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MORE THAN 60 VENDORS PREPARE CHILI DISHES FOR ANNUAL BELLEVILLE CHILI COOK-OFF The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce hosts their 35th annual Chili Cook-off in Downtown Belleville on October 5th and 6th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 10:30 pm both days. What began with just a few vendors on one block of East Main Street in downtown Belleville is now one of Belleville’s largest events celebrating the culinary creations of nearly 60 vendors, representing individuals, local organizations and area businesses. Many come to enjoy the great chili, entertainment, and other festivities, but most don’t realize that the Chili Cookoff is the biggest fundraiser of the year for many non-profit organizations that take part. Many of the vendors participating at the Chili Cook-off each year are either a non-profit organization or a business raising money for a charity. 100% of the money you spend at each booth goes to that vendor. In addition, attendees are invited to vote in the People’s Choice contest for their favorite chili with $1 per vote. 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Community Interfaith Food Pantry in Belleville. Live entertainment will occur over the event weekend featuring performances on Friday by Fanfare at noon and Smash Band at 6:00pm. The lineup on Saturday includes Belleville East’s Jazz Band at 11:00am followed by Belleville West immediately after at 12:45pm. The USAF Bank of Mid-America Starlifter takes the stage at 3:00pm, and then wraps up with Paint the Earth at 6:00pm. The weekend will also include the 6th Annual Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk and Kids Pepper Dash Saturday morning, October 6 at 9:00 am. It is a family-friendly race and all are welcome to attend. It is $30 to register and you can do this up to race day. Kids 13 and under can participate in the Kids Pepper Dash for $5. Please join us for the highly anticipated 35th annual Chili Cook-off! For more information about vendors, menus, full entertainment schedule or to register for the Chili Chase 5k and to see our sponsors, please visit


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

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

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

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

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director Beth Tucker, Office Manager Peggy Schifferdecker, Membership/Event Manager Diana Goebel, Marketing & Communications Manager Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 216 East A Street, Belleville,IL 62220 Phone: (618) 233-2015 Fax: (618) 233-2077


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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital


Illinois American Water Company


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


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


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

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Chamber members joined local, state and federal government officials and employees for the Chamber’s Annual Government Officials’ BBQ at Belleville City Hall on September 12. The event is an opportunity for members to network and thank officials for their service to our community. Representatives from a variety of local business were in attendance at the event, as well as many city and county employees. A big thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s event another success! More pictures available on the Chamber Facebook page. Presenting Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: Illinois American Water | Impact Strategies Drink Sponsor: Kaskaskia Engineering Group

THEBANK OF EDWARDSVILLE HONORED WITH SEPTEMBER COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AWARD The Ambassadors of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerece presented their Commitment to Community award to TheBANK of Edwardsville on September 6 at Copper Fire. The award is presented every quarter to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. Established in 1868, TheBANK of Edwardsville has been a leading, locally-owned community bank in the St. Louis metro area for 150 years. With 20 locations in Illinois and Missouri, TheBANK has a long tradition of providing personal service, offering the most innovative retail, commercial, mortgage and wealth management products and services while giving back to the communities in which it serves. TheBANK of Edwardsville has also been a great role model in the community by their devotion to the Chamber as well as many other community organizations through sponsorship and community involvement. Employees of TheBANK have been active members of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce by attending many events and being involved with multiple committees. TheBANK of Edwardsville has also been a long-time supporter of the Chamber by sponsoring events including the Annual Chili Cook-off, Annual Dinner and Silent Auction as well as submitting a team to play in the Otto Golf Classic. TheBANK has also been recognized by others in the community. Their Trust Department was recently named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s Top 10 Largest Trust Companies in the St. Louis area in the publication’s annual Book of Lists. TheBANK’s Trust Department was seventh on the list – and the only Illinois-based company to make the top 10 – with nearly $865 million in personal trust assets under management. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and our Ambassadors are proud to honor them with this quarter’s Commitment to Community Award. Page 4

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The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2018 Awards now thru November 16. Award recipients will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 31. 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

CHAMBER SEEKS NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES This year the nominating committee will be recommending several individuals to fill the board terms which are expiring on 12/31/2018. The next board term will run from 1/2019 – 12/2021. If you are interested in submitting your name for nomination, please go to our website to fill out the nomination form and email it back to All submissions will be kept confidential. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Once all submissions are received the nominating committee will review these applications and make a recommendation to the Executive Board. The general membership will vote on the Slate of officers at our Annual Meeting on December 18, 2018.

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October 2018

Upcoming Chamber Events

10/2 10/4 10/5 10/6 10/8 10/9 10/11 10/11 10/15 10/15 10/16 10/16 10/16 10/17 10/17

Education Committee Meeting Ambassadors Committee Meeting 35th Annual Chili Cook-Off Chili Chase 5K and Annual Chili Cook-Off Columbus Day - Office Closed Coffee Cup Connections @ Balance Coffee Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Business After Hours @ Balke Brown Transwestern PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Yoga & Beer Night @ 4204 Banquet Center Board of Directors Meeting Economic Development Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Young Professionals Social @ 4204

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



The Great Belleville Chamber of Commerce kicks off their annual Total Resource Campaign starting November 4. TRC is a program where Chamber members assist seeking sponsorships and new members for the coming year. Sponsorships include but are not limited to Annual Dinner, Business After Hours, Chili Cook-off, Coffee Cup Connections, Otto Golf Classic and more. The Chamber is currently seeking new sellers. If you would like more information on how to help, please contact Peggy at 618-233-2015 or email PSchifferdecker@ Page 6

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Old Town Farmers’ Market Fall Vegetables are in!

Plus honeys, jams, jellies, naturally raised meats, summer sausage, & crafts Saturdays, 7:30 am—noon Through November 3rd 1st Block of South Charles (between E. Main & E. Washington)

Eckert Florists ● Governor French Academy Bank of Belleville ● Olive Oil Marketplace Yaekel & Associates Insurance Services, Inc.

October 18th Start: Eye on Design End: Big Daddy’s Theme: Halloween Costume Contest Charity: Karla Smith Foundation

“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

November 15th Start: Local Lucy’s End: Margaritas Theme: Camo or Glammo More information:

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

BNI Mid-America (314) 822-1030

Something for Kelly (972) 239-9314

People Ready 4646 N. Illinois | Fairview Heights (618) 277-8083

Tygracon Properties, Inc. Columbia, IL (618) 623-8947

Thank you

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

4204 Main Street Brewing Co.


Abbott EMS

Egyptian Workspace Partners

Advanced Vision Care

Express Employment Professionals

American Cancer Society

Helfrich Family Eye Care

Associated Bank

Johnson & Johnson Law Office

Breakthru Beverage

K&F Electric

Center Stage Dance Apparel (Demetria’s)

Korte & Luitjohan

Circa Boutique Coldwell Banker Brown Realty-Davidson

Signal Hill School District 181 Watts Copy Systems

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

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.

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

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Upcoming Business After Hours October 11 Balke Brown Transwestern 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.

November 1 Associated Bank December 6 Breakthru Beverage January 3 FCB Banks February 7 Arsenal Credit Union March 7 Memorial Hospital April 4 St. Paul’s Senior Community

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Cheryl Brunsmann, PSOP Kathy Wagner, CASA

Members mingle at a busy September Business After Hours sponsored by Seven in downtown Belleville.

On Thursday, September 6, Seven opened their doors to nearly 70 Chamber members for the September Business After Hours in downtown Belleville. Seven Restaurant and Bar and Seven Shichi Sushi Bar is owned and operated by friends Stephanie Gain and Amanda Schlecht.

Nicole Dutton, SWIC Joyce Cannon, The Weingarten Rena Thoele, SWIC Dawn Peil, Belleville News Democrat

The sister restaurants both feature both more than 50 different beers and wines, a great martini menu and plenty of charming indoor and outdoor seating. Customers can order off both menus at either location. Planning a party? They offer semi-private or private spaces in house and offer off-site catering to help make your next event a hit. Thank you to Seven for hosting the September Business After Hours! .......................................................................................................................................................................

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LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE The Leadership Belleville program began it’s 20th year with a two-day overnight retreat September 13 & 14. All participants attend and learn to focus on team building, leadership and communications 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. This is the beginning of the nine-month program where each participant attends one day each month focusing on a specific issue or subject pertaining to the Belleville area, such as history, arts, religion, government, business and industry, education, healthcare, community and aging, economic development, law enforcement and justice. Participants are given the chance to meet and engage a large number of business, community and political leaders during each session. Each month we will feature a few of this year’s class members to help you get to know them and see who are next Belleville leaders are.

MICHELLE TORIGIAN Michelle joins us as the Senior Pastor at St. Paul United Church of Christ. She just began her new adventure there in July and is excited to use this opportunity to become reacquainted with her hometown. She is a 1991 graduate from Belleville Township High School West where she then went to Fontbonne University and eventually ended up in Florida for the last 11 years. Michelle believes this program will allow her to reconnect with the city in which she ministers and benefit both the community and her organization.

CHERYL TINDALL When Cheryl thinks about leadership and what it takes to be an effective and respected leader, she immediately thinks of the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” Cheryl is currently a Nurse Manager at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Over the course of two separate careers, Cheryl never considered herself a leader but found herself consistently being promoted to various leadership roles. “I have grown so much as a leader over this last year and know that the opportunities afforded me from the Leadership Belleville program will provide continued growth, both professionally and personally.”

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MEMBER UPDATES MANUFACTURING DAY: SWIC & LOCAL MANUFACTURERS SHOWCASE FUTURE OF INDUSTRY Check out high-tech automated manufacturing machinery, hear from regional manufacturers and discover how American manufacturing is flourishing – all at the Southwestern Illinois College Manufacturing Day celebration. SWIC will open its doors for a Manufacturing Day Open House — Friday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. — to showcase new technology, educational programs, career opportunities, products and services. The SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road, will serve as the event hub for the day. More than 1,200 local high school students are scheduled to attend. The celebration is free and open to the public. The welcome ceremony begins at 9 a.m. “Our goal is to show students and the community what great opportunities are available in technical education at SWIC and that there is an abundance of well-paying, secure careers in manufacturing right here in the Metro East,” said SWIC Dean of Technical Education Brad Sparks. “SWIC is proud to partner with local manufacturers and community organizations to showcase local industry.” At the open house, visitors can tour the Precision Machining Technology, Electrical/ Electronics, and Welding Technology labs. Plus they can see first-hand how cutting-edge computerized machining, robotic welding and 3-D printing equipment is changing technical education and manufacturing. Also, visitors can test their skills with a virtual welder and talk with more than 25 area manufacturers that will be on-site to display their products and capabilities. The event is presented in partnership with the Gene Haas Foundation, Granite City Economic Development Department, IMEC – Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Madison County Employment and Training and the Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, visit or call the SWIC Technical Education Division at 618-931-0600, ext. 7476.

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MEMBER UPDATES MASTERWORKS CELEBRATES THE 45TH SEASON WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AND “A MASTERWORKS CHRISTMAS WITH CHRISTINE BREWER” The Masterworks Chorale and Children’s Choruses, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Mager, are set to celebrate their 45th Concert Season with a transcendent schedule of musical programs, including “A Masterworks Christmas With Christine Brewer” and a new venue for “Broadway Pops!” at The historic Lincoln Theatre on East Main Street in Belleville The season opens at 3 p.m., October 14 at St. Paul UCC in Belleville with “Liebeslieder Waltzes and other Viennese Delights.” This concert is Masterworks’ Octoberfest. The audience will enjoy the music of Brahms, Schubert and Johann Strauss, Jr. “A Masterworks Christmas with Christine Brewer” will also feature the Masterworks Children’s Choruses and professional Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., December 9, at St. Clare Church in O’Fallon, Ill. Music selections will be the favorites of Ms. Brewer along with a carol sing-a-along and the traditional, moving candlelight procession. The Broadway Pops! concert will be at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2019 at The Lincoln Theatre in Belleville. The nostalgic venue will be reminiscent of the “good ol’ days” as the Chorale and Jazz Ensemble will perform Broadway hits. There will be a special appearance by the children’s chorus as well. Come early to hear the restored theater organ before the show and again at intermission. The final concert of the Masterworks Chorale season will be at 3 p.m., May, 2019, at St. Clare Church in O’Fallon, Ill. “Celtic Spring:” A celebration of folk music ancient and new from Ireland, Scotland, Wales,and Cornwall is sure to inspire with bagpipes and Irish Dancers. The Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorale will present their own fall and spring concerts at 3 p.m., October 28 and 3 p.m. April 28, 2018, both at St. Paul UCC in Belleville. Season and individual concert tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available from chorus members, by mail, by phone (618-304-9094) and through eventbrite.

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MEMBER UPDATES LINDENWOOD BELLEVILLE CELEBRATES HOMECOMING 2018 WITH COMMUNITY CIRCUS AND PARADE Lindenwood University-Belleville will celebrate Parents, Family, and Alumni Reunion Weekend throwing a threeday Homecoming celebration highlighted by The Greatest Show in Belleville Circus and the school’s Third Annual Homecoming Parade. The celebration is set for October 26-28, and in addition to the circus and parade, events for the weekend include a picnic and Lynx Fair, a variety of Lynx athletic competitions, and Alumni Athletics Day. The Third Annual Homecoming Parade is slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, and will begin at 17th and Main St., finishing at 27th and Main St. in Belleville. “Our parade participation gets bigger and better every year, and we’re glad the community is joining us to establish this Lindenwood tradition in Belleville,” said Jennifer Ferguson, director of alumni relations and special events. Ticket bundles for parents and family of current students, along with alumni from the Belleville campus, are on sale now until Oct. 26, and can be purchased at The advanced pass is $20 and includes a 2018 Homecoming t-shirt, lunch at the Lynx Picnic, admission to the President’s Farewell Brunch, athletic passes for all of the weekend’s sporting competitions, a gift from Lindenwood University-Belleville, and a ticket to the Alumni Cook Out if you register to play in the alumni games. Alumni who wish to register to play in the softball, soccer, or lacrosse alumni games can register at www.lindenwood. edu/bv/homecoming/. For more information, visit: or contact Ferguson at or 618-239-6033.






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MEMBER UPDATES LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY-BELLEVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL RECRUITS SIX LOCAL PLAYERS FOR COMING YEAR Lindenwood University-Belleville honored several of its adjunct instructors for their years of service at its recent annual adjunct conference. The following individuals were recognized: Ryan Boike, for 10 years serving the Education and Counseling Division; John Edgar, Patricia Row, Julie Smirl, Angela Smith, and Jennifer Stenger for five years serving the Education and Counseling Division; Kari Ann Davis, Rebecca Jeyes, and Todd Reynolds for five years of service to the Humanities Division; Imad Yousif for five years of service to the Science Division; and Stephen Avedisian for five years of service to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division. Additionally, adjunct instructor Dr. Tricia Altmansberger was recognized as the Adjunct Instructor of the Year for the 2017-2018 academic year. Altmansberger has been with Lindenwood University-Belleville since 2010, teaching biology, nutrition, and Anatomy and Physiology. In fact, she was the first Anatomy and Physiology instructor on the Belleville campus and has been an integral part of establishing the daytime pre-nursing and biology programs. Altmansberger earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Louis University in 2002 and earned her medical degree from Saint Louis University in 2006, fulfilling her residency in pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St Louis. In the classroom, Altmansberger works hard to bridge the academic and practical learning environments by sharing her medical background with students as she encourages hands-on learning, which includes activities like measuring blood pressure, medical suturing, testing reflexes, and blood typing. Altmansberger said that she is proud to teach the students to be able to evaluate clinical situations and to use their knowledge of the human body to diagnose problems and solutions. Her nominator noted that Altmansberger is often seen on campus after hours or early in the morning in order to give additional instruction or assistance to her students and that she demonstrates professionalism, character, and a willingness to assist colleagues at all times. To learn more about Lindenwood University-Belleville and its credentialed faculty members, visit belleville.

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MEMBER UPDATES HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL WELCOMES CERTIFIED HAND THERAPIST ROBIN BERTRAM HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Outpatient Therapy Services are excited to welcome Robin Bertram OTR/L, CHT, CEAS, Certified Hand Therapist as a new member of our quality-driven outpatient therapy team. As a Certified Hand Therapist, Bertram is one of only 6,284 credentialed worldwide, and 5,891 in the United States. To become a Certified Hand Therapist, therapists must practice for at least three years, gain 4,000 hours of experience and pass a comprehensive exam. “We are very excited to be able to continue to offer this specialized service line at St. Elizabeth’s. Robin has demonstrated a very strong commitment to become an expert in her field with this certification,” noted director of therapy services Tom Dibadj, PT, DPT. “We continue to have highly educated therapists to provide excellent care to our community.” Hand therapy is the art of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity, namely the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. It uses therapeutic interventions to help return patients to their highest level of function. Hand therapists may also utilize IASTM, or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization to further improve movement of patients after injury. Hand therapists like Bertram, through advanced continuing education, and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, become proficient in treatment of pathological conditions resulting from trauma, disease, congenital or acquired deformity. The main job of a hand therapist is to bridge the gap from medical management of upper extremity conditions to successful recovery, allowing individuals to function normally in their daily lives. “It has been my passion to improve my patients’ quality of life through improving and restoring function, health and wellness, and ergonomic education and modifications. I am invested in every patient to give the best possible quality care I can to make his or her life better,” Bertram said. “It’s the little things in life. When someone can’t do something that we take for granted and they are able to accomplish those tasks after working with them. I am blessed to have a job I absolutely love that is so rewarding.” Patients with conditions both chronic and neurological benefit from hand therapy through education on joint protection and energy conservation. Some of the problem areas a hand therapist can help with are wounds and scars, strength and range of motion, tendon and nerve injuries, amputations, and restoring function. Bertram also performs and specializes in functional capacity evaluations, functional job descriptions, and development of essential function testing. She provides onsite training on body mechanics, proper posture, ergonomics, stress management and health and wellness, as well as specialties in treatment of upper extremity and hand disorders. The hand therapy services are offered in both O’Fallon and Belleville. For more information about this or any of the outpatient therapy services offered at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the public can call the location most convenient to them: O’Fallon 618-607-55103 or Belleville 618-234-9152.

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By the Numbers Over the years, Memorial has grown to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve in the Metro East— something that we will continue to do for many years to come. Check out some of the highlights of our first six decades. By the Numbers

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MEMBER UPDATES SWIC TRUSTEE VERDU TO BE HONORED BY ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT ON AGING In honor of his years of service to senior citizens, Southwestern Illinois College Trustee and Programs and Services for Older Persons founder Gene Verdu has been inducted into the Illinois Department on Aging’s 2018 Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame for Community Service. “This is a great honor,” Verdu said. “It has been my pleasure to serve the older residents of Illinois through my work at PSOP and the St Clair County Office on Aging. I hope to continue long into the future.” The Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame was initiated by the General Assembly in 1994 to commemorate the achievements and contributions of citizens age 65 or older. Inductees are selected through a statewide nomination and judging process. The program targets candidates in the areas of community service, education, the workforce and graphic/ performance arts. See the excerpt from the Illinois Act on Aging establishing the Hall of Fame. Verdu began his career with then Belleville Area College in 1973 as the director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and was the catalyst for creating PSOP. This branch of the college serves as a “one-stop shop” for senior citizen’s programs ranging from health screening to legal advocacy and from activities to volunteer opportunities. He served as director of PSOP from 1975 until his retirement in 2003. He was appointed to the SWIC Board of Trustees in 2005. In addition, Verdu serves as the diplomatic consul of Belize for the greater St. Louis Area. He spearheads the Belize Children’s Project, a program to bring children from Belize to St. Louis Shriner’s Hospital for medical treatment that they cannot get in their home country. To date, more than 450 children have been helped by this service. For more information about PSOP, call 618-234-4410 or visit; for information about the Belize Children’s Project, visit

BRIAN GIBSON JOINS PROVIDENCE BANK Frank Brinegar, Chief Commercial Banking Officer at Providence Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Brian C. Gibson as President – Fairview Heights Region. In his role, Gibson will be responsible for the management of commercial banking activities and all market development aspects within the Fairview Heights region. “Gibson’s considerable banking experience and leadership skills will benefit both our customers and the broader community as he takes on his new role,” Brinegar said. “We are thrilled that someone with his background and experience has joined the Providence Bank Team. He is a seasoned and versatile leader, bringing with him a wealth of experience in banking, business development and leadership. His experience combined with his deep understanding of the market will allow us to continue to expand market share in the Fairview Heights region.” Gibson is a senior level executive with over 20 years of business development, credit analyst and team leadership banking experience. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in Journalism with specialization in Advertising and a minor in Business Administration in 1992. Gibson grew up in a military family and lived in Europe for 3 years prior to his father’s retirement from Scott Air Force Base. He and his family currently live in O’Fallon, Illinois. Gibson serves on the board for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois and the Boy Scouts of America St. Louis, and is very active in the community. His other activities include mentoring and coaching youth through sports where he is affectionately known as Coach Gibby. He also enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. Gibson has an office at the Fairview Heights Banking Center at 4600 North Illinois Street in Fairview Heights, Illinois. He can be reached by phone at 618.212.1449 or by email at Providence Bank has been meeting the financial needs of individuals and businesses for more than 130 years. Today, Providence Bank has 13 banking centers serving clients in Columbia, Jefferson City, Osage Beach, St. Peters, St. Charles, Lake St. Louis, Elsberry and Winfield, Missouri; Fairview Heights, Illinois; Premier Bank Texas, a full-service banking center in Grapevine, Texas. In addition, Providence Bank operates the Providence Bank Mortgage Center and Providence Bank Agency Finance. In addition to its office locations, Providence Bank provides anywhere, anytime financial services to customers via online banking, mobile banking and on its website at Providence Bank is a FDIC Member and Equal Housing Lender.

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MEMBER UPDATES MCDONALD’S AND FRANCHISEES INVESTING NEARLY $450 MILLION IN ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI TO MODERNIZE RESTAURANTS Approximately $131 million will be invested in the State of Missouri and $317 million in the State of Illinois to construct and modernize McDonald’s restaurants by 2020. This translates into 220 Missouri restaurants and 410 in Illinois being transformed inside and out to provide a better customer experience. “McDonald’s contributes in numerous ways to the Illinois economy,” said Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. “Their decision to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in franchise restaurants here will help stimulate and sustain job growth. It is a welcome development for workers, families and Big Mac lovers in every part of our state.” One of the latest Illinois restaurants to be modernized was the Belleville store at 4422 West Main Street owned by Jamie Burris. A grand re-opening was held that included Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert, Wendy Pfeil, Executive Director of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and Brett Barger, President of Belleville Lindenwood University. The Belleville restaurant, like the other transformed restaurants feature: • Modernized dining rooms with new furniture and refreshed exterior designs • Digital self-order kiosks that make ordering and paying for a meal easier. Kiosks empower guests to browse the menu, find options and tailor their meal just the way they want • Remodeled counters allow for new table service that offers guests the opportunity to relax while their food is being made • Bright and easy to read digital menu boards inside and at the drive-thru • New designated parking spots for curbside pick-up through mobile order and pay • Expanded McCafé counters

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January 2016

What’s Happening in October Monday, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea Thursday, October 4, 11, 18 & 25 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville Friday, October 5 Advanced Excel Topics | 8:00am SIUE Founders Hall | Edwardsville Microsoft Office Tips and Tricks | 12:30pm SIUE Founders Hall | Edwardsville Friday, Oct. 5 & Saturday, Oct. 6 35th Annual Chili Cook-off | 11:00am Downtown Belleville Main Street Friday, October 5, 12, 19, & 26 Notre Dame Academy Bingo | 5:00 pm St. Augustine’s Gym | Belleville Saturday, October 6, 13, 20, & 27 Old Town Farmer’s Market | 7:30 am Between East Main & East Washington Downtown Belleville

Saturday, Oct. 6 & Sunday, Oct. 7 Flea Market | 9:00 am St. Clair County Event Center | Belleville Gun & Knife Show | 9:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Saturday, October 6 Town of West Belleville Historic District Walking Tour | 10:00am 1106 West Main Street | Belleville

Friday, October 19 Movies in the Park ft. Addams Family Starts at dusk. Laderman Park | Belleville Optimist Trivia Night | 6:30pm Moose Lodge 2425 | Swansea Saturday, Oct. 20 & Sunday, Oct. 21 Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Sunday, October 7 Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan | 3:00pm McKendree University | Lebanon

Tuesday, October 23 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

Tuesday, October 9 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

Wednesday, October 24 Bark N’ Brew Gateway Pet Guardians | St. Louis

Thursday, October 11 Thursday, October 25 Starting a Small Business in Illinois The Midtown Men | 7:00pm Workshop | 3:00pm McKendree University | Lebanon East St. Louis Higher Education Campus Saturday, October 27 Wednesday, October 17 Apple Harvest Festival 5K | 8:00am Nat Geo Live, Steve Winter, On the trail Liberty Apple Orchard | Edwardsville of Big Cats | 7:30pm McKendree University | Lebanon Belleville District 118 Fall Family Fun Run/Walk | 8:30am Thursday, October 18 Central Jr. High School | Belleville Diva’s Night Out | 5:00 pm Belleville Main Street Downtown Walking Tour | 10:00am Veteran’s Memorial | Belleville

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James A. Bock, Jr. Glen Carbon, IL Edward S. Bott, Jr. Belleville, IL Alexa M. Callahan 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 Patricia H. Wharton Belleville, IL Andrew V. Wolkiewicz Waterloo, IL David W. Ybarra Fairview Heights, IL

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