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2014 Annual Chamber Report

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

“The Mission of the Greater Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is to advance business interests through education, networking, marketing, legislation and economic initiatives.� A Special Supplement of the


Annual Report A message from the outgoing chamber president

Bob Feltmeier, President It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your 2013-2014 JCCC President. This has been a year full of exciting and new endeavors, and I would like to personally thank my Board of Directors and Executive Board for all of their support and assistance throughout this past year. I was very fortunate to have such an outstanding group of people to serve this Chamber and community with, while accomplishing a great deal for Jefferson County. As many of you are aware, this year was a bit more challenging in the absence of an Executive Director for four and half months. Although not much of my term was during Brandon Bullard’s tenure, I truly appreciated his enthusiasm and community involvement throughout his time at the Chamber. With that being said, I am extremely grateful to my V.P.’s for going above and beyond their roles in the JCCC. Paul Lynch, Tony Wielt, Cheryl Settle, Chris Bernard, Brent Palmer, Lou Majerchin, Kay Zibby, and Matt Flanigan have made this past year a record year in many aspects. Samsung • Sharp

We were all able to work together for the good of our membership, and I am very proud to have served with each and every one of them. There have been many highlights for this past year, including many of our annual events such as the Golf Outing, Home Show, and 2013’s Dinner. We were proud to host numerous ribbon cutting ceremonies, open houses, and luncheons. I would like to thank the Board of Directors and members of the councils for volunteering their time and effort to help ensure the success of these events. I would like to thank Mayor Mary Jane Chesley and the City of Mt. Vernon, as well as Mary Ellen Bechtel and the Jefferson County Development Corporation for their support and collaboration during the year. We are excited to have begun establishing a relationship based on teamwork and partnership, all with the effort to benefit Jefferson County. I am also very fortunate to have had such a hard-working and tenacious office staff. Our bookkeeper, Charlotte

Morgan, does a phenomenal job of keeping everything straight. I don’t know what I would have done without Charlotte’s constant assistance and knowledge with the finances and other office matters. The Chamber has one amazing Marketing Director in that Michaela Scattone. She is the most energetic, helpful, and hard-working individual, and has made this term enjoyable, fun, and too short. We are also fortunate to have our new Executive Director, Olivia, who is bringing new ideas, fresh eyes, and enthusiasm to the position. I hope each member has had a chance to visit with her or will do so soon. I am pleased that Lou Majerchin will be following my term. His many years of involvement with the Chamber and his insight to the workings of our organization should prove another very successful year for the JCCC. Last but certainly not least, I would like to sincerely thank our loyal and dedicated membership for sticking with us throughout this past year, and allowing the JCCC to serve you!

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JCCC Lou Majerchin, Incoming President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce On behalf of the incoming Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your support in the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. This is a short note to outline our goals for the next year. Every day as I am out and about in Jefferson County I marvel at the successes and accomplishments that I see. Through community involvement we have achieved An Island of Excellence and have the potential for further growth. A strong business environment equals a strong community. The Chamber has a long history of promoting local business. We provide a variety of events, training opportunities and business advocacy. Currently we offer business expos, ribbon cuttings, Business-After-Hours social mixers and political candidate forums. We participate in fund raising activities that benefit the Chamber and other local organizations. Through the Education

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Annual Report Clearing House the Chamber offers student scholarships, teacher grants and topical training for our members. Through our membership in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, our members receive a valuable ally in Springfield. It represents your interests within the state legislature and governor’s office. The Illinois Chamber also provides webinars and seminars to assist businesses in many topics. It is my belief that we are all in this together and we can help each other. In the coming year the Chamber will find ways for you to network with other members, to showcase and promote your businesses and to provide you with valuable, timely information and training. However, the Chamber needs volunteers. Our members are talented and have great ideas. We need you to share that with us. Please participate by joining one of the councils, helping at a fund-raiser or coming to our monthly luncheon. We are here to serve you.

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Annual Report Past Presidents Outgoing Letter Kay Zibby-Damron, VP of Past Presidents’ Council

It has been a privilege to serve as the VP of the Past Presidents Council. This past year has been a valuable experience for me, and I have a great deal of respect for this group of leaders who continue to give of their time, expertise and resources to support the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce (JCCC). I truly appreciate the passion, spirit and drive of the men and women of this council. The Past Presidents Council meets every month to stay apprised of local, state and federal issues. During our monthly meetings, we discuss

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business and industry sectors and implications for our local economy and the business climate. We believe it is our council’s obligation to keep you updated and informed on issues that affect your business /industry and our Chamber. Therefore, adding more value to your membership and encouraging economic growth opportunities for Jefferson County. The Past Presidents Council, as a sub-council of the Chamber, can be the voice for our business community and members. We work to build and maintain strong relationships with

our local government and with our state and federal legislators. We host legislative briefings and candidates forums to help educate our members and the community; as well as sending letters, making calls or providing editorials on issues impacting our members and the Chamber. Again, I am humbled and honored to have served as the VP of the Past Presidents. I look forward to being actively involved with this dynamic council as we move forward with our efforts to support the JCCC and our membership.

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Annual Report Executive Directors Report Olivia Majerchin, Executive Director at each stop, all attendees had a blast! I appreciate our sponsors for that event, as well as, the participating locations. Thank you to everyone at those restaurants for being so welcoming and putting on a great night for us. The Chamber would not be as successful as it is, were it not for our wonderful Board of Directors, Councils, and staff. Thank you to the entire Board for helping me as I got started here at the Chamber, and for helping me ever since. I also want to thank all of the Councils: Tony Wielt, VP of Special Events and the whole Special Events Council, Paul Lynch, VP of Small Business Council, and the whole SBC, Cheryl Settle, VP of Educational Clearing House, and the entire ECH Council, Chris Bernard, VP of Ambassadors Council, and the whole Ambassadors Council, Kay ZibbyDamron, VP of the Past Presidents Council, and the entire PP Council, Lou Majerchin, VP of Internal Affairs, and the entire IA Council, and Bob Feltmeier President of the

Chamber of Commerce. Without each and every one of you, we would be where we are today as a Chamber of Commerce. I would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to our Marketing Director, Michaela Scattone, and our Bookkeeper, Charlotte Morgan. I couldn’t have asked for better coworkers, who helped me so much as I was starting out in my position. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank our membership. We have the best membership here at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Each and every one of you is an asset to the community, and we thank you for all that you do for us at the Chamber and in for the public. Thank you for being a member and I look forward to serving you in the year to come.


Hello Jefferson County Chamber members, and thank you for all of your support in your local Chamber of Commerce. As our fiscal year winds to a close, I want to highlight a few of the great events our Chamber has hosted this past year. First off, we have our Community Day at Rent One Ballpark. We really appreciate all of the sponsors of that event. Without them, we would not have been able to have such a fantastic time. Next was our Golf Outing. I want to thank the entire Special Events Council for all of their hard work. This golf outing raised the most funds it ever has, and would not have been possible without all of the dedication from our council. As part of our Educational Clearing House Council, we offered our Leadership Academy courses – a three month long program teaching various aspects of leadership. In the Small Business Council, we had our Shop It Here program which supports shopping small and locally, as well as, our second annual Home Show held at the Mt Vernon Outland Airport. I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone on the SBC for always working hard to and putting on great programs. Finally, we had hosted a Progressive Dinner. With delicious food

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years. Thirty-four teams participated Progressive Dinner. Our 3 stops this year and whether you took a trophy home or included Girolamo’s for appetizers, The not, this event is a great opportunity to Frosty Mug for a fabulous beef brisket and visit and network with friends and cosmoked chicken dinner, and finally to Rare workers. Thank you to Peoples National Chop House for a slice of their wonderful Bank, Rent One and Pro Pest Control cheesecake. The night was capped off for providing lunch to all the golfers. with Jeff Widdows providing some Magnum Steel, The Tedrick Group, entertainment in the bar area at our last and Cheryl Brown with Edward Jones stop. We want to thank The Orthopedic provided the food after the tournament and Center, Sarah Staley of Country Financial, we can’t forget the refreshments that were and The Tedrick Group for sponsoring provided out on the course. Thank you a great night. Don’t miss next year!! Crossroads Community Hospital, Select In addition to the committee members, Remedy, El Rancherito, and the Frosty we would also like to thank Brandon Mug for keeping us hydrated. Finally, Bullard, Michaela Scattone, and Olivia we would like to thank CASA’s Becky Majerchin for your leadership and Whisenant for stepping in and running guidance for all our events that we our “tee shot challenge” on hole #7. plan throughout the year. Thank you In October we assisted the Chamber to Charlotte Morgan, as well for doing in helping man the Craft Beer and Wine a tremendous job of keeping all of the Tent for the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest. The finances in order for each of these events. weather worked out and the turnout was very good for the musical Store Hours: Monday-Sunday 7am-7pm entertainment that 1500 Salem Rd. • Mt. Vernon, IL • 244-4618 weekend. We appreciate all the help that our members provided and look forward to helping again next year. Finally, our year 525 Old Fairfield Rd. • Mt. Vernon concluded with our Call In Orders 244-4510 second year hosting a

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As VP of Special Events for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, I have had the privilege of leading a committee responsible for organizing many of our annual events. The Golf Outing, the Fall Fest Beverage Tent, and the Progressive Dinner are just of the few activities that would not have been possible without the hard working members of this council. Thank you Cheryl Riley, Duane Gulley, Mary Beth Mezo, Debi Richardson, Brenda Malone, and Gabe Raney for all your help this year. Our chamber year began with a Jefferson County Day at Rent One Ballpark where a couple hundred of us enjoyed watching a Southern Illinois Miners baseball game. The weather was good, the company was great, and the baseball was even better. If you have never taken your family to one of these games you are missing a great time. The Miners let us provide the National Anthem and the St. Mary’s Choir, under the direction of Mary Beth Mezo, did an outstanding job. A couple of us were allowed to throw out the first pitch and this year they were right across the plate, unlike last year where an unnamed person bounced one to the backstop. Our annual Jefferson County Golf Showdown took place in August and it was one of the largest turnouts in

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JCCC Annual Report 2013 Chamber Membership

Ameren Illinois American Diabetes Association Amy Schulz Child Advocacy Center Anchor Garden & Rental Angels Cove Baptist Children’s Home & Family Service Antonik Law Office Anytime Fitness Arthritis Foundation Arthur Agency Asbery & Associates Ashcraft, Doc Associated Lumber Industries, Inc. Audio Dispatch Auto Credit of Southern Illinois Auto Mart of Mt. Vernon Autozone Store 0641 Azusa Printing B & G Venegoni Distributing Banterra Bank Battery Specialist & Golf Cars Bays Appraisal Baysinger Architects Beacon Insurance Group, Inc Beckmann Concrete Forms Inc Bennett Metal Products Benoist Brothers Supply Company Biotech Technology Laboratory, Inc. Black & Sons Construction,Inc.

Black, Hedin, Ballard, McDonald, PC Bob Evans Farms, Co. Bob White Insurance Agency, LLC Borowiak’s IGA Brehm Oil Inc. Brian M Piper Memorial Foundation Bricks -n- Stones Decorating Concrete Buffalo Wild Wings Bumblebee Child Care Ctr. & Pre-K Byrd-Watson Drug C E Brehm Memorial Public Library District Campbell Fire & Safety, Inc. Career Development Center Caritas Family Solutions Carl’s For Men and Women CASA of Jefferson County Caseys General Stores Cedar Pointe, LTD Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Central Christian Church Centralia Stationery Century 21 All Pro Real Estate Chaney & Karch Insurance Charter Business Charter Media Cheryl Foley, Foley Inc Chesterfield Village Apartments Christopher Rural Health Corp. City of Mt. Vernon Clearwave Communications Coach House Garages Coats & Thomas Insurance Coldwell Banker Associated Realtors Comfort Suites Hotel Community First Bank of the Heartland

Continental Tire the Americas, LLC Corinth Water District Country Financial Country Financial Sarah Staley CountryMark Energy Resources, LLC Cozy Inn Crafters Corner Craig & Craig, Attorney At Law Craig Williams Creative Creative Business System Cross Davidson Real Estate, Inc. Crossfit Vehemence Crossroads Community Hospital Crystal Clear Pools & Spas Dairy Queen Dale’s Harley-Davidson Davidson, Mike Derek Moore Direct to You Publications Don Nelson Adv. Specialties Donoho Ins. Agency & Associates Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corp. Downtown Pooch Parlor Drew Stubblefield Photography Drury Inn Easton’s Flowers Edward Jones Investments Edward Jones/ Kevin Morkassel Effingham Truck Sales Eggemeyer Associates Architects El Rancherito of Mt. Vernon Ellis Auto Sales Energy Savers, Inc Environmental Management Corp.

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Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Illinois Evans’ Professional Janitorial Extra Help Fairchild, Norma Fairfield Auto Sales Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Farm Credit Services of Illinois Farmers Insurance Farrington Community Consolidated School FFA Alumni MVTHS FGM Architects Inc. Fifth Third Bank First Financial Bank NA First United Methodist Church Flo Gas Propane Ser/Flota Trucking Ford Square of Mt. Vernon Fricks Farm Frosty Mug Furniture Mattress Outlet Future Kids Preschool F-W-S Countertops Garden Glen Apartments GenderSmart Solutions GenKota Winery Gershman Mortgage GFI Digital Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Girolamo’s Inc Glik’s Stores Global Data Sciences, Inc. Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Goodwill Industries, Inc. Granada Center for the Performing Arts Green Door Spa Green Hills Golf Club, Inc.

Green Tree Assisted Living for Seniors Group Transportation Services Guy Wood Insurance, MVIBI H&R Block Hall Insurance Group, LLC Halo Brand Solutions Hamilton County Communications Hampton Inn Hamson’s Feed Store Hanson, L James, Attorney at Law Hawthorne Realty International Heartland Women’s Healthcare Heneghan & Associates, P.C. Heritage Woods of Mt. Vernon HMG Engineers, Inc Holiday Inn Holloway Heating & Air Conditioning Inc Houseworth Electrical Contractors Inc Housing Authority of Jefferson County Hucks Travel Center/Rural Route Country Cookin’ Huffstutler, W. Dean, M.D. Hughey Funeral Home Illinois Army National Guard Contractor Illinois Eye Surgeons Ina CCSD #8 Independent Waste Inc Innotech Manufacturing, LLC ISB, Inc. - A Division of Diamond Bros. J W Reynolds Memorials Jack’s Welding Jackson Marking Products Jason Wilkey Photography Jax Asphalt Company JC Penney - Store #1717 Jefferson Co. Comprehensive Services

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Jefferson County Development Corporation Jefferson County Faternal Order of Police #241 Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity Jefferson County Health Department Jefferson County Historical Society Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Jefferson County State’s Attorney Jefferson County Title Company, LLC Jefferson County Toys for Kids Jefferson County Treasurer Jeffs ChemDry JK Computer Solutions, Inc JP Trophies Judge David Overstreet Karco, Inc. Kemper CPA Group LLP Kendra Peterson Kendrick Paper Stock Kickin’ It! Music Productions King City Chrysler Center King City Improvements Kingdom Seed Ministries Inc Kirby Risk Electrical Supply Co. Koalaty Home Day Care Koerner Distributing Company Krehbiel & Associates Krieger’s Sports Grill Kroger Kunce Computers, Inc. Laird State Farm Agency Lane and Shelton Roofing Lang Furniture


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JCCC Lavender Ridge Law Office of Morris Lane Harvey Leaf Removal & Landscape Lifeboat Alliance Lipps Construction Little Caesars Pizza Litton Ambulance Service Logan Street Baptist Church Long John Silver’s Loos Excavating and Trucking, Inc Lowe’s Companies, Inc. M E Jackson Jewelry Company M.G. Foley Inc., Real Estate Mace, Paula Magnum Steel Works, Inc. Manpower Temporary Services Marco Optical Maurices McCracken, Jerry McDonald’s - TDS Services, Inc. McEnaney, Dennis McKendree University Mederi Caretenders Home Health Michel Fertilizer & Equipment Mid Continent University MidCountry Bank Midwest Truck Accessories Midwest Waste Midwestern Transit Service, Inc. Mike and Mary Ann McCann Milano Metal & Recycling Mission Possible Coalition Mitchell Law Office, P.C. MMD Technologies/LLC Molenhour Construction Inc Mountain Valley Water Mt Vernon Church of God Mt Vernon Dream Homes, Mt. Vernon Business Women Club Mt. Vernon City School, District 80 Mt. Vernon Conv. & Vis. Bureau Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor Mt. Vernon Dental Arts Clinic Mt. Vernon Elevator Company

Annual Report Mt. Vernon Elks #819 Mt. Vernon Fall Fest Mt. Vernon Glass Company, Inc. Mt. Vernon Health Care Center Mt. Vernon Housing Authority Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Mt. Vernon Neon Sign Company Mt. Vernon Outland Airport Mt. Vernon Register News Mt. Vernon Rotary Mt. Vernon Rotary West Mt. Vernon Sentinel Mt. Vernon Township High School Mt. Vernon Township Tax Assessor Mt. Vernon TV & Appliance Center Mt. Vernon Winnelson NAPA Distribution Center National MS Society National Railway Equipment Company Nature Trail, HCC Newell Funeral Home Newell Furniture & Gift Gallery Nichols Investment Group, Ltd. Nu Bowl Lanes Office Furniture Warehouse Ohley Home Medical, LLC Old National Bank Once Upon A Lifetime Photography One Hope United One Stop Flooring America, Inc. Opdyke-Belle Rive School Opportunities for Access Orthopaedic Center of So. Il. Osborne, Nick Outdoor Creations Landscaping Inc Page Insurance Papa Z’s Ice Cream Parker Automotive Peacock Printing, Inc. Peoples National Bank Pepsi MidAmerica Personal Finance Company Phil Stout Trucking Phillips, Sherry

Physician’s Filing Services Pizza Hut of Mt. Vernon Pizza Pro Mt Vernon Plaza Liquor Mart Premier Dental of Mt Vernon PC Pros Place Pyramid Staffing Quad County Ready-Mix of Mt. Vernon Rachel’s Dance School Rakers Electric Contracting Inc Rapp Cabinets & Woodwork Inc Rare Chophouse RE/MAX Elite Regional Supt. of Schools Regions Bank Rend Lake College Rend Lake College Foundation Rend Lake College Market Place Rend Lake Conservancy District Rent One Residential Living Center Rick Kirkpatrick Architecture & Design Roberts Financial Group Rock Paper Scissors Salon Rogers Family Tire and Service Rome Comm. Cons. School District #2 Rome Meadows Apartments Roy Walker Communications, Inc. Sam’s Club Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C. Schmidt Chevrolet of Mt. Vernon Security Alarm Corp. Security Finance SelectRemedy Senior Law Center (The) Senior Services of Jef. Co.-Ef. Co.Com. on Aging Sentor David Luechtefeld Service Master Cleaning & Restoration Settle, Kevin & Cheryl Sharp Law Firm, P.C. Shaw & Martin, P.C.

Shawnee Survey & Consulting Shoe Stop SI Medical Weight Loss Silver Streak Inn Simion Fabrication Inc. Sisco Corporation Skin Care Center of Southern Illinois, LLC. Smokin’ T’s South Central Illinois Mass Transit Inc Southern IL. Consultants for Kidney Disease, S.C. Southern Illinois Door Co. Southern Illinois Miners Baseball Group Southern Illinois NeXt Professionals Southern Illinoisan Southern Wine & Spirits Southwestern Illinois Bus Company Spinball Sports Springfield Electric SSM Home Care & Hospice St. Mary Church & School Stan the Tire Man State Representative Mike Bost Steffy Home Furnishings, Inc. Stewart Producers, Inc. Stewart, Kennth R. Stiles Office Solutions, Inc. Stress Knot Massage Summersville School District 79 Sun-Tec, Inc. Surgical Associates of Mt. Vernon, Ltd. T Ham Sign, LLC T&M Trucking, Inc. Tanglewood Apartments Texico State Bank The Bankruptcy Clinic The Insurance Store/Dimond Bros Ins LLC The Medicine Shoppe The Olde Homestead The Shopper’s Weekly Publications The Tedrick Group Thomas Nolen DPM,PC

Times Square Mall Timmermann Milk Service Inc Tony Wielt, State Farm Insurance Tractor Supply Company Tri-County Electric Truck Centers, Inc Tyler’s Jefferson Motors TZ Builders U S Bank UltiMed Plus United Methodist Children’s Home United Way of South Central Illinois Verizon Wireless Villani, Johnson & Buesking Attorneys Walgreen’s Distribution Wal-Mart Super Center Waltonville Community Unit School, District #1 Wayne City Transportation Inc WDML Webber Township High School Wendy’s Restaurant White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center WIBV Stratemeyer Media- FM Radio Wild Tile Wilkey’s Cafe Williamson Asia Willow Springs Apartment, Winning Edge USA, LLC Wisper WJBD WMIX AM-FM Wood, David Woodlawn Community Consolidated #4 Woodlawn Community High School Dist. #205 Woodlawn Gold Rush Days WSIU Public Broadcasting WVYN Radio 90.9 YMCA of Jefferson County Yocom, Jana, P.C.

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Chamber names Citizen and Small Business Person of the Year and President’s Award Recipients

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce names recipients of their prestigious annual awards. The 2014 Small Business Person of the Year is the husband and wife duo of Marshall and Sandi Newell. The Newell’s own and operate Newell Furniture and The General Store in Woodlawn, IL., where they have been in business for over 15 years. Sandi and Marshall continuously update product and renovate their business to stay current. They have significantly expanded over the years, even adding four additional buildings. Newell Furniture and The General Store stay innovative by constantly bringing in new lines of products and new marketing techniques. Marshall and Sandi are heavily involved in their community by participating in numerous civic and social organizations. The pair have earned a reputation for treating employees like family, and customers like old friends. They pride themselves on running a business with integrity, respect, and honesty. “Sandi and Marshall put their heart into their business. I have known them professionally for years and they always do quality work.” -James Richard, Owner, Furniture Mattress Outlet The 2014 Citizen of the Year is Larry Smith. Larry has devoted a great deal of time, effort, and generosity to various organizations and causes in Jefferson County. He was instrumental in the renovation of Lifeboat Alliance Family Shelter. He also made a big impact as a CASA advocate. Larry has been honored as a Senior Saint for all of his contributions and accomplishments, which have greatly benefited the community. He Chamber Citizen of the Year Larry Smith

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has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity, as well as Jefferson County Comprehensive Services. “Larry is the most deserving person I can think of to receive this award. He is the most sincere and hardest working person I have come in to contact since Lifeboat Alliance came to fruition. Not only does he put his time and effort in with us, but he also is on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and is an advocate for CASA. He is a great person.” -Jenny O’Daniel, Executive Director, Lifeboat Alliance The 2014 Young Professional of the Year is Matthew “Matt” Flanigan. Matthew is an attorney for Black, Hedin, Ballard, McDonald PC. In his five years at the firm, he has developed a strong reputation for being extremely dedicated to his field, as well as his community. Matthew’s community involvement continues to make a huge impact in Jefferson County. He has served on the boards for CASA, United Way, Mt. Vernon Township High School, Jefferson Co. Bar Assoc., Baptists Children’s Home, Chamber of Commerce, Rend Lake College Foundation, and more. Matt is a founding member of I Love Orphans, a non-profit organization that built and maintains an orphanage in Uganda. Matt has visited the orphanage several times and continues to serve as an advocate for the children in Uganda. Craig Hedin of Black, Hedin, Ballard, and McDonald, PC stated “He has been a tremendous asset to our firm with his legal knowledge and ability to relate to and assist clients.” The first recipient of the annual Young Professional of the Year Award, Bria Ashby of Community First Bank,

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had this to say “I am certain anyone who knows Matt, either personally or professionally, would agree he is most deserving of this award. I’m honored to call him a colleague and friend. The 2014 President’s Award recipient is Bill Beck. Bill has made many longlasting and generous contributions to Jefferson County. Bill was the owner, president and CEO of Beck Bus Transportation Corp. for 37 years. Bill has served on many board and councils, including but not limited to National School Transportation Assoc., Institute for School Bus Safety, MVTHS, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Development Finance Authority, Police and Fire Commission for Mt. Vernon, current Director and Chairman of the Carl L. Scweinfurth Foundation, Mt. Vernon City Schools District 80 Foundation, 32nd Degree Mason and Member of Ainad Shrine Temple, Mt. Vernon Crime Stoppers, Mt. Vernon Rotary West, First United Methodist Church, and more. Bill has been heavily involved in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County for a number of years. His years of service and dedication to the area make him a clear choice for the recipient of this award. “We chose to honor Bill for his longstanding support of the business community and the city of Mt Vernon. He is actively involved with many local and state groups – putting in an tremendous amount of time making sure to represent each entity properly. He is also a major supporter of the arts and of education in Mt Vernon. He encompasses what we look for when choosing the winner of this award.” -Kay Zibby-Damron, VP of JCCC Past Presidents’ Council Young Professional of the Year Matt Flanigan

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Annual Report VP of Educational Clearing House Council Says Goodbye Cheryl Settle, VP of Educational Clearing House session, practiced during lunch, and then discussed after lunch. The academy ends with the recognition of participants at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. The Chamber’s classroom grant and student awards are some of the most rewarding things that the Educational Clearinghouse does during the year. These awards are only possible with the generous donations of our Chamber members. This year, we were able to award six teachers with classroom grants of $500 each. The money awarded will fund a wide variety of classroom projects, from a kindergarten science curriculum that teaches about nature and life cycles, to the purchase of stability balls for middle school students to use in place of chairs. (Research shows the balls help students keep their attention focused.) The Chamber was also able to award three student scholarships. In collaboration with the Rend Lake College Foundation, the Chamber awarded one student with a tuition waiver to Rend Lake College. In addition, donations from local businesses allowed the Chamber to award $1,000 scholarships to two Students of the Year. All three students were selected for their academic excellence, participation in extracurricular

activities and their service to their communities. They were also asked to respond to an essay question about the benefits of entrepreneurship in the community. We extend a heartfelt thank you to all the donors who support the Chamber and made these awards possible. None of the activities of the Educational Clearinghouse would have been possible without the hours of hard work and dedication put in by the council members. I extend my sincere appreciation to my councilmen: Brenda Alexander, Monte Jo Clark, Anne Collier, Chad Copple, Ron Daniels, Gary Evans, Mike Green, Tammy Henry, Lou Majerchin, Wes Olson, and Hillary Settle. They were the ones that made this year successful. Thank you also to Bob for nudging me along, Michaela for your organization and support, and Olivia for jumping right in. We were all definitely a team.


I have enjoyed my year serving as VP of the Educational Clearing House Council for the Chamber. This council is a very committed group of people who care about the Chamber and+ the students and educators in Jefferson County. Our year was creative, eventful, and very rewarding. We hit the ground running with a Job Shadow Day, held in collaboration with the Mount Vernon Elks, in May 2013. We were able to place 20 students in area businesses to learn about the careers and business fields they wanted to pursue. The shadowing experience concluded with a luncheon sponsored by the Elks and a keynote delivered by Clint Eilerts from the Arthur Agency. Our year followed with the introduction of Hot Topics workshops. These two workshops were a new opportunity offered by the council, covering important workplace/business topics. The two workshops were #success: Maximizing Social Media for Success, presented by Clint Eilerts, covering social media and “Burned Out or Fired Up” presented by Amy Andrews-Emery discussing employee motivation. Although attendance at these workshops was small, the presentations were appreciated by those who participated. In January, the Educational Clearinghouse offered a revamped leadership academy entitled “Leadership 101.” The new threesession academy used a full-day agenda to focus on basic leadership skills. Strategies were presented during the morning

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MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Thursday presented scholarships to three area high school seniors, and awarded six classroom grants to fund local school programs. Two students received the Chamber’s annual Student of the Year scholarship. They were Kirsten McGowen, a senior at Mt. Vernon Township High School, and Bret Collins, a senior at Webber Township High School. Each received $1,000 to attend college in the fall. The third student awarded was Julia Herzing, a senior at Waltonville High School. She received a tuition waiver scholarship to attend Rend Lake College. RLC and the Chamber are partners for the tuition waiver scholarship. McGowen plans to attend Missouri Baptist in St. Louis next year. She is undecided on her major, but is hoping to study education and theology. “I was really kind of caught off guard, like surprised, just because I knew there (were) so many people that had applied for it and they’re only choosing two Students of the Year,� McGowen said of her award. “So I was just really humbled by the opportunity to be given the chance to have a scholarship.� Collins said he will attend Rend Lake College in the fall, then transfer to a four-year university after graduating from RLC. He is considering majoring in engineering physics, or possibly pharmacology or graphic design. “I really excel at math and science,� Collins said, adding that he is grateful for

many deserving students. My mind’s racing trying to comprehend all this.� Herzing said she was overjoyed to receive the tuition waiver scholarship. “I’m super excited to attend Rend Lake College because I’ll get a good jump on my career,� Herzing said. “I want to go into secondary education and then become a guidance counselor.� All three students and the educators who received classroom grants were recognized at a special news conference Thursday morning at the Muni-West Building. Michaela Scattone, marketing director for the Chamber, said the Student of the Year scholarships and classroom grants have been awarded by the Chamber for a number of years. The funding comes from chamber members who pledge money to the Chamber’s Education Clearing House. This year, the Chamber made some changes to the classroom grant awards. The number of recipients was limited to six instead of the usual 12. Also, the grant amount was increased to $500 a piece instead of $300. Last year, a record amount of funding was raised by the Education Clearing House, resulting in a total of 24 classroom grants being awarded. Another change to this year’s program is that teachers who receive a grant are now required to provide the Chamber with an update after they have put the grant to use, Scattone said. “They’re asked to send us pictures and an update (to) show us the kids benefitting from their grant,� Scattone said.



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of Waltonville High School

Three area high school seniors were awarded educational scholarships Thursday as part of an annual program sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured above are the scholarship recipients. They are, from left to right, Julia Herzing, Bret Collins and Kirsten McGowen.

The six educators who received $500 classroom grants this year were: ››› Brandi Gore of St. Mary School, who teaches sixth through eighth grade, will use the grant to purchase Stability Balls to be used in the classroom, in place of chairs. Studies have shown the balls help students keep their attention focused on work for longer periods. The grant will also pay for a Brain POP subscription, a resource featuring educational videos, activities and experiments. ››› Gretchen Roberts of Casey Middle School, who teaches eighth grade, will use the grant to purchase

copies of “Inside Out and Back Again,” a text that is helpful in transitioning to the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts. ››› Susan Morss of Ina Grade School, who teaches sixth through eighth grade, will use the grant to purchase non-fiction reading materials. These materials will first be used by the middle school aged students. Then these older students will read to the younger students at the K-8 school. ››› Katie Baumhoegger of the Primary Center, who teaches third grade, will use the grant to purchase trade book models designed to engage students

while teaching them structure, grammar and aspects of language for writing. ››› Lou Ann Morrison of St. Mary School, who teaches fourth grade, will use the grant to purchase Lego bricks to be used as “manipulatives” to contribute to the students’ understanding of mathematical ideas. ››› Megan Pierce of Farrington Grade School, who teaches kindergarten, will use the grant to purchase materials to incorporate a “Lifecycle” theme in the classroom. Scientific tools like rulers and droppers will be used to teach students about how things grow.

TONY WIELT, Agent 4121 S. Water Tower Place Mt Vernon, IL 62864-6565 Bus (618) 242-1421 Fax (618) 244-0940 030428590201

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Annual Report Small Business Council Report Paul Lynch, VP of Small Business

The Second Annual Chamber of Commerce Home Show was again the largest project of the Small Business Council during the past year. The event was held on the weekend of February 8 and 9, 2014, in two hangars at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. In spite of the Winter of 2014, we had very good attendance for the Home Show again this year, and positive feedback from the exhibitors and attendees. We are once again extremely grateful to Chris Collins and the Airport staff for their terrific assistance and support. The Small Business Council presented a “remodeled” Shop It Here First campaign during the holiday season. 40 merchants participated in Shop It Here First, and we held three “cash mob” events, featuring bargains

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at selected local businesses. Of course, the goal of Shop It Here First is to encourage the public to shop locally in Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County. We will continue to update and improve Shop It Here First in 2014 and 2015. We held a New Member Meet-andGreet at the Elks Lodge in April, 2013. In June, we co-sponsored the Boomtown USA: Millennial presentation at the Cedarhurst Center for the Performing Arts, featuring Jack Schultz and Craig Lindvahl of Effingham. The Small Business Council worked on the Member to Member discount program in 2013, and will continue that service in the coming year. We considered nominations and made the selection for the Small Business Persons of the Year.

I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the members of the Small Business Council: Calvin Murphy, Rhonda Wooden, James Richard, Joe Gliosci, Larry Lyday, Carol Rudofski, David Keen, Mike Beard, Jim Czerwinski and Nick Schrementi. My special thanks go to our President, Bob Feltmeier, for tremendous “hands-on” assistance in running the Home Show. And as always, thanks to our Executive Director, Olivia Majerchin, and our Marketing Director, Michaela Scattone, for everything they do! The Small Business Council has worked hard to support and promote local small business, and to boost Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County, and will continue to do so in the years to come.

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The 2 biggest jobs of this council are to run the monthly luncheons and to be the “social network” of the Jefferson County Chamber by attending all the Chamber Events. From Ribbon Cuttings, to Open Houses to Business After Hours, this council showed its support of our membership by showing up in bunches throughout the year. I would like to thank all of the businesses that hosted either a monthly luncheon or an Ambassador’s meeting in the past year…..Pizza Hut, Nu Bowl Lanes, Buffalo Wild Wings, Krieger’s, Mt. Vernon City Parks, Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, Frosty Mug, Silver Streak, Green Hills Golf Club, Mt. Vernon Elk’s, Cedarhurst, Borowiak’s IGA and

Crossroads Community Hospital. All of these members we gracious hosts, and the food and service was excellent. In addition to the monthly luncheons and being the “social network” of the Chamber, the Ambassadors also volunteered to help out the Small Business Council and the Special Events Council with some of their projects, such as the 2014 Home Show, the Fall Fest Beverage Tent, and the JCCC Golf Showdown…… thank you to all the Ambassadors that volunteered for these events. Also to Tony Wielt and Paul Lynch for letting the Ambassadors help with these projects, each of which looked to be another success story for the JCCC. I would like to thank the entire

Ambassador’s Council because without your manpower, attendance, ideas and hard work, none of the luncheons, ribbon cuttings or business after hours would have been as successful as they turned out to be! The Council included; Lynn Hutchison, Rick Pigg, Michelle Smith, Theresa McMahon, Becky Whisenant, , Melanie Andrews, Derrick Quitsch, Sarah Beard, Tom Upchurch, Marcus Holland (Ambassador of the Year Recipient), Rebecca Harbison, Lucas Bremer, Jamie Pruitt, Cassidy Beck, Keesha Wood-Smith, Brent Palmer, Nancy Morris, Diane Simpson, Reed Backes and Keli Tate. I would also like to thank Peoples National Bank for letting me serve on the JCCC Board and the Ambassador’s Council.




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