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


Memorial Regional Health Services, Inc.


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Edmond Brown, President Elect ELB Enterprises, Inc.


Illinois American Water Company


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


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


Abbott EMS Allsup, Inc Balke Brown Transwestern Bank of Belleville Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative BOS Metro East Banking Center Breakthru Beverage Group Cannon Utility Services, LLC. Casino Queen Chelar Tool and Die CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Cooling Concepts ELB Enterprises, Inc. Empire Comfort Systems FCB Bank First Bank FKG Oil Company Flooring Systems, Inc. Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP Holland Construction Services International Paper Jack Schmitt Chevrolet Lewis Rice LLC Liberty Bank Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. McDonald’s - Burris Management, Inc. Siteman Cancer Treatment Center McKendree University National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Print Master Sam’s Club SIHF Healthcare 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 Carol Haffner, Beacon Ministry Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Jared Katt, Chelar Tool & Die, Inc. Mary Lamie, Bi-State Development Dan Lovekamp, Auffenberg Dealer Group Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Kayla Mitchell, Scheffel Boyle CPAs David Nosacka, Hospital Sisters Health System Jessica Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Scott Schanuel, Holland Construction Services Ron Stephens, Bank of Belleville Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Ben Wanless, Commerce Bank Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois

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

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

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

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

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COVER STORY Chamber members are invited to join the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce as we thank our local, state and federal government officials and employees for their public service at the Chamber’s Annual Government Officials’ BBQ. The event will take place at the St. Clair County Court House on Wednesday,, September 18, 2019 from 5-7 pm. The event is an opportunity for members to network and thank officials for their service to our community. Dinner is $50 for members and includes a meal for you as well as one government official. RSVP’s are required to attend. Please visit or call 618-233-2015 by Friday, September 6 to make your reservation. THANK YOU TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSORS FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT:

GOLD SPONSORS: Illinois American Water Company & Impact Strategies: Gold Sponsor DRINK SPONSOR: Kaskaskia Engineering Group

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The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Education Committee hosted the annual Back to School Fun Fair on Wednesday, August 7 at Belleville West High School where area students came to receive a free backpack full of school supplies and celebrate the coming school year. Along with their backpack full of supplies, many students took advantage of free dental exams by Dental Safari and free physicals offered by Doctor N. Shah with the BJC Medical Group. Families were also invited to celebrate back to school with a bounce house, outdoor games and a complimentary drink, hotdog and chips.

The event focused on providing area students with the supplies needed to kick off a good year. This year the event brought together over 600 children from across the Belleville area. It was an amazing opportunity to celebrate education and spend a little time getting to know local Belleville businesses. The Belleville Chamber of Commerce would like to formally thank all of the vendors and businesses who sponsored the event including: The City of Belleville and the Office of General and Community Assistance

Belleville District 118 PTA Council, Commerce Bank, Demetria’s Dancewear & Costumes, Illinois American Water, Jr. Service Club of St. Clair County, Leisure Time Pools, Lawns & Landscaping, Metro East Pride, Russel Cellular, and Tribout’s. Without the support of our community and our sponsors this event would not have been possible.

KICK-OFF BREAKFAST CELEBRATES BEGINNING OF 21ST LEADERSHIP BELLEVILLE CLASS On Friday, August 16, the Chamber hosted their annual Leadership Belleville Kick-off Breakfast for the 21st class. These individuals are about to embark on a nine-month journey together to learn more about not only Belleville, but themselves. Good luck to this years class! This year’s class includes: Shauna Bayles (The Esquiline), Stevie Brown (Belleville School District #118), Jackie Broyles (Bank of Belleville), Sarah Castiller (City of Belleville), Tasha DeProw (Hospice of Southern Illinois), Emily Dohle (The Weingarten), Reggie Farrar (Memorial Hospital), Brian Flynn (Flynn Guymon & Garavalia), Lennox Forrester (Gateway Region YMCA), Mark Heffernan (City of Belleville Police Department), Vera Jones (St. Clair County Housing Authority), Jacob Kotler (TheBank of Edwardsville/Busey Bank), Jeff Lager (CARITAS Family Solutions), Jacque Owens (HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital), Brittany Pesko Brown (St. Louis Regional Chamber), Amy Randazzo (Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD), Lee Reese (St. Clair County Intergrovernmental Grants Department), Linda Timmermann (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP), Ray Vincent Jr. (SAFB 375th Air Mobility Wing, Med Group). Page 4

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September 2019 Upcoming Chamber Events

9/2 9/3 9/3 9/5 9/5 9/5-9/6 9/9 9/10 9/12 9/17 9/17 9/18 9/18 9/18 9/25 9/26

Office Closed for Labor Day Education Committee Meeting Smokin Aces Ribbon Cutting Ambassadors Meeting Business After Hours @ The Esquiline Leadership Belleville Retreat PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections @ the Chamber Healthcare & CSA Committee Meeting Board of Directors Meeting INforM Committee Meeting Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Young Professionals Luncheon Government Officials BBQ Teachers Appreciation Reception Lunch & Learn

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

Now open every Saturday 7:30am-noon through November 2nd! They are located on the first block of South Charles, between East Main and East Washington. September 19 Start: Grimm & Gorly/Pour@322 End: Bennie’s Pizza Pub

“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

October 17 Start: Eye on Design End: Margaritas Theme: Halloween Costume Contest More information:

HEALTHCARE/CSA COMMITTEE SELLING GIFT CARD TREE RAFFLE TICKETS TO RAISE MONEY FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare & Community Service Agency Committee is selling raffle tickets now through September 5th to raise money for local high school student college scholarships. The prize consists of various gift cards totaling a value over $500. Gift cards include but are not limited to Bel-Air Bowl, Grimm & Gorly, Outback, Peel Wood Fired Pizza, Perfectly Plated, Shrine Restaurant, Starbucks, & more. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. Tickets will be available for purchase at the August Business After Hours and the drawing will take place at the event. Need not be present to win. To purchase your ticket, you can stop in at the Chamber or call 618-233-2015. The Chamber Connection

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to the following businesses and organizations who joined the Chamber in June & July.

Down the Hall Homebrew 122 East Main Street | Belleville (618) 277-2550

Southern Illinois Builders Association 1468 Green Mount Road | PO Box 1390 | O’Fallon (618) 624-9055

Halo Boutique 119 East Main Street | Belleville (618) 671-6534

Teen Court Foundation of St. Clair County 12 South Second | Belleville (618) 698-1858

Thank you

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

A&E Concrete, inc.

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School

Advantage Family Chiropractic

Fletchers Kitchen & Tap

Skyview Drive-In

Arsenal Credit Union

Freeburg Printing & Publishing

Spot Media Production Group

Belleville Christkidlmarkt

Heartland Mutual Insurance

St. Clair Service

Belleville Mechanical, Inc.

High Mount Elementary School

St. Clair Village Apartments

Beno J Gundlach

Home-Brite Ace Hardware

State Farm Insurance - Krys Jacob

Bridgewater Asset Management

Invelop Now, LLC

Tamarack Country Club

Casa Maria

Mckendree Metro RecPlex

Taylor Roofing Inc

CK & L of I Country Club

Metro East Gastroenternology

Terra Source Global

Commercial Energy Consultants

My Tutor Learning Center & Driving

The Abbey

Cooper Color Inc.


The EDGE - Home of Laser Rock

Custom Floors & More, Inc.

People Ready


Edward Jones - Jared Nuxoll

Precision Practice Management

Edward Jones - Tom Egan

Preferred Spine & Rehab

Eye On Design

Scott Credit Union

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

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

Schaefer Auto Body Tuesday, August 13 1290 Central Park Drive O’Fallon

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 September 5 The Esquiline

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.

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

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On Thursday, August 1, Eckert’s Belleville welcomed the Belleville Chamber for their August Business After Hours. Open year-round, with activities all four seasons of the year, Eckert’s Belleville Farm offers seasonally available pick-yourown fruit and vegetables plus so much more! The Belleville location also houses their Country Store where you can find Owner, Chris Eckert, addresses the nearly many season fresh-picked fruits, grocery items, wines, house 80 people in attendance at the August Business and garden decor and more. Open year-round, Eckert’s After Hours. Country Restaurant serves tasty down-home dishes as well as creative, seasonal options—plenty of choices to please everyone. They serve breakfast all day as well and lunch and dinner. Carry out or dine in available. Eckert’s Farm in Belleville is the best place for year-round family fun. At their Belleville Farm, you’ll find something to do during every season. Explore the exciting and educational activities available at their Belleville location. Eckert’s now owns four locations including the Belleville farm, Grafton, Millstadt, and their newest location in Versailles, KY. Thank you to Eckert’s for their hospitality during our August Business After Hours. .......................................................................................................................................................................

For more information about Eckerts:

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2019 Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk & Kids Pepper Dash

October 12, 2019

Downtown Belleville | Open to all ages! Course Briefing - 8:45 a.m. | Race Starts - 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Belleville Scholarship Fund.

Habanero Sponsor:

JalapeĂąo Pepper Sponsor:

Cayenne Pepper Sponsors:

Chili Pepper Sponsors:

Bass Automotive Belleville Running Club Belleville School District 118 Belleville Township High School District 201 BOS Metro East Banking Center Certa Pro Chiro-Med Inc.

Copper Fire Edwards Jones - Charles Richards HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Marketplace Magazine Tavern on Main The EDGE

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EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT BELLEVILLE AREA SPECIAL SERVICES COOPERATIVE (BASSC) The Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative proudly serves 23 member public school districts in St. Clair and Clinton Counties, overseeing special education programming for approximately 5300 students in our area. BASSC provides a variety of diagnostic and ancillary services to the member districts, including Assistive Technology, Audiology, Hearing Impairment Services, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, School Psychology, School Social Work, Speech Therapy, and Vision Impairment Services. In addition, BASSC also provides a variety of financial, billing, clerical, and data services to member districts as well. BASSC also operates three low-incidence instructional programs, comprised of 39 classrooms that member districts can access for students exhibiting a very high level of need and exceptionality. The Developmental Disabilities Program is devoted to students with significant medical and cognitive challenges and is located in Freeburg, housed in the Freeburg District 70 and Freeburg District 77 buildings. The Autism Program is designed to meet the needs of students on the Autism spectrum and classrooms are hosted by Belleville District 118, High Mount District 116, Mascoutah District 19, and Grant District 110. The Pathways Program is a public day school located on the main campus of BASSC that is dedicated to meeting the needs of students with significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges. In addition, BASSC also provides a great deal of auxiliary support and consultation to member school districts on a regular basis. Various trainings are offered annually and BASSC staff members frequently assist member school districts with an array of special education issues. BASSC is located at 2411 Pathways Crossing in Belleville and can be reached at 618-355-4700.

The Mission of BASSC The Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative is an integral part of the service delivery system for students of its twenty-three member districts. Students with disabilities provide a significant challenge to the resources of the local school district. Together the partnership between BASSC and its member districts helps assure that the challenges of meeting the needs of students with disabilities will be adequately addressed.

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MEMBER UPDATES SWIC TECH ED STUDENTS WIN MEDALS AT THE NATIONAL SKILLSUSA COMPETITION Southwestern Illinois College Technical Education students brought home gold medals in Automated Manufacturing from the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Kentucky – the ninth year in a row that SWIC has earned medals at the event. “Once again, our talented Precision Machining Technology students are national champions,” said SWIC Industrial Technology Coordinator Mark Bosworth. “The talent that comes out of this program is just amazing to watch. Our students have won 10 national medals in nine years.” SWIC 2019 SkillsUSA gold medal Automated Manufacturing team includes: • Connor Barnard of Alton • Gavin Becherer of Troy • Connor Braasch of Troy Southwestern Illinois College students earned gold medals Other SWIC students who competed at SkillsUSA at the 2019 National SkillsUSA competition held in July in Nationals include: Louisville, Kentucky. The SWIC students in the first place • Bryce Dickenson of Granite City – Welding Automated Manufacturing team include, left to right, Connor • Clayton Lents of Waterloo – Mechatronics Barnard of Alton, Gavin Becherer and Connor Braasch, both • Jonathan Lunk of Waterloo – Heating of Troy. SWIC students have earned medals at the SkillsUSA Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration National Competition the last nine years. • Tom Petroski of St. Jacob – CNC Turning • Mike Torre of Highland – CNC Milling • Blake Schuette of Alton – CNC Technician • Nicholas Wittenauer of Red Bud – Mechatronics SkillsUSA is a national technical education organization that partners educators, employers and students to teach greater skills to Americans, according to its website. The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

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MEMBER UPDATES LOUER FACILITY PLANNING NAMED TO LIST OF LARGEST OFFICE FURNITURE DEALERS For the fourth year in a row, Louer Facility Planning has been on the list of the Largest Office Furniture Dealers in the metro St. Louis area, as published by the St. Louis Business Journal, in the March 22, 2019 issue. Founder and CEO, Jane Louer, reflected, “When I started the company 23 years ago, I never imagined that it would rise to such a prominent position in the entire metro St. Louis region. This is a tribute to my talented and hardworking team, to the quality furniture products we represent, and the on-going service that we provide our clients.” Louer offers the latest trends and innovations in smart workplace furniture for clients in the corporate, financial, healthcare, government and educational sectors.

ALAN BERGFELD JOINS HOLLAND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Mike Marchal, President of Holland Construction Services (Holland), is pleased to announce that Alan Bergfeld has joined the Holland team as Director of Business Development. Alan comes to Holland with over 10 years of experience, most recently with a national design-build firm where he was responsible for a multi-state region ranging from Missouri to Wyoming to Texas. “Between the fantastic reputation and bright future of Holland, I’m extremely excited and honored to join the team,” Bergfeld said. “Their supportive and collaborative culture is a great place to have a successful career.” Marchal added that “Alan brings a reputation for identifying and delivering clients’ objectives and his personality is the right fit for our culture. As part of Holland’s strategic initiative to expand our growth and presence in our local market, he will be an additional resource in cultivating relationships and identifying new opportunities.” Alan was born and raised in St. Louis and a graduate of Truman State University. He currently resides in Des Peres, Missouri with his wife and two children. Holland Construction Services is a full-service construction management, general contracting, and design/build firm based in Swansea, Ill., 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

Learning Center & Driving School Brad Garland, B.S. Ed. & Elissa Garland, M.S. Ed. 4212 North Belt West, Belleville, IL 62226 Phone: (618) 277-7323 | Fax: (618) 277-6786 Email: COUNTRY STORE & FARM

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MEMBER UPDATES CLAYBORNE & WAGNER LLP ANNOUNCES DONATION TO ILLINOIS CENTER FOR AUTISM Clayborne & Wagner LLP has joined the Illinois Center for Autism’s Pedal for Autism as a Bronze Sponsor for this year’s fundraising event held on August 19th. The Illinois Center for Autism (ICA) is a not-for-profit, community-based, mental health treatment, and educational agency dedicated to serving people with autism. Referrals are made through local school districts, hospitals, doctors,and the Department of Human Services. “Our firm shares the same vision as the ICA - ‘that each individual is unique and defined by possibilities and not limitations,’” said Michael L. Wagner, Partner at Clayborne & Wagner LLP. “Anything we can do to help raise awareness of this great organization and their efforts, is something we will gladly do, time and time again.” “The ICA is a one-of-a-kind organization we are very proud to support,” notes James F. Clayborne Jr., Partner at Clayborne & Wagner LLP. “Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder deserve to be presented with the same opportunities as their neighbor, and we couldn’t be happier to encourage that endeavor with this sponsorship.” For more information about Clayborne & Wagner LLP, please visit

“WE REMEMBER YOU” CANDLELIGHT VIGIL The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., and the St. Clair County Mental Health Board Suicide Prevention Alliance invite you to a candlelight vigil, Wednesday, September 11, 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Shrine’s Lourdes Grotto. We remember in song and prayer those who have died by suicide and their loved ones at this annual event. Call 618-394-6281 for more information or to register. Registration and information can also be found on the Shrine’s website at Question, Persuade, Refer - Join us for this free training for anyone who wants to know how to help someone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide. Registration is required due to space limitations. Call 618-394-6281. This program will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 6 -7 p.m. in the Shrine Visitors Center.

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MEMBER UPDATES SCHEFFEL BOYLE CPAS ANNOUNCES 25 PROMOTIONS THROUGHOUT OFFICES Scheffel Boyle CPAs is pleased to announce the recent promotion of 25 professionals throughout its seven offices. On behalf of our firm, we’d like to wish all those who were promoted the best of luck in their new roles. Manager Crystal Bock, CPA Supervisor Jason Grunlund, CPA Christopher Sobrino, CPA

Senior Accountant Patrick Meyer, CPA Taylor Jarvis, CPA Andrew Patterson Nick Hoff, CPA Kayla Ervin Katelin Feldman Travis Wellen, CPA Noah Feldmeier, CPA Chad Frerichs, CPA Michael Kanallakan, CPA

Semi-Senior Accountant Kyle Moist Matt Caraway Alyssa Kelsey Kara Evans Aaron Schumacher Chloe Brock Lauren Nettles Alex Stoff, CPA Julia Billhartz Jordan Vonder Haar Accounting Supervisor Kayla Mitchell

Scheffel Boyle’s offices are located in Alton, Edwardsville, Belleville, Highland, Jerseyville, Columbia, and Carrollton, IL. In business since 1924, their services include both corporate and individual tax, accounting, consulting, and assurance services.

HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL AMONG NATION’S TOP PERFORMING HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT OF HEART ATTACK PATIENTS Prairie Heart and Vascular Institute at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2019. St. Elizabeth’s is one of only 86 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that St. Elizabeth’s has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for four consecutive quarters and has performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients. “As a Silver Performance Award recipient, Prairie Heart and Vascular Center at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has established itself as a leader in setting the national standard for improving quality of care in patients with acute myocardial infarction,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “By meeting the award requirements set forth in the registry, St. Elizabeth’s has demonstrated a commitment to providing reliable, comprehensive treatment for heart attack patients based on current clinical guideline recommendations.” The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others. “Our interdisciplinary team of cardiovascular professionals, Prairie Heart physicians and EMS partners are dedicated to providing excellent care for our heart attack patients” said Bonnie Schnieder, MS, RT, cardiovascular services director. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care by both of these nationally known organizations.” Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients. The Chamber Connection Page 15

MEMBER UPDATES NEW MOMS AND MOMS-TO-BE INVITED TO “BUNDLES FOR BABIES” COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER, SEPT. 14 New moms, moms-to-be and families are invited to attend “Bundles for Babies,” HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s annual community baby shower Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9-11 a.m. in the main hospital lobby at 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon, Illinois. Guests will meet St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center staff, affiliated OB/GYN and HSHS Medical Group providers, receive safety information and learn about services to help them welcome their bundle of joy. Guided tours will also take place in the Women and Infants Center. The tours will be limited to adults to respect current patients’ privacy and safety. Guests will also be able to enter a door prize drawing for a chance to win a FREE Spectra breast pump, Mom365 photo package, a car seat, pack ‘n play and more! “We are excited to host our special Bundles for Babies event again this year. The event is an excellent opportunity for new moms and moms-to-be to ask questions, tour the Women and Infants Center, meet our staff and learn about available safety and support resources in the region,” shared Deb Meidel, RN BSN, nurse manager of St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center. “We truly encourage all expecting moms to stop by, even if they are newly pregnant and haven’t yet decided where to deliver.” O’Fallon-Shiloh EMS will also be in attendance to educate families about car seat safety and answer any questions parents may have. In addition, the event spotlights The Pregnancy Care Center, which offers free pregnancy care resources to new and expectant mothers in need. Guests of the event and the public are welcome to bring a baby item to be donated to the Pregnancy Care center. Items requested include: • Bottles • Formula • Diapers (size preemie, newborn, 1, 3, 4, 5) • Burp cloths • Sleepers • Swaddles • Baby towels • Booties • Infant mittens • Clothing (new or gently used) • NO CAR SEATS For additional questions about the Bundles for Babies community baby shower, please call the Women and Infants Center at 618-234-2120, ext. 31260, or to contact the Pregnancy Care Center, call 618-233-2273.

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MEMBER UPDATES ADVANTAGE FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC RELOCATES OFF 159 IN SWANSEA Advantage Family Chiropractic and Doctors, Gail Meese DC and Alex Taylor DC, will begin practice in the new location on Monday, August 5. Meese, (2006) and Taylor, (2018) are graduates of Logan University in Chesterfield Mo. Dr. Gail Meese decided to move Advantage Family Chiropractic LLC to Emerald Terrace after practicing at 2347 Old Collinsville Road for the past 13 years. Dr. Meese is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the Illinois Chiropractic Association. Dr. Meese, who specializes in pediatric, sports and overall chiropractic wellness, is relocating her office to 18 Emerald Terrace, in Swansea Illinois. Doctors Meese and Taylor say that they look forward to working with and helping the people of Swansea and the surrounding area. “I grew up in Swansea, I love the area, and I have a sincere appreciation for the people who reside here,” Taylor said. “I am excited about meeting the people of Swansea and working with them to ensure their present and future well-being.” “A lot of people suffer needlessly from back pain, headaches and other ailments,” he said. “That’s why we encourage the public to visit a doctor of chiropractic to find out if chiropractic care can benefit them and keep them active their whole life.” If you’re looking for a chiropractor with extensive training and experience in the treatment of back and neck problems, or just overall wellness, don’t suffer needlessly, call Advantage Family Chiropractic today at (618) 234-6000 to schedule an appointment. Advantage Family Chiropractic is passionate about changing not only the health of our community, but also about giving back. “Our mission this year is to raise funds for local charities through our “Give Back Movement”. This gives us an opportunity to reach out to people with chiropractic care, changing their health, and at the same time giving back to the wonderful groups in our communities,” said Meese. If you would like to learn how chiropractic can improve your life, you should take advantage of the opportunity to come in now. Your first visit includes a complete Case History, Neurological and Orthopedic Exam and X-rays (if necessary) and a reportof the doctors’ findings all, for $30. You can find Advantage Family Chiropractic on-line at or on Facebook at Advantage Family Chiropractic.

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MEMBER UPDATES EXPLORE CERAMICS AND POP CULTURE PIECES AT THE SCHMIDT ART Starting in August, three solo exhibitions at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center will offer art lovers varying views of American culture through ceramics, a large-scale installation, and drawings and prints. Artists Nanette Boileau, Todd May and Daniel Stumeier’s exhibits will be displayed now through Oct. 10 at The Schmidt. An opening reception will be held from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22 and artist talks at 6 p.m. at the art center on the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The exhibits offer viewers a chance to reflect on the timeless exploration of wheel-thrown ceramic forms using natural gas reduction; investigate a large-scale installation about varied and non-conformist paths of Americans fighting for their dreams; and view drawings and prints that examine Midwest American popular culture in light of current attitudes toward race and class. “These exhibits give us a chance to discuss current events within our society and culture,” said Schmidt Curator Nicole Dutton. “As well as, reflect on the past and hopes for the future.” 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).

HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL REMINDS COMMUNITY THAT IMMUNIZATIONS ARE IMPORTANT FOR ALL AGES is observed as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, HSHS Medical Group and health groups nationwide recognize the importance of proper immunizations, or vaccinations, for citizens of all ages, and encourage the public to make sure their immunizations are up-to-date to help prevent serious, sometimes fatal diseases. HSHS Medical Group pediatricians Guy Venuti, MD and Kate Wade, MD regularly discuss the need and importance of immunizations with their patients. Dr. Venuti said, “Often immunizations are primarily thought of for babies or young children, but they should be more accurately viewed as focusing on different stages of life: babies and young children, preteen/teen, pregnant women and adults.” Vaccination needs should be assessed by an individual’s doctor, pharmacist or other health care provider. “It is important to note that vaccination not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but it also helps prevent the spread of disease to those who are particularly most vulnerable to serious illnesses mainly infants, young children, the elderly and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems,” shared Dr. Wade. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Certain vaccinations are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation, hobby or health condition(s). Limited examples include: • Babies receive vaccinations that help protect them from 14 diseases by age two. It is very important that babies receive all doses of each vaccine and receive each vaccination on time. • Children returning to school – either primary, secondary or college – should be vaccinated accordingly to protect from infectious diseases such as meningitis. • Preteens and teens require the Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough – among other immunizations. • It is recommended that pregnant women receive a flu and Tdap vaccine to remain as healthy as possible during the pregnancy. • Adults should receive a tetanus and diphtheria booster vaccine every 10 years. • Adults 60 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine, and some adults 65 and older are recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines. • The flu vaccine is recommended for (all people aged 6 months or older) on a yearly basis. To learn more about National Immunization Awareness Month, visit HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. The Chamber Connection

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MEMBER UPDATES SAVE LIVES, DONATE BLOOD AT SWIC BELLEVILLE & RED BUD CAMPUSES SEPT. 10 Save the lives of up to three people by donating blood during the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., in the Main Complex Varsity Gym or from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SWIC Red Bud Campus, 500 W. South Fourth St., in the Performing Arts Room. “We need every donation we can get in order to maintain the supply in our region,” said College Activities and Student Life Director Amy Brockman. “Your donation truly will make a difference. We hope to see you!” All types of blood are needed, especially O Positive. If you do not know your blood type, you can find out when you donate. To donate you must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. If you are 16 years old and wish to donate in Illinois, you need a permission form signed by your parent or guardian. New donors should bring proper identification, such as a driver’s license or a state ID. Individuals are encouraged to set an appointment time, but walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as quickly as possible. All presenting donors will receive light refreshments and a place to rest briefly following their donation. For more information or to make an appointment, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5561, or toll free at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5561.

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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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Community Happenings in September Sunday, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Service Sunday & Sunday Brunch The Weingarten | Belleville

Thursday, September 5, 12, 19, 26 Singer Songwriter Thursday | 7:00 pm Cigar Inn Jazz Club | Belleville

Wednesday, September 11 Thursday, September 19 September 11 Moment of Rememrance Diva Night Out | 5:00pm Ceremony | 11:30am Belleville Main Street Belleville Firehouse | 1125 S. Illinois St. Friday, September 20 Specialized Living Center Dairy Queen Farmer’s Market Pop-up Fundraiser | Fundraiser | 4:00pm 8:00am | 2321 Country Rd | Belleville Dairy Queen | Shiloh Excel Fundamentals Training | 8:30am “WE REMEMBER YOU” Candlelight Vigil SIUE | Edwardsville Our Lady of the Snows Grotto | 7:30pm Belleville Oktoberfest | 11:00am Thursday, September 12 Downtown Belleville Senior Police Academy: Learn How to Keep Yourself Safe | 10:00am Fall Open House | 4:00pm PSOP | Belleville Top Nutrition & Performance | Belleville

Friday, September 6 Love a Senior Day | 10:00am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Is the Women’s Business Enterprise Saturday, September 21 (WBE) Certification Right for You? | 3pm Flea Market Town & Country Bank | Edwardsville Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Saturday, September 7, 14, 21, 28 Old Town Farmers Market | 7:30am N. St. Charles/E. Main Street | Belleville

Hospice of Southern Illinois’ Purse Bingo | 7:00pm American Legion | Edwardsville

Saturday, September 7 Hospice of Southern Illinois’ Apple Harvest 5K | 9:00am Eckerts | Belleville

Friday, September 13 Free Movie in the Park ft. The Lego Movie 2 | Dusk Laderman Park | Belleville

Downtown Belleville History Walking Tour | 10:00am Downtown Belleville

Saturday, September 14 Craft & Vendor Fair BelleClair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Sunday, September 8 Motorcycle Swap Meet Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville

”Bundles for Babies” Community Baby Shower | 9:00am HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital | O’Fallon

Sunday, September 1 St. Louis Antique Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Monday, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Althoff Catholic Fathers & Friends’ BINGO | 7:00 pm CKL of I Country Club | Swansea

Sept. 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Advantage Family Chiropractic Open IL 5K Run/Walk | 9:11am House | 10:00am Franklin School | Belleville 18 Emerald Terrace | Swansea Tuesday, September 10 Blood Drive | 9:00am SWIC | Belleville & Red Bud Campuses Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville

Breakfastival of Hope | 10:00am Miner Park | Glen Carbon Sunday, September 15 Craft & Vendor Fair BelleClair Fairgrounds | Belleville

Belleville Oktoberfest | 11:00am Downtown Belleville Sunday, September 22 Flea Market Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Tuesday, September 24 Toastmasters Meeting | 11:30 am Artigem | Belleville Artigem | Belleville Friday, September 27 Intermediate Excel Training | 8:30am SIUE | Edwardsville RV & Camper Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Dogs (and Cats) of a Different Color Copper Fire | Belleville | 6:00pm Saturday, September 28 RV & Camper Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville Sunday, September 29 RV & Camper Show Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | 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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January 2016

46th Concert Season Schedule

Auditions for The Chorale and The Children’s Choruses Happening Now!

Masterworks Season Preview Party

Our season kick-off celebration, with music, refreshments and performances – a free event!

September 16, 6-8 p.m. at The Abbey, 5801 W. Main Street, Belleville Masterworks Chorale

Fall Concert Oct. 13, 3 p.m. Saint Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon

Masterworks Children’s Choruses

Music for Young Voices Oct. 20, 3 p.m.

Masterworks Children’s Choruses

This Shall Be For Music April 19, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville

Masterworks Chorale

Spring Concert May 3, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville

Our Lady of the Snows Church, Belleville

Chorale, Children’s Choruses & Orchestra

Masterworks Chorale

A Masterworks Christmas Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

At Art on the Square May 17, 2020 at 1 p.m.

Saint Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon

Chorale, Children & Jazz Ensemble

Broadway Pops At The Hett March 1, 2020 at 3 p.m.

For more information • • 618-304-9094 Chorale and Children’s Choruses

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