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Education Committee Hosts 7th Annual Back to School Fun Fair

The Education Committee hosted their annual back to school celebration on Tuesday, August 2nd at Belleville West High School. At the event, vendors provided families with information on events, community organizations, things to do and much more. Families from Belleville Chamber schools attended, ready to celebrate the start of a new school year. Families visited the vendors to fill their bingo card which they exchanged for a backpack full of school supplies. This year, the Education Committee distributed more than 700 backpacks at the event and additional backpacks were given to Chamber member schools to distribute as needed. The backpacks were stuffed by volunteer students of Belleville East and West. They contained a variety of school supplies including markers, folders, crayons, pencils, erasers, and ear buds - all purchased with donations from the event sponsors. Participants and their families were also invited to stay and enjoy complimentary hotdogs, chips, water, and canival games. Dental exams and physicals were also available to students. A big thanks to all of the sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and schools for making an impact on so many families! An additional thank you to Belleville West High School for the use of their facility and the valuable aid of their staff. Children are the future of our community; we wish them all the best for the upcoming school year. For more pictures of the event, visit Backpack Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors:

Allsup, Inc Commerce Bank Lindenwood University-Belleville

Illinois American Water SWIC/Americorps Tribout’s Carnival Supplies

Table Sponsors Bank of Belleville | Belleville Kiwanis Club | Call for Help, Inc. | Chestnut Health Systems | Construction Forum Education Foundation | Community Kindness Resale Shop | Edward Jones - Charles Richards The EDGE | HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital | Kumon Math & Reading Center of O’Fallon | Metro East STEM Society | Masterworks Children’s Chorale | McCullough’s Flooring, Inc | Optimist Club of Belleville Project Compassion, NFP | Rep. Jay Hoffman | Scott Credit Union | Union United Methodist Church

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Bob Mueller, President TheBANK of Edwardsville Kevin Richter, President Elect Mathis, Marifian & Richter, LTD Dr. Jeff Dosier, 1st Vice President Belleville Township High School District #201 Mike McManus, Treasurer Memorial Hospital Tracy McCollum, Immediate Past President Standard Rule Promotions

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dr. Brett Barger, Lindenwood University-Belleville Geri Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Edmond Brown, ELB Enterprises Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Chris Eckert, Eckert’s, Inc. Dr. Mark Eichenlaub, Southwestern Illinois College Grant Evitts, Illinois American Water Harlan “Skip” Ferry, Commerce Bank Scott Givens, Scott Givens, LLC Pat Hill, Allsup, Inc. Rachel Jackson, Project Compassion, NFP Darlene Jones, Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois Jerril Jones, Center for Racial Harmony Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District #118 Mary C. Lamie, St. Louis Regional Freightway Melissa Mason, Belleville News-Democrat Kevin Pesko, Bank of Belleville John Reichert, In-Focus Marketing Peg Sebastian, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Kevin Vick, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Joseph Weissert, Ameren Illinois Will Welsh, Gateway Region YMCA Roger Wigginton, Don Rodgers, Ltd.

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

CHAMBER STAFF Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director Beth Tucker, Office Manager Landon Brooks, Marketing and Communications Manager Alicia Slocomb, Main Street Manager Cathleen Lindauer, Director, Belleville Tourism



Memorial Hospital

Gold: Silver:

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital City of Belleville Illinois American Water Company


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


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


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

Shirley Bertelsmann, Community Member Sarah Biermann, King’s House Retreat Center Rebecca Boyer, Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC Justin Chapman, TheBANK of Edwardsville Terri Dambacher, CompuType IT Solutions Bob Dintelmann, Landscape Consultant RoseMarie Fitzgerald, Community Member Mary Jo Foerste, Community Member Cari Frick, Metro Lock and Security, Inc. Mona Friederich, Bank of Belleville Sharon Goff, Self-Employed Patty Gregory, Art on the Square Martha Holloway, St. Paul’s Senior Community Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Dennis F. Korte, Sr., Belleville Township Supervisor Joyce Laux, Community Member Tracy McCollum, Standard Rule Promotions Dorothy Meyer, St. Clair County Mark Mueller, Mueller Furniture Al Orelt, Albert Orelt Allstate Agency Lisa Phillipson, Hospice of Southern Illinois Joy Prigge, Dieterich Bank Mary Reuter, Lindenwood University - Belleville Leslie Schmidt, Abbott EMS Loretta Stammer, Community Member Brandy Steely, BND Anne Thomure, Memorial Hospital Jack Weck, Community Member Sheri Welch, Independent Insurance Agent Susan Wobbe, St. Clair County John Wunderlich, Egyptian Business Furniture Sharon Zika, Scott Credit Union

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Chamber Events The Chamber Welcomes Alicia Slocomb as Main Street Manager The Chamber welcomes Alicia Slocomb aboard as Belleville Main Street Manager. After Graduating from DePauw University with a major in sociology and minor in women’s issues, Alicia served as a VISTA volunteer (Americorps) at a domestic violence facility in Des Moines, IA. Upon receiving her MSW at Washington University, she served as Director of Development at the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois from 1996-2002, conducting community organizing, fundraising, program development and volunteer recruitment/training. Alicia became a stay at home after the birth of her son in 2002. During this time she focused on volunteering efforts, including serving as a Board Member of the Violence Prevention Center, local and national newsletter coordinator for Mothers and More, Signal Hill School PTO President, and Signal Hill School Board Member. Alicia can be reached at or 618.233.2015.

September 2016

Upcoming Chamber Events 9/1 9/1 9/6 9/7 9/8 9/9 9/10 9/12 9/13 9/15 9/15 9/15 9/15 9/20 9/20 9/22 9/28 9/29 9/29

Ambassador Club Meeting Business After Hours Education Committee Meeting Junior Idol Auditions CSA Committee Meeting Belle-Scott Fall Harvest Festival Shop Local For Schools PR/Marketing Committee Meeting Coffee Cup Connections with Chiro-Med Government Affairs Committee Meeting Healthcare Committee Meeting Teacher Appreciation Reception Ladies’ Night Out Economic Development Committee Mtg. INforM Committee Meeting Lunch & Learn Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting Government Officials’ BBQ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 30th Anniversary

If you’re interested in learning more about the committees of the Chamber, please visit our website at and click on Chamber Committees or call (618) 233-2015.

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.” Join Us for the 33rd Annual Chili Cook-off!

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2016 Business After Hours September 1 St. Paul’s United Church of Christ October 13 Four Fountains Convalescent Center November 3 Commerce Bank December 1 Breakthru Beverage









Allsup, Inc - Bank of Belleville - Breakthru Beverage - Commerce Bank Illinois American Water Company - In Focus Marketing - MedStar Ambulance Precision Practice Management - Scheffel Boyle

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“Advancing Business. Supporting Community.”

Welcome American Cancer Society #5 Schiber Ct | Maryville IL (318) 288-2054 Arsenal Credit Union 4334 N. Illinois | Swansea, IL (618) 239-6336

The businesses and organizations below joined the Chamber in June & July... Charter Business 941 Charter Commons Drive Town & Country, MO (314) 267-0570

Sips ‘n Splatters 15 S High St | Belleville, IL (618) 416-6707

Dog Day Afternoon 2527 Frank Scott Pkwy W Belleville, IL (618) 233-0060

5620 Belleville Crossing | Belleville, IL

Beacon Ministry PO Box 23468 | Belleville, IL (618) 222-8942 Belleville Running Club Belleville, IL Brian Arceneaux 820 Cardiff Court | O’Fallon, IL (618) 420-9580


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Edward Weston (618) 806-6319 Get Up & Go! PO Box 304 | Belleville, IL

Thank You Beno J Gundlach Company ELB Enterprises, Inc. IL Small Business & Development Center Koerner Distributor Inc. Meurer Brothers, Inc.

The businesses and organizations below renewed their investment with the Chamber in July... Silver Creek Saloon & Grill Skyview Drive-In Tamarack Country Club TOKY Branding & Design

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Sponsor: The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows .............................. 2015

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Chamber members enjoyed a relaxing evening at The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows during August’s Business After Hours. The Apartment Community’s beautiful surroundings are one of Belleville’s hidden treasures. With 200 acres of natural beauty, the Apartment Community is a place where you can bond with nature and rekindle your spirit.

Lisa Wahlig, BOS Roy Mueller, Regions Bank

The Apartment Community is as vibrant as ever as they enter their 50th year. They have a positive impact on their residents by encouraging them to live well, choosing lifestyle habits that enhance, maintain and improve their physical health and ability. They also encourage residents to nurture their social, spiritual and intellectual health by engaging in creative pursuits and opportunities to explore, learn and grow. A big thanks to The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows for inviting members to visit their wonderful facilities! ...................................................................................................................

To learn more about The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows:

Martha Holloway, St. Paul’s Senior Community Debra Pierce, Rehabilitation Professionals, Inc.

Upcoming Business After Hours Thursday, Sept 1st | 5 - 7PM St. Paul United Church of Christ 115 West B Street | Belleville Sponsor:

Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District #118 and his mother-in-law, a resident at The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows

Barb Prosser, The Apartment Community of Our Lady of the Snows

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Ribbon Cuttings

Belleville Community Development Corporation (BCDC) was excited to present their most recently completed home at 1405 N Charles in Belleville on August 11th.

Lindenwood University - Belleville celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of their on-campus cafe, Matt’s Cafe, with a ribbon cutting on August 25th.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings 9/6 - Don Rodger’s Ltd. | 11:00am | 6727 West Main Street | Belleville 9/13 - Helfrich Eye Care | 11:00am | 3030 Firehouse Crossing | Belleville 9/15 - Turned Treasures | 11:30am | 225 E Main Street | Belleville ................................................................................................................... Celebrating a new business opening, anniversary or remodel? Celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting. Contact Wendy Pfeil, Executive Director, for more information. Email or call the Chamber Office at (618) 233-2015.

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Join Don Rodgers, Ltd and the Chamber for a Ribbon Cutting to commemorate this impressive milestone.

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Upcoming Chamber Events Healthcare Committee to host Scholarship Fundraiser at Skyview Drive-In September 29th Join the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee for an evening of leisure! The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee is hosting a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 30th Anniversary Screening at Skyview Drive-In on Thursday, September 29th, 2016. The screening begins at 8:00pm and proceeds benefit the Healthcare Committee’s annual scholarships. Admission is $20 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at, at the Chamber office, 216 East A Street in Belleville, or at the Skyview Drive-In, 5700 N Belt W in Belleville. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event. The event will happen rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control, please consider your event purchase a donation supporting the Healthcare Committee’s scholarship fund. Click here to get your tickets today!

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Teacher Appreciation Reception $10 per chamber member (includes sponsoring one new or retiring teacher) SWIC Liberal Arts Complex 2500 Carlyle Avenue | Belleville Please RSVP by Thursday, September 8th


Thursday, September 29th | 5-7pm Location: St. Clair County Court House (Public Square Entrance) Cost: $50 (includes sponosring one government official) Please RSVP by Thursday, September 22nd

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City Update 15th Anniversary of 9/11 The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey authorized delivery to the City of Belleville a September 11, 2001 World Trade Center artifact. The City took possession of the 35.25 foot long steel column weighing approximately 7,100 lbs for the creation of the September 11th Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois which will be located at Belleville’s Fire Department Administration Office, Illinois Rt. 159 & Illinois Rt. 15. September 11, 2016 marks the 15th Anniversary of the fateful day we now refer to as 9/11. The Committee to Construct the September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois will host two events on 9/11/2016. The first event is the 5th Annual September 11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk. This 5K begins at 9:11am at Hough Park in Belleville, which also serves as the ending point. Proceeds benefit the construction of the September 11 Memorial Walkway. For more information, or to register online, visit The second event, co-hosted by the City of Belleville, is the Moment of Remembrance and Dedication Ceremony, which begins at 2:00pm at the Fire Administration Building at 1125 S. Illinois Street. The public is invited to attend this ceremony to honor those who perished 15 years ago on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and aboard Flight 93. The guest speaker will be Colonel Laura L. Lenderman, Installation Commander, Scott Air Force Base, Commander, 375th Air Mobility Wing. The ceremony will include the dedication of Phase 1 of the September 11 Memorial Walkway featuring an actual column from the fallen World Trade Center. Parking is available at The Elks Lodge, 1481 S. Illinois St, Belleville where complimentary shuttles will provide transportation to the ceremony site.

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Leadership Belleville The Leadership Belleville Class of 2016-2017 celebrated the begining of their program with a Kick-off Breakfast at Bellecourt Place on Friday, August 19, 2016. Breakfast was sponsored by KMA Certified Testing, Inc. The class was welcomed by Wendy J. Pfeil, Executive Director, Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and Kathleen Arnold, President, KMA Certified Testing, Inc. Mayor Mark Eckert, City of Belleville, and Tina Moore, 2015-2016 Leadership Belleville Class President, provided opening remarks. Will Welsh, 2016-2017 Leadership Belleville Chair, and Lynn Clapp, Jim Holdener & Jim Schneider of Vertical Performance gave class participants a program overview for the 2016-2017 Leadership Belleville Class. The next event scheduled for the class is the Leadership Retreat on September 8 & 9 at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton Illinois. Kick-off Breakfast Sponsor:

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THE MEMORIAL NETWORK STRIVES TO KEEP the communities we serve healthy—including your employees. Through support programs, health screenings, and more, the Memorial Network is committed to promoting healthy communities through our hospitals, centers and services, and Memorial Medical Group.

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Chamber Member Update HOSPICE OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ANNOUNCES PHARMACY RESIDENCY PROGRAM Hospice of Southern Illinois is very proud to have the honor of hosting the only PGY-2 (post-graduate, year 2) in Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency Program housed in a hospice, in the United States. We are pleased to introduce and welcome the full-time, on-staff, PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident, Brad Rea, PharmD. Our patients, families and organization will directly benefit from this very special program, which is 1 of 15 in the country and the only 1 fully funded by a hospice. Dr. Rea will play a critical role in delivering the highest quality end-of-life care to patients and families we serve. He will also help us grow and continue providing top-notch, end-of-life care as your local, not-for-profit hospice. Brad shares in our excitement, “I am so fortunate to be the first pharmacist employed by Hospice of Southern Illinois. Passion and empathy are two words I have found to be excellent descriptors of the employees at this organization. This innovative position, in addition to Hospice of Southern Illinois’ mission, to enhance the quality of life of individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness, helps to ensure patients are treated with the highest level of care. Hospice is a program that changes the lives for all parties involved and I am ecstatic to be a part of the hospice family.” Chris Herndon, PharmD., associate professor at the SIUE School of Pharmacy, and PGY-2 Residency Program Director added, “this novel training program will prepare pharmacists to integrate seamlessly into the hospice interdisciplinary team and directly impact the care of those at the end of life. As medication regimens become more complex, it makes perfect sense to add the pharmacist to the hospice clinical team.” Hospice of Southern Illinois is your community not-for-profit hospice program serving 27 counties in southern Illinois since 1981. Our commitment at Hospice of Southern Illinois is to be with our patients and their loved ones through the changing needs of the end-of-life process and the grief experience. For more information about Hospice of Southern Illinois, visit our website,, or contact Lisa Phillipson, 618-235-1703 or .........................................................................................................................................................................................................


Memorial has announced that CEP America, a physician-owned organization who currently staffs and manages physician coverage for its Emergency Departments as well as provides hospitalist services to inpatients will begin an intensivist service at Memorial Hospital Belleville beginning August 4, 2016. Pablo M. Echeverria M.D. will serve as Medical Director of CEP’s Intensivist Program at Memorial covering its 20-bed intensive care unit (ICU) and eight-bed intermediate care unit (IMCU). Prior to joining CEP America, Dr. Echeverria was the ICU Medical Director at Barnes Jewish St. Peter’s Hospital. Prior to that, he worked as an intensivist at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Alton Memorial Hospital and Christian Northeast Hospital. Board certified in Internal and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Echeverria received his doctorate of medicine and surgery from the Central University of Ecuador and completed his post-graduate residency at University of Miami School of Medicine where he also did his critical care medicine fellowship. He is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Intensivists, also known as critical care physicians provide a comprehensive approach to caring for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). At Memorial, the intensivists will not replace the patient’s primary physician but will serve as a consultant to enhance round-the-clock ICU care. Intensivists are trained in dealing with complex and changing issues in treating critically ill patients. Memorial partnered with CEP America in 2012 to provide emergency department physician, physician assistant and nurse practitioner coverage and in 2014 added CEP’s hospitalist service. .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

IMPACT STRATEGIES AWARDED SECOND PROJECT AT PEORIA RETAIL DEVELOPMENT General contracting firm IMPACT Strategies has been awarded a second retail project in the Knoxville Crossing Development in Peoria, Illinois. Knoxville Crossing Retail Building, a 12,000 square foot strip center, is now under construction. This past May, IMPACT Strategies began constructing the 70,000-square-foot Knoxville Crossing retail center, anchored by Schnucks Markets, Inc., and part of a larger mixed-use development being developed by The DESCO Group of St. Louis. IMPACT Strategies is collaborating with BRR Architecture, Inc., of Merriam, Kansas and Zumwalt Engineering of Peoria on all design aspects of the project. This retail building will include a drive thru and is expected to be completed in late Fall 2016.

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Chamber Member Update MEMORIAL & ST. ELIZABETH’S CANCER TREATMENT CENTER IS FIRST IN SOUTHERN IL TO PERFORM STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a highly precise form of radiation therapy initially developed to treat small brain tumors and functional abnormalities of the brain. This high-tech treatment, formally available only at cancer treatment centers in St. Louis is now available in Swansea, IL. Despite its name, SRS is a non-surgical procedure where radiation therapy is given at much higher doses, where dose delivery is accurate to within one to two millimeters, and delivered in only a single or a few treatments, as compared to traditional radiation therapy. This treatment is only possible due to the development of highly advanced radiation technologies that permit maximum dose delivery within the target while minimizing dose to the surrounding healthy tissue. The goal is to deliver doses that will destroy the tumor and achieve high local control. SRS relies on several technologies to improve the precision and accuracy of the treatment: 1.) three-dimensional imaging and localization techniques that determine the exact coordinates of the target within the body, 2.) systems to immobilize and carefully position the patient and maintain the patient position during therapy, 3.) highly focused gamma-ray or x-ray beams that converge on a tumor or abnormality, 4.) image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) which uses medical imaging to confirm the location of a tumor immediately before, and in some cases, during the delivery of radiation. SRS is an important alternative to invasive surgery, especially for patients who are non-surgical candidates with tumors and abnormalities that are hard to reach, located close to vital organs/anatomic regions, or are subject to movement within the body. SRS can be used to treat small brain and spinal cord tumors, both benign and malignant, blood vessel abnormalities in the brain, certain small tumors in the lungs and liver. Our SRS team, Jason Lee, MD, PhD, and Susan Laduzinsky, MD, Radiation Oncologists at Cancer Treatment Center and an area board certified Neurosurgeon, work closely on these cases, performing more than eight (8) procedures since the program’s inception. “Memorial & St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Treatment Center is the first cancer treatment facility in Southern Illinois to perform this procedure. We are fortunate to have the advanced technology required for this type of treatment at our center. Our patients benefit not only from this state-of-the-art procedure but also from the comfort of knowing this treatment is available in our own community”, said Dr. Lee. Memorial & St. Elizabeth’s Cancer Treatment Center is celebrating 30 years of providing Radiation Therapy, Pet/CT Imaging, Nutritional Counseling and a Therapeutic Learning Center in our community. For more information call 618-236-1000 or log onto .........................................................................................................................................................................................................

SWIC AVIATION PARTNERSHIP OFFERS NEW PILOT OPPORTUNITIES A new partnership between Southwestern Illinois College and Trans States Airlines will help put aviation students on a path to a career with the airline.The SWIC Aviation program has signed an agreement with Trans States Airlines to provide the college’s students a bridge to becoming professional pilots. The program will of fer student pilots a chance to work for the airline, receive additional training materials and a transition into becoming a pilot for the company. “This is a great connection with a great partner for our program,” said Aviation Program Coordinator Keith Mueller. “With this cooperation between our organizations, we can ensure that pilots in SWIC programs will get the best training and then have an opportunity to move on to a great career.” In order to be eligible for the program, students must interview with the airline’s recruiting team, pass background checks, have an FAA Private Pilot License, agree to obtain a Certified Flight Instructor License and agree to work as an instructor at SWIC. All pilots in the Aviator Program who are hired by Trans States Airlines will also be eligible for up to $10,000 in education expense reimbursements upon their successful completion of the Trans States Airlines New Hire Initial Training. They will work with a mentor at Trans States and have their travel and hotel expenses paid for when participating in Aviator Program events in St. Louis. SWIC and Trans State Airlines have a long history of promoting education in this in-demand field. Trans State Airlines is a carrier for American Airlines and United Airlines. The company already provides training to SWIC students in the airline dispatcher, flight management, crew scheduling and aircraft maintenance fields through internship opportunities. Now the two organizations will be more closely linked through this joint education agreement. “For years we’ve had an internship program with SWIC and quite a few of them have turned an internship into a career,” said Trans States Airlines CEO Keith Stamper. “We like SWIC students, we have found them to be good employees, and we are very interested in continuing that relationship.” For more information about the Aviators Program or the SWIC Aviation Pilot Training program, call Mueller at 618-235-2700, ext. 5683.

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Chamber Member Update $500,000 GRANT TO HELP SWIC INSTALL SOLAR PANELS AT SWGCC A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Steel and American Bottom Conservancy trust fund will enable Southwestern Illinois College to install an array of solar panels at its Sam Wolf Granite City Campus to reduce the college’s carbon footprint and provide an educational resource for students and the community. “This is a very exciting opportunity to maintain our longstanding commitment to sustainability,” said SWIC President Georgia Costello, Ph.D. “The installation of solar panels is another chance to educate our students and the community about the benefits of renewable energy.” The proposed installation will include: • A large main photovoltaic array generating approximately 154 kilowatts to be built on two acres to the east of the main building. • A smaller set of instructional photovoltaic arrays with multiple types of panels, sun trackers, microinverters and other technologies generating approximately 30kW to be built adjacent to the larger array. • A Lucid Dashboard system to integrate the photovoltaic arrays and display both solar power production and campus power consumption available on campus and the Web. • Two small solar thermal arrays for instructional purposes to be installed on the roof of the Industrial Technology Center. SWIC students in the Industrial Electricity/Electronics and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration programs will train directly on the installation, learning how to install and maintain solar energy technologies. The goal is to increase the pool of qualified solar technicians in the field and to raise awareness of renewable energy, said Dean of Technical Education Brad Sparks SWIC is one of the founding members of the Illinois Green Economy Network. The college’s long-term commitment to promoting green energy includes: construction of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-certified Liberal Arts Complex and installation of 237kW of solar power panels at the Belleville Campus; retrofitting the SWGCC to achieve 185kW in annual energy savings; and installation of six electric vehicle charging stations on campus parking lots. For more information on the array of SWIC solar panels, call the Industrial Technology Center at 618-931-0600, ext. 7475.


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Chamber Member Update REGIONAL CAMPAIGN EMBRACES HISTORY AND INSPIRES FUTURE OF HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation announces the public phase of its “Embrace. Entrust. Inspire.” regional campaign. The campaign supports the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and physician office building that is being built in O’Fallon, along with future updates to the Belleville Health Campus. The replacement hospital project broke ground in June 2015 and is set to open in the fall of 2017. “The St. Elizabeth’s Foundation is committed to providing $4.9 million to this project because our volunteer leadership understands how it will elevate the quality and accessibility of care for our region,” said David Garris, Director of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation. “I want to thank Kevin Meder, our campaign chair, and the many dedicated volunteers that are ensuring the success of this campaign. I also want to thank all of those who have already committed to this campaign through gifts and pledges, including lead gifts from Betty Renth and the estate gift of her late brother W.E. Renth, Catherine Taylor Yank and Greg F. Yank, Scott Credit Union, and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Medical Staff. The new hospital facility and medical office building is located on 114 acres off Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in O’Fallon, IL. It will be a 144-bed inpatient hospital with state-of-the-art advancements in technology and upgraded patient amenities. An attached medical office building will provide a full range of outpatient services to meet the changing needs in health care. The interstate location provides quicker access to necessary health care for critical ambulance transport of patients from Clinton, Bond and other counties. It will also stem the outmigration of patients to St. Louis hospitals to keep health care dollars in Illinois and family close to home for acute care when needed. President and CEO of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Peg Sebastian notes, “I am excited and optimistic about both our current state and our future growth at the new facility and beyond. All of our work is dedicated to bringing this region the very best in compassionate and high-quality health care. The new St. Elizabeth’s will provide the region with a stateof-the-art facility, new technologies and access to a growing number of family and specialty physicians, all in a healing environment close to home. I invite the public to join us on our journey toward excellence by giving to our regional campaign.” St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has provided high-quality Franciscan health care for Southern Illinois for 140 years. The new facility will be a health and wellness destination for all for decades to come. Recognition opportunities are available at both the O’Fallon site and the Belleville Health Campus. For more information, visit or email

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Chamber Member Update HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION DONATES FUNDS TO ADD SECOND 3D MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT TO SERVE ITS PATIENTS Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About one in eight (12%) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continues to invest in the latest technologies to encourage early detection through annual mammograms by adding a second 3D Mammography unit through allotted funds from the HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation. Cost of the unit was approximately $360,000 and it will be installed by August 10 and available for use in September. The hospital had previously purchased the first 3D Mammography unit in October 2015, as an expansion of current mammography services for the Belleville campus. The new unit will be added to current imaging services at the O’Fallon Medical Building at 1512 Green Mount Road in O’Fallon. This state-of-the-art technology allows St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to offer 3D Mammograms, as a compliment to the current 2D services, for patients meeting certain criteria including those who have a strong family history of Breast Cancer, and patients with dense breast tissue. “It was important to our Foundation Leadership Council to ensure the high-level of 3D capabilities continue to be available at the future Belleville Health Campus and at the new facility,” said HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation Director Dave Garris. “We are privileged to bring this advanced technology to the patients we serve in Belleville, O’Fallon and surrounding areas.” On average 3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, has the ability to detect 40 percent more cancers than 2D mammograms by providing a clearer picture to the reading radiologists. 3D mammograms also take less time, with a rapid scan time of under four seconds total, which helps to improve patient comfort and lessens the risk of motion. The system also streamlines workflow for mammogram technologists, providing for great efficiencies and providing a more comfortable experience for patients. “We strive to provide the highest level of care, services and technologies to our patients and this 3D mammogram unit will allow additional access to the 3D technologies at two locations. I applaud and thank the St. Elizabeth’s Foundation for their generosity and commitment to the health needs of our community,” said President and CEO Peg Sebastian. To schedule an annual screening mammogram, call St. Elizabeth’s scheduling department at (618) 222-4639. A physician’s order is not required. For more information about our mammography services, visit our website at www.

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Chamber Member Update SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO THREE METRO EAST STUDENTS Mathis, Marifian and Richter, Ltd. (MM&R) recently announced the recipients of the firm’s 2016 Law Scholarship Award. High school seniors Samuel Geiger of Belleville Township High School West, Jada Green of Alton High School and Madeline Parker of New Athens High School each received $1,000 scholarships from MM&R. All three students are planning to pursue legal careers and applied for the scholarships through a nomination process open to all high school seniors in Madison, St. Clair and Washington Counties. Geiger looks forward to continuing his self-proclaimed passion for learning by pursuing a law career after college. During high school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief and the editorial editor for his school newspaper. As a member of the speech and debate team, he wrote an oration about the First Amendment that placed fifth in the state and qualified him for a national speech tournament. A National Merit Scholar, Geiger was the recipient of the Raytheon Merit Scholarship from the NMSC. Geiger plans to attend the University of Chicago and major in Political Science. Green discovered her interest in law during a trip to Europe, where she was fascinated by what she calls “the intricate relationship between happiness and regulation.” A scholar athlete, Green is a National Honor Society member, an Illinois State Scholar, a four-year varsity volleyball player and an Illinois All-Star softball player. With a passion for economics, Green wants to apply this discipline to a law career so she can continue her aspirations in community service, in which she has already volunteered more than 100 hours. She plans to attend the University of Kentucky to study economics before continuing on to law school. Parker has wanted to be a lawyer since she was twelve years old when her sixth grade English teacher discovered she excelled at debate, even debating topical positions she didn’t necessarily agree with personally. Parker was especially moved in her sophomore year when she learned about the number of children in the United States living in foster care, and today wants to pursue a career in family law, specifically adoption law. Parker plans to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which she chose, in part, due to their law school’s reputation. This is the 17th year that MM&R has awarded scholarships to local high school students. Shareholders of the firm established the scholarship as a means to encourage and assist students in pursuing a legal career. .......................................................................................................................................................................................................

HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL RECEIVES CHEST PAIN CENTER ACCREDITATION WITH PCI HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital received full accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) after a survey in July 2016. “I would like to recognize our dedicated cardiovascular department colleagues, the physicians of Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, and the numerous EMS agencies in the region for working together to achieve this goal,” Peg Sebastian, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital shared. “Through quality accreditations and numerous quality awards demonstrates St. Elizabeth’s commitment to providing high quality, exceptional health care.” With the increase in Chest Pain Centers (CPC) came the need to establish standards and adopt best practices designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. Located in Downtown Belleville Since 1970

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HSHS ST. ELIZABETH’S HOSPITAL HONORED WITH MISSION: LIFELINE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND ADDITIONAL SILVER PLUS RECOGNITION HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. “HSHS St. Elizabeth’s is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Peg Sebastian. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team.” In addition to receiving the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving award, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline’s Silver-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital has reached an achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating STEMI transfer patients from other facilities within 120 minutes. “We commend HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.” St. Elizabeth’s earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for 12 consecutive months to receive this award. .......................................................................................................................................................................................................


Southwestern Illinois College business students are at the top of their game. Now the rest of America knows their reputation too. At the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta in June, the SWIC Phi Beta Lambda business student organization took first place in Professional Division Membership for the North Central Region. The SWIC Abe Small chapter team tested its abilities against chapters from around the country at the conference. Student Amanda Brown of Mascoutah took 10th place in the Job Interview competition, while Brown and student Debbie Harris, also of Mascoutah, placed in the top 14 teams for the Business Presentation event. “We’re proud of our efforts,” said Office Administration and Technology Professor and PBL Adviser Tina Dierkes. “It demonstrates the value of a strong education and maintaining strong connections to your peers and colleagues.” More than 1,700 students, advisers and guests from colleges and universities around the country attended the conference. Students could compete in up to two scholastic events each, totaling 2,200 competitive opportunities; plus they participated in workshops and elected their 2016-2017 national officers. SWIC students competed against 30 to 50 other contestants in their categories. PBL provides an opportunity for members to exercise and validate their mastery of essential business concepts, skills and knowledge. Members participating in this program demonstrate their business skills, knowledge and workrelated talents. Additionally, PBL helps students expand their leadership skills, sharpen their competitive spirit and be recognized for their work. For more information on the event or SWIC Business programs, contact Dierkes at or call 618235-2700, ext. 5321.

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What’s Happening in September Monday | August 1 Sip & Shop | 6:30pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618.257.9463

Sunday | Sept. 11 Annual Car Show & Cruise | 9am Crehan’s Irish Pub | Belleville 618.234.6500

Friday | Sept. 23 Movie in the Park | 7:30pm Laderman Park | Belleville 618.233.1416

Friday | Sept. 2 Free Meal Friday | 11am Greenmount Road UCC | Belleville 618.234.5247

Monday | Sept. 12 Merrill Lynch 2016 Annual Metro East Childrens’ Golf Classic | 12pm Stonewolf Golf Club | Fairview Heights 618.514.8445

Saturday | Sept. 24 Belleville Running Club Belleville Marathon | 7am West Main & Second Street | Belleville 618.233.1416

Saturday & Sunday | Sept. 3 & 4 St. Louis Antique Festival | 10am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 608.346.0975 Saturday | Sept. 3 Belleville Historical Society Historic Belleville Walking Tour Veteran’s Memorial | 10am Downtown Belleville | Belleville 618.236.7481 Sunday | Sept. 4 Yoga | 10am Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618.233.0513

Bunko | 6:30pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618.233.0513 Wednesday | Sept. 14 Zumba & Wine | 6:30pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618.257.9463 Thursday | Sept. 15 Wine Class | 6pm Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618.233.0513

Fish Market Food Truck | 4pm Grappa Growlers | Belleville 618.234.9463 Sunday | Sept. 25 Hospice of Southern Illinois 5th Annual Wheels and Wine Car Show | 12pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618.222.5905 Monday | Sept. 26 Bunko | 6:30pm Eckert’s. Inc. | Belleville 618.233.0513

Tuesday | Sept. 6 Blood Drive | 2pm Chick-fil-A | Belleville 866-GIVE-BLD

Friday | Sept. 16 29th Annual Althoff Catholic Golf Classic | 12pm Stonewolf Golf Club | Fairview Heights 618.624.4653

Wednesday | Sept. 7 Collins Beer Tasting | 5pm Grappa Growlers | Belleville 618,234,9463

Bric Partnership 2016 Veteran’s Fundraiser | 6:30pm Missouri Botanical Garden | St. Louis 618.277.5200

Friday | Sept. 30 Oktoberfest Beer Tasting | 6pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618.257.9463

“We Remember You” Candlelight Vigil | 7:30pm The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | Belleville 618.394.6270

Saturday & Sunday | Sept. 17 & 18 Belleville Flea Market | 9am Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618.235.0666

Every Friday - Sunday in September, begining September 9 Corn Maze | 6pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618.257.9463

Thursday | Sept. 8 Trivia Night | 6pm Grappa Growlers | Belleville 618.234.9463

Saturday | Sept. 17 Belleville Historical Society Paint Historic Belleville | 8am Historic Garfield Street Saloon | Belleville 618.236.7481

Friday | Sept. 9 Mastermind Tasting | 5pm Grappa Growlers | Belleville 618.234.9463

Sunday | Sept. 18 Belleville Historical Society “Sunday in September” Concert | 2pm Thelma Blazier House | Belleville 618.531.7753

Saturday | Sept. 10 Belleville Helping Belleville Day | 8am PSOP | Belleville Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk | 8am Gateway Grizzlies Stadium | Sauget 618.236.2181

Wednesday | Sept. 28 Adam’s Auction | 5:30pm Belle-Clair Fairgrounds | Belleville 618.235.0666

Every Friday & Saturday in September, begining September 9 Haunted Hay Rides & Bonfire Rentals 6pm | Eckert’s, Inc. | Millstadt 618.233.0513 Every Saturday & Sunday in September Applefest | 10am Eckert’s, Inc. | Belleville 618.233.0513

Tuesday | Sept. 20 Autumn Equinox with Stargazing | 7pm PSOP | Belleville 618.234.4410 ext. 7032

Every Saturday in September Old Town Farmers Market Downtown Belleville 618-233-2015

Thursday | Sept. 22 Yoga & Wine | 6:30pm The Weingarten | Belleville 618.257.9463

We are constantly updating our Community Calendar! Visit for an up-to-date list of events!

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JUNIOR IDOL auditions 09

07 2016

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce ............. 216 East A Street | Belleville ............. Auditions from 4:00pm - 8:00pm | Pre-registration not required

Open to Ages 10 - 17

2 age categories | 10-13 & 14-17 $10 Entry fee with application (non-refundable) The top 5 finalists in each category will be chosen at the preliminary auditions. Those finalists will compete for the top prize on Saturday, October 8th during the 33rd Annual Chili Cook-off.

At auditions, contestants will be asked to sing a cappella for the judges. Individual contestants only - no duets or teams. The song is of the contestant’s choice and can be from any musical genre. Contestants will be judged on the following: Vocal Ability (40 pts), Timing (30 pts), Stage Presence (10 pts), Mastery of Lyrics (10 pts) and Judges Overall Impression (10 pts). For a complete listing of the Junior Idol Rules & Regulations, please visit or call the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 233-2015.

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Join Belleville Main Street for Shop Local for Schools on Saturday, September 10th, 2016! Shop Local for Schools was created to help generate extra revenue for our schools. Participating merchants will donate 15% of your purchases to the participating school of your choice. To qualify your purchase, please present this flyer (in print or digitally) to cashier at time of sale. Visit each store’s website for hours of operation. Times vary.

Participating Merchants: Ben’s Big Daddy’s 618

Participating Schools: Abraham Lincoln Elementary (District 118) Belle Valley (District 119) Belleville Public High School East (District 201)

Blanquart’s Jewelry

Belleville Public High School West (District 201)

Circa Boutique

Central Junior High (District 118)

Crystal & Spice Shop

Douglas Elementary (District 118) Ellis Elementary (District 175)

Dog Day Afternoon

Emge Junior High (District 175)

Grimm & Gorly Florist and Gifts

Franklin Elementary (District 118) Govenor French Academy

Peace by Piece Co.

Henry Raab Elementary (District 118)

Pitchers Sports Pub

Jefferson Elementary (District 118)

Righteous Pig BBQ

Roosevelt Elementary (District 118) Union Elementary (District 118)

Rising Stars Monogram Boutique

Washington Elementary (District 118)


West Junior High (District 118)

Toots’ Cake & Candy Supplies

Westhaven Elementary (District 118) Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School

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Chili Chase 5k Run/ Walk & Kids Pepper Dash Race Date/Time: Saturday, October 8, 2015 at 9 a.m.; Course Briefing at 8:45 a.m. Location:

Historic Downtown Belleville. Start will be at East Main & Church St.


Trophy to overall 1st place finisher, male and female. Medals to the Top 3 finishers male and female in each race: 13 & under, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+. Each child participating in the Pepper Dash will receive a medal.

Registration Fee: Adults $20, Youth $15 (16 & under). Late Registration Fee: $25 after

September 28, 2016; $30 day of race. Kids Pepper Dash $5 (13 &under)


"Chili Chase" T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed for 5K registration ONLY and registration must be received by September 23, 2016.

Cash, Check, Credit Card (online)

Race Website:

October 8

2 0 1 6 Benefiting the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class Scholarship Fund

Timing System: Bib Chip Timing by Final Lap Payment:

Satur day


Packet Pick-Up: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at SSM Physical Therapy,

Habanero Pepper Sponsor:

2649 N Illinois St, Swansea IL 62226. Morning of Race 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. at East Main and Church Street.

Route Map:

See website for route map

Cayenne Pepper Sponsor:

Cancellations: Event will run rain or shine! - NO REFUNDS Please mail registration to: Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, "Chili Chase", 216 East A Street, Belleville, IL 62220. Make checks payable to “Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce”. Mailed registrations must be received no later than September 23, 2016 to guarantee a shirt.

2016 Chili Chase Registration Form Name:




E-mail address: Gender:


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Race Choice: 5K

T-Shirt Size: Adult: S M L XL XXL

Youth: M

Jalapeño Pepper Sponsor:

Pepper Dash L (T-Shirts for 5K Race Only)

Waiver of Liability: I understand that the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, the City of Belleville, their employees, and all other connected with this event are not liable for any injuries which I may suffer while taking part in this voluntary activity. I hereby waive and release any and all rights and claims I may have against the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, sponsors, or any personnel for injury I might suffer in this event or for loss or damage to my property. I acknowledge and freely accept the risk inherent with athletic competition. I also grant full permission for organizers to use photographs, videotape, or motion pictures of me, and/or quotations from me in legitimate accounts and promotions of this event. NO refunds available. T-shirts are not guaranteed for late registrants.

Chili Pepper Sponsor:

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Join Us For Our 43rd Concert


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Concert Season 2016-2017


Sponsorships & Program Ads Now Available! The Masterworks Chorale

Mystical Songs

Andrew Peters, organist

Brandon Smith, baritone

A celebration of sacred poetry in music.

October 15 • 7:30 p.m.

Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis

October 16 • 3 p.m.

Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville

The Masterworks Children’s Choruses

Music for Young Voices October 30 • 3 p.m.

Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville

The Masterworks Chorale, Children’s Choruses and Orchestra

A Masterworks Christmas with Christine Brewer December 11 • 7:30 p.m.

Saint Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon

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Sponsorships & Program Ads Now Available! Season Tickets Now On Sale! The Masterworks Chorale Mystical Songs

Andrew Peters, organist

Brandon Smith, baritone

TheofMasterworks A celebration sacred poetryChorale, in music.

Children’s & p.m. Jazz Ensemble October Choruses 15 • 7:30


Broadway Pops! Dinner Theater Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis March 2017 October 16 • 4, 3 p.m.

at BelleChurch Court Manor, Belleville Saint Paul United of Christ, Belleville

The Masterworks Children’s Choruses The Masterworks Children’s Choruses

Music Voices for Young Voices of Spring

October 30 • 3 p.m. April 23 • 3 p.m. Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville


Saint Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville

The Masterworks Chorale, Children’s ChorusesChorale and Orchestra The Masterworks and Orchestra

A Masterworks Christmas Song and Dance with Christine Brewer Megan Stout, harpist

December 11 • 7:30 A spring festival of French Saint Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon May 7 • 3 p.m. Saint Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon Chorale • 618-304-9094 Chorale and Children’s Choruses

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Celebrating 35 Years of Service Proceeds Benefits Hospice of Southern Illinois

Your Not-For-Profit Hospice

e u q Cir De la Vie Come One, Come All!

Hospice of Southern Illinois is excited to announce its First Annual Soiree featuring a Cirque De La Vie theme. Prepare to be wowed by pre-show attractions and try your luck with an exciting game of chance! Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while hypnotist, Brian Madrid, keeps you laughing with his comedic show using volunteers from the audience.

Saturday, October 22 Bellecourt Manor Belleville, IL Doors Open: 6 pm Brian Madrid: 7:30 pm Tickets are $75 and include heavy horderves, two drinks, an interactive show, and much more! Reserve your spot at events or call Jacqueline at 618.235.1703

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Start and Finish at

$25.00 for Long Sleeve Performance T-Shirt


for Hoodie Sizes guaranteed until 11/11/16. Awards 5K Medals for top Male & Female overall plus top 3 in each age group.

Age Divisions 12 and under 13-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60 & Over Illinois Center for Autism receives funding from United Way, Madison County and St. Clair County Mental Health Boards.

St. Nick’s 5K

GCS Ballpark

Sauget, Illinois

4 Registration ..7:30 a.m. 5K Timed Run ..9:00 a.m.

2 Mile Run/Walk following 5K Online Registration opens 8/1/16.

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September 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter  
September 2016 Chamber Connection Newsletter