Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pekin Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

Pekin Hospital has been awarded another three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“We want women to have confidence that they are receiving excellent care when they visit us for a mammogram,” said Pekin Hospital Radiology Manager Ryan Morris. “Earning accreditation from ACR is an excellent example of how we demonstrate that commitment.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Midland Davis Ribbon Cutting

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently gathered for a ribbon cutting to welcome Midland Davis Corporation to the chamber. Office Manager Rikki Wallace cut the ribbon, with help from brothers Mitch & Marty Davis, 4th generation owners of this 121-year-old family business. Midland Davis Corporation's Pekin facility is a recycling center that meets a variety of needs for businesses and the community. They offer buyback services, confidential shredding, resale, and curbside recycling. They also offer local businesses a one time, on-going, or on-call business recycling and office "de-clutter" services. Midland currently processes the City of Pekin's curbside recycling program. More information is available at 353-3333 or www.midlanddavis.com.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Attention Veterans: Career Opportunities


Pekin Hospital Recognizes Volunteers

Pekin Hospital recognized its volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held April 19 at the Pekin Country Club.

During 2012, hospital volunteers recorded a total of 29,530.5 hours of volunteer service. Volunteers donated 9,631.5. Volunteens donated 644 hours, and Escorts donated 8,863 hours. In addition, the Pekin Hospital League members donated 10,392 hours.

34 volunteers were given special recognition for their hours of service:

100 Hours –Sharon Duthoo, Bud Grimm, Beverly Martin, Sandy Moeller, Pat Pollock, Taran Schmitt, Rick Shively, Nila Siltman, and Linda Sutton
500 Hours –Darrell Chitwood, Mike Cook, Janet Hamilton, Phil Icenogle, and Bob Witzig
1,000 Hours – Harriet Harris, Clyde Laier, Rodney Williams, and Gary Zimmerman
1,500 Hours – Marjorie Wilson
2,000 Hours –Doris Boldt and E.J. Eberle
2,500 Hours – Suzanne Hochstettler and Beulah Snyder
3,000 Hours – Phil Bearden and Bob Green
3,500 Hours – Bill Beadles, Bill Jones, Kay Jones, Nancy Lunini, and Roberta Montgomery
4,000 Hours – Kevin Johnson
4,500 Hours – Ivagene Wheeler
5,500 Hours – Lois DeGolyer
9,500 Hours – Thelma Johnson

Special recognition was also given to those volunteers who donated the most hours in their division. Courtney Sellers volunteered 91 hours for the Pekin Hospital Volunteen Service, E.J. Eberle volunteered 952 hours for the Pekin Hospital Escort Service, Ivagene Wheeler volunteered 501.5 hours for the Pekin Hospital Volunteers, and Shirley Williams volunteered 843 hours for the Pekin Hospital League.

Anyone interested in joining Pekin Hospital's volunteer team should please call (309) 353-0204 to receive an application or visit www.pekinhospital.org.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Chamber Welcomes Hair Cuttery

Hair Cuttery
531 S. Parkway Dr., Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 353-9415
www.haircuttery.com
Nicole Kessler, Salon Leader
Hair Cuttery is the largest family owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts, styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary. They also offer a full line of professional hair care products.

Advanced Energy Diagnostics Welcomed to Chamber

Advanced Energy Diagnostics was officially welcomed to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce on April 22nd.  Owner Seth Friedrich was presented with his membership plaque by chamber receptionist Diane Sego, chamber board member Becky Saban, chamber executive director Bill Fleming, and chamber event manager Renna Hadsall.  Located in Pekin, Advanced Energy Diagnostics (AED) is an independent, third-party, energy auditing service. AED specializes in Energy Star Ratings for new home construction, 2012 IECC code compliance verification, blower door testing, duct pressure testing, thermal imaging scans, combustion safety testing, and energy audits. AED can be reached at (309) 300-0026 or www.AdvancedEnergyDiagnostics.com

Chamber Annual Meeting Pictures

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting on Monday, April 22nd at Pekin Country Club.  You can see a few pictures from the event on the chamber's picture page at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber 

Beyoncé is Lending Her Voice for GOOD

Goodwill Industries International is pleased to announce that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will lend her voice to help raise awareness about Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work. The announcement comes just as Beyoncé gets ready to kick off The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour today in Serbia.

"Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives," said Beyoncé.

Beyoncé will encourage fans to support Goodwill by promoting donation drives at her North American concerts beginning on Friday, June 28, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Goodwill will host a mobile donation center onsite at 28 tour venues in 24 North American cities, collecting clothing, electronics and small household goods. The revenue from the sale of these donations will directly benefit local Goodwill agencies in their work to help people with disabilities and disadvantages, and anyone facing challenges to finding employment.

Beyoncé will also help build awareness of Goodwill’s mission through in-concert education, social media and online ticket auctions. Global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com will auction special ticket packages for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, with the revenue benefitting Goodwill.

Every 38 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill is placed in employment. Goodwill promotes independence and dignity for people who need support to provide for themselves and their families. When people donate to their local Goodwill, they play a vital role in fulfilling this mission. Financial donations and the revenue generated from the sale of used goods helps to sustain skills training, career placement services and job opportunities, and support services such as career counseling, access to free tax preparation and financial coaching. Members of the public can do their part to support Beyoncé’s efforts by giving goods, giving financially, or giving their voice to increase awareness of Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work.

Beyoncé will also support and advocate on behalf of other local charitable agencies involved in job creation and employment services during the overseas portion of her tour, to bring to light the importance of economic independence and an increased quality of life for those in need around the globe.

“We face a jobs crisis in the U.S and around the world that threatens the future and the potential of our families and communities. Through Beyoncé’s platform, we will be able to increase knowledge of the positive impact Goodwill has on communities, the environment and the lives of the millions of people we serve each year through education and skills training, many of whom have been unemployed or underemployed for long periods of time,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude to Beyoncé for her generous support of Goodwill and for showcasing Goodwill’s far-reaching programs and services that change lives each day.”

To learn more about the partnership, visit http://goodwill.org/give

Party on the Infield: Alzheimer’s Association Annual Kentucky Derby Party

The Alzheimer’s Association invites area residents for an amazing evening of good, old-fashioned Kentucky Derby fun. The Champagne and Champions: Kentucky Derby Party will be held Saturday, May 4 at WeaverRidge Golf Club, 5100 N. WeaverRidge Blvd., Peoria. Derby-style attire is suggested.

The event will include Derby-style dinner and drinks, live music by JC and the Redemption, a silent auction, games and a few surprises along the way. New this year is the Party on the Infield, a lively, outdoor continuation of the festivities. Learn about the contenders in this year’s race and choose your favorite before the race begins. Pick right, and you could win a prize!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Race time is 5:15 p.m., and from there the party really begins! Tickets are $75 per person, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter to help fund vital community programs and services.

For tickets, call the Central Illinois Chapter at 681.1100 or toll-free at 800.272.3900, or email jmessmore@alz.org.

The Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter is a donor-supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in Illinois. For additional information or for help, please visit the website at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral or call 800.272.3900.

Pekin Hospital Foundation Announces Availability of Scholarship Applications

The Pekin Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for the Frances Tollensdorf Nursing Scholarship, the Bud Velde Health Care Scholarship, and the Pekin Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship. The Frances Tollensdorf and Bud Velde Scholarships are each $1,000 awards presented annually to one student for each respective scholarship based upon financial need, scholarship achievements, experience/extra-curricular involvement, letters of recommendation and general qualifications and goals.

All completed applications, transcripts of grades, letters of recommendation, and other pertinent information must be submitted to the Pekin Hospital Marketing Department by May 24, 2013.

The Frances Tollensdorf Nursing Scholarship fund was established through the Pekin Hospital Foundation in Memory of Frances "Tolly" Tollensdorf, a dedicated nurse who worked at Pekin Hospital for more than 30 years.

Through a generous endowment provided by Bud Velde, a former Pekinite, the Pekin Hospital Foundation established the Bud Velde Health Care Scholarship in 1996 to recognize individuals who are advancing their education in the health care field. Mr. Velde served on Pekin Hospital’s Board of Trustees from 1955 to 1968, including serving as Chairman from 1956 to 1968. He was very active with many significant projects at the hospital, including the 1954-1955 Park Avenue addition to the hospital.

With the generosity of the Medical Staff at Pekin Hospital, a $3,000 Medical Scholarship has been established for students who are in their fourth year of college and have been accepted into a medical school program; or for those students who are currently in an accredited medical program to prepare for an MD or DO degree. The Medical Staff Scholarship was established in 2006 and is awarded to worthy individuals annually.

For more information or to obtain a scholarship application, please call (309) 353-0204 or visit www.pekinhospital.org.

Alzheimer’s Association to Host Cookout

Your lunch plans next Friday just got easier – have the Alzheimer’s Association deliver hot, delicious brats, pork chop and chicken sandwiches right to your workplace.

The Central Illinois Chapter is hosting a Chops and Chips Cookout from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the chapter office in Glen Plaza Shopping Center, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria. For a $6 donation, you get a brat or sandwich of your choosing and chips. Drinks also will be available for purchase. Board members and staff will man the grills and prepare orders.

As an added bonus, the chapter will make deliveries between 10:30 a.m. and noon to locations within the Peoria area that order five or more meals. Whether pickup or carryout, please order ahead by calling the office at 681.1100 (toll free at 800.272.3900), or faxing your order to 309.681.1101.

Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Liberty Park on the Riverfront. The Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this inspiring event calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

The Central Illinois Chapter supports eight walks within its 20-county service area. Walks will be held from September and October in the following locations: Peru, Canton, Quincy, Macomb, Galesburg, Dixon, Pekin and Peoria.

For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer's, call the chapter toll free at 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org/illinoiscentral.

Chamber Elects New Leadership

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual membership meeting on April 22nd at the Pekin Country Club.  Over 200 attendees representing 52 businesses and organizations enjoyed the reception and short business meeting, followed by entertainment by the PCHS Noteables. 

Four members of the Board of Directors completed their terms and were recognized for their service.  The retiring members were:  Daryl Dagit, Savant Capital Management; Paula Davis, Pekin Community High School District 303; and, Paul Scherer, Heartland Bank & Trust.  Also recognized was Skip Schermerhorn, Herget Bank, who completed his service on the board as Past President.  

Newly elected board members were introduced.  They are Tracy Blanchard, Kroger;Larry Crouch, Monge Crouch & Mahoney; Chad Gambetti, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts; Gary Jepson, Pekin Hospital; and, Frank Shearer, Covenant Heating & Air Conditioning.  The chamber membership elected these new directors in March.  

 

The newly seated board then elected officers for the coming year.  They are:  President, Tom Hornstein, Excalibur Seasoning Company; President Elect, Aindrea Balagna, Wolf Tesar and Company; Vice President, Gregg Ratliff; Treasurer, John Franks III, Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab; and, Past President, Drew Leman, Leman Property Management.

   

Bill Fleming, the executive director of the chamber, started the meeting with a recap of the previous year’s activities.  He noted the organization’s continued membership growth.  For the third consecutive year, and five out of the last six years, the chamber has seen a net increase in membership.  At the end of March, the chamber had 425 members.  That is the highest point in at least the last 12 years.

Fleming also previewed for the members an updated chamber website that will launch in the next few weeks, and a new membership investment structure.  The Membership Value Packages will provide chamber members with an improved return on their investment.

Since 1893, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has represented the business interests and promoted the growth of the Pekin area.  With over 430 businesses, organizations, and individual members, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers of commerce in Central Illinois.

Friday, April 19, 2013

FCI Pekin Offers Training

The training sessions listed below will be held at the Federal Correctional Institution located in Pekin, Illinois, for anyone wishing to train in the following areas:

AWR 232 -- Mass Fatalities Planning - April 24, 2013

MGT 405 -- Mobilizing Faith Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disasters - May 9, 2013

Click on the links to download the registration forms and more information.

Pekin Native Raises $1.8 Million

Pekin native Anna (Freidinger) Palmer is making a big noise in the Start-up E-Commerce sector with her business Fashion Project.  Read how she raised $1.8 million in seed funding from angel investors on TechCrunch.

Ray Dennison Chevrolet hosted the April Business After Hours for chamber members and their guests. Ray, John and Brian greeted their guests and showed them the recently remodeled showroom.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Thursday, April 18, 2013

U.S. Chamber’s Institute Awards Fleming a Regent Scholarship

The Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, announced today that Bill Fleming, executive director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship. Awarded to professionals from across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background.

“Regent scholarships offer executives the opportunity to attend Institute and learn about emerging industry trends, expand their organizations’ influence, and grow their peer network,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We are pleased to help these talented professionals advance their careers and organizations.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has educated tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members, and become strong business advocates.

Each of the Regent Scholarship recipients will attend one of Institute’s five sites in 2013. At the completion of the four-year curriculum, each of the recipients will receive the IOM graduate recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and their commitment to the industry. In addition, all credit hours earned through Institute may be applied toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) industry certification.

Fleming will attend the 2013 Summer Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.  This will be his second year of the four-year curriculum. 

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

125 Salon Has Joined the Chamber!

125 Salon
125 Parkway Dr., Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 620-8447
JoEtta Hill, Manager
125 Salon is a hair care and nail care salon. It also offers private suites to tenants that act as their own business.

Other key employees: Chris Swingle, President. Eric Hill, Owner.

15th Annual Children's Garden "Child Abuse Prevention Month" Event: Planting a Rainbow

In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month and their 365 days of the year effort to prevent child abuse, The Center for Prevention of Abuse and Luthy Botanical Garden are joining Mrs. Bushong’s 2nd grade class from Pleasant Valley Elementary School on Thursday, April 25th to learn about preventing abuse through caring for ourselves, each other and the environment.

Activities will take place between 9:30 am – 11:30 am and will include how to be safe from abuse, enjoying a story, planting vegetables and flowers, making crafts and participating in “Natures Kitchen”, an educational session offered by Luthy Botanical Garden that teaches children where food comes from.

“Our hope is by exposing children to nature and showing them the love and care that goes into a garden, it will foster a greater sense of caring and peace not only for nature but for each other as well,” said Jeanne Anders, Supervisor of Prevention and Community Based Prevention Services. “Reaching children at a young age and teaching them to respect all things is an important mission at The Center for Prevention of Abuse. And, the Children’s Garden Event is a powerful exercise to reinforce that message.”

The Center has been providing violence prevention curricula for students pre-k through college in the Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford county schools since 1983, touching the lives of over 15,000 students a per year. Community presentations are also offered to parents, school staff and community groups. For more information on prevention programs, please contact Jeanne Anders at 691-0551 or email: janders@centerforpreventionofabuse.org .

South Side Trust and Savings Bank Announces Promotions

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., at its April 2013 Annual Shareholders Meeting, announced the promotions of Todd Lawson to Senior Vice President Loans, Brett Moehring to Vice President Finance, Tami Smith to Assistant Auditor, and Kristin Dahl to Electronic Banking Officer.

Lawson has worked in the banking industry for 27 years, serving in the Loan Department at South Side Bank for the past 22 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Illinois State University. Lawson is a current board member for Camp Big Sky and Community Workshop Housing Corporations.

Moehring began his banking career in 1998, and has been at South Side Bank since 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University. Moehring is a member of the Southside Business Association.

Smith has been with South Side Bank for 12 years. She has an Associate’s Degree in General Education and a Banking & Finance Certificate from Illinois Central College and is an ICBA Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor. She is in her second year at the Cannon Financial Institute of Trust Audit, Compliance and Risk Management. Smith is involved with Easter Seals, District 150 Reading Buddies, Peoria Race for the Cure, and South Side Mission Angels.

Dahl has worked in the banking industry for 11 years, serving South Side Bank for the past five years. She attended Indiana Wesleyan University, studying Business Administration.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $686 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 13 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin. South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pekin Hospital’s MRI Program Earns ACR Accreditation

Pekin Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“Our goal is to provide every patient with the highest quality of care when they come to us for a diagnostic procedure,” said Ryan Morris, manager of Pekin Hospital’s imaging department. “Accreditation by ACR reaffirms that we are hitting that mark.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Building Diversity Leaders in Our Community


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pekin Hospital League’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic to be Held

The Pekin Hospital League’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Pekin Country Club.

The entry fee is $125 per person and includes green fees, cart, box lunch, beverages, and a buffet dinner. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. followed by a 1:00 p.m. shot-gun start. The format will be a four person scramble. The right hole-in-one could net the winner $5,000 along with chances to win other bonus prizes. Proceeds from the Golf Classic will go to the Pekin Hospital League’s special projects.

Entry deadline is April 26, 2013. For more information, call (309) 353-0803.

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on May 13, 14, and 15. The series of three classes will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

The classes are designed to provide information on managing adult diabetes and 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, and Registered Medical Technician.

Class fees are $70 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost). The $70 includes all three classes. Class size is limited. Registration deadline is May 6. To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Haddad's Joins the Chamber

Haddad's Downtown
319 Main St., Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 495-4700
www.haddadsdowntown.com
Andrew Speck, Owner

Haddad's is a locally owned restaurnat that has a wide variety of American and Lebanese cuisine. There is a large selection of beer and wine available, as well. Haddad's specializes in catering including outdoor and picnic style.

Other key contacts: Rita Speck, co-owner

Monday, April 15, 2013

Beyond Jobs: Connecting qualified women and respected employers

Beyond Jobs is a free program that helps Central Illinois women improve their job skills and find employment (or better-paying jobs). Funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation and administered by Goodwill of Central Illinois, it connects qualified women and respected employers—building brighter futures for both.

How does Beyond Jobs work?
The program starts with a thorough assessment of each participant that includes work history, job skills, computer aptitude, personality profile and more. Then, women in the program work with Goodwill’s employment experts to identify the tools and training they need to achieve their educational, career and financial goals. Each participant receives a complete career assessment, including:

: Job skills & computer training
: Resume preparation
: Individualized career planning
: Financial education
: Access to clothing from Dress for Success (on a need basis)
: Job connection & retention services

Plus, our assistance doesn’t end when women find employment. We provide ongoing support—to both participants and employers—to help women retain their jobs, further their educations and advance their careers.

Why should local women participate?We all need help reaching our goals. Beyond Jobs can put you on the right path to a good-paying job by helping you:

: Define your educational & career goals
: Access the training programs & resources you need
: Improve your computer & job skills
: Make connections with respected local employers
: Stand out in the competitive job market

Why should local employers participate?
It’s a simple way for your business to connect with qualified job candidates—at no cost or obligation. We only accept women into Beyond Jobs who are dedicated to finding and keeping a job. We conduct full background checks on all participants and continue to offer support even after they’re employed.

How do I get started?It’s easy. Simply contact Brenda or Jamie, and they’ll be happy to provide more information or answer any questions.
...............................................................
Jamie Newell, Employment Specialist
jnewell@goodwillpeo.org
cell: (309) 210-3289 (text or call)

Brenda Wilder, Program Manager
bwilder@goodwillpeo.org
phone: (309) 573-1009

 

Friday, April 12, 2013

American Red Cross Joins Chamber

Members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed a new chamber member:  American Red Cross.  Steve Tuttle, Donor Recruitment Representative, accepted their membership plaque from Mack Cakora, Tazewell Machine Works; Jay Hall, Excalibur Seasoning Company; Gregg Ratliff, Herget Bank; and, Christie Perry, Pekin Hospital.  The American Red Cross is the nation's largest blood supplier. They specialize in blood products, collection, testing, and distribution.  They are located at 405 W. John H Gwynn Jr. Drive in Peoria.  They can be reached at (309) 253-5859 or www.redcross.org.

Velde Lincoln Volvo Joins Chamber

Members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently gathered to welcome a new member:  Velde
Lincoln Volvo of Peoria.  Steve Brown, Sales Consultant with Velde Lincoln Volvo accepted their membership plaque.  Congratulating him were Daryl Dagit, Savant Capital Management; Dave Vaupel, Preston Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory; Dave Osborn, Trouble Free Heating and Cooling; and, Paul Scherer, Heartland Bank & Trust.  Located at 2200 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria, Velde Lincoln Volvo of Peoria offers new Lincoln's and Volvo's, with a large variety of all makes and models of pre-owned vehicles. They also have a service department for all makes and models, open 6 days a week, with pick up and drop off services for their Pekin customers!   You can reach them at (309) 692-9880 and www.veldeofpeoria.com.

April Puttin' On Pekin Recap

Nearly 100 chamber members attended the April 12th Puttin' On Pekin breakfast held at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  The every-other-month breakfast is coordinated by Pekin 1st, a committee of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Committee member Rose Hasler presented the Spotlight on Business Award to Bridget Rumler of John M. Evans Supportive Living Community. Emcee Rob Hancock presented the early prize to John Abel, and the late prize to Mitch O'Shaughnessy.  Committee member Debbie Fornoff presented the Sunshine Award to Georgia Gschwend, Marilyn Bottin, and Carol Guenther of from the Pekin Hospital League.

Gary Jepson, CEO of Pekin Hospital, gave a presentation on the 100th anniversary of the hospital and the status and changes in healthcare in Pekin and United States today.

You can see all the pictures from this and other chamber events at http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber 

Final Weekend Belongs to the Fans


Discounted tickets and merchandise highlight April 20-21

Fan Appreciation Night will be extended into Fan Appreciation Weekend this year as the Rivermen mark down prices on everything from tickets to merchandise for their final two games.  The team will also host a jersey auction and invite all fans down onto the ice for an autograph session with the team.

Tickets will be available for just $5 in the upper bowl and $10 in the lower bowl for their games on April 20 against Charlotte and April 21 against Milwaukee. All merchandise in the team store, and sold on the concourse, during those two games will be marked down to 50 percent off.

Following the game on April 20, the team's home white jerseys will be auctioned off in a live auction on the ice. Fans who place the winning bid will be able to come onto the ice to have their jersey signed and take a picture with their player.

After the finale on April 21, all fans in attendance will be invited down onto the ice for an autograph session with the entire team. Players will be seated at tables around the ice and fans will be able to take pictures, get autographs and spend some time on the ice.

There will also be hundreds of prizes given away throughout the weekend from both the team and our great sponsors. Plus there are plenty of surprises planned for both games as the Rivermen honor the greatest fans in hockey during the final.

For more information or to purchase tickets call the Rivermen office at 309-676-1040

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pekin Community High School Students Recognized

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107 are proud to recognize Pekin Community High School students Ciara Beyer and Taylor Cascia as recipients of the Pekin Community High School (PCHS) Student Award for March.

Ciara, a senior, was nominated by Rachel Haynes a personal assistant at PCHS. In the nomination, Mrs. Haynes cited Ciara’s contributions to the Suzuki program.

Taylor, a senior, was nominated by Ann Gallinger a guidance counselor at PCHS. In the nomination, Mrs. Gallinger cited Taylor’s contributions to Notables, Intuition, and other school activities.

Each month two PCHS students who excel in moral character, positive attitude, volunteerism, demonstrate ideal role-model behavior, and who contribute to the classroom are nominated by teachers, counselors, and high school personnel. The students must be a senior and show remarkable qualities which help them prepare for a promising future.

Seth Mingus, Assistant Principal for Curriculum at PCHS said, “PCHS is grateful to have the opportunity to recognize the positive contributions our students make every day. The teachers and staff enjoy nominating students, and we appreciate the support from Pekin Hospital, Lite Rock 107/WSWT, and our community.”

Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107/WSWT are proud to sponsor the student award program for the students of PCHS.

Broadband Survey

Focus Forward CI Broadband Initiative

The Goals of the Broadband Initiative:
Develop and deliver customized broadband awareness sessions
Engage network providers to improve broadband awareness in the region
Develop a five-year broadband connectivity strategy for the region

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Accelerated Rehabilitation Welcomed


Accelerated Rehabilitation Center was officially welcomed to the Pekin community at an April 9th ribbon
cutting.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce joined with the staff for the  celebration, which was followed by an open house.

Accelerated Rehabilitation Center recently opened next to McDonald’s at 3289 Court Street.  They are a physical therapist owned and operated rehabilitation company, offering specialized physical therapy treatment and focus on excellent outcomes and patient care.  With a network of over 225 outpatient rehabilitation centers located throughout the Midwest and Arizona, Accelerated offers a wide range of programs and specialized services to help their patients restore and maintain physical strength, performance skills, and levels of function.

Michael Bennington, PT, is the facility manager in the Pekin office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and by appointment.  Other staff include Eric Glow, PT is the Director of Clinical Operations for Central Illinois, Jill Lulay, Patient Care Advocate, and Shae Harris, Marketing.

The office can be reached at:  (309) 347-0090 or pekin@acceleratedrehab.com.  More information about Accelerated Rehabilitation Center is available from their website at  www.acceleratedrehab.com.

You can see more pictures from this event at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber 

Dragon Pride on May 1st


Make plans to attend Dragon Pride on May 1st from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in Hawkins Gym in Pekin Community High School.  Dragon Pride is the annual exhibition for PCHS students to display their class projects from all academic areas.  The event is open to the public and is is an open house format so visitors are free to explore the exhibits at their own pace.

Dragon Pride is a way for students to show their skills that they have learned over the year in a particular class. Dragon Pride features different types of exhibits from the Career and Technical Education department to the Math department. Students will be present at many of the exhibits to explain their project and what their class is about.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

South Side Bank Announces Promotions

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., held their Annual Meeting on April 8, 2013 where David F. Cochran, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, announced his retirement as Chief Executive Officer. Cochran was re-elected Chairman of the Board. Mark W. Joseph was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer.

Joseph is a graduate of Illinois Central College and Sangamon State University. He began his banking career in 1978, moving to South Side Bank in 1990. Joseph is the President of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce and the First Vice President of Neighborhood House.

Re-elected to the board of directors were: David F. Cochran, Chairman; David H. Bettinghaus, Kevin E. Colgan, Steven J. Fawley, David L. Golwitzer, Karen M. Jensen, Mark W. Joseph, Charles D. Karpowicz, Mark E. Matuszak, William C. Schwab, Michael J. Stone, Jeffrey W. Ward, and Timothy M. Ward.

Also elected to the board was John J. Waugh. Waugh is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He has been employed by Waugh Foods, Inc. since 1982, becoming President in 1999. Waugh sits on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Peoria and is the 2009 recipient of the Patrick T. Sullivan Community Service Award.

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $683 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 13 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin. South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria.

IPMR Hires New Director of Marketing and Business Development

The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a non-profit comprehensive medical rehabilitation center, is pleased to announce Deb Adlington as the new Director of Marketing and Business Development. In this role, Adlington will lead execution of strategic marketing initiatives and champion the company’s social media experience.

Adlington received a dual Bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration from Illinois State University. She has 15 years of experience in healthcare including positions with OSF St. Francis Hospital, HeartCare Midwest and IPMR. She most recently served as Supervisor of Patient Accounts and Collections at IPMR and was formerly the Director of Promotion and Market Research at MultiAd in Peoria, IL.

“We are excited to combine Deb’s years of experience in business administration, promotion and market research with her unique knowledge of IPMR in order to expand our market of comprehensive rehabilitation programs and services” stated Rick Zehr, President of IPMR.

“I’m proud of how our staff embodies our mission to improve function and quality of life under the direction of Dr. Lisa Snyder. I’m anxious to enter this new role on team IPMR,” Adlington said.

Savant’s Gone Social

Savant Capital Management, a fee-only wealth management firm, has launched Savant Social, a dedicated section of its website that allows clients, partners and interested parties to view all of the ways to engage digitally with the brand. Savant is officially launching a Facebook page, YouTube channel and expanding its efforts on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Savant’s Social page includes links to each of its social media sites and highlights the type of content they will find on each one. Visitors to Savant’s social media sites can expect to see a wide array of video, market commentary, investment and financial planning tips, links to suggested reading, lifestyle and non-financial features as well as Savant’s involvement with the community.

“As we continue to expand our reach, social media is the perfect way for us to engage new audiences and stay in touch with our current clients,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO and Principal at Savant. “Savant’s social media sites will be educational and insightful, allowing us to share our wisdom to clients and audiences around the world.”

To learn more about Savant’s social media presence, visit www.savantcapital.com/social and make sure to follow Savant on its Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn sites.

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, and family office services to financially established individuals, trust funds, retirement plans and non-profit organizations.

For more information on Savant Capital Management, log on to www.savantcapital.com.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage the Advisor’s services and includes lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized Advisor. The Advisor does not attempt to furnish personalized investment advice or services through this publication. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Goodwill Names Veterans' Home Manager

Goodwill of Central Illinois has named Dean Turnquist as the manager of the General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans.

Turnquist has been a United States Army reservist since 1985 and is currently an acting first sergeant and acting company commander. His duties include commanding 29 drill sergeants, and supply staff, as well as being a certified instructor.

In civilian life, Turnquist began his career as an operations supervisor for United Parcel Service. He continued his career at General Electric for the next 16 years. During his tenure at GE, Turnquist held several positions, including customer liaison specialist, program administrator and project manager.

“We are thrilled to find such an accomplished individual,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill President and CEO. “Dean brings with him not only a solid background in management, but also an understanding of the military culture and the support our veterans need to reintegrate into the community.”

Turnquist’s duties include working with each resident to create a goal oriented plan that will foster their transition back into civilian life. He is also responsible for operations of the home and coordination of counseling and service referrals.

Goodwill’s General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans was established in 2005 and provides a secure environment for the rehabilitation of male veterans who are homeless or are dealing with a diagnosed disability.

Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives.

Goodwill Welcomes New Director of Human Resources

Goodwill of Central Illinois has announced Julie O’Donnell as its new director of human resources.

A graduate of George Williams College, O’Donnell’s career has spanned 34 years. The Delavan native has managed human resources departments in the healthcare setting in Chicago, Florida and Peoria. O’Donnell served as human resources manager at Proctor Hospital for eight years, before her 11 year tenure with the Peoria Journal Star.

“We are thrilled to have Julie join us,” said Patty Fuchs, Goodwill President and CEO. “She has extensive human resources experience and we look forward to utilizing her expertise in building upon Goodwill’s employee-oriented culture. Julie genuinely enjoys working with people and that passion will serve Goodwill well as we continue to modernize and mission-ize our workforce services.”

Goodwill employs more than 300 individuals throughout 21 counties in Central Illinois. The director of human resources manages the needs all employees through Goodwill’s administrative office located in Peoria.

Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

2013 Create Cultivate Educate Returns to Downtown Pekin

Tazewell County and Pekin Main Street present “Create, Cultivate, Educate” Fine Arts Showcase

Tazewell County and Pekin Main Street, with help from the Tazewell County Regional Office of Education, present the 3rd annual “Create, Cultivate, Educate” Fine Arts Showcase beginning Thursday, April 25 at 11:15am on the Tazewell County Courthouse lawn.

This event will showcase the talent of Tazewell County K-12 students every Thursday and Friday from April 25 to May 17. Performances and art displays will occur on the lawn of the Tazewell County Courthouse in downtown Pekin. Performances will be from 11:15-1:30, with each participating school taking either a 1 or 2 hour block.

Participating Schools include: Wilson Intermediate School, Edison Junior High, Rankin School, Pekin Community High School, Wilson Intermediate School, Washington Intermediate School, Washington Middle School (Washington, IL), Broadmoor Jr. High School, Delavan Elementary School, District 108 Suzuki Strings, St. Joseph School and Georgetown Middle School. A complete schedule of events is available at www.pekinmainstreet.com.

The YWCA will be presenting a program for Stand Against Racism on Friday, April 26 in conjunction with the National Stand Against Racism event.

All performances are free and open to the public. Limited audience seating will be available. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair as well as their lunch. There will be a food vendor on site and take out lunches will be available at downtown Pekin restaurants.

This event is a collaborative effort between Tazewell County, Pekin Main Street and the Tazewell County Regional Office of Education. It is sponsored by Pekin Sunset Kiwanis Club, Pekin Kiwanis Club and City of Pekin Tourism with help from E & S Communication, Kidder Music and the Pekin Park District.

Weather related updates will be posted on Pekin Main Street’s Facebook page and on the Pekin Main Street (www.pekinmainstreet.com) and Tazewell County (www.tazewell.com) websites.

For more information, please contact Melida Heien at 309-353-3100.

2013 Pekin Main Street Farmer’s Market Applications are now Available

Vendor applications are now available for the 2013 Pekin Main Street Farmer’s Market. The market is every Thursday from 4:00-6:00pm, June 20th-September 19th on Capitol Street between Court and Elizabeth Streets in downtown Pekin.

Pekin Main Street is looking for vendors who will be willing to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organic foods, meats, prepared meals & seasonings and crafts. Priority is given to vendors who commit and pay for the entire season on a first come, first serve basis. Cost for the entire season is $100.00. Vendors may participate by the week at a cost of $10.00/week.

Application packets are available on the Pekin Main Street website, www.pekinmainstreet.com or by calling the Pekin Main Street office at 353-3100.

Hallmark House Earns 5-Star Rating; Names New Medical Directors

Congratulations to Hallmark House Nursing Center on their recent 5-Star Rating, and welcome to their new medical directors, Dr. Ishani Ali and Dr. Michael Honan.  Click the poster below to read all the details.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Welcome New Memeber: Sun Loan Company

Please join us in welcoming our newest chamber member:


Sun Loan Company
509 S. Parkway Drive, Pekin, IL 61555
(309) 346-2057
www.SunLoan.com
Tania Walker, Manager
Sun Loan Company speciallizes in tax preparation and installment loans ranging from $153 to $3,023.
Other key employees: Kayla Boyle, Assistant Manager; Debbie Rodriguez, Assistant Manager.

Infinite Success Meeting Reminder

This is a reminder for next Tuesday's (April 9) IS meeting. The meetings in April are "Collaborating is the New Way to Compete" What we are seeing is non-traditional partners coming together to break through the complex and interconnected issues, determined to create success collectively. Please invite your friends, colleagues, and business associates to come, too!

Tuesday Morning Pekin IS Group

The next IS meeting will be Tuesday, April 9 and will be at Avanti's Dome in Pekin, IL. Avanti's Dome is located off of Court St. behind Big R. We will begin at 7:30 A.M. and will conclude by 9:00 A.M. Remember, the meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month (meaning the next meeting in April will be on the 23rd).


Self-Employed? Learn What The ACA Means ToYou

Many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act affect small businesses differently depending on their size.  For self-employed individuals in particular, there are new options for health coverage and other changes under the health care law that will directly affect you in the coming months.  Read more at: http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/health-care-business-pulse/self-employed-learn-what-affordable-care-

New I-9 Forms


The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a new employment eligibility verification form (Form I-9), now available for immediate use by employers.  Previous versions of Form I-9 may be used until May 7, 2013.  After this date, all employers must use the revised Form I-9 for each new employee hired in the United States.

The revised form I-9 includes new fields and a new format to reduce errors.  The instructions also more clearly describe the information employees and employers must provide in each section.

English and Spanish versions are available.  To order forms, call USCIS toll free at (800) 870-3673.  For downloadable forms and information on immigration laws as well as USCIS programs, regulations and procedures, please visit www.uscis.gov/I-9central.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chamber Ribbon Cutting on 4/9

Accelerated Rehabilitation Center will be officially welcomed to the Pekin community at an April 9th ribbon cutting.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin will participate in the 5:00 pm event that is open to the public.  The ribbon cutting will be followed by a reception and open house.

Accelerated Rehabilitation Center recently opened next to McDonald’s at 3289 Court Street.  Accelerated Rehabilitation Center is a physical therapist owned and operated rehabilitation company.  They offer specialized physical therapy treatment and focus on excellent outcomes and patient care.  With a network of over 225 outpatient rehabilitation centers located throughout the Midwest and Arizona, Accelerated offers a wide range of programs and specialized services to help their patients restore and maintain physical strength, performance skills, and levels of function.

Michael Bennington is the facility manager in the Pekin office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and by appointment.  The office can be reached at:  (309) 347-0090 or pekin@acceleratedrehab.com.  More information about Accelerated Rehabilitation Center is available from their website at  www.acceleratedrehab.com.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Welcome New Member: Advanced Energy Diagnostics

Please join us in welcoming a new member to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Advanced Energy Diagnostics
PO Box 484, Pekin, IL  61555
(309) 300-0026
AdvancedEnergyDiagnostics@gmail.com   www.AdvancedEnergyDiagnostics.com
Seth Friedrich, Owner
Alex Moessner, Energy Star HERS Rater, BPI Certified Professional
Advanced Energy Diagnostics (AED) is an independent, third-party, energy auditing service.  AED specializes in Energy Star Ratings for new home construction, 2012 IECC code compliance verification, blower door testing, duct pressure testing, thermal imaging scans, combustion safety testing, and energy audits.


Welcome New Member: TitleMax

Please join us in welcoming our newest chamber member...

TitleMax, 2800 Court Street, Pekin, IL  61554
Phone:  347-4006; Fax:  347-4014
www.titlemax.biz
Pam Burress, General Manager
Open 9am to 7pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday
TitleMax is one of the nation’s largest and most reputable title lending companies. They offer title lending, loans and speciality financing.
Other key employees include Stefanie Drain, Store, Manager; Jamie Richardson, Assistant Store Manager; and Bobby Ross, District Manager.


I-74 / I-155 Reconstruction Starts Today

A major road reconstruction project could cause traffic delays in Tazewell County, and the project begins today.  The $86.6 million dollar project will involve the reconstruction of the Interstate 74 and Interstate 155 interchange and the reconfiguration of the Interstate 74 and Morton Avenue interchange. The work will occur from west of Pleasant Hill Road to just west of Main Street, and on Interstate 155 north of the Birchwood interchange. The project begins today and should be complete in late summer 2015.

The initial work starting on April 1st will consist of pothole patching and installation of temporary traffic controls and road construction signs. 

The project will feature construction of additional through lanes on I-74; reconstruction of the I-74/I-155 interchange into a new configuration; ramp improvements at the I-74/Morton Avenue interchange; removal of eight existing structures on I-74 with replacement of six of those structures; pavement removal and replacement on both I-74 and I-155; installation of highway lighting; and, installation of roadway drainage. 

Visit http://www.dot.il.gov/improvingI74I155/index.html for a brief video overview of the project, a detailed construction timeline, and traffic information. 

Motorists are urged to slow down and use extreme caution while driving through all work zones.