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November 2015

A-Flight Winners: TheBANK of Edwardsville

B-Flight Winners: St. Louis Food Ingredients

C-Flight Winners: ClitonLarsonAllen, LLP

2017 Otto Golf Classic, A Perfect Day for Golf Chamber members were excited to finally get nice weather for the Otto Golf Classic, which was held Wed., May 10th at The Orchards Golf Club. Special thanks to our Classic Sponsor, Cooling Concepts, LLC! Congratulations to the winners of this year’s tournament: A-Flight Winners: TheBANK of Edwardsville Team Members: Bob Mueller, Ryan Altmansberger, Garry Reuter, Kevin Welch B-Flight Winners: St. Louis Food Ingredients Team Members: Jim Pietroburgo, Craig Glazebrook, Jim Bernosky, Jeff Cox C-Flight Winners: CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Team Members: Kevin Meder, Nick Territo, Justin Price, Jacques Thro Longest Drive: Gary Becker | Joy Prigge Closest to the Pin: Dan Lovecamp | Brandy Steely Putting Contest: Ginny Bouse Thank you to all of the golfers who came out to support the Chamber and to our sponsors.Your commitment to the Chamber allows us to continue our mission! Lunch Sponsors: CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, The Colonnade Senior Living; Dinner Sponsor: Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C; Drink Cart Sponsor: Quest Management Consultants; Beverage Sponsor: Grey Eagle Distributors; Hole-in-One Sponsor: Jack Schmitt Chevrolet; Hole Contest Sponsors: Copper Bend Pharmacy, Huntleigh Securities Corporation; Putting Contest Sponsor: Bank of Belleville; Snack Sponsor: SSM Physical Therapy Exclusive Tee Sponsors: Ango Kernan Rentals & Sales, BARBERMurphy Group, Home Brite Ace Hardware, Kurrus Funeral Home, Sam’s Club Tee Sponsors: ApexNetwork Physical Therapy, BND, BOS Metro East Banking Center, Bouse Properties, LLC, Car-Tech Automotive, Compu-Type IT Solutions, Dieterich Bank, Egyptian Workspace Partners, Renner Funeral Home, Geo’s Wings & More, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, JD Byrider of Belleville, Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law, Kelso Auto & RV Collision Center, Kings Point Sports Club, Krys Jacobs State Farm Insurance, Mark A. Kern, St. Clair County Board Chairman, Metro Lock & Security, Inc., Peak Communications, Precision Practice Management, Illinois Representative Jay Hoffman

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Kevin Richter, President Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD Dr. Jeff Dosier, President Elect Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, 1st Vice President Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc. Melissa Mason, 2nd Vice President Belleville News-Democrat Bob Mueller, Immediate Past President TheBANK of Edwardsville

Board of Directors Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood University-Belleville Edmond Brown, ELB Enterprises Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Dr. Mark Eichenlaub, Southwestern Illinois College Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Rachel Jackson, Project Compassion, NFP Darlene Jones, Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District #118 Mary C. Lamie, Bi-State Development Kevin Pesko, Bank of Belleville John Reichert, In-Focus Marketing Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Peg Sebastian, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois Will Welsh, Gateway Region YMCA 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 Landon Brooks, Marketing and Communications Manager Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event 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 AT&T Belleville News-Democrat Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.


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


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

Shirley Bertelsmann, Community Member Sarah Biermann, Community Member Rebecca Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Bob Dintelmann, Landscape Consultant RoseMarie Fitzgerald, Community Member Mary Jo Foerste, Community Member Cari Frick, Metro Lock and Security, Inc. Sharon Goff, Self-Employed Patty Gregory, Art on the Square Martha Holloway, The Apartment Community of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Dennis F. Korte, Sr., Belleville Township Supervisor 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 Mary Reuter, Lindenwood University - Belleville Leslie Schmidt, Abbott EMS Loretta Stammer, Community Member Brandy Steely, BND Anne Thomure, Memorial Hospital Jack Weck, Community Member Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County Office on Aging John Wunderlich, Egyptian Business Furniture Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union

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Chamber Happenings St. Louis Business Journal Ranks Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 3rd Largest Chamber in St. Louis Area for 2017 On May 5, 2017, The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce was ranked third largest Chamber in the Greater St. Louis Area, and largest on the Illinois side, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. The list ranks chambers according to the most recent annual budget. The Chamber followed the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Louis Regional Chamber. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce currently operates on an annual budget of $680,000 with a membership of more than 600 businesses. The Chamber provides its members with an array of networking and marketing opportunities, committees in which to get involved, workshops and many other valuable resources. Members are able to take advantage of many of these opportunities free of charge or minimal charge as they can be included with membership dues. Thank you to all of our members for your support and dedication that has helped to make our Chamber highly successful!

June 2017

Upcoming Chamber Events 6/1 6/1 6/2 6/6 6/7 6/8 6/12 6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15 6/15 6/16 6/17 6/20 6/20 6/28

Ambassadors Luncheon Business After Hours at Precision Practice Management Ribbon Cutting for Belleville Area Humane Society Education Committee Meeting SCORE of Southwestern Illinois Meeting Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Ribbon Cutting for Just Relax Spa PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections at Cardinal Buick GMC Young Professionals Social at 4204 Government Affairs Committee Meeting Ladies’ Night Out Ribbon Cutting for Bank of America Craft Beer Walk Economic Development Committee Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting



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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Thank You Art on the Square

The businesses and organizations below renewed their investment with the Chamber in April...

Upcoming Business After Hours

Masterworks Chorale & Children’s Chorus

June 1 Precision Practice Management

Boyer Fire Protection

Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.

July 6 Memorial Hospital

Bridgeman Insurance Agency

Judge Milton Wharton

August 3 Bel-Air Bowl

Casino Queen

Optimist Club of Belleville

September 7 Healthcare Committee

Chestnut Health Systems


CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

St. Clair County Assessor, Jennifer Gomric-Minton

October 12 Grimm & Gorly Florist & Gifts, Inc.

Belleville Surgical Center

Eagle Lake Distributing Jefferson’s Restaurant

St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Dept

Kuhlmann Design Group

Turned Treasures Gallery & School of Wood Turning, LLC

Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken

Union United Methodist Church

November 2 Associated Bank December 2 Breakthru Beverage

Young Professionals Social Wednesday | June 14th | 4:30pm-6:00pm Location: 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. Pavilion 4204 West Main Street | Belleville No Admission Fee | Food & Drinks Available for Purchase


Network with peers and special guests from Belleville Area Humane Society and Heartlands Conservancy, who will be on hand to discuss ideas for community service projects. RSVP by Monday, June 12th at More Info: or 618.233.2015 Page 4

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Welcome Ashland Storage Centers

19 Ashland Ave. | Fairview Heights (618) 688 -0990

Brown & Crouppen

The businesses and organizations below joined the Chamber in April...

Sandy’s Back Porch

2004 West Blvd. | Belleville (618) 235-2004

State Farm Kate Elder

Cardinal Buick GMC

3800 West State IL-15 | Belleville (618) 233-0303

CDM Productions

One Metropolitan Square 211 North Broadway Ste 1600 | St. Louis (314) 941-4657

1040 Carlyle Ave. | Belleville (618) 277-7300 (618) 920-3438

Chalan Pago Island Style BBQ

The Batters Box @ K3 7645 Magna Dr. | Belleville (618) 207-4549

809 West State St. | O’Fallon (618) 691-8005

223 North Douglas St. | Belleville (618) 795-6443

David C. Slimack

5200 West Main St. | Belleville (618) 233-3121

Gilmore & Bell, PC

101 West Vandalia St. Suite 240-D | Edwardsville (618) 307-4274

Title Professionals Inc. dba Old Title & Escrow

120 West Main St. | Belleville (618) 235-7694

Brookside Agra LLC

1321 Park Plaza Dr., Suite #1 | Belleville (618) 628-8300

Invelop Now, LLC

Russell Cellular Verizon 1624 Carlyle Ave. | Belleville (618) 257-2322

Sprint Corporation

5791 Belleville Crossing St. | Belleville (816) 286-5738

The Arcades Center LLC

6400 – 6600 West Main Belleville (314) 518-1158

6000 Old Collinsville Rd. Fairview Heights, IL 62208

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Business After Hours Sponsors: Albert Orelt Agency Chamber members had a great time at May’s Business After Hours with Albert Orelt Allstate Agency and Crossfit Nucleus. Members got a firsthand look at Crossfit Nucleus’ gym, which is furnished with a spa and a wide array of equipment. The food and great company were definite highlights of the evening! Crossfit Nucleus is a community fueled by great people and hard work with fitness being the epicenter of what they do. They use proven methods to force your body to change so you get the results you desire. Crossfit Nucleus constantly varies their workouts with fully functional movements so that your body never has the chance to adapt or plateau. Albert Orelt Allstate Agency is committed to helping Belleville residents assess their immediate and long-term needs and choose options that will help them achieve their goals. They’re available to answer your questions when you want to explore options for protecting your home, personal property, or financial future. You can depend on Albert Orelt Allstate Agency to help you look at the big picture. A big thanks to Albert Orelt Allstate Agency and Crossfit Nucleus for hosting such a great event! ............................................................................................................... Albert Orelt Allstate Agency:

Constance Scott, TOCO Shop Stacey Weathers, Representative Jay Hoffman’s Office Cindy Guthrie, Illinois Center for Autism

Craig Seifferth, AxOx Training, LLC Tom Holbrook, St. Clair County Clerk

Crossfit Nucleus:

Upcoming Business After Hours Thursday, June 1 | 5 - 7PM Precision Practice Management 218 West Main Street | Belleville Sponsor: Al Orelt, Allstate Agency Albert Orelt Stephanie Gain, Seven/Sichi Amanda Schlecht, Seven/Sichi

Cheryl Brunsman, PSOP Haley Thompson, SWIC Rena Thoele, SWIC

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Ribbon Cuttings

Old Town Farmers’ Market Saturday, May 6 South Charles Street | Belleville

Memorial Hospital Hybrid Operating Room Tuesday, May 9 4500 Memorial Drive | Belleville

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings: Friday, June 2 | 12:00pm

Belleville Area Humane Society

Monday, June 12 | 11:00am Just Relax Spa

Balance Coffee & Tea

Saturday, May 20 732 South Illinois Street | Belleville

Friday, June 16 | 8:30am Bank of America

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.

Upcoming Coffee Cup Connections Tuesday, June 13th | 8:15am Hosted by: Cardinal Buick GMC 3800 West State Route 15 | Belleville Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn about other member businesses! The Chamber Connection

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Spotlight on Education Trice, Jones to Lead Student Services at Lindenwood University-Belleville

Campus President Dr. Brett Barger has appointed Dr. Thomas Trice as Interim Dean of Students and Dr. Suzy Jones as the Interim Associate Dean of Students at Lindenwood University-Belleville. “Both have demonstrated in their current roles a very high level of devotion to our students along with intelligence, creativity, and empathy that make these appointments a strong fit,” Barger said of his decision. “I’m certain their teamwork and collaboration will provide progressive guidance and leadership to Student Services. Suzy and Thomas are filling vital roles within the institution.” Trice, an East St. Louis native, currently serves as an assistant professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences–Criminal Justice Department. He has taught several courses in criminal justice and has been given the “Excellence in Teaching Award” for his teaching methodologies. He is also the advisor of three campus clubs–the Black Student Union, Chess Club, and Phi Beta Sigma, Fraternity Inc. He acts as a mentor for the Lynx’s swim team and assists with the Criminal Justice Club while serving on the advising committee and HLC proof reading committee. He was also elected to the Faculty Council. Trice holds a Doctor of Management with a focus in psychology and sociology from Webster University, along with two master’s degrees, one in human resource and development and another in leadership management. He received his bachelor’s degree in administration of justice and pre-law from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Trice has more than 20 years of experience in local, county, state, and federal law enforcement and retired with the rank of captain, receiving numerous commendations for his public service, including being named Illinois Top Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. His professional accomplishments include being a Nationally Certified and Licensed Polygraph Examiner and a long-term member of the American Association of Police Polygraphists, a member of the Academy of Management, and being recognized as one of the Top 50 Investigators in the nation. He is currently the Vice President of the Illinois Polygraph Association.

Jones has been with Lindenwood University-Belleville for 2 ½ years as director of academic success and retention. She has over 20 years of experience as an LCPC and has worked in higher education for more than 15 years. She obtained her Doctor of Education from Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2015 with an emphasis in college leadership and customer service in the college institution. She received a master’s degree in professional counseling from Lindenwood University. During her short time at Lindenwood University-Belleville, she has expanded many program areas, including Academic Success, ADA, the Early Alert Program, First-Year Programming, and the Career Center. She has also streamlined the Move-In Day and Grad Day processes, and she has served on Student Engagement and Retention, Academic Suspension Appeals, First-Year Experience, New Student Orientation, and Graduation committees. During her previous experience at Southwestern Illinois College, she served on the Crisis Behavioral Intervention Threat Assessment Team, Campus Violence Prevention, Choosing Healthy Options, and scholarship committees.

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Leadership Belleville

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Kelly Barbeau | HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Melissa Meirink | Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd.

Alexa Callahan | Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Amanda Mulkey | Commerce Bank

Matthew Chandler | City of Belleville

Becky Riggs | HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Lance Chrisman | Kaskaskia Engineering Group

Lynn Selden | Downtown Belleville YMCA

Mike Grimes | Commercial Energy Consultants

Susan Stubblefield | Memorial Hospital

Malcolm Hill | Belleville Township High School Dist. 201 Kevin Welch | TheBANK of Edwardsville Natalie Jablonski | Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWIL

Mandy Wuebbels | Meckfessel Tire & Auto

Kelci Jones | CARITAS Family Solutions

Lyndsey Younger | City of Belleville

Stefanie McLaughlin | East Belleville YMCA

Reflection Day & Graduation| May 5, 2017 ........................................................................ The 2016-2017 Leadership Belleville Class concluded with Reflection Day at Grey Eagle Distributors on Friday, May 5th. As part of the class requirements, the 17 participants were asked to create a presentation reflecting on their journey through Leadership Belleville. Later that day, the Class met at St. Clair Country Club for dinner and graduation ceremony. Following the ceremony, Kelly Barbeau was named class president. “After completing the Leadership Belleville program, I have a greater understanding of all groups and businesses that come together to make the Belleville community great. I also appreciate the Chamber for offering such a program to continue to develop dedicated leaders to serve our city for years to come. I was able to further grow my leadership skills to understand how to better serve both my organization and others in the community.” -Kelly Barbeau The Chamber is proud to have another group of community leaders complete the program. If you know one or more of this year’s graduates please congratulate them on their achievement! Page 10

Leadership Belleville Next Leadership Belleville Class Now Forming The Leadership Belleville program is a unique executive training program coordinated through the Chamber. It 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 in the evening for all participants, their spouses or guests, as well as program presenters and 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 $1,250 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 17th. .

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Devoted to Protecting Your Business and Assets In our complex modern society, disputes among individuals, businesses and organizations are increasingly common. With the ever-expanding maze of regulations and the intricacy of modern business relationships, competent legal advice is a critical aspect of every commercial enterprise. The commercial litigation attorneys at Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. possess broad business backgrounds, are well-versed in business issues and have successfully represented clients before both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. We represent small, medium and large businesses, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in a broad range of legal matters, including: • • • •

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• Consumer fraud and unfair business practices • Partnership, corporate and LLC litigation • Bank-related litigation

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 Associates Natalie T. Lorenz Rebecca K. Wohltman Colin C. Clark Joseph R. Harvath Melissa C. Meirink Katharine A. Keefe Of Counsel Charles M. Lock Barry D. Dix

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NATIONALLY Memorial has the exceptional physicians and caring employees you know and trust right here in the Metro East. And they’re backed by BJC HealthCare’s renowned services and technology. Together, we’re making connections to bring outstanding care to our patients in the communities we serve. Page 12

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Chamber Member Update PROVIDENCE BANK ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF CHRISTI SPAUNHORST Jen Megee, Executive Vice President, Director of Retail Banking and Deposit Services for Providence Bank, is pleased to announce the promotion of Christi Spaunhorst to Banking Center Mentor for the St. Louis Market. In her new role, Spaunhorst will use her extensive banking knowledge, vast experience and first-rate customer service skills to mentor banking center managers and their employees in the St. Louis market. She will also be responsible for special projects for Retail Banking and Deposit Services. Spaunhorst has over 16 years of banking experience. She joined Providence Bank in August 2003 as a Teller, was promoted to Assistant Banking Center Manager in April 2008, Banking Center Manager in November 2010 and Banking Center Mentor for the St. Louis Market in May 2017. Spaunhorst graduated from Columbia College with a BS in Marketing and Management in March 2008 and earned her Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management in 2015. Spaunhorst has been very active in the Jefferson City Community over the years. She is a member of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2017, Treasurer for the Mid Missouri Referral Alliance (MMRA), serves on the United Way Marketing Committee and has been involved with the March of Dimes. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

THEBANK OF EDWARDSVILLE AWARDS COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS TO FOUR METRO EAST AREA STUDENTS Four high school seniors from throughout the Metro East were recently selected to receive college scholarships through TheBANK of Edwardsville’s Community Scholarship Program. Each will receive $2,000 per year for four years of education. Kelly Bonk from Edwardsville High School, Emma Mattix-Wand from Marquette Catholic High School, Annie Maynard from Alton High School and Jill Ann Buettner from Belleville West High School, were chosen as the 2017 scholarship recipients. The recipients were selected from a large group of applicants based on their positive leadership and character in both academic achievements and community activities. “TheBANK of Edwardsville established this scholarship program 17 years ago as a commitment to the education of our future leaders,” said Kevin Powers, President and CEO of TheBANK of Edwardsville. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of the students who were selected from this year’s impressive pool of applicants, and we look forward to watching them progress through college and enter the workforce. Congratulations to the students for all of their achievements thus far.” TheBANK introduced its Community Scholarship Program in August of 2000, pledging $1.3 million toward scholarships to be awarded over 30 years to graduating seniors of local high schools. The Greater Edwardsville Area Community Foundation, which is governed by a board of local residents, administers the program with a selection committee which interviews the finalists and selects the final scholarship recipients. As in years past, the selection committee evaluated the applicants on academic achievements, leadership and character exhibited both at school and in extracurricular activities. Selection criteria also included leadership in community activities as well as the positive impact the students have had on others. This year’s scholarship recipients were: • Kelly Bonk, Edwardsville High School: Kelly will attend the University of Denver, where she plans to study Biology and Pre-Med. She is the daughter of Laurie and Alan Bonk; • Emma Mattix-Wand, Marquette Catholic High School: Emma will attend Loyola University of Chicago, where she plans to study Theater and Musical Theater. She is the daughter of Paula and Gerry Mattix-Wand; • Annie Maynard, Alton High School: Annie will attend Illinois State University, where she plans to study Accounting. She is the daughter of Kim and Jeff Maynard; and • Jill Ann Buettner, Belleville West High School: Jill will attend Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she plans to study Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She is the daughter of Jo Ann and Michael Buettner. TheBANK’s Community Scholarship Program was created as part of the American Bankers Association’s “Banks of Promise” effort, which is the banking industry’s pledge toward Colin Powell’s “America’s Promise – Alliance for Youth.” TheBANK has committed to America’s Promise by partnering with not-for-profit organizations, athletes, mayors, governors, teachers, college professors and others to benefit youth through a variety of sponsorships and donations. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Chamber Member Update JOIN BARNES & NOBLE AND BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHWESTERN ILLINOIS TO CELEBRATE OUR LOCAL SUPERHEROES FOR WONDER WOMAN DAY! On June 3, 2017, celebrate the new Wonder Woman movie at Barnes & Noble on North Illinois Street in Fairview Heights! There will be great deals on DC™ graphic novels, special edition comics, and most importantly WONDER WOMAN! WONDER WOMAN will be present from 12-2 and ready to take a selfie with all of her biggest (and littlest) fans! There will be games, prizes, Big Brother/Sister and Little Brother/Sister deals in the B & N Starbucks Café, a scavenger hunt, story time, and more! A portion of the proceeds from this event B & N Bookfair will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, who provide for nearly 500 youth, ages 6 through 18, in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe and Clinton County. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

NEXT-GENERATION TEEN INNOVATORS COMPETITION NOW OPEN IN2@IMSA, TELLABS FOUNDATION REWARD IMAGINATIVE ILLINOIS STUDENTS The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) and Tellabs Foundation announce the inaugural Next Generation Teen Innovators Awards. Award applications are now open. The statewide awards program recognizes innovative and entrepreneurial-minded Illinois students entering grades 7-9 in Fall 2017. The award seeks out young teens engaged in a real-world project or startup, one with community impact. “The Next Generation Teen Innovators Award recognizes young STEM talent that drives Illinois’ future. Year after year, young Illinois students create innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. These students are developing the ideas of tomorrow, today,” stated IMSA President Dr. José M. Torres. The Next Generation Teen Innovator Awards are one example of IMSA’s commitment to empowering all Illinois students. Award winners receive a one-year membership to IN2@IMSA (the newly opened Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry; Steve Chen is a YouTube co-founder and IMSA alumni). IN2 helps young entrepreneurs gain access to networking and education programs, taking their innovation to the next level. Carol Gavin, Executive Director, Tellabs Foundation added, “We are proud to build on IMSA’s and Tellabs’-shared pioneering legacy with the Tellabs Foundation Next Generation Teen Innovators’ Awards. This celebrates Illinois’ future STEM leaders by inspiring future scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs at an early age. IN2 and this award are two enduring ways to carry on Michael J. Birck’s memory.” Birck co-founded Tellabs in 1975. He was also an IMSA board Trustee. Birck died in 2015, at age 77. Teen innovator applications are open to any Illinois middle school student, or state-based student teams, up to four. Only Illinois 6-8 grade students and homeschoolers age 12-14 (or grade equivalent) need apply. Students with prototypes or those in early stage ventures with demonstrated impact (and preferably with market feedback) are encouraged to apply. Social entrepreneurship projects or startups with community impact focus, please reference the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals for the application process. To apply, visit Application deadline is July 16, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Award recognition and luncheon will be held in September, 2017 in Aurora, Illinois. For questions about the award and application process, or for special requests, please contact Sue Fricano at or call 630-907-5800. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

BELLEVILLE AMERICORPS HIRING VOLUNTEERS OF ALL AGES Belleville AmeriCorps at Southwestern Illinois College is looking to fill numerous paid volunteer positions. This nonprofit organization is looking for school tutors to serve students in Belleville Public School Districts 118 and 175. Applications for fall 2017 are due June 6. College students, paraprofessionals, parents, grandparents and retiring teachers over 17 are encouraged to apply. Earn a monthly stipend as well as education awards. Gain experience needed for careers in education, nonprofit management, volunteer coordination, social work, psychology, counseling and more. Members over 55 can earn education awards for their children or grandchildren. Volunteers receive a monthly stipend for living and the chance for an education award to apply toward college tuition (past, present or future). Belleville AmeriCorps member Cheryl Cronin notes, “I serve because I have, in my lifetime, been on the receiving side of service and it is important to give back. The more you give, the more you receive. When I’m tutoring kids and I see that light bulb go on, it is the best feeling in the world.” Belleville AmeriCorps spent 6,900 hours this year helping over 650 students and participating in community events and service projects in and around Belleville. Don’t miss out on a chance to change someone’s life through service. For more information or an online application, visit You can also call 618-235-2700, ext. 5711 or email

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Chamber Member Update EASTERN CATHOLICISM: UNDERSTANDING THE SOUNDS, SIGHTS AND TRADITIONS OF BYZANTINE CATHOLICISM The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., is presenting a program about Eastern Catholicism on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. – Noon. Although in communion with the Roman Pontiff, the Eastern Catholic Churches are unique with their own blend of icons, incense, holy oil and Eastern liturgical chant. Presenter James Comninellis, who serves the Archdiocese of St. Louis as the Outreach and Resources Coordinator for the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has been a member and a cantor of the St. Louis Byzantine Catholic Mission since 2014. The Catholic tradition is rich with a diversity of rites, and our presenter will touch on that diversity in general and specifically highlight the practice of Ruthenian Catholicism, a Slavonic-Byzantine tradition which is active in St. Louis. Fee: $15. Pre-registration is required. This program will be held at the Guild Center. Information and registration at or contact the Shrine at 618-397-6700 ext. 6270, or 314-241-3400 ext. 6270. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

IMPACT STRATEGIES COMPLETES RETAIL RENOVATION PROJECT IN FLORENCE, ALABAMA IMPACT Strategies, a construction-management firm based in Fairview Heights, Illinois, recently wrapped up construction on a 30,000-square-foot retail building in Florence, Alabama for U.S. Properties Group (USPG), a national developer of retail properties. The project involved renovating a vacant space housed in an existing retail center located at 374 Cox Creek Parkway. The newly finished building was constructed for a major national sporting goods tenant. Mark Hinrichs, president of IMPACT Strategies, said, “We’ve had the pleasure of working with U.S. Properties Group on a number of retail projects throughout the country. Our extensive experience in retail construction, specifically with the management of projects from start-to-finish, is one of the reasons USPG has continued to utilize our services.” IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and preconstruction management. The company is headquartered in Fairview Heights, Ill. with an office in St. Louis, Mo. and primarily serves clients in the St. Louis metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest.

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Chamber Member Update LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE EARNS STATE APPROVAL TO OFFER ILLINOIS TEACHER EDUCATION AND SCHOOL COUNSELING CREDENTIALS The Illinois State Board of Education’s State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board has officially recognized Lindenwood University-Belleville as a state institution and educational unit, streamlining the process for future graduates of the institution to obtain teacher and school counseling licensure in the state of Illinois. “Starting this fall, incoming freshmen will be directly licensed to teach in Illinois,” said Dr. Steven Suess, chair of the Division of Education and Counseling. “This is a great advantage to graduates of the program because with automatic licensure in Illinois, students will no longer have to apply to transfer their Missouri certification to Illinois.” Suess said because Lindenwood Belleville was originally created as an extension location of the Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles, Mo., education students in Belleville earned certification to teach in the state of Missouri upon graduation. Provost Dr. Renee Porter said Lindenwood Belleville leaders were honored and gratified to hear the news, saying she feels the board’s decision validates the quality of Lindenwood Belleville’s curriculum. “We are elated to be an additional Illinois approved teacher education and school counseling provider to the region,” Porter said. “We’ve always had a very rigorous education and counseling curriculum, and now with this certification, our students will have one less step to find employment. I think this speaks to the university’s commitment to its students and graduates, and we’re very proud of it.” The change affects students in Lindenwood Belleville’s elementary education and K-12 physical education programs in addition to the graduate program in school counseling. Another advantage to graduates earning automatic Illinois licensure is that Missouri offers reciprocity to Illinois licensed educators. Suess said that the Lindenwood system Chief Certification Officer Dr. Tammy Moore also works individually with students who choose to pursue out-of-state certification beyond Missouri. To learn more, contact Suess at or 618-239-6092. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION IN THE OPERATING ROOM In recognition for successful programs to reduce their environmental impact, as well as for standard-setting innovation and environmental stewardship, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital received the Partner for Change Award and the Greening the OR Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. These awards are two of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector. The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas. The Greening the OR Award recognizes the facility demonstrating the most success in reducing the environmental impact of its surgical suites. Operating rooms are large contributors to a health care facility’s environmental footprint, creating opportunity for significant cost savings and sustainability improvements. The award builds on Practice Greenhealth’s Greening the OR® Initiative, which in 2015 alone helped participating facilities save $41.7 million while avoiding 2,150 tons of waste and more than 9 million kWhs of energy. “We are committed to environmentally sound health care and to ensuring the well-being and safety of our patients, staff and community,” said Donna Meyers Director Mission Integration/Pastoral Care/Community Benefit at St Elizabeth’s Hospital. “We are proud of our sustainability programs and their positive impact, as well as being recognized as the nation’s leader in driving the greening of ORs across the country. It is just one of the ways we live out our Franciscan values of reverence for the earth.” The award will be presented at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards Gala, set for May 18th in Minneapolis, Minn at the conclusion of the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.

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Chamber Member Update NEW ONCOLOGY WELLNESS THERAPY PROGRAM AT HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL HELPS IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER CANCER TREATMENT HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is proud to announce the launch of a new Oncology Wellness Program to assist those undergoing cancer treatments to improve their quality of care and quality of life from initial cancer diagnosis, through all stages of treatment, and after treatment is completed. Many advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Yet sadly, many cancer survivors, after surviving their disease, are unable to return to their pre-cancer lifestyle due to lingering effects of the disease and treatment. St. Elizabeth’s Oncology Wellness Program can help prepare your body before cancer treatment, and help you to return to your previous activity level afterwards, reducing the effects of treatment. “This is about enhancing the quality of life for people living with cancer,” said Tom Dibadj, PT, DPT, St. Elizabeth’s Director of Rehabilitative Services. “Studies have shown that exercise during and after cancer treatment is safe and results in improvements in physical function, activity level, and fatigue. An Oncology Wellness program is much like other forms of therapy after a serious illness or injury but with the special needs and precautions of an oncology patient taken into account,” he explained. “Our goal is to have a comprehensive team approach using evidence-based interventions that are unique for oncology patients to allow a safe progression of their program.” There are a variety of treatment options available through St. Elizabeth’s Oncology Wellness Program: · Pretreatment – Provide a functional assessment prior to beginning treatment, and offer education on posture, skin care, lymphedema precautions (if appropriate) and medical guidelines for safe exercise. · Rehabilitation – Provide physical, occupational or speech therapy to treat any deficits resulting from cancer treatments or surgeries, maximizing your quality of life and level of function. · Survivor Support and Wellness – Offer proven recommendations to reduce and limit any long-term effects that may arise and affect your physical function, and empower you to be as active as possible. In order to have Oncology Wellness services, a physician’s referral is required, typically from your family practitioner, oncologist, or surgeon. For questions or more information about how you may benefit from Oncology Wellness services, contact one of these two HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s outpatient therapy locations: St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Medical Arts Bldg. E, Belleville, at 618-234-2120 x1767 or St. Elizabeth’s Medical Plaza, Mascoutah, at 618-566-4900. More information can also be found on HSHS St. Elizabeth’s web site at

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Chamber Member Update MEMORIAL HOSPITAL EAST RECEIVES EXCELLENCE IN HEALTHCARE AWARD Memorial Hospital East recently received Excellence In Healthcare Awards from national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC). Memorial East was recognized for overall quality of care as follows: Five Star Emergency Department Five Star 4th Floor Medical/Surgical Four Star Overall Inpatient Services Five Star HCAHPS – Discharge Information “We are extremely pleased Memorial Hospital East has been recognized for these achievements,” said Mark J. Turner, president of Memorial Regional Health Services. “This is a testament to our staff and the exceptional healthcare and compassionate service they provide to our patients and families.” Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, a 94-all private bed full service hospital, opened just a year ago on April 12, 2016. The Excellence in Healthcare Awards recognize organizations and individuals who achieve excellence throughout the year by improving patient experiences, healthcare employee engagement and/or physician alignment and engagement based on surveys of their patients. “It is an honor to recognize Memorial Hospital East with these Excellence in Healthcare Awards for their deserving work,” said Joe M. Inguanzo, Ph.D., President and CEO of PRC. “It takes true dedication and determination to achieve this level of excellence in healthcare and Memorial East has shown their commitment to making their hospital a better place to work, a better place to practice medicine and a better place for patients to be treated.” .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

ENJOY SOME SUMMER FUN WITH PSOP TRAVEL PROGRAM Looking for an adventure this summer? Whether it’s a big adventure or just a small trip, Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons Travel Program has got you covered! Join the group Aug. 6-9 for a four-day trip to Kansas City! While there, you’ll experience all the city has to offer including a fountain tour, a performance by Million Dollar Quartet, a tour of Chip’s Chocolate Factory, and not just one but two Cardinals/Royals games! Don’t miss out on all that Kansas City has to offer! For those considering a lengthier journey, look no further than the Pacific Coast Adventure, Sept. 14-22! This trip includes nine days of the West Coast’s most beautiful sites! Trip highlights include Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, a city tour of Portland, Oregon, a stroll inside Redwood National Park, and a stop at the infamous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. If you’re particularly interested in the Pacific Coast Adventure, plan to attend the Travelogue program Thursday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. For more information on either of these trips, contact Group Travel Specialist Nancy Bauer at 618-234-4410, ext. 7020. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE COMMUNICATIONS GRADUATE LANDS JOB BEFORE GRADUATION WITH ST. LOUIS RADIO STATION Kasey Washausen still vividly remembers nervously sitting behind the microphone for the first time in the radio studio at Lindenwood University-Belleville. That was in the spring of 2015. Two years later, she’s a brand new graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a new career, which started with a regular shift on the air at a St. Louis radio station before she was even handed her diploma. Now, Washausen is on air from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday on the airwaves of 96.3 Now-FM. “I came here not knowing what I wanted to do,” Washausen said. “I spent a lot of time looking through all the majors and kept coming back to communications. I was very shy when I started, but my counselors and instructors really took the time to prepare me. I was nervous that first time on the air, but by the time I was done, I was more excited than nervous and I couldn’t wait to come back.” Washausen said the guidance her instructors provided, which is based on their decades of experience in the industry, gave her the confidence she needed to get comfortable behind the microphone. Because of that, she was able to discover--and reach--her potential. Lindenwood Belleville Director of Radio Operations Tom Calhoun, a veteran announcer and broadcaster, said he was impressed by Washausen’s eagerness to learn. He said he enjoyed watching an introverted teenager turn into a polished and confident broadcaster. “Our staff has a lot of experience to share with students.” Calhoun said. “I could tell when I gave her tips and guidance that it was really soaking in and registering. She took those things to heart and worked hard to get better and better. She’s been a great student.”

What’s Happening in June Thursday | June 1 Sip & Shop | 6:30 The Weingarten | Belleville (618) 257-9463

Monday | June 5 Healthy Foods - Cooking Demo | 11:00am The Cancer Treatment Center | Swansea (618) 236-1000 ext. 153

Sunday | June 18 Kids Cooking Class | 1:30pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville (618) 233-0513

Friday | June 2 Belleville Parks & Rec Dodgeball Night | 5:30pm Nichols Community Center | Belleville (618) 277-9785

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois Sisters of Swing Ladies Golf Tournament | 12:00pm The Orchards Golf Club | Belleville (618) 398-3162

Friday | June 23 Centennial Golf Classic | 12:00pm Cardinal Creek Golf Course | SAFB (618) 256-2385

AINAD Shirine’r Parade | 6:30pm Downtown Belleville (888) 567-1870 Saturday & Sunday | June 3 & 4 AINAD Shriner’s Circus | Times Vary Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville (888) 567-1870 Saturday | June 3 5th Annual Brew & Que | 10:00am Downtown Belleville (618) 257-0315 ShrineStock: Blessing of the Bikes | 12:00pm The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | Belleville (618) 397-6700 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois Wonder Woman Day | 2:00pm Barnes & Noble | Fairview Heights 618) 398-3162 Belleville Historical Society & St. Clair County Historical Society Museum Day Open House | 10:00am Various Locations | Belleville (618) 234-0600 Sunday | June 4 Doll, Bear and Collectible Show | 9:30am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville (618) 233-0940

Thursday | June 8 Adult Cooking Class | 6:00pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville (618) 233-0513 Saturday & Sunday | June 10 & 11 Scott Centennial Open House feat. The USAF Thunderbirds | 9:00am Scott AFB Sunday | June 11 Mutts & Mimosas | 11:00am The Weingarten | Belleville (618) 257-9463 Saturday & Sunday | June 17 & 18 Belleville Flea Market | 9:00an Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville (618) 235-0666 Saturday | June 17 Yoga on the Farm | 9:00am Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville (618) 233-0513 St. Clair Co. Health Dept. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day | 8:00am Melvin Price Memorial Park | Swansea (618) 233-7703 Salute to Broadway | 6:00pm Gateway Center | Collinsville (618) 874-1870

Belleville Parks & Rec Nerf Night | 6:00pm Nichols Community Center | Belleville (618) 277-9785 Saturday & Sunday | June 24 & 25 Knife & Gun Show | 9:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville (618) 235-0666 Saturday | June 24 Alzheimer’s Association FUN-draising Event | 7:05pm Gateway Grizzlies Stadium | Sauget (618) 337-3000 ext. 15 Friday | June 30 Belleville Parks & Rec Free Open Gym/B-Ball | 6:00pm Nichols Community Center | Belleville (618) 277-9785 Every Saturday in June Old Time Farmers’ Market | 8:00am S. Charles Street | Belleville 618-233-2015 Every Friday & Saturday in June Free Summer Concert Series | 7:00pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville (618) 233-0513 We are constantly updating our community calendar. Please visit for an up-to-date list of events!

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