Friday, January 29, 2010

Best Western Ashland House, Morton

Are You Looking for a Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift?
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Saturday, February 13 @ 7:00 PMFor More Information Call 309.266.8200

Methodist Cancer Program Accredited by the Commission on Cancer

(January 27, 2010)--The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Methodist Medical Center.

Methodist received the Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which Methodist demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.

The Accreditation Program sets quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Biz Barometer & Consumer Price Index


On a seasonally adjusted basis, the December Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the index increased 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.

March Calendar of Events

March Calendar of Chamber Events

2nd Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am /8:00am

2nd CIRCLE Legislative Day, Springfield

3rd Member Promotions Committee, Chamber Office, 7:30am

3rd Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

4th Pekin 1st Committee, Pekin Union Mission, 7:30 am

4th Business After Hours, Pekin Country Club, 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

8th Heart of Illinois Legislative Reception, Pere Marquette Hotel, 5:30-7:30pm

9th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

10th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

10th Board of Directors, Herget Bank, 4:00 pm

24th Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 6:30 pm

30th Business Advocacy Committee, Chamber Office, 7:00 am

February Calendar of Events

February Calendar of Chamber Events

2nd Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am /8:00am

2nd Election Day – VOTE

3rd Member Promotions, Chamber Office, 7:30am

3rd Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

4th Pekin 1st Committee, Pekin Union Mission, 7:30 am

7th Business After Hours, Jim Maloof Realty, 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

9th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

10th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

10th Board of Directors Meeting, Herget Bank, 4:00 pm

12th Puttin’ on Pekin Breakfast, PCHS Holman Center (Tech Ed), 6:30am Reservation Required (Special time and place & limited seating!)

15th President’s Day, Chamber Office Closed

23rd Business Advocacy Comm., Chamber Office, 7:00 am

24th Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 5:30 pm

Chamber Annual Meeting

Save the date! The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Reception will be the evening of April 19, 2010 at Pekin Country Club. More information coming soon.

Membership Renewals

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that recently renewed their membership (through January 25th) with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Allen & Associates ~ Amanda’s Closet ~ American Tan-N-Spa ~ Aramark ~ Aventine Renewable Energy ~ George Beres ~ Boy Scouts of America/W.D. Boyce Council ~ Brewers Distributing Company ~ Brookmeadow Apartments ~ Carney's Insurance Store ~ CenturyLink ~ Comcast ~ Commerce Bank ~ East Court Village ~ Excel Foundry & Machine ~ Facet Technologies ~ Rich Gafford ~ Goodwill Industries ~ Graphic Packaging International ~ Hallmark House Nursing Center ~ Harbor Light Hospice ~ Heartland Bank & Trust Company ~ Herget Bank ~ Hometown Title ~ Illinois American Water ~ JMP Radio Group ~ Dr. David Kuban, DDS ~ Kuhfuss & Proehl, P.C. ~ Laborer's Local #231 ~ Linde Group ~ McDaniels Marketing Communications ~ McDonald's ~ Midwest Generation Powerton Station ~ Miller, Hall, & Triggs ~ Monge, Crouch & Mahoney ~ Neal Chiropractic Clinic ~ Pekin Animal Hospital ~ Pekin Community Bank ~ Pekin Firefighter's #524 ~ Pekin Insurance ~ Pekin Manor ~ Pekin Moose Family Center, Lodge # 916 ~ Pekin Public Library ~ Pekin Riding Club ~ Pekin Veterinary Clinic ~ R.A. Cullinan & Sons ~ Ruskusky Foot & Ankle Clinic ~ Sound Choice Hearing Clinic ~ Sprint / Wireless Express ~ Taco Bell ~ TAPS Animal Shelter ~ Tazewell Machine Works ~ TCRC ~ Tractor Supply Company ~ United Way Of Pekin ~ Vonderheide Floor Coverings ~ Eric White ~ YWCA of Pekin

February Puttin' On Pekin

Puttin’ On Pekin
Friday February 12, 2010- 6:30 am
Pekin Community High School
Holman Center (across from stadium)

Tech Ed Programs
Note the special time & place.
Seating limited to first 85 RSVPs


The every-other-month breakfasts provide an opportunity for business people to network while learning about positive events in the Pekin area. Other features of the breakfast include a 50/25/25 drawing, the Spotlight on Business presentation, door prize drawings with prizes provided by local businesses, one-minute reminders, and “Meet the New Chamber Member.”
The cost of the breakfast is $10.00 per person for reservations made before 4:30 pm on February 10th. After that, the cost is $15.00 per person. Payment can be made at the door. Make checks payable in the exact amount to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Reservations are required and can be made by email at chamber@pekin.net, or call the Chamber at 346-2106.

RSVP For February Business After Hours

Business After Hours
Jim Maloof Realtor
2990 Court St.
Thursday, February 4th, 4:30—6:00 pm

Take advantage of this great networking opportunity. You might start a new business relationship or meet your best customer. Enjoy the door prizes, refreshments, and visit with your friends, neighbors, and business associates. Admission is free to Chamber members ($10 for future members). Please RSVP to the Chamber at 346-2106 or e-mail us at chamber@pekin.net.

Executive Director's Report

By Bill Fleming

Another Chamber Benefit: Saving You Money

Want to save money on your electric bill? Want deeply discounted and free Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs? The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is working for you! If you are a small business (DS-2) electric customer with Ameren Illinois Utilities, read on!

Act On Energy® is a service of Ameren Illinois Utilities that provides energy saving resources and incentive programs. Act On Energy has reduced the price of most of its already discounted products found at their Small Business Online Store by 50%! Not only are small businesses eligible to purchase CFLs starting at 50 cents, Act On Energy has also continued to offer FREE shipping on all purchases. If that isn’t enough, every small business is eligible for 3 CFLs FREE! No purchase is necessary to receive this free offer, but businesses must be an Ameren Illinois Utilities Delivery Service Rate DS-2 to purchase products or receive this free offer.

This offer is being brought to your attention because you are a valued member of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. By purchasing products from this online store and using the promo code pekin you will receive an additional 1% discount during checkout. The code should be entered on the payment screen during checkout. Pre-discount order totals must equal at least 50 cents. Free shipping will be applied to all orders, and customers may add one of two free CFL kits to their order.

If a small business replaces just 10 incandescent bulbs with 10 CFLs (a $5 investment) they will save about $170 annually in energy costs annually. Pricing on LED exit sings, LED exit sign bulbs, and wall mount sensors that automatically turns off the lights in unoccupied rooms have also been reduced by 50%. LED exit signs that can save a business over $60 in energy costs can now be purchased for just $6.88 - and you’ll get FREE shipping! This investment in energy-efficient equipment will pay for itself in just over a month. The great news is the fact that businesses will save over $60 this year and every year there after by installing this LED exit sign.

To receive your 3 free CFLs, visit the Small Business Online Store at http://www.energyfederation.org/hse1/default.php and click on the free CFL 3-pack banner or the link on the left hand navigation bar. Customers can choose from two different 3-pack options, which will be sent to them free of charge as long as they agree to install the CFLs before April 30, 2010.

The reduced pricing, 3 free CLFs and free shipping are a limited time offer through March 31, 2010, and you must be an electric Delivery Service Rate DS-2 customer. Refer to the Electric Service Billing Detail on your most recent Ameren monthly bill to determine if you are a DS-2 customer.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

2010 Illinois Travel Guide

The 2010 Illinois Travel Guide provides you with all you need to know about what to see and do during your visit. Whether you prefer the bustling culture of the big city, the friendly hospitality of small-town America or the serene beauty of our natural wonders, Illinois is sure to please. Find it online at: http://www.vacationfun.com/programdet1.asp?id=7&prog=612.

Friday, January 22, 2010

TCRC Needs Paper Shredders

TCRC is planning to have more of their clients, particularly those more significantly disabled at their Morton site, start doing shredding. This shredding will include both internal and external documents. They hope to receive a grant in a few months to purchase some industrial shredders. However, they are looking for used shredders that would let them get started right away. The shredders don’t have to be large, but need to be sturdy enough to withstand fairly constant use. Businesses willing to donate old shredders to TCRC should call Libby Holbrook at 347-7148.

Business After Hours At Sprint

Sprint / Wireless Express was the host of the Business After Hours on Thursday, January 21st. This event was originally scheduled for January 7th, but rescheduled due to the weather. Sprint's District Manager, Lisa Vicary, and Store Manager, Embra Patterson, hosted about 40 chamber members and guests with great food and drink.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area 2x4's & More

Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area is seeking donations to help buy building materials in 2010. A donation of $24.24 will buy ten 2x4's. We will need 24,000 of them for the houses we plan to build and sell to lower income families in 2010. Of course, we need lots of other materials too, and your donation in any amount will help us buy them as well. Please consider a donation to help us with the cost of building materials. Then join us on 2-4 (Feb. 4) between 2 & 4pm to celebrate our 2x4's & More results at our ReStore, 804 W. Main, in Peoria. Provide NAME, ADDRESS, CITY, STATE & ZIP; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT and mail to:

2x4's & More
Habitat for Humanity Greater Peoria Area
931 Douglas Ave.
Peoria, IL 61606

For more information: 309-676-6729 or http://www.habitatpeoria.org/

Regent Broadcasting Honors Employees

J.R. Greeley, Market Manager and Bob Swinehart, Director of Sales for REGENT BROADCASTING OF PEORIA, are proud to announce that December’s Employee of the Month is Jennifer Davidson and Sales Representative of the Month is Jennifer Young.

"Jennifer Young has used her talents & enthusiasm for radio in contributing to our success in Peoria," states Bob Swinehart. "We’re thrilled with her impressive growth in the sales department!"

Ms. Young joined the Regent team in 2008 after spending nine years in the hospitality industry in Denver, Chicago, and Miami. Most recently, she had helped reopen The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Miami, Florida as well as opened celebrity chef Michael Mina’s restaurant, BOURBON Steak located on the resort. Jennifer is originally from the Peoria area and graduated from Illinois State University where she studied Public Relations.

“Jennifer Davidson is an integral part of the REGENT team and we value her ability to take initiative where needed. Her meticulous attention to detail and accuracy is everything in the Traffic position.” J.R. Greeley stated.

Before coming to REGENT in April 2005, Ms. Davidson had been in the radio industry as a Sales Assistant, a Co-Op Coordinator, and as a Traffic Assistant since 2003.

REGENT - Peoria owns Radio stations WGLO-FM, WFYR-FM, WIXO-FM, WZPW-FM, and WVEL-AM in Peoria, Illinois.

Regent Communications is a radio broadcasting company focused on acquiring, developing and operating radio stations in middle and small-sized markets. Upon the completion of all announced transactions, Regent will own and operate 62 stations located in 13 markets. Regent Communications, Inc. shares are traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “RGCI.”

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois Encourages Donor Contributions for Earthquake Relief Efforts in Haiti

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) will work with current and new donors dedicated to funding relief efforts in Haiti after last week's devastating earthquake. Mark Roberts, CFCI's CEO, stated "the Community Foundation of Central Illinois encourages new and current fund holders to donate to the earthquake relief effort of their choice. In an effort to assist our fund holders, CFCI has temporarily waived the 60-day waiting period for new Depository contributions that are intended for distribution to Haiti disaster relief." CFCI also invites current donor-advised fund holders to contact the Foundation to recommend a grant in support of this important effort. CFCI will work diligently to provide rapid distribution of charitable support to those in need. All distributions must be made to qualified 501(c) 3 organizations. New and existing donors are encouraged to contact the Community Foundation of Central Illinois at 309-674-8730 for more information or to make their contribution to Haiti's relief efforts.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Champion Fitness Employee News

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy would like to recognize one of their staff members at the Pekin location, Melissa Warner, ATC for recently completing her Master’s Degree in Biomechanics. Congratulations, Mel! Find out more about our caring and highly qualified staff at www.champfit.com . “GET BUSY LIVING!”

MJ's Windshield Repair Joins Chamber

Please welcome the newest business to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

MJ's Windshield Repair
111 Oliver Road
North Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 840-5751
fax 382-3025;

www.mjwindshieldrepair.com
Joe & Michelle Daniels, Owners.
joe@mjwindshieldrepair.com

Open Monday-Saturday, from 8:00am to 6:00pm. They repair rock chips in windshields and cracks up to 6 inches in length. They can also replace windshields if needed. "It's cheaper to fix a chip than to replace the windshield."

Leadership Academy: Believe!

This week the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy heard from Dr. Frances B. Karanovich. She is an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. You can see more pictures from the Leadership activities and all of the chamber's events at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Tri-County IAAP Chapter Monthly Meeting

WHO: International Association of Administrative Professionals, Tri-County Chapter

WHAT: Tri-County Chapter Monthly Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 2010
5:15 pm Networking/Dinner
6:00-6:30 pm Business Meeting
6:30 pm Speaker

WHERE: Caterpillar (Morton Facility) 500 North Morton Avenue, Morton, IL

TOPIC: “Leading Up – Office Professionalism” presented by Thomas Bower, President, Bower Communication and co-founder, Mindset Consulting and Dr. Chuck Stoner, Robert A. McCord Professor of Executive Management and Professor of Management at Bradley University

COST: Free to attend meeting (not necessary to be a member to attend)

MEAL: Dinner cost $15.00

RSVP: To Savanna Bohm at 655-2727 by noon 1/26/10

Methodist Offers Online Access to Methodist Medical Group Physicians

(January 21, 2010)--Patients of Methodist Medical Group Physicians can now use “e-Visits” for non-urgent medical consultations with their doctors. By utilizing MyMethodist eHealth, patients can communicate directly with their Methodist Medical Group physician and receive a reply within eight business hours.

MyMethodist eHealth is a free online tool that allows patients and their Methodist physicians to communicate about non-urgent healthcare matters any time and anywhere, as long as there is Internet access. By using My Methodist eHealth, patients are able to manage health records, consult physicians regarding symptoms or non-urgent health matters (e-Visits), request prescription renewals or lab results, schedule appointments and request referrals.

The “e-Visit” is the latest addition to the MyMethodist eHealth program. The “e-Visit” is a convenient way to “see” your doctor for non-urgent medical concerns. Instead of calling the doctor’s office and taking time off work for an appointment, patients can log onto the secure eHealth portal. The quick online interview allows the doctor to respond to patient concerns through MyMethodist eHealth, or determine if the patient needs to schedule an office visit for further follow-up.

Unlike email, MyMethodist eHealth messages use secure technology that only allows access by the patient, the physician and the physicians’ authorized staff.

There is no charge for routine communications such as appointment requests, lab results and medication refill requests. However, there is a $35 dollar charge for seeking treatment or medical advice through the “e-Visits.”
The $35 charge is covered by some but not all insurance programs. To start, go to www.mymethodist.net/myehealth and select “register as a new user.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How To Start A Business

Thirty-three people attended a two-and-a-half hour program at the Pekin Public Library on January 19th called "How To Start A Business In Illinois." The program was presented by Ross Miller, the Executive Director of the Small Business Development Center at Bradley University's Turner Center for Entrepreneurship. The event was co-sponsored by the Pekin Public Library, the City of Pekin, Pekin Main Street and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. A second program will be offered on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 titled “Writing a Business Plan.” For more information, or to register, please call the Reference Desk at 347-7111 ext. 2.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Four Seasons Gutter Protection Joins Chamber

Please welcome another business to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Four Seasons Gutter Protection Company
1432 Highview Road
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 694-4565
www.FourSeasonsCompany.com
harpers99@yahoo.com
Jeff Harper, President.

Four Seasons offers exterior home improvements, including gutter protection systems, replacement windows, siding, and Sunsetter awnings.

Pekin Hospital to Join International Tissue Donation Program

(January 14, 2010) - Pekin Hospital welcomed an audit team to its facility on January 13 as part of the process of joining an international venture to provide donated human tissue to recipients in Germany.

The hospital welcomed a team from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF)--Dr. Monica Montenero, Director of International Tissue Services and Dr. George McCann, Education Director--who reviewed the facility to assure ongoing compliance with MTF’s quality and safety standards. Once the audit is complete, Pekin will become part of an international arrangement between MTF and its subsidiary DIZG, the German Institute of Cell and Tissue Replacement, to send tissue from Pekin to DIZG.

The need for donated tissue extends beyond the borders of the United States. For many years, Pekin Hospital has partnered with MTF to provide a tissue donation program to meet the needs of local transplant recipients. The international venture is an extension of the tissue donation program that is already in place.

“We are very pleased to have visitors from MTF reviewing our facilities. We are happy to participate in this program to provide tissue from our donors to those in need in another country,” noted Pekin Vice President of Nursing, Jo Ellen Patterson, RN, MS.

“MTF is committed to making the connection between the gift of a donor family and improvement in the lives of thousands of tissue recipients,” added Dr. Montenero. “We are gratified to see that a hospital like Pekin is willing to help us with this important international venture.

MTF and DIZG
The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the nation’s largest tissue bank, changes lives by connecting donors with surgeons and transplant recipients. As a non-profit service organization, MTF is dedicated to providing quality tissue through a commitment to excellence in education, research, recovery and care for recipients, donors and their families. Since its inception in 1987, MTF has recovered more than 60,000 donors and has distributed more than 3 million grafts for transplantation.
DIZG is one of the largest tissue banks outside the US and one of the founding members of the European Association of Tissue Banks.

Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society General Meeting

Dale Kuntz, a long time member of the society and frequent speaker, will present more on Abraham Lincoln at the February 9, 2010 meeting of the Tazewell County Genealogical Society.

Dale has researched much of the travels of Abraham Lincoln through the various courthouses in Tazewell County when Lincoln was a circuit lawyer in Illinois prior to his election for President. Dale has followed in Lincoln's footsteps and written a book about his discoveries. Dale's presentation of "Who stole John's corn?"is a study of Attorney Abraham Lincoln's case which involved many people from Little Mackinaw Township.

The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday February 9, 2010 at the Society's Erlicher Library, located at 719 N Eleventh St, Pekin, IL. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM, with a business meeting immediately following. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking available.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pekin Area Business Expo '10

66 vendors filled 96 booths at the Dragons Dome on January 16th for the chamber's Pekin Area Business Expo '10. There was something for everyone, with entertainment, Fun On The Run, free flu vaccinations and more. Congratulations to the vendors who won awards for their booth displays: Photography by Deverman (1st), Best Western Ashland House (2nd) and the Peoria Chiefs (3rd). Also, thanks to the sponsors who made the event possible: Pekin Insurance, Allegra Print and Imaging, and Midwest Generation. Also, Fun on the Run, Pekin Daily Times, Illinois Collections Unlimited, Suzi Davis Travel, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Regent Broadcasting, CEFCU, Comcast Spotlight, and Hallmark House Nursing Center. You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Friday, January 15, 2010

Methodist Names Two to Leadership Positions

(January 14, 2010)--Methodist Medical Center has announced the addition of Steve Riney as Methodist Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Riney worked for Methodist from 1979 to 1994 and returns after extensive experience at several large medical complexes as well as serving as an independent information technology consultant. Riney started his new role on January 4, 2010.
Also added to the leadership team is Jeanette Murray, RN, BSN, MBA. Murray assumes the role of Director for Surgical Services and comes to Methodist from Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Murray started January 4, 2010 and has service line operational and clinical responsibilities for surgery and several other associated departments.

Moody’s Investment Services Affirms Methodist Medical Center’s A2 Underlying Debt Rating: Outlook Remains Stable.

(January 14, 2010)--Moody’s Investment Services has affirmed the A2 rating of Methodist Medical Center’s bonds issued by the Illinois Health Facilities Authority. The rating outlook remains stable.

Moody’s recognized Methodist for its healthy balance sheet profile and historically balanced approach to financing capital needs, resulting in a well below average debt burden. The Methodist balance sheet remains very healthy, with strategic and operational successes and a very strong market share position.

Methodist President and CEO Michael Bryant said, “We are very pleased to maintain our high bond rating in this challenging environment where most organizations are being downgraded. It is a compliment to our board, physicians, staff and partners that we have done so well and their efforts have been recognized.”

Cal MacKay, Methodist Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer said, “Our cash balance levels and low debt levels put us in a strong position, as well as our high quality and exceptional patient service, to provide for the health care needs of our community. With this financial strength we are able to maintain state of the art technology in both medical equipment and information technology.”

“Our financial strength is just one more way Methodist is ‘Taking You Well’ into the Future,” Bryant concluded.

WIU Chamber Orchestra to Perform at Concert

The students of Western Illinois University Chamber Orchestra, will be performing on Friday, January 29 at 7:00p.m. in the Patricia Hackler Auditorium, Washington School, Pekin. The concert is free and open to the public.

The WIU Chamber Orchestra is currently under the direction of Dr. Richard Hughey, Director of Orchestral Activities at Western Illinois University. The fifteen-member orchestra performs various pieces of such composers as Georg Friedrich Händel, Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach, Johann Sebastian Back, Paul Hindemith, Archangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Phillip Telemann and specializes in baroque performance practice. Dr. Hughey has been conducting the WIU Chamber Orchestra since 2008 and is a member The American String Teachers Association, The League of American Orchestras and the Council of Illinois Orchestras.

For more information, please contact The Suzuki Strings office at (309) 477-4774.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leadership Academy Begins

The R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy held their first sessions this week. They visited Excalibur Seasoning Company, toured the Pekin Public Library and heard about municipal government from Mayor Rusty Dunn and City Manager Dennis Kief. Over the next 9 weeks the group will learn about the community's leadership challenges and opportunities. You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Tips and Toes To Go Joins Chamber

Please welcome a new member to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Tips and Toes To Go
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 202-7447
Shannon Parker, Owner
www.tipsandtoestogo.com
tipsandtoestogo@yahoo.com

Available Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm, Saturday from 10am to 3pm, with special arrangements made for parties, by appointment only. Tips and Toes To Go is a mobile nail salon.

John M. Evans Scholarship Golf Tournament

SAVE THE DATE !!!!
14th Annual John M. Evans Scholarship Golf Tournament
Wednesday June 9, 2010
More information to follow.

PEKIN MAIN STREET’S EAGLE CENSUS DAY INCLUDES

Pekin Main Street’s annual Eagle Census Day is Saturday, January 23, 2010, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. along the Pekin Riverfront Park and at the Union Mission Center, 203 Court St.

Eagle watchers, bird enthusiasts, and nature lovers can catch a glimpse of an American bald eagle in its natural habitat along the Illinois River during this free special event. Bald eagles flock to the river, where they set up nesting sites and fish the river for food. The greatest concentration of eagles in Illinois are along the Illinois River from Pekin to Havana, because the river is kept open and clear of ice for barges, and the water continues to become cleaner.
Pekin Main Street will offer free guided eagle viewing tours between the Pekin Riverfront and Wesley Road; tour buses will depart regularly between 10 a.m. and 12 noon from the Pekin Riverfront Park, at the foot of Court Street. Tour guides on the bus will have handouts with more information and be available for questions.


In addition to the bus tours, a variety of eagle-related activities will continue at the Union Mission Center’s auditorium. Free entertainment this year includes Midwestern singer/songwriter Barry Cloyd. Barry will perform ‘Musical River Road Folklore’ from 11 a.m.-11:45 noon. At 11:45, storyteller Jo Lakota will entertain all ages with a variety of Native American eagle stories and Bruce Clifton will showcase a wild eagle slide show starting at 12:30 p.m. Finally, a “Birds of Prey” presentation will be given by representatives from Wildlife Prairie Park at 1:00 p.m. The presentation will showcase several birds for viewing and educational information. Free admission to all eagle-related programs. Participants should dress warmly and bring spotting scopes, binoculars, and cameras for best viewing of the eagles. This event is sponsored by Pekin Visitors Bureau, Pekin Daily Times and Parkside Auto; for more information, please contact the Pekin Main Street office at 353-3100 or visit www.pekinmainstreet.com.

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Classes

(January 13, 2010) – Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on February 1, 2 and 3. The series of three classes will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

The classes are designed to provide information on managing adult diabetes and are designed to help diabetics learn and develop the skills of self-management of diabetes therapy. Topics covered in the sessions will include:

* the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control
* how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size
* the possible complications associated with diabetes
* why exercise will benefit your health and make you feel good

Workshop speakers will include a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, Registered Pharmacist, Exercise Specialist, and Registered Medical Technician.

Class fees are $60 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost). The $60 includes all three classes. Class size is limited. Registration deadline is January 25, 2010. To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Methodist Names January Employees of the Month

(January 13, 2010)-Methodist Medical Center has announced the January, 2010 Employees of the Month. Their peers in the areas of patient care, nursing, and non-nursing support recognize three separate employees.

The three selected were Judy Click, RN of Morton, selected for the category of Nursing. She works in Home Care Skilled Nursing. Also selected was Lisa Bessler of Sparland for non-nursing support. Lisa works for Methodist Medical Group in Lacon. And for the category of Patient Care, Steve Goldring of Canton was selected. He works on the 7 Crescent patient floor.
All three will be honored at a hospital reception on Wednesday, January 20, 2010.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Walt's Garage Joins Chamber

Please welcome a new member to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Walt's Garage
301 Koch Street, Suite 2
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 353-2886
Fax 353-2884
waltsgarage@centurytel.net

Walter Thomas, Becky Thomas, and Samantha Thomas, owners

Walt's Garage is family owned and operated. They offer services from regular maintenance to engine and transmission replacements. From bumper to bumper, they do it all for automotive.

Methodist Schedules 2010 Blood Drives

(January 12, 2010)--Methodist Medical Center will be hosting a series of public American Red Cross blood drives during 2010. All blood drives will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the hospital’s Morron Room on the first floor. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are always welcome. Blood drives will be conducted on:

January 14
March 11
May 6
July 1
September 9
November 11

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Jeri Doran at 672-5775.

Personal Down Sizing Team Weight Loss Competition Offered

(January 12, 2010) – Pekin Hospital and the Pekin Daily times are teaming up to offer a Personal Down Sizing team weight loss competition starting January 26. Teams will consist of five members who are 18 years or older.

The entry free to participate is $30 per team. All teams must be consist of five members, with any combination of men and women, who are 18 years or older. Starting weigh-ins will be held January 26 and January 28 from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Pekin Hospital’s Wellness Center. Monthly weigh-ins will be held through May. Final weigh-outs will be held May 18 and May 20 from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to two individuals: one with has the most pounds lost and one with the highest percentage of weight lost, as well as two teams: one with the most pounds lost and one with the highest percentage of weight lost.
For more information, please call Tony at 346-1111 x740 or visit www.pekintimes.com or www.pekinhospital.org.

Methodist Medical Center

(January 13, 2010)---The following is the schedule for the Methodist Medical Center Mobile Mammography Van for the month of February 2010. Unless otherwise listed, the van will be in these locations from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Methodist now features all digital mammography equipment providing improved, faster and more comfortable exams.

February MammoVan Schedule

February 2-Methodist at Morton-1909 N. Morton Ave.-Morton
February 3-Methodist Medical Group at Chillicothe-525 Sweetbriar-Chillicothe
February 6-Jazzercise-7010-a North University-Peoria
February 8-Methodist Medical Group at East Peoria-200 River Road-East Peoria
February 10-Cherry Tree Shopping Center-Washington
February 12-Methodist Medical Group at Metamora-901 Walnut-Metamora
February 15-Methodist at Lacon-1112 E. Fifth Street-Lacon
February 16-Methodist at Morton-1909 N. Morton Ave.-Morton
February 17-Walmart-2071 N. Main-Canton
February 23-Heartland Clinic-1701 W. Garden-Peoria
February 24-Methodist at Pekin-1800 Broadway-Pekin
February 26-Methodist Medical Group at Princeville-223 E. Main-Princeville

There is no need for a doctor’s order for a screening mammogram if you’re 40 or over. If you are uninsured or under-insured, tell us when you call for an appointment. You may qualify for a free mammogram.

Call for an appointment at 671-8282

Margaret Koch, RN, Achieves Renewal

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) recently announced that Margaret Koch, RN, BS, CDE, Diabetes Educator at Pekin Hospital, has renewed the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status by successfully completing the continuing education renewal option process.

Candidates must meet rigorous requirements to be eligible for certification. Achieving the CDE credential demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, there are approximately 16,600 diabetes educators who hold NCBDE certification.

In 1993, Margaret Koch established the outpatient diabetes program at Pekin Hospital with a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Pekin Hospital offers group classes and individual counseling in diabetes self management and medical nutrition therapy related to diabetes. Referrals can be arranged by calling (309) 353-0719.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health care professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. Through the development, maintenance, and protection of the certification process and the CDE credential, NCBDE recognizes and advances the specialty practice of diabetes education. NCBDE supports the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all diabetes educators who meet credential and experience eligibility requirements.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Governor Quinn Visits Pekin

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was in Pekin to announce his support of the city's Veterans Drive project. State Senator Dave Koehler and Pekin Mayor Rusty Dunn also spoke about the project. All three of them them noted the leadership of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce on this project. See more pictures from this event at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Monday, January 11, 2010

Great Clips Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting was held on January 8th to welcome a new business, Great Clips For Hair, to Pekin. They are located at 3412 Veterans Drive. Representatives from the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed and congratulated franchise owner David Hands and his family. Employees and customers also joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony. You can see more pictures from this event on the chamber's picture page at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

TCRC OPENS A NEW RESIDENTIAL HOME - THE COTTONWOOD CILA

Six individuals with developmental disabilities now have a new place to call home. Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. is happy to announce that its sixth residential facility has officially opened.

TCRC received a grant in late 2007 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to build this new CILA (Community Integrated Living Arrangement). TCRC was one of only four organizations in Illinois to receive a HUD grant that year. Molly Anderson, Vice- President of Residential Services, shared her feelings about the new home, “TCRC is very fortunate to have an opportunity such as this to be able to provide quality community housing for individuals with disabilities.”

Cottonwood CILA is located in East Peoria, in the Cottonwood Estate subdivision just off of Muller Road. It is a specially designed, handicapped accessible ranch-style home with six bedrooms, roll-in showers, spacious living areas, and many other amenities that TCRC always provides for its residential clients with developmental disabilities.

“The agency is very proud of the fact that this project has had a positive impact on the area economy, especially during these uncertain times,” states Ron Hale, TCRC’s President and CEO. “First, a local company secured the construction contract and they in turn put area building professionals to work on the facility. Second, TCRC now has more employment opportunities to offer those in our community.” Staff openings are still available at the CILA and interested parties should contact TCRC Human Resources at (309) 925-2061 or apply online at www.tcrcorg.com.

An Open House is being planned for the spring.

Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit social service agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and visual impairments in central Illinois.
For more information, please contact Molly Anderson, Vice-President of Residential Services, at (309) 925-2061 or anderson@tcrcorg.com.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Methodist Medical Center Achieves “Caregiver Safety Accreditation”

January 7, 2010—Methodist Medical Center has achieved its annual Caregiver Safety Accreditation. This coveted recognition is based on the implementation of a workplace safety training and accountability system. Accreditation is certified by the Caregiver Safety Society, which annually audits member hospitals for compliance with its stringent safety standards.

Top management at Methodist has created a caring environment that placed high value on protecting employees’ long term physical capabilities.

Caregiver Safety Accreditation focuses on patient transfers and patient lifting, which are the leading causes of hospital employee injury nationwide. Training in safe lifting techniques is a proactive step toward preventing these injuries. All nurses must demonstrate hands-on patient lifting proficiency through training and testing done at the time of hiring and at annually repeated retraining.
National safety studies indicate that hospitals that provide safe working environments also provide safer patient environments. Caregiver Safety Accreditation, while focused on hospital employee safety, naturally enhances patient safety.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Methodist Nurses Earn Advanced Nursing Credentials

(December 31, 2009)—Nurses at Methodist Medical Center have completed advanced training and educational requirements to earn specialized nursing credentials.

Those nurses include Darcy Scott of Mackinaw. She completed her rehabilitation certification (CRRN) from the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board. Darcy works on the Methodist Rehab unit.

Also completing their rehabilitation certification were Kerry Newman of East Peoria, Jill Batterham of Mapelton and Heather Nancy of Germantown Hills.

Sandy Pryor of Mapelton, Methodist Patient Safety Coordinator, has successfully completed the American society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) certification and is now credentialed as a “Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM).
Certification is an expert credential reserved for those who meet rigorous practice, continuing education and testing requirements in their specialty. Certification has been linked to fewer medical errors and increased job satisfaction and confidence.

PCHS Choral Students Start Ad Sales Campaign

On Monday, January 4, 2010, students from the Pekin Community High School Choral Department will begin soliciting local businesses for support of the upcoming February Festacular Show Choir Invitational. February Festacular will be held on Saturday, February 27 at Pekin Community High School and is organized by the PCHS Choral Music Boosters.

Students will be approaching local businesses to purchase advertisements in the event program. Ads are available in four sizes and range in price from $35 - $150. Corporate Partnerships are also available at the $500 and $1000 levels.

February Festacular will host 12 show choirs from across the Midwest. Approximately 2,500 visitors are expected to attend the competition. The event will provide funds to help with the expenses related to the choral program at PCHS.

"While the event itself is still 8 weeks away, the ad sales campaign is a very important part of this fundraiser" said Andrew Seibert, an event consultant working with the PCHS Choral Music Boosters. "It is a wonderful way for the community to show it’s support of the event, our school, and our students. In other area communities, choral programs raise over $10,000 annually through the ad sales."

The ad sales campaign will continue through January 29, 2010. Businesses interested in supporting February Festacular can contact Mike Ingles at 309-267-4922 for additional information.

The PCHS Choral Music Boosters is a non-profit organization operated by the choral parents. The Boosters provide additional funds to the show choir program to assist in supplementing the funds provided by the school, as well as reducing the financial burden on the students involved in the program. PCHS has two extracurricular show choirs, “Noteables” and “Intuition”. Combined, more than 100 students are involved with the show choirs.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

TCGHS January Meeting

January 12, 2010
Chris Miller, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and a 21 year veteran of the National Weather Service, currently works as a Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Lincoln IL. In his job he coordinates with local, state and other federal government agencies, particularly those related to emergency services, and have conducted numerous hazardous weather safety media interviews, including "StormStories" for The Weather Channel, and ABC World News Tonight. Chris has received numerous awards for outstanding performance promoting severe weather plans for business and industry.

Chris will give us insight into the severe weather throughout the history ofIllinois, including significant weather events that have occurred in the past in Tazewell County.

The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday January12, 2010 at the Society's Erlicher Library, located at 719 N Eleventh St, Pekin, IL. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM, with a business meeting immediately following. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking available.