Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chamber December Calendar

December 1
Executive Board Meeting
December 2

Pekin 1st Committee
Business After Hours – Pekin Hospital
December 3
Multi-Chamber Speed Networking Exchange
December 7
Ambassador Meeting
December 8
Board of Directors and Past Presidents Christmas Party
December 9
Transportation Committee Train Trip to Chicago
December 10
Puttin on Pekin Breakfast – Knights Of Columbus
December 14
Member Services Committee


Chamber events and committee meetings are also online at:

·    Visit our website @ http://www.pekin.net/  
·    Use the drop down box for Chamber Resources
·    Click the Calendar

Super Saver Chamber Coupons

Super Saver
Chamber Coupons
are now online!
·    Visit our website @ http://www.pekin.net/
·    Use the drop down box for Chamber Resources
·    Click Chamber Coupons
·    View and print individual coupons

Join us for Business After Hours

Membership Renewals through Nov 29th

Thank you to the following chamber members who have recently renewed their investment in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Acorn Properties and Investments ~ Kirk W. Bode, Attorney
Camp of Champions USA ~ Todd Campbell ~ CJ's Café
Dr. Robert J. Johnson, DMD ~ Jost, Becker & Jost
KCB Information Services ~ Leman Property Management Company
Lewis Industries ~ McGladrey & Pullen ~ Lloyd Orrick
ReMax Home Realtors ~ Glen Rittenhouse ~ Rogy's Child Care Center
San Juan Pools & Spas ~ Schwartz Electric Company
Sun Valley Subdivision ~ Suzi Davis Travel
Tazewell County House of Hope ~ Tazwood Mental Health Center
Wal-Mart

Biz Barometer

Employment Numbers Improve – According to information from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the unemployment rate in Pekin fell from 11.0% in September to 10.8% in October.  In October of 2009, the unemployment rate in Pekin was 14.3%.  While those percentages sound good, the actual number of persons employed in Pekin was 255 less than a year ago.

Consumer Price Index – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Over the past twelve months, the all items index increased 1.2 percent before seasonal adjustments.

Your Invited to a Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

Please join us for a ribbon cutting and grand opening at:

Pet Supplies Plus
Wednesday, December 1st  9:00am. 

Located in Market Square next to Food Depot (old County Market). 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tazwood Ribbon Cutting

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the new residential housing building at Tazwood Mental Health. Many local dignitaries congratulated Tazwood CEO Michael Polson on the addition. The complex includes 15 furnished, one-bedroom apartments and offers permanent housing for individuals with serious mental illness. The facility will also provide tenants with supportive services, including mental health, substance abuse and supportive employment.

Santa House - Downtown Pekin

Santa House
Another age-old tradition returns to Downtown Pekin with the arrival of the Santa House on the Courthouse lawn.  Santa is available for visits and will also accept letters and wish lists.  If you wish to have photos, please feel free to bring your camera! 

Hours: Friday 4-6 pm, Saturday 10 am - noon and 4-6 pm, Sunday 4-6 pm.

(Weekends in December)

Pekin Insurance™ Management Promotions

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Gordon Walker, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Pekin Insurance, has recently announced the following promotions:

Scott Martin, 
FLMI, President of all Pekin Insurance Companies; Dan Connell, CPA, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Brian Lee, FLMI, FALU, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Pekin Life Insurance Company; and Todd Clark, CPCU, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Property/Casualty Companies. Dan Connell continues as Secretary of all companies.


View the entire announcement here.

Holiday Bazaar, December 4th & 5th

Saturday, Dec 4th 10-4 & Sunday, Dec 5th 12-4
This bazaar is geared to help you find perfect, unique gifts for your loved ones. Several jewelers, photographers, painters, a furniture designer and many other artist will have booths set up displaying their one-of-a-kind items.

View the full flyer

ARTISTS.... there is still space available if you are an artisan and would like to display and sell your items at the bazaar. Please contact Nikole at speakeasyartcenter@yahoo.com for more details.

McDaniels Healthcare Marketing Honored with Four Pinnacle Awards

(Pekin, Ill.) McDaniels Healthcare Marketing Group, a marketing firm headquartered in Pekin, Ill., recently received four Pinnacle Awards as part of the annual conference for the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (ISHMPR). Each year, the Pinnacle Awards are presented for excellence in healthcare marketing and public relations.

Randall McDaniels, president, and Lynda Senkpiel, marketing and public relations specialist, accepted the awards on behalf of the agency’s clients and creative/public relations team. McDaniels Healthcare Marketing was recognized with the following public relations honors:

Award of Excellence

Award of Merit

Honorable Mention
  • Pekin Hospital – Print Advertising – “Positive Opinions Are Growing” Campaign

Nearly 50 hospitals and healthcare systems from across the state submitted 150 entries in 23 project categories. Entries were judged by the Georgia Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations on their own merit in accordance with established criteria for project planning, implementation and overall results.

McDaniels Marketing Communications draws on over 44 years of experience to help strategically plan and execute marketing tactics for healthcare facilities throughout the Midwest. McDaniels also has client service offices in Rockford, IL and the Quad Cities.

Pekin Winter Wonderland

Congratulations to Michele and Bob Small, the Grand Marshals of the Pekin Winter Wonderland Parade.  Local resident Ed Emmons has posted over 150 pictures from the parade and opening ceremony.  You can see them at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/edemmons1/20101128WinterWonderlandParade?authkey=Gv1sRgCPbb3LWW4YLc5AE&feat=directlink#

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bridgeway and Illinois Growth Enterprises join forces

INNOVATIVE AFFILIATION BETWEEN BRIDGEWAY AND ILLINOIS GROWTH ENTERPRISES PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICES AND EMPLOYMENT

Bridgeway and Illinois Growth Enterprises (IGE) have joined forces in the creation of a progressive and innovative partnership that will allow for sustainability of human service programs while presenting the opportunity for expansion and growth. Bridgeway and Illinois Growth Enterprises, both of which are not-for-profit human service organizations, have created an affiliation which will combine the expertise of the two organizations with longstanding ties in their respective service areas. The Boards of Directors of Bridgeway, which operates in 40 locations throughout Illinois and Iowa, and Rockford-based Illinois Growth Enterprises, have approved a long-term affiliation agreement paving the way for the maintenance and expansion of jobs and programs.

The state’s budget woes have been painful and far reaching to human service organizations which serve persons with disabilities. Draconian budget cuts to human service organizations by the state of Illinois have resulted in loss of services to the citizens of Illinois. The state has offered no apparent solutions to address this dilemma thus creating a climate that mandates innovative thinking in preserving jobs and services. The unique partnership between Bridgeway and IGE will provide for enhanced revenue sources through shared expertise in the introduction of new services and employment opportunities while allowing for the reduction of corporate overhead through shared operational systems and benefit plans. Bridgeway and Illinois Growth Enterprises are committed to seeking out business opportunities that will create employment for persons with disabilities and community members as a whole.

For further comment please contact Jim Starnes, CEO, Bridgeway at 309-837-4876 or Don Thayer, CEO, Illinois Growth Enterprises, at 815-962-8333

For additional information about programs and services available through Bridgeway and Illinois Growth Enterprises please visit them online at http://www.bway.org/ and http://www.illinoisgrowth.com/

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Going Green Computers

Going Green Computers,1600 Market St, Pekin, IL 61554; phone: 309-241-2229; fax: 309-620-8679; email: goinggreencomputers@gmail.com; Website: http://www.goinggreencomputers.com/; Bradley Frick, President. They are a residential and business computer recycling certified EPA collector of E-waste. They also provide sales and /or service of used compters and laptops.

Papa Murphy's ~ Sweepstake Announced

Winter Wonderland Festival Parade

The Pekin Winter Wonderland Committee is pleased to announce this years Grand Marshalls, Bob & Michelle Small.  Congratulations!

Winter Wonderland Festival Parade~
Sunday, November 28, 2010 starting at 3:30 PM.

This year’s theme is “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
  • Date: Sunday, November 28, 2010
  • Time: 2:30 PM - Line-up/judging begins
  • Time: 3:30 PM - Parade begins at 9th and Broadway
  • Parade Route : Begins in the 1100 block of Broadway, east on Broadway, right on Sycamore Street to Pavilion Drive, and ending at the Dugout Parking Lot. Please disband and have members picked up at the Miniature Golf parking lot.
  • Following the parade the Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Pavilion in Mineral Springs Park with Fireworks, Refreshments, Carriage Rides, Sing a longs, and SANTA.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Habitate for Humanity Benefit


February 4, 2011 at the Waterhouse in Peoria
Tickets Now
Available
$24.24 plus $2.32 online fee
BUY HERE
Habitat's 2x4s & More
Art Auction is a unique
fundraiser featuring
more than 50 works of
art using 2x4s as their
"canvas."

 
Call 676-6729 ext. 3 or visit http://www.habitatpeoria.org/ for more information.

Christmas on Court, December 3rd

Cash Incentives for Upgrades

Pekin Area Business EXPO '11

Business Expo 2011
The 2011 Pekin Area Business EXPO is a great opportunity to showcase your products or services to the public.  Last year 65 businesses and organizations participated.

We hope you’ll join us for the Pekin Area Business EXPO ’11.
Avanti’s Dome
Saturday, January 22, 2011
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Free Admission – Free Parking

Great EXPO Features:
Ÿ         Entertainment
Ÿ         Grand Prize Drawing: $250 Visa Gift Card, Sponsored by Illinois Collections Unlimited
Ÿ         Door prize drawings all day from Exhibitors


Join your fellow chamber members and promote all that is available in the Pekin area! 

Register your business today.  View and print registration information on line at http://pekin.net/2010/EXPOmailer2011.pdf  

Discounts apply to Chamber Members.  Register by December 31st to be included in the special EXPO section of the Pekin Daily Times.

Contact the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce at 346-2106 or by email for additional information. 


Thanks to all of our sponsors:

Midwest Generation Powerton Station
Pekin Insurance
Allegra Print & Imaging
Pekin Daily Times
Comcast Spotlight
Adams Outdoor Advertising
Illinois Collections Unlimited
CEFCU
Fun on the Run

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Illinois Corn Processing

Illinois Corn Processing, 1301 S Front; P.O. Box 1069, Pekin, IL 61555-1069; phone: 309-478-4474; fax: 309-353-4588; Randy Schrick, President; Tom Belk, Operations Manager; Sean Miller, Risk Manager; Don Shippy, Controller. Illinois Corn Processing is a producer of beverage, industrial, pharmaceutical and fuel alcohol.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bruce Helling Rejoins McDaniels Marketing Communications

Bruce Helling has returned to McDaniels Marketing Communications as media director/account executive (AE). Helling worked at the agency in the same position from 1993 through 2000. He brings a variety of skills to his position, including business development, print and broadcast media sales, advertising planning and negotiation, trade show experience, and project management.

As media director, Helling is responsible for the management and oversight of the media department’s daily activities. In addition, he will be involved with production, including print projects like brochures, direct mail campaigns and more.

“I am very excited about returning to the agency and the work I enjoy most,” Helling said. “It feels a little like I’m coming home.”

Helling also serves as an AE, helping to maintain the agency’s high level of service for existing clients and developing new business opportunities where possible. Comfortable in the role, he also worked as an AE for a Bloomington-based advertising agency just prior to his return to McDaniels Marketing Communications.

McDaniels Marketing Communications draws on over 43 years of experience to help strategically plan and execute marketing tactics for clients throughout the Midwest. McDaniels also has client service offices in Rockford, IL and the Quad Cities. ie-media, the company’s interactive division, specializes in developing websites, content management systems, interactive animated programming, SEO, SEM, social media strategies and more.

Sunset Hills Mashie's Trivia Night

Sunset Hills Mashie's Trivia Night!
1620 Summit
Tonight 7:00 pm

Bring a team or join a team! 
Fun will be had by all!
Prizes!

Contact The Clubs at Sunset Hills for more information 347-7553

Tazewell County Health Dept Open House

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Beginning to look alot like Christmas in Pekin

Local Pekin Community High School Students are helping to get the Downtown area ready for Christmas. Read the full article at:
Beginning to look alot like Christmas in Pekin - Peoria, IL - pjstar.com

Clubs at Sunset Hills, Upcoming Events

Monday, November 15th
Monday Night Football - Philadelphia @ Washington

Wednesday, November 17th
Trivia Night 7pm - PRIZES!
Bring a team or join a team
Special: Chicken or Shrimp Alfredo

Thursday, November 18th
Taco Night!  3 for $5 or $2/ea
NFL Chicago @ Miami
Play BAGS
Thirsty Thursday drink specials... $1 Domestic Pints & $2 Well drinks

Friday, November 19th
Special Fish and Chips, $8.95

Saturday, November 21st
Sunday Ticket NFL Football

Wednesday, November 24th
Thanksgiving Eve Trivia
Besides our regular trivia, which is our end of the month championship,
how about a couple of rounds of Boomers (over45) vs. Post Boomers (under 45)
A chance to have a night out with your kids, family or friends who are home for the holidays...

November 26th or 27th
Turkey Shootout!  2 Player Scramble
Your choice, Friday or Saturday - Call for tee time.
$25/player  includes: golf, cart fees and appetizer at Mashie's after round one. 
Results will be flighted and prizes awarded based on the number of entries.

December 31st
Save the date!  We will have details soon for our New Year's Eve Party.

View / Print flyer here.

Speakeasy Art Center - Events

CALL TO ARTISANS AND CRAFTERS!!!
Holiday Shopping Bazaar!!!
Saturday, December 4th 10a-4p and Sunday, December 5th 12-4p
We are looking for artisans (woodworking, fiber, pottery, jewelry, photography, etc.) interested in displaying and selling your work. If you are interested please email us at speakeasyartcenter@hotmail.com for more details.

COONEY/ MIALKOWSKI EXHIBIT
All through the month of November you can visit the amazing work of Eric Cooney (photographer/sculptor/painter) & Gene Mialkowski (sculptor). Eric Cooney's work brings to life extraordinary beauty from ordinary places. Focusing in industrial abstract photography, his work always leaves you with a sense of wonder and intrigue. Gene Mialkowski works primarily in steel. He has an amazing ability to make heavy, metal sculpture feel as weightless as ribbons. This show is a MUST-SEE so come enjoy!

FREE OPEN STUDIO!!! ( EVERY Thursday, 6-8p)
Bring your pencils, pens, brushes, camera's, laptops, instruments ( YOU NAME IT) to our open studio! This is simply a time to enjoy the gallery space and inspire each other! Bring a snack and drink if you like.

LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS!!!
EVERY Wed. night, 6:30-11pm
Hang out at Speakeasy and listen to THE DIRTY GENTLEMAN jam and practice!! They call their unique sound Indie-ish Rock! ARE YOU CURIOUS??? You should be!! Come out and listen to what all the fuss is about!

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY NOW! 
Now is the time to book your holiday festivities at the Speakeasy Art Center!!! Why cram everyone into your home and be left with clean-up?? Have your Christmas, Hanakkuh, Thanksgiving, New Years (etc, etc, etc...) celebrations in our beautiful gallery atmosphere. Want a tour or rental rates?? Contact Nikole at speakeasyartcenter@hotmail.com.

Veterans Drive Public Hearing

ANNOUNCEMENT OF
PUBLIC HEARING
For
VETERANS DRIVE
(BROADWAY TO FISCHER ROAD)
 

 THE CITY OF PEKIN WILL HOLD AN OPEN HOUSE, PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010 CONCERNING THE EXTENSION OF VETERAN’S DRIVE FROM BROADWAY TO FISCHER ROAD NORTH OF INTERSTATE 474.  THE OVERALL LENGTH OF THE PROPOSED ROADWAY EXTENSION IS APPROXIMATELY 4.5 MILES.  ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING.

THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD FROM 5:30 P.M. UNTIL 8:00 P.M. AT SCOTT ALTMAN SCHOOL (FORMERLY SUNSET HILLS SCHOOL) LOCATED AT 1730 HIGHWOOD DRIVE, PEKIN, ILLINOIS.

PERSONNEL FROM THE CITY OF PEKIN AND THE CONSULTING FIRM OF AECOM TECHNICAL SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN PROJECT DISPLAYS.  ALL INTERESTED CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING AND WILL BE OFFERED AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS AND SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS ON THE PROJECT.  VERBATIM COMMENTS WILL BE RECORDED.  NO FORMAL PRESENTATION WILL BE MADE; THE MEETING WILL BE AN OPEN HOUSE FORMAT.  ATTENDEES MAY ARRIVE ANY TIME DURING THE OPEN HOUSE AND NO FORMAL PRESENTATION WILL BE MADE.  THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT DOCUMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT PEKIN CITY HALL LOCATED AT 111 S. CAPITOL STREET, PEKIN, ILLINOIS, FROM THE TIME OF THIS NOTICE UNTIL DECEMBER 9, 2010 FOR PUBLIC REVIEW.

THE MEETING ROOM IS ACCESSIBLE TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.  IF SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NEEDED, ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE WITH AECOM PRIOR TO THE MEETING DATE.

COMMENTS AND/OR INFORMATIONAL REQUESTS CAN BE MAILED TO:

                                                MR. KEN COULTER
                                                AECOM TECHNICAL SERVICES
                                                111 NE JEFFERSON AVENUE
                                                PEORIA, IL 61602

Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Re-Opens

Congratulations to the owners and employees at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, which reopened November 10th, just over a year after a fire destroyed much of the facility. Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Pekin, the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and many others came together to commemorate the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours of the completely refurbished facility were also available.

Illinois River Road Community Input Session


Join a Community Input Session for your community!
Peoria:  November 16th, 2010  3-4:30pm
Peoria Area CVB
456 Fulton Street, Suite 300, Peoria
Seating for this important session is limited, please RSVP your intent to attend to: Michelle Rios at 309.676.0303 or mrios@peoria.org

The Butch Gudat Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois opens scholarship and grant process.

The Butch Gudat Fund is a charitable fund established to assist Tri-County firefighters, their families and their communities.  The fund commemorates the dedication and bravery of Peoria Fire Captain Butch Gudat who died fighting an apartment complex fire on Main Street on January 23, 1983.

The fund provides two (2) $1,500 academic scholarships to qualifying children and grandchildren of career and volunteer firefighters and one (1) $750 grant to a fire station in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. 

Applications for the scholarship and grant are due by December 1st.  To receive applications please go to the Butch Gudat Fund website at http://www.butchgudatfund.org/ or contact Mike Gudat by e-mailing mike@butchgudatfund.org.

Applications may also be obtained at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois by calling 309-674-8730 or by e-mailing Kristan@communityfoundationci.org.

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Editor’s Note: The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) has served Central Illinois for over 22 years. Formed in 1988 as the Peoria Area Community Foundation, CFCI supports positive initiatives and innovative approaches to addressing the changing needs of our region.   

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois’ Mission:
To serve as a philanthropic resource committed to Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter.

BeadforLife Fundraiser to be Held

Dr. Michele Moul will be hosting a BeadforLife Party fundraiser on Friday, November 19, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at CJ’s Café, 404 Court Street, Pekin. CJ’s Café will be open for dinner during the fundraiser.

The BeadforLife Party will feature unique, colorful beads hand-rolled from recycled paper by Ugandan women. A large variety of loose beads, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces will be presented in many different styles.  Prices run from $5 to $30.

All proceeds benefit BeadforLife.  Women work their way out of extreme poverty through the sale of these Beads.  The income received enables them to purchase food, healthcare, education and housing.

The event is open to the public. For more information, please call (309) 347-0404.

Community Foundation of Central Illinois Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundation

Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) Participates in a National Effort to Highlight Collaboration, Innovation in Philanthropy

During the week of November 12-18, 2010, The Community Foundation of Central Illinois will join more than 700 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.
Community foundations are independent, public charities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to community-based organizations. Community foundations strengthen communities by enabling people to create charitable funds that address a wide range of interests. Through visionary, diverse, and inclusive philanthropy, community foundations have become catalysts for significant community change.
During the week, Community Foundation of Central Illinois will release to the community a list of the organizations receiving grants from the September Community Granting process. 

“In a down economy, with limited resources, and a growing need for services to help families in need, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to some of our most challenging social problems,” said CFCI CEO Mark Roberts. The greater central Illinois area is stepping up and getting more creative in how we provide support that people need during tough times.”

In the wake of the recent announcement that more than 40 of America’s billionaires will donate a majority of their fortunes to charity, the role and impact of philanthropy and community foundations is being redefined. Community foundations, independent, public charities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to community-based organizations, are at the heart of this change.  

In the Spring of 2010 The Community Foundation of Central Illinois board and staff participated in a strategic planning initiative.  As a result, five main goals were identified to move CFCI in a forward thinking direction. Those goals are:

              I.    Create, Strengthen and Diversify Relationships
             II.    Promote Organizational Sustainability 
            III.    Enhance Organizational Visibility
           IV.    Identify, Focus and Strategically Deploy Community Investments
            V.    Measure Organizational Effectiveness

“The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is confident that the successful implementation of these strategic goals, when combined with the ongoing support of our loyal fund holders, will strengthen the Foundation’s capacity to meet current and emerging community needs”, said Roberts.  “In the last fiscal year, the Foundation granted over $5.1 Million dollars in charitable support to our community, and beyond.  Although we are proud to play a small role in distributing this critical support, we know that it’s not enough.  In order to become an even stronger partner in improving the quality of life in our community, we must continue to sharpen our focus”.   

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy in the United States and hold nearly $50 billion in assets, according to Foundation Center. Every state in the U.S. is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban, and rural—that is advancing solutions to a wide range of social issues. Although community foundations make up only one percent of all U.S. grantmaking foundations, they account for more than 10 percent of all foundation giving. These organizations are growing globally. The Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support estimates that nearly 1,500 community foundations operate in more than 50 countries.

“America’s community foundations are on the frontlines of a tremendous shift in philanthropy and how we do business differently in a high-tech, rapidly changing world,” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “These organizations are leading the charge by bringing communities together, galvanizing resources, and maximizing their impact to advance the public good.”
Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former President George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

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Editor’s Note: The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) has served Central Illinois for over 22 years. Formed in 1988 as the Peoria Area Community Foundation, CFCI supports positive initiatives and innovative approaches to addressing the changing needs of our region.   

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois’ Mission:
To serve as a philanthropic resource committed to Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter.
http://www.communityfoundationci.org/

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tazewell Jaycees Open House

The Tazewell County Jaycees will be hosting a membership information open house at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin on Monday, November 15th from 6 pm – 8 pm.  Individuals ages 18-40 who are interested in joining a growing social and service organization are encouraged to attend.  Food will be provided and adult beverages will be available to purchase.
The Jaycees will also be running a membership special for that night only.  Dues will be slashed by $10 for individuals and $25 for couples. 
The Tazewell County Jaycees run a variety of projects in the community, such as monthly trivia nights, a rotten egg hunt, and an upcoming triathlon.  The Jaycees also offer many programs for personal and professional development, such as an upcoming financial planning workshop.  They have plenty of fun, too, so please stop by the open house to learn more!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ciCarpool To Launch December 2, 2010.

 A unique partnership between regional employers, Chambers of Commerce and employer organizations, local government, and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has resulted in the launch of ciCarpool, a web-based, interactive rideshare matching program.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of ciCarpool, a web-based rideshare-matching service for the Peoria-Pekin region.  The service will launch in early December; with a press conference being held on December 2, 9:00am at the offices of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.  This service will allow employees and residents in the region to find carpool partners and share rides to work, special events, or when running errands.  As a result, users will save money and fuel, improve local air quality by eliminating some of the pollution-forming emissions, and reduce congestion on the region’s roadways.

Sign-up and use of the ciCarpool service is free to users, thanks to grant funding from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation.  Users may register and utilize the service at www.ciCarpool.org.  Sign-up is easy, and employees of sponsoring employers can get assistance from their employers’ human resources department.

ciCarpool is made possible thanks to a unique partnership between several local Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Villages, Cities, Counties, TCRPC, and major regional employers including Caterpillar, RMH Foods, Morton Industries, OSF St. Francis, and MATCOR.  These organizations have worked over the past 18 months to make ciCarpool a reality, in order to make it easier for residents to deal with the rising cost of fuel, improve local air quality, and strengthen the region’s  transportation system.

For details on the ciCarpool service, or to sign up, visit www.ciCarpool.org.  Or, for more information, contact Ryan Granata at 309-673-9330 or rgranata@tricountyrpc.org.

Training is available on ciCarpool for local businesses.  The training will teach human resource professionals how to administer the program at their business and how to encourage usage of the program.  This training is free and will last approximately one hour.

Washington
Tuesday December 7th
9:00 – 10:00am
Five Points Washington – Library Meeting Room
309-444-1135
Pekin
Wednesday December 8th
4:00 – 5:00pm
Pekin Public Library
301 S 4th Street (corner of Broadway & 4th)
309-347-7111

Peoria
Thursday December 9th
10:00 – 11:00am
Heartland Partnership Board Room
309-495-5914
Morton
Thursday December 16th
8:00 – 9:00am
Morton Fire Station on West Courtland
309-263-2491


1st Annual Sip N Shop Ladies Night Out

1st Annual Christmas
Sip N Shop Ladies Night Out!
Do you hate the crowds on Black Friday?
How about a one stop shopping experience for EVERYONE on your Christmas list? 
And have a night with the girls at the same time!

Friday, November 19th
5-9 pm
Avanti's Dome in Pekin
Food, Fun, Prizes and Shopping!
Food and cash bar provided by Avanti's Dome

Admission $5
A protion of the proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital

Full Flyer lists participating services.
Questions or if you would like to participate,
please contact Jona Ledgess 202-4460 or Rachel Fox 202-4179



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Morton Terrace & Morton Villa Ribbon Cutting

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed their newest members, Morton Terrace and Morton Villa, with a ribbon cutting. Located at 191 Queenwood, Morton Villa and Morton Terrace are skilled nursing facilities specializing in small town comfort and secure living for seniors with needs. Morton Terrace Administrator William Wade, Morton Villa Administrator David McDaniel, and Community Outreach Director Ruby Cunefare, were joined by other employees for the ribbon cutting. More information is available at: www.MortonTerrace.com

Avanti's Dome Event, MMA Fight Night

MMA Fight Night
November 13th, 6:30 pm
(Full Flyer)

Tickets:
  • $75 VIP (Ringside seats with all inclusive drinks and food)
  • $40 Gold (Ringside seats & waitress to serve)
  • $25 General Admission ($30 at the door)

Information and Tickets:
Avanti’s Dome
3401 Griffin Ave. Pekin, IL
Business Hours: 8am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
Phone: 309-346-DOME (3663)

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Upcoming Concerts

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony is pleased to announce two concert dates. 

1.  The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present its fall Small Ensemble Concert Sunday, November 14th at 2 pm at East Peoria High School’s Auditorium.  The concert will feature all eight small ensembles within the organization.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

2.   The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will present its fall orchestral concert Friday, November 19th at 7 pm at Metamora High School’s Auditorium.  The concert will feature the four orchestras within the organization and Peoria Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Marcia Henry Liebenow will appear as a guest soloist with the Youth Symphony.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.