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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 Boot Company 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 Homefield Energy 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 Belleville Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative BOS Metro East Banking Center 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 Liberty Bank Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. McDonald’s - Burris Management, Inc. Siteman Cancer Treatment Center McKendree University National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Print Master Sam’s Club SIHF Healthcare Strano & Associates The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows Volkert, Inc. Walmart Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Center

Kevin Vick, Vice President Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Amy Richter, Second Vice President Hospice of Southern Illinois Dr. Jeff Dosier, Immediate Past President Belleville Township High School District #201

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lisa Adams, Marketplace Magazine Brett Baltz, Egyptian Workspace Partners Ryan Boike, Belleville School District #118 Cathy Dupertuis, People Ready Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Carol Haffner, Beacon Ministry Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary Lamie, Bi-State Development Dan Lovekamp, Auffenberg Dealer Group Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Kayla Mitchell, Scheffel Boyle CPAs David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System Jessica Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Ron Stephens, Bank of Belleville Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. 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 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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COVER STORY KASKASKIA ENGINEERING GROUP HONORED WITH QUARTERLY 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 Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC. Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC (KEG) is a 100% woman-owned and managed engineering and contracting firm that was founded in 2006 by Geri Boyer. Their main office is located in downtown Belleville, Illinois, with branch offices in Geneva, Peoria, Champaign, and Glen Carbon, Illinois, as well as Evansville, Indiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Kaskaskia has grown from a two person firm to 45 employees over the past 13 years. They offer Transportation, Geotechnical, Structural, Hydraulic, Environmental, and Construction Engineering services. While they have been involved with many projects, some notable ones include the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge Design/Build, Chicago to St. Louis High Speed Rail, Belleville Police Station and City Hall, Illinois Long Range State Transportation Plan, Rieder Road Interchange at Scott Air Force Base, and the Hofbrauhaus-Belleville. Kaskaskia Engineering is a great contributor to the community. KEG’s owner and employees are active on the Memorial Hospital Board, Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Belle-Scott Committee, Chamber Ambassadors, the Board of Catholic Urban Programs, the Board of the BASIC Initiative, Belleville Sister Cities, Downtown Development/Redevelopment Commission, Belleville CEO, King’s House Retreat Center, the Board of Community Kindness, Zoning Board of Appeals, Belleville School District 118 Foundation, and Leadership Belleville. Additionally, KEG has “adopted” a section of IL Highway 15 to provide trash pickup through the corridor, has employees mentor at Henry Raab School, and provides volunteers for community events, such as the Chili Cookoff, Art and Wine Walk, Craft Beer Walk, Belleville Helping Belleville, Art on the Square and more. KEG is the drink sponsor for the annual Government Officials Barbeque and a table sponsor for the Annual Dinner. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and our Ambassadors are proud to honor Kaskaskia Engineering Group with this quarter’s Commitment to Community Award.

Mark Eckert (City of Belleville Mayor), Geri Boyer (Kaskaskia Engineering Managing Partner), and Wendy Pfeil (Chamber Executive Director) The Chamber Connection

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CHAMBER NEWS BELLEVILLE CHAMBER JOINS AREA CHAMBERS FOR EMPOW”HER”ING EVENT Nearly 200 women joined The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce for the second annual EmpowHER Women’s Conference at the Gateway Center in Collinsville on June 19 along with three other area chamber’s including O’Fallon-Shiloh, Collinsville, and Troy, Maryville, St. Jacob, Marine. One of the most important tools in the world of business is the strength of empowerment. Being empowered to take control, change and mold your life is one of the most important aspects for greater success. With the goals of EmpowHERing her for success, this conference provided attending business women with the tools, information, and support to expand their careers. Throughout the day, three main-stage speakers and four breakout speakers filled attendees with new knowledge. Guests were treated to presentations by experts in various fields. Main stage speakers included Wendy Symer, President and Owner of WLS Consulting, spoke on Knock Out Networking (pictured above); Jeff Koziatek with Care Authenticity is a nationally recognized speaker and certified life coach, spoke on ways to find peace and productivity; and Regina Ferrell, owner of Training with Excellence, spoke on diversity and inclusion.

“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 18 Theme: Wacky Hair - Don’t Care Start: Metal Crafters Studio End: Lincoln Theatre

Now open every Saturday 7:30am-noon through November 2nd! They are located on the first block of South Charles, between East Main and East Washington.

August 15 Start: Ambassador Travel End: Peace and Love Concert at Gaslight Square Theme: Let’s go to Mexico! FunJet Ticket give away tonight! More information:

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CHAMBER NEWS Breakout sessions took place throughout the day featuring four different speakers and topics that represented at least one of the participating chambers. Kelly Rompel (Pharmacist and Holistic Anxiety coach) presented on natural ways to managing stress and anxiety. Michell Stockmann and Danielle Langhauser from TechKnow Solutions spoke on branding businesses on a budget. Vertical Performance’s Lynn Clapp, Jim Holdener, and Ann Brown taught participants the way to be more proactive in turning conflict into growth. Gina Niebrugge and Debra Lassman from Office Productivity Training shared tips on how to manage and clean up your email. Thank you to all of our speakers, vendors and sponsors for making this year’s event a success!

July 2019

Upcoming Chamber Events

7/4 7/5 7/9 7/9 7/17 7/17

Office Closed - Independence Day Office Closed Education Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections @ Siteman Cancer Center Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Young Professionals Luncheon @ The Weingarten

Remaining committees do not hold meetings during July and will resume in August. If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618-233-2015.

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

Ashland Storage Centers East 653 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville

Illinois Restaurant Group

CBD Kratom 2630 Mascoutah Avenue, Suite 102, Belleville Crickett Wireless by Prime Network, Inc. 1 Friendly Drive, Belleville

Thank you

Logan & Logan Management & Accounting 618-567-1463 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 1 Hairpin Road, Edwardsville

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

Baldree Insurance Belleville Historical Society Belleville Running club Bennie’s Pizza Pub Brookside Agra LLC Building Products Corporation Carrollton Bank Community Kindess Resale Community Link CPR-AED Coach Erlinger Construction Co., Inc FCB Banks First Community Credit Union Frerich Freight Lines, Inc. Gateway Center IL Small Business Development Center Leading Lawyers

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

Pairabelles REALTOR Association of Southwestern Illinois Robert E. Wells Jr. Scheffel Boyle Senior Services Plus St. Clair County Housing Authority St. Paul United Church of Christ Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning Turned Treasures Gallery. LLC Vertical Performance, Inc Whiteside School District #115

Advertise your organization’s job opportunities for free! E-mail your job descriptions to or call 618-233-2015 for more information.

Did you know the Chamber has a members-only event calendar? Submit your event online at and click “Calendar” to see the calendar and submit your event! All events will be featured in our Weekly Friday E-blast. Page 6

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Perfectly Plated Friday, June 7 2346 Mascoutah Avenue, Suite 115 Belleville

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.

Find the application and more online at The Chamber Connection

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Upcoming Business After Hours July No event August 1 Eckert’s

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.

September 5 The Esquiline October 10 Grimm & Gorly November 7 The Atrium of Belleville December Breakthru Beverage January TBD February FCB Bank March Memorial Hospital April Ambassador Travel

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS On Thursday, June 13, Raymond James welcomed the Belleville Chamber for our June Business After Hours. Attendees celebrated the Blues Stanley Cup at Raymond James’ location on the fourth-floor at 23 Public Square. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Financial Firm recently moved to their new office in Belleville last year, 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. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. is a member of the New York Stock Exchange/SIPC and 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., a leading diversified financial services company with approximately 7,600 financial advisors in 3,000 locations throughout the US, Canada & overseas.

Wendy Pfeil, Belleville Chamber of Commerce Kim Rawlings, Raymond James Peggy Schifferdecker, Belleville Chamber of Commerce Patti Haukap, Raymond James

Thank you to Raymond James for their hospitality during our June Business After Hours!


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LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE Leadership Belleville is a unique training program offered to community members and chamber members, coordinated through the Greater Belleville Leadership retreat Chamber of Commerce. The goals of the program are to develop effective community leaders, establish valuable relationships with business and civic leaders, expand awareness and understanding of important issues affecting business and the community, foster a commitment to personal, professional and community growth, and to provide opportunities for on-going business development, growth and expansion within the Belleville area. Each Leadership Belleville class is composed of up to 25 professionals who demonstrate the highest leadership qualities. These classmates create a valuable network of resources – paying dividends to both alumni and their business sponsors. Don’t miss out on being a part of the 21st class! Hurry. The deadline to apply is July 19th.

To learn more about the Leadership Belleville Program and to find the coming year application, visit

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MEMBER UPDATES EXPLORE CAPTIVATING ICELAND WITH PSOP IN 2020 Dreaming of your next big adventure? Let Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons help make it a reality! Plan to attend the Travelogue program on Monday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m. at PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. The meeting will highlight the following excursion: Iceland Explorer – June 3-9, 2020 Discover picturesque landscapes created by volcanoes and glaciers, and learn about Viking heritage. The six-day, fivenight trip includes roundtrip airfare from St. Louis, motorcoach transportation, eight meals, sightseeing and admissions per itinerary, five nights lodging, hotel transfers, baggage handling and a professional tour director. Highlights of the adventure include visiting several museums such as Iceland’s National Museum, Skogar Folk Museum and the Viking Ship Museum; view the Skogafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls in the country; swim in a geothermal pool in the center of a large lava field called the Blue Lagoon; explore Thingvellir National Park; taste “Hot Spring Bread” which is cooked using the heat from geothermal activity; explore five original Viking ships from the 11th century; relax in hot springs and mud pots; visit Bessastadir, an ancient site and home to Iceland’s president; learn Viking history and culture; and much more. A valid passport is required. For more information or to reserve a seat to the Travelogue program, contact Group Travel Specialist Nancy Bauer at 618-234-4410, ext. 7020.

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MEMBER UPDATES BANK OF BELLEVILLE ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT Ryan Osterhage has joined Bank of Belleville as Vice President. In his role, Osterhage will handle all areas of community banking. Osterhage has more than 15 years of banking experience, working in loan operations, credit analysis, mortgage origination and exclusively as a commercial lender for the past five years. “Ryan will make an excellent addition to our team of highly experienced bankers,” said Ronald R. Stephens, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Belleville. “He understands our philosophy of community banking and will be instrumental in helping to grow our brand and our portfolio.” “Bank of Belleville is a true community bank,” said Osterhage. “At a time when so many banks are becoming more corporate based, it’s refreshing to see how invested we are in the local economy, communities and employees.” Osterhage is a lifelong resident of Waterloo and serves on several local boards. He is currently the President of the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson of the Monroe County Economic Development Corporation and on the board of directors for Monroe County StartUP and Lee Hopp SAVE Foundation in St. Clair County. Osterhage recently retired from the Waterloo Fire Department where he was a volunteer firefighter for 15 years. Osterhage currently lives in Waterloo with his wife and two children. Bank of Belleville operates from its headquarters at 215 South Illinois Street in Belleville Illinois. The Bank serves individual and business clients throughout St. Clair County and beyond. As of December 31, 2018, the Bank had total assets of $209 million and 38 full and part-time team members.

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MEMBER UPDATES HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL URGES YOU TO PLAY IT SAFE AROUND FIREWORKS THIS FOURTH OF JULY Though fireworks are exciting, festive and fun, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital wants to remind community members that fireworks can also be dangerous. June 1 through July 4 is National Fireworks Safety Month, and it is important to understand firework safety and prevent serious injuries. “As an emergency medicine physician, the most common firework injuries we see are to the hands and eyes - and most of these are preventable,” said Dr. Normansell of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. The National Safety Council recommends that it is best to leave fireworks to the experts. However, if you do decide to use fireworks this summer, St. Elizabeth’s recommends the following firework safety tips to ensure you and your family have a safe yet fun Fourth of July this year: • Children should never play with fireworks. Firecrackers, rockets and sparklers can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. If you give sparklers to kids, make sure they keep them outside and away from their faces, clothing and hair. • Store properly and buy legally. Buy only legal fireworks and store them in a cool, dry place. • Don’t DIY. Never try to make your own fireworks. • Be prepared. Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby. • Keep a distance. Steer clear of others and never throw or point fireworks at someone. • Take precautions. Do not hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket. • Know your surroundings. Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from bushes, leaves and other flammable substances. With high temperature weather during the summer months and lack of rainfall, the dangers of fireworks causing field and structure fires increases. • Quality, not quantity. Light one firework at a time and never relight a dud. • Fireworks stay hot. Do not allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event as they may still be hot. • Make sure the fire is out. Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can. • Know the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them. • Be respectful of your neighbors. Fireworks can cause severe stress for animals or fear and anxiety for those who experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Informing your neighbors of any use of fireworks and respecting any concerns is recommended. Dr. Normansell suggests, “Instead of buying fireworks, consider watching them at one of the many local festivals. However, if an adult or child is injured by fireworks, we at St. Elizabeth’s are available 24/7 to evaluate and treat in our local emergency department.” For more information about firework safety, visit the National Safety Council’s website at and search “Fireworks” at the top of the page. For more information about HSHS Elizabeth’s Hospital, visit HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

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MEMBER UPDATES THE SKYVIEW DRIVE-IN THEATER IS CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF PROVIDING OUTDOOR MOVIE MAGIC TO THE ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN AREA ALL SUMMER LONG One of the last Drive in Theaters in existence nationally, the Skyview Drive-IN Theater is celebrating its 70th Anniversary ALL SUMMER LONG! Located at 5700 North Belt West in Belleville, IL ~ its original location since July 8th, 1949 ~ The Skyview Drive In has brought movie magic to generations of patrons, since owners Frank, Wesley and Tom Bloomer expanded their theater empire to include this ever-nostalgic Drive In location. To celebrate its 70th year, the Skyview is opening each screen this season with the original Looney Tunes cartoons of yesteryear, and has arranged lots of fun events for movie goers to attend – including LIVE Music every Sunday before the show, Starting this week - the Skyview Drive in will be open 7 days-per-week and has set Thursday nights to accommodate individuals in need of closed captioning, and its Bargain night too, with admission to the drive in priced at only $11 per vehicle. According to owner Steve Bloomer, Frank Bloomer’s grandson, “We will also be hosting a celebration on July 8 in honor of our 70th Anniversary, complete with live music and an $8 admission. Our celebrating will continue with an extended celebration on Labor Day weekend, also featuring special pricing and a DJ on our patio. Our 70th Anniversary season will conclude on Columbus Day weekend this year, with our traditional SLASHFEST with LIVE Entertainment, and a showing of the Cult Classic ~ The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” For more information about the Skyview Drive In, and its plans to celebrate its 70th Anniversary this year, please contact Steve Bloomer @ (618) 444-5210 or

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MEMBER UPDATES MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT JAMES DENNIS WILL RETIRE IN 2020 Dr. James M. Dennis, who has made an indelible mark as president of McKendree University for 25 years, has announced he will retire on June 30, 2020, at the end of his current contract. The Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for his successor, according to Daniel Lett, chairman, who praised Dennis’ leadership over the past 25 years. “The accomplishments achieved as a result of Jim Dennis’ leadership have been nothing short of miraculous,” said Lett. “Upon his arrival in 1994, he sought to breathe new life and vitality into this institution—and he has done so by every measure. The McKendree University community has been transformed by a more diverse faculty and student body; state-of-the-art facilities; a rich curriculum and presence in the arts; a focus on service; and graduating young men and women who are successful in every field and walk of life.” Dr. James L. Fisher—president emeritus of Towson University and of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the co-author of several books on college presidential leadership—has described the McKendree president as one of the transformational stories of higher education. Dennis has been a catalyst for unprecedented growth and progress over a quarter-century. A native southern Californian with lifelong ties to higher education, he arrived in Lebanon, Ill., after a 27-year career at the University of Southern California, with a bold, enthusiastic vision for McKendree’s future. In his inaugural speech as its 32nd president, he identified seven priorities: Strengthen the reality and perception of McKendree as a major liberal arts college. Recruit more of the region’s most academically talented students, with emphasis on underrepresented students. Improve the quality of student life. Expand the emphasis on international education and prepare students to function in the global community. Expand McKendree’s public service role in Southern Illinois and metropolitan St. Louis. Keep pace with new technology. Increase resource development. Under his guidance, McKendree has increased the academic strength of its faculty, students, and programs; enrollment, on-campus residence, construction and renovation, athletics and co-curricular activities, and acquisition of property. During his tenure, the number of faculty and staff has nearly tripled, and enrollment and fundraising have increased dramatically. McKendree’s growing reputation has garnered national attention from prestigious publications and organizations including U.S. News & World Report and The Chronicle of Higher Education. On July 1, 2007, McKendree College officially became “McKendree University” to reflect more accurately its broad educational opportunities and expanded programs. Academic course offerings now include 59 undergraduate majors, 45 minors, and graduate programs in education, business administration, human resource management, nursing, clinical mental health counseling and criminal justice. Doctoral programs in education and nursing, added in recent years, and the McKendree Worldwide online program continue to grow. Three successful site visits by Higher Learning Commission evaluation teams have resulted in reaffirmed accreditation in each decade of his tenure. “McKendree is a gem of a college and a very special place!” the HLC committee chair remarked after the most recent review in September 2018. Dedicated to building a more diverse campus community, Dennis has promoted initiatives such as the Social Justice and Equity Committee to encourage greater understanding and sensitivity. Extracurricular activities such as the Marching Bearcat Band and the Show Choir have contributed to a more vibrant campus community. During his presidency, McKendree’s cyber defense and nationally ranked speech and debate teams have achieved notable success. In 1996, football returned for the first time since the 1930’s and in 2002, the Bearcats rose to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship semifinals. In 2013, the athletic program completed its transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II, competing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Two significant fundraising campaigns during the president’s tenure enabled dramatic enhancement and improvement of the campus landscape and community. The Piper Academic Center, built circa 2001, houses classrooms, faculty offices, and the Admission and Information Technology offices. The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts has become southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue and a showcase for student talent since its 2006 opening. Construction has also included athletic facilities, two new residence halls in 2011, and the renovation of the dining hall and historic campus buildings, including Bothwell Chapel. Reflecting on the president’s impact, Board Chairman Lett referred to a pledge President Dennis made in his 1994 inaugural remarks. “He concluded with a promise found in this quote from theologian John Wesley: ‘Do all the good that you can, by all the means that you can, in all the ways that you can, at all the times that you can, to all the people that you can, for as long as you can.’ He has certainly more than lived up to these words in the 25 years he has served McKendree University.” The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient Therapy Services are here for you, at locations near you. To reach your highest level of functioning after a major health crisis or injury, it’s important to get your physical therapy care from a source you can trust and at a location that is convenient. We offer five office locations for physical therapy throughout the region including our new facility at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex. O’FALLON HEALTH CENTER 3 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., Suite 3700, O’Fallon BELLEVILLE - DOWNTOWN 180 S. Third St. Suite 30, Belleville BELLEVILLE - COPPER BEND 2810 Frank Scott Pkwy West, Suite 824, Belleville MASCOUTAH MEDICAL PLAZA 739 N. Jefferson St., Mascoutah NEW MCKENDREE METRO REC PLEX 209 Rec Plex Dr., O’Fallon

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MEMBER UPDATES IMPACT STRATEGIES COMPLETES ANOTHER PROJECT FOR HOSPICE OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IMPACT Strategies has completed another project for Hospice of Southern Illinois. IMPACT was selected to oversee the renovations of a 7,500 square foot building located next to their office on South Illinois Street in Belleville, IL. The building had previously been occupied by three separate tenants and required an extensive amount of demolition before the renovations could begin. Hospice of Southern Illinois will relocate their staff from the East Main Street location to the new office space, centralizing their Belleville resources to a single campus. IMPACT Strategies was pleased to have worked with Hospice of Southern Illinois on this second project to enhance their overall mission. Amy Richter, President & CEO of Hospice of Southern Illinois said, “Working with IMPACT strategies has been a great experience. They are responsive, professional and very easy to work with. We couldn’t have chosen a better partner for our building renovation project.” IMPACT collaborated with Hurford Architects and Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. on this project. IMPACT Strategies provides client-focused construction management, design/build, and general contracting services. The firm offers a full continuum of innovative design/build service capabilities including proven construction management processes and site development. IMPACT Strategies serves a regional and national client base in the Healthcare, Senior Living, Multifamily, Office, Retail, and Warehouse/Distribution markets. To learn more visit or call 618-394-8400 or 314-646-8400.

IMPACT STRATEGIES WELCOMES NEW TEAM MEMBERS IMPACT Strategies is pleased to welcome Terry Midgley as a Senior Project Manager and Bob Moske as a Project Estimator, to their team of construction professionals. Midgley comes to IMPACT Strategies with 39 years of well-rounded construction experience. He resides in Lebanon, IL and has Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering/Structural Design from SIU Edwardsville. He has also completed ICRA training for Best Practices in Health Care Construction, U.S Army Corp of Engineers - Construction Quality Management for Contractors courses, and is DBIA Certified. Moske brings 35 years of construction experience to IMPACT Strategies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction from SIU Edwardsville and a diverse history, working as an estimator and a project management in various trades within the construction industry. Moske is originally from Granite City, IL and now lives in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, MO

Bob Moske

Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Terry and Bob have extensive experience that will take IMPACT Strategies and our proven process for success to the next level.”Suludam


Terry Midgley

Hear the RSVP Orchestra and Country Western Band, as they join forces in a Battle of the Bands Wednesday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons, 201 N. Church St., in Belleville. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program will host the event, titled Keep the Music Playing, featuring live music, Pot of Gold drawing with multiple winners, a chance to bid on craft items, home décor and much more in a silent auction, and enter a raffle to win baseball tickets. Lunch will be offered for $10 per person. Both the RSVP Orchestra and Country Western Band of Belleville will perform dance favorites for their fans. Proceeds from the event will support band related expenses to continue dances throughout the area and at PSOP during the coming year. Reserve your spot for this event before Monday, July 15 at noon by calling PSOP 618-234-4410, ext. 7015, then press 5. The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR PATIENT CARE TECH 8-WEEK TRAINING PROGRAM According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health care occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Health care occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups but the costs of getting trained for clinical care positions may be higher than some can afford. To help solve this issue, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital developed a new program to create a bridge into the industry. The hospital’s Patient Care Tech (PCT) program was developed as an opportunity for people to train on-the-job with the goal of opening additional job paths within the hospital and HSHS system. The third cohort of the program will start June 24, 2019 and applications are still being accepted. The PCT program is an eight-week paid training program that combines classroom education with hands-on clinical experience. The program consists of two classroom days every week for four weeks. Time is also spent working on a hospital unit for the first four weeks, followed by a four-week internship supported by preceptors. “Some patient care technician programs require students to pay for the program, which could be cost prohibitive to some who are working full-time already and may not have the means or time,” said Regina Peterson, DNP, RN, Division Director Clinical Education and Professional Development, SID Float Pool and SID RN Residency. “St. Elizabeth’s program is somewhat unique because participants learn on the job and, upon successful completion of the program objectives, have a position at the hospital. The first cohort of the PCT program started in January 2019 and continues. Program facilitator Lleyna Gorka, RN, BSN, shared that many of the first cohort participants had the passion for caring and this gave them the opportunity to bring their joy and mission-driven personality to a higher level of care. Members included current employees from Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition Services and other clinical support departments within the hospital along with some external candidates. “It’s a paid opportunity to learn,” said Gorka. “This program provides experiences, tools and onsite training to enhance skills students may have gathered from past positions and give them added support to grow in the clinical care field.” The PCTs function in the same role as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in that they help assist patients with their activities of daily living such as bathing, oral hygiene, eating, transporting throughout the facility for testing, walking in the halls, and toileting. Additionally, they obtain vital signs per physicians’ orders and work closely with the nursing staff to ensure patients are ready for upcoming tests and procedures. The role of the PCT is to collaborate with the patient care team, including the nurses, physicians, therapists, and social workers to ensure that the patients basic needs are met and that they receive the safest, highest quality care. “With St. Elizabeth’s PCT program, we are instilling not only the clinical skills but the culture and tradition that comes with the long history of service at St. Elizabeth’s,” Gorka added. Applications are currently being accepted for the next cohort of the PCT program and are available online at https:// To learn more about the program email Gorka at Lleyna. or call 618-234-2120, ext. 12548.

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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. The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES SWIC NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SET FOR AUGUST Find out all you need to know to begin your Fall 2019 semester at Southwestern Illinois College! Learn about strategies for success, instructor expectations, student resources and more. All sessions will be held at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Fall 2019 Semester classes begin Aug. 17. There will be three sessions to choose from: Session 1: Thursday, Aug. 8, Sign-in 2:30-3 p.m. and orientation 3-5 p.m. Session 2: Friday, Aug. 9, sign-in 9:30-10 a.m. and orientation 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Session 3: Friday, Aug. 9 sign-in 12:30-1 p.m. and orientation 1-3 p.m. During the orientation students will also be able to: • obtain their Student ID • take a guided campus tour • get their parking sticker • activate their SWIC email and eSTORM account Students can still apply, search the class schedule and register online at For more information, call Amy Brockman with Student Life at 618-235-2700, ext. 5324. Visit for details.

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Community Happenings in July Monday, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Tuesday, July 2 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville Wednesday, July 3 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

Thursday, July 11, 18, 25 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville

Wednesday, July 24 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Friday, July 12 Belleville Knife Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Friday, July 26 Super Summer Sizzling Sale Downtown Belleville Main Street

Tour de Belleville | 7:00pm Union United Methodist Church

Saturday, July 27 Super Summer Sizzling Sale Downtown Belleville Main Street

Friday, July 5, 12, 19, 26 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville

Saturday, July 13 Belleville Knife Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Saturday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 Old Town Farmers Market | 7:30am N. St. Charles/E. Main Street | Belleville

Tuesday, July 16 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Sunday, July 28 Great Train Expo Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Sunday, July 7, 14, 21, 28 Service Sunday & Sunday Brunch The Weingarten | Belleville

Wednesday, July 17 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Tuesday, July 30 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Tuesday, July 9 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Thursday, July 18 Diva Night Out | 5:00pm Belleville Main Street

Wednesday, July 31 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

Tuesday, July 23 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am Lincoln Theatre | Belleville

Quickbooks Training | 12:00pm Merger Conference Center | Maryville

Wednesday, July 10 Summer Movie Series | 10:00am

Great Train Expo Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am

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

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

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