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


Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Edmond Brown, President Elect ELB Enterprises, Inc.


Illinois American Water Company


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


Associated Bank Auffenberg Belleville Commerce Bank Eckert’s Country Store and Farms Four Fountains Nursing and Rehab Gonzalez Companies, LLC Grey Eagle Distributors 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 America 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 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 Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. SIHF Healthcare Strano & Associates The Esquiline of Our Lady of the Snows Volkert, Inc. Walmart Willowcreek Rehab & Nursing Center

Justin Price, Vice President CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Kevin Vick, Second Vice President Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Dr. Jeff Dosier, Immediate Past President Belleville Township High School District #201

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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 Amy Richter, Hospice of Southern Illinois Bill Rickher, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Ron Stephens, Bank of Belleville Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Emily Vosse, Beno J. Gundlach Co. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois

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

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director Beth Tucker, Office Manager Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager Diana Goebel, Marketing & Communications Manager Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism

Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077

AMBASSADORS Rebecca Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville Lynne Clapp, Vertical Performance Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Julie Fetters, Associated Bank RoseMarie Fitzgerald, Community Member Mary Jo Foerste, Community Member Cari Frick, Metro Lock and Security, Inc. Sharon Goff, Self-Employed Patty Gregory, Art on the Square Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Dennis F. Korte, Sr., Community Member Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Dorothy Meyer, St. Clair County Mark Mueller, Mueller Furniture Al Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Lisa Phillipson, Hospice of Southern Illinois Joy Prigge, Dieterich Bank Leslie Schmidt, Abbott EMS Loretta Stammer, Community Member Brandy Steely, CTS Technology Solutions, Inc. Anne Thomure, Memorial Regional Health Services Jack Weck, Community Member Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County Office on Aging John Wunderlich, Community Member Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union

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Join Belleville Main Street in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the first street festival of the year in downtown Belleville on Saturday, March 16. The Belleville Main Street Committee, a branch of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians have a full day of activities for the whole family to entice you to help turn Belleville Green for the day! Start your St. Pat’s Day off right by running, walking, skipping, or strolling in the Lucky Leprechaun 5K. This timed event is a perfect way to burn off a few calories so you are ready to go for the rest of day’s festivities. The race starts and ends at Union United Methodist Church, close to wherever you park in downtown Belleville. To register, go online to www. and click on the St. Patrick’s Day Page. Join the thousands that come downtown then for The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade that steps off promptly at 11am at 2nd and West “A” street then travels to West Main and continues to East Main and Oak Street. This parade keeps growing… with promises of bands, beads, and bountiful floats! Then the adult festivities take off with the downtown block party. As soon as the parade ends, four blocks on East Main close and host two bands, four DJs, and six locations for street food, all featuring a Belleville twist on Irish fare. The block party ends at 5pm, but the downtown restaurants and bars continue the party inside with three additional bands, two DJs, and plenty of sit-down dining. So skip the bridge traffic, and stay on the East Side to celebrate closer to home! A big thank you to our wonderful Chamber Member sponsors who make these events possible: Arsenal Credit Union, Breakthru Beverage Belleville, Grey Eagle Distributors, Pour@322, Governor French Academy, Eye on Design, Thouvenot Wade and Moerchen, Chiro-Med of Belleville, Bank of Belleville, Mueller Furniture, Bel-Air Bowl, Solve Your System, Car-tech Automotive, Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD, and Marketplace Magazine/ Adams Publications. The Chamber Connection

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COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHT BELLEVILLE MAIN STREET COMMITTEE The Belleville Main Street Committee is a branch of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce that is committed to the renovation, economic growth, and business retention of downtown Belleville. The committee works with downtown merchants, business leaders, activity community members, and the City of Belleville to revitalize downtown. Alicia Slocomb is the manager of Belleville Main Street and part-time employee of the Chamber of Commerce. She runs the committee with help of chairperson, Scott Schmelzel of Big Daddy’s 618. In 2018, the committee hosted many events including the Sparkles, Suds & Sweets Walk, Lucky Leprechaun 5K Run/Walk, St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, Home Brew & Music Walk, Craft Beer Walk, Art & Wine Walk, monthly Diva Nights, Old Town Farmers’ Market Saturdays from May through October, Sidewalk Sale, Small Business Saturday, and Belle-Scott “Taste of Belleville”.

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The committee also financially supports other various events downtown including the Christkindlmarkt, the Downtown Holiday Trolley, Belleville Area Rose Society, Gingerbread Walk, and 10 local charities through the monthly Diva Night donations. This year, Belleville Main Street is once again nominated as one of the top Main Streets in America! Last year we made it into the top 10 – can we make #1 this year? We can if you VOTE! To help, search Belleville Main Street’s Facebook page, then go to the “event” tab. Find this event and click “going”. You will receive a daily reminder from us. Voting takes only a couple of seconds but it can mean $25,000 for Belleville Main Street! Remember… EVERY VOTE COUNTS! You can also go online to

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March 2019

Upcoming Chamber Events 3/5 3/6 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/11 3/12 3/14 3/14 3/15 3/19 3/19 3/20 3/20 3/30

Education Committee Meeting TRC Victory Party St. Clair Village Apartments Ribbon Cutting Ambassadors Committee Meeting Business After Hours @ Memorial Hospital PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections & Ribbon Cutting @ Leisure Time Pools, Lawn & Landscaping Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Belle-Scott Enlisted Dinner Leadership Belleville Business Day Board of Directors Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Young Professionals Luncheon @ The Weingarten Ribbon Cutting @ Eckert’s Bike Trail

If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618-233-2015.

Advertise your organization’s job opportunities for free! E-mail your job descriptions to or call 618-233-2015 for more information. You can also post to our website by logging on with your ChamberMaster business information.



THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2019 IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE. ST. CLAIR COUNTRY CLUB | BELLEVILLE 6 PM | CASH BAR 7 PM | DINNER & PROGRAM $100 | Includes sponsoring dinner for attendees and one Enlisted Member $50 | Military members of the Belle-Scott Committee Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 5.  Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 618.233.2015

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

Catholic Holy Family Society 2021 Mascoutah Ave. | Mascoutah

SIHF Healthcare 2041 Goose Lake Road | Sauget

Gary Luttrell Photography 100 Orchard Drive | Belleville

Special Olympics IL 1318 Mercantile Drive | Highland

Perfectly Plated 2346 Mascoutah Ave. | Belleville

Thank you

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

Memorial Hospital Crystal & Spice Moore & Simonin, P.C. Jim D Keehner, Ltd Hideg Pharmacy, Inc.. A. L. Rueter Apartment Rentals Jefferson Restaurant G.L. Thomas, CPA Kelso Auto & RV Collision Center Kunkel Comercial Group, Inc. Bouse Properties, LLC Dave Raetz - State Farm Insurance Pinnacle Electronic Systems, Inc. Catholic & Community Credit Union Walmart # 201 Neville, Richards, & Wuller Huntleigh Securities Corporation BarberMurphy Group, Inc. Grappa Growlers Vandalia Bus Lines, Inc. Bellleville Supply Company Memorial Cancer Treatment Center Johnson & Johnson Law Office Ambassador Travel & Cruises Schmale Insurance Agency, Inc. Ittner Architects Yaekel & Associates Insurance IMPACT Strategies, Inc. First Bank National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Stifel

Martin Glass Company Providence Bank Kopis Law Office Kings Point Sports Club Cambridge House of Swansea Belleville Screen Printing David Chumley Stein Automotive Illinois American Water Gerold Moving & Warehousing Adam’s Auction & Real Estate Grand Rental Station Commerce Bank Althoff Catholic High School Casper Stolle Quarry Co. Tribout Distributors Mailing Methods, Inc. LINC, Inc. Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Pyramid Electrical Contractors Rice Sullivan LLC Allsup, LLC First-Mid Illinois Bank & Trust Merrill Lynch - The Gray Group Oliver C Joseph, Inc. W.A. Schickendanz Agency, Inc. Belleville School Dist. #118 Da-Com Corp Cigar Inn Jazz Club, Inc.

Did you know the Chamber has a members-only event calendar? Submit your event online at and click “Calendar” to see the calendar and submit your event! All events will be featured in our Weekly Friday E-blast. Page 8

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Ribbon Cuttings

Auffenberg Insurance Saturday, February 2 901 South Illinois St | Belleville

FKG MotoMart Saturday, February 16 Highway 161 | 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.

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Upcoming Business After Hours March 7 Memorial Hospital

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.

April 4 St. Paul’s Senior Community May 2 The EDGE June 6 Raymond James July 11 Lindenwood University August 1 Schmale Insurance September 5 The Esquiline October 10 Grimm & Gorly November 7 The Atrium of Belleville December Breakthru Beverage

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS On February 7, Arsenal Credit Union hosted the Chamber’s Business After Hours at their 44384 N. Illinois location in Swansea where nearly 70 Chamber members attended to network and enjoy a casino theme night including food, drinks and prizes. Arsenal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, state-chartered financial cooperative founded in 1948 to serve the needs of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Currently, they serve the financial needs of those living in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe and Randolph Counties, as well as St. Louis County, St. Louis City and Jefferson County. Arsenal’s philosophy is People Helping People: a slogan they put into practice not only with the way they serve the needs of their members every single day, but also with the community outreach they do. No matter your financial situation, they offer a variety of products and services to help you feel empowered, including Totally Free checking, personal loans for consolidating debt, home equity loans for household improvements and credit cards with lower interest rates than the ones offered by big banks and retailers. They also offer a slew of services to help small businesses reach their full potential. Whether you’re just starting out, needing to rebuild credit, or looking for a loan with a low interest rate and high level of customer service, they are here for you.

Attendees enjoyed the casino theme Business After Hours. Guests enjoyed a theme photobooth at the event as well as a prize wheel and more!

Thank you to Arsenal Credit Union for their hospitality at the February Business After Hours!


For more information about Arsenal Credit Union:

Upcoming Business After Hours


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EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT Harmony-Emge School District #175 Incorporating STEM-Based Education What is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than just learn. STEM at Ellis Elementary School (Grades Pre K-3): At Ellis this year, we participated in The Hour of Code! The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. We have partnered with The Hour of Code and have continued to incorporate more robotics and coding throughout our everyday curriculum. As robotics and computers become increasingly prevalent in students’ lives, understanding programming and programming concepts is becoming very important for students’ success. Robotics is a field that is easily accessible to a wide range of students with varying talents and skills. Our students love having the chance to use their creativity and energy to learn each and every day. When students are given the opportunity to create something interactive and fun, their engagement levels increase, and they retain more information. You will be surprised at the things kids can create when given the right information and tools! As you walk through Ellis, you can see many different coding activities daily including: Dance Parties, Adventure Games, Coding of the News, Robot Adventures, Minecraft Hour of Code, and WeDo 2.0 Lego Sets. STEM at Harmony Intermediate School (Grades 4-6): At Harmony, we offer a variety of opportunities both in the classroom and after-school that focus on STEM. Our sixth grade students combine their knowledge and imaginations to build an arcade out of recycled materials, build robots that can be programmed to move around, and learn about what it takes to send someone into space. Fourth graders spend their time building tin foil boats that float on water and building chairs out of paper that can support the weight of a stuffed animal. Coding has become so popular with all of our students that we now offer an after school club just for students enjoy testing their limits on the computer. Outside of our regular curriculum, we offer an IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) class to grades 4-6 that allows students to engage in several hands-on projects, including: design and building of marble roller coasters, catapults, and even electric cars. STEM at Emge Junior High School (Grades 7-8): Emge students also participated in the “Hour of Code” activity. Students at Emge are allowed to select a Coding activity and carry out the procedures, resulting in the students receiving a certificate of completion. Student were able to complete coding activities , ranging from graph paper programming to creating their own games. Our students were able to take part in the Emge Balloonatics. Balloonatics is an interactive STEM camp that teaches students about the factors and influences of weather through the use of a “weather balloon” and its flight path. Throughout the week leading up to the actual launch, students predicted the flight path of the balloon, practiced using GPS trackers, and even created mini model weather balloons. Students then collaborated with other local schools to launch a balloon and track and follow it to its final destination. Harmony-Emge School District #175 Summer STEM Activities: In the Harmony-Emge school District #175 our commitment to academic excellence and our desire to help each child reach exceptional levels of achievement have been the driving force for our summer STEM camps. It is with great pleasure and pride that we have partnered with Scott Air Force Base to bring STEM camps to our schools. During these summer camps, our students partner with their peers from Signal Hill School District #181, Smithton School District #130, and Belle Valley School District #1. These students take part in STEM-based learning, covering topics such as Aviation, BMX, Gardening, Robotics, Cyber Patriots, Coding and Rockets. In conclusion, STEM education is critical to help the United States remain a world leader. STEM education in school is important to spark an interest in pursuing a STEM career in students. However, teachers do not carry the whole burden of STEM education. Parents also must encourage their children to pursue STEM activities and increase awareness and interest at home and in extracurricular activities of the merits of STEM education. Through these school-based activities and the STEM activities outside of school, children can see that what they are learning now is pertinent to their future and the future of the whole world. These opportunities for STEM-based learning create an interest often lacking when learning new concepts that do not seem to carry real-world application. Page 12

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LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE Government Day On February 15, the 2018-2019 Leadership Belleville Class continued their program with Government Day. The day started with breakfast and a meeting with Jenny Gain-Meyer (City Clerk), Dean Hardt (City Treasurer), and Ken Kinsella (Alderman). The class then met with Mayor Mark Eckert and learned about various departments, then took part in a mock city council meeting. Class members then traveled to the St. Clair County Court House to meet with Rick Stubblefield. The day concluded with lunch and a mini retreat at Peer 151. Thank you to our day planners: Eric Schauster, Asst. Dir. of Economic Development, City of Belleville, Class of 2000 Sherry Favre-Salvatore, Dir. of Human Resources, City of Belleville, Class of 2018 Jessica Orelt, Licensed Sales Producer, Allstate, Class of 2018 Meals, snacks and meeting rooms were sponsored by the City of Belleville, Artigem/Peer 151, Sigman Heating & Cooling, and the Leadership Class of 2018. To learn more about the Leadership Belleville Program, visit



Andrew is already a leader in both the community and

Joel is dedicated to enhancing his professionalism and

his career. As an attorney he has helped others resolve

experience as a way to build relationships within the city. As

problems and set up plans for future success. He has

the Belleville City Planner, Joel understands the importance

developed plans to prepare others while expanding his

of creating connections and promoting relationships.

skills. His dedication to community development has helped him Over time Andrew has tested his leadership skills by

in learning effective strategies to grow the community. His

becoming a member of a school board and library

understanding of the importance of trust, communications

board. In those positions he learned skills of patience,

and relationships, as a leader truly shows his passion for

determination and communication.


By joining the Leadership Belleville program Andrew

By completing the Leadership Belleville program Joel

hopes to learn about the community and develop

hopes to apply his skills to the city and promote growth and

relationships needed to lead a successful life.

continued success.

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MEMBER UPDATES LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS TO PRESENT AT THE MIDWEST PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE The Midwest Psychological Association accepted nine individuals representing Lindenwood University-Belleville to present their original research at the Midwest Psychological Association (MPA) conference in Chicago on April 11. Three of those individuals, Gigi Lewis, East Alton, Ill., 2018 graduate; Nikki Thomas, Olney, Ill., current student; and Dusan Mitic, Belgrade, Serbia, 2018 graduate, will present their work to a large group of psychology professionals from around the country. They earned this opportunity by working closely with Professor of Psychology Dr. Trisha Prunty, who places importance on undergraduate students getting real experience in her Advanced Research Methods class. “I provide a space where students have the opportunity to start a research project as an undergraduate and perpetuate it through graduation and beyond so that they can engage in and add to academic conversations much earlier in their academic careers,” said Prunty, who continues to work with alumni who have since graduated from her program. Prunty said that she likes to give students the freedom to choose their own research topics and works with them throughout the semester to finalize their projects with the hope that they apply to present their research to the psychology community. “It’s important for my students to participate in active research, because it allows them to advance academically as scholars and it can be used to establish countless connections with the psychological community,” said Prunty. Lewis’s project, “Verbal Intelligence and Humor Preference,” looks at how verbal reasoning skills may indicate the ability to understand and appreciate sexually nuanced jokes and whether or not gender plays a key role in how sexual jokes are perceived. The study concluded that it is likely that gender does play a key role in how sexual jokes are perceived. Mitic’s “The Effects of Mirror and Advertisement on Recycling Behavior,” compares various methods to increase recycling behavior on a college campus. The use of signs, mirrors, and a combination of the two were compared to determine if recycling behavior increased over the three-week period. Results indicated that the mirror, specifically, positively impacted recycling, but the effect was short-lived. Thomas, who is currently the lab manager for the Psychology Department and conducted “An Investigation into the Effect of Cosmetics on Perceptions,” which compares the perceived dominance, wellbeing, competency, and trustworthiness/likability of women with and without makeup. The results supported the hypothesis that individuals with makeup will benefit when making a first impression on someone. In addition to these research presentations, six others representing Lindenwood University-Belleville will present their research in poster form at the conference, including Cheyenne Williams, Palmdale, Calif., 2018 graduate; Edvinas Kaskauskas, Beloit, Wis., 2018 graduate; Quinisa Grant, Palm Bay, Fla., 2017 graduate; Kacey Russell, St. Louis, Mo., current student; Lauren Sides, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 2018 graduate; and Vivevca Nwagbaroacha, Milwaukee, Wis., 2018 graduate. Prunty has been teaching psychology for nearly 12 years. She earned her doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master’s degree in applied psychology from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “I want to make sure my students are able to carry the work they have done all semester into the real world of psychology,” said Prunty, who will be traveling alongside her students and alumni to the conference in April. To learn more about the Psychology Department at Lindenwood University-Belleville visit belleville/academics/academic-divisions/division-of-social-and-behavioral-sciences/psychology/

METRO EAST HUMANE SOCIETY HOSTS ROCK & ROLL BINGO FUNDRAISING TO BENEFIT ITS HOMELESS ANIMALS Metro East Humane Society (MEHS) is hosting Rock & Roll Bingo on Friday, March 8 at the VFW in Collinsville, Ill. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and bingo will start at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the homeless cats and dogs of MEHS. “This is our third time offering Rock & Roll Bingo to our constituents and we always have a great time. Participating in our events is great way for our supporters to get involved in our lifesaving mission and have fun while they’re at it, so what’s not to love? We’ll have round winners, door prizes, and various raffles, so there are lots of opportunities to walk away winning,” said Stephanie Pfaff, Development Manager of MEHS. Rock & Roll Bingo is a game where Name That Tune meets bingo, and players test their knowledge of music trivia after a short clip and must get a bingo to win. There will be rounds of oldies, 90s music, TV show theme songs and more. The fundraiser will feature a cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, lottery ticket raffle tree, barrel of booze raffle and MEHS merchandise for purchase. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $20 at You can also purchase tickets for $25 at the door. For more information about MEHS and how you can support the organization, please visit: You can also find them on Facebook at The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES PREGNANCY CARE CENTER MOVES TO NEW LOCATION IN DOWNTOWN BELLEVILLE The Pregnancy Care Center continues to serve the needs of the underserved of St. Clair County but now in a new location. The Pregnancy Care Center recently moved into newly refurbished space at 180 S. Third Street in Suite 50, as HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continued renovation projects in the buildings at their Belleville Health Center. The Pregnancy Care Center is one of several health care services and clinics that continue to provide care in the downtown area. Hours of operation are Mondays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Pregnancy Care Center offers support to moms from the beginning, when a woman first learns she is pregnant, and monthly until the child is age 5. They offer pregnancy tests, counseling, clothes, diapers and other necessities. While not a medical clinic, mothers are made aware of important services like WIC and Mosaic programs and services offered through the St. Clair County Health Department. When a new mom brings in a birth certificate, she is given a layette full of baby goodies such as diapers, onesies, wipes, bibs, clothes, blankets, and more. The Pregnancy Care Center started in a small office about 36 years ago and is now a well-organized operation. Throughout the years of office moves and many changes, there has been one constant presence, notes Director Dr. Kay Bennett. “We could not do any of this without St. Elizabeth’s. They provide the pregnancy tests; the office space, they do not charge us rent. They pay our utilities, the phone bills, clean our office. They are a blessing for us.” St. Elizabeth’s and the community also help keep the Pregnancy Care Center stocked with items. Several churches donate baby afghans that are made through Project Linus or hold clothing drives. St. Elizabeth’s puts on an annual community baby shower and the “gifts” are donated to the Pregnancy Care Center. Coat drives, collections, and memorials also help. Bennett says that the support comes from many, sometimes surprising, sources, and it is appreciated. One of the most important volunteer activities is what Bennett calls diaper runs. Diapers are expensive, and babies use a lot of them, so distributing diapers is probably the most appreciated service the Center offers. “People ask if we have a daycare when they see the huge carts overflowing with boxes of diapers in a store checkout line,” she says. “I tell them no but then I get to tell them about our work. I do a lot of commercials for the Pregnancy Care Center in Wal-Mart! We will get moms and donations because people ‘saw the diaper ladies’ at the store.” Bennett estimates they have distributed 20,000-25,000 last year. Donation items are always needed at the Center and include: diapers, clothing (new baby up to age 5), baby towels, crib sheets, pull-ups, baby wipes, baby wash and lotion, bottles and nipples, bibs, socks/bootie, monetary donations Anyone who needs help or who would like to volunteer or make a donation can contact the Pregnancy Care Center at call 618-233-2273.

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MEMBER UPDATES HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL USING EASE APP TO COMMUNICATE WITH PATIENTS’ FAMILIES HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital recently began offering a mobile messaging app for direct clinician-to-family status updates. The EASE app is able to send real-time updates to family members while their loved one is in surgery, the Cardiac Cath Lab or Intensive Care Unit (ICU). EASE is a one-of-a-kind mobile messaging app that is HIPAA compliant. It is available in both the Google Play and the iTunes App Store. Patients identify which family members should receive the updates and then a code is provided to those individuals so they can receive the updates after downloading the app. Family members do not even have to be within the hospital walls to receive updates. So far, nearly 150 patient families across 16 states have received updates on their loved ones receiving care at St. Elizabeth’s. “By using the EASE app at St. Elizabeth’s, we can improve communication with families and enhance their experience while they anxiously wait for loved ones who are in surgery or in the ICU,” said St. Elizabeth’s President and CEO Patti Fischer. “The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to expanding areas of use in the future.” The EASE app enhances patient experience, increases transparency and improves hospital communication. EASE has been proven to significantly increase patient satisfaction and workflow for health care providers. In a recent study, conducted by EASE, of more than 4,500 families nationwide, 99 percent responded that the app reduced their anxiety. Dorothy Gamblin’s husband recently had surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, performed by Dr. Deirdre Hart of Lincoln Surgical Associates, and she appreciated the availability of this new tool. “The Ease app was wonderful, very easy to use and to understand,” Gamblin said. “I really appreciated the close contact with my husband’s care team throughout his procedure and recovery.” “St. Elizabeth’s new EASE app is an excellent addition to help our surgical teams keep families up to date on their loved one’s status, no matter if they are in the surgery waiting room or in another state,” said Dr. Hart. “Before the EASE app, we were typically able to give family members updates once the surgery was complete, but now if there is an update that we would like to send to the family, we can do so immediately without leaving the surgical suite.” For more information on EASE app, visit

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MEMBER UPDATES ST. CLAIR COUNTY HEALTH CARE COMMISSION TO HOST 9TH HEALTH SUMMIT MARCH 28, 2019 On Thursday, March 28, 2019, the St. Clair County Health Care Commission will host the 9th Health Summit at Faith Family Church, located at 704 North Green Mount Road in Shiloh, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s Summit will introduce Healthier Together 25 by 2025, a collaborative health movement for St. Clair County aimed at addressing county-wide health issues that currently put the county at 97th out of 102 counties in Illinois in overall quality of life. The general public along with community and business stakeholders is invited. The cost is $40 per person with online registration, $50 at the door or $25 for students. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Register online at The day’s agenda includes an introduction to the Healthier Together movement; updates on project progress from the previous Summit and work group projects; discussion on how to create a “culture of health and wellness;” plus additional break out sessions. The St. Clair County Health Care Commission is a community health alliance that mobilizes resources to meet identified health needs and promotes the health and well being of all of the residents of St. Clair County. Since 1991, the Commission has worked to develop and strengthen the collective capacity of efforts and expertise to assess and address the public health needs of the citizens of St. Clair County. The Commission works with membership organizations to convene a Health Summit designed to engage community leaders across sectors to join the movement, learn more about the health priorities that jeopardize our county’s health, and initiate change through strategic community building. “It takes more than doctors and hospitals,” says Barb Hohlt, Executive Director of the St. Clair County Health Department. “The participants share a vision of change and a commitment to solve problems by coordinating their efforts around six identified areas.” The areas are: - Chronic Diseases - Community Safety - Education - Maternal/Child Health - Mental Health - Substance Abuse For more information on any aspect of Healthier Together or the upcoming Health Summit, visit or email

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Our hospital can now call itself one of the best hospitals in the region for 2018-2019. More than 4,500 hospitals in the U.S. were evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, and ONLY 12% achieved “Best” status. In addition, Memorial Care Center has been named one of America’s Best Nursing Homes by the publication for the eighth year in a row. THANK YOU to our caring employees; dedicated staff; and most importantly, our patients, for helping Memorial Hospital Belleville and Memorial Care Center earn these honors.

MEMBER UPDATES FIVE TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING DENTAL BENEFITS Eighty-seven percent of Illinois adults say their oral health is very important to them and more than two-thirds of employees consider dental benefits to be a very important part of an overall compensation package. Yet many small business owners do not offer dental benefits. That short-term decision can negatively affect both the small business and its employees in the long run. For example, a lack of dental benefits can jeopardize employee recruitment and retention. It can also hamper employee productivity and health. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans missed work due to oral health concerns in 2016. While this number has declined, missed work hours and health issues could be mitigated with regular dental visits, and Illinoisans with dental coverage are 58 percent more likely to visit the dentist. Offering dental benefits is a smart business decision, but it’s not always easy. In fact, small business owners say offering competitive compensation and benefits will be one of the most challenging issues for them in 2019, according to a national study of small business owners. To help with this challenge, here are some tips for small businesses to consider when selecting a dental benefit plan or carrier to offer their employees: 1. Strong nationwide network: Look for an experienced dental carrier that provides access to a strong nationwide network that will result in high employee network usage. A good benchmark is network usage of 65 to 80 percent. Employees who see network dentists enjoy discounts and other network protections. Network usage translates into cost savings for the employer, too. 2. Flexibility in plan design: Choose a dental carrier that provides a range of plan options, so you can find one that makes sense for you and your business. Often, small groups have limited options in customizing plans to fit their needs. Select a carrier that offers flexibility in plan design (such as deductibles, maximums and covering orthodontics) to allow your small business to have a plan as comprehensive as you’d like at a cost that you and your employees can afford. Additionally, look for a carrier that offers voluntary plans, which allow your employees to take advantage of lower group rates and can be provided at little or no cost to your company. 3. Rate guarantees: Find a carrier that offers rate guarantees — something that is not always afforded to smaller groups. Such rate guarantees are unique and can help to provide financial consistency for your small business — which gives you one less thing to worry about. 4. Excellent customer service and innovative technology: Make sure a dental carrier provides excellent customer service and innovative technology solutions through web and mobile applications to help resolve issues quickly and efficiently. A carrier should have a local team for both you and your employees, providing you the support you need so you can focus on running your business. Also, look for a carrier with a high client retention rate, which is a good indicator of a strong partner. 5. Focus on wellness: It also is important that a carrier has a commitment to improving the oral health of its members. The carrier should offer programs that support you in empowering your employees to make the most of their dental plan and achieve good overall health and overall wellbeing. Ask the carrier for examples of materials and tools they use to help demonstrate the value good oral health. Make a commitment to offer dental benefits – something employees want and value – and choose a carrier who will work for you and your employees. Choosing the right dental carrier can help you better manage health care costs for your business. It can also help employees get even more out of their benefits – and contribute to productivity and overall well-being. The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES DOUG WEBER PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT, PROJECT EXECUTIVE AT HOLLAND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce the promotion of Doug Weber to Vice President, Project Executive. “Doug embodies the Holland culture and is committed to the success of our clients and our employees”, said Marchal. “He is a valued resource to our project teams and always strives to find the best solutions to maximize value for our clients’ investment. Doug is well respected in our industry and we are extremely proud to have him on our team.” Doug joined Holland in 2007 as a Project Manager and was promoted to Director of Multi-Family Housing in 2013. In his new role as Vice President, Project Executive, he will continue working with developers and other clients on multifamily housing and senior living, but also office, retail, and light industrial, including lead generation, project pursuits, contract negotiation, preconstruction, and oversight during construction. As a partner at Holland, Doug will also be more involved in the general running of the business working directly with Holland’s Executive VP/COO on risk analysis, contracts, insurance, etc. Doug said he’s excited about his new role with Holland. “During my tenure at Holland I’ve had the good fortune of working alongside true professionals; not only within the Holland organization, but also with clients who have entrusted Holland to build their projects and subcontractors who we’ve relied upon to execute those projects. Through these working relationships I’ve been able to grow in my depth of knowledge within the construction industry and I look forward to building upon this expertise to grow in our ability to serve our clients well into the future.” Doug received a degree in Construction Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

IMPACT STRATEGIES EXPANDS THEIR TEAM IMPACT Strategies recently expanded their team with the hiring of Logan Mitchell as a Project Engineer and Allison Hursey as a Project Assistant. Mitchell has a well-rounded background, working at different levels in the construction industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Project Management and extensive studies in mechanical engineering. His knowledge and recent industry experience have positioned him well to add depth to the growing team at IMPACT Strategies. Mitchell is originally from Flat Rock, IL and now lives in Highland, IL. Hursey comes to IMPACT with a wide range of experience, ranging from accounting to client services to sales. She has a degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is originally from Swansea, IL and now lives in O’Fallon, IL. Mark Hinrichs, President of IMPACT Strategies says “Logan and Alli have already shown us what great assets they can be to our team. We look forward to a bright future with them as IMPACT continues to grow.” 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.

SWIC RUNNING START PROGRAM TO HOST HOMESCHOOL MEETING MARCH 5 The Southwestern Illinois College Running Start program will host an informational meeting for homeschool students and their parents interested in the accelerated program. The meeting will take place Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. in Liberal Arts Complex Room 2311-2313 at the SWIC Belleville Campus. Current high school sophomores and juniors are welcome to attend. Running Start allows highly qualified students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from SWIC. For more information and reservations, contact Jane Sparks at 618-235-2700, ext. 5490, or Page 22

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Community Happenings in March March 1 - 3 RV & Camper Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Tuesday, March 12 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

Saturday & Sunday, March 23 & 24 Forever Vintage Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Friday, March 1, 8, 15 & 22 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville

Saturday, March 16 Flea Market | 9:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Monday, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea

St. Patrick’s Day 5k, Parade & Block Party | Times Vary Downtown Belleville

Tuesday, March 26 Belleville Kiwanis Chicken and Dumpling Dinner | 11:00am Belleville West High School Commons

Thursday, March 7, 14, 21 & 28 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Thursday, March 7 Cash Reigns Supreme: Unraveling the Mystery of Underwriting | 9:00am SIUE | East St. Louis Friday, March 8 Belleville Dumpster Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois | 5:00pm 4204 Main Street Banquet Center Rock & Roll Bingo Fundraiser for Metro East Humane Society | 7:00pm VFW | Collinsville March 9 - 10 Knife & Gun Show | 9:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

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

Sunday, March 17 Flea Market | 9:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Thursday, March 28 St. Clair County Health Summit | 8:00am Faith Family Church | Shiloh

Thursday, March 21 Strawberry Sangria Release Party 11:00am | The Weingarten | Belleville

Friday, March 29 Customer Service Excellence: How to Win and Keep Customers | 8:00am SIUE | Edwardsville

Diva’s Night Out | 5:00pm Downtown Belleville Main Street Friday | March 22 Forever Vintage Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Sports Night | 6:00pm Nichols Community Center | Belleville

Facilitation Skills | 12:30pm SIUE | Edwardsville Saturday, March 30 Ladies Roller Derby | 5:00pm Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Dueling Pianos | 7:00pm The Weingarten | Belleville

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

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James A. Bock, Jr. Glen Carbon, IL Edward S. Bott, Jr. Belleville, IL Thomas F. Hennessy, III Swansea, IL Dayna L. Johnson Glen Carbon, IL Garrett C. Reuter, Jr. Belleville, IL William A. Schmitt Waterloo, IL Donald K. Schoemaker Shiloh, IL Kurt S. Schroeder Shiloh, IL Russell K. Scott Belleville, IL Kevin Vick Belleville, IL Donald E. Weihl Belleville, IL Andrew V. Wolkiewicz Waterloo, IL David W. Ybarra Fairview Heights, IL

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Women with NO insurance, Under-Insured, or High Deductible

Call Us: (618) 825-4408 According to the American Cancer Society, all women over the age of 40 should have a yearly mammogram, and all women over the age of 21 should have routine pap smears. Starting at 21 years old, we can pay for a well-woman exam and Pap smear; women 40 or older are also eligible for a free Mammogram. Younger Women may also enroll if they have a breast or cervical concern, or risk factors. St. Clair County Health Department is working for your health.

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