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Communicator FACC Turns 110!!!

May 2011 • Freeport, IL

Tony Carton

Communicator Editor

The Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 110th anniversary. “This is a proud moment for all of us at the Chamber,” said FACC Executive Director Kim Grimes. “The Chamber has always been very fortunate to have strong leadership, and those leaders are largely responsible for the growth and economic stability that have made Freeport a special place to live and do business.” He attributes continued Chamber growth to the organization’s ability to keep up with developing technologies and its willingness to listen to and act on behalf of its membership. “We’ve had to change with the business world,” Grimes said. “We’ve made the Chamber website more user friendly, we’ve added a Facebook presence, we’re offering webinars, but there is still nothing that compares to going out and meeting with our members face to face.” He explained that a hands-on approach is the key to success when dealing with the business community. “Listening carefully to folks and working together to make this area grow is still our key to success,” Grimes said. “No matter how fast technology runs, our priority will always be our members.”

Yesterday The adage, “You can’t tell where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been,” rings especially true for the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce and its 110 years of service to its membership and the community. “Proposed Business Men’s Association Meets Cordial Support,” was the headline on the front page of the June 8, 1901, Freeport Daily Bulletin, and with that simple header the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce was born. The article tells of a meeting in city hall where business men (yes, we are aware of that politically incorrect male domination-based terminology) assembled to discuss the future of Freeport and the ways they might steer the town to new heights. C.W. Harding accepted temporary chair responsibilities with the organization and spoke to the assembly explaining how useful a business men’s organization could be, giving as primary example the case of a small factory that was seeking a location just a few weeks earlier and whose representatives visited Freeport. Harding said the town met all their requirements except the matter of rent for four or five months necessary for start-up. He noted that a few men contacted failed to see the

importance of digging into their own pockets to pay the amount, but Harding said it would be of little matter to an organization of 100. Consequently, Freeport lost that factory and Harding feared that other similar instances would occur and without organized support for its businesses, the town would fail to thrive. Former Freeport Mayor J.P. Younger told the group that he viewed the association as a potential way to lend a helping hand to every movement for the interest of the city. “You will find that in towns that have these associations you can drive downtown in a buggy without danger of breaking your neck,” Younger said. Apparently the prospect of not wearing a 19th century neck harness appealed to those in attendance who met Younger’s remarks with thunderous applause. W.A. Service also addressed the group noting that in his experience, communities with business organizations grew while those without failed. “I speak of the Owosso and Livingston counties in Michigan,” Service said. “Fifteen years ago they were about equal in population. The inhabitants of the Livingston county town were men of large means who were content to sit still. The

citizens of the town in Owosso county formed a business men’s association and as a result of such an organization in the one town and the lack of it in the other, one stood still while other grew from 3000 people to 10,000 or 12,000 with a large number of manufacturing institutions.” The meeting carried well into the evening with considerable discussion until following remarks from the likes of Dr J.O. Burbank, F.A. Read, P.B. Thompson and Aldermen Flachtemeier and McGovern the meeting adjourned with the understanding that the organization would meet again the next week. And they did, and again and again for a full 110 years. The important thing is that our Freeport fathers saw the importance of a business organization and moved to implement one. It promptly grew and was the eighth in Illinois to receive designation by the US Chamber of Commerce for “High qualitative standards of performance.” It embraced its women’s division and the Freeport Junior Chamber of Commerce. It formed committees that piloted projects in rural, local, and state affairs as well as industry and labor relations. It immersed itself in legislative actions, human resources, housing, education, SEE FACC

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FREEPORT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

FREEPORT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 27 W. Stephenson St, Freeport IL 61032 www.freeportilchamber.com Phone: 815.233.1350 Fax: 815.235.4038 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Kim Grimes kim.grimes@freeportilchamber.com

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES COORDINATOR: Tiffany King tiffany.king@freeportilchamber.com

RECEPTIONIST: Julie Huber COMMUNICATION EDITOR: Tony Carton The Chamber of Commerce Communicator is published on a monthly basis with the partnership of The Journal-Standard paper. We thank them for their continual effort to keep this publication in print!

DATES TO REMEMBER... MAY 19 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS PARK HILLS GOLF COURSE 5-7 PM MAY 26 CHAMBER AMBASSADOR MEETING STEPHENSON CO. FARM BUREAU 7:30 AM JUNE 1 RISE ‘N SHINE BREAKFAST READ PARK POOL 7:30-8:30 AM JUNE 7 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING CHAMBER CONFERENCE ROOM #1 7:30 AM JUNE 15 HR LUNCHEON “THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR ILLINOISANS” FOUR SEASONS BANQUET HALL 11:30 AM-1 PM

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t’s been busy as always the past few weeks with several very positive projects that are providing a lot of momentum in the business community. There has been a considerable amount of discussion since Dr. Patrick Hardy’s speech given to our Chamber members at our recent Annual Dinner. The Chamber applauds the Vision 20/20 Committee for taking the lead on facilitating several meetings that I have attended for the purpose of receiving input from the public on what direction a Community Strategic Plan should follow. Several of us also had the pleasure to hear the message from the President of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation on how the City and County of Dubuque has become a model City in the Midwest attracting such companies as IBM. I have no doubt we can accomplish many of the goals that Dubuque did to become a model city. It starts with a positive attitude and cooperation from a majority of the community. We were very excited to sponsor again this year the Leadercast Broadcast shown at Crossroads Community Church. We had several Chamber members in attendance to hear first hand from

some of the countries best motivational leaders. Their messages were very inspiring and fit right in with the very positive message that is going thru Freeport right now. We appreciate all of these who attended this event and know that we were very glad they participated. Our Chamber is part of the Tri-State Alliance consisting of Chambers and Economic Development organizations from Freeport, Rockford, Belvidere, Beloit, Dubuque, Galena, Janesville, and Rochelle. Our group has been working together for over 3 years to help drive Development and Infrastructure to the Tri-State area. We held our annual Summit last week in Rockford and had several important guests and speakers including the Illinois and Wisconsin Transportation Secretary’s, the Director of the Illinois Tollway and the Director of Illinois Railway who confirmed that they will begin this summer on the railroad construction for the Amtrak train route to begin 2014 that will travel thru Freeport!

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Business After Hours was hosted by Parkview Home. A great group of pepople attended to network and enjoy some great food. Our thanks to Parkview Home for their hospitality to the Chamber family!

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The Chamber gathered at Rite-Way Furniture and Appliance for their Rise’n’ Shine breakfast in May. This event is a great networking chance to get your name out there if you are a smaller business. Our thanks to Cal and his team for hosting this great event!

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consumer research, parks and recreation. The chamber involvement in tax research, housing, bypass and flood control, airport, city expansion, pollution control, traffic, and medical affairs is a legacy honored by those still working today to make Freeport “Your Home.” Today While FACC will always embrace the concept of one-onone personal contact as the best way to keep its thumb on the pulse of Freeport’s business community, the Chamber also recognizes the importance of technology and continues its exploration of those social networking plans that best connect the Chamber’ members with each other and its staff. Have you visited the Chamber’s new website? www.freeportilchamber.com is the link that will open doors all across the Freeport business community. Are you registered? Is your business listed? If your business has its own website, are you linked from the Chamber site? Are you hiring? You can post your job offerings on the chamber site for free. Have you promoted or otherwise rewarded your existing employees? You can tell the world about the great folks working with your company on freeportilchamber.com. Other Chamber website amenities include an events calendar, a business directory listing the services provided by Chamber members businesses, even a Hot Deals link that lets you promote your specials and sales. The question here is whether you are getting all you should from your membership? Are you finding ways to make the Chamber website your own? Have you friended your Chamber on Facebook? The Chamber staff updates its Facebook site daily with news items and photos that show off our members, calendar listings and more. There is also a discussion page that lets our members suggest improvements and comment on what is really happening for Freeport’s business community. Be sure to check out our Social Plug-in link to get the most from your Chamber Facebook experience. Are you following the innovations that keep your

Chamber Communicator newsletter fresh and informative? More photography, added Member News space, sponsorship opportunities, special advertising rates and information about every aspect of business across the Freeport area are just a few of the items that make your Chamber newsletter a monthly business must-read. Your Chamber knows that innovation and technology go hand-in-hand with building your business and we are constantly striving to find the most efficient ways to bring you more for your membership. Tomorrow Throughout its 110 history, the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce has kept an eye to the future. Presenting innovators and community leaders Newell Board Chair Dan Ferguson and Culver’s founder Craig Culver as keynote speakers at the Chamber’ annual Dinner; providing support for educators Tim Conners or Dr Patrick Hardy in their efforts to cultivate tomorrow’s workforce, and offering the leadership necessary to grow into and beyond the 21st century by bringing forward-thinkers Illinois Chamber President Doug Whitley, former Freeport Chamber Director Hugh Grow and current Chamber Executive Director Kim Grimes to the front lines is what makes your Chamber vital to Freeport’s future. Whether its Aero Communication planting mile upon mile of optic fiber network or FHN and Monroe Clinic bringing new medical technologies to best serve the area; whether its Spherion Staffing providing advanced employment services or the air quality innovations of Bomar Heating and Cooling; whether its just the best darn cookies around as served up by Alwayz Cookies or the Freeport Park District hosting myriad events in Freeport’s beautiful public areas, your Chamber is involved and finding ways to make the Freeport area the masterpiece of quality family living and economic growth that we’ve all come to expect. Happy 110th Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce...and many more!


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Bomar Heating & Cooling Inc. is a full service HVAC contractor offering new TRANE & AMANA equipment and installation. Service and repair of all other brands. Other services include Air cleaners, Attic Fans, Coils, Duct Cleaning, Fireplaces, Heat Pumps, Humidifiers, Sheet Metal Work, Thermostats, UV Lights and Whole House Generators. Started in 1974 by Bob & Margaret Rowland, the company was purchased in October of 2010 by Greg & Marilyn Freimuth. Greg is also half owner along with his Son-in-Law, Tom Howe, in Allen Heating & Cooling Inc. in Belvidere, IL. Maintaining the format of the family run business that Bob & Margaret had established and made successful throughout the years and the fact it was

determined that all employees were of first class knowledge and personality it was decided to keep all of the existing work force including Jason Rowland (Bob & Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son) as General Manager who has over 20 years experience with the company doing all aspects of the business. Bomar is the oldest Trane Comfort Specialist Dealer in the area and employs NATE certified Technicians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We specialize in air conditioning, heating, humidification and air quality,â&#x20AC;? said owner Greg Freimuth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do generators. We do duct cleaning. We do duct work; anything that pertains to HVAC.â&#x20AC;? Freimuth said that Bomar offers the strongest of guarantees in the area including 100% No-Risk Guarantee on all installs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition we offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;trueâ&#x20AC;?

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Freimuth, adding that they will continue building on their reputation, serving one customer at a time to their best of their ability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not a company that you call only to end up with an answering machine or automated operator,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is always a friendly and knowledgeable person that will answer the phone and help our callers find the products and services they need.â&#x20AC;? He said they are a family oriented business and they recognize the importance of offering quality service and products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see our customers as family,â&#x20AC;? Freimuth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have always put the customer first in every aspect of our business because referrals are key in future success. Going forward we hope the people of Northwest Illinois will give us a try when they are in need of HVAC service, repair and new equipment. They will be pleasantly surprised at our â&#x20AC;&#x153;down to earthâ&#x20AC;? attitude of putting them #1.â&#x20AC;? For more information about what Bomar Heating and Air Conditioning Inc can do for you call Greg Freimuth or Bomar General Manager Jason Rowland at 815.233.1622 or visit the Bomar showroom at 420 Meadows Dr. Freeport open 7:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:30. You can also visit Bomar online at www.bomarheating.com and be sure to watch for the new Bomar fleet of green vans as they upgrade to promote â&#x20AC;&#x153;products and services to save energy and the environmentâ&#x20AC;?.


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FREEPORT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

2011 PREFERRED MEMBERS We would like to give special recognition to the following businesses that provide extra support to the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Law Offices of Ralph E. Elliott Alwayz Cookies Rock River Valley Blood Center Rite-Way Furniture & Appliance Berner Food & Beverage Reid Enterprises John H. Vogt Fishburn, Whiton, Thruman, LTD Fehr-Graham & Associates Freeport Community Foundation Country Insurance & Financial Bomar Heating & Cooling Services -Rick Wilson Stout Insurance Agency Spherion Staffing Group Freidag Associates CPAs Freeport Insurance Center Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Jack Myers Consulting

SILVER MEMBERS Iron-T Junction Captured Memories Photography Brown’s Shoes

Integrity Investments Swift Hospitality Group, Inc. Columbia College Winter & Associates Ultrasonic Power Corp. Freeport Park District Eagles Club Pinewood Buffet & Grill Monroe Clinic LeBaron & Miller Interiors Winter Construction Inc.

BRONZE MEMBERS Fruth-Simmer Insurance Agency Freeport Flite Center Twice As Nice Consignments Floor Covering Plus Hulsebus-Gehlsen Chiropractic Maybe You Need Help... Culligan Water Conditioning

Union Savings Bank Bill George Plumbing & Heating AquaLand Dental Connections Family Health Quest Newby Design Works

General Casualty Schofield Plumbing State Farm Insurance – Jon Spachman C. J. Vitner Co., Inc. Saxer Accounting Services, LLC Tender Loving Care State Farm Insurance – Steve Johnson


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MEMBERnews Alcohol Compliance Checks Conducted Through Partnerships for Success The Freeport Police Department, through the Partnerships for Success Project grant with FHN Family Counseling Center, conducted alcohol compliance checks on 11 area businesses in the past months. The compliance checks are supported by the Partnerships for Success grant to reduce underage drinking. FHN Family Counseling Center holds the grant and partners with the Freeport Police Department to implement alcohol compliance checks. The purpose of doing these checks is to enforce state and local laws and to identify, warn and educate alcohol establishments that serve or sell alcohol to minors about the penalties associated with the provision of alcohol to underage youth. Underage drinking is a serious health concern and

unfortunately, too many teens say alcohol is easy to get. “Our youth are a precious resource, and the data shows that the legal drinking age of 21 is a law that protects them,” said Sharon Mockridge, community educator at the FHN Family Counseling Center in Freeport. “It is important that the adults charged with the sale of alcohol abide by the law and not sell alcohol to minors, which contributes to the problem of underage drinking.” Compliance checks will continue to be held periodically over the next several months in Freeport. For more information on the Partnerships for Success Project, contact Sharon Mockridge at 815-599-7344. Children’s Book Drive The Freeport Noon Rotary and the Journal-Standard are sponsoring a Children’s Book Drive Saturday, May 21 from 8

A.M -12 P.M at the 4-Seasons Bowling Center, Freeport. Bring new and gently used children’s books (in English or Spanish) to distribute to: The Boys and Girls Club of Freeport/Stephenson County, Casa De Salud- a school near Iquitos, Peru in the Amazon River basin supported by Rotarian Kerrylyn RodriguezWhalen, A new library in Xcalak, Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula supported by Rotarians Frank and Sherry Weldele.

Drive-up and drop off service available.Volunteers will pick up donations from your vehicle Cash donations accepted for purchase & transportation of the children’s book. If you give a child a sandwich he will eat today, but if you give him a book he will eat tomorrow.

Community foundation announces grants to Stephenson County The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois announced today that it will award over $28,805 in new grants to organizations in Stephenson County. These grants bring the Community Foundation’s FY 2011 total awards to Stephenson County to $35,305. The grants will be awarded from the Community Arts and Humanities Fund, the Community Needs Fund, the Dr Louis and Violet Rubin Fund, the Margaret K. Aldeen Christian Ministry Fund, and the President’s Discretionary Fund. All of these funds are permanently endowed, meaning the principal is never used. Seven organizations in Stephenson County will benefit from these grant funds. Organization Grant Award • A Community Together – Orangeville $6,000.00 • Assault and Abuse Services of Stephenson County – Freeport $905.00 • Freeport Area Church


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Cooperative - Freeport $4,400.00 • Freeport Area Economic Development Foundation dba Northwest Illinois Development Alliance – Freeport $500.00 • Freeport Area Economic Development Foundation – Freeport $6,500.00 • Neighborhood Housing Services of Freeport – Freeport $16,000.00 • Stephenson County Historical Society – Freeport $1,000.00 The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. It serves a four county area – Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago. The Foundation stewards assets of almost $50 million, and administers 400 funds and 65 scholarships. Since 1990, the Community Foundation has awarded $263,432 to Stephenson County in grants to non-profits and scholarships to students pursuing higher or continuing education. For more information about the Foundation, please call Gloria Lundin, President, at 815-962-2110 ext. 16.

Expect Exciting Changes at the Freeport RAMP Wheel-AThon We have made the following changes to our traditional Wheel-A-Thon event: Typically the wheel-a-thon has been held on a Saturday morning. This year’s wheel-athon will be held in the evening on Thursday, July 28th. Registration begins at 4:30pm, the Wheel-AThon is at 5:30pm with dinner and awards at 6:30 pm. In the past we have asked that teams or individuals to use a wheelchair to understand the challenges people with disabilities may face wheelchair users face on a daily basis. This year, in addition to teams using and decorating a wheelchair, we want you to show us how you roll at the 12th Annual Freeport Wheel-A-Thon whether it’s walking, skating, wheeling, scooting, running, strolling or biking. The past few years we have had a downtown route and this

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Manager at (815)233-1128 ortvondra@rampcil.org to find out more ways to help. All proceeds from the Wheel-A-Thon will benefit RAMP’s Stephenson County services provided out of the Freeport office. FHN to Offer Three $1,000 Healthcare Scholarships FHN is looking for students interested in healthcare careers and the reward is $1,000. FHN will award $1,000 scholarships to three area students pursuing healthcare careers. Applications will be accepted from any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate program of study involving the following healthcare careers: Medical technology/CLS; pharmacy; nursing (RN/BSN); respiratory therapy; and rehabilitation services (PT, OT, PTA, COTA, SP). Benefit-eligible FHN employees may not apply. To apply, eligible students must: • Complete an application form, providing evidence of a

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current GPA of 3.0 or better. • Submit a typed, approximately 500-word essay responding to both of the following questions: “Why did you choose your career path, what have you done to support it?” and “How do your strengths and personal goals support the healthcare needs of FHN’s service area?” All entries will become the property of FHN and will not be returned. • Participate in an interview, if selected as a finalist. The submissions must be postmarked by Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2011. Finalists will be interviewed through October and November and winners will be announced in December. The funds will be dispersed to the winners’ colleges or universities to be applied toward the winter term in 2011. To obtain an application you may go to the FHN website at www.fhn.org/scholarship.asp. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, call the FHN Learning Center at 815-599-6234 or e-mail kkryder1@fhn.org. Center for Wound Healing at FHN Open House is May 24 The public is invited to an open house from 4 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at the new Center for Wound Healing at FHN. The Center is located inside FHN Specialty Care – Stephenson Street at 1036 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport. The multi-disciplinary team at the Center uses proven wound care practices and advanced clinical approaches, including specialized products, dressings, antibiotics and treatment plans to help heal patients who suffer from chronic wounds. The Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a treatment that enhances

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completely,” said Rafael Castro, MD, FACS, WCC and Medical Director at the Center for Wound Healing at FHN. “We’re eager to show the public that help is available, that we can help you heal and get back to living your life the way you want to.” The public will be able to meet Center staff and see FHN’s two hyperbaric chambers at the open house May 24. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Center for Wound Healing at FHN, call 815-599-7410 or visit www.fhn.org. Fibromyalgia Support Group’s First Meeting Interested in learning more about Fibromyalgia? Billy Meyers in conjunction with RAMP invites anyone including health professionals, care takers, family, or individuals with Fibromyalgia to join the Fibromyalgia Support Group. The support group will meet on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 6:30pm at New Horizons Counseling, 34 N. Whistler in Freeport. The purpose of this group is to provide support and resources for those with Fibromyalgia as well as their family and friends. The group will alternate months between having educational speakers and group members sharing their own experiences. If you or someone you know has fibromyalgia and you would be interested in learning more about the condition and developing a network of support please join us for this meeting. For more information please contact Billy Meyers 815.232.3646 or Tiffany Vondra, RAMP’s Stephenson County Manager, 815.233. 1128 or tvondra@rampcil.org HCC Foundation Appoints Interim Executive Director

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The Highland Community College Foundation Board of Directors has announced the appointment of James M. Berberet as Interim Executive Director. The announcement was made by Todd Weegens, Foundation Board President. Berberet takes over from

Susan Atherton, who retired in January after 16 years as Executive Director. According to Weegens, “Berberet is no stranger to the Highland Foundation and its operations. During his 30 years as a board member, he was president for roughly 20 years and also filled in during transitions between several full-time and part-time executives.” Weegens went on to explain that Berberet’s primary responsibility is to re-energize the “Growing for tomorrow… changing lives today,” campaign to fund Highland’s new Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing and the Wind Turbine Technician Training Center, both on the Highland campus. Campaign contributions are also being used for scholarships for Highland students. Berberet also plans to broaden the base for charitable giving to Highland. “This means extending the campaign initiative further out into the four-county College District,” Berberet said, “as well as developing support through specific groups, such as area businesses, Highland alumni, professionals of all backgrounds, other not-forprofit and civic organizations, and the agricultural and medical and health science communities.” Corporate and individual donors have contributed more than $2 million toward the $6.8 million goal, according to Berberet. Berberet, who has been in business and industry in northwest Illinois for most of his career, retired in early January from Ultrasonic Power Corporation, where he had been President and Chief Operating Officer for four years. He resides in Freeport with his wife Kathleen. To learn more about the “Growing for tomorrow… changing lives today,” campaign, or to make an investment in this endeavor, contact Jim Berberet at 815.599.3406 or jim.berberet@highland.edu.

HCC Trustee Attends Department of Education Summit Highland Community College trustee, Diane Gallagher, represented HCC and the nation’s community colleges at a U.S. Department of Education regional summit on March 23 in Indianapolis, IN. The primary objective of the Department of Education’s Community College Regional Summit, “Partnerships between Community Colleges and Employers,” is to bring together federal, labor, industry, education and philanthropic leaders to share successful efforts that increase college completion rates and prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The summit, hosted by Ivy Tech Community College, was designed to allow community college leaders to share best practices that increase the number of college graduates and improve the skilled worker labor force. The summits bring together regional and national leaders in an effort to meet President Barack Obama’s goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. The Indianapolis summit is the second in a series of four conferences scheduled nationwide. “Highland is taking the right steps to help students succeed and move ahead with the President’s challenge”, said Gallagher, before the 150 attendees of the summit. “As a small school, partnerships with businesses and support from grants are having a greater importance to reach the goal of increasing graduation rates.” Gallagher went on to share specific information regarding several recent successful partnerships and grant awards HCC has secured, such as a $898,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop wind turbine technology training modules; partnerships with local industries such as Greenlee Textron, Inc., AkzoNobel Coatings, Inc. and


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State Farm Insurance; and the HCC Foundation’s major gift campaign in support of the construction of the Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing and the Wind Turbine Technology Training Center. The summits materialized from the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement on February 28 that urged community colleges to be integral partners in economic recovery, and on college leaders and stakeholders to defend federal investments in education, including the Pell Grant and the Community College and Career Training Grant (CCCTG) Program. For more information about Highland Community College and its programs, visit www.highland.edu. Healthcare Strategist Talks Reform in Freeport “Healthcare reform probably hasn’t affected you personally … yet,” Paul Lee told a crowd of Freeport business leaders Tuesday. “But its effects are starting to be felt around the country, and all of you will be affected,” he said. Lee, the leader and founder of Strategic Health Care, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy firm specializing in healthcare issues, spoke in Freeport at the invitation of Monroe Clinic and FHN. His resume includes work with the Ohio Hospital Association and time as press secretary to a U.S. Senator, as well as media training and service in the U.S. Army. His message Tuesday was non-partisan, focusing on

details on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the official name of the healthcare reform bill signed into law last year. After offering up pie charts and graphs displaying everincreasing healthcare costs and demands on our country’s healthcare systems, Lee launched into a detailed look at the pros and cons of reform, including a look at the GOP’s “repeal and replace” plan and the House GOP Medicare reform plan presented recently by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan’s plan includes provisions for raising the age eligibility for Medicare to age 67, which has caused some “uncomfortable” constituent meetings, Lee said. “Americans have two views of healthcare – and we’re the only country in the world that looks at it this way,” Lee said. “We have a vertical view when we’re standing upright and feeling healthy – ‘we’ve got to bring costs down!’ But we also have a horizontal view, when we or someone we love is sick [lying down] and needs care – ‘I don’t care what it costs, do everything you can!’” Congress, he said, has the challenge of trying to make Americans happy with health care both vertically and horizontally. He believes that repeal of PPACA isn’t likely, so the best option for everyone – individuals as well as businesses – is to learn all we can about the changes coming our way. For a breakdown of healthcare reform details and a continuously updated look at the latest healthcare news, visit www.strategichealthcare.net.

New Members Join FHN Board of Directors Three area professionals have accepted membership to FHN’s Board of Directors: Steven Kneubuehl, Neal Richardson and Carol Schuster. Steven Kneubuehl is President and CEO of Berner Foods and Beverage, a family-owned business that employs 300 people. A lifelong resident of Stephenson County, he also serves on the Freeport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of the Freeport Area Manufacturers Council. Kneubuehl serves as a Trustee of the Highland Community College Foundation, and is also the Foundation’s vice president and chair of its Finance and Investment Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Illinois Governor’s Agricultural Export Advisory Committee. As a member of the FHN Board of Directors, Kneubuehl will serve on the Finance/ Planning Committee, the Strategic Planning AD-HOC Committee and the Quality

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in healthcare administration to the board. Her expertise is in the areas of compliance, health information management/ information services and healthcare quality. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Health Information Management Association. In addition to her work at the University of Illinois, Schuster also is a partner in IQueu Consultants, which specializes in assisting healthcare organizations with improving services within their medical record departments. Schuster is the chair of the FHN Quality Committee and a member of the Audit/ Compliance Committee. Allen Workman, MD, who practices family medicine at FHN Family Healthcare Center - Highlandview Drive, also has been appointed to the position of Chair, Physician Council. Savant Hires Dave Barton to Join Senior Management Team Savant Capital Management,

a nationally recognized feeonly wealth management firm head-quartered in Rockford, is pleased to announce Dave Barton has joined the team as the Director of Advisory and Business Development and a member of the senior management team. Barton has more than 30 years of financial services industry experience in various sales and sales management positions. Prior to joining Savant, Barton was 2nd Vice President and Divisional Sales Manager for the Institutional Distribution Group of Protective Life Insurance Company. He has Variable Life & Health licenses and is Board Certified in Estate Planning through the Institute of Business & Finance. Barton attended the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and graduated with a BS in Business

FREEPORT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Administration. He is actively involved with a local non-profit as a board member, has served on the Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, and has previously served in various leadership positions at his church. Barton resides in Freeport. For more information on Sullivan’s Foods Property Manager Susie Savant Capital Management, Sullivan-Dauphin, second from left, presvisit www.savantcapital.com. ents a check from Sullivan’s employees to the FHN Judy and Virgil Bocker Cardiovascular Center. Pictured are, left to right, FHN cardiologist Bhadresh Patel, MD; Sullivan-Dauphin; FHN Foundation Board Chair Marcie Wright; and FHN nurse Jeanette Dorsey, RN.

Sullivan’s Employees Go Red for Women’s Heart Health Awareness can be one of the best preventative measures we can take in staying healthy and promoting good health to others. That’s what Linda Grisinger of Sullivan’s Foods acknowledged when she proposed that Sullivan’s employees take one day to raise awareness of women’s heart health by wearing red. Sullivan’s employees who joined millions of others across the country in wearing red on Feb. 4 made a $1 contribution to the FHN Judy and Virgil Bocker Cardiovascular Center. Sullivan’s Foods matched the funds raised by employees.

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known for in this area.” To learn more about the services and gutter materials available from Tri-State Seamless Gutters call Joe Bach at 877.285.1489. Unity Hospice® of Western Illinois LLC Hospice care is a choice you make to enhance life for someone with a life-limiting illness. Your loved one may choose to be in a familiar environment with the support of family, friends, and caring professionals and hospice care emphasizes comfort measures and counseling to provide social, spiritual and physical support to the patient and his or her family. Unity Hospice® is backed with over a decade of industry experience and excellence. The mission of Unity Hospice® is to provide comprehensive care, support, and education to people

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She cited the importance of the care provided by Unity Hospice® for families through its bereavement program. “We follow our families for thirteen months after someone passes away,” she said. “If we get a referral and we go in to provide care for that patient, we can get their pain and their issues under control.” She said that on the other hand, if they only have a short time with a patient and family they will not have the opportunity to bond or form a relationship with them. “A family we’ve only cared for over a short time may not be as comfortable coming to us for help through the grieving process,” she said.

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