Monday, May 22, 2017

First Baptist Church Pekin Welcomes New Children's Ministries Director

Christine Greenleaf is the new Children's Ministries Director at First Baptist Church Pekin.  She has four children, two boys and two girls, that range from 14-31 years old. She also have a grandson, 7 years old and granddaughter, 3 years old.

Besides the experience of raising four children, Christine has a little over 10 years children's ministry experience.  She believe God has given her a great desire to show the love of Jesus to children.

Christine has some pretty cool curriculum for the Children’s Ministries for the summer and for the coming fall semester.


She is looking forward to serving God and the families in our community and to help children know that God is real and He loves and cares very much for them.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quick Pic Liquors Opens

Quick Pic Liquor recently opened on the corner 5th and Derby (422 Derby Street).  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce helped welcome them to Pekin with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Owner Atvi Patel and Manager Sam Patel were joined by their family and employees for the event.  Quick Pic Liquor is a convenience store that offers liquor, food, lottery, snacks and video gaming.  They can be reached at 347-6968.  More pictures from this event can be found at:   https://goo.gl/photos/W3aYCu5mpPuVgayLA

Central Illinois Ballet, In Residence at Illinois Central College, Presents Beauty and the Beast May 27

Audience members are invited to “be our guest” when Central Illinois Ballet (CIB), in residence at Illinois Central College, presents its world premiere performance of Beauty and the Beast Sat., May 27 at 2 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

Based on the classic Disney fairy tale, the show will transport audiences to an enchanted castle full of dancing teacups, flirty feather dusters and magical creatures.

“It has become a tradition to end our season each spring with a story book ballet,” said Rebekah Von Rathonyi, artistic director for CIB. “This year I am very excited to be directing such a heartwarming ballet with a strong female lead character. Belle (in our version Bella) is my daughter’s, and even my husband’s, favorite Disney princess. Also, Beauty and the Beast allows for the freedom to cast many different roles for our company members and academy students.”

Also appearing in Beauty and the Beast will be members of CIB’s senior and junior company ensemble, which is comprised of current students at Cornerstone Academy who are pursuing a career in professional dance. CIB productions offer these students the unique opportunity to dance alongside professional company members and learn firsthand what dancing in a professional company is like.

Central Illinois Ballet was formed from its official training school, Cornerstone Academy of Performing Arts, and had always been the vision of Von Rathonyi.

“Just as an orchestra needs professional musicians, Peoria needs professional dancers to heighten the quality of the performances,” she said. “A professional resident company elevates Peoria to the next level, inevitably increasing the standard of living in the community as a whole. Not only does our community benefit, but our students experience increased mentorship and witness the end result of what their hard work can accomplish.”

Central Illinois Ballet is supported as an in-residence ensemble by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

Beauty and the Beast is a family friendly ballet that encourages audience members to engage and participate in the action throughout the show. There is assigned seating with premiere and general seating sections. Premiere seating is priced at $25 for adults and $12 for students. General seating costs $18 for adults and $12 for students. 


Tickets are available at ciballet.com, and in person at Cornerstone/CIB’s facility at 3117 N. Prospect Road in Peoria.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo


ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE CELEBRATES 2017 COMMENCEMENT ON MAY 20

ICC will celebrate its 2017 Commencement on Saturday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Peoria Civic Center. Of the more than 2,100 students from the fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017 semesters who qualified to receive degrees and/or certificates, more than 300 are expected to participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony can be watched live via web streaming beginning at 9:30 am at http://icc.edu/commencement-live/

Sue Portscheller, Vice President of Marketing at CEFCU, will present the commencement address. Portscheller, an ICC alum, recently retired from the Board of Trustees after 18 years of service. As a single mother, Portscheller came to ICC to earn her associate degree and continued her education to receive her MBA. She is a philanthropist and volunteers in many areas of the community.

            ICC also will present an Honorary Associate Degree in Governance and Leadership in remembrance and appreciation of James K. Polk to his widow, Patti. Polk served on the ICC Board for nearly 20 years and passed away in November 2016.
           

For more information, contact ICC at (309) 694-5-ICC.

Dash at Dusk to be held July 21st

Pekin will host the fifth annual Dash at Dusk 5K and Kids’ Fun Run on July 21, 2017. The event promotes community wellness and raises funds for the hospital’s annual mission trip to provide medical assistance to underserved countries.
Held on the UnityPoint Health – Pekin campus at 600 South 13th Street in Pekin, Dash at Dusk includes a 5K run, a one-mile walk and a fun run for kids. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with a family friendly after party.
Prices are $30 for the 5K run, $30 for the one-mile walk and $15 for the kids’ run. All proceeds benefit this year’s mission trip to Liberia. The annual mission trip is part of UnityPoint Health – Pekin’s Seasons of Sharing Campaign.
“We’re looking forward to another great event to promote healthy living for area families,” said Marcy Becker, Dash at Dusk co-coordinator. “Last year we had 338 participants and raised more than $9,000 for our mission team. With the community’s help, we hope to make an even bigger impact this year.”

To register for Dash at Dusk or for more information about the event, visit dashatdusk.com or call 309-353-0559.

CEFCU OFFERS ANDROID PAY TO MEMBERS

CEFCU is pleased to announce that members now have the ability to access Android Pay at hundreds of thousands of stores by using their smartphones with Android 4.4 KitKat and above. Any CEFCU Debit Mastercard or Credit Mastercard, may be used with Android Pay.

Android Pay is simple to set up and easy to use. Simply add your CEFCU Debit Mastercard or Credit Mastercard and make your payments quickly and securely wherever you see the contactless-enabled symbol at the check-out terminal. Android Pay payments are safe since your actual credit or debit card number is not used in the payment transaction. Instead, a virtual account number, which represents your account information is sent, keeping your card details secure. Android Pay can be used at millions of stores around the world, wherever contactless payments are accepted. Users simply unlock their device and hold it close to the terminal to pay.

“CEFCU is excited to be able to add Android Pay to our lineup of digital wallets,” said Denise Ghere, CEFCU Senior Vice President.

With assets totaling $5.8 billion, CEFCU serves over 323,000 members through 22 central Illinois Member Centers and four Member Centers in Santa Clara County, California; the CEFCU Financial Center; the Money Center 24 ATM Network; CEFCU’s website, cefcu.com; the surcharge-free CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Senior Consulting Project Program

While the Spring 2017 semester is coming to a close, we are gearing up for the Fall 2017 semester.  Applications are being accepted for the Senior Consulting Project program until August 4, 2017.


Is your business looking to create any of the following?  The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University may have the solution.
  • marketing strategy
  • feasibility study
  • strategic growth plan
  • launching a new product or service
  • starting your own business


Since 1972, Bradley University has provided the Senior Consulting Program to small businesses in the central Illinois area.  In this Capstone course, College of Business majors are given an opportunity to apply their accumulated business knowledge to a "real world" business situation at  NO COST to the participating business.
  
The student team will develop a plan of action and deliverables that will address your
organizational needs and enhance your performance. The project focuses on the future of your organization, rather than producing analysis of historical data.

What to Expect
  

business-meeting-convo.jpgDuring this semester long project, all business students majoring in: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management and Leadership, Management Information Systems, and Marketing will work on your specific business need or with an individual looking to launch their own business.  Each student team will spend hundreds of hours on your project.  The project includes a complete industry analysis, a survey of customers or market areas, and specific recommendations that address your company's concerns.  Time commitment for the business owner/executive is approximately 1-2 hours each week to interact with their student team members.  At the end of the semester, your student team will provide you with a detailed written report along with an oral presentation. Each student team is supervised by a business professor. Each student signs a confidentiality agreement. The Fall 2017 semester begins August 23rd and concludes on December 5th.

Examples of past projects include:
  • Customer satisfaction/needs survey, which have proven useful in determining product/service offerings, pricing, etc; 
  • Feasibility studies to determine whether to expand into new locations or new product/service lines;
  • Analyzing current marketing efforts and providing suggestions to get better results for the promotion dollar;
  • Designing a marketing strategy; 
  • Strategic planning

Start-ups and companies of any size from 2 - 200 employees
and from any industry are welcome to apply. 

  To learn more or to apply, visit our 
  
Questions, please call the Illinois SBDC at (309) 677-2992.
  
Applications must be received by 5pm 
Friday, August 4, 2017
for full consideration for the Fall Semester.

The Illinois SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Bradley University.

This is a reminder that you are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University. Don't forget to add illinoissbdc@bradley.edu to your address book. 


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LIMITED OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SELECT ICC AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAMS

Limited openings are still available for the fall 2017 semester for the Illinois Central College Automotive Technology and General Motors-Automotive Service Educational Programs (GM ASEP). The Automotive Technology program is a two-year, ASE/NATEF certified program that prepares students to become automotive technicians at new car and truck dealerships, repair facilities, automotive machine shops, and many other automotive businesses. The GM ASEP program is a ASE/NATEF certified program that specifically prepares students to work as automotive technicians in General Motors dealerships or ACDelco Professional Service Centers. For more information on how to apply for these programs, contact the Agricultural & Industrial Technologies Dept., visit icc.edu/drive.

Additional programs with openings include the Horticulture- Landscape Management and Horticulture- Turfgrass Management, which are two-year associate in applied science degree (career) programs. Openings are available for the fall 2017 semester for the Mechatronics Technology and HVAC/R Technology programs, which lead to an associate in applied science degree (career).

ICC also has open seats at this time in the machine trades, mechanical engineering technology, and welding courses for both this summer and fall.

For more information on how to apply for any of these programs and specific eligibility requirements for each, visit icc.edu/ait.


To schedule an appointment with an advisor, contact the ICC Agricultural & Industrial Technologies Dept. by email at ait@icc.edu or call (309) 694-5510.

Women business owners dedicated to helping each other, informing, and serving Pekin and the surrounding communities

Sex sells. What sells even more? Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children. The Illusionists exposes the absurd, sometimes humorous, and shocking images that seek to enslave us. This documentary about the globalization of beauty, is an internationally acclaimed film. Elena Rossini, the filmmaker, is also a photographer, multimedia producer, director and blogger. Elena worked as a writer, producer, cinematographer and director on The Illusionists, which explores the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals around the world. The film was financed through a crowdfunding campaign, amassing donations from over 360 individuals; filming locations include the U.S., U.K., the Netherlands, France, Italy, Lebanon, India and Japan.

There will be two screenings offered on June 22, 2017 at 10 am and at 6 pm. The Screenings will be held at The Mansion on Walnut, 420 Walnut St, Pekin. “We are very excited to offer this free event to the community because we believe that current false, distorted view of beauty causes great unhappiness for many. It is only through educated eyes and minds that we can again begin to appreciate true beauty in ourselves and others. Watching this powerful documentary as a group and discussing it together afterwards definitely impacts how you define beauty,” says Bonnie Harken, owner of The Mansion on Walnut.

The group of women who own businesses in Pekin are sponsoring this public service event in June. Participating in the group are: Kellie Branch-Dircks LCSW, EZ Dreamin’ Therapeutic Equine Assisted Counseling Services; Kim Brooks-Miller, owner of Your Story Confidential.com; Karen Watson, LCSW; and Bonnie Harken, Crossroads Programs for Women and owner of The Mansion on Walnut. Their common bond is that they are mental health service providers and they each have a passion and commitment to their businesses and the Pekin Community. It is their belief that a group of women committed to helping others can impact a community when they join together to promote their services and serve the needs of their community.

As business owners, they are proud to offer this screening. “Many of the services we offer are usually only available in larger communities but we are committed to providing them right here in Pekin! Our purpose is to encourage residents of Pekin and surrounding communities to look to Pekin first!”



For more information: Bonnie Harken 309-353-3614 bresourceful@earthlink.net

Tremont Medical Arts Opens

Hopedale Medical Center held a grand opening for their new Tremont Medical Arts building on May 13th.  The new building will be staffed by Drs. Trent D. and Rebecca A. Proehl.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Drs. Alfred N. Rossi, Matthew B. Rossi and Lawrence J. Rossi, Jr. and Chief Operating Officer Mark Rossi all made remarks after the ribbon cutting.  The new facility is located at 150 Lake Street.  More information is available at www.HopedaleMC.com/Tremont.  You can see more pictures from this event at:   https://goo.gl/photos/p1un6J44W2CvB7YS7

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Kiwanis Pekin Sunset Club Joins Chamber

Jordan Matthews, president of the Kiwanis Pekin Sunset Club, cut the ribbon celebrating the clubs membership in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.  Other officers and club members joined Matthews and representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce for the ceremony.  The Kiwanis Pekin Sunset Club meets at Mashies at 6pm on the 2nd Wednesdays of each month.  More information about their club is available on their Facebook page or you can email the club at: PekinSunsetKiwanis@gmail.com or find them on Twitter: @KiwanisPekinSunsetClub.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents "Buddy and Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll" on May 19

               Buddy Holly didn’t make it to his scheduled performance in Peoria in 1959, but musician Johnny Rogers will give audiences a feel for his music and more.

               The Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents Rogers and his backing band with their show Buddy and Beyond: The History of Rock and Roll on May 19 at 7:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.

               Due to the fateful plane crash known as “the day the music died,” Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper never made it to Peoria to perform as part of the Winter Dance Party tour in 1959. But Rogers will pay tribute to those performers and others during his performance.

               “I’ll start it off with Buddy Holly and I’ll put in a tribute to the Bopper and Ritchie Valens, because they were on that last tour with him and on the plane,” Rogers said. “Then after that I’ll do Johnny Cash and do the whole Million Dollar Quartet thing with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Then I’ll move into Ricky Nelson, the Everly Brothers. It’s kind of a history of rock and roll.”

               Not only does Rogers perform the music of Buddy Holly, but he also is a big fan of the late performer.

               “When I heard Buddy Holly, I became the biggest Buddy Holly fan out there, and I have a large memorabilia collection of my own,” Rogers said. “I actually own a pair of glasses that belonged to Buddy, and a shirt that was given to me by his first girlfriend that she made for him. And I’ve got some actual photos that have never been published of Buddy.”

 Rogers has performed his show for several relatives of Holly as well as other performers who played shows with the late singer.

               “I had the honor of performing for Buddy’s own family, and I’m still very close with his family,” Rogers said. “The reaction of the family was that I was the closest to Buddy they’d ever seen.

               Rogers played for the last four U.S. presidents. His show was voted as one of the best in Branson two years in a row. Rogers was inducted into the Iowa Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and he was recognized with the most versatile artist award in Nashville by the Josie Radio Show program. Rogers said he’s looking forward to playing in Peoria, and he thinks music fans, especially people who are fans of old time rock and roll, will enjoy the show.

               Sculpture Walk Peoria will be the highlighted community partner for the event. The community partner program, a part of the ICC Guest Artists Series, highlights a non-profit or community organization which has ties to the Guest Artists Series performance.

               Patrons at the event who donate to Sculpture Walk Peoria will be entered in a drawing for two free tickets to a future ICC Guest Artists Series event.

               As it does for all ICC Guest Artists Series events, CityLink provides Park and Ride service from Peoria for the performance. Buses leave Evergreen Square near the former Lenscrafters building at 6:45 pm and transport passengers directly to the ICC Performing Arts Center. Buses return to Evergreen Square immediately after the show. Fares are $1 one-way. Senior citizens 65 years of age and older with verification can ride for 50 cents one way.

               The performance is presented by the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.


               Tickets cost $25 for the general public and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at ArtsAtICC.com or by calling the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (309) 694-5136.

Fundraiser for Local Special Needs Recreation Association.

The Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association (IRVSRA) is have a rummage sale this Friday and Saturday to raise money for building renovations to increase program space for their special needs programing.  The rummage sale will take place indoors, rain or shine, inside the Robert N. Blackwell Administration Building up the hill from DragonLand Water Park in Mineral Springs Park at 1701 Court Street.  There are many items available, from clothes to power tools, it is a must see for garage and rummage sale enthusiasts.  If you are unable to attend the rummage sale but would still like to help with the renovation project you can donate online at: https://www.gofundme.com/irvsraorg-program-space OR offline by contacting the Pekin Park Foundation at 309.353.4328 to make a direct donation to IRVSRA.  For more about IRVSRA, please visit www.irvsra.org.

Hours:                   Friday: 4pm – 7pm
                                Saturday: 8am – 3pm
Location:              Robert N. Blackwell Administration Building
Mineral Springs Park
1701 Court Street
Pekin, IL

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PEKIN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

PEKIN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

Pekin Life Insurance Company held its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Company’s Home Office in Pekin, Illinois.

Premium income increased by 3.1 percent to $222.5 million. Life Insurance in force exceeded $17.1 billion in the year 2016. The Company reported net loss of $1.0 million.
At the meeting, shareholders elected directors Steven R. Anderson, Loves Park, Illinois; Byron A. Dodd, Anna, Illinois; and Brian K. Lee, Pekin, Illinois, to three year terms to expire in May 2020.
Other directors whose terms continue are: Craig W. Concklin, Hinsdale, Illinois; Daniel V. Connell, Tremont, Illinois; Scott A. Martin, Peoria, Illinois; and Thomas C. Hornstein, A. Richard Kriegsman, and Christine A. Schwartz, all from Pekin, Illinois.
Pekin Life Insurance Company is an integral part of the Pekin Insurance® group of companies.
Pekin Life Insurance Company stock trades under the symbol “PKIN” and is listed on the OTC Pink Marketplace.

A multi-line company, Pekin Life Insurance Company offers individual life which includes term life, whole life, universal life, as well as medicare supplement, annuity, credit insurance, debt protection, and pre-need coverages. Additionally, Pekin Life Insurance Company has a third party claims administration division, Group Plan Solutions, which is designed to provide employer-based, self-funded health plan administration.
Other products offered by the Pekin Insurance group include personal automobile, homeowners, motorcycle, recreational vehicle, boatowners, personal umbrella, commercial automobile, businessowners, commercial property and liability, workers compensation, commercial umbrella and bonds.
Information about Pekin Life Insurance Company can be obtained by visiting our Internet website at www.pekininsurance.com.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Good Tequilas Ribbon Cutting

Good Tequilas, 1440 N. 8th Street, celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting on Monday, May 8th.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin joined owner Jose Barragan and his staff for the celebration.  Good Tequilas is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:30pm; Friday 11:00 am to 10:30 pm; Saturday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am 9:00 pm.  You can see more pictures from this event at: https://goo.gl/photos/7TBWQ95ySJHdamMY9

Rockstar Leadership Master Class (Level 1)

DATE: May 25, 2017 - June 29, 2017
LOCATION: Richardson Counseling & Wellness Center 
112 Park Ridge Land, Pekin, IL

Improve and Uplevel your skills in leadership, team building, problem solving, decision making, and communication. This interactive training is strength-based and the practical application will address:
·  Dealing with difficult people
·  Dealing with our difficult selves
·  Dealing with difficult situations
​6-week Master Class. Each session is 1.5 - 2 hours, and participants are asked to dedicate one additional hour per week on independent homework activities.

Register by May 18, 2017
Click here for all information and to sign up.

This program is also offered
August 31st
October 12th
This program is also offered as a Teleclass training:
July 11th
October 10th

December 26th

HOI Food Truck & Music Festival





Mashie's Pub & Eatery Mother's Day Buffet





   


   

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Welcomes New Director of Marketing and Communications Bradley University Graduate and Communications Professional Camille Yameen Accepted into New Leadership Role

Center for Prevention of Abuse Executive Director Carol Merna is pleased to announce Camille Yameen has been named The Center’s new Director of Marketing and Communications. Camille is a Bradley University graduate and has spent the previous five years building her resume in national and international communications.

"Camille is the perfect fit for the marketing and communications team at The Center for Prevention of Abuse,” said Carol Merna, Executive Director. “She brings a unique skillset to us with very diverse experience and a creative focus. Her passion for nonprofit work, our mission, and advocacy have made her the right person to take on this important leadership role.”

Camille previously worked in public relations in Las Vegas, Nevada at Kirvin Doak Communications where she and her team handled communication efforts, special events, and media relations on behalf of a variety of clientele in the for profit and nonprofit sectors. She went on to serve for 22 months as a Community Health Advisor in Peace Corps Madagascar where she implemented rural health campaigns surrounding malaria, safe motherhood, water/sanitation and vaccines at the grassroots level, while working diligently to provide education on how to improve overall quality of life in her village.  

“I am very excited to accept the position of Director of Marketing and Communications at The Center for Prevention of Abuse,” said Camille Yameen. “I’ve been familiar with the Center since I was a student at Bradley and couldn’t be more thrilled to join this family. I’m most looking forward to blending my experiences and working alongside people who truly believe in the goodness of their work. I already feel at home and can’t wait for the next chapter here.”

Camille is a Kansas City, Missouri native, but recently moved back to Peoria. She looks forward to working in her new position to fulfill The Center’s mission to help all people live free from violence and abuse.

LIMITED OPENINGS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SELECT ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE HEALTH CAREERS PROGRAMS

Limited openings are still available for the fall 2017 semester for select Health Careers Programs. The original deadline for registering for most Fall 2017 Health Careers programs was January 15. However, additional applications are being accepted for the following programs on a first-come, first-served basis: Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Massage Therapist, Medical Assistant, Medical Coder, Medical Office Administrative Assistant, Paramedic, Respiratory Therapist, and Surgical Technologist. ICC also has openings for summer 2017 in the EMT program.

There also are open seats available at this time in medical terminology courses this summer and fall. This course is a prerequisite for other courses in the Health Careers programs.


Successful applicants must meet eligibility criteria specific to each program. For more information on how to apply for any of these programs and specific eligibility requirements, visit icc.edu/healthcareers. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, contact the ICC Health Careers Dept. by email at healthcareersinfo@icc.edu or call (309) 999-4600.

Goodwill to Host Annual Job Fair

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will host its annual job fair on Friday, June 2, 2017. The job fair will be held at Goodwill Commons, 2319 E. War Memorial Drive, Peoria. Job fair hours are 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
More than 30 employers are slated to attend. All employers attending will have positions open.
Currently, these employers will be available:
2 Men & A Truck
Job Corps
Aerotek
Congressman Darin Lahood
Bump Boxes
County of Peoria Juvenile Detention Center
Caterpillar
Preferred Home Healthcare
CEFCU
Resource MFG
Representative Cheri Bustos
Securitas
Embassy Suites
Sedona Staffing
G&D
Signature Products
Goodwill
Social Security Administration
Heartland Health
Staff Quick
HGS
Palm TriCom Construction
Home Goods
UnityPoint
Hospice
Volt
IDES/Career Link
Vonachen Services Inc.
Woodforest National Bank

Employers attending will be updated and available at www.goodwillpeo.org.
For more information contact Johanna Wagner at (309) 682-1113, ext. 2117 or visit www.goodwillpeo.org.

Facet Technologies Responds To Rapid Increase In Demand for Small Device Repairs with Employee Training and Development

Facet Technologies announces the Certification of Completion for Dave Jacobs from the Cell Phone Repair Academy. Dave has successfully completed 32 course hours in intermediate and advanced repair training in the following modules of mobile electronic repair: General Cell Phone Structure, Software and Programming, Assembly and Disassembly Procedures, Diagnoses and Troubleshooting, Water Damage Reversal, Screen Replacement and Refurbishment, and Soldering Techniques for Motherboard Components.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Richardson Counseling & Wellness After Hours

Char Richardson and the staff at Richardson Counseling and Wellness Center hosted the May 4th Business After Hours.  About 30 chamber members enjoyed plenty of snacks and networking with other business leaders.  They also learned more about the services, programs and leadership training available at Richardson Counseling.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://goo.gl/photos/oB61fK6oPVhEDXK56

Monday, May 1, 2017

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE CHILDREN’S CENTER RECEIVES EXCELERATE® ILLINOIS GOLD CIRCLE OF QUALITY DESIGNATION THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

Illinois Central College Children’s Center has once again received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

This is the third year that the center has received the award, which recognizes programs demonstrating quality on 15 standards. Recipients are judged based upon factors such as the center’s learning environment, curriculum, instructional quality, inclusion of children with special needs, staff-to-child ratio, and family and community involvement, to name a few. Awardees are recognized at three levels, with the Gold Circle of Quality as the highest designation.

“We are proud to receive this award for the third year and even prouder to offer this level of quality to both the families we serve and the students we are training to be the next generation of childcare service providers,” said ICC Children’s Center Director Melanie Fleming. “All the credit goes to our phenomenal staff and their dedication to the kids and their families.”

ICC Children’s Center provides quality care for children aged 2 and toilet trained to the 6th birthday. It has been accredited as a High Quality Early Childhood Program with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 2005.

ExceleRate Illinois is a comprehensive system that includes licensed child care centers, Preschool for All and Center-Based Prevention Initiative Programs, Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. It helps families make more informed choices about their children's early learning and establishes standards to help infants, toddlers and preschoolers develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.


            Childcare openings currently are available at the ICC Children’s Center. Students and staff receive a discounted rate. For more information, visit icc.edu/children or call Melanie Fleming at (309) 694-5116.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE OFFERS SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN AGES 6 – 12 AT EAST PEORIA CAMPUS

Illinois Central College again will offer its Summer Explorer Camp beginning May 30 through August 4.  The camp, which will operate on the East Peoria Campus, is for children ages 6-12 and will be staffed from 6:45 am to 5 pm. 
Discounts are available for more than one child from the same family and for students and employees of the College. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided at no additional cost. Families may sign up by the week or day or for the entire summer.  
Days will be filled with fun and games, fitness activities, crafts, science and nature, library and resource visits. Weekly themes include “earth, wind, and fire,” “secret spy,” “glow in the dark,” and “mad scientist.” Field trips and water play also will be offered.
Space is limited. The last day to register for camp is May 25 for a May 30 start date.

For prices and additional information, contact Children’s Center Director Melanie Fleming at (309) 694-5116 or email mfleming@icc.edu. Full details are available on the website at icc.edu/around-campus/child-care/summer-explorer-camp/

2017 St. Jude Mom Prom


ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SEATS NEW MEMBERS, REORGANIZES

Illinois Central College Board of Trustees conducted a yearly reorganization at its April 27 regular meeting. Recently elected Carl Cannon of Peoria, Kelly Daniels of Peoria, Paula Davis of Groveland, were seated as new trustees serving six-year terms. Isaac Jones of Morton, who ran unopposed for a one-year term in a student-body election, was seated as student representative, replacing outgoing Hellen Roeser.
The Board also recognized retiring members Don Brennan and Sue Portscheller, as well as Doug Stewart, who was appointed to fulfill four months of the term left vacant after the death of James Polk in November 2016. Brennan served on the Board for six years, and Portscheller served for 18 years. The Board also unanimously approved Diane Lamb as Chair and Gale Thetford as Vice-Chair, each serving one-year rotations in those roles.
Cannon is the founder of the ELITE youth behavioral program in Peoria. Davis is the retired superintendent of Pekin Community High School, and Daniels is an instructional designer at Caterpillar Inc. All three once attended ICC.

The next ICC Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for May 18 at 3 pm, on the ICC East Peoria Campus.                                                    






Independent Beachbody Coach - Teresa Mack wishes to recognize TEAM Accomplishment

Happy HEALTHY Anniversary, Linda Rose Ten Haken!
That's right! Today we celebrate one full year since Linda reached her weight goal! Not only did she take the excess pounds off - she also built muscle mass and endurance, and now has the bragging rights of being able to keep it up for an entire year!
I am super proud of this Lady! She has come so far since she joined me in a Challenge Group almost 2 years ago! And she has had AMAZING results!
How did she do it? Well, Linda drinks Shakeology EVERY SINGLE DAY, she works out at least 5 days each week, and she keeps her diet pretty clean and healthy, too. She has used several Beachbody programs including: 21 Day FIX, CIZE, and Country Heat. Take a good look at these photos! Consistency has brought her these results.
Once Linda started seeing results, she signed up as a Coach and has never looked back. She has now helped her husband to lose over 100 POUNDS!!! And she has helped her son to lose over 70 POUNDS!!! Now, this is what you call "Paying It Forward"!!! <3
Linda currently runs her own Challenge Groups and helps others to find their own Healthy Lifestyles and reach their own goals. She is also a Certified Country Heat Instructor and teaches the modified version of Country Heat at Parkside Athletics each Tuesday and Thursday evening, alongside Julie Antonini, who teaches what I like to call the Intense Version of Country Heat! :) These classes are perfect for just about anyone, as Beginners can join in and follow Linda Rose Ten Haken, while those who have been working on their cardio for a while, can ramp it up by following Julie Antonini. Please stop by and take your 1st class for FREE!!!
Congrats again, Linda, on a job well done!!!! <3 <3 <3

*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition. Consult your physician and follow all safety instructions before beginning any exercise program or using any supplement or meal replacement product. The testimonials featured may have used more than one Beachbody product or extended the program to achieve their results. The information on our Web sites is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. If you experience any pain or difficulty with exercises or diet, stop and consult your healthcare provider.

Monday Night Golf League at Sunset Hills Golf Course

Golf League

Monday Night Golf League at Sunset Hills Golf Course

We are starting a new Golf League and would love to have you join!!!

Monday May 1st 2017 we will be holding a social to discuss details, gauge interest of this league, and enjoy some light appitizers at Mashie's Pub.

 Come to the Social to discuss details if your on the fence about joining...
Please Call 309-347-7553 ext. 1 to sign up
for the Social so we can get a rough Idea of what to prepare for.


 Monday May 22nd Till September excluding Holidays
Start Time approxitmatly 5:30PM
 $125 Per Person for the season
First Day of Play is Monday May 22nd 2017
The cost of this league gets you a Weekly Buy-In for a Skin Game, covers Grand Prize Money for the end of the season, & covers cost for the social & end of the season Steak Dinner

2 Person Best Ball Match Play with handicap. Each team plays 9 holes against the other teams winning a point for each hole won with an extra point for the winner of the round that match.

Must have a CDGA Handicap.
Proshop can assist you with getting your CDGA Hanicap if you don't have one.

!!!12 Weeks of Play Guaranteed!!!

Everything based on Black Tees.
If you choose to play from the White Tees your handicap will be adjusted.

Non Member Rate is $12 Each Week for 9 Holes of Golf & Cart.

Make your own Team.
ProShop will keep and maintain a list of subs that can be used if you can't make a week.
Visit our website - mashiespub.com

UnityPoint Health – Pekin Recognizes Employees and Volunteers

UnityPoint Health – Pekin recently honored employees and volunteers at two events that celebrate outstanding service and dedication.

The 58th Annual Employee Awards Banquet recognized 89 employees with 1,115 combined years of service. Dr. John Lovell was given special recognition upon his retirement after 39 years of treating patients and serving the community.

Trust Builder Awards, given for demonstrating organizational values, were presented to Dr. Gordon Cross, Dr. Benjamin Hanshaw, Dr. Michael Honan, Dr. Nani Moazzam, Dr. Volkan Sumer, Vicki Dirks, Wendy Hess, Georgiana Howard, Jenny Rose, Cory Sharp and Dee Shawgo. Department honorees were the emergency department, facilities management, food services, imaging and materials management.

More than 130 volunteers were honored at the 2017 Volunteer Luncheon. Recognition was given for 20,256 combined hours donated over the last year to courier services, lobby and information desk services, pharmacy, radiology and surgical waiting. The volunteer with the most hours donated over the past year was Beulah Snyder with 1,174 total hours.

“Our dedicated employees and volunteers help us to serve the community and provide personal, compassionate care each day. We cannot thank them enough for their ongoing commitment to our mission of service,” said Crystal Elliott, Vice President of Human Resources. “We also wish Dr. Lovell the very best of luck with his retirement. He has been a pillar in our medical community for almost 40 years.”


UnityPoint Health – Pekin is a 107-bed medical center serving Central Illinois since 1913. For more information visit unitypointhealth.org/pekin.