MONTHLY NEWSLETTER | December 2018
Online shopping sure is easy. Sit in front of your computer in your comfy clothes, click a few times, and the item arrives on your doorstep. But take a moment to think about the impact online shopping has on our community. Every time you “click” to shop, a local retailer suffers. Our local retailers rely on your walk-in business to survive. Without a continual stream of customers, we could potentially lose the small retailers who make our community unique. In recent years, shopping small has become a popular topic, especially around the holidays. American Express created the holiday, Small Business Saturday, in 2010 to support the small businesses that keep our nation running, occurring the Saturday immediately following the ever popular Black Friday. Additionally, the local economy suffers when you shop online. All local governments see a decrease in revenue every time a person “clicks” instead of visiting a local store. When you shop locally, the sales tax you pay funds our police, fire, streets, and park & rec departments. When a consumer buys local, significantly more of that money stays in the community. In fact, one Chicago study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city while only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer. With the financial state of affairs in Illinois State Government, we all know our local municipalities can use all of the revenue they can get to continue to provide needed services. So what are the personal benefits when you shop locally? Turn to page 3 to find out!
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.
Justin Price, Second Vice President CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP 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 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 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 email@example.com Beth Tucker, Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager email@example.com Diana Goebel, Marketing & Communications Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager email@example.com Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism firstname.lastname@example.org Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077 www.bellevillechamber.org
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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
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 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 Brown & Crouppen 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 NAACP, East St. Louis Branch North Bay Produce Print Master Sam’s Club Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. Strano & Associates The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows Volkert, Inc. Walmart Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Center
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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Shop Belleville this Holiday Season!
So what are the personal benefits when you shop locally? You receive: 1. Unique items. 2. Exceptional personal customer service. 3. A chance to try things out or on before purchasing. 4. An environmentally greener item – no individual packaging for shipping. 5. A healthier family - When you buy from local farmers, you have access to fruits and vegetables that you know are chemical free, as well as grass-fed meats, fresh eggs, and dairy from cows that feast on local green grass each day. 6. A personal connection - When you personally know the people behind the business where you’re buying local products and services, you enjoy a connection you would not otherwise have. 7. Knowledge you are supporting a shop owner’s American dream. Being a part of the Chamber of Commerce, we see how online shopping affects our local businesses. Downtown Belleville’s over 25 small retailers are struggling against the lure of online shopping. These shop owners, as well as all of the others throughout Belleville and nearby communities, are stocked up for holiday shoppers and are ready and eager for customers to walk through the door. We are making a pledge to shop as much as possible at these smaller retailers to keep our downtown alive and vibrant. Think Big. Shop Small. Grow Belleville. Will you join us in doing the same?
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CHAMBER NEWS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE ENTER ANNUAL BELLEVILLE GINGERBREAD CONTEST This past year, the Young Professionals group that is part of the Greater Belleville Chamber started a Leadership Committee to help plan upcoming events and activities for the group. This year, the committee decided to take part in the annual gingerbread competition that takes place in downtown Belleville. Sponsored by the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, the young professionals took part in the Small Business Charity contest. This category can win $500 for a non-profit of their choice. Their creation consisted mainly of varied nuts and ingredients typically found in nut mixes. You can see their creation and all of the rest of the charity creations on display through the end of the year at Toots’ Cake & Candy, located at 314 East Main Street in downtown Belleville. For more information on the Young Professionals Leadership Committee, please contact Diana at 618-233-2015 or email marketing@ bellevillechamber.org.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LEARN ABOUT HOLIDAY BUDGETING AND PROTECTING THEMSELVES AGAINST IDENTITY THEFT On Wednesday, November 14, the Young Professionals met for their monthly get together at Eckert’s for a luncheon with Megan Rector of Regions Bank speaking to them about holiday budgeting and how to protect themselves against identity theft. About 30 young professionals from the Chamber participated in this event. Are you or someone from your organization interested in taking part in this group? It is open to anyone who considers themselves a young professional, but mainly consists of 20 and 30 year old’s that are members of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce. They meet every month, rotating between luncheons and socials. Events are free to attend with the option to get food and drinks at their own expense. For more information, please contact Diana at 618-233-2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 4
CHAMBER NEWS GREATER BELLEVILLE CHAMBER CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS The Chamber office will be closed December 24 - January 1. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 3. We hope you have a wonderful holiday week and we will see you in the new year! CHAMBER HONORS PAST PRESIDENTS AT ANNUAL LUNCHEON Every year, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce hosts their Past Presidents Luncheon to recognize and thank all past presidents that have helped propel the Chamber forward. This yearâ€™s event was held at The Weingarten on Wednesday, November 14. During this event, it is also a chance for the past presidents to talk with the Chamber staff about things the Chamber has done in the last year, give suggestions for the future, and also let us know what they hear about us in the community. Thank you
for sponsoring this event.
IN MEMORY OF JOYCE LAUX AND SHIRLEY BERTELSMAN We would like to remember this holiday season two long time ambassadors that passed away in 2018. Joyce Laux, 79, of Belleville, passed away September 23, 2018. She was a member and long time ambassador of the Greater Belleville Chamber. Joyce Laux
Shirley Bertelsman, 88, of Fairview Heights, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2018. She was a member and past president of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you to both of them for years of service and loyalty. They will be greatly missed.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS As 2018 comes to an end, we say good bye to a few of our dedicated Board Members. This year we would like to recognize:
Roger Wigginton Pat Hill John Reichert Kevin Richter, Immediate Past President Thank you for your long time service on the board. Your insights and commitments were truly valued and will be hard to replace. The Chamber Connection
December 2018 Upcoming Chamber Events
12/4 Education Committee Meeting 12/6 Ambassadors Committee Meeting 12/6 Business After Hours @ Bellecourt Manor 12/10 PR/Marketing Committee Meeting 12/11 Coffee Cup Connections @ The Menta Academy 12/11 Ribbon Cutting @ Brown Chiropractic 12/13 Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting 12/18 Annual Board Meeting 12/18 Economic Development Meeting 12/19 Leadership Committee Meeting 12/19 Young Professionals Social 12/24-1/1 Chamber Office Closed If youâ€™re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at
Discover a variety of unique shops & wonderful restaurants throughout Belleville, where youâ€™re sure to find that special gift for everyone!
CHAMBER HAPPENINGS The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce I N V I T E S
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Annual Dinner & Silent Auction 2019
HONORING THE RECIPIENTS OF THE CHAMBER'S 2018 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS, LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE ALUMNI AWARD, AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AND THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD. COCKTAILS & SILENT AUCTION | 5:30PM DINNER | 6:30PM
ST. CLAIR COUNTY EVENT CENTER | 1550 EAST STATE ROUTE 15 | BELLEVILLE $65 PER PERSON | $520 FOR A TABLE OF EIGHT
Please RSVP with reply card & payment by January 18, 2019.
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS WANTED FOR ANNUAL DINNER
As you start to plan your 2019 calendar, we want to make sure you mark your calendar for our upcoming Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 31st beginning at 5:30 p.m. at St. Clair County Event Center. Formal invitations will be mailed and e-mailed in December, but it’s not too early to mark your calendars. As has become a popular tradition, we will again host a silent auction with the dinner. Your generous donations are the reason it has been such a huge success. Those interested in participating, please fill out a Silent Auction Donation Form. You can find this form online at www.bellevillechamber.org or e-mail email@example.com. Your company name will be listed along with the item donated not only on our evening’s program but also on our website prior to the event.
December 20th Start: Abe’s Gourmet Popcorn End: Big Daddy’s 618 Theme: Ugly Sweaters “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
More information: www.BellevilleMainStreet.net
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to the following businesses and organizations who joined the Chamber in October.
Brown Chiropractic 4460 N. Illinois St. | Swansea 618-744-7614 firstname.lastname@example.org
Signarama Belleville (618) 234-7446 email@example.com
Crafty Sugar Company 105 East Main St. | Belleville (618) 416-7689 firstname.lastname@example.org
Villas of Hollybrook and Reflection Memory Care Belleville (812) 208-1727 email@example.com
Metal Crafters Studio 310 East Main, Studio 13 | Belleville (618) 416-5577 firstname.lastname@example.org
to the following members for renewing their membership with the Chamber in October.
1020 Artworks Studio
Warma Witter Kreisler & Associates
Aqua Works Pool Specialist
Illinois Business Journal
Albert Orelt Allstate Agency
Webster University, Scott AFB
Olive Oil Marketplace
All American Storage
Menta Academy of Belleville
Sounds Alive Audio-Video
Doubletree Hotel Collinsville
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
Compu-Type IT Solutions
Sigman Heating & Air Conditioning
Belle Clair Fairgrounds
Governor French Academy
Toots Cake & Candy Supply
BOS Metro East Banking Center
Erdmann Law Office
Center for Reproductive Services St. Clair County Health Department
For a complete list of our members, visit www.BellevilleChamber.org. For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618-233-2015 or PSchifferdecker@bellevillechamber.org Did you know the Chamber has a members-only event calendar? Submit your event online at www.BellevilleChamber.org and click â€œCalendarâ€? to see the calendar and submit your event! All events will be featured in our Weekly Friday E-blast. Page 8
RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATIONS
Solve Your System, Inc.
Thursday, November 1 2331A Old Collinsville Road | Belleville
Thursday, November 8 2601 Green Mount Commons Drive | Belleville
Team Victory Styles & Cuts
Jewel Box Cosmetology
Wednesday, November 14 9454 West.Main | Belleville
Friday, November 16 9601 West Main | Belleville
Advertise your organizationâ€™s job opportunities for free! E-mail your job descriptions to email@example.com or call 618-233-2015 for more information.
Signarama Tuesday, November 27 216 Frank Scott Pkwy, Suite 3 | Belleville
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.
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Upcoming Business After Hours December 6 Breakthru Beverage RSVP for events online at www.BellevilleChamber.org! Just click on the event you wish to attend and log-in. Need help? Email your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618-233-2015.
January 3 FCB Banks February 7 Arsenal Credit Union March 7 Memorial Hospital April 4 St. Paulâ€™s Senior Community May 2 The EDGE June 6 Raymond James
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
On Thursday, November 1, Associated Bank in Belleville on East Washington Street hosted the monthly Business after Hours. The event had over 70 members of the Chamber attend to enjoy an evening of networking and hospitality. Associated Bank has a rich tradition of providing superior financial services to the communities in which we do business. With eight locations in the Metro-East, Associated Bank provides a diversified line of financial services, including business and personal banking, wealth management, financial planning and investments. As an extension of that commitment, they are dedicated to strengthening the community through focused corporate giving and employee volunteer efforts that help friends, colleagues and neighbors. Colleagues commit to over 1,400 hours annually volunteering their time to various organizations in the metro east area. Thank you, Associated Bank, for your time and hospitality. It is truly appreciated.
Adam Brewer, Edward Jones Josh Wohltman, Bank of Belleville Ben Brown, Brown Chiropractic
Over 70 chamber members attended the November Business After Hours sponsored and hosted by Associated Bank.
For more information about Associated Bank:
Upcoming Business After Hours
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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN EVERYONE IS BUYING PRESENTS, BAKING COOKIES, AND DECORATING THEIR TREES. OR IS IT? WE’RE SHARING SOME OF OUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS WITH YOU. What is your favorite holiday memory?
Wendy Pfeil: My favorite Christmas memory was about 15 years ago. My grandma was entering her last days and family was staying with her around the clock. I had the privilege of staying with her December 23-24 so our usual Christmas Eve tradition would not happen, Church, Chili, gifts, in fact there was nothing cooked for that evening. The entire family gathered in my Grandma’s room Christmas Eve to spend it with her. As my Aunts came in to relieve me, my mom was upset that our tradition would not happen but that lead to one of my favorite memories. As we arrived back at my parent’s house, my sister and I began raiding the freezer, there were plenty of appetizers that we could throw together to eat and wine to drink and that’s what we did along with talking about our favorite family memories. We laughed, we cried, we enjoyed FAMILY time. After all isn’t that what the Christmas is about… Beth Tucker: Family gatherings full of love, wonderful food that is plentiful, the kids excitement coupled with the fact that their parents have taught them to be thankful, and the special opportunities to show joyful kindness to those that may not have the blessings we have. Those memories are Christmas to me. Diana Goebel: Not sure it’s my “favorite” but when I was three or four, my older brother put a present for me under the tree from Santa without my parents knowing and when I opened it, it had a bunch of coal in it. I ran crying to my room. It’s funny to look back on now but he did just have a baby so I keep teasing him karma will get him sooner or later... Peggy Schifferdecker: When I was a little girl I always remember that Santa Claus brought the tree. We did not have a tree until we woke up Christmas morning. What excitement with a tree and presents! As I became a parent with kids, I always thought, “How did my parents do that all in one night?” Bring in a “live” tree, decorate and wrap presents. No wonder on Christmas Day my dad was always sleeping in the chair! But we always thought Santa brought the tree when in fact it was our parents. I could never accomplish this for our boys! Cathleen Lindauer: My favorite holiday memory was watching my dad put out hay for Santa’s Reindeer the night before Christmas in hopes that Santa’s Sleigh makes a stop at our farm house. And sure enough, when we woke by morning, the reindeer had eaten almost all the hay! Alicia Slocomb: A few years ago, I drove down to Florida to surprise my mother and father for what we all knew was my father’s last Christmas. I did not want my son to miss the big gathering of Slocombs and Busers here in Belleville, and they understood my need to be with my side of the family. My brother helped orchestrate the surprise and we had a quiet holiday as Chillemis. The day after Christmas, my husband and son joined us for a full celebration with my family.
What are some of your holiday traditions? Wendy Pfeil: My favorite Christmas tradition is attending Christmas Eve Candlelight service with my family and then coming home to eat chili followed by opening one gift; Christmas pajamas. Even though we know each year what the gift will be it is one we always looked forward to receiving. This tradition continues today with my own family and I hope it does for generations to come. Beth Tucker: As a Christian, my first family tradition at Christmas was and continues to be celebrating the birth of our Savior at my church’s Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve. Then, my 2 sisters, our husbands and kids would all go back to Mom & Dad’s for our Baby Jesus tradition. The youngest child always placed Baby Jesus in the manger. When we ran out of new little ones we started over, and later, continued with our grandchildren. Years ago, my little nephew Caleb was so excited to be the one that he made sure everyone knew “I get to put Baby Jesus in his nest!”. Thereafter, the manger became the nest. Diana Goebel: My favorite traditions include going to either the Missouri Botanical Garden or Zoo Christmas Lights every year with my husband, going on our annual family outing day with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, and my hubby. I also love getting together with my mom’s side of the family whom I am very close to but only get to see everyone once or twice a year, and helping my mom decorate the house. Peggy Schifferdecker: The best tradition in the whole wide world is the Santa House on the Square! Standing in line since our boys’ first Christmas to see Santa and get the much sought after snowflake ornament with our boys picture with Santa. Every year, I go home happily and hang this ornament on the tree. I have a snowflake ornament for every year since 1992! And each year, I send a picture of the Santa house to my guys to say it is that time of year! They say NO at first as they are 26 and 20 years old now, but they always come through for me as I wait patiently for my snowflake ornament. I am hoping this year is the same! The Santa is the best Santa there is! Cathleen Lindauer: It was also my favorite memory-putting out hay for Santa’s Reindeer the night before Christmas in hopes that Santa’s Sleigh makes a stop at our farm house. When my boys were little, this was a family tradition that I passed onto them as well. Alicia Slocomb: The Favorite Things gathering where a group of my friends meet at the start of the season to exchange their “favorite things” with each other –and each and every one of the items are given with thought and kind intentions. And then the two days of gathering over the holidays with extended family to eat, drink and be merry! At the end, we always say “we need to do this more often!”
N o v. 1 - D e c . 7 Breeze Hospice | East Belleville YMCA | Family Hospice Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Westfield Manor | Union United Methodist Church Holy Angels | Union United Methodist Church Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois
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LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS REGIONAL BUSINESS NETWORK MENTOR PROGRAM ENHANCING OPPORTUNITIES FOR REAL EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS Five Lindenwood University students have been selected to participate in the Regional Business Council’s (RBC) Mentor Network Program, three of which hail from the Belleville campus. Lindenwood Belleville business students Chloe Callahan, Teah Flynn, and Chloe Speer have been accepted to the program, which pairs business and engineering students with executives of RBC companies, and partner companies who share career experiences and provide students with practical knowledge and insight into opportunities that exist throughout the St. Louis metro area. “These mentorships can result in significant doors being opened for our graduates with local employers,” said Dr. Chris Gourdine, assistant professor of management and division chair. “So, this is a win-win for these students as they connect to realworld experiences and the school as we’re providing highly qualified young people to area businesses and organizations.” Callahan, who is from Albers, Ill., has been placed with Explore St. Louis, the official destination marketing organization responsible for selling St. Louis City and St. Louis County as a convention and meeting site and as a leisure travel destination; Flynn, who is from Fayetteville, Ark., has been placed with Lewis Rice LLC, a leading regional law firm throughout the Midwest; and Speer, who is from Taylor, Texas, has been placed with Maryville Consulting Group, a professional services firm that helps Fortune 2000 companies transform into technologyenabled businesses. Callahan said that this opportunity is important for her as she’s looking for more experiences outside of the classroom to build her professional skillset and network. Likewise for Flynn, she said she knows having the opportunity to connect with a professional mentor will open doors for future employment opportunities and networking experiences, which will enhance her career. Speer said that this opportunity will allow her to become more familiar with the business culture throughout the St. Louis region, which she said will allow her to peek into the business world, positioning herself for a future career.
Students who participate in the RBC program are hand-selected by their schools based on criteria academic performance, leadership outside the classroom, and a willingness to stay and work in the St. Louis area. Benefits of participating in the program include one-on-one meetings with top business leaders and access to senior-level executives in St. Louis, advice and counseling from business leaders on career-related topics, networking with C-suite mentors and RBC members at special events, and a unique introduction to the St. Louis community. The Regional Business Council is a consortium of the Presidents and CEOs of 100 of the region’s largest mid-cap companies. The mission of the RBC is to act on high-impact business, civic, and philanthropic efforts for the betterment of the St. Louis region. To learn more about Lindenwood University Belleville’s business programs, visit www.lindenwood.edu/belleville/academics/undergraduate/.
LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE Law Enforcement & Legal Day The 2018-2019 Leadership Belleville Class continued their program on November 16 with Law Enforcement Day, sponsored by KMA Certified Testing, Inc. The day started with a presentation on Correctional Mental Health by Misty Clemens, LCPC, Forensic Therapist, followed by a panel discussion & open question period with leading attorneys from the area. Next, Col. William Clay, City of Belleville Police Chief, spoke on the role of the Police Chief and the group took a tour of the police station and jail. After lunch, the class traveled to the St. Clair County Jail for a tour, inmate panel and a K-9 demonstration. Thank you to day planners: Misty Clemens, KMA Certified Testing, Inc., Class of 2010 Melissa Witt-Smith, St. Clair County Housing Authority, Class of 2015 Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co., Class of 2016 Justin Price, Clifton Larson Allen, LLP., Class of 2014 To learn more about the Leadership Belleville Program, visit www.bellevillechamber.org.
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pushed forward and pursued his goals.
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main goal is to work towards becoming a future leader
the community, and learning about Belleville.
within the city, where she plans to help others in whatever way possible. The Chamber Connection
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MEMBER UPDATES KEYSTONE HONORS SCHMALE INSURANCE AGENCY AS IL STATE PARTNER OF THE YEAR Keystone Insurers Group (Keystone) awarded Schmale Insurance Agency, Inc (Schmale) of Belleville, Illinois as State Partner of the Year at Keystone’s national conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The award recognizes the agency within each of its states that best exemplifies Keystone’s mission: “Independence works better together.” Criteria includes demonstrating a commitment to growth through leadership mentoring, engaging in technology advancements, employing best practices to improve operations, and developing new income streams to strengthen their business diversity. Agency Vice President Stephen Sedlak explained the changes the agency has experienced since joining Keystone. “By far the most positive change we have seen in our agency since partnering with Keystone is the resources and expertise we have available for our clients that we otherwise wouldn’t have and didn’t have in the past,” Sedlak said. “Keystone has helped us become a more rounded agency that will help us transition from the 4th generation of ownership to the 5th generation.” Schmale has been serving the greater St. Louis and Metro East Illinois communities for close to 100 years. The agency has a long history of success helping clients protect their assets, from home insurance, life insurance, and auto insurance to commercial insurance for large companies. Learn more at www.schmaleinsurance.com. About Keystone Insurers Group (Keystone) -- Keystone started in 1983 when four independent insurance agencies teamed up to pool their experience and expertise. This small group believed that agencies could be stronger and more successful if they linked arms -- a passion and spirit that continues. Growing to almost 300 independent agency partners in 12 states, Keystone provides its agents with a community of like-minded agencies, industry expertise and access to specialized products for their clients. Keystone is ranked number three on Insurance Journal’s 2018 list of Top 20 Privately-Held Property/Casualty Agency Partnerships. For more information, go to www.keystoneinsgrp.com.
HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL RECEIVES AN ‘A’ FOR PATIENT SAFETY IN FALL 2018 LEAPFROG HOSPITAL SAFETY GRADE HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes St. Elizabeth’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. “HSHS St. Elizabeth’s is strongly committed to providing quality patient care and we are always proactively working on numerous initiatives to continue to elevate our quality and patient safety processes. It is evident, since receiving this top A rating from The Leapfrog Group, that the efforts of all of our colleagues, physicians and health care partners are making a positive impact in the safety of our patients,” said St. Elizabeth’s president and CEO Patti Fischer. “I am extremely proud of our team’s efforts and service.” “Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital that focus on advancing patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.” Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see St. Elizabeth’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www. hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
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MEMBER UPDATES THEBANK OF EDWARDSVILLE’S KEVIN WELCH SELECTED TO HONORARY COMMANDERS PROGRAM AT SCOTT AIRFORCE BASE If you live in the St. Louis metro area, you’ve likely seen a military jet or helicopter flying overhead. And more likely than not, that jet or helicopter was flying to or from Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County. As civilians, most of us rarely think about having an Air Force base in our backyard. But that’s about to change for TheBANK of Edwardsville’s Kevin Welch. Welch, a business banker in St. Clair County, was recently selected to a two-year term in the Scott AFB Honorary Commanders Program. “It’s a great honor to be recognized and chosen for this role,” said Welch. “I grew up in Collinsville, and although we would randomly see a military plane and generally knew about the base, I really didn’t realize or understand the great impact that it has on our lives and our local communities. So I’m excited to get a chance to learn all that I can about the base and its culture.” That is the exact reason that Scott AFB decided to start the program, to build a better understanding and connectivity between the base and the businesses and organizations in our local communities.
O’Fallon Center Manager Kevin Welch pose for a photo with Lt. Col. Nichole Scott. Welch will be paired with Scott in the Honorary Commanders Program at Scott AFB.
“Through this program, we will provide the Honorary Commanders with opportunities to learn about our strategic, global military role, as well as its impact on the St. Louis metropolitan area,” said USAF Col. Leslie A. Maher, Commander, 375 AMW, Scott AFB, IL. “We will introduce them to the men and women in uniform whose dedication and hard work help secure our nation’s freedoms. In the process, we want get to know them and discover how we can forge stronger connections and build positive rapport between our military community and their organizations.” According to Welch, the economic impact alone that Scott AFB has locally is enormous. “Scott AFB pumps $4 billion into the St. Louis and Metro East economy each and every year,” he said. “Without that contribution, our area simply doesn’t exist the same as we see it today.” During his term, Welch will attend quarterly Honorary Commander Meetings and will be paired with a military senior leader and unit. He will be invited to unit tours, commander’s calls, promotion/retirement/change of command ceremonies and other special events. Welch will be paired with USAF Lt. Col. Nichole K.A. Scott, AMC 375 CES/CC. Scott, who joined the Air Force in 1998, leads a 358-person Squadron responsible for training and deploying Air Force civil engineers to open, establish and operate expeditionary air bases worldwide. Additionally, the squadron constructs, repairs, and maintains facilities and infrastructure worth $3.3 billion to support the 375th Air Mobility Wing and 31 tenant units. Furthermore, the squadron provides housing, fire protection/crash rescue, emergency management, explosive ordnance disposal, and environmental stewardship to effectively perform and support Scott AFB missions on 3,600 acres. Previously Scott, who is a licensed engineer, was Commander, 386 Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron in Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait.
HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL OFFERS VETERANS CHOICE PLAN (VPC) HEALTH CARE OPTIONS FOR VETERANS HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is reminding veterans that the hospital participates in the Veterans Choice Program. This program gives veterans an opportunity to receive services at St. Elizabeth’s, instead of waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility and it is paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans must meet certain criteria and work with the Veterans Affairs Department to use the Veterans Choice Program. “St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been a collaborative and supportive neighbor to Scott Air Force Base for decades. This program is another option for our military service men and women to access quality health care when they need it,” said St. Elizabeth’s Hospital president and CEO Patti Fischer. “With our close proximity to the base and our many partnerships and programs, this is another option that we are proud to offer.” It is important to note that the Veterans Choice Program does not impact existing VA health care or any other VA benefit. Veterans can check of eligibility requirements by going to http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact or by calling toll-free 1-866-606-8198. Page 18 January 2016
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MEMBER UPDATES BRENDA WAGNER JOINS PROVIDENCE BANK Jen Megee, Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Banking and Deposit Services for Providence Bank, is pleased to announce the addition of Brenda K. Wagner as Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager. In her role, Wagner will be responsible for the management and supervision of the Banking Center employees at the Fairview Heights Banking Center located at 4600 North Illinois Street, and the continued business development of Fairview Heights and the surrounding area. Wagner joined Providence Bank in October 2018 and has over 30 years of banking experience. Her background includes working as a Teller, Check Out Supervisor, Mortgage Loan Officer, Branch Manager, Closing Manager, Escrow Manager and Alderman for the City of Fairview Heights. She attended Southwestern Illinois College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Wagner was honored as the 2016 Fairview Heights Rotarian, 2016 Paul Harris Fellow, 2006 Rotarian of the Year, 2006 Citizen of the Year, 2006 Above and Beyond Award winner and is a 2012 Graduate of the Fairview Heights Police Academy. She was the 2017 President of the Fairview Heights Rotary Club, 2006 President and Founder of the Miracle League of Fairview Heights and the 2006 Chairman of the Beautification Committee for the City of Fairview Heights. Wagner is a lifelong resident of Fairview Heights. Wagner has an office at the Fairview Heights Banking Center at 4600 North Illinois Street in Fairview Heights, Illinois. She can be reached by phone at 618.212.1416 or by email at email@example.com. Providence Bank has been meeting the financial needs of individuals and businesses for more than 130 years. Today, Providence Bank has 14 banking centers serving clients in Columbia, Jefferson City, Osage Beach, St. Peters, St. Charles, Lake St. Louis, Jefferson Ave, Elsberry and Winfield, Missouri; Fairview Heights, Illinois; Premier Bank Texas, a fullservice banking center in Grapevine, Texas. In addition, Providence Bank operates the Providence Bank Mortgage Center and Providence Bank Agency Finance. In addition to its office locations, Providence Bank provides anywhere, anytime financial services to customers via online banking, mobile banking and on its website at myprovidencebank.com. Providence Bank is a FDIC Member and Equal Housing Lender.
HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL INTRODUCES FREE VALET PARKING SERVICE TO FURTHER ENHANCE PATIENT EXPERIENCE HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital announced the launch of a new service for patients that can be used even before the patient reaches the door. A new, complimentary valet parking service launched Monday, October 22 for patients with scheduled appointments. This free service is available from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for patients entering the Outpatient Services lobby and the Health Center building. The hospital has contracted with Clayton Valet and Parking Management to provide prompt, curbside parking assistance to enhance the overall patient experience. Valet services can make hospital visits more convenient and less stressful for patients, especially those who may have health issues or difficulty walking. “Our top focus is always patient care, quality and safety and by adding a new amenity like valet parking, we can further assist patients, especially those who may have mobility issues, to safely and quickly get to their care area,” said Patti Fischer, St. Elizabeth’s president and CEO. For more information about St. Elizabeth’s Hospital call 618-234-2120, or visit our website at www.steliz.org.
MEMBER UPDATES LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE’S YEARIAN HONORED WITH JERRY JOHN’S READING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD Lindenwood University-Belleville Associate Professor of Education Leadership Dr. Stephanie Yearian was recently honored with the 2018 Jerry Johns Reading Educator of the Year Award by the Illinois Reading Council at its annual conference in Peoria, Ill. The Jerry Johns Reading Educator of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding teacher who makes significant contributions in promoting literacy among students, colleagues, and school communities, according to the Illinois Reading Council website. The award winner receives a monetary award, an engraved plaque, a personalized banner, and recognition at the annual Illinois Reading Council conference. Yearian was nominated for the award by the First Baptist Academy in O’Fallon, Ill., fourth grade teacher and former Lindenwood Lindenwood University-Belleville Associate Professor of Education Belleville student Sharon Ray, Tracy Keilbach, Leadership Dr. Stephanie Yearian, who received 2018 Jerry Johns parent of a student at Mascoutah Middle School, Reading Educator of the Year Award by the Illinois Reading Council, and the late Dr. Steve Suess, former chair of is pictured here with Jerry Johns. the Education and Counseling Division at Lindenwood Belleville. “Since 2010, Dr. Yearian has served…at Lindenwood University-Belleville, where her major deployment revolves around reading and literacy pedagogy,” wrote Suess in his nomination letter. “In addition to teaching reading methods classes, reading analysis classes, reading practicums, and reading in the content area classes, she [piloted a new course called] Content Literacy for Diverse Learners, [and] each summer, Dr. Yearian Directs Camp Lynx Tales, which is a summer reading camp designed for university students to employ reading methods by tutoring struggling readers from the community.” Beyond her impact at Lindenwood Belleville, nominator Jackye Biehl, administrator from the First Baptist Academy, said Yearian has worked with that school to provide one-on-one instruction to struggling readers in the Opportunity for Academic Restoration (O.A.R.) program. “Stephanie has an exciting classroom that engages students to think deeply while reinforcing comprehension, oral reading fluency, and phonetic foundations, and does it all with excellence,” said Biehl. “Without a doubt, she is one of the most skilled and creative teachers I have had the pleasure of working with over my years at the First Baptist Academy. That is clearly seen in our test results where one grade 5 student moved from the eighth percentile in September to the 24th percentile in January, and all of our O.A.R. students have shown improvement across the board. She takes teaching very seriously and always strives to do her best.” Likewise, according to Keilbach, whose daughter received tutoring to assist with her reading skills, Yearian gave her daughter the tools she needed to enhance her reading ability. “[My daughter] has gained a new appreciation for reading and has flourished in the classroom because of the relationship she has with Dr. Yearian,” said Keilbach. “I have been so impressed with the confidence [my daughter] has gained through the tools Dr. Yearian gave her. [She] just finished reading an entire book without complaint. We are so grateful to have had this experience with Dr. Yearian.” To learn more about the Education Programs at Lindenwood University-Belleville, visit www.lindenwood.edu/belleville/ academics/undergraduate/.
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MEMBER UPDATES 49TH ANNUAL WAY OF LIGHTS DISPLAY – CELEBRATE THE CHRISTMAS JOY AT THE SHRINE The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Shrine staff invite you to the 49th annual Way of Lights Christmas Display, November 16 – January 1, 2019. Outdoors: Over one million white lights are featured along a 1.5 - mile route depicting the Journey to Bethlehem. Camel, Donkey and Pony Rides – Petting Zoo – Kettle Corn – Food Truck Tuesdays Carriage Rides by St. Louis Carriage Company. For reservations call: 314-621-3334 Rides are available: Sunday through Friday (No Saturdays) Visitors Center: Christmas Tree Display – Community Music Performances – Wreath Display and Silent Auction – Handmade Christmas Quilt Raffle - Children’s Christmas Cove – LEGO® Life-Sized Nativity – Way of Lights Buffet – Shrine Gift Shop Guild Center: You won’t want to miss the LEGO® Brick Display presented by Electric Pros. Family Night Tuesdays: Bring the family and receive discounts on activities. Food trucks will be here on Tuesday evenings. 2018 Sponsors: Electric Pros, Scott Credit Union, Brightview, Keystone, Footwear Unlimited, The Esquiline, Drury Hotels, Kevin Vick Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, Aetna, Commerce Bank, Commerce Color, Superior Waterproofing, Country Estate Kennel, Dr. Lashley Small Animal Hospital, Wilson Hill Properties, Total Lock & Security, Memorial Hospital BJC Healthcare. Tails, Trails & Twinkles, presented by Scott Credit Union, will be at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL on Sunday, December 2. Bring your canine friends/family members to enjoy a walk through the Way of lights. The walk will begin at 5 p.m. with Scotty (Scott Credit Union mascot) leading the way. The Barket & Expo begins at 4 p.m. and runs through 6 p.m. Pet-friendly vendors will be on hand with opportunities to shop for your four-legged friends. Nestle Purina PetCare Company will have an agility course available. Dogs must be on leashes. Sorry, pet lovers, dogs only. Sponsored by Scott Credit Union, Purina Farms, Lashley Animal Hospital and Country Estate Kennel For more information, contact the Shrine at 618-397-6700 or visit snows.org/tails
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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 MATHIS, MARIFIAN & RICHTER, LTD. KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON BY GIVING BACK The Women of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. hosted a women’s networking event to make tie blankets for local women’s shelters. MMR’s attorneys are dedicated to supporting the community and decided to host this event to kick off the holiday season by giving back to two amazing shelters, the Oasis Women’s Shelter and the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois. Representatives from both shelters came and spoke at the event about the efforts to prevent domestic violence and shelter victims of abuse. During the event, our attorneys and guests tied away to make multiple blankets for each shelter. Aside from blankets, the firm and attendees gathered donations for the shelters. These shelters are always looking for help and donations to benefit the women at their shelters. MMR was proud to support these two organizations through our networking event and to be able to learn more about the amazing work they do to protect women and children in domestic violent situations. The representatives helped shine light on the services shelters provide to women and how common domestic violence is in the community. The attorneys at Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. would like to encourage anyone suffering from domestic violence to seek help. The Oasis Women’s Shelter is located in Alton and services women in the Madison County area. The Violence Prevention Center has multiple locations and services St. Clair, Monroe, and Randolph County. Women can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
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MEMBER UPDATES SWIC FEMALE PILOT TRAINING STUDENT AWARDED MORE THAN 20K FROM SCHOLARSHIPS Laura Holland O’Brien started her aviation journey as a flight attendant but after two years decided she wanted to be in the pilot’s seat. O’Brien enrolled in Southwestern Illinois College Aviation Pilot Training program to begin her career change. “I chose SWIC because of the aviation faculty and the mentorship of pilot training program coordinator Keith Mueller,” she said. “All my professors at SWIC have had careers in aviation and Keith Mueller always goes out of his way to ensure his students succeed.” O’Brien’s drive to do her best, become the greatest pilot she can be and her generosity to give back to her community have helped her achieve many rewards and scholarships. She has received more than $20,000 over the years from the following scholarships: • 2017 Fortier Scholarship • 2017/2018 Air Traffic Controllers Association • 2017/2018 SWIC Foundation STEM • 2018 Aerospace States Association (provided by Rockwell Collins) • 2018 Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association • 2018 Fortier Scholarship O’Brien currently works at Radiant Solutions as an aeronautical analyst, however, in the future, she plans to become a certified flight instructor so she can share her love and passion for aviation with others. She would also like to fly a mission with Wings of Hope transporting medical care to children with birth abnormalities in Zambia. Wings of Hope’s mission resonates with O’Brien because her daughter was born with an unilateral cleft lip and palate and she understands the importance of safe and effective medical treatment for children. “Laura’s work ethic, always-willing-to-learn attitude and her SWIC education helped land her the current job she has as an aeronautical analyst,” said pilot training program coordinator Keith Mueller. “There’s a saying in aviation, ‘you are never looking for a job, the jobs are looking for you,’ and it’s very true.” O’Brien completed her Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate from SWIC in 2018 and is currently enrolled in the college’s pilot training program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies from Webster University. O’Brien also serves as the Women in Aviation St. Louis president, The Ninety-Nines St. Louis vice chair and is a Wings of Hope young ambassador. She lives in St. Louis with her children Jon, 17, Liam, 12 and Brit, 9. SWIC offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Aviation Pilot Training with airplane and helicopter options, plus certificates in Aviation Pilot Training, Private Pilot and Aircraft Dispatcher. For more information about SWIC’s Aviation Pilot Training Program, contact Program Coordinator Keith Mueller at 618235-2700, ext. 5683 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit swic.edu/academics/career-degrees/aviation/pilot-training/.
HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S URGICARE NOW OFFERS ONLINE APPOINTMENT RESERVATIONS HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital UrgiCare and Clockwise.MD have partnered to offer online appointment scheduling for the St. Elizabeth’s O’Fallon UrgiCare. The new Save My Spot option allows patients to decrease wait time through online reservation/appointment scheduling. The Clockwise.MD solution improves the overall patient experience by allowing patients to reserve a spot in line from any computer, smartphone or tablet, receive real-time status updates about wait times, and view their position in the queue. St. Elizabeth’s UrgiCare clinic is located at 1512 N. Green Mount Road, O’Fallon, Illinois and provides convenient, highquality care for non-emergent unexpected illnesses, minor accidents and work-related injuries. The clinic is open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. To reserve your spot in line at St. Elizabeth’s UrgiCare, visit our website at www.steliz.org/ savemyspot. Patients may also access Save My Spot through HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s free smartphone app which is available for download. Simply text HEALTH to 618-205-9525, or search HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in the Apple or Google store today.
What’s Happening in December Saturday, December 1 Gingerbread Walk/Run | 8:30am Downtown Belleville Royal Holiday Breakfast | 9:00am Bellecourt Place | Belleville 50’s Christmas Party | 7:00pm 8501 West Main Street | Belleville The Sounds of Harmony: Barbershop Chorus | 7:30pm Union United Methodist Church Saturday, Dec. 1 & Sunday, Dec. 2 Dog Show | 8:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Belleville Christmas Pickers Market St. Clair County Event Center | 10:00am
Monday, December 3, 10 & 17 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Thursday, December 6, 13, 20, & 27 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Friday, December 7, 14, 21, & 28 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville Saturday, December 8 & 9 Flea Market | 9:00 am St. Clair County Event Center | Belleville
United States Air Force Band of MidAmerica | 7:30pm McKendree University | Lebanon Thursday, December 13 Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party | 5:30pm The Gateway Center | Collinsville Thursday, December 20 Diva’s Night Out | 5:00 pm Belleville Main Street Monday, December 31 New Year’s Eve Musical Show | 7:00pm The Lincoln Theater | Belleville
Sunday, December 9 The Glory of Christmas | 7:00pm St. Matthew’s UMC
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