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November 2015

Chamber Prepares for 2018 Total Resource Campaign The Chamber is preparing to kick off the 4th Annual Total Resource Campaign (TRC). TRC provides a way for the Chamber to be more efficient in planning events and allows us to develop additional member benefits. Some of these new benefits include dollars set aside for new business advocacy programs, upgraded marketing opportunities, and will allow the Chamber to continue its role as a business partner in the community for years to come. The TRC Team is looking for 30-40 Chamber member volunteers to go on a journey with us. These are experiences you will never forget. From the TRC Kick-off to the weekly lunches, to the ultimate victory party it truly is a bonding experience. And, it’s is even more fun if you work together with a fellow co-worker or friend. This is also a great way to discover all the Chamber has to offer and provides a unique opportunity to develop relationships with other Chamber members and a network of endless contacts. We definitely like to have fun while we are working and reward you for your hard work and dedication during the campaign. The TRC campaign lasts 6 weeks and TRC members enjoy a friendly competition among sellers. Some will say the prizes we give out are pretty neat as well. This year’s TRC campaign will lead you on a Journey to Nashville, TN, The Volunteer State. This may be Tennessee’s nickname but we all know the best volunteers are here in Belleville and we want you to experience all of the TRC fun. If you are interested in finding out how you can be a part of the celebration, please call or email us. There is a TRC training class so you will know what to do, and what sponsorships are available. The dates for our Total Resource Campaign are February 21 to April 11. The trip is tentatively scheduled for October 11-14, 2018. What’s more fun than a quick get away with transportation and hotel provided. There you will experience Nashville the way you want to, no schedules, no planned dinners, no work, just FUN. Come join the TRC fun to start earning your Nashville experience! Thank you for your continued support of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.


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

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


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Illinois American Water Company


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

Alliance: 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

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

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

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Upcoming Events Diana Goebel joins Chamber Team as Marketing & Communications Manager Please join us as we welcome Diana Goebel to the Chamber Team as our new Marketing & Communications Manager. Diana brings with her new energy and creative ideas. She is excited to begin her role at the Chamber and is eager to meet all of our Chamber Members. Diana can be contacted at the Chamber office or through her email: As a reminder, if you have events you would like placed on the Chamber Community events calendar or added to the Weekly Email Update, Diana will be more than happy to assist you.

February 2018

Upcoming Chamber Events 2/6 2/8 2/8 2/8 2/12

Education Committee Meeting Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Ambassador Meeting Business After Hours - Belleville H.S. District #201 at Belleville West PR/Marketing Committee

2/13 2/16 2/20 2/20 2/20 2/21 2/28

Coffee Cup Connections at Regions Bank Leadership Belleville Business Day Board of Directors Meeting Economic Development Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Young Professionals Luncheon at The Weingarten Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting

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



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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Welcome The following members joined the Chamber in December.. Merril Lynch - The Gray Group 3121 North Illinois Street Belleville, IL 62220

Carole Hiatt Design - Ali Vernier 41 Royal Heights Center Belleville, IL 6222

December Renewals The following members renewed their investment with the Chamber in December... Crystal & Spice Grappa Growlers Hicks Bar-B-Q Hofbrauhaus St. Louis-Belleville Illinois Center for Autism J.D. Byrider of Belleville Kopis Law Office

Kunkel Commercial Group Inc. Mariachis Mexican Restaurant & Cantina McKendree University Mueller Furniture Peggy’s Pampering Services Print Master

For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618.233.2015

........................................... Mark your 2018 Calendar 2018 Annual Dinner | February 1 68th Annual Enlisted Dinner | March 8 Lucky Leprechaun 5k & St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 17 5th Annual Belleville Ale Fest | April 21 Leadership Belleville Reflection & Graduation Day | May 4 Craft Beer Walk | June 16 35th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-off | October 5 & 6 5K Chili Chase & Kids Pepper Dash | October 6 Art & Wine Walk | November 3

Upcoming Business After Hours February 8 Belleville Township High School District #201 March 1 Memorial Hospital April 5 Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd May 3 BND June 7 St. Paul’s Senior Community July 5 Raymond James Financial August 2 Apartment Community at the Shrine September 6 Forks & Sticks/Seven October 11 Balke Brown Transwestern November 1 Associated Bank December 6 Breakthru Beverage

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January 2016

Chamber Happenings How Are Today's Youth Preparing to Become Tomorrow's Leaders? Exploring:  Belleville CEO, Teen Court & BASIC Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 7:30am Bellecourt Place 120 N. Jackson | Belleville $25 Chamber Members $30 Non Members Price Includes a full breakfast buffet.

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Business After Hours Sponsored by: Member FDIC On January 4th, FCB Banks welcomed Business After Hours attendees to their location at 401 S. Illinois Street in Belleville. Over 120 Chamber members and guests enjoyed drinks and a wonderful buffet. A beautiful basket of wine was provided as an attendance prize.

Haley Thompson, SWIC Foundation Brandy Steely, CTS Technology Solutions, Inc.

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 fourteen locations in thirteen towns in Illinois and Missouri. Thank you to FCB Banks for their hospitality at the January Business After Hours. ...........................................................................................................................

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Evelyn LaPointe, Visiting Angels Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent

Upcoming Business After Hours Thursday, February 8 | 5-7PM Belleville Township High School District #201 at Belleville West High School

Rodney Moyer, FCB Banks

Kelly, Martin & Jean Kosydor, Martin Glass Co. John Steinlage

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Chamber Happenings Upcoming Coffee Cup Connections Tuesday, February 13 | 8:15am Hosted By:

4800 West Main Street | Belleville, IL Please RSVP by Monday, February 12

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Spotlight on Education

Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative The Mission of BASSC The Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative is an integral part of the service delivery system for students of its twenty-three member districts. Students with disabilities provide a significant challenge to the resources of the local school district. Together the partnership between BASSC and its member districts helps assure that the challenges of meeting the needs of students with disabilities will be adequately addressed. The Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative proudly serves 23 member public school districts in St. Clair and Clinton Counties, overseeing special education programming for approximately 5300 students in our area. BASSC provides a variety of diagnostic and ancillary services to the member districts, including Assistive Technology, Audiology, Hearing Impairment Services, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, School Psychology, School Social Work, Speech Therapy, and Vision Impairment Services. In addition, BASSC also provides a variety of financial, billing, clerical, and data services to member districts as well. BASSC also operates three low-incidence instructional programs, comprised of 39 classrooms that member districts can access for students exhibiting a very high level of need and exceptionality. The Developmental Disabilities Program is devoted to students with significant medical and cognitive challenges and is located in Freeburg, housed in the Freeburg District 70 and Freeburg District 77 buildings. The Autism Program is designed to meet the needs of students on the Autism spectrum and classrooms are hosted by Belleville District 118, High Mount District 116, Mascoutah District 19, Wolf Branch District 113, and Grant District 110. The Pathways Program is a public day school located on the main campus of BASSC that is dedicated to meeting the needs of students with significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges. In addition, BASSC also provides a great deal of auxiliary support and consultation to member school districts on a regular basis. Various trainings are offered annually and BASSC staff members frequently assist member school districts with an array of special education issues.

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A heart above the rest HSHS St. Elizabeth's is committed to bringing the best heart care possible to the patients we serve. Our partnership with Prairie Heart & Vascular Institute means that we can bring advanced technologies and highly trained cardiologists close to home. From our accredited Chest Pain Center to our newest procedures like the CardioMEMS Heart Failure System and Micra TPS Pacemaker, our dedicated team is here for your heart health.



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Leadership Belleville

Healthcare, Aging & Community Services Day On January 19, the 2017-2018 Leadership Belleville Class took part in Healthcare, Aging & Community Service Day. The day began with a tour of the new HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and presentations from Peg Sebastian, President & CEO, and Amy Balance, VP of Business Development & Stategy. Following the tour, the class traveled to The Apartment Community at the Our Lady of the Snows Shrine for lunch and tour of the facility. The day concluded at Program Services for Older Persons (PSOP) for a discussion about community based services by PSOP Executive Director Cheryl Brunsmann and Dayna Stock, United Way of Greater St. Louis. Participants experienced a Culture Walk with various social services vendors. Thank you to day planners:

Peg Sebastian, President & Chief Exeutive Officer, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital welcomed the Leadership Class and shared with them the challenges of leading a large metro-east hospital.

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Chamber Member Update IMPACT STRATEGIES REVITALIZES BELLEVILLE CITY HALL IMPACT Strategies recently completed the renovation of Belleville’s 60-yearold City Hall building. With the help of architect, The Lawrence Group and civil engineer Kaskaskia Engineering Group, IMPACT Strategies was able to maintain the historical integrity while still revitalizing the building to improve public accessibility and function. This major renovation included environmental improvements, such as asbestos abatement and the installation of energy efficient windows in the atrium. Modernizations were also made to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. “For decades to come, our City Hall will better serve the needs of our community and staff. This revitalized building will enhance our city services, and by doing so, benefit our citizens and represent the committed values of the City of Belleville.” Said Mayor Mark Eckert. Public safety and accessibility were at the forefront of this project; prompting the necessary improvements to the elevator, along with entryways and bathrooms to meet ADA standards. Accommodations were also made for an additional elevator to be installed in the future. Along with the improved access, various aesthetic enhancements were made. The terrazzo flooring was refinished, the clerk’s counter was redone, a new roof was installed, and the cell tower was repainted. Perhaps the most noticeable change is in the council chambers, where a balcony was added for additional seating, and the audio/visual system was updated. This project was the final phase of a three-phase plan to enhance critical facilities for the city. IMPACT Strategies completed the first two phases in June of 2016, these phases included the construction of Belleville’s new $11 million police department headquarters and a parking garage to accommodate the city’s police cruisers and maintenance vehicles. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

CORKTREE CREATIVE, INC. ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ITS REBRANDING Cork Tree Creative, Inc., a full-service marketing and public relations firm located in downtown Edwardsville, announced the launch of its rebranding today. The rebranding includes a new logo and updated website. The creative firm will keep its name and continue to offer its clients throughout the Metro-East modernday marketing and pubic relation services, but with a fresh, modern look. “A lot has changed for Cork Tree Creative throughout our nine years in business. We have grown significantly, moved several times, adapted our services to the ever-changing industry and had lots of fun. Through all of this, we decided that we needed a new, updated look to reflect how we have evolved and improved over the years,” said Laura Reed, Director of Public Relations. In August of 2017, Cork Tree Creative moved into its new office space, located at 105 Plaza Court in Edwardsville, to accommodate its growing team. The firm provides the following services all under one roof: public relations, social media management, search engine optimization, graphic design, website development, photography and videography, and Google Analytics and Google AdWords. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

COOKIE CARGO Southwestern Illinois College faculty, staff and administrators partnered with Eckert’s Country Store to help bring a touch of home and holiday cheer to troops at Scott Air Force Base. More than 1,140 dozen cookies, $80 in cash and $55 in local business gift cards were collected to help make the holidays brighter for the service men and women living in the base dormitories who won’t make it home for the holidays. Pictured loading up the cookies for delivery are, from left, Executive Assistant to SWIC Vice President of Community Services and Campus Operations Barb Mueth, Janet McMillion of the Scott Officers’ Spouses’ Club, Eckert’s Vice President of Retail Operations Angie Eckert, Amanda Morgan of Eckert’s and Eleanor Field of the Scott Officers’ Spouses’ Club. This is the ninth year the college has provided cookies. SWIC Photo by Jim Haverstick 12-13-17

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Chamber Member Update

Chamber Member Update

HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL AND PRAIRIE HEART INSTITUTE OF ILLINOIS OFFERS THE WORLD’S SMALLEST PACEMAKER HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is proud to announce the first implantation of one of the world’s smallest pacemaker to help treat patients with bradycardia (slow heart rate). The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS)is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker – about the size of a large vitamin. Dr. Paban Saha of Prairie Heart and Vascular Institute of Illinois performed the first procedure at St. Elizabeth’s on January 4, 2018. Betty Lappe, 80 of Steeleville, Illinois, had been suffering from irregular heart rhythm, or bradycardia, which often leads to dizziness, fatigue and shortness of breath. Lappe noted her shortness of breath had her struggling to just walk from the front door to her car. Before her procedure, Lappe told Dr. Saha, “We’ll make history together,” in reference to being the first patient at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to receive this miniature device. Unlike traditional pacemakers, the Medtronic’s Micra TPS does not require cardiac wires (leads) or a surgical “pocket” under the skin to deliver a pacing therapy. Instead, the device is small enough to be delivered through a catheter and implanted directly into the heart with small tines or prongs, providing a safe alternative to conventional pacemakers without the complications associated with leads – all while being cosmetically invisible. The Micra TPS is also designed to automatically adjust pacing therapy based on a patient’s activity levels. “Patients with bradycardia, or slow heart rates, may have symptoms related to the body not getting enough oxygen-rich blood circulated.” Dr. Saha said. “This may lead to symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadness, or inability to exercise.” Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia to help restore the heart’s normal rhythm and relieve symptoms by sending electrical impulses to the heart to increase the heart rate. “For the right patient, I’m excited to be able to offer this newest generation of pacemaker which has no wires and chest incisions. This will reduce complications and have better patient outcomes,” Dr. Saha added. “In working with our Prairie Heart partners, we chose to invest in this advanced technology because it offers the newest and safest pacing therapy for our patients,” said St. Elizabeth’s President and CEO Peg Sebastian. “I am proud to have the forward-thinking physicians of Prairie and our highly-trained cardiology colleagues at our new facility providing such a wide-range of advanced procedures to the residents of Southern Illinois.” The Micra TPS is the first and only transcatheter pacing system to be approved for full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and is designed to allow patients to be followed by their physicians and send data remotely via the Medtronic CareLink® Network. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April 2016, and has been granted Medicare reimbursement, allowing broad patient access to the novel pacing technology.

Young Professionals Luncheon Wednesday | February 21st | 11:30am-1:00pm Lunch: $10/per person at check-in (cash preferred) Location: The Weingarten, 1780 East State Route 15 | Belleville .............................

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Engineering and surveying firm Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. has hired Jeanne Switzer of St. Charles, Mo. Switzer will work as a Structural Engineering Designer based out of TWM’s Waterloo, Ill., office. Switzer recently earned her master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Saint Louis University with a focus on structures. She also graduated cum laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining TWM, Switzer worked as a graduate research assistant at SLU and completed engineering internships at Huval & Associates, Inc. and C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC in Lafayette, La. She is a member of the American Society for Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute and the American Institute of Steel Construction. TWM is a 100% employee-owned firm providing civil, structural and railway engineering, land surveying and a full array of geospatial services. Celebrating 71 years in business, TWM serves clients locally and throughout the U.S. With a total of five locations in the greater St. Louis region, the firm was ranked the 7th Largest Engineering Firm in the metropolitan area by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2017.


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Chamber Member Update SWIC ALUM DONATES SCHOLARSHIP TO HELP OTHERS ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS When Ivo Georgiev was working on a horseradish farm because his English skills were poor. But after enrolling in English as a Second Language classes in the evenings at Southwestern Illinois College, his prospects began to change. “SWIC was convenient, affordable, and very welcoming and I decided to pursue a degree,” Georgiev said. He went on to enroll in credit classes at SWIC, then transferred to Washington University in St. Louis to earn his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2005, followed by his Master’s in International Business from Seattle University in Washington state in 2009. He became a certified fraud examiner in 2015. “Not only did I invest my time and energy, but SWIC as an institution invested in me as well early on from the ESL classes forward,” he said. Today, Georgiev, 38, resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a global advisory manager for Deloitte & Touche, a leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory firm. Before that, he worked as a corporate auditor for The Boeing Company for eight years. Georgiev was able to pursue his education at SWIC because of the tuition assistance he received from the William S. Badgley Endowed Scholarship through the SWIC Foundation. Wanting to help other students achieve their goals, he has donated the Ivo Georgiev annual scholarship. The $1,000 award goes to a part-time or full-time student, born outside the United States, who is attending classes at the SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus. “My favorite aspect of SWIC was the diversity of both faculty and students,” he said. “I also appreciate the efforts the college is making through the Foundation for students from all backgrounds to receive education.” The SWIC Foundation offers more than 250 privately funded scholarships for students based on financial need, academic merit, program of study, geographic location and/or personal circumstances. Students can be considered for numerous scholarships simply by submitting one application. In his position at Deloitte, Georgiev manages domestic and international audit/consulting activities for clients in North America, South America, Asia and Africa executing a variety of projects including financial, human resources, supply chain, fraud and government compliance issues. “SWIC gave me the foundation for my educational, career and personal paths for overall life in the United States,” he said. “Without that foundation, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my scholastic and my professional accomplishments.” Georgiev believes that SWIC provided him the opportunity to grow academically and he hopes that other students will have the same opportunity. He is particularly proud of the fact that he maintained a 4.0 GPA while attending SWIC and earned the Academic Excellence award. He also earned the Academic Excellence Award at Seattle University for the highest GPA in his class in his major. “I would absolutely recommend SWIC,” Georgiev said. “It is a great place to start your college career with countless opportunities to further it beyond SWIC with a transfer to a four-year university.” To find out more about SWIC Foundation scholarships and how you can donate, visit

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Chamber Member Update MEMORIAL CELEBRATES HEART MONTH WITH A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with Scott Credit Union is offering Heart Health programs throughout the month of February. Programs include:

•Monday, February 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Chair Yoga in the Cardiac Rehab Center, 4500 Memorial Drive. The program is free; call (618) 257-5064 for more information.

•Friday, February 9 and 23, 7:30 a.m.-11a.m. - Cardiovascular Screenings, Medical Office Center –Two, 4600 Memorial Drive, Suite 100. There is a $100 fee and advance registration is required. To make a reservation, call (618) 257-5649.

• Tuesday, February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. - Join us for a healthy conversation about your heart with Dr. Muhammad Ansari, cardiologist, The Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center Community Room, 4700 Memorial Drive. The program is free, however, space is limited. Call (618) 257-5649 to register.

•Saturday, February 24, 9-11:30 a.m. - Family & Friends CPR, The Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center Com mnity Room, 4700 Memorial Drive. There is a $25 fee. To register, call 800-678-KIDS (5437).

•Sunday, February 25, 2-4 p.m. - Zumbathon at Memorial’s Belleville Health and Sports Center, 1001 S. 74th Street. There is a $10 donation to participate. Call (618) 398-2778 for more information.

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James A. Bock, Jr. Glen Carbon, IL Edward S. Bott, Jr. Belleville, IL Alexa M. Callahan Belleville, IL Dominique de Vastey Glen Carbon, IL Ann Marie Fitzpatrick Maryville, IL

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Thomas F. Hennessy, III Swansea, IL Dayna L. Johnson Glen Carbon, IL Cherie K. Macdonald O’Fallon, IL Garrett C. Reuter, Jr. Belleville, IL William A. Schmitt Waterloo, IL Donald K. Schoemaker Shiloh, IL Kurt S. Schroeder Shiloh, IL Russell K. Scott Belleville, IL Megha Shah Fairview Heights, IL George A. “Skip” Uhl Belleville, IL Kevin Vick Belleville, IL Donald E. Weihl Belleville, IL Patricia H. Wharton Belleville, IL David W. Ybarra Fairview Heights, IL

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. • Offices in Belleville, IL • St. Louis, MO • Chicago, IL •

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What’s Happening in February November 1, 2017 - April 8, 2018 Photo Contest St. Clair Cnty Historical Soc. | Belleville

Thursday - February 1, 8, 15, 22 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville

Tuesday - February 13 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30am Peer 151 Conference Room | Belleville

Saturday - February 3 Jr. Lynx Spirit Camp | 9:00 am Lindenwood University | Belleville

Friday - February 2, 9, 16, 23 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville

Tuesday - February 20 Heart Healthy Conversation | 6:00 pm Orthopedic & Neurosciences Center Belleville

Monday - February 5 Pizza, Salads & Beers | 4:00 pm Crehan’s | Belleville

Friday - February 9 Cardiovascular Screenings | 9:00 pm Saturday - February 24 Memorial Medical Office Bldg. 2 | Belleville Family & Friend CDR | 6:00 pm Orthopedic & Neurosciences Center Chair Yoga | 11:30 am Rock the Need Gala | 5:30 pm Belleville Memorial Cardiac Rehab Cnt | Belleville Hoyleton Ministries | Fairview Heights Saturday - February 25 Monday - February 5, 12, 19, 26 February - February 10 Zumbathon | 2:00 pm Althoff Catholic Father & Friends BINGO Heart & Soul Annual Gala | 6:00 pm Memorial’s Belleville Health & Sports 7:00pm Caritas Family Solutions | Belleville Center | Belleville CKLofI Country Club | Swansea CEO’s Belleville’s Got Talent | 6:00 pm Scottish Rite | Belleville Tuesday - February 27 Wednesday - Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30am Jazz, Cigars & Scotch Night | 7:30pm Peer 151 Conference Room | Belleville Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville

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