by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 6th, 2012

In the early hours of February 29, Harrisburg, IL was hit with an EF4 tornado. Recent reports state that more than 100 people were injured, 6 pronounced dead, 300 homes and 35 businesses were damaged. Two Ed/Glen Chamber members are orchestrating a supply drive this week and we invite you to help if you're able. Please drop off items at The Goddard School (801 South Arbor Vitae in Edwardsville) before this Saturday, as the items will be delivered to Harrisburg Saturday morning. Please direct questions to The Goddard School at 618.692.9464.

Recommended donation items include: adult clothing, children's clothing, adult and children's socks and underwear, canned goods and non-perishable items, paper products, baby items, hygiene products, cleaning supplies & plastic storage totes.

Many families throughout our region have been affected by severe weather. It is our hope that we will be able to make a small difference for other Illinois families in their time of need.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 6th, 2012

It has been brought to our attention that Governor Quinn has proposed in his budget plan to move the Illinois State Police Dispatch Center from the State Police Headquarters in Collinsville to Springfield. Under his proposal the dispatch center in Springfield would dispatch State Police units in 39 counties. For citizens in the in the Metro East region, including the Troy area, this means that if you call the state police with an emergency the telephone will be answered in Springfield by people who are not familiar with our geographic area and specific needs.

When you need emergency services, the people answering the telephone should be professionals who are familiar with the area and the resources available immediately, and not have to look them up from an office in Springfield.

This is a public safety issue for all of us. You are urged to call or e-mail our state legislators and let them know that this is not acceptable, that our safety should be a priority, and those services should not be diminished - they should be kept in Collinsville.

Governor Quinn states that this move is going to save the state money, but he is not planning on closing any buildings. The only thing that this relocation would accomplish is diminishing services and creating hardships on the employees and their families.

Please pass this information on and encourage everyone to call or e-mail to voice their opinion.

Below is a list of area legislators:

Rep. Daniel V. Beiser
(618) 465-5900

Rep. Dwight Kay
(618) 307-9200

Rep. Jerry F. Costello II
(618) 443-5757

Rep. Eddie Jackson Jr.
(618) 875-9950

Rep. Jim Watson
(217) 243-6221

Rep. John Cavaletto
(618) 548-9080

Rep. Paul Evans
(618) 651-0405

Rep. Scott Penny
(618) 394-2211

Sen. David Luechtefeld
(618) 243-9014

Sen. Kyle McCarter
(618) 654-4068

Sen. William Claybourne
(618) 875-1212

Sen. William Haine
(618) 465-4764

Sen. Wm. Sam McCann
(217) 854-4441

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 6th, 2012

The Ed/Glen Chamber’s new map project kicks off this month! The Ed/Glen Street Map & Resource Guide is one of the most effective marketing tools we offer our members. It is the only map endorsed & distributed by the Ed/Glen Chamber.

The map is a vital tool for marketing our area to visitors, new residents and new or relocating businesses. Thousands of copies of this map will be distributed over the next few years. The map will also feature an online component. By advertising on the printed version, users will be able to view your ad online.

Since 2002, we have partnered with CommunityLink, the industry leader in Chamber publishing. CommunityLink has a dedicated team of professionals working to provide us with a map that proudly represents our area.

Our project consultant, Eddie Hebron, will be visiting members in March to share the opportunities for marketing your business in this publication. Ads are available in a variety of sizes and prices, so if the map is a good fit for your marketing strategy, we can find a fit for your budget as well.

We encourage you to participate in this publication to give your business exposure to Chamber members, newcomers and new businesses. Limited spaces are available! For more information, please contact Eddie today at 1.800.455.5600 Ext. 2029 or

by Ed/Glen Chamber on March 6th, 2012

The Ed/Glen Chamber's annual Breakfast with the Mayors is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 in the Leclaire Room at Lewis and Clark Community College. Join the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce for breakfast as they host Mayor Gary Niebur of the City of Edwardsville and Mayor Robert Jackstadt of the Village of Glen Carbon.

A full breakfast buffet begins at 7:30am, and introductions, welcome and program will begin at 8am. The fee to attend is $20 per person. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 13. Call 618.656.7600 to RSVP and learn about Mayors' Breakfast sponsorship opportunities.

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce provides leadership for the benefit of the business community by promoting economic opportunities, advocating the interests of business, providing members with education and resources, and encouraging mutual support. For more information on membership in the Ed/Glen Chamber, call 618.656.7600.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on February 21st, 2012

Applications are now available for the 2012 Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

The application is to be completed by all students who wish to be considered for the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. The scholarship committee will review all applications and make awards to students whose academic history and activities show the most promise.

The Chamber of Commerce will award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from Edwardsville High School, Metro East Lutheran High School, Lahr-Well Academy, or a home-schooled student living in District 7. The Chamber will also award one $1,000 scholarship to a student currently attending either Southern Illinois University Edwardsville or Lewis and Clark Community College.

All applications must be postmarked by April 6, 2012. For more information, contact the Chamber office at 618.656.7600.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on January 13th, 2012

Our second annual trivia night is scheduled for Friday, January 13. Brought to you by the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by St. Mary's Catholic Church, the event will begin at 7pm in the St. Mary's Church gym. Round up your team of geniuses and join us for FRIGHTFULLY FUN TRIVIA if you dare, and a great comany team building opportunity!

- Full table of 8 for $100; Individual seat is $15 per person
- Bring your own food & beverages
- Registration deadline is Thursday, January 12

Sponsor one round of trivia at $100 (10 rounds available), or donate an attendance prize! Sponsors & donors will be recognized at the event and in Ed/Glen Chamber communications.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on January 2nd, 2012


On March 3, 2012 at the Chamber’s Annual Community Awards Dinner Auction, the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce will present awards to members of our community – the Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Tallerico Leadership Award. The chamber is seeking nominations for these prestigious awards which will be presented at the annual dinner in SIUE's Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

The Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement was established by the Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and is presented to an individual who has given freely of his or her time to the community, made a significant impact on the community during the 2010 calendar year, and is an active, upstanding citizen. Previous recipients include Mary Kane, Robert Wetzel, Robert Plummer, Robert McClellan, Jamie Henderson, Jeff Lantz, Joe Gugger, Dr. David Werner, Jean Hughes, Don Metzger, Dr. Dale Chapman, Tom Allen, Chuck Tosovsky, Mark Shashek, John Motley, Mark Mestemacher, and the 2011 winner – Herman Shaw.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 and is be presented to an exceptional individual who has made a significant positive impact on the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community through his or her past achievements over a long period of time and has enhanced the quality of life for Edwardsville/Glen Carbon residents. Gary Coffey was the 2009 recipient, the late Dr. Robert Koepke received the honor in 2010, and in 2011 Edward T. McCarthy was honored.

The Tallerico Leadership Award replaced the ATHENA Award in 2010. Rich Tallerico brought the ATHENA International Award to the Edwarsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce in 1986. The purpose of the Tallerico Leadership Award remains the same - to bring into focus the outstanding professional and business women within our community and to encourage the opening of leadership opportunities for women within the community's workplaces. Joan Lebkeucher received the Tallerico Leadership Award in 2010, and in 2011 Dr. Carol Keene was honored.

Criteria for the Tallerico Leadership Award are as follows: The local award will recognize an individual who mentors others and provides a role model to encourage women to achieve their full leadership potential as well as for the recipient's own business or professional accomplishments and community service. Both men and women who have demonstrated support for the leadership development of professional women are eligible for the Tallerico Leadership Award.

Previous local ATHENA Award recipients include Edna Wolfe, Delores Gooch, Nina Baird, Rosemary Bratten, Evelyn Bowles, Barbara Crowder, Stephanie Robbins, Jill Dufner, Sue Pedersen, Janet Foehrkolb, Evelyn Wiechman, Joan Foster, Meta Minton, Susan Donnelly, Bobby Ragan, Joyce Williams, Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well, Carol Wetzel, Suzanne Dietrich, Kay Werner, Donna Bardon, Barbara Jurgena-Stamer, Elizabeth Levy, Patricia Peverly.

Nominations for all three awards will be accepted through February 7, 2012.

Thank you for your assistance as we strive to honor those who make Edwardsville and Glen Carbon such great communities in which to live and work.

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce provides leadership for the benefit of the business community by promoting economic opportunities, advocating the interests of business, providing members with education and resources, and encouraging mutual support. For more information on membership in the Ed/Glen Chamber, call 618.656.7600.

by Ed/Glen Chamber on January 2nd, 2012

Now is the time to get involved with the Ed/Glen Chamber!

WHAT: 2nd Annual Ed/Glen Chamber Membership Meeting
WHEN: 11:30am-1pm Friday, January 27
WHERE: N.O. Nelson Leclaire Room

Enjoy a business casual lunch and learn about programs and services the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce will offer in 2012. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Chamber's upcoming program of work and many committee opportunities.

Volunteer of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, and YPG of the Year awardees will be honored at the membership meeting, and retiring board of directors members will be recognized.

The cost to attend is $18 per person and includes lunch. RSVP to 618.656.7600 no later than Januray 23, 2012.

Look for announcements regarding the upcoming Annual Dinner & Auction in future communications. This gala event, slated for Saturday, March 3 at SIUE, will celebrate Edwardsville and Glen Carbon and acknowledge community champions through the Cassens Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Tallerico Leadership Award, and Business of the Year Award.

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