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chamber connection NOVEMBER 2019








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


Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Edmond Brown, President Elect ELB Enterprises, Inc.


Illinois American Water Company


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


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


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

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

Board of Directors Lisa Adams, Marketplace Magazine Brett Baltz, Egyptian Workspace Partners Ryan Boike, Belleville School District #118 Cathy Dupertuis, People Ready Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary Lamie, Bi-State Development Dan Lovekamp, Auffenberg Dealer Group Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Kayla Mitchell, Scheffel Boyle CPAs David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System Jessica Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Ron Stephens, Bank of Belleville Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois

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

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

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

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

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January 2016

COVER STORY Tradition Continues With 36th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-Off The Chamber continued to spice up life one bowl at a time at this year’s 36th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-off. Thousands of people from all over the area came to Belleville’s Main Street on October 11 and 12 to taste local home-made favorites. Other festivities included listening to multiple local music acts, visiting a Budweiser Clydesdale on Friday, children’s activities, and running off their meals during the 7th Annual Chili Chase 5K Run/Walk and Kids Pepper Dash. We would like to thank the community that came out to help us make this event a success. This event would not have been possible without our sponsors, volunteers, vendors and participants. Your support helps us carry out our mission of “Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Non-Food Service Division Winners:

Restaurant/Caterer Division Winners:

1. Emmanuel Freewill Baptist Church 2. Boy Scout Troop 553 3. St. Clair County FOP Lodge 148

1. Copper Fire 2. Roy-el Catering 3. Wendy’s

People’s Choice Winner: Truman’s Chili

Crowds came out to enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon with chili and music.

USAF Band of Mid-America, STARLIFTER, rocked the festival on Saturday.

Overall winner, Jeremy Clover, crosses the finish line at 20 minutes and 26 seconds.

Premier Event Sponsor: Chili Judging Sponsor: Casino Queen Friday Afternoon Band Sponsor: Memorial Network Friday Night Band Sponsor: Sigman Heating & Cooling Chilren’s Area Sponsor: Downtown Belleville YMCA Gold Sponsors:

Bank of Belleville | BND | The City of Belleville | Brown & Crouppen | CTS Technology Solutions | Dieterich Bank Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC | Koerner Distributor, Inc. | Robert “Chick” Fritz, Inc. | TheBank of Edwardsville/Busey Bank

Silver Sponsors:

Allsup, Inc | Illinois American Water | In Focus Marketing, LLC | Kelso Auto & RV Collision Center | McCullough’s Flooring

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR CHILI CHASE 5K SPONSORS! Habanero Pepper Sponsor: Cayenne Pepper Sponsors:

Chelar Tool & Dye, Inc | Grey Eagle Distributors Sigman Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Jalepeno Pepper Sponsors:

Carelink | Erlinger Construction Co. | Precision Practice Management | Sam’s Club

Chili Pepper Sponsors:

Bass Automotive | Belleville Running Club | Belleville School Dist. 118 | Belleville Township High School Dist. 201 BOS Metro East Banking Center | Certa Pro | Chiro-Med Inc. | Copper Fire | Edward Jones - Charles Richards HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital | Marketplace Magazine | Tavern on Main | The EDGE The Chamber Connection Page 3


ANNUAL DINNER AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2019 awards now through November 15. Award recipients will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Awards include: Business Excellence Award sponsored by The City of Belleville & Memorial Hospital The Business Excellence Award, the most prestigious award given by the Chamber, is awarded annually to a nominated Chamber Member. The criteria used by the judges centers on the business’s commitment to innovation and creativity along with a proven track record of growth. The judges will also look to the nominee’s commitment to the community and their employees. Citizen of the Year Award The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award is meant to recognize an individual member of the Belleville Community for their outstanding contributions and service. These contributions and community service include areas such as education, charitable and voluntary service, fundraising or any other area which contributes to the enrichment of the quality of life in Belleville. This award is given to honor and ensure the recipient’s contributions and commitment will provide an inspiration to all. Award recipient does not need to be a Chamber member. Leadership Belleville Alumni Award The Leadership Belleville Alumni Award recognizes an alumni who has made an impact through their service to the community and to the Chamber. All nominees must be a member of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and be an alumni of Leadership Belleville Program for more than 5 years. To find more information and to nominate a business or person, please visit our website at

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November 2019

Upcoming Chamber Events

11/2 Old Town Farmer’s Market 11/5 Education Committee Meeting 11/6 Ribbon Cutting @ Hospice of Southern IL 11/7 Business After Hours @ Age Smart 11/11 Office Closed for Veteran’s Day 11/12 Coffee Cup Connections @ Chamber office 11/14 Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting 11/19 Board of Directors Meeting 11/19 Economic Development Committee Meeting 11/19 INforM Committee Meeting 11/20 Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting 11/20 Young Professionals Luncheon @ The Weingarten 11/21 Lunch & Learn @ St. Clair Country Club 11/21 Diva’s Night Out 11/22 Leadership Belleville Law Enforcement Day 11/28-29 Office Closed for Thanksgiving If you’re interested in getting involved with a committee, please call the Chamber at 618-233-2015. November 21 Start: Eckert Florist End: Copper Fire Theme: Camo or Glammo

“Ladies’ Night Out” is now “Diva’s Night Out”! Grab a friend and join us on Belleville Main Street. Third Thursday of the Month March-December 5:00-8:00pm

December 19 Start: Abe’s Gourmet Popcorn End: Big Daddy’s Theme: Ugly Sweaters More information:


Annual Meeting December 17 | 7:30am The Annual Meeting agenda includes reports from officers and committee chairs reviewing 2019. Election of the new officers and board members for 2020 will also be held. Join your fellow Chamber members for an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of 2019 while setting the vision for 2020. ALL CHAMBER MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!

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

C & C Food For Your Soul 1926 West Main Street | Belleville

Pirtle’s Famous Ice Cream 1040 Carlyle Ave., Suite C | Belleville

Farmers Insurance - Turner Agency 120 West Main Street, Suite 122 | Belleville

Recover US Centers 2250 Reed Station Road Pkway | Carbondale

Maverick Softwash 11 Worthing Access Drive | Maryland Heights

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Thank you

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

Ambrosia Land Investments

Menta Academy of Belleville


Oates Associates, Inc

C.R. Vernier, Inc.

Payroll Central

Coldwell Banker Brown, Davidson

Roy-el Catering

Doubletree Hotel Collinsville

Schaefer Autobody Centers

Edward Jones, Charles Richard

Webster University, SAFB

Erdmann Law Office

Westfield Manor

FKG Oil Company

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

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

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

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Ribbon Cuttings

Memorial Senior Counseling Center Tuesday, October 15 4500 Memorial Drive (behind Memorial Care Center) | Belleville

Hospice of Southern IL November 6 | 4:00 pm 333 S. Illinois St. | Belleville

Heartlands Conservancy November 26 | 11:00 am 7 North High St. | 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 December Breakthru Beverage 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.

January TBD February FCB Bank March Memorial Hospital April Ambassador Travel May The Weingarten June Belleville Area Humane Society July The EDGE

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January 2016

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS On Thursday, October 3, the Olde Town Mall and Grimm & Gorly Florist & Gifts on Belleville Main Street shared our October Business After Hours. The event started in the Olde Town Mall, located at 310 East Main Street, consisting of multiple businesses including Ambassador Travel (a local travel agency that has over 44 years of experience to help serve your travel needs), Gabrielle’s Step by Step Dance Studio (specializing in dance lessons for beginners of all ages, offering private and group classes), Local Lucy’s (a local gift shop with all local vendors and artists), Metal Crafters Studio (a co-op studio for sharing and teaching metal-related jewelry and art), and Toot’s Cake and Candy Supply (a premier cake and candy supplies business with supplies for both professionals and home bakers). Half way through the event, the group moved a couple buildings down to Grimm & Gorly Florist & Gifts and Pour@322, located at 324 East Main Street. Grimm & Gorly is a 100+ year old business that originally opened in downtown St. Louis. They later expanded to East St. Louis, then in 1955, opened another location in Belleville. The Belleville location became so popular that they closed the East St. Louis location to focus here. Today, Jeff Bair owns the business along with their adjoining coffee shop, Pour@322 where you can find a variety of coffees, drinks and baked goods. Thank you all of these businesses for their hospitality during our October Business After Hours. .......................................................................................................................................................................

For more information about these businesses, you can find them all listed online at

Upcoming Business After Hours


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EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT Menta Academy-Belleville The Menta Group was founded in 1973 by three individuals dedicated to positive educational outcomes for all children. These individuals saw a critical need to help children who were not achieving their potential in a traditional classroom setting. Since that time, The Menta Group has evolved into a dynamic, responsive, multistate education non-profit, operating numerous private and public/private partnership schools. The organization still firmly adheres to its policy to never give up on a child and that no student will be rejected, suspended, At Menta Academy Belleville we believe all students with disabilities can and will achieve. Academically, since opening in August 2016, our third grade students have seen an average growth of 412 points on their lexile score. Simply stated, our third grade students have gained three and a half grade levels in reading performance. The fifth grade students have improved 328 lexile points on average. This would equate to two and a half years of growth. Student school attendance has increased from the child’s previous school placement and children who had no hope of graduating have received their diploma. The Menta Group is committed to utilizing best practices and researched based interventions to work with students who have significant social and emotional disabilities. Students are learning to regulate their emotions and behaviors through Zones of Regulation lessons. They are utilizing coping skills in their educational environment to handle frustrations that arise. Staff and students work together to find ways for students to utilize these skills beyond the traditional classroom setting. Aside from utilizing Zones of Regulation, we are in year two of training site staff in the effects of trauma. A trauma-sensitive school is a safe and respectful environment that enables students to build caring relationships with adults and peers, self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, and succeed academically, while supporting their physical health and well-being. Toxic stress and childhood trauma negatively impact student brain development, learning, social relationships and behavioral and emotional regulation. Menta’s framework integrates the principles of trauma-informed care and is sensitive to the unique needs of impacted children.

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the trees are changing colors, it’s getting darker outside and the temperatures are falling. the holidays are quickly approaching and we are starting to reflect on the last year and think about what we are thankful for this year. Here are some of our staff’s thoughts.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Wendy Pfeil: There are so many things to be thankful for, first I am thankful for my family that through all the craziness of 2019, we are still able to sit down at dinner and laugh together. Secondly, I am thankful for my work family. Whether we are celebrating successful events, birthdays, holidays or just everyday fun, we also are there for each in times of need from sickness to death. There is no other team I would rather be a part of. Finally, I am thankful for you, our chamber members. You are the reason the chamber exist. Each and every day we strive to make this a better chamber to serve your needs and the needs of the Belleville community.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Wendy Pfeil: My favorite Thanksgiving tradition was when we were kids and we would all gather at my Grandpa & Grandma Ferguson’s house and before we would even eat dinner Grandma would have the finger jell-o out for all of us cousins to eat while our parents would tell us to save room for dinner. I bet you can all guess how that turned out.

Diana Goebel: Having wonderful friends and family to spend this holiday with and the memories of those that are not longer here. My husband that puts up with me and our fur baby, Riley. Our new home closer to family and friends. Good health and a good job.

Cathleen Lindauer: My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is smelling the turkey in the oven while watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on television with family.

Peggy Schifferdecker: Family, Friends, a Wonderful Work Family! Cathleen Lindauer: I am always so thankful when we have harvested all the crops from the farm fields safely with my family. I am also thankful for all my chamber friends for the wonderful events we shared throughout the 2019 year.

Diana Goebel: Spending time with family and eating my mom’s sweet potato casserole. Peggy Schifferdecker: Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while cooking.

Alicia Slocomb: I have two: 1 - Ladies’ Thanksgiving, where I gather friends together to share an evening together sampling favorite recipes, or recipes you want to try out prior to “the big day”. 2 - Actual turkey day, when we clear out the dining room and living room to make one big L shaped table to pull 25-30 people together to celebrate the best holiday... the one that celebrates food and drink, family and friends, and for all that we are thankful!

Alicia Slocomb: Of course I am thankful for family, friendships, health, love, light and laughter; but I am also thankful for the places and times we can create true community -- where diverse people come together for a common cause of making this world a better place.

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January 2016

LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE Education Day On October 18, Leadership Belleville Class took part in Education Day. The day began at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville with breakfast and a panel discussion on the current issues affecting education. Participants included Robert Tebbe, Executive Director of Enrollment Development and Institutional Planning at Southwestern Illinois College; Brian Mentzer, Assistant Superintendent at Belleville High School Dist. #201 East; Ryan Boike, Superintendent at Belleville Grade School District #118; Greg Lieb, Athletic Director at Althoff Catholic High School; Mark Eichenlaub, Assistant Superintendent at St. Clair County Regional Office of Education; and Stacey Louderman, Principal at St. Clair County Safe School. Following the panel discussion, the class traveled to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. While there, they spent time with the students and participated in Peace Circles that focused on Leadership. The group then enjoyed lunch with some of the students and met with staff to discuss both the good things happening and the challenges faced by educators today. This stop was definitely the highlight of the day. Finally, the group traveled to Belleville West for a student panel and tour with principal Richard Mertens. Thank you to our day planners: Tracy Gray, Belleville Grade School District 118, Class of 2015 Lynn Selden, St. Clair Country Club, Class of 2017 To learn more about the Leadership Belleville Program, visit

Shauna bayles

brittany brown

ray vincent jr.

I am a Marketing Associate at The Esquiline, a Life Plan Community at the Shrine in Belleville, IL. So far in my Leadership Belleville experience I have attended the two-day retreat and Education Day! The retreat was a great way to kick off the nine-month program because it allowed us the opportunity to break the ice as a class. We come from various walks of life, but all have a common goal: to make an impact. It was eye opening to see such different industries represented! Education Day was our first field trip day and hearing from Education Administrators, teachers, and the kiddos themselves who make up the Belleville school district was incredibly valuable. This has been a great experience and I am better for meeting these exceptional leaders. I look forward to learning more about the Belleville community in the coming months.

I am currently the Investor Relations Advisor with the St. Louis Regional Chamber. I feel so fortunate to be a part of Leadership Belleville’s 2020-2021 class. The retreat in September allowed our class to grow as individuals and as a group. We felt comfortable to open up both personally and professionally, which helped set the foundation to build on our leadership skills throughout the rest of our journey together. Education day in October made me proud of all the offerings and innovation happening within both private and public Belleville schools. I am looking forward to the rest of the year, and I’m grateful for the Belleville Chamber of Commerce for offering this opportunity to those that live and work in the Belleville area.

As a current active duty member stationed at Scott AFB, I feel very fortunate that my senior leaders selected me and granted me the time away from work to be part of this program. So far, we’ve had the get-acquainted breakfast, the two-day retreat, and the education day. All three of those events were extremely fun and educational, always a great combination. The facilitators for the program, Jim, Jim, and Lynn, are all great and provide wonderful activities and thought experiments that push us to arrive at agreement and solutions. My 18 classmates are all wonderful, and we always look forward to seeing each other again. I’m very grateful to be part of a community that invests in their young, future civic leaders, and I look forward to forging even stronger bonds with this community and my classmates. Thanks for the opportunity.

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MEMBER UPDATES Explore burgers, bodybuilders, illusionism and abstract mixed media at The Schmidt Art Center This fall, the works of artists Amy Reidel, Thomas Matthew Pierson and Cory Sellers, which range from mixed media to paintings to abstract spaces will be on display from Oct. 24 through Dec. 5 at William and Florence Schmidt Art Center. An opening reception will be held from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 and artist talks at 6 p.m. in the art center on the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Art lovers will have a chance to view Reidel’s abstract mixed media work that illuminates woman and caregivers experiences within the health and socio-political avenues; Pierson’s paintings of the all-American hamburger and bodybuilders; and the chance to explore Seller’s illusionism and pictorial drama within compositional spaces. For more information about these exhibitions, The Schmidt, the art center’s calendar of events and arts education programs, visit or call 618-222-5ART (5278).

Senior Companion Program looking for seniors or caregivers Are you a senior who is feeling lonely, or are you a caregiver to a senior and in need of a little break? Senior Companions can help! The Senior Companion Program pairs healthy, active people 55 and older with other seniors who otherwise would not be able to live independently. Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons sponsors the program. “The companions provide supportive, individualized services to help clients maintain their dignity and independence,” said Carla Boswell, director of the Senior Companion Program at PSOP. “The goal is to foster their independence and keep them in their own homes. The program also serves as a support system for caregivers of homebound seniors.” At no cost to the client, Senior Companions provide companionship and assistance to older adults who are homebound and want to remain in their home or may be socially isolated. They visit four hours per day, one or more days per week and can assist with daily tasks, as well as give support and a much-needed break to full-time caregivers. All Senior Companions must go through a background check and training before they are placed with a senior. Companions earn a nontaxable stipend, paid holidays, meal and travel reimbursement and other benefits. For more information regarding the Senior Companion Program, contact Deena Duvall in Monroe or Randolph counties at 618-282-6682, ext. 8135; Deirdre Evans in the East St. Louis area at 618-874-8779; Elaine Roustio in Madison County at 618-797-7369; or Judy Foret in St. Clair County at 618-234-4410, ext. 7095.

December high school grads can register for SWIC spring 2020 classes Nov. 5 If you’re a current high school senior graduating in December 2019, then get a head start on college courses by registering for spring 2020 classes at Southwestern Illinois College during December High School Grad Night, Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 3-8 p.m. at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Students will be able to: - Complete an application and get a student ID number. - Take the English and Math Placement tests. - Meet with an academic advisor to discuss degree requirements or transfer courses. - Register for classes. - Set up SWIC student email and eSTORM accounts. - Ask general financial aid and payment arrangement questions. A photo ID is required. Event check-in begins at 2:45 p.m. in the Information Sciences Building Lobby. Students taking the placement tests must check-in before 6 p.m. To register for the event visit: events/#/list. For more information contact admissions at 618-235-2700, ext. 5675. Page 14

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MEMBER UPDATES The Importance of Stretching: It’s not just for athletes We know you’ve heard this before, but we’ll say it again – stretching is important and we all need to do it more often. Stretching isn’t just for athletes, runners, and people who do yoga. When it comes to maintaining joint and muscle health – it’s important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why: Stretching Increases Your Flexibility and Mobility Stretching regularly will lengthen your muscles, which improves flexibility and allows your body to move more freely. Many people often overlook the connection between injuries and a poor range of motion or a lack of flexibility. Simply put, if you want to avoid back pain or other common injuries, you need to stretch more. Stretching Improves Your Posture When muscles are tight, the alignment of your spine will suffer. It’s common to have a tight muscle on one side of your body but not the other, thus causing postural imbalance. Over time, poor posture can cause a number of different injuries so it’s important to work out those tight muscles before things get worse. Stretching Reduces Stress Taking the time to stretch and breathe every day is a great way to de-stress. Pain in your neck, shoulders, and back can also be caused by muscle tension as a result of stress. So, if you’re feeling burnt out, start a stretching routine and stick to it. Stretching Keeps You Feeling Young Did you know that as we get older, our muscles get shorter and tighter? If you’re not stretching every day, you’re not taking proper care of your aging body. Increasing your flexibility, range of motion, and stress levels will help you feel your best no matter what age. If you are looking for a customized stretching or exercise program tailored to your individual needs, give Dr. Ben Brown a call at 618-744-7314 or go to to schedule.

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MEMBER UPDATES HOLLAND’S PRE-CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT EXPANDS WITH THE ADDITION OF BRIAN WHEELER TO THE TEAM Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Brian Wheeler has joined Holland’s pre-construction team as Senior Pre-Construction Manager. Brian comes to Holland with an architectural skill set and background that will help the team develop, analyze, and coordinate the best possible solutions to fit the clients’ needs. “More clients are coming to us asking for early involvement and input to guide their project in the best direction, oftentimes before they have selected an architect,” Marchal said. “Brian will help us mitigate project risks by filling in gaps and coordinating details that align with budget and architectural intent.” In this new position, Brian will be working with both the pre-construction and virtual design and construction teams. “The offer to work for Holland is an opportunity I could not refuse; I am truly honored. The strength and diversity of the team is what attracted me, and I hope to further enhance that potential,” Wheeler said. “I appreciate acting as the conduit between initial concept and built environment. The key to success is within the relationships we build.” Brian was born and raised in Albers, IL and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale with a degree in Architectural Studies. He now resides in Breese, IL with his wife and three children. Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, IL., guided by the principle of providing clients the best possible building experience on every project. Holland has been providing quality construction services throughout Illinois and Missouri since 1986, when it was founded by company CEO Bruce Holland. Holland offers pre-construction, virtual design & construction, and construction services to multi-family, healthcare, education, recreation, municipal, commercial and industrial clients. The St. Louis Business Journal ranks Holland as a “Best Places to Work” and one of the top 15 contractors in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit Holland’s website at

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January 2016

MEMBER UPDATES Japanese Business Leaders Convene in Belleville to Discuss Economic Partnership Opportunities The City of Belleville Friday welcomed honored guests from Japan and the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois to discuss burgeoning economic opportunities between the region and the country of Japan. Mayor Mark Eckert welcomed guests including representatives from the Consul of Economic Affairs for the Consulate General of Japan, Keidanren USA – the Japanese Business Federation, the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), and regional businesses and leaders from throughout southwestern Illinois. “We are humbled to have these dignitaries here to work on the business relationship between Belleville, the Leadership Council and the State of Illinois,” said Mayor Mark Eckert. According to Dr. Ronda Sauget, executive director and CEO of the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois, this visit is the result of collaborative efforts made by her organization, STL Alliance, local governments, and interested business leaders from the region and Japan.

Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert is pictured with Dr. Ronda Sauget, executive director and CEO of the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois; Ralph Inforzato, chief executive director of the Japan External Trade Organization; and several Japanese business leaders Friday in Belleville at the Japan Forum hosted by the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois.

“The Japanese have been investing in the midwestern states for years and they remain interested in this region,” said Sauget. “Japan comes to the market with real money, and we want to be poised to continue this relationship and make it stronger in order to create jobs and industry in our region.”

Ralph Inforzato, chief executive director of JETRO, said that he is very encouraged by this group’s visit to southwestern Illinois because “the leadership council and local governments in the region are addressing the same issues that [JETRO] contends with everyday.” “We’re finding more depth and substance to the issues of economic development and job creation as we work with local leaders, organizations, and educational institutions,” said Inforzato. “I know that Japanese companies are job creators for people in the US, and I know that Japanese companies and local American organizations want to create jobs together. We hope to do just that.” According to Inforzato, Japanese firms have created 860,000 American jobs through direct investment, and nearly half of those jobs are in manufacturing. In 2018, there were 732 Japanese business facilities providing 47,000 jobs in Illinois, and the pace of Japanese investment within midwestern states is expected to continue to grow.

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“I actually think in the next 10 years, local government will have more and more economic development responsibilities,” said Inforzato. “That’s why we’re here today -- to make relationships with you and build jobs in the region.” To learn more about the City of Belleville and its economic opportunity efforts, visit The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES Retired Belleville Fire Chief Honored with Surprise Celebration on 95th Birthday City of Belleville officials, friends and family of retired Belleville Fire Chief and World War II hero Fred Bruss recently celebrated his 95th birthday at a surprise party at Belleville Fire House #4. “Freddy served the City of Belleville as both a fireman and as Fire Chief for 30 years,” said Mayor Mark Eckert. “He was born and raised in Belleville and served this country and the residents of this city in a very distinguished and honorable career.” During the celebration, Buss was presented with a proclamation by Eckert, officially honoring his service to our country, the city and his family. Several retired fire chiefs and fire personnel along with current fire department personnel were present, too. Bruss served as an aerial gunner, and from April 1944 to January 1945, he flew 60 combat missions in an A20 Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert presents a proclamation from the fighter airplane over enemy territory, including three City of Belleville honoring Fred Bruss, pictured here, at his surprise in which he was shot down. He earned many military 95th birthday party October 5. service awards including the Army Airforce Technician Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Aerial Gunners Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, European-Africa-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, a World War II Victory Medal, and the Honorable Service lapel button. Bruss was married to Wilma Bruss for 53 years and they had three children, Sandra, David, and Bryan, and eight grandchildren. In 2000, Bruss remarried after the passing of his first wife to Kathleen Vogt Bujnak. Bruss began working for the City of Belleville Fire Department in 1949, and he retired as Fire Chief in 1979. He was also president of the Illinois Association of Firefighters for various years from 1976-2006. At the event, attendees enjoyed several photo albums outlining the history of the Belleville Fire Department. “We took time to honor Freddy today because guys like him aren’t really worried about recognition or medals,” said Eckert. “But we thought it was time to officially honor him and provide him with the recognition he’s been due along with celebrating his 95 years. We’re proud to have a shared history with him.” To learn more about the City of Belleville, visit

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

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MEMBER UPDATES belleville Mayor Announces Support for Proposed Pension Consolidation Plan Belleville Mayor Mark W. Eckert announced that he is in favor of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed plan to consolidate police and firefighter pension funds. “Many communities face pension problems throughout the state of Illinois, but today with this proposal, Governor Pritzker is stepping in to ensure cities like Belleville can improve the fiscal health of our retirement systems,” said Eckert. The governor announced yesterday a plan to consolidate 649 local pension funds, which altogether have about $11.5 billion in unfunded liabilities, into two statewide funds in order to ease taxpayer burden and increase the investment potential of the funds. According to a report assembled by the governor’s Pension Consolidation Feasibility Task Force, the separate pension funds currently lose nearly $1 million dollars in potential investment returns annually, and if the funds were to perform similarly to other, larger Illinois pensions such as the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, the consolidated pension could earn between $820 million to $2.5 billion over the next five years. “For years, I’ve been an advocate for a statewide solution that creates a sustainable path for all pension funds in the state,” said Eckert. “The governor’s consolidation plan is the first concrete plan we’ve seen to provide relief for local governments and stability for retired public servants.” In many cases, struggling municipalities rely on increasing local property taxes or cutting public services in order to meet pension payment obligations, something Eckert has reversed in Belleville during his tenure as mayor. “For the past 14 years since I have been mayor, the City has funded the pension plans to the actuarially determined amounts, sometimes more. Unfortunately, administrations of the past did not fund to the actuarially determined amount, sometimes only funding 60-70% of the required contribution, which has compounded this issue over the years,” said Eckert. “By pooling resources together and consolidating the hundreds of pension plans, we can reduce overhead and fees and boost the value of these pensions, easing the burden on taxpayers across the state.” For more information, visit

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Community Happenings in November Saturday, November 2 Old Town Farmers Market | 7:30am N. St. Charles/E. Main Street | Belleville

Monday, November 11 Veterans Day Ceremony | 11:00am Downtown Belleville Public Square

Thursday, November 21 Diva Night Out | 5:00pm Belleville Main Street

Woodcarvers Show | 9:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

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

Friday, November 22 Networking for Healthcare Providers | 9a Top Nutrition & Performance | Belleville

Wednesday, November 13 Kimmswick Shopping Trip | 9:00am Belleville Parks & Rec

Saturday, November 23 Girls Day Out | 10:00am National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | Belleville

Art & Wine Walk | 4:00pm Downtown Belleville Main Street Great Pianist of the World | 7:30pm Philharmonic Hall | Belleville Sunday, November 3 Woodcarvers Show | 10:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Monday, November 4, 11, 18, 25 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Thursday, November 7 Gifts from the Heart | 5:00pm Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Thursday, November 7, 14, 21 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Friday, November 8 LINC Mouse Race Fundraiser | 7:30pm Moose Lodge 1221 | Swansea Saturday, November 9 Great Pianist of the World | 7:30pm Philharmonic Hall | Belleville

Friends Trivia Night | 7:00pm Big Daddy’s | Edwardsville Thursday, November 14 Music Trivia | 6:00pm Old Herald Brewery | Collinsville

Nutcracker Ballet | 7:30pm Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies | Belleville Tuesday, November 26 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

Friday, November 15 Hospice of Southern Illinois’ Howl at the Friday, November 29 Moon Dueling Pianos | 7:00pm Belleville Santa Parade | 10:00am Hidden Lake Winery | Aviston Downtown Belleville Saturday, November 16 Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville The Philharmonic Quarter Auction Philharmonic Hall | Belleville | 1:00pm Sunday, November 17 Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Wednesday, November 20 Gateway Center Reno Reveal | 4:00pm Gateway Center | Collinsville

Art & Craft Fall Fair | 3:00pm Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Lighting of the Fountain | 6:00pm Belleville Public Square Saturday, November 30 Small Business Saturday Downtown Belleville Main Street Art & Craft Fall Fair | 10:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

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