the support of the golfers and hope they enjoy the special opportunity to play at this exclusive course. Special thanks to Norma Bellcoff and Kathy Childers for their continued dedication to Hospice of Southern Illinois. To register, either send registration and payment to Hospice of Southern Illinois, BV Golf, 305 South Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62220 or register online at

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Chamber Member Update HOSPITAL SISTERS HEALTH SYSTEM NAMED 2017 MOST WIRED Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) has been named “Most Wired” by the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released this week by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. The survey showed that technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact. The investments hospitals and health systems, such as HSHS, have made in technology has been shown to improve communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. Furthermore, these new tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health. HealthCare’s Most Wired® survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired® survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure; business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration. Health care organizations must meet specific requirements of each of these four areas to be named “Most Wired.” In recent years, HSHS has leveraged technology to give patients several treatment options, which is especially critical in small, rural communities when seconds count. For instance, the “tele-stroke care” program provides quick access to neurology specialists that may be more than 100 miles away via highresolution video and audio communication. In the first three years of the tele-stroke care program, more than 1,500 emergency room stroke patients in Illinois received the critical care they needed to recover from potentially life-threatening and debilitating strokes. HSHS technology initiatives also include virtual health care visits through the HSHS Medical Group’s Anytime Care 24/7 application, where patients can connect with providers in the comfort and privacy of their own home through their computer or mobile device. Advanced technologies will also be employed at St. Elizabeth’s future state-of-the-art hospital, opening in November 2017, to improve workflow, efficiency, safety and enhance patient care in all areas of thefacility. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

IMPACT STRATEGIES COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF REGION’S FIRST UNIVERSITY-CONNECTED RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies recently completed Cedarhurst of St. Charles, a $17.5 million senior living community located in St. Charles, Missouri. The 99,000-square-foot, 100-unit assisted living and memory care community is part of University Commons, a mixeduse development directly across from Lindenwood University’s flagship campus. The facility celebrated its grand opening June 25. IMPACT Strategies served as the construction manager for the project, providing turnkey services from start-to-finish and overseeing all trade subcontractors. The large scale of the project presented a number of challenges along the way due to the limited site area and ongoing adjacent development. Those constraints did not create any major set-backs for IMPACT due to its previous experience building similar Cedarhurst properties. IMPACT also had familiarity with the University Commons development from having previously constructed the Schnucks grocery store in 2014. Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “Our past experiences and familiarity with the location and client certainly enabled us to keep this project running smoothly and provide leadership for exceptional success. We have built four senior living communities for Cedarhurst in the past eight years, but this one in St. Charles is the largest and certainly the most challenging.” Dover Development said Cedarhurst’s unique location and proximity to Lindenwood University makes it the first senior living community in the St. Louis region to strategically locate on or near a university campus. Approximately 50 similar developments exist across the country. The close proximity provides unique benefits to both Cedarhurst residents and Lindenwood students, including a lifelong learning program and access to University sporting and cultural events for Cedarhurst residents, and the creation of internship and other programs to educate Lindenwood students on issues relevant to the growing population of seniors, including caring for persons with memory loss issues like Alzheimer’s Disease. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

GO! ST. LOUIS TO HOST INAUGURAL EVENT AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK On Saturday, August 19, GO! St. Louis will be hosting the inaugural Run at the Raceway at the Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL. The evening will feature a one mile adult and one mile kids run, a 5K and a four person beer relay, featuring Michelob Ultra. For more information about the event, visit GO! St. Louis®, a local non-profit organization, encourages individuals and families in the St. Louis region to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle year round, with a focus on youth programs and reducing childhood obesity. The organization accomplishes this through community collaborations, school based programming, outreach to senior/retirement centers, and the creation of new and unique fitness events.

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Chamber Member Update MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INAUGRUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES OVER $65,000 FOR NEONATAL VENTILATORS Memorial Foundation’s Inaugural Golf Tournament raised over $65,000 to purchase neonatal ventilators for Memorial’s tiniest patients. A single neonatal ventilator costs $50,000 and is used to help create an ideal environment for newborns to relax, sleep and grow while minimizing as many risks as possible to their physical and mental development. “Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants for making our first tournament a huge success,” said Anne Thomure, Memorial Foundation’s executive director. “It was wonderful to see so much support from the community and area businesses.” Held on June 12, at St. Clair Country Club, winners included: Flight A - First place: Randy Ganim, Bryan Ganim, Kevin Meder and Randy Phillips (score 56); second place: Kevin Roberts, Lori Schreiner, Mike McManus and Mike Riley, Jr. (score 61); third place: Ryan Altmansberger, Shane Moskop, David Miller and Joe Riley (score 61). Flight B – First place: Mike Leopold, Dan Nester, Smith McGehee and Pat Mulcahey (score 64); second place: Kevin Pesko, Ron Stephens, Mary Reuter and George West (score 65); third place: Otto Roberts, Mark Heffernann, Matt Hill and William Willis (score 65). Flight C – First place: George Marifian, Nick Maduri, Marilyn Rossi, Kevin Welch (score 68); second place: Jared Kreig, Taylor Bailey, Kary Kerr and Ryan Monken (score 68); third place – Greg Cundiff, Doug Distler, Jay Maher and Barry McClure (score 70). Randy Freeman, Marc Vanderweele, Keith King, Rick Ringwalk and Marilyn Rossi all won prizes in the closest to the hole contests; Randy Phillips won the longest putt; Mike McManus won the straightest drive and Tony Soukenik won the putting contest with a hole-in-one. Next year’s tournament is scheduled for June 11, 2018. Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the purpose of Memorial Regional Health Services through fund raising and friend raising activities that promotion health, wellness and related services available throughout the organization. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE RECEIVES $40,000 GIFT FROM AMEREN ILLINOIS Lindenwood University-Belleville received a generous gift in the amount of $40,000 from Ameren Illinois to support the building of a makerspace where students can learn through doing and collaborating. “Exciting changes are happening on our campus,” said Campus President Dr. Brett Barger. “Ameren Illinois has been a strong partner with Lindenwood over the years and this gift illustrates the organization’s continued support of what we are doing on the Belleville campus.” The gift will fund the construction of the Ameren Illinois Makerspace, a designated laboratory where students from all programs of study can work collaboratively to create, invent, and learn. This space will house 3D printing technology, electronics, hardware supplies and tools, state-of-the-art computers and software, audiovisual equipment, large format printing technology, and more. “It’s an exciting time for our students. Innovation and discovery are boiling under the surface,” said Assistant Professor of Communications Brendan Leahy. “Students are immersed in the same creative, technology-driven, do-it-yourself ‘maker culture’ resonating in tech firms and college campuses all over the country. This culture is one of collaboration, communication, innovation, and hands-on exploration of new ideas. We are very grateful to receive this gift from Ameren Illinois because an investment in a high-tech makerspace embraces this power of creative energy and innovation, and focuses on the talents of our students and their search for new knowledge.” The grant funds were made possible through the Ameren Cares program which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. “We want to give young people in our communities every chance for success – that’s why we are proud to support the efforts of Lindenwood University-Belleville,” said Richard Mark, president of Ameren Illinois. “Nothing empowers like education. Opportunities like this can make all the difference in a student’s life and career.” To learn more about ways to give to Lindenwood University-Belleville, contact Jennifer Ferguson at 618-239-6033 or ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Chamber Member Update HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL RECOGNIZED FOR HIGH-QUALITY CARE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER STROKE St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was recently re-designated as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital by the Illinois Department of Public Health for three years. St. Elizabeth’s first achieved this this designation in 2014 by implementing emergency stroke care policies and procedures to align with nationally recognized evidence based standards and criteria, like those from the American Heart/Stroke Association and Brain Attack Coalition. . “It is important to catch a stroke early, but even more important to prevent strokes all together, which is why St. Elizabeth’s often educates our community about the signs and symptoms of stroke as well as what to do if symptoms present,” said Ernst. “Recognizing signs and symptoms of stroke and immediately calling 911 to be taken to an emergent stroke ready facility, like St. Elizabeth’s, can make a difference in the number of treatment options available and the overall outcome for stroke patients.” For patients and families who are faced with managing the effects of stroke, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital offers a free stroke support group. The goal 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. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Millennium Room of the hospital, located on the first floor of the Prairie Heart Institute Bldg., at 340 W. Lincoln Street, Belleville. The upcoming session’s topic is “Social Worker Services” and will be presented by David Lysakowski, MSW/LCSW, a clinical social worker from St. Elizabeth’s Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

FATHER ELMAR MAUER RETIRES AFTER 18 YEARS OF SERVICE AT HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL After 18 years of service in the Pastoral Care Department at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Father Elmar Mauer gave his final service before retiring on Thursday, July 13th . The retirement celebration also coincided with his 83rd birthday. Known for his special bond with the colleagues, his love for the St. Louis Cardinals, and his sense of humor, he has made a lasting impact on this hospital and will surely be missed. “I have only been here for six months, but it has been a treat seeing him interact with the colleagues. He will definitely be missed, and I have some big shoes to fill,” says Reverend Chance Beeler. One of the many things that colleagues and patients who interacted with him love about Father Mauer is his sense of humor. Reverend Chance recalls a time that Father Mauer said, “You know I can’tspeak at the podium because I’m too short.” He also has a great love for the St. Louis Cardinals, and is famous in the Belleville community for wearing his Cardinals socks during a service. On multiple occasions he has been referred to as “the priest with the red socks.” The hospital has been fortunate to have Father Mauer serve our patients, colleagues and visitors for the past 18 years, and we wish him the best with his retirement. Luckily, Father Mauer is not leaving St. Elizabeth’s for good; he plans to return to serve as a member of the Auxiliary Volunteers. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

LOCAL ARTISTS FEATURED AT THE SCHMIDT THROUGH OCTOBER A collection of artwork from Alison Ouellete-Kirby and Noah Kirby, Ken Wood and Jeff Hursey will be on display from Thursday, Aug. 24 to Friday, Oct. 6 at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. A public reception featuring artist talks will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Wood’s exhibition, titled Writ Large, will feature layered relief prints that explore color interaction through gesture and shape. Wood is a painter and printmaker in St. Louis and has curated art shows in Italy. He is currently an associate professor of printmaking at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. Other Voices, an exhibition from Alison Ouellette-Kirby and Noah Kirby,features large scale, interactive sculptures that question what it means to have a voice within a larger context. Alison is currently is a professor of art at St. Charles Community College, while Noah teaches at Washington University and University of Missouri – St. Louis. Hursey’s exhibition, titled Cause & Condition, features mixed media works that reveal the hidden harmony found in the fragmentation and rhythm of urban environments. In addition to his art, Hursey is a freelance photographer who specializes in residential and commercial photography. For more information about these exhibitions, The Schmidt, the art center’s calendar of events and arts education programs, visit or call 618-222-5ART (5278).

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Chamber Member Update LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE ANNOUNCES NEW HEAD SWIM COACH The Lindenwood University-Belleville Athletic Department and Athletic Director Ryan Kaiser are pleased to announce Alex Ilchenko as the Lynx men and women’s swim coach. “Alex Ilchenko is a rising star in the swimming world,” said Kaiser. “He will identify with our student-athletes as he has the ability to connect on such a diverse level. He’s the makeup of our team.” He added, “Smart, diverse, mentally tough, and unique are just a few words to describe our new leader. His international connections and his ability to speak five languages will only strengthen our diverse swim culture and increase our international connectivity. We’re excited for Alex to begin, and we welcome him and his family to Lindenwood-Belleville.” Since 2015, Ilchenko has been a graduate assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men and women’s swimming and diving programs at Henderson State University. While there, his team broke 21 school records, had four NSISC Conference Champions, and multiple Division II All-Americans. He also coached an All-American Diver, the 2016 NSISC Men’s Swimmer of the Meet, and two individual and six relay national qualifiers. “I was very excited to hear that I will get the opportunity to be part of the Lindenwood family and develop both personally and professionally,” stated Ilchenko. “I think that the very first thought I had was the understanding of upcoming responsibility, pride, and honor.” From 2012-2014, Ilchenko was the Ukrainian Swimming Federation National Team swim technique coach and served as the commercial director. With the National Team, Ilchenko guided them to seven world and European gold medals, 11 junior European gold medals and 13 junior European silver and bronze medalists. They also broke four Ukrainian national records and seven Ukrainian junior records. “My goals are to be the first team in the nation both academically and athletically,” said Ilchenko. “I want to build a relationship on the team, so everyone can honestly state that he or she is a respectful student-athlete at LindenwoodBelleville.” Ilchenko graduated from Henderson State with a master’s degree in coaching and sports administration. Prior to that, he earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental interior design at the University of the Incarnate Word in 2011, where he was also a men’s and women’s swimming coach.

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JUNIOR IDOL auditions 09 06 017 07 2 2016

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce ............. 216 East A Street | Belleville ............. Auditions from 4:00pm - 8:00pm | Pre-registration not required

Open to Ages 10 - 17

2 age categories | 10-13 & 14-17 $10 Entry fee with application (non-refundable) The top 5 finalists in each category will be chosen at the preliminary auditions. Those finalists will compete for the top prize on Saturday, October 8th 7 during the 4th Annual Chili Cook-off. 33rd

At auditions, contestants will be asked to sing a cappella for the judges. Individual contestants only - no duets or teams. The song is of the contestant’s choice and can be from any musical genre. Contestants will be judged on the following: Vocal Ability (40 pts), Timing (30 pts), Stage Presence (10 pts), Mastery of Lyrics (10 pts) and Judges Overall Impression (10 pts). For a complete listing of the Junior Idol Rules & Regulations, please visit or call the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 233-2015.

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