MONTHLY NEWSLETTER | March 2018
Listed from left to right: Joy Prigge, Patty Gregory, Geri Boyer (Kaskaskia Engineering Group), Kevin Baltz (Egyptian Workspace Partners), and Debra Kruep
CHAMBER RECOGNIZES FIVE AREA LEADERS AT ANNUAL DINNER The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce awarded five area leaders in the community Thursday, February 1st at their Annual Dinner and Silent Auction held at the St. Clair County Event Center. The award winners are as follows: Ambassador of the Year Award: Joy Prigge (Dieterich Bank) Leadership Belleville Alumni Award: Debra Kruep (Hoernis Autobody) Citizen of the Year Award: Patty Gregory (Art on the Square) Business Excellence Award: Egyptian Workspace Partners & Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC. We would also like to thank all of our donors that donated silent auction items, the Belleville East Jazz Band for providing entertainment for the evening, and all of our sponsors that made the event possible. For more detailed information about our winners, please visit our website at www.bellevillechamber.org/blog. You can also see more photos from the event on our Facebook page. Continued on page 3.
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.
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Chairman Mark Kern, St. Clair County Christine Spargur, Scott Air Force Base
CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Beth Tucker, Office Manager email@example.com Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Diana Goebel, Marketing & Communications Manager email@example.com Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism email@example.com Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077 www.bellevillechamber.org
Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
Illinois American Water Company
Ameren AT&T 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 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 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 Brandy Steely, CTS Anne Thomure, Memorial Regional Health Services Jack Weck, Community Member Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County Office on Aging John Wunderlich, Egyptian Workspace Partners Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union
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Business Excellence Award Sponsors:
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Bank of Belleville Breakthru Beverage CTS Technology Solutions, Inc. Grey Eagle Distributors Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc.
Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. Professional Therapy Services, Inc. St. Louis Regional Chamber TheBANK of Edwardsville
Allsup, LLC Associated Bank Belleville News-Democrat BOS - Metro East Banking Center Clayborne, Sabo & Wagner, LLP CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Commerce Bank Dieterich Bank Eckert’s Egyptian Workspace Partners ELB Enterprises, Inc.
Gateway Region YMCA Gonzalez Company, LLC Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Holland Construction Services Hospice of Southern Illinois HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Illinois American Water Company Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Mark A. Kern St. Louis Regional Chamber Vertical Performance, Inc.
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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”
Welcome The following members joined the Chamber in January. A Night to Remember 315 Sherman Street | Belleville firstname.lastname@example.org
Dogaboni Studios 1537 Donna Drive | Belleville email@example.com
Making a Difference www.becausetheymatter.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Mystic Vapes 1915 Carlyle Avenue | Belleville email@example.com
Ron O’Connor 5 Bay Meadow | Belleville firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Business After Hours March 1 Memorial Hospital
January Renewals The following members renewed their investment with the Chamber in January. Circa Boutique Melroy B. Hutnick David Chumley
A.L.Rueter Apartment Rentals
Moore & Simonin, P.C.
St. Clair County Historical Society
Kelso Auto & RV Collision Center
Hideg Pharmacy, Inc.
Jim Keehner, LTD
G.L. Thomas, C.P.A.
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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 Otto Golf Classic at St. Clair Country Club | May 14 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
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
“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”
January Renewals Continued from page 4.
Grand Rental Station
Bouse Properties, LLC
KMA Certified Testing Inc.
Brutto Truck Service, Inc.
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Pinnacle Electronic Systems, Inc.
Vandalia Bus Lines, Inc.
Catholic & Community Credit Union
Martin Glass Company
Kings Point Tennis, Fitness, & Swimming Club
Huntleigh Securities Corporation
Johnson & Johnson Law Office Ittner Architects
Schmale Insurance Agency, Inc.
St. Clair Service
Neville, Richards & Wuller
Yaekel & Associates Insurance Services, Inc.
Pyramid Electrical Contractors, Inc.
St. Clair Village Apartments
Casper Stolle Quarry Company Althoff Catholic High School Memorial Cancer Treatment Center Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. Oliver C. Joseph, Inc. Meyer Honda of O’Fallon
BOS Metro East Banking Center
Holland Constructions Services, Inc.
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
Mailing Methods, Inc.
Empire Comfort Systems, Inc.
FKG Oil Company
Turned Treasures Gallery LLC & School of Turned Wood
Eagle Publications, Inc.
Memorial Hospital & Convalescent Center LINC, Inc. Gerold Moving & Warehousing Company
Balance Coffee & Tea
General Sherman’s Hot Dog Truck
Bellecourt Banquet Center
Big Daddy’s 618
DeVan Automotive Services
Belleville Supply Company
Rice, Sullivan & Company, Ltd.
Providence Bank Belle Valley School District #119 Belleville School District #118 ROHO, Inc. Stifle Terra Source Global
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Business After Hours Sponsored by:
On February 8th, Belleville Township High School District 201 welcomed Business After Hours attendees to Belleville West High School at 4063 Frank Scott Pkwy West in Belleville. Over 80 Chamber members and guests enjoyed the generous hospitality while networking with other area professionals.
Tracy Gray, Belleville School District #118 Lynn Shelden, St. Clair Country Club Carla Boswell, PSOP Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions
BTHS featured the Fine Arts & Technology Education programs available at Belleville West. Student Council members took guests of the Belleville Chamber on tours of the CTE wing including the greenhouse, auto shop class, metal & wood working class rooms, the culinary arts and the music departments. Members were also treated to the musical delights of the Belleville West Jazz Band while tasting treats from the Belleville Dist 201 food services and culinary students. Thank you to Belleville Township High School District 201 for their hospitality at the February Business After Hours. ..........................................................................................................................
For more information about BTHS District 201: www.bths201.org/
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Upcoming Business After Hours
Thursday, March 1 | 5-7PM Memorial Hospital Auditorium 500 Memorial Drive | Belleville
Dennis Korte, Community Member Molly Watkins, Edward Jones
Ribbon Cuttings Dogaboni Studios | January 30 1537 Donna Drive | Belleville
Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel? Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting! Contact Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager, for more information. Email email@example.com or call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
March 2018 Upcoming Chamber Events 3/1 3/1 3/6 3/8 3/8 3/12 3/13 3/16 3/19 3/20 3/20 3/20 3/21 3/28
Ambassador Meeting Business After Hours - Memorial Hospital Auditorium Education Committee Meeting Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Belle-Scott Enlisted Dinner PR/Marketing Committee Coffee Cup Connections at SSM Physical Therapy Leadership Belleville Business Day Yoga Night Board of Directors Meeting Economic Development Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Young Professionals Social 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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Leadership Belleville Leadership Belleville Government Day
The 2018 Leadership Belleville Class continued their program on Friday, February 16th by participating in Government Day, sponsored by The City of Belleville. The group started their day with Mayor Mark Eckert as he gave them a tour of the newly renovated City Hall and then met with the honorable Laura K. Grandy. The class then traveled to St. Clair County ETSB (Emergency Telephone System Board) and was addressed by the organization’s Executive Director, Herb Simmons. After lunch, the class visited Peer 151 where they took part in a mini-retreat for the afternoon. The day concluded there with a social gathering. Thank you to the following Day Coordinators: Justin Price | CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP. | Class of ‘14 Mike Rizzo | Sigman Heating & Cooling | Class of ‘12 Emily Vosse | Beno J Gundlach Company | Class of ‘16 Melissa Witt-Smith | St. Clair County Housing Authority | Class of ‘15 Mandy Wuebbels | Meckfessel Tire & Auto, Inc. | Class of ‘17
Meals and snacks were provided by The City of Belleville, the Day Coordinators, Sigman Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Artigem Replacement Services and Peer 151.
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The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the
The 68th Annual Belle-Scott Enlisted Dinner Thursday, March 8, 2018
In honor of the men and women of Scott Air Force Base. St. Clair Country Country Club 100 S 78th Street | Belleville ............................ 6pm | Cash Bar Opens 7pm | Dinner & Program
$100 per Ticket Cost of ticket includes sponsoring dinner for you and one Enlisted Member Military members of the Belle-Scott Committee | $50 Please RSVP by 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 1st at 618.233.2015.
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Chamber Happenings Upcoming Coffee Cup Connections Tuesday, March 13 | 8:15am Hosted By:
2649 North Illinois Street | Swansea Please RSVP by Monday, March 12
Annual Chamber TRC Begins As of Wednesday, February 28th, the Chambers Total Resource Campaign has begun. It is an 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, call us at 618-233-2015 to be put in contact with a seller.
Young Professionals Social Wednesday | March 21st | 4:30-6:30pm No Admission | Food & Drinks Available for Purchase Location: HofbrĂ¤uhaus St. Louis 123 St. Eugene Drive | Belleville .............................
Chamber Member Update SWIC TO HOST SENIOR ART COMPETITION EXHIBITION Talented artists from all across the Metro East will showcase their artwork in Life Experienced – A Senior Art Competition. Southwestern Illinois College and the St. Clair County Office on Aging are once again partnering with the Gateway East Artists Guild and Art on the Square for this unique art competition and exhibition. More than 60 artists age 60 and older will showcase their artistic abilities in several different art categories including: painting and mixed media, drawing and print making, fine crafts, photography and digital art, and sculpture and ceramics. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The opening reception for this exhibit will be held Thursday, March 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Schmidt Art Center at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The exhibition will continue March 2-5: Friday, March 2 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3 • noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4 • noon to 4 p.m. Monday, March 5 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Life Experienced exhibition, call 618-234-4410, ext. 7044. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
THE APARTMENT COMMUNITY ANNOUNCES REBRANDING The Apartment Community at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine is pleased to announce The Apartment Community is now The Esquiline, A Life Plan Community at the Shrine. The story behind the name In ancient Rome, Mary had a dream that a church would be built in her honor on a site covered with snow. She shared her dream with a Roman couple, who then shared it with others. Remarkably, one hot August morning, snow fell on Esquiline Hill, one of the seven celebrated hills of Rome. All of Rome proclaimed the summer snow a miracle, and a church was built on the hill to honor Mary. The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows celebrates this story, and our setting atop a hill on its stunning grounds makes “The Esquiline” the perfect name for our community. We are redeveloping our campus! Expressions of Interest (EOI) Campaign to occur this Spring: Fourteen EOI events will occur in and around the St. Louis and the Metro East area from February to April. At these events we will share new proposed housing concepts to include courtyard homes, a new apartment building and new roof top apartments with prospective residents. If the campaign is successful, we will look to our board of directors to proceed to the next phase of pre-sales. For more information, visit us at DiscoverTheEsquiline.org for event dates and locations or contact Martha Holloway at 618.394.6852 or by email at Martha.Holloway@apartmentcommunity.org. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
POITER JOINS TWM STRUCTURAL TEAM Engineering and surveying firm Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. has hired Brandon Poiter, PE, SE of Du Quoin. Poiter will work as a Structural Engineer based out of TWM’s Waterloo, Ill., office. Poiter earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as a registered Structural Engineer in Illinois. Before joining TWM, Poiter most recently worked as a senior structural engineer for a firm in southern Illinois. Other previous experience includes time as a structural designer. TWM is a 100% employee-owned firm providing civil, structural and railway engineering, land surveying and a full array of geospatial services. Celebrating 72 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. The Chamber Connection
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IMPACT STRATEGIES COMPLETES EDWARDSVILLE PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY IMPACT Strategies completed work on the new $12 million Public Safety Facility in Edwardsville in November. This stunning new building designed by FGM Architects, Inc. and engineered by Oates Associates, Inc., will house both the Edwardsville Fire Department and the Police Department. Combining both branches under one roof boosts the overall efficiency of each department. While each group will have their respective, dedicated areas, they will share the lobby, training room, fitness room, and emergency operations center. “We could not be more excited about this beautiful addition to our community,” said Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton. “The design fits perfectly next to downtown and the interior is exactly what our public safety professionals needed to perform their jobs for generations to come. IMPACT Strategies did a masterful job coordinating skilled craftsmen to finish the project within budget and on schedule.” The new facility will also house the 911-dispatch center. The dispatch center serves as a designated safe zone with reinforced walls and ceiling and a backup generator in the case of inclement weather. Evidence storage, investigation rooms, detention cells, and meeting rooms are among some of the other features located in this 52,000-square foot facility. The vehicle bays include seven spaces for firetrucks and EMS vehicles. The completion of the Edwardsville Public Safety Facility comes just shortly after IMPACT Strategies completed a project of similar magnitude for the City of Belleville. The City of Belleville hired IMPACT for a three-phase plan that included the construction of Belleville’s new $11 million police department headquarters, a parking garage to accommodate the city’s police cruisers and maintenance vehicles, and a major renovation of their 60-year-old City Hall building. IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management. The company is headquartered in Fairview Heights, Ill. with an office in St. Louis, Mo. and primarily serves clients in the St. Louis metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest.
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BROADWAY POPS AT THE MOVIES AND DINNER THEATER SET FOR MARCH 3 WITH EMCEE STEVE JANKOWSKI The Masterworks Chorale, Children’s Choruses and Jazz Ensemble will present That’s Entertainment! Broadway Pops at the Movies in a Dinner Theater setting on March 3 at Bellecourt Manor in Belleville. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Mager, the chorale will take the opportunity to let their hair down a bit and offer popular music from Broadway at the Movies. This year the chorale will groove to some hot jazz numbers and swing to some wellknown show tunes, including songs from “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The children’s chorus will perform some selections from “Aristocats” and “Alladin.” As a special treat, guest emcee Steve Jankowski is certain to get the audience “in the mood.” Jankowski began a highly successful, 35 year-long broadcasting career after becoming a member of the WSIE on-air staff as an SIUE student in 1972. His broadcast career involved work at some of the top radio and TV stations in St. Louis, including KSDK, KMOV, KMOX and KEZK. From December 2006 to October 2015, Jankowski served SIUE as the Director of the Office of Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the SIUE Alumni Association, and is now the interim director of WSIE radio. For this performance, the chorale is returning to a very successful format from previous years - the dinner theater with a hree-course meal plus a cash bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. and entertainment starts at 7 p.m. Belle Court Manor is at 225 East A Street in Belleville. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from the chorale’s manager, Christa Jenkins. Please call her at (618) 304-9094 or email her at email@example.com. This event will be a sell out thus make reservations today!
SWIC MAKES 2018 TOP 10 LIST FOR MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS Southwestern Illinois College has earned the 2018 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs, and Military Spouse. The college is ranked sixth in the Top Ten Large Community College category. This is the fifth year the college has been recognized as a Military Friendly School. More than 1,300 higher education institutions participated in the 2017-18 survey; 849 were awarded the designation in recognition of their support of the military community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. “We proudly serve the largest student veteran population of any public institution in Illinois,” said President Georgia Costello, Ph.D. “Supporting veterans and military families is one of our top priorities. We are honored to be recognized once again as a Military Friendly School for the support and programming we offer to our student veterans. Veterans are our heroes.” Military Friendly® schools represent the top tier of institutions that provide the best opportunities for military service members and spouses. Having the designation shows that your school is better for veterans with the admissions, student support and career services in place to prepare them for graduation and gainful employment. Southwestern Illinois College provides student veterans with a strong support system including Veteran-to-Veteran tutoring, an active Student Veterans of America Chapter, Veterans Student Center, specialized resume and job search workshops, and specialized orientation tracks. SWIC is also one of only 94 schools nationwide to have a full-time U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Success on Campus counselor on site. In addition, the college hosts an annual Veterans Job Fair that attracts more than 100 employers and assists student veterans and veteran alumni in securing employment and advancement opportunities. For more information visit swic.edu/students/veteran-services or call 618-235-2700, ext. 5288.
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Chamber Member Update OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS PRESENTS “IN SEARCH OF ST. PAUL” SERIES The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., is presenting a three-week series entitled In Search of St. Paul. Shrine Spiritual Programs Coordinator Mark Etling, Ph.D. will lead this discussion on Saturdays, February 24, March 3 and March 10, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. After Jesus himself, St. Paul is probably the most influential figure in the history of Christianity. Still, Paul the man and his theology remain shrouded in mystery. What are we to make of the significant differences between Paul as he describes himself in his own letters and as he is depicted in the Acts of the Apostles? How did the focus of Paul’s theology evolve, even within the collection of his own letters? Are there Jewish elements in Paul’s Christian theology? Fee: $30 for the series or $10 per session. Pre-registration is required. This program will be held at the Edwin J. Guild Center. Information and registration at snows.org/programs or contact the Shrine at 618-394-6270.
KORTE & LUITJOHAN COMPLETES WORK AT RICHLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Korte & Luitjohan (K&L) announces the completion of the new Student Success Center at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois. The new Student Success Center shares 10,000-square-feet of renovated space along with a 17,000-square foot addition with administrative offices and meeting spaces. This LEED Silver certified building will save the college money in operating costs while making a positive impact on the environment. Students and staff will enjoy the convenience of centrally located services, and a modern, comfortable and collaborative space. Korte & Luitjohan (K&L) is a design-build, construction management, and general contracting firm based in Highland, Illinois. Founded in 1958, the company provides quality construction for commercial buildings, industrial facilities and infrastructure throughout Southern and Central Illinois and the St. Louis Metro area. Bringing good old-fashioned values and work ethic to every project, K&L utilizes our broad experience and skilled management to deliver first class building projects to our clients. For more information, please visit K&L’s website at www.korteluitjohan.com. At Korte & Luitjohan, we are “BUILDING A HIGHER STANDARD.”
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What’s Happening in March March 1, 2018 - April 8, 2018 Photo Contest St. Clair Cnty Historical Soc. | Belleville
Monday, March 5 Homeschool Info Meeting | 6:30pm SWIC | Belleville
Saturday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade | 11:00am Belleville Main Street | Belleville
Thursday, March 1 Sip & Shop | 6:30pm The Weingarten | Belleville
Wednesday, March 7 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Seminar | 1:00pm Regency Conference Center | O’Fallon
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party | 1:00pm Belleville Main Street | Belleville
Thursday - March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville
Friday, March 9 Nerf Night | 6:00pm Nichols Community Center | Belleville
Friday - March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Fish Fry | 5:00pm The Orchards | Belleville
Glo Bingo for Whitey Herzog Field | 7:00pm Moose Lodge | Swansea
Friday - March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville
Saturday, March 10 Mozart’s Flights of Fancy | 11:00am Belleville Public Library
Saturday, March 3 Sister Thea Bowman Heath Care Career Open House | 9:00am 15th Annual Benefit Gala | 5:00pm SWIC | Belleville Four Points by Sheraton | Fairview Heights Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4 Flea Market | 9:00am Tuesday, March 13 St. Clair County Event Center | Belleville Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30am Artigem Replacement Wine & Food Festival | 12:00pm Services | Belleville Eckert’s | Belleville Nutrition for Diabetes & Prevention | Monday - March 5, 12, 19, 26 6:00pm Althoff Catholic Father & Friends Orthopedic & Neurosciences Center | BINGO | 7:00pm Belleville CKLofI Country Club | Swansea
Jazz at the B’Eastro | 6:00pm Bellecourt Manor | Belleville Thursday, March 22 Colo-Rectal Health | 6:00pm Orthopedic & Neurosciences Center | Belleville Friday, March 23 Trivia Night | 6:30pm Moose Lodge | Swansea Monday, March 26 Kiwanis Chicken and Dumpling Dinner | 11:00am Belleville West High School Nutrition & Lifestyle Practice for Ayurveda | 6:00pm The Cancer Treatment Center Learning Center | Swansea Tuesday, March 27 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30am Artigem Replacement Services | Belleville
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2018-2019 CHAMBER CONNECTION NEWSLETTER ADVERTISING CONTRACT Company Name: Contact Name: Phone: Email: Address: City: Please check below which size ad you would like to run: Ad Sizes:
The Chamber Connection Newsletter is distributed the last week of each month (Example: Februaryâ€™s newsletter will be distributed the week of January 26th). Ad copy must be received by the 15th of the month. Advertisers have the option of changing their ad monthly as long as new ad copy is received by the deadline.
Business Card (3.5 x 2.3) $25.00* 1/4 Page (3.5 x 4.8)
All ads must be submitted in JPEG or PDF format. Ads will be full color in the online version of the newsletter (email distribution of more than 1,600 chamber member representatives). Please contact Marketing & Communications Manager at (618) 233-2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance with ad design.
1/2 Page (7.3 x 4.8) $100.00* Full Page (7.3 x 9.8) $200.00*
What months in 2018-2019 would you like to purchase advertising space (check all months that apply): Apr
Pre-Payment Discount: If you reserve ad space for an entire year and pre-pay the full amount due by January 1st, you receive one month free the following year. Cash or check enclosed for full amount $
or partial amount of $
Payment by Credit Card (please fill out information below) Name on Card: Billing Address: Card Type: Security Number
Number: Exp Date:
Please mail to: Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, 216 East A Street, Belleville, IL 62220 or fax to (618) 233-2077 or scan and email to email@example.com. Page 22
One of the largest student organizations on campus, the Belleville East Lancer Band motto is NMAOTBA: “Never Miss An Opportunity To Be Awesome!” and proudly boasts the accomplishments locally, statewide, and nationally of the BTHS East Marching Lancers, Concert Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Indoor Drum Line, Color Guard, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. The mission of BTHS District 201 is to “provide all students with a quality education and lifelong learning skills necessary to meet tomorrow’s challenges”. The Belleville East Band & Orchestra Parents (BEBOP) is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization the supports the Lancer Band Program in it’s endeavors to continue to provide high quality music education to students while ensuring the community’s access to the musical arts.
M arch 17, 2018 6 pm Social – 7 pm Dinner
Bellecourt Manor, Belleville FOR TICKETS
BECKY MCGRADY at 618.581.5929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BEBOP assists in the purchase of new and replacement instrumentation & equipment, uniforms, music & other required resources, clinical staff stipends, and thereby, offering to our community the gift of music and support of the arts. BEBOP invites you to join us in supporting our awesome students through our annual fundraiser, “Jazz at the B’Eastro” on Saturday, March 17th , 2018 by becoming an awesome sponsor. We thank you in advance for your consideration of our request and your support.
_____ LEAD Sponsor at $1000
(includes 4 tickets w/VIP Seating, Table & Program Ad)
_____ IMPROV Sponsor at $500 (includes 2 tickets w/VIP Seating, Table & Program Ad)
_____ RHYTHM Sponsor at $250 (includes 2 tickets w/Table Ad)
_____ MELODY Sponsor at $100 (includes Table Ad) _____ SPIRIT Sponsor at $50 BEBOP is a 501(3)(c) organization
___________________________________________________________________ Contact Person
Please return completed form with contribution payable to BEBOP by 3/2/18 to: BEBOP - 2661 North Illinois St., PMB 190 - Swansea, IL 62226 Retain a copy of this form for your records.
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Summer Youth Choral Experience A one-week program for aspiring young musicians
July 9-13 17-21 July
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
St. Paul’s UCC, Belleville
For singers entering grades 3-12
with Dr. Stephen Mager, music director and conductor Activities and opportunities:
• Beginning and advanced vocal training; music reading skills • Performance of standard choral repertoire, jazz, and Broadway • Music-making with handbells, handchimes, Orff Instruments, pipe organ • Special guest appearances by St. Louis area professional musicians • Introduction to dance with Laura Roth
Tuition-Registration: $125 per singer / $350 max. per family Financial assistance is available if needed.
For more information, contact Lisa Cripe, Chorus Manager, at 618-304-9094 or MCC@singmasterworks.org
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On Wednesday, August 8th, 2018,
the Chamber’s Education Committee will host their Back to School Fun Fair at Belleville West High School from 5 - 7 p.m. Students from the Belleville elementary Chamber Member schools* and their families will be invited to attend. Families in attendance will receive valuable information from our business leaders while participating in activities that will allow them to leave with a backpack full of school supplies in preparation for the new school year. The event will celebrate the new school year with games, activities with involvement from high school students and more. The Education Committee hopes to provide up to 1,000 backpacks for our school age children. Sponsorships will be essential to the success of this event. Following are this year’s sponsorship levels: Backpack Sponsor - $1,000 • Company logo on Chamber website, newsletter, posters, slide show during event, and sponsor flyer in backpacks. • School supply item with company name inside backpacks. • Premier spot for exhibit table at event. Limited spots available. Corporate Sponsor - $500 • Company name on Chamber website, newsletter, posters, slide show during event, and on sponsor flyer in backpacks. Choice of an exhibit table location at event (after Backpack Sponsor spots are filled). Limited spots available. Table Sponsor - $100 • Company name on posters displayed during event and on sponsor flyer in backpacks • Exhibit table at event • •
Please indicate below your level of support. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request. *Participating schools: BASSC Elementary, Belleville School District #118, Belle Valley School District #119, Governor French Academy, Harmony-Emge School District #175, Menta Academy, Signal Hill School District #181, Whiteside School District #115, Zion Lutheran Grade School and all Catholic grade schools - Blessed Sacrament, Notre Dame Academy, Sister Thea Bowman, St. Teresa and Queen of Peace.
Company/Organization Name: Address: Contact Name: Contact Phone: Sponsorship Level: (Please check one)
Backpack Sponsor Corporate Sponsor Table Sponsor ($1000) ($500) ($100)
Please check one:
As a sponsor, I would like to reserve an exhibit table for my business at the event.
I would just like to be listed as a sponsor and don’t need an exhibit table. If you wish to participate just as an exhibitor and not a sponsor, the cost is $50 per table. Each exhibitor is provided one table and 2 chairs. No signage is provided. Please check here and send back with your payment of $50.
Checks may be made payable to the “Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce” and mailed to the Chamber office at 216 East A Street, Belleville, IL 62220. Sponsorship deadline is July 1st, 2018. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber at (618) 233-2015. The Chamber Connection