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


Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lisa Adams, Marketplace Magazine Brett Baltz, Egyptian Workspace Partners Ryan Boike, Belleville School District #118 Cathy Dupertuis, People Ready Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Carol Haffner, Beacon Ministry Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary Lamie, Bi-State Development Dan Lovekamp, Auffenberg Dealer Group Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Kayla Mitchell, Scheffel Boyle CPAs David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System Jessica Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Amy Richter, Hospice of Southern Illinois Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Ron Stephens, Bank of Belleville Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois

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

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

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

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

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400 community members joined the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 31 at the Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, presented by Breakthru Beverage, at the St. Clair County Event Center where the Chamber awarded five area leaders in the community. IMPACT Strategies and Grimm & Gorly Florist were awarded Business Excellence awards. Susan Wobbe (St. Clair County Office on Aging), Amy Richter (Hospice of Southern Illinois), and Kurt Schroeder (Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.) were awarded individual awards. Susan Wobbe, recipient of the Ambassador of the Year award, served as Chair of the Ambassador Committee in 2018. She coordinated all the Ambassador luncheons and has volunteered for various Chamber events throughout the year including the Chili Cook-off. Wobbe has also been a seller for the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign the past three years. Amy Richter was honored the Leadership Belleville Alumni of the Year award and is a graduate of the Belleville Chamber’s 2011 Leadership Belleville Class. Amy continues to use the expertise she learned during the program, which includes the value of community, through her continued support of the Chamber. As President and CEO of Hospice of Southern Illinois, Richter has invested her company even more into the Belleville community with the recent purchase of their second building in Belleville. The original building sits at 305 South Illinois Street as their administration building. Their most recent purchase of 333 South Illinois Street will soon be the new home to for their clinical team. Richter is leading Hospice of Southern Illinois into 2019 as a continued proud community partner. Kurt Schroeder was honored as the 2018 Citizen of the Year. With more than 30 years in real estate law, Schroeder’s experience representing national, regional, and local clients in complex legal matters has earned him the respect of peers and clients alike. His community involvement as a member of school and hospital boards in the region lends a deeper understanding of the legal issues those clients face. He has served on the boards for Memorial Group, Inc. and Memorial Hospital East, and continues to serve as co-chair of the Memorial Hospital Foundation Capital Campaign. He has also served as a Belleville Township High School District 201 Board Member since April 1999, and served as President of the Belleville Township High School District 201 Board of Education for 8 years. Schroeder has also served the community through other organizations such as the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Okaw Valley Council Boy Scouts of America, and Rotary Club of Belleville. In addition, he holds affiliations with the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Associations and the St. Clair County Bar Association. In addition to the individual awards, IMPACT Strategies and Grimm & Gorly were presented Business Excellence Awards, the most prestigious award given by the Chamber to business members who best show evidence of success given a company’s expansion and financial accomplishments, development and/or utilization of innovative or creative business methods and contributions to community. IMPACT Strategies began their business in 2002 in the Greater Belleville area. Since then, they have grown to become one of the top construction companies in our area. This is evident by their professionalism, experience, and financial success. IMPACT Strategies is dedicated to the Belleville area. Throughout the years, they have contributed to the community through their work as well as various volunteer opportunities. IMPACT Strategies has a history of developing deep trust and confidence from their clients. They value Belleville’s resources and their impeccable character has truly made a difference in our community. Grimm & Gorly Florist & Gifts first opened their doors in St. Louis over 100 years ago. They later moved to East St. Louis, and finally settled in their current location at East Main and South Charles in Belleville during the 1950’s. In 2000, Jeff Bair became the new owner and embarked on continuing the tradition of florist excellence. His son, Zach, soon joined the team and together they lead an expansive business that includes the floral and gift shop, home decorating for the holidays, weekly floral and plant upkeep for commercial businesses, and now Pour322, a coffee shop and dessert business next to Grimm & Gorly. They also hold community workshops so others may learn in a hands-on setting. Grimm & Gorly/Pour322 is one of the unsung supporters of the Belleville community through what they do as a business but by also supporting many other area organizations. Congratulations once again to all of the award recipients this year. To see more photos, please visit the Chamber’s Facebook page. Page 4 January 2016

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THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019 IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE. ST. CLAIR COUNTRY CLUB | BELLEVILLE 6 PM | CASH BAR 7 PM | DINNER & PROGRAM $100 | Includes sponsoring dinner for attendees and one Enlisted Member $50 | Military members of the Belle-Scott Committee Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 5.  Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 618.233.2015

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Upcoming Chamber Events

Ribbon Cutting for Auffenberg Insurance Education Committee Meeting Ambassadors Committee Meeting Business After Hours @ Arsenal Credit Union Sparkles, Suds & Sweets with Belleville Main Street PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections @ St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting

2/15 2/18 2/19 2/19 2/20 2/20 2/21

Leadership Belleville Government Day Office Closed - President’s Day Board of Directors Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Young Professionals Social @ Crehan’s Government Affairs Committee Meeting

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

THE GREATER BELLEVILLE CHAMBER WILL BE CLOSED FEBRUARY 18 FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY. THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN ON FEBRUARY 19. ANNUAL CHAMBER TOTAL RESOURCE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES Starting in January, the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign began it’s annual six-week campaign when the Chamber seeks sponsorships for the year ahead including but not limited to Business After Hours, Coffee Connections, Annual Dinner, Otto Golf Classic, Chili Cook-Off and more. If you are interested in sponsoring a Chamber event or joining the Chamber as a member and have not yet been contacted, contact Peggy Page 6

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Saturday, February 9, 2018 4:00 to 7:00 pm 15 Samples of either Sparkling Wine or Beer, plus Sweets! $25/person in advance at The Chamber Connection

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

Homefield Energy 1500 Eastport Plaza | Collinsville (618) 343-7767

Thank you

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

Bank of Belleville

Hiatt Design Associates

Blanquarts Jewelers Inc.

Hicks & Spector LLC

Call for Help, Inc.

McDonald’s - Burris Management

Cardinal Buick GMC

Mid-America Imaging

Commercial Door & Hardware

Mueller Furniture

Hefner, Dahncke & Assoc

The Orchards Golf Course

For a complete list of our members, visit

Advertise your organization’s job opportunities for free!

For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618-233-2015 or

E-mail your job descriptions to or call 618-233-2015 for more information.

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

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Ribbon Cuttings

Metal Crafters Studio Thursday, December 6 Old Town Mall | 310 East Main, Studio 13 | Downtown Belleville

Brown Chiropractic Tuesday, December 11 4460 N. Illinois St. | Swansea

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 February 7 Arsenal Credit Union March 7 Memorial Hospital

RSVP for events online at! Just click on the event you wish to attend and log-in. Need help? Email your RSVP to or call 618-233-2015.

April 4 St. Paul’s Senior Community May 2 The EDGE June 6 Raymond James July 11 Lindenwood University August 1 Schmale Insurance September 5 The Esquiline October 10 Grimm & Gorly November 7 The Atrium of Belleville December Breakthru Beverage

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Sponsored by: On January 3, FCB Banks hosted Business After Hours at their 401 S. Illinois Street location in Belleville. Nearly 70 Chamber members were in attendance to network and celebrate the new year with drinks and food.

Lisa Phillipson, Hospice of Southern IL Brenda Fedak, BND Terri Dambacher, Compu-Type IT Solutions

FCB Banks has served the Metro East for three generations, all with local family ownership and management. Their original banks opened in New Baden and Albers in 1915 and customers quickly associated FCB with quality service, competitive rates , and personal customer care. These qualities became the pillars of their business when First Collinsville Bank opened in 1990 and they began expanding throughout the area. Today they have fifteen locations through the St. Louis area and Metro-East. Thank you to FCB Banks for their hospitality at the January Business After Hours.


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EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT Illinois Center for Autism The Illinois Center for Autism (ICA) serves children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and has been a member of the Fairview Heights community for over forty years. We operate three facilities in Fairview Heights and Belleville, including the well-known catering business, Pasta Fare. The longevity of so many of our employees contributes to our success. Just in the month of January, we celebrated work anniversaries for staff that equaled a combined total of 131 years of experience! We offer three primary programs to help each of our students and clients become as independent as they individually can. These programs include our Special Day School program, our Adult Services program and our Client/Family Support Services program. Our clients are referred to ICA through local school districts, hospitals, doctors and the Department of Human Services and can begin as early as age three. Our School Program prepares children for their diploma and/or GED, if possible, or a certificate of completion from ICA. Our Adult Services program offers a Supportive Employment Program (SEP) utilizing two businesses (owned and operated by ICA) and employment with community partners who share our vision. Our Adult Services program also operates a day training program for those individuals who are unable to participate in SEP. Our Client/Family Support Services program is the advocate, caretaker and counsel to our clients and their families, as well as a wealth of information to the communities that we serve. Each program capitalizes every opportunity to provide a teaching moment in social, life and employment skills. Recently, ICA has converted an existing room to a work development lab where we are introducing a brand new program called PAES - Practical Assessment and Exploration System. Our students and clients become employees and licensed professionals become employers. This lab will be used to assess an individual’s competitive work potential and interest level while simultaneously exploring various jobs, using real tools, and developing proper work behaviors in the following five areas: Computer Technology, Constructional Industrial, Processing Production, Consumer Service and Business Marketing. Individuals must attain 100% mastery before proceeding to the next level of difficulty. Upon completion, individuals will have learned entry levels skills in multiple career/work areas, about his/her own appropriate work behaviors, about his/her interest for certain tasks and job skills, and what special assistance or adaptations may be required in the workplace. The PAES curriculum provides training in basic generalizable vocational and life skills that relate to most careers as well as skills needed for vocational training, placement and independent living. This program will determine a much greater range of work/employment aptitude data for each of our clients, thus making transition from school to career, much more viable than what we have been able to determine previously.

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LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE Healthcare, Aging & Community Services Day On January 18, the 2018-2019 Leadership Belleville Class took part in Healthcare, Aging & Community Service Day. The day began with breakfast at The Center for Orthopedic and Neurosciences at Memorial Hospital where President, Mark Turner addressed the group about industry trends and updates on Memorial Hospital. The class then took a tour of the facility and met with the rehab services group to learn more about what they offer. The class then traveled to The Esquiline: A Life Plan Community at the Shrine for lunch and tour of the facility. The day concluded at Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP) for a discussion about community based services by PSOP Senior Companion Program Director, Carla Boswell, and Joy Paeth, CEO of AgeSmart Community. Participants finished they day with a “Culture Walk” meeting with various social services vendors. Thank you to our day planners: Carla Boswell, Senior Companion Program Director, PSOP Tamara Foote, Outreach Coordinator, AgeSmart Community Resources Joy Paeth, CEO, AgeSmart Community Resources To learn more about the Leadership Belleville Program, visit



Tyler Hazelwonder has worked alongside Kaskaskia

Patrick started his path to leadership after graduating

Engineering Group for nearly four and a half years. During

from the University of Missouri with a Master’s degree in

his time working, Tyler has surrounded himself with true

Parks and Recreation. As a student he engaged in multiple

leaders and innovators.

opportunities that tested his leadership. Being involved in a fraternity and overseeing the athletic department has

Throughout Tyler’s life he has developed a resume

helped him understand the true skills of a leader.

of qualities essential to leadership. Whether it be his optimism and positive attitude or his humility. Tyler

Throughout his life Patrick has grown into a dedicated

understands that leadership requires a balance between

leader. One lesson he has learned comes from leading

understanding and asserting. No matter the obstacle,

by example. By committing to projects and focusing on

Tyler plans to take the chance and never stop learning.

building a team, the rewards are greater.

As a member of Leadership Belleville Tyler hopes to

By joining the Leadership Belleville program he hopes to

develop the skills needed to become the best leader

build a greater understanding of the Belleville area. His goal


is to help make the community stronger for himself, his

family and his neighbors. The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE INITIATES STUNT PROGRAM FOR 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR HSHS Southern Illinois Division (SID) hospitals recently held the 28th RN Residency Transition Ceremony and reception for 27 Registered Nurses who completed the RN Residency Program. During the ceremony, residents and mentors for the program were noted and thanked for their dedication and commitment to offering unwavering support and guidance during the 18-week program. They also were commended for exhibiting the Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy to patients, families and The Lindenwood University-Belleville Athletic Department is excited to announce the inaugural season of STUNT, the sport. STUNT is the fastest growing female sport in America at the high school and collegiate levels, according to the organization USA Cheer. STUNT takes cheerleading, power tumbling, and acrobatics to the next level, and Lindenwood Belleville is one of the first schools in the St. Louis/Metro East area to offer this new athletic opportunity. USA Cheer, the governing organization for STUNT, expects the emerging sport to gain intensity and growth over the next two to three years, leading to full NCAA athletic status in the near future. Lindenwood Belleville Head Cheer and STUNT Coach Rachael Beard says that Lindenwood is ahead of the game and plans to have a highly competitive STUNT program that will match the expected growth of the sport locally and regionally. “STUNT is so unique,” Beard said. “It offers a variety of female athletes the opportunity to continue to compete in college athletics doing the sports they love that may have otherwise not been possible.” Beard currently oversees the school’s competitive cheer team and is actively recruiting for the STUNT program, as well. STUNT teams are usually comprised of 30 to 36 female athletes with diverse skill sets. A STUNT game includes four quarters of play in which two teams go head-to-head in competition, making it much more like a traditional sport rather than the competitive cheer experience. STUNT athletes may play in one or more quarters depending on their skill sets. Quarters of play include jumps and tumbling, stunts, baskets, and pyramids. “In STUNT, athletes truly get to compete in a way that supports the execution and technicality of skills, rather than the subjective nature of traditional cheer routines,” Beard said. “STUNT provides athletes a way to continue to develop themselves as highly competitive and skilled athletes while removing some of the typical aspects of cheerleading that many people do not like or understand.” Cheer, Dance, and STUNT Recruitment Coordinator Stephanie Brant said, “What I like most about STUNT is that STUNT athletes are given numbers and stats can be tracked unlike traditional cheerleading. STUNT is an all-girl sport, which helps support Title IX in collegiate athletics. In STUNT recruiting, we do not have to recruit athletes who can stunt, tumble, jump, and dance. Rather, we can recruit athletes who may have a specific skill set for specific positions and quarters of competition.” To learn more, visit:

DOWNPAYMENT PLUS® PROGRAM AT FCB BANKS The Downpayment Plus® Program is back at FCB Banks! Qualified buyers could receive up to $6,000 when purchasing a home. The Downpayment Plus is an annual grant program and funds are available until the grant is depleted, so act now. For more information, call FCB Banks - Belleville at 235-9090 and ask for one of our Loan Officers. FCB Banks has 15 locations throughout the metro-east and is committed to helping our neighbors and communities grow by providing quality financial products and services to meet individual needs. To open an account or apply for a loan, stop by any of our locations or visit

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MEMBER UPDATES PRAIRIE HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE STRESSES SNOW SHOVELING SAFETY Winter is here and snow has already covered many regions of the United States. With the approaching snow event expected for the southwestern Illinois area, the doctors at Prairie Heart and Vascular Institute at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital recommend a few safety tips before you shovel snow to clear your sidewalks and driveways. According to the National Safety Council, snow shoveling is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each year nationwide. “Shoveling snow can be a strenuous activity, even for those who are physically fit,” says Dr. Pavan Gupta, cardiologist of Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants. “At colder temperatures, heart rate and blood pressure can increase, as well as the risk of exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries, and even heart attacks.” Keeping your driveway and walkway clear of snow and ice is, in most cases, a necessity and will help prevent falls this winter. Follow these snow-shoveling tips to help keep you safe this winter. - Know if you shouldn’t shovel. Certain people should avoid shoveling snow. If you have a history of heart problems, you should avoid this activity. - Dress appropriately. Wear light clothing in layers to provide both ventilation and insulation. To keep warm, wear a hat, gloves, and thick socks. Avoid falls by wearing shoes or boots with slip-resistant soles. - Warm up first. Before you begin shoveling the snow, warm up your muscles for approximately ten minutes by doing stretches or other light exercises. - Use proper equipment. Use a shovel that is comfortable for your height and strength. Do not use a shovel that is too heavy or too long for you. Space your hands on the tool grip to increase your leverage. - Lift snow correctly. Try to push the snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, do it properly. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent, and back straight. Lift with your legs. Avoid bending at the waist. Scoop small amounts of snow into the shovel and walk to where you want to dump it. Holding a shovelful of snow with your arms outstretched puts too much weight on your spine. Never remove deep snow all at once. Do it in pieces. - Avoid overexerting yourself. Be very careful not to overexert yourself as you work. Pace yourself and take breaks often. It’s a good idea to go indoors to warm up. Taking five to ten minutes to relax gives your body time to rest. Pay attention to the signals your body is sending. If you feel pain or pressure in your chest, call your doctor right away. - Choose chemical products carefully. Putting a layer of rock salt (sodium chloride) on icy areas is an effective way to melt the ice. However, rock salt can cause damage to concrete and metal surfaces and is also harmful to plants. Magnesium chloride is less corrosive than other chemical products and works well for melting ice. Before using any ice melting products read the labels carefully. “In addition, it is always best to check with your doctor to make sure that it is alright for you to shovel snow. If you have a medical condition or are not used to strenuous exercise, you should not remove the snow yourself. It is much safer to have someone else remove it for you. If you are shoveling snow or using a snow blower and experience chest pain, stop immediately and call 9-1-1,” said Gupta. For more information about snow shoveling safety, please visit news-and-resources-snow-shoveling.aspx, or to learn more about Prairie Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital visit

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MEMBER UPDATES HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES 2019 PRENATAL CLASS CALENDAR HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center invites all moms-to-be and their support persons to join us for a variety of prenatal education classes in 2019. Class topics include: Early Pregnancy, Prepared Childbirth, Breastfeeding Fundamentals, as well as education for new fathers and siblings to help everyone prepare their family’s new addition. All classes are taught by a Registered Nurse from St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center and take place at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “The overall goal for all of our prenatal education programs is to make sure moms and families maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy and are as prepared as they can be for the delivery, as well as taking their baby home,” shared Julie Brooks RN, BSN, CLC, Childbirth Educator and Lactation Counselor at St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center. “We invite all expectant mothers to attend our educational classes, even if you haven’t yet decided where to deliver.” St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Women and Infant Center offers a wide range of services for mothers and infants, including birth in spacious, modern labor and delivery suites in our state-of-the-art hospital, a nitrous oxide pain management program, Cesarean suites located within the unit, postpartum care with 24-hour rooming-in option available, and much more. “Informational tours of the Women and Infants Center are also offered at various dates and times to best fit into the schedules of busy families,” notes Brooks. “Expectant parents may schedule a tour anytime during the pregnancy by calling 618-234-2120, ext. 31260. Tours are also included in the childbirth classes.” Additional services offered at St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center includes SSM Health Cardinal Glennon pediatricians and Midwife coverage with Heartland Women’s Healthcare. To view all 2019 prenatal class dates and times visit our website at, or to register for classes or a tour, call 618-234-2120, ext. 31260. Registration for all classes is required.

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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 GIVE BLOOD AND HELP SAVE A LIFE FEBRUARY 19 HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in conjunction with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, February 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the SLU Conference Room at 3 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon, IL. Participants attending the drive should especially note the new drive location, as previous blood drives at St. Elizabeth’s have taken place on the Mobile Donor bus in the parking lot. Anyone attending the drive on February 19 should park near the hospital’s Outpatient entrance and enter the building using the Outpatient entrance, which is noted with a blue “Outpatient” sign. Additional directional signs will be posted to lead guests to the conference room. “Both St. Elizabeth’s and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center are excited to host this blood drive indoors which will allow more space for our donors to get in out of the winter weather,” notes Kevin Lashley, Donor Relations Consultant at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. “Plus, all presenting donors will receive a voucher for an Irish-inspired, “Love to Give” short sleeve, green t-shirt.” To schedule a donation time call MVRBC at 866-GIVE-BLD (866-448-3253) or log on to and use Sponsor Code: 10155. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested. A photo ID is required to participate, and it is encouraged that all donors get a good night’s sleep, eat a sustaining meal, and hydrate well before donating. “At this time, donations are urgently needed,” shared Lashley. “Over the past several months the region has seen a decrease in blood donations due to illness and weather. Please consider donating on February 19 to help replenish the blood supply for those in need.” A blood donor can give every eight weeks, or up to six times a year. All persons age 17 and up (or 16, with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood donation. A full list of donor eligibility guidelines may be found at donate-blood/donating-blood/donor-eligibility.aspx. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

Shareholders Patrick B. Mathis George E. Marifian Kevin J. Richter Mark J. Stegman Mark S. Schuver Gregory W. Coffey William J. Niehoff Kelli E. Madigan Bradley W. Small Mary E. Lopinot Deanna L. Litzenburg Philip D. Speicher Laura E. Schrick Sandra J. Tatoian Beth K. Flowers William W. Asa Associates Natalie T. Lorenz Rebecca K. Wohltman Colin C. Clark Melissa C. Meirink Amy C. Randazzo Allyson T. Schwab Holly A. Rogers


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618.234.9800 B ELLEVILLE , IL

618.327.4300 N ASHVILLE , IL

314.421.2325 S T. L OUIS , MO

Of Counsel Charles M. Lock Barry D. Dix Clyde L. Kuehn

573.768.9742 P ERRYVILLE , MO


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MEMBER UPDATES CORK TREE CREATIVE WELCOMES ALLISON WYRSCH AS SPRING INTERN Award-winning public relations and marketing firm Cork Tree Creative, Inc. announced today the firm’s new spring intern, Allison Wyrsch. Wyrsch, from Bethalto, Ill., recently began her senior year at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville majoring in mass communications with a focus in strategic media. As she has recently returned from a study abroad semester in London, helping international students is where she likes to spend her time. She aids during their orientation as well as participating in GAP, a student mentoring program for international students helping them learn English and adapt to American culture. She also enjoys participating in theatre on the SIUE campus. An avid member of the Student Experimental Theater Organization, Wyrsch has been in multiple short theatre festivals, and this past semester served as the assistant stage manager in an on-campus production. She has participated in the “Fee Advisory Board” on the SIUE campus, approving fee increases with a student committee for the upcoming school year for the university. As an intern at Cork Tree Creative, Wyrsch will receive hands-on industry experience in public relations, social media management, marketing, advertising, graphic design and web design. Laura Reed, co-owner and Public Relations Director, said “We are so excited to have Allison join our team as our new spring intern. Internships are an excellent way to teach young individuals how to collaborate on projects and work in an office setting. At Cork Tree Creative, we pride ourselves on teamwork and collaboration to make the best experience for all of our clients and staff. We welcome Allison and know she will make an excellent addition to our experienced team.” Cork Tree Creative, Inc., located at 105 Plaza Court, Edwardsville, Ill., is owned by Jan Carpenter and Laura Reed and has been awarded Most Reliable Businesses, Best Marketing Firm and Best PR Firm by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. And is the recipient of an APEX Award of Excellence, two Communicator Awards and a Hermes Creative Award for various projects. For more information, please call (618) 656-7333, visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

IMPACT STRATEGIES PROMOTES TRAVIS SCHWARTZ TO ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER IMPACT Strategies recently promoted Travis Schwartz from Project Engineer to Assistant Project Manager. In this new position Schwartz will take on an expanded leadership role in managing our construction projects. Craig Spidle, Director of Construction Operations at IMPACT Strategies, says “Travis is a great example of the future leaders of our project delivery team at IMPACT.” Schwartz is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville with a degree in Construction Management and has been with IMPACT Strategies since the summer of 2017. Schwartz also recently completed the AGC of Missouri Leadership Academy. After being nominated by Craig Spidle, Director of Construction Operations for IMPACT Strategies, Schwartz was chosen by an AGC selection committee to complete the course. This five-month course consisted of roughly 20 students and was taught by Ken Bradford, author of Fearless & Persuasive Speaking. It focused on building awareness and proficiency in business and developing skills that will translate into strong project team leadership. IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

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Community Happenings in February Friday, February 1, 8, 15 & 22 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville

Saturday, February 9 Largest Indoor Yard Sale | 8:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Saturday, February 2 Belleville’s Got Talent | 6:00pm 4204 Banquet Hall | Belleville

Sparkles, Suds & Sweets | 4:00pm Belleville Main Street

Sunday, February 3 Super Bowl Watch Party | 4:30pm Hofbrauhaus St. Louis | Belleville Monday, February 4, 11, 18 & 25 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Thursday, February 7, 14, 21 & 28 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Friday, February 8 How to Build a Network that Works 7:30am | Holiday Inn | Fairview Heights Advanced Excel Topics | 8:00am SIUE Main Campus | Edwardsville Microsoft Project Workshop | 12:30pm SIUE Main Campus | Edwardsville Largest Indoor Yard Sale | 4:00pm Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Flea Market | 9:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Sunday, February 17 Flea Market | 9:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Caritas Family Solutions Heart & Soul Tuesday, February 19 Gala | 6:00pm Blood Drive | 11:30am Four Points by Sheraton | Fairview Hgts. HSHS St. Elizabeths | O’Fallon Sunday, February 10 Auto Swap Meet | 6:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Thursday, February 21 Google Analytics & AdWords Workshop 9:00am | SIUE | Edwardsville

Monday, February 11 Frankenstein | 7:30pm McKendree University | Lebanon

Friday | February 22 We Shall Overcome: A celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr | 12:00pm McKendree University | Lebanon

Tuesday, February 12 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville Frankenstein | 7:30pm McKendree University | Lebanon Friday, February 15 Merle Haggard’s Music | 7:30pm St. Clair County Event Center | Belleville Saturday, February 16 Holland’s Klondiek Klassic Golf Tournament | 8:30am Far Oaks Golf Club | Collinsville

Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24 Vapor Mania Expo | 10:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Tuesday, February 26 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville Wed. & Thurs., February 27 & 28 Third Coast Percussion | 10:00am McKendree University | Lebanon

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

Thank you for your Support “Advancing Business. Supporting Community.” The Chamber Connection

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with Steve Jankowski, Master of Ceremonies

Dr. Stephen Mager, Artistic Director and Conductor

2:30 P.M., SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2019 The Historic Lincoln Theatre in Belleville, Ill. Ticket Information: Sponsored by Art on the Square Foundation

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Profile for The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Connection Newsletter | February 2019  

Chamber Connection Newsletter | February 2019