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


Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Edmond Brown, President Elect ELB Enterprises, Inc.


Illinois American Water Company


Ameren Belleville News-Democrat Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.


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


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

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 Ryan Boike, Belleville School District #118 Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary C. Lamie, Bi-State Development Carol Haffner-Meyer, Beacon Ministry David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System 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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The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce

Don’t Miss







Annual Dinner & Silent Auction 2019


January 31


Please RSVP withAUCTION reply card & ITEMS payment by January 18, 2019. CALL FOR SILENT

Donating items for our Annual Dinner’s Silent Auction is a great way to help us raise funds for next year’s programs. Our Silent Auction has always included a wide variety of items to bid on. Past years have included event and theater tickets, artwork, hotel and golf packages, gift baskets and gift cards to local businesses and restaurants. We greatly appreciate any and all donations to our Silent Auction. If you are able to donate an item for this year, please complete the donation form you can find on the Chamber’s website at or e-mail Our programs continue to be successful due to the generous support of our donors each year. Your company name will be listed along with the item donated not only on our evening’s program but also on our website prior to the event.

ADVERTISING DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR THE 2018 ANNUAL REPORT The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is preparing its 2018 Annual Report that will be distributed to more than 1,750 individual representative chamber members digitally. The Annual Report will be available for the entire community to view and read on our Chamber website. The full-color publication will tell the great story of the Chamber’s accomplishments, growth and changes during 2018 and preview what goals we have for 2019. This report presents an opportunity to join your fellow Chamber members in marketing your business to your current and potential customers for all of 2019. The contract with pricing information can be found on the Chamber’s website at Contracts are due no later than Friday, January 4. Our deadline for artwork is January 11, 2019. Last year the publication sold out of ad space and we would like to do that again this year. The Annual Report is produced in-house and generates non-dues revenue for the Chamber. Your support of this publication not only benefits your organization but greatly assists the Chamber in accomplishing our mission of: “Advancing Business. Supporting Community.” Thank you for continued support of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Connection

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Last month the Chamber was honored to have the Belleville CEO high school class visit the office to talk with them about what all we do for the community. This year’s Belleville CEO class consists of 16 high school students that mix from Belleville East, West and Althoff Catholic. The program provides comprehensive educational experience for the community’s high school students, equipping them to be the enterprising individual and entrepreneurial thinkers who contribute to the economic development of our County. Find out more about their program at

CHAMBER HEALTHCARE & CSA COMMITTEE HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL GLOVE DRIVE Thank you to Illinois American Water in Belleville for donating 167 pairs of gloves to our glove drive this year! We are so thankful for them and our many other individuals and organizations that helped donate to this year’s drive.

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CHAMBER NEWS GREATER BELLEVILLE CHAMBER CLOSED JANUARY 21 FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY. THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN ON TUES., JANUARY 22. ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHT On Tuesday, December 18, the Chamber met to conduct it’s Annual Board Meeting. This meeting takes the place of the Chamber’s regular monthly Board of Directors meeting and is open for all Chamber members to attend. The Annual Meeting provided a forum for a wrap-up of the year by Dr. Jeff Dosier, outgoing Board President and Wendy Pfeil, Chamber Executive Director. Incoming Chamber President Mike McManus was introduced to attendees. A compilation of the year’s events were provided by each of the Chamber member committees.

WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS As 2019 begins, we also welcome a few new members to our Board of Directors.

Lisa Adams, Adams Publications Brett Baltz, Egyptian Workspace Partners Cathy Dupertuis, People Ready a True Blue Company Daniel Lovekamp, Auffenburg Dealer Group of Illinois Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Kayla Mitchell, Scheffel Boyle Jessica Orelt, Allstate Insurance Amy Richter, Hospice of Southern Illinois We also welcome our new board president, Mike McManus with Memorial Hospital. “I am looking forward to completing the renovations to the Chamber offices in 2019,” says McManus. “I also want to continue to push forward on the initiatives outlined in our strategic plan, especially working with the City on business and economic development, continuing to foster the young professionals network, Chamber board development and membership growth.” Thank you to all for commitment to the Chamber and we look forward to your new ideas and leadership. The Chamber Connection

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January 2018

Upcoming Chamber Events

1/1 New Year’s Day - Office Closed 1/3 Ambassadors Committee Meeting 1/3 Business After Hours @ FCB Bank 1/8 Coffee Cup Connections @ LDT Photography 1/10 Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting 1/14 PR/Marketing Committee Meeting 1/15 Board of Directors Meeting 1/15 Economic Development Meeting 1/16 Leadership Committee Meeting 1/16 Young Professionals Luncheon 1/21 Martin Luther King Day - Office Closed 1/31 Annual Dinner If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618-233-2015.

2019 Events

mark your calendars

3/14 3/16 5/10 5/13 6/19 10/11 10/12 10/12 11/2

69th Annual Enlisted Dinner Lucky Leprechaun 5k & St. Patrick’s Day Parade Leadership Belleville Graduation Day Otto Golf Classic at St. Clair Country Club EmpowHER Women’s Conference 35th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-off 35th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-off 5K Chili Chase & Kids Pepper Dash Art & Wine Walk

ANNUAL CHAMBER TOTAL RESOURCE CAMPAIGN BEGINS Starting January 7, the Chambers Total Resource Campaign begins. 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.

BELLEVILLE MAIN STREET SEEKING EVENT SPONSORS Belleville Main Street is the committee of the Chamber of Commerce focused on the revitalization of downtown Belleville. We know that our historic downtown is the heart of Belleville and are so excited to see downtown living and breathing with such vitality! Belleville Main Street Committee hosts several events in downtown Belleville to 1) bring people to explore downtown Belleville and 2) raise funds for marketing and enhancing downtown. We are seeking sponsors for our first two events of the year. Please consider supporting the HEART OF BELLEVILLE today! Saturday, February 9 – Sparkles, Suds & Sweets Walk –– Up to 400 participants sample sparkling wine, beer and sweets while visiting our local retailers and restaurants. Tickets are $25/per person in advance; $30 day of event. * SPARKLES Sponsor - $500 – Your logo on all marketing material, 8 tickets to the event * SUDS Sponsor - $250 – Your logo on all marketing material, 4 tickets to the event * SWEETS Sponsor - $100 – Your name on all marketing material, 2 tickets to the event To be included in all marketing, these sponsorships must be confirmed by Friday, January 11th. Saturday, March 16 – Lucky Leprechaun 5K Run/Walk – unlimited participants – Kick off the St. Patrick’s Day Belleville Events. * POT OF GOLD Sponsor - $1000 – Pre-race pickup can take place at your location, Top Tier logo placement on event T-shirt, 8 event entries, logo included on all marketing * SHAMROCK Sponsor - $500 – 2nd Tier logo placement on event t-shirt, 6 event entries, Logo included on all Marketing * LYRE Sponsors - $250 – 3rd Tier logo placement on event t-shirt, 4 event entries, Logo included on all Marketing * RAINBOW Sponsor - $100 – Name Placement on event T-Shirt, 2 Event Entries, Name included on all Marketing. To be included in all marketing, these sponsorships must be confirmed by Friday, January 11th. 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 November.

Edward Hoering Belleville Jewel Box Cosmetology School LLC 9601 West Main Street | Belleville 618-919-2251

Thank you

Roaming Riddle Mobile Escape Games 161 Tetherwood Ct. | Belleville 618-613-4044

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

Bank of Belleville Barcom Security Beast Craft BBQ DeFrates Picture Eye Gallery Dieterich Bank Ear, Nose & Throat institute of Southern Illinois

Home Instead Senior Care Illinois Center for Autism Louer’s Facility Planning, Inc PNC Bank Rising Star St. Clair County Economic Department Terra Source Global

For a complete list of our members, visit For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618-233-2015 or


Metal Crafters Studio

Brown Chiropractic

Thursday, December 6 310 East Main Street, Studio 13 | Belleville

Tuesday, December 11 4460 North Illinois Street | Swansea

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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COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY CHAMBER HONORS BREAKTHRU BEVERAGE & CALLISON FAMILY The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to The Callison Family with Breakthru Beverage. Breakthru Beverage Belleville is a wholesale wine and spirits distributor that serves the southern half of Illinois and is focused on the Metro East. Their main office is located in Belleville in the Belle Valley Industrial Park. Breakthru Belleville was originally started in 1933 in East St. Louis by an independent entrepreneur named Ed Pohlman. Olin Callison joined the distributorship as the General Manager in 1934 and purchased the business. In 1954 and 1956, Olin’s two son’s, Bill and Ed Callison, joined the business with their father. In 1967, Olin Callison passed away and Ed Callison took over as President of Callison Wholesale Liquor. In the face of rapid expansion and brand acquisition, Callison Liquor moved from its original location at 10th and Missouri in East St. Louis and built a new warehouse located at 4 Premier Drive in Belleville. Ed and his brother, Bill, wanted to plan for the future and built a warehouse five-times larger than what they needed. Between the time of Olin’s passing and 1992, sales for Callison Liquor grew by a multiple of 10 equating to 10% sales growth per year over 25 years. In 1993, in the face of wholesaler consolidation in the state of Illinois, Callison Liquor partnered with the Wirtz Family from Chicago to form Callison Distributing, LLC. At that time, Ed Callison Jr. was named the Managing Partner of the Joint Venture and the Callisons continued to have ownership and run the Southern Illinois Operation for Wirtz Beverage south of Springfield. In 2016, Wirtz Beverage merged with the Charmer family from New York City forming Breakthru Beverage. Throughout the merger, the Callisons were grateful to be able to keep their company in Southern Illinois and today still serve as managing partners for the Joint Venture, which is run by Hamilton. The Callison Family has been involved with the Belleville community for over 70 years either living or working in the town. Another member of the family, Shirley Callison, used to lead the Woman’s Crisis Center in Belleville. She also used to run the gift shop at Memorial Hospital, taught Kindergarten at Signal Hill Grade School and taught Sunday School to adults at Signal Hill Methodist Church for over 40 years. Breakthru Belleville continues to support the Belleville community where they can. Between working with the Belleville Chamber, the Belle-Scott Committee, Art on the Square, Get to Know ME, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the St. Clair County Tavern Association, Breakthru Belleville hopes to be an active member of the Belleville Community for many years to come. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and our Ambassadors are proud to honor the Callison family with this quarter’s Commitment to Community Award.

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 January 3 FCB Banks February 7 Arsenal Credit Union

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.

March 7 Memorial Hospital 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:

& The Callison Family

On December 6, Breakthru Beverage Group and The Callison Family hosted Business After Hours at Bellecourt Place. Over 120 Chamber members and guests enjoyed drinks, a wonderful buffet, and take home a bottle of wine to kick off the holiday season. Hamilton Callison spoke to the group about the local history of the Callison family and how they started in the beverage business. The Callison family has been in the metro east for over 120 years and has a strong sense of community spirit for the area.

Ruth Ann and Dick Erdmann of Erdmann Law Offices post for a festive picture at Business After Hours.

Breakthru Beverage Illinois is the state’s oldest and most established distributor. Formerly known as Wirtz Beverage Illinois, the company began operations out of a single warehouse in 1946, and has since grown to become a flagship distributor. Today, Breakthru Beverage Illinois reaches every corner of the state, utilizes the most innovative technology and employs the industry’s most knowledgeable sales force. Thank you to Breakthru Beverage Group & the Calllison Family for their hospitality at the December Business After Hours.


For more information about Breakthru Beverage:

Upcoming Business After Hours


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Belleville Township High School District 201 consists of two public high schools, Belleville East and Belleville West, which serve students in grades 9 through 12 from five surrounding communities including Belleville, Fairview Heights, Millstadt, Shiloh, and Swansea. Our mission is to provide all students with a quality education and lifelong learning skills necessary to meet tomorrow’s challenges. The Belleville East campus is located on 76 acres of beautiful wooded land, at the corner of West Boulevard and Carlyle Avenue. This college-like campus contains 19 instructional buildings. Belleville West is a 260,000 square feet high school on 113 acres at the corner of Route 15 and Frank Scott Parkway West. Each campus has classrooms designed to meet the demands of the educational curriculum. Both campuses contain state-of-the-art facilities including a performing arts center, media center, science labs, computers labs, career and technology labs, and athletic facilities. Belleville Township High School District 201 is rich in tradition and provides a multitude of opportunities for our students. District 201 provides a rigorous curriculum including Honors courses, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and Vocational Programs for students. All of our programs are staffed by highly qualified teachers and support staff. The schools also feature a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities that are recognized annually at the local, state and national levels. Program offerings include but are not limited to academic teams, athletic teams, fine arts activities, band, chorus, student clubs, and community outreach activities. For more information about Belleville East or Belleville West, visit

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LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE Education Day On December 14, Leadership Belleville Class took part in Education Day. The day began at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville with breakfast and a panel discussion on the current issues affecting education. Participants included Janet Fontenot, Dean of Business and Arts & Science at Southwestern Illinois College; Renee Porter, Campus Provost at Lindenwood University-Belleville; Josh Lane, Principal at Belleville HS Dist. #201 East; Matt Klosterman, Superintendent at Belleville Grade School Dist #118; Dave Harris, Principal at Althoff Catholic High School; Stacey Louderman, Principal at St. Clair County Safe School; Susan Sarfaty, Regional Superintendent at St. Clair County Regional Office of Education; and Dana Miller, Principal at The Menta Academy. Following the panel discussion, the class traveled to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School where they met with staff to discuss both the good things happening and the challenges faced by educators today then had lunch with the students, which is always a highlight of the day. The group later traveled to Belleville West for a student panel and tour with principal Richard Mertens. Thank you to our day planners: Tracy Gray, Belleville Grade School District 118, Class of 2015 Lynn Selden, St. Clair Country Club, Class of 2017 To learn more about the Leadership Belleville Program, visit



Allyson has always considered herself a “leader” but not

Christopher Seaman has served in the United States Air

in the ways you would expect. Throughout her childhood

Force since 1997. Throughout his career he has taken on

Allyson insisted on taking charge in grade school and

many leadership roles including volunteering at animal

later in life, Law school.

shelters and speaking at events.

As an attorney Allyson put her skills to the test, providing

Over time Christopher has developed a keen interest in

the knowledge and persistence to give the best service for

honing and enhancing his own leadership skills. This

her clients. With each new opportunity she takes the reins

interest has been a key motivator in his continued ideology

and dives head first, giving her the ability to develop new

of “taking chances” and working hard.

skills throughout her entire life. By joining the program Christopher hopes he can discover Allyson hopes that by participating in the Belleville

his true potential and make a difference for himself and his

Leadership program she can bring a new perspective to


the table. She also hopes to lend her natural leadership skills in making the community better. The Chamber Connection

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Nationally recognized for patient safety Congratulations to our team for putting patients and safety first. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital earned the nation’s top distinction for patient safety with an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The “A” recognizes our high standards in patient safety. This honor belongs to every one of our colleagues, who work every day for our patients.

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MEMBER UPDATES KORTE & LUITJOHAN CELEBRATES 60 YEARS, NAMES NEW PRESIDENT On September 21st, 2018, hundreds of friends, family and long-time business associates gathered to celebrate Korte & Luitjohan’s 60th Anniversary. In a bittersweet moment before a champagne toast, Pete Korte handed Gregg Korte the ceremonial keys to the business. Pete will continue on as the CEO of the company and Gregg will take over the duties of President. Korte & Luitjohan humbly began in 1958, when Pete borrowed money from his Father-in-Law to purchase a rubber-tired trencher. A year later, his Brother-in-Law, Joe Luitjohan, joined him in the business, and they formed Korte & Luitjohan. Throughout the 60’s and 70’s they worked to develop and establish the skills and work ethic that is still the backbone of the company today. Gregg Korte began his career as a heavy equipment operator in 1978, then moved up to superintendent. After graduating from SIUE in 1989 with a BA in Business Administration, he became the company’s general manager. From 1997 until his recent promotion, he served as Vice President. Korte is a member of the Design Build Institute of American (DBIA), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), SIUE - Construction Leadership Institute (CLI), Concrete Council of St. Louis, and serves as Chairman of the SIBA Education Committee, Committee member of the SIBA Electronic Plan Room and is a J.U.L.I.E. Board Member. With a passion for building and as a respected member of the construction industry for 34 years, Korte is prepared to lead Korte & Luitjohan into the next chapter of their history. Korte & Luitjohan is a leading design-build, general contracting firm with 60 years of building experience in the commercial, industrial and infrastructure markets. Since its founding in 1958, the company has provided quality construction throughout the Metro St. Louis area and Southern and Central Illinois. K&L brings traditional values and a strong work ethic to every project. Our collaborative approach allows us to apply our broad experience and management skills to deliver first class building projects to our clients. For more information, please visit K&L’s website at At Korte & Luitjohan, we are “BUILDING A HIGHER STANDARD.”

LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE BECOMES MEMBER OF ILLINOIS ARTICULATION INITIATIVE Lindenwood University-Belleville is now a member of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide transfer agreement which allows for seamless credit hour transfer for general education courses between participating institutions. “We’re very excited to be part of this initiative because it will allow us to better serve transfer students, who can maximize their time at a partnering community college, then come to us to complete a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Renee Porter, campus provost. Lindenwood University-Belleville currently shares transfer agreements with 14 academic programs at nine different institutions throughout Illinois and Missouri and through the IAI, intends to expand articulation agreements with Southwestern Illinois Community College, Kaskaskia College, Lewis and Clark Community College, Rend Lake Community College, and John A. Logan Community College. “Our goal is to provide transfer students with an individual degree map to maximize the credits they’ve already earned at another institution and partner with them toward degree completion,” said Dean of Admissions Reeta Piirala-Skoglund. “With that, we are developing several 2+2 transfer guides, where students can spend two or three years at the community college and then transfer to Lindenwood for the final year or two to complete their degree.” To learn more about the transfer agreements through Lindenwood University-Belleville, visit http://www.lindenwood. edu/belleville/admissions/transfer-students/.

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MEMBER UPDATES HSHS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS DIVISION HONORS 27 RN RESIDENT GRADUATES 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 colleagues. “The HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency program truly prepares new graduate nurses for quality practice, as well as gives them the support and tools to serve as active members in our ministry for our patients,” said Angela Gilbreth, RN, BSN, CLS, nursing educator for the SID Residency Program. “We thank our nurses for their hard work and diligence throughout the residency program and we look forward to their continued growth and bright nursing careers ahead.”

Congratulations to the RN residents who recently completed the HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency Program. The RN residents include: (front row, left to right) Jenna Plantz, Meghan Solosabal, Renee Richter, Melanie Mensing, Katy Kosydor and Madisyn May. Middle Row: Cassy Lloyd, Amne Intissar, Cassidy Garland, Cassi Turner, Rachel Gleave, Zoe Swarm, Kayla Weiland and Tina Howard. Back row: Steven Lynn, Tremiya Beamon, Emily Harrison, Cassandra Witt, Maggie Arehart, Shelby LaPointe, Lee Langsdorf, Taylor Well, Jenna Bechtold, Ashley Baker, Lisa Tincher, Taylor Connor and Angela Gilbreth, of HSHS SID Education Services.

Transitioning residents from HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital include: Katy Kosydor (Emergency); Taylor Connor and Meghan Solosabal (Intensive Care); Steven Lynn, Madisyn May and Jenna Plantz (Med/ Surg); Amne Intissar (Comprehensive Acute Rehabilitation Unit); Maggie Arehart, Cassidy Garland and Paige Graves, (Telemetry Unit A); Tremiya Beamon, Rachel Gleave, Cassy Lloyd and Cassi Turner (Telemetry Unit B); and Shelby LaPointe, Emily Harrison and Lisa Tincher (Women and Infants Center). Transitioning residents from HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland include: Lee Langsdorf and Renee Richter (Emergency); and Ashley Baker, Tina Howard, Kayla Weiland and Taylor Well (Med/Surg). Transitioning residents from HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese include: Jenna Bechtold (Emergency); Melanie Mensing (Med/Surg); and Zoe Swarm and Cassandra Witt (Women and Infants Center). Star Preceptors from each hospital were additionally recognized and thanked for their selfless commitment and dedication in guiding the RN residents during the program. They included: • Hannah Schlemer, SID Float Pool/St. Elizabeth’s Telemetry A Unit • Niki Tebbe, St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese, Emergency Department • Annette Anderson, St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, Emergency Department • Hannah Wunderlich, St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, Inpatient The HSHS Southern Illinois Division is currently accepting applications for the February 2019 RN Residency Cohort. Residents are hired as full-time colleagues and remain full-time on their unit after they successfully complete the program. Components of the Residency Program curriculum include 75 percent of clinical time and 25 percent classroom time. Individual preceptor teams, as well as individual mentors, are assigned to each participant. This innovative, one-onone attention prevents novice nurses from feeling overwhelmed in their first year of work. Debriefing and colleague support groups are also provided throughout the residency and during their first year of nursing, which helps residents to progress to high competence levels quickly, safely and efficiently. Learn more about the HSHS Southern Illinois Division RN Residency Program at, or call (618) 234-2120, extension 11098. The HSHS Southern Illinois Division is comprised of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon; HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham; HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese; HSHS Holy Family Hospital, Greenville; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Highland.

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MEMBER UPDATES SWIC NJCAA HALL OF FAME COACH HARRINGTON REACHES 800 WINS Southwestern Illinois College men’s basketball coach Jay Harrington reached his 800th victory at the college this week when the Blue Storm topped Mineral Area College 88-79. Harrington, who is now in his 40th year of coaching at SWIC, has an 800-468 record at the college. His overall collegiate coaching record stands at 880-510. He was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2002, coached three USA Basketball teams and won numerous Region 24 and GRAC Coach of the Year awards. “The victory doesn’t belong to me – it belongs to the students, the college and the community,” said Harrington. “I am very fortunate to have worked for one college for so many years. This is a testament to the college and its commitment to the Athletic program.” To check out the Blue Storm 2018-19 schedule, visit To support Blue Storm Athletic Scholarships, visit

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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 SWIC OFFERING TO ASSIST VATTEROTT STUDENTS Southwestern Illinois College stands ready to assist Vatterott College students in completing their education after the for-profit institution abruptly closed its doors in December. Vatterott closed all of its locations including its site in Fairview Heights leaving 156 students unable to finish the semester or their degrees. “Our program coordinators and advisors are ready to meet with students to evaluate prior learning and determine a plan for completing their educational goals at SWIC,” said Dean of Technical Education Brad Sparks. “We consider it a service to the community to help these students.” SWIC offers more than 150 affordable degree and certificate program options – including online and accelerated courses – for students who want to prepare to enter the workforce or transfer to a university. SWIC offers many of the same subjects as Vatterott including: Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Welding, Medical Assistant and Culinary Arts. SWIC has campuses in Belleville, Granite City and Red Bud plus numerous off-campus sites, including Scott Air Force Base and the East St. Louis Community College Center. Registration is under way for the spring semester. Classes start Jan. 12, 2019. For more information, contact an academic advisor at 618-235-2700, ext. 5786 or

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MEMBER UPDATES SPECIALIZED LIVING CENTER REQUESTS WISH LIST ITEMS As a nonprofit, we appreciate our volunteers and donors who help us care for our residents, enriching their lives and providing not only the basic necessities, but also a homelike setting plus enjoyable outings. Established in 1979, our building and grounds are in need of updating and a variety of repairs and improvements. We recently began posting Wednesday Wish lists on our Facebook page, We have had a favorable response to several requests. Our department with one of the greatest needs at this time is Dietary. Our kitchen, under the direction of Heather Schwartz, prepares all meals for 58 residents in an outdated commercial kitchen in need of a culinary Santa and all his helpers! Our kitchen wish list includes small wishes like plastic pitchers, serving spoons, paring & chefs’ knives. We have a medium size wish for 2 large, heavy duty commercial trash cans on rollers and our BIG wish is for a new or gently used commercial stove. If you can help fulfill any of these wishes, please call Heather at 618.277.7730, ext 3314. You can also find an updated list on our Facebook page listed above. Thank you to everyone and we look forward to meeting all Chamber members in the future.

HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES APPROVAL FOR A RADIATION ONCOLOGY CLINIC IN O’FALLON HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and its parent company Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), announced today that they have received approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB) to lease space for a radiation oncology clinic near their new, state-of-the-art hospital along Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in St. Clair County. President and CEO Patti Fischer stated, “St. Elizabeth’s delivers high-quality Franciscan health care, and we continue to develop plans to bring needed health care services to patients in our region. With the addition of this radiation oncology clinic, cancer patients will have the opportunity to receive the excellent care they deserve in a location that is close to home.” The 11,750 square foot clinic will be constructed by Green Mount Enterprises, LLC with space being leased to St. Elizabeth’s. St. Elizabeth’s services will offer patients access to personalized cancer care all in one convenient location. Technologies and treatment techniques will include a linear accelerator and CT-simulator, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). Additional services such as cancer clinical trials from the National Cancer Institute, University of Chicago, NSABP Foundation, and other pharmaceutical trials along with genetic counseling, cancer screenings, wellness programs and cancer Watch your mailbox for our full-color, glossy magazine prevention education will provide ongoing support to the featuring all local content on home and garden, community.

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What’s Happening in January Tuesday, January 1 2019 Ringing of the Bells | 12:00pm Belleville Public Square

Tuesday, January 8 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

Thursday, January 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville

Thursday, January 17 Making Sense of the New Tax Law Bellecourt Manor | Belleville | 11:30am

Friday, January 4, 11, 18, 25 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville

Saturday, January 19 CHIRO-MED of BELLEVILLE Winter Luau 5K & Main Street Mile | 7:30am Lindenwood University | Belleville

Wednesday, January 23 Nat Geo Live, Dr. Kara Cooney, When Women Ruled the World | 7:30pm McKendree University | Lebanon Wednesday, January 30 Image Theatre: FROGZ | 7:00pm McKendree University | Lebanon

Monday, January 7, 14, 21, & 28 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ Tuesday, January 22 BINGO | 7:00 pm Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville 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

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$100 Pri ze 1st Mal e & Fem TV Lindenwood University Belleville Campus n ale e e r c S B o t t a l h F Races Registration: 7:30am 32” rize P e c n a ce Attend 5K Start 9:00am 1 Mile Start 9:45am Post-Ra 5K OR 1 Mile T-Shirt & Gift $25 Event 5K OR 1 Mile Hoodie & Gift $35 in Gym CHIP TIM Both Races ING for 5K T-shirt & Gift $38 Hoodie & Gift $48 Benefits Special Olympics & Get Up & Go Again This Year - $500 will be donated to the charity of choice for Team/Club with the most registered participants and volunteers Registration fee after January 11, 2019 add $500 Early packet pick up January 17th 2-6PM at Chiro-Med Belleville Race Registration Online at 5 year age groups for both races. Medal for all participants 9 and under Call Susan Barsaloux at 618-235-3200 or for more information Name of Running Club ___________________________________ Phone (day) ____________________________________

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MANDATORY WAIVER (ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN): I know that running a good race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter unless I am properly trained, medically able and take into account any pre-exisiting medical conditions. I assume any and all risks associated with this event including but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants or traffic, the effects of the weather, and conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Chiro-Med of Belleville and O’Fallon, Lindenwood University, City of Belleville, sponsors, members, employees and all other organizations and persons connected, I hereby waive any claim for damages to my person or property. I grant full permission for organizers to use photographs, videotape or motion pictures of me, and/or quotations from me in legitimate accounts and promotions for this event. No refunds are available. Event will be held rain or shine.

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