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MARION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Southern Illinoisan (USPS 258-980) is published daily for $178 per year at 710 N. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, IL 62901. The Southern Illinoisan is owned by Lee Enterprises, Inc. of Davenport, Iowa.

• Bob Williams , publisher

• To subscribe: Call 618-351-5000 from Carbondale, Murphysboro and DeSoto; 618997-3356, option 2 from Williamson County; or 800-228-0429, option 2, between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

2012 is off to a great start, thanks to members, initiatives BY GEORGE TRAMMELL

• To place a display ad: Call 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 618-529-5454, option 6; from Williamson County, 618-997-3356; or toll free: 800-228-0429, option 6.

Proud to Support the Marion Chamber of Commerce Visit our website at:

Proud Supporters of the Marion Chamber of Commerce


Congratulations to Teresa Katubig, Extra Help Inc., and her staff for this year’s “Business/Industry of the Year Award.” As you can read in the feature article on Extra Help, Inc, Teresa has developed Extra Trammell Help Inc. from a small start-up business into a multi state organization recognized by others as a world class organization. The Board of Directors would like to welcome Heartland Regional Medical Center’s CEO Steve Lunn to the Board of Directors. We look forward to Steve’s input and guidance. At the same time we would like to offer a special ‘Thank You’ to Jill Lewis for her dedicated service to the Chamber. Jill elected not to run for another term, in order to spending more time with her family. Jill has led the Membership Committee and the Marketing Committee. Also, thank you to Ashley Gott for taking on the additional duties as our new Secretary/Treasurer for the Board of Directors. After being absent from the Chamber for a while, we are happy to welcome back Joni Barwick. Joni has taken on the additional responsibilities of Membership Development. I feel we have great a team of member volunteers and


618-998-9747 1403 Joe Abbott Way • Marion, IL

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office support to move the Marion Chamber to the next level of member benefits and services. This past November, the Marion Chamber won two awards at the annual Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Fall Conference. The Chamber won first place for the Communications Award for Websites and first place for the Communications Award for e-Newsletter. SI Small Business Solutions is the Chamber’s website developer and partner in this award. The e-Newsletter was designed and developed by Joni. Using these two communications tools, we have been able to disseminate more timely information of benefit to our members. This year we will continue to provide our time tested array of Chamber events: Annual Dinner, Legislative Summit in Springfield, Graduation Spree, Community Day at Rent One Park and our Golf Scramble. Lisa Hudgens, 2011 Chairman of the Board, put together a committee to explore additional venues, like the new Bass Tournament at Lake of Egypt this past October. Last Christmas we also partnered with Ed Davis and the Marion Main Street organization to help with the Santa on the Square promotion. Giving away 60-plus bikes to the kids was an uplifting experience. Another new feature in 2012 is our splitting up the monthly luncheon


Congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce for the completion of another successful year. Marion continues to grow and prosper in large part because of he uncompromising cooperation between city

government and the chamber. From the moment way back when the two united in a joint effort to achieve a common goal, good things for the city, the business community and our citizens began to happen. Because of our continued cooperation and joint effort, 2012 is bound to be the best year yet. We look forward to it with unbridled excitement. BOB BUTLER is mayor of Marion.

Proud to Support Marion Area Chamber of Commerce

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MARION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 91ST ANNUAL: Banquet FROM PAGE 2 locations. In February, March, April, November and December we will remain at Koko’s. New this year in May, June, July September and October we will be at The Diamond Club at Rent One Park. Watch for the e-blasts and newsletter blurbs to remind you. If

you’re not getting the eblasts, give Joni a call at 997-6311. We want to keep you in the loop! Finally, thank you all for your support of the Marion Chamber of Commerce. We continue to grow and prosper only because of your support. George R. Trammell President & CEO

91st Annual Dinner & Awards Banquet Friday, January 20, 2012 The Pavilion Welcome ...................................................... Lisa Hudgens Invocation................................ Senior Minister Greg Gibbs ................................................ Heartland Christian Church Pledge of Allegiance...................................... Lisa Hudgens Dinner Introduction of Guests .................................. Lisa Hudgens Reflections of Outgoing Chairman .............. Lisa Hudgens Introduction of Board of Directors .............. Lisa Hudgens


Hibbet's employee Katie Legan moves around some Cardinals merchandise at the store in the Illinois Star Centre in Marion.

Introduction of 2012 Chamber Officers

2012 Board of Directors and Officers

Secretary/Treasurer ........................................ Ashley Gott 2nd Vice Chairman .......................................... Rick Richert 1st Vice Chairman ...................................... Jeanine Ragain Chairman of the Board .......................... Mary Jo McCurdy Acceptance by New Chairman .............. Mary Jo McCurdy

Board of Directors

Mayor’s Remarks .......................... Mayor Robert L. Butler Presentation of Awards .......................... Dutch Doelitzsch Business/Industry of the Year: Extra Help Inc. Mayors Service Award NEW ‘Young Professional Leadership’ Award Distinguished Chamber Member Award Lifetime Achievement Awards Close Awards Banquet .......................... Mary Jo McCurdy Benediction ..............................Senior Minister Greg Gibbs After Party

Ray Altmix Sara Bond Jim Brandt* Steve Cook Patricia Cruse Rich Davis Glenn Edwards Hayden Gardiner* Kenya Garner Cindy Gibbons* Tracey Glenn* Erik Haag

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Deborah Hogg Angela Homes Young Janet Jensen Doug Kimmel Steve Lappin* Steve Lunn Scott Murrie Bill Nielsen* James D. Parker* Darren Pulley* George Sheppard Kimberly Walker Brian Ziegler*

Joni Barwick, administrative assistant, director of membership development * Past Chairman of the Board

Officers Chairman of the Board: Mary Jo McCurdy 1st Vice-Chairman: Jeanine Ragain 2nd Vice-Chairman: Rick Richert Secretary/Treasurer: Ashley Gott Immediate Past Chairman: Lisa Hudgens President & CEO: George R. Trammell



Shoppers make their way through the Illinois Star Centre in Marion. One of the chamber's goals is to grow business in Marion.

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Rule Bateson, 10, of Creal Springs takes aim at some targets while playing a Tank Adventures arcade game at Pirate Pete's in Marion.

Proud Supporters of the merce! Marion Chamber of Com CENTURY 21 House of Realty, Inc. proudly supports the mission and vision of the Marion Chamber of Commerce. Our office, located at 1009 N Carbon Street in Marion, is home to our award winning team of broker associates and support staff with one goal; provide outstanding service to all our buyers and sellers. With additional sales teams at the Lake of Egypt, Carterville, Carbondale and Murphysboro, we are positioned to provide the tools and systems that insure outstanding real estate guidance is received. That’s our pledge to you. We guarantee it!


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Cec Meyer of Marion woks on a painting of an outdoor scene during open studio hours at the Little Egypt Arts Association in Marion.

Kenya Garner, Agent 507 E Deyoung Marion, IL 62959 Business: 618-997-1819

Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Agent Kenya Garner is there!



Lead choreographer Alison Mcauliffe (center) guides a group of girls through the Rockette-type finale during rehearsal for the Dancing with Artstarts Christmas Spectacular show.


Passengers board a Cape Air flight from Williamson County Regional Airport, bound for St. Louis.

Hibachi grill cook ‘Chef Harry’ entertains the group at his table by creating a fire ball at the newest Fujiyama Steakhouse inside the Illinois Centre Mall in Marion.

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Extra Help Inc. Business/Industry of the Year



Teresa Katubig said it feels “really awesome” that a company she founded in 1995 — Extra Help Inc. — will be honored as the 2011 Business/Industry of the Year by the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s all about hard work. No one gave me anything. I’m living the American Dream,” Katubig said about getting the prestigious award during the Chamber’s

Annual Awards Banquet beginning at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Williamson County Pavilion. Katubig began her work career as a 16-year-old teenager at McDonald’s in Murphysboro owned by Short Enterprises. She ran the cashier and remembers the hands-on, business training she got, describing it as “fabulous.” She stayed with McDonald’s and climbed the corporate ladder, moving to St. Louis and working in employee recruiting.

Katubig decided to go for higher education to further her career and enrolled at John A. Logan College and eventually SIU where she got her bachelor accountancy degree. As a certified public accountant, she contracted with a business firm and found the firm had not paid employee taxes and worker’s compensation. The urge to start a company tending to those needs for other firms and businesses led her to Johnston City where she

opened her first office in 1995 as a temporary employment agency. Within a short period Katubig of a few years, the need for what Katubig and her Extra Help company offered in the way helping companies fill fulltime positions, manage their payroll; tax filings; worker’s compensation and other workforce tools such as timekeeping, employee self-service and

employee benefits, was in demand throughout the area. She eventually opened offices in St. Louis and Edwardsville. The Extra Help main office is in Marion. Today, Extra Help has more than 30 employees with more than 1,000 clients in 31 states. Sales in 2010 were more than $17 million and are on track to reach $20 million this year. In 2010, Extra Help was recognized by The St. Louis Business Journal as the 14th largest women-

owned businesses in the St. Louis area. It also was the recipient of the 2008 Good Neighbor of the Year in Southern Illinois. Katubig was awarded a “Woman on the Rise” award in 2010 by the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer and selected as one of St. Louis’ “Winning Women” in 2011. Extra Help is included on Inc Magazine’s 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in the country. 618-351-5076

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Extra Help Inc., was named 2011 Business of the Year.

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Lifetime Achievement awards

2012 Events Calendar Marion Area Chamber of Commerce January 20

Annual Dinner

February 7 14

Board of Directors meeting Luncheon, Kokos

March 6 13 24-28 29

Board of Directors meeting Luncheon, Kokos Sister City Visit – Kanie Town, Japan Regional Chamber Business Conference

April 3 6 10 25

Board of Directors meeting Good Friday, office closed Luncheon Administrative Professionals Day Board of Directors meeting Luncheon, The Diamond Club Mother’s Day Grad Spree Memorial Day, office closed

June 1 5 TBD 12 17 TBD



1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991

August L. Fowler Dr. Alonzo Baker, Virgil Bowman Paul Houghton Cliff Storme none given Raymond Allen, Dr. R.D. Morgan Les Stilley, George Dodds, Charles Winters Loren Carter, Harold Chase, Kenny Powless Herman Bearden, Ray Reynolds Cleta Whitacre Sam Stotlar, Evelyn Patterson Orval Leukering, Dr. Joe McAlpin, DDS Ron and Mabel Albright, Wilson Giles Mason Absher, Bob Bradley, William Novick



May 1 8 13 17 28


Community Night at Rent One Park Board of Directors meeting All-Star Football Game, Murray State Luncheon, The Diamond Club Father’s Day Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Gordon Lambert, Charles Monroe, Raymond McCormick Dennis “Dutch’ Doelitzsch, Dr. John Kaeser Captain Robert W. Duncan Gene Norman Mayor Robert L. Butler Ray Hancock Tom Oates, Jim Parker, Bob Campbell John Goss, Earl Parks, Guy ‘Pete’ Peterson James B. Bleyer, Glenn Clarida, Father Richard Mohr Charlie Miller, Dr. M.T. Joseph Don Bett, Curtis Palmer, J. David Thompson George Sheppard, Gene Watson To Be Announced

July 3 4 10 20

Board of Directors meeting Independence Day, office closed Luncheon, The Diamond Club Golf Scramble, Kokopelli


September 3 11 11

Labor Day, office closed Board of Directors meeting Luncheon, The Diamond Club

October 2 9

Board of Directors meeting Luncheon, The Diamond Club

November 6 12 13 22-23

Board of Directors meeting Veterans Day Observance, office closed Luncheon, Kokos Thanksgiving Holiday, office closed

December 4 11 24 25 31

Board of Directors meeting Member Appreciation Luncheon, Kokos Christmas Holiday, office closed Christmas Day, office closed New Year’s Eve, office closed

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Distinguished Chamber Member awards

This award was “Man of the Year” from 1959 to 1992. In 1992 is was renamed and called “Distinguished Chamber Member.”



1959 1960

Dr. James Felts Oscar Schafale

1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968

1969 1970 1971 1972 1973

Dr. Martin May Gene Cox Oldham Paisley J. “Pat” Malone James W. Sanders Orland Stanley William S. Giles W. Everett Lynch

1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992


(618) 997-1111 1305 N. CARBON • MARION

Harry L. Crisp Harold Chase Melvin Felts Harry W. Beneke Honorable Robert Butler, Mayor of Marion Jesse W. Childers Olie L. Musgrave James Redden Homer M. Butler Bill Bowlby Women of Achievement Larry Hughes Harry L. Crisp II Loren Carter Ervin Baker Women of Achievement Carl Goodwin Mary Lou Roberts J. David Thompson Dutch Doelitzsch Women of Achievement Ben Bruce Mike Malone Dorothea Hill-Hope

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Dodie Logan James Doughty Pat Wiese Dave Thompson Stephen R. Coale Charolette Russell Jim Brandt Cindy Gibbons Don Bett Hayden Gardiner Bill Nielsen Mary Jo McCurdy Ray Altmix Bank of Marion, Don Fisher Marion Ford Darren Pulley John A. Logan Center for Business & Industry John & Lynn Hill, Bennie’s Italian Foods Gail Lannom, Extra Help Payroll Services Steve Lappin, Banterra Bank Heartland Regional Medical Center To Be Announced

Citizen of the Year awards

Supporting the Marion Chamber Since 2009


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1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979

Clara Boatright Florence McDonald Powell Barnett Citizens of Marion Thomas J. Redickas Leroy Anderson Rudolph Noleen Harrel Lerch Robert H. Campbell Women of Achievement — Marie Schafale, Yolanda Peterson, Jewell Grimes, Cleta Whitacre, Emma Lou Garrison, Belle Elizabeth, Helen Longbons Dr. Joseph McAlpin Bob Bradley Lu Queen Mr. & Mrs. Ed Soldner Women of Achievement — Ella Mae Allen, Suzanne McAlpin, Elizabeth Noleen, Elileen Rea, Lillian Zoller Otilia Lynch Harold “Boots” Biggs Rev. Joseph Van Roekel L.C. Cavaness Women of Achievement — Kathleen Pape, Elsie White, Ann Knewitz, Ida Welborn, Betty Boatright

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010


Glenn Clarida Tom Logan George Sims Dr. John Kaeser Dorothy Chamness Ernie Rinella Rev. Shirley and Dorena Milner Marilyn Cavaness Linda Byassee J. Lawrence Sanders Rosemary Crisp Sarah Bethel James and Marless Doughty Marion City Council — Robert “Dog” Connell, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Turnbull, Bob Boyt Roberta Blankenship Citizens of Marion Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts Dr. Jack Keller, MD Marjorie Wright Elaine Melby Citizens of Williamson County ‘STAR’ Award State Representative John Bradley STAR Bond Developer Bruce Holland To Be Announced

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Mayor’s Breakfast themes and service award winners YEAR 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003



Staffing Specialist Missy Payne interview an applicant for a position on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Extra Help in Marion.

Business/Industry of the Year YEAR


1963 1964

GTE (General Telephone) CIPS (Central Illinois Public Service) Giles Electric Area Appreciation Unavailable GTE Fabick Machinery Marion Pepsi Cola Bottling Marion Daily Republican USP Marion (Federal Prison) Unavailable Williamson County Airport Authority Women’s Auxiliary Marion Memorial Hospital Olin Corporation Past President’s Real Estate Women of Achievement Coal Industry Small Business WDDD

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983

1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991


1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

V.A. Medical Center Women of Achievement Blue Cross/Blue Shield Financial Institutions Pennzoil Products Community School District No. 2 John A. Logan College Marion New Car Dealers — Absher Automotive Center, E.N. Baker, Inc., Marion Ford-Hyundai, Foley-Sweitzer Motors, Marion Toyota Rail Transportation — Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad, Union Pacific, Burlington Northern, Transload of Illinois Perma Treat Marion Memorial UPS (United Parcel Service) Cree Development (Henry Mitchell) Excel Mining Systems

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011



‘Porkitic’s’ - Ms Piggy ‘Marion 2025’ ‘Marion’s Y2K’ ‘Who Wants To be a Millionaire’ ‘Ode To The Mayor’ ‘Old Fashion Roast’ Changed format to a Mayors Luncheon; Sept. 9, 2003

Robert Bradley Aileen Motsinger Garry Allen Marless Doughty Suzanne McAlpin Yolonde Peterson LC & Marlyn Cavaness

Changed again; now awarded at the annual Awards Banquet in January Louetta M. Butler Ivan & Wanda Zwick Charlie Prater Tickie Miller American Legion/ VFW Ritual Team Bernard Paul Ed Davis To Be Announced

Timberline Fisheries, Inc. Wisconsin Physicians Services Circuit City Marion Pepsi Cola Bottling Company Aisin Manufacturing Illinois, LLC Franklin Williamson Human Services, Inc. Southern Pride Heartland Regional Medical Center Southern Illinois Power Cooperative Southern Illinois Miners Baseball Organization Marion Heights, LLC “The Hill Development Corp” Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Green Grass Group (Kokopelli Golf Club) Extra Help Inc.

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