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THE AMBASSADOR CLUB HONORS ROY-EL CATERING WITH JUNE 2018 COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AWARD 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 Roy-el Catering. Roy-el Catering began as a small food catering service specializing in grilled and barbecued meats in 1987. Originally founded by Quentin and Sherry Nungesser, the company has grown into a thriving family business with the support of their son, Marty and daughter, Brea. Since their introduction, the catering company has become a staple to the greater Belleville area serving events big and small including weddings, birthdays and corporate events and now serving customers in their new restaurant, The Country Cafe, located at the St. Clair County Event Center in Belleville. One way Roy-el Catering is special is through their emergency service division that provides assistance during natural disasters including tornados, earthquakes and wildfires. Once called, the emergency service division can be on site within 24 hours and can provide up to three meals per day. Marty Nungesser of Roy-el Catering said, over the years Roy-el Catering has participated in many events around the Belleville area including fan favorites such as the Chili Cook-off and Art on the Square. As a member of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Roy-el Catering has worked to help the local community and provide the best service possible. They have also worked alongside other businesses to cater networking and other events including The Greater Belleville Chamber’s 2018 Annual Dinner. One of the greatest accomplishments for Roy-el Catering is the fact that they have been family owned and operated for nearly 30 years! Roy-el also prides themselves in providing high quality, great tasting foods that are beautifully presented. Not only do their clients rave about the delicious food, but also the friendly and professional staff. Roy-el Catering has been awarded the Reader’s Choice #1 Caterer Award in the Belleville News-Democrat for the 2013, 2014 and 2017 years. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and our Ambassadors are proud to honor them with this quarter’s Commitment to Community Award.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dr. Jeff Dosier, President Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, President Elect Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc. Edmond Brown, Vice President ELB Enterprises, Inc.

Justin Price, Second Vice President CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Kevin Richter, Immediate Past President Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD

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

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

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director 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


Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital


Illinois American Water Company


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


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


Abbott EMS Allsup, Inc Balke Brown Transwestern Bank of America Bank of Belleville Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative BOS Metro East Banking Center Brown & Crouppen Breakthru Beverage Group Cannon Utility Services, LLC. Casino Queen Chelar Tool and Die CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Cooling Concepts ELB Enterprises, Inc. Empire Comfort Systems FCB Bank First Bank FKG Oil Company Flooring Systems, Inc. Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP Holland Construction Services International Paper Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Lewis Rice LLC Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. McDonald’s - Burris Management, Inc. 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 The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows 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 Esquiline 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 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, Egyptian Workspace Partners Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union

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HEALTHCARE & CSA COMMITTEE SELLING RAFFLE TICKETS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare & Community Service Agency Committee is selling raffle tickets now through August 2nd to raise money for local high school student college scholarships.

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce has been once again named the third-largest chamber of commerce in the Metropolitan St. Louis Area by the St. Louis Business Journal Book of Lists. The Chamber falls in third behind the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Louis Regional Chamber. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce has over 550 current members. Don’t forget to take advantage of everything the Belleville Chamber offers it’s members! Membership includes but is not limited to discounted or free entry to Chamber events, sponsorship and advertising opportunities, committee involvement, free access to our Belleville Area Young Professionals group, professional development and more! Need a reminder of your benefits? Contact the Chamber at 618-233-2015 or go to the Chambers website for more details. To find a list of current members, go online to Chamber’s website and click on “Directory”.


The prize consists of various gift cards totaling a value over $500. Gift cards include but are not limited to Buffalo Wild Wings, The Beast, Red Lobster, The Abbey, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Grimm & Gorly, Cracker Barrel, Panera, Outback Steakhouse & more. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. The drawing will take place on August 2 at Business After Hours. Need not be present to win. To purchase your ticket, you can stop in at the Chamber or call 618-233-2015.

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Welcome New Members

The following members joined the Chamber in May. AAA Insurance STL Philly Wagon 2629 North Illinois | Swansea 2726 Frank Scott Parkway Ste #5, (618) 235-5700 Belleville CPR-AED Coach 6002 West Main Street | Belleville Robert E. Wells, Jr. (314) 562-6442 For Membership Information, please contact Peggy at 618.233.2015 or .....................................................................................................................

July 12 Raymond James August 2 The Esquiline

July 2018

Upcoming Chamber Events 7/3 7/4 7/9 7/10 7/12 7/12 7/19 7/27

Upcoming Business After Hours

Education Committee Meeting Independence Day - Chamber Closed PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections with Grimm & Gorly Raymond James Ribbon Cutting Business After Hours with Raymond James Diva’s Night Out McDonald’s Ribbon Cutting

September 6 Forks & Sticks/Seven October 11 Balke Brown Transwestern November 1 Associated Bank December 6 Breakthru Beverage

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

Upcoming Coffee Cup Connections Tuesday, July 10 | 8:15am Hosted By:

324 East Main Street | Belleville Please RSVP by Monday, July 9th. Page 4

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Raymond James

Thursday | July 12 | 5:00pm 23 Public Square, Suite #450, Belleville


Friday | July 27 | 11:30am 4422 West Main Street Belleville

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Business After Hours On Thursday, June 7, St. Paul’s Senior Community welcomed the Belleville Chamber for a scenic June Business After Hours. St. Paul’s Senior Community began its service to the community in 1926 and continues today as a not-for-profit, faith-based Life Plan Retirement Community for active seniors, offering a full spectrum of health services. St. Paul’s Senior Community is licensed by the state of Illinois and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The community is sponsored by The United Church of Christ and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of individuals from the congregation of St. Paul’s Church, Christ Church, Trinity Church, and the local community.

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St. Paul’s Senior Community completed construction in 2015 of a new licensed building to complement the apartment residence. The new Senior Community features a state of the art household model of care. The 6 licensed households include memory care, skilled nursing care, assisted living/shelter care, and a dedicated household for short term Medicare Rehabilitation. Each household will be home to approximately 15-20 residents, and each household will contain its own dining room, kitchen, hearth room, and spa – all the comforts of home! Thank you to St. Paul’s Senior Community for their hospitality during our June Business After Hours.

Carla Boswell, PSOP Mimi Llamas, St. Paul United Church of Christ Melissa Winkeler, PSOP

Guests enjoy a beautiful evening in the courtyard of St. Paul’s Senior Community for the June Business After Hours.


For more information about St. Paul’s Senior Community: .......................................................................................................................

Upcoming Business After Hours Thursday, July 12 | 5-7PM Raymond James 23 Public Square, Suite #450 | Belleville

St. Paul’s Senior Community offered a beautiful spread prepared by their in-house catering for guests to enjoy.

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Chamber Happenings

Metro East Pride

Chiro-Med Clinic

Saturday, June 9

Thursday, June 21

Fresenius Kidney Care

The Basic Initiative, Inc. Thursday, June 21

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The EDGE Speedway Thursday, June 21


Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel?

Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting! Contact Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager, for more info. Email or call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015. The Chamber Connection

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Chamber Happenings

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 are 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, dental and physical exams and more. *Participating schools: BASSC Elementary, Belleville School District #118, Belle Valley School District #119, Governor French Academy, Harmony-Emge School District #175, High Mount Elementary School District #116 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.

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Chamber Happenings

“Ladies’ Night Out” is now “Diva’s Night Out”! Grab a friend and join us on Belleville Main Street. Third Thursday of the Month March-December 5:00-8:00pm July 19th Theme: Disco Night! Start: Hair on Main End: Movie Night at the Lincoln Theatre.... for a PREMIER of Mama Mia 2!

Now open every Saturday 7:30am-noon through November 3rd! They are located on the first block of South Charles, between East Main and East Washington.

August 16th Theme: Caribbean Tourist Start: Ambassador Travel End: Peace & Love Concert by Mueller Furniture at Gaslight Square More information:

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20th Leadership Belleville Class of 2019 Next Leadership Belleville Class Now Forming - Application Deadline July 13th

The Leadership Belleville program is a unique executive training program coordinated through the Chamber. This coming year we are celebrating our 20th year and hope to make it bigger and better than ever! The program provides a foundation of skills and knowledge to emerging local leaders. In addition to developing leadership skills, the program seeks to foster a commitment to community service and provide opportunities for economic growth for local businesses and organizations.

Each Leadership Belleville Class is composed of up to 25 professionals from diverse career, political, social and cultural backgrounds who demonstrate the highest leadership qualities. These classmates create a valuable network of resources, benefiting both alumni and their business sponsors. The course begins with a kick-off breakfast at the end of August. Then, in September, all participants attend a two-day overnight retreat to focus on team building, leadership and communication skills. The retreat provides the participants with the opportunity to bond and develop significant relationships that will be useful in their professional, civic and personal endeavors. The nine-month program dedicates one day each month to a specific issue or subject pertaining to the Belleville area, such as history, arts, religion, government, business and industry, education, healthcare, community service and aging, economic development, law enforcement and justice, and ethics. Participants will be given the chance to meet and engage a large number of business, community, and political leaders during each session. In May, a graduation dinner is held for all participants, their spouses or guests, as well as program facilitators. Participants must meet certain criteria to graduate and join the prestigious Leadership Belleville Alumni Association. The tuition for the nine-month course is $1,100 for members of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and $1,500 for non-members. To ensure admittance into the next class, applications for the course should be submitted as early as possible. The deadline to register is July 13th. Limited scholarships available. To find out more and print your application, go online to

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Our Catholic elementary schools are thriving and growing in the city of Belleville. Together we have an enrollment of 800 students in Grades Pre-K through 8. Our Belleville Catholic School system consists of the following Catholic schools: Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Notre Dame Academy, and St. Teresa Catholic School. Together we offer outstanding educational opportunities for children in Belleville and the surrounding areas. All of our Catholic schools offer a strong academic curriculum emphasizing technology, mathematics, language arts, social studies, and the sciences while also providing a Christian and Catholic environment. Our students grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically to reach their fullest potential. Students in the Belleville and surrounding areas have great choices in receiving an excellent education by attending one of the Belleville Catholic schools. Our students consistently rank high in national achievement testing. Our schools also incorporate service learning throughout the curriculum as we emphasize caring and compassion for all people. This attitude and philosophy is instilled in each child during their years at the Belleville Catholic Grade Schools. We are a vital link to the educational process in the Belleville area community. We are glad to be a part of the Belleville community and proud of our Catholic schools!

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Expert care for kids like me.

For on-the-go families, there is often the unexpected earache, stomach bug or emergency that can put regularly planned activities on hold. Metro East parents can rest easy because HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon partner to offer expert pediatric care, close to home. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon board certified pediatricians see patients in our Emergency Department and Newborn Nursery 24/7, caring for infants to teens, to get them back to being kids.



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Chamber Member Updates

PITCH PERFECT OFFERS PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS Public speaking can be difficult for some people. For business owners, it can be the hardest part of the job. Perfect Pitch is a coaching platform through which business owners will perfect their ability to formally introduce their companies, product, and services. They are offering a courses in August for business owners to come and learn these valuable skills. Additionally at least one participating company will be inviting to pitch their business at the St. Louis Business Diversity Connect on September 25, 2018. For Perfect Pitch participants, the program will emphasize the importance of building long term relationships between sellers and buyers. It will provide business development fundamentals for increasing sale size and sophistication. As well as offer training and support to increase ability to successfully pitch to potential procurement partners. Participants will receive 4 pitch training sessions that include a kick off session to explain the process, set expectations and define pitch deck and presentation criteria, public speaking coaching, review and feedback of initial pitch deck, pitch practice sessions with feedback. All Applicants must have at least three years of business operations with revenues to qualify. If selected for the program, applicants will be required to register with the supplier diversity programs represented at the event on September 25. This will include three years of financial statements and documentation of your W/MBE certification. Applications are due June 25 and the fee is $499 discounted to $299. The pitch practice sessions are August 1, 8, 22, and 29. The final pitch is September 12. You can apply online at

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MidAmerica St. Louis Airport announced last month it was chosen as the 2018 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. The award for distinction was presented at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 24, during the Illinois Aviation Conference. Award recipients are chosen based on the following criteria: • Cooperation and coordination with IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics; • The Airport’s safety record; • Service provided to the local community by the airport, and • General maintenance of the airport facility In a letter directed to Airport Director Tim Cantwell informing him that MidAmerica Airport has been selected for this special honor, Kenneth W. Martin, Deputy Director of the Division of Aeronautics, noted, “Congratulations to you, and members of your staff, for your efforts in making the MidAmerica Airport one of the outstanding examples of aviation excellence Illinois.” “Tim and his team at MidAmerica Airport work diligently every day to ensure that every passenger they serve has the best experience possible as they fly in and out of this facility,” noted St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern. “Receiving this honor is a salute to all their hard work and a testament to the fact that they continue to deliver an award-winning experience.” Official receipt of the award comes during a week when airport officials are already flying high as May 23 marks the start of daily, non-stop flights to Destin/Fort Walton (VPS), making it the first destination with daily, non-stop service from MidAmerica. The ramp up in the service on that route is the latest expansion by Allegiant at MidAmerica Airport, where it now offers service to a total of nine amazing destinations. The eight others with direct flights departing regularly include: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL); Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, FL (PGD); Jacksonville, FL (JAX); Las Vegas, NV (LAS); Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR); Orlando/Sanford, FL (SFB); and Tampa/St. Pete, FL (PIE) and Phoenix / Mesa, AZ (AZA). “My staff and I are extremely proud to be selected as airport of the year and excited that the passengers we serve now have one more reason to feel good about flying MidAmerica,” said Airport Director Tim Cantwell. “When you factor in that we continue to offer a convenient, hassle-free experience with handy parking right in front of the terminal, short lines for check-in and security, and easy access to the departure gates, we expect our winning streak to continue.” For more details or flight information, visit or MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is located in Mascoutah, Illinois, in the eastern portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Major multimodal rail and inland port centers are located within 22 miles of the airport, which also enjoys easy access to five interstate highways via I-64. With parallel runways of 8,000 and 10,000 feet, the airport can handle simultaneous take-offs and landings in all conditions, minimizing delays. It has an annual capacity of 200,000 operations. Tenants include Boeing, which recently located a new manufacturing facility at the airport; North Bay Produce, an international, grower-owned, year-round, fresh produce marketing and distribution cooperative headquartered in Traverse City, Mich., as well as AVMATS, a company providing alternatives for the support and maintenance of corporate aircraft, which has been operating at MidAmerica for almost a decade. MidAmerica is a Joint Use Airport partnering with Scott AFB, the home to US Transportation Command, a multiservice organization, and Air Mobility Command, the USAF’s component command for airlift. MidAmerica and the 375th Air Mobility Wing operate Scott AFB/MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.

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MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS EXPECT TO HIRE 13,000 IN ILLINOIS THIS SUMMER This summer McDonald’s and its independent franchisees are gearing up to hire approximately 13,000 restaurant employees in Illinois to better serve customers this busy season. All 156 restaurants in the St. Louis metropolitan area are hiring. This is good news for job seekers in the St. Louis area who are interested in pursuing an education while working. McDonald’s recently announced that it is allocating $150 million over five years to its global Archways to Opportunity education program, including increasing the amount of tuition assistance and lowering eligibility requirements. Eligible crew members now have access to $2,500 a year in tuition assistance, up from $700/ year to pursue a two-or four-year degree. Eligible mangers will have access to $3,000 a year, up from $1,050. To be eligible for tuition assistance, employees now have to work 90 days, an average of 15 hours per week, down from nine months. Thus, new summer restaurant employees can be eligible for tuition assistance by the end of the season. In addition to tuition assistance, restaurant employees will also have an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and access academic advising courses and/or learn English as a Second Language. “Building a better McDonald’s means recognizing we can help employees earn and learn. I’m proud that my employees are participating in the Archways to Opportunity program, which helps them achieve their goals at McDonald’s and beyond,” said local Belleville owner/operator Jamie Burris. Jamie and her husband Ed Burris own and operate McDonald’s restaurants on West Main, Belt Line, and Westfield Plaza. The Burris’, like other McDonald’s throughout the Metro East, are hiring for all shifts. Archways to Opportunity has awarded more than $21 million in high school and college tuition assistance as part of the company’s journey to build a better McDonald’s and set people up for success at McDonald’s and beyond. More than half of the hires at company-owned restaurants are projected to be between the ages of 16 to 24 years old, and for many, it is their first job. Job seekers can visit to learn more and apply. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

IMPACT STRATEGIES BREAKS GROUND ON SENIOR SERVICES PLUS FITNESS CENTER IMPACT Strategies recently broke ground on a new Fitness Center for Senior Services Plus on their Alton, IL Campus. This almost 10,000 square foot building will be home to future health and wellness programs. The exterior of this addition will be a pre-engineered metal building with pre-finished insulated metal panels and masonry veneer. The interior is will have resilient sport flooring to accommodate physical activities, an indoor track, restrooms, and office space for support staff. Additional site improvements are currently being incorporated into the project, including new light poles, and an expansion of the parking lot. IMPACT Strategies is proud to be a part of this project and the lasting effect it will have on the community. Recently an anonymous donor came forward and is matching dollar for dollar any donation to Senior Services Plus up to $400,000.00. IMPACT Strategies will be teaming up with the Farnsworth Group Inc. and Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Inc. to complete this project by December 2018.

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Chamber Member Updates ADOPT A LINDENWOOD LYNX “Adopt a Lindenwood Lynx” is a program at Lindenwood University-Belleville that gives students an opportunity to connect with families in the local community. Families go through an application process to participate. Through that process, they will adopt two Lindenwood University- Belleville students. These families participate in a variety of activities with students, such as having students to their home for meals and holidays, attending sporting events with their students, and participating in other events in the location community. Additionally, families provide students with cards and care packages throughout the semester, which are especially needed during times such as midterms and final exams. This program allows students not only to connect with the local community, but also to have a “family” and support system away from home. For the 2018-2019 year, we are accepting student applications from first-year students (students with under 24 credit hours) and from international students. For families, we are accepting applications from anyone living in Belleville and the surrounding areas. Both students and families will need to fill out an application in order to participate in the program. Once applications are received, students will be connected to families based off the information, interests, and needs provided on the applications. To find out more about the program or to apply, contact Peter Hofmann at or call 618-671-6212. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

FREE SCHOOL PHYSICALS OFFERED BY HSHS ATHLETES ADVANTAGE SPORTS MEDICINE AND HSHS MEDICAL GROUP HSHS Athletes Advantage Sports Medicine and HSHS Medical Group wants to ensure your athletes are ready for the upcoming sports seasons. Two FREE sports physicals clinics are scheduled for Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, August 2 at HSHS Medical Group Family and Sports Medicine, located at 670 Pierce Blvd. in O’Fallon. Times for each day is from 5 to 8 p.m. Online registration is required and can be made by visiting The sports physicals are offered for students entering 10th grade through 12th grade. Sports physicals will not address chronic issues, medications, or immunizations. Spots are limited, so make an appointment early. Other locations for the free physical are available throughout the HSHS Southern Illinois Division, including Breese, Greenville and Highland. Each of these will be from 5 to 8 p.m. - Tuesday, June 12 at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese HealthPlex. - Thursday, June 28 at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Specialty Clinics in Highland. - Tuesday, July 10 at HSHS Holy Family Hospital Specialty Clinics in Greenville. For more information, contact Jamie Wagner, Program Coordination, at (618) 526-5628 or email HSHS Athletes Advantage Sports Medicine has been providing Certified Athletic Trainers to local schools since 2002. HSHS Athletes Advantage Sports Medicine is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

RAYMOND JAMES & ASSOCIATES, INC. RELOCATES TO DOWNTOWN BELLEVILLE Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Financial Firm recently moved to new offices at 23 Public Square, Suite 450 in Belleville, IL, reinforcing their commitment to the community and surrounding areas. With over 285 years of combined experience, the office consists of 6 Financial Advisors and 4 Administrative Assistants that work cohesively to provide premier service for all their client’s financial service needs. Team members include: Paul Feder, Patti Haukap, Robin Heiken, Kathy Kernan, Dan Lane, Jennifer Lawson, Rick Martini, Kim Rawlings, David Schrader & Rick Yoch. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC, has built a national reputation for more than 50 years as a leader in financial planning for individuals, corporations and municipalities. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF), a leading diversified financial services company with approximately 7,600 financial advisors in 3,000 locations throughout the US, Canada & overseas. Total client assets are $736 billion*. Additional information can be found at

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Chamber Member Updates ASSOCIATED BANK HOSTS HSA INFORMATION EVENT The world of healthcare benefits continues to change at a rapid pace. Employers not only feel the pressure to do more with less, they have to rethink the rules of the benefits game completely. Many employers have or will soon turn to HSA compatible - high-deductible health plans (HDHP) for cost containment, and to give employees more flexibility to manage their healthcare expenses. At this update you will hear from HSA Plus Senior Consultant Deb Kohler, who will: • Share valuable insights into the tax advantages of HSAs for employers and employees • Outline unique considerations for a holistic approach to health-care cost containment • Discuss the benefit of having a comprehensive HSA and wellness strategy in place Please join us for this informative breakfast and opportunity to network with fellow business and community leaders. Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Fairview Heights Recreation Room (This building is located behind the Fairview Heights Police Station.) 10025 Bunkum Road Fairview Heights, IL 62208 Agenda 7:30-8 a.m. - Registration, networking and breakfast 8-9 a.m. - Presentation Food and Beverage A light breakfast will be provided. Parking Parking is free. Guests may park in one of the two lots on the side of the building next to the main entrance. Registration RSVP by Tuesday, July 10, 2018 to Amy.Kempfer@

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Shareholders Patrick B. Mathis George E. Marifian Kevin J. Richter Mark J. Stegman Mark S. Schuver Gregory W. Coffey William J. Niehoff Kelli E. Madigan Bradley W. Small Mary E. Lopinot Deanna L. Litzenburg Philip D. Speicher Laura E. Schrick Sandra J. Tatoian Beth K. Flowers

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Associates Natalie T. Lorenz Rebecca K. Wohltman Colin C. Clark Melissa C. Meirink Amy C. Randazzo Allyson T. Schwab

The combination of broad legal experience and a focus on our own region is characteristic of the Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. law firm. Since the firm's founding in 1984, MMR has served many hundreds of Southern Illinoisentities businesses and individuals seeking legal solutions. • Formation of business • Employment issues and benefits For• Shareholder legal assistance, please contact the skilled attorneys at Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. disputes • Business sales and acquisitions

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What’s Happening in June Monday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Thursday, July 5, 12, 19, & 26 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Friday, July 6, 13, 20, & 27 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville Saturday, July 7, 14, 21, & 28 Old Town Farmer’s Market | 7:30 am Between East Main & East Washington Downtown Belleville Saturday, July 7 & Sunday, July 8 Flea Market | 9:00 am St. Clair County Event Center | Belleville

Tuesday, July 10 Saturday, July 21 Is WBE Certification Right for You? Community CPR Training | 10:00 am 3:30 pm Belleville Library Town & Country Bank | Fairview Heights Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22 Thursday, July 12 Flea Market Are HSA’s the missing link? | 7:30 am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Fairview Heights Recreation Room Tuesday, July 24 Belle-Scott Annual Summer Picnic Small Business Accounting Workshop Invitation Only | 6:00 pm Collinsville City Hall | 11:00 am Friday, July 13 & Saturday, July 14 Tour De Belleville Downtown Belleville Thursday, July 19 Diva’s Night Out | 5:00 pm Belleville Main Street

Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville Thursday, July 26 Tommy Pham Baseball ProCamp Belleville East High School | 9:00 am Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29 Great Train Expo | 10:00 am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | 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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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 Thomas F. Hennessy, III Swansea, IL Dayna L. Johnson Glen Carbon, 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 Kevin Vick Belleville, IL Donald E. Weihl Belleville, IL Patricia H. Wharton Belleville, IL

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