Friday, April 30, 2010

Pekin Community High School Students Recognized

(April 29, 2010) – Pekin Hospital and Lite Rock 107 are proud to recognize Pekin Community High School students Dylan Broombaugh and Austin Flynn as recipients of the Pekin Community High School (PCHS) Student Award for April.

Dylan Broombaugh, a senior, was nominated by Mrs. Pat Smith, a guidance counselor. In her nomination, Mrs. Smith cited Dylan’s involvement in Stand Up and Save Earth, Peer Mediation, boy’s swim team, girl’s swim team manager, People to People, and Operation Teen Safe Driving. She explained, “Dylan goes beyond expectations. He is willing to help in and outside class. He is polite, helpful, works exceptionally well with others, and is a true leader.” Mrs. Smith also indicated that Dylan stood out among his peers because he “is always the first to volunteer his services. He follows through with the plans and is very responsible.”

Austin Flynn, a junior, was nominated by Mr. Joel Steger, a faculty member. In his nomination, Mr. Steger cited Austin’s classroom involvement by helping manage lab computers and helping other students. Mr. Steger said, “Austin stood out among his peers because he is very honest and hard working. He really understands computers and helps out. He comes in extra just to help out.”

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 junior or senior and show remarkable qualities which help them prepare for a promising future.

Ann Donnelly, Student Development Coordinator at PCHS said, “This award is a great way to promote the positive contributions that students at PCHS make everyday. The teachers and staff enjoy nominating the students and I am grateful for the opportunity to help present the award to the winning students.”

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

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Grumpy Pete's Joins Chamber

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

Grumpy Pete's Steakhouse
1440 N. 8th Street
Pekin IL  61554
(309) 477-8325
Frank Gianessi, owner

Pekin's Premier dining and catering facility, conveniently located at 1440 N. 8th Street, Grumpy Pete's serves up an array of food from rib eyes to their famous fried chicken. Stop in for lunch or dinner and enjoy their indoor fine dining or relax in their outdoor beer garden. Grumpy Pete's has something for everyone. Open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:00am to 2:00pm; open Monday's from 4pm to 9pm, Tuesday through Friday from 4:00pm to 1:00am, and Sunday from 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

McDaniels Marketing Communications Receives Two National Awards at “Best of NAMA” Ceremony

McDaniels Marketing Communications recently received a first place “Best of NAMA” award for the digital presentation, Illinois Soybean Association’s “Think’n with Lincoln,” as well as a second place award for Heritage Seed’s “Secret Six/Lead Hybrid,” a local multi-media campaign. Presented by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), the ceremony in Kansas City, KS honored the nation’s “best of the best” in agricultural communications. To participate, entrants first achieved top awards at the regional level.

Think’n with Lincoln
This interactive game was created for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA), a statewide organization for soybean growers located in Bloomington, IL. “Think’n with Lincoln” was unveiled as part of ISA’s new exhibit last September and supported ISA’s key message – “Illinois Soybean Growers: A Legacy of Leadership.” The game shows how Illinois soybean growers lead in agricultural production, research and education, while tying in with Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday celebration and making a connection between Lincoln as a leader and soybean growers as leaders. Designed to entice visitors to answer trivia questions, the presentation features a custom video game experience and is now available on the ISA website in a fun, educational format using multiple-choice and true-false answers.

4610 Secret Six/Lead Hybrid Campaign
This multi-media campaign was created for Heritage Seeds, a division of American Seeds LLC located in Reynolds, IN. Targeting growers throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, the campaign was designed to capture the attention of those in the market for high-performing, genetically proven corn products bred to perform in specific fields. “4610 Secret Six/Lead Hybrid” was also intended to draw potential new customers to Heritage Seeds’ tent at the 2009 Farm Progress Show. By positioning Heritage Seeds as both “The Leader in Product Placement” and the right choice for making “yield driven” decisions, the campaign helped set the company’s new technology and products apart from the competition.

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

Spruce up Pekin

Spruce up Pekin - Saturday May 1, 2010

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 1, Pekin residents can drop off their trash at four locations:
The Mineral Springs Park parking lot, Fire Station No. 2 at 14th and Willow streets, 1130 Koch, and the intersection of Knapp and Sapp streets.

At the Mineral Springs Park location, Safety Kleen will pick up used oil, and Interstate Batteries will collect anything from small batteries to car batteries.  The site will also be a drop-off location for any iron, from lawn mowers to truck parts, besides propane tanks.  Oil & antifreeze will only be accepted at this location only.

Going Green Computers will accept electronics at the Mineral Springs Park location only.
It will accept all computer-related items and wiring EXCEPT monitors and televisions.

The service Center at 1130 Koch is the only site that will accept tires.  A disposal fee will be charged.

Census takers will start going door-to-door on May 1

The Census Bureau is getting ready to hit the streets.  This is in an effort to make sure that every one is counted and that Central Illinois preserves its "voice" in government.

Most residents who sent back their forms will not get a visit from a census taker.  However, it could happen for a variety of reasons including the following:

- They did not completely fill out their form or the response was unclear.
- They mailed their form back and the form did not get processed before assignments for the door-to-door operation were handed out.
- They filled out a Be Counted form and it could not be matched with an address in the Master Address File.

The Census taker will ONLY ask and record the questions on the Census form.   They will make up to three visits and up to three phone calls in an attempt to reach the home owner.  The census worker will leave a double-sided (English and Spanish) NOTICE of VISIT in the doorway that includes a phone number for the resident to schedule an appointment.

More info on the Census taker and the 2010 Census can be found online at the Census website.

Kyle's Care at Home announces new program

Kyle's Care at Home is pleased to announce that they have recently become a Community Care Provider.  The Community Care Program is a state funded program.  This program provides homemaking and care giving services to low-income seniors who require assistance to remain independent in the comfort of their own homes.   If you would like more information on this program or the other services offered, please call Kyle's Care at Home.  347-8600.

May BIZ Barometer & Consumer Price Index

On a Seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Over the last 12 months, the index increased 2.3 percent before seasonal adjustments.

June Calendar of Events

1st Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am / 8:00am

2nd Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

3rd Pekin 1st Committee, Pekin Union Mission, 7:30 am

3rd Business After Hours, NTS Telephone Company, 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

8th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

9th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

9th Board of Directors Meeting, Herget Bank, 4:00 pm

11th Puttin’ on Pekin Breakfast, Knights of Columbus Hall, 6:45 am Reservations Appreciated

16th Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 6:30 pm

29th Business Advocacy Committee, Chamber Office, 7:00 am

May Calendar of Events

4th Ambassadors Committee, CJ’s Café, 7:30am / 8:00am

5th Executive Committee, Chamber Office, 4:00 pm

6th Pekin 1st Committee, Pekin Union Mission, 7:30 am

6th Business After Hours, Avant’is Ristorante, 4:30~6:00 pm Reservations Appreciated

11th Member Services Comm., Chamber Office, 7:30 am

12th Transportation Committee, Pekin City Hall, 8:00 am

12th Board of Directors Meeting, Herget Bank, 4:00 pm

19th Marigold Committee, Pekin Public Library, 6:30 pm

21st Breakfast 2.0, Pekin Public Library, 7:00 am Reservations Appreciated

25th Business Advocacy Committee, Chamber Office, 7:00 am

31st Memorial Day, Chamber Office Closed

May Business After Hours

Don't miss May's Business After Hours on Thursday, May 6th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm.  We'll be at Avanti's Ristorante, 3610 Kelly Avenue.  Please call the chamber office, 346-2106, to RSVP.

Membership Renewals through March 22, 2010

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that recently renewed their membership with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

American Motor Trends ~ Artistic Community Theatre ~ Best Western Ashland House & Conference Center ~ Bond Eye Associates ~ Boys & Girls Club of Pekin ~ Brad Campbell Memorial Fund ~ Bridgeway ~ Carl & Nichols Shell ~ CEFCU ~ Comcast Spolight ~ DHS/Division of Rehabilitation Services ~ Dragon's Dome (Central Illinois Sports Management) ~ East Side/Goodyear Tire & Auto Service ~ First Federal Savings & Loan ~ Sylvan Franklin ~ Godfathers Pizza ~ Greg's Garage Door Service ~ Griffin-Rahn Insurance ~ J H Car Wash ~ Charlotte Jibben ~ Jimmy Johns ~ Dr. Brendon J. Johnson, OD PC ~ Kiwanis Club of Pekin ~ Kyle's Care at Home ~ Lange Animal Clinic ~ National City Bank ~ Pekin National Bank ~ Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts ~ Regent Broadcasting of Peoria, Inc. ~ Carol Shields ~ Southside Business Association ~ Staples ~ Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center ~ Tebben Insurance Services, Inc. ~ The Mattress Doctor ~ WTVP TV ~ X Waste Disposal

Executive Director's Report

By Bill Fleming

The annual meeting of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce was held on April 21st at the Pekin Country Club. Two hundred chamber members were in attendance. Outgoing board members (Charles Hanley, Roxanne Heiser, Tom Hornstein, Gregg Ratliff, and Kay Sutton) were recognized for their service, and the newly elected board members were introduced.

The board of directors also elected officers for the coming year: President, Althea Geiser; President Elect, Skip Schermerhorn; Vice President, Drew Leman; Treasurer, Tom Hornstein; and Past President, Mike Vonderheide.

Hornstein is President/COO of Excalibur Seasoning Company. He has a BS degree from Illinois State University and an MBA degree from Bradley University. He also sits on the boards of the United Way of Pekin and Pekin Insurance, and is a Peoria Notre Dame board trustee. Tom and his wife Maria have 2 children, Tom (18) and Antonio (12). In his free time Tom enjoys hunting and fishing.

Outgoing President Mike Vonderheide thanked the board, staff and volunteers for their efforts during the past year. He listed several accomplishments that were achieved, despite the poor economy. The full text of his speech is available at:

Newly elected President Althea Geiser continued the theme of the evening, thanking the volunteers and encouraging them to do their part for the organization. The full text of her speech is available at:

The annual report was available at the meeting, and can be viewed online at:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Project Pack The Place

The I’m Stepping Up community campaign is underway and receiving great publicity but we need your help! The first Project Pack the Place (sponsored by PNC) is Sunday May 2nd with the Peoria Chiefs. If you haven’t ordered your tickets yet, please do so ASAP. You can purchase a block of tickets for your employees, volunteers, or friends to attend the game and pack the stands. Tickets are $8 each for a minimum 20 tickets. Each ticket includes an I’m Stepping Up/Pack the Place T-shirt and kids 12 and under get a free hotdog and soda. To reserve your tickets, call 309-680-4000 ext 0 and ask about Project Pack By participating, your company/organization will be announced during the game and be placed on all the signage the day of the event.

Employers - Expand Your Business With "Put Illinois To Work"

Put Illinois to Work is a program created by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Human Services. This program, utilizing state funds and federal stimulus dollars, will be administered in partnership with Heartland Human Care Services, Inc® (HHCS) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to provide subsidized wages for eligible unemployed, low-income parents and young adults throughout Illinois. Employers offering entry-level positions are needed to host subsidized workers for up to six months, ending September 30, 2010.

Benefits offered by Put Illinois to Work include:
■ NO wage expenses for employers
■ The opportunity to train new workers on your unique internal processes/procedures
■ The option to hire skilled workers after September 30, 2010

For all the details, visit

Treasures & More Joins Chamber

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

Treasures & More
345 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 267-1401

John Riley, owner
Open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday, Treasures & More offers antiques and collectibles, crafts, rocks, knives and a little bit of everything.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Jaycees Monthly Meeting

The Tazewell County Jaycees will hold their monthly membership meeting on Monday, April 26th at 6pm at Schooner's in Morton. Individuals interested in joining this organization are welcome to attend.

Methodist Opens New North Side Outpatient Center

(April 22, 2010)--The public joined with local dignitaries to officially open the area’s newest outpatient health center. Methodist North at Allen Road opened its doors for the first time March 29th but observed a public open house and ribbon cutting Thursday, April 22, 2010.

Methodist North at Allen Road is now home to Methodist at Allen Road-Pediatrics and Methodist at Allen Road-Family Medicine as well as Methodist Medical Group Cardiology and Methodist Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center.

In addition to physician offices, Methodist North at Allen Road features an advanced Imaging Center that offers the latest 3T MRI, a low-dose-radiation CT scanner, comfortable all-digital mammography, plus ultrasound, x-ray, echo and vascular lab, and bone density scanning.

Also included at Methodist North is the full-service Methodist Pharmacy for easy access to prescriptions and over-the-counter pharmacy items, plus physical and occupational therapy from Professional Therapy Services.

In marking the event, Methodist President and CEO Michael Bryant said, “Methodist North at Allen Road is not just another medical office building. It’s a state-of-the-art healthcare facility that embodies the Methodist vision of ‘Taking You Well Into the Future.’ Methodist North at Allen Road is ideally situated off Route 6, for easy access throughout the Peoria area, and especially for residents on the fast growing North and Westside communities.”

There is also a comprehensive conference center that is available for use by area organizations. The conference center features three meeting rooms complete with state-of-the-art visual and audio equipment.

The project developer is DASCO Companies with the Farnsworth Group as architect/engineer and PJ Hoerr as contractor.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2010 Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend Celebration

The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and Udry Jewelers cordially invite you to join us for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and entertainment to celebrate Girl Scouting in Pekin and honor the contributions of Paula Davis for being a leader in our community and demonstrating the Girl Scout values of courage, confidence and character.

Thursday May 13, 2010
5 to 7 pm
Udry Jewelers, Inc.
1100 Derby St., Pekin, IL

Each ticket purchased entitles you to attend the event and provides a chance to win a unique, handcrafted diamond necklace valued at $4,200, courtesy of Udry Jewelers, Inc.
Tickets are $50 each; all proceeds benefit Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

Please RSVP by Monday May 10, 2010
For more information, please contact Kimberly Weeks at 309-688-8671 or 800-640-8671 ext.1414 or

Pekin Hospital Recognizes Volunteers

(April 21, 2010) - Pekin Hospital recognized its volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held today at the Pekin Moose Lodge.
During 2009, hospital volunteers recorded a total of 41,362.5 hours of volunteer service. Volunteers donated 11,042. Volunteens donated 456.5 hours, and male escorts donated 9,264 hours. In addition, the Pekin Hospital League members donated 20,362.5 hours.
Forty-eight volunteers were given special recognition for their hours of service:

100 Hours – Don Benassi, Michael Cook, Rita DeSollar, Bob Ganson, Pamela Ganson, Hal Hanes, Marilyn Hasty, Michael Hodapp, Judy Krupps, Kathy Pogeman, Byron Rabb, John Ritchie, and Jackie Schoon
500 Hours – Diane Arrenholz, Millie Cordes, Mary Gardner, Keith Kells, Emma Morgan, Dennis Stoller, and Mabel Urish
1,000 Hours – Jim Busch, Dale Cook, Sharon Cook, Frank Hatton, Ann Heimer, Suzanne Hochstetler, Gene Smith, Beulah Snyder, and JohnTurnell
1,500 Hours – Bob Green, Sue Hurd, Mary Kay Lutz, Bob Morrison, and Nancy Phillips
2,000 Hours – Bill Beadles, Katherine Sheehan, and Terry Vogel
2,500 Hours – Roberta Montgomery and Phil Renner
3,000 Hours – Juanita Appleyard, Elsie Goeken, Bill Jones, and Bob Rochester
3,500 Hours – Ivagene Wheeler
4,000 Hours – Russ Patten
4,500 Hours – Lois DeGolyer
5,500 Hours – Marvin Lohnes
10,000 Hours – Nancy German

Special recognition was also given to those volunteers who donated the most hours in their division. Alicia Brackney volunteered 112.5 hours for the Pekin Hospital Volunteen Service, Bob Green volunteered 705 hours for the Pekin Hospital Escort Service, Diana Arrenholz volunteered 527.5 hours for the Pekin Hospital Volunteers, and Martha Weibring volunteered 707 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

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

8th Street Sweet Spot Joins Chamber

Please welcome the newest member of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

8th Street Sweet Spot
211 N. 8th Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 353-3340
Lisa Stetler, owner

Located across from West Campus, and open daily from 11am to 9pm, the 8th Street Sweet Spot is a family-owned business offering ice cream, sandwiches, and iced coffee.

Chamber's Annual Report

From the Board of Directors - Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce
April 19, 2010

The Chamber’s business IS business – We promote the growth of the Pekin area through the collective efforts of our members.

Below are the four goals of our strategic plan. During the past year, the Chamber’s Board of Directors, committees, volunteers and staff have contributed the following efforts:

Goal 1: Create a vibrant business environment in the Pekin

Vision: Creating a vibrant business environment requires our participation in the legislative process - advocating those issues that will benefit our membership and keeping our membership informed of legislation that will impact their business interests. Creating a vibrant business environment also requires that we seek out organizations that share our goals and collaborate with them, actively pursuing our common goals.

Advocacy: The chamber staff and members of the Business Advocacy Committee promoted issues that will create a vibrant business environment. We partnered with area chambers to form CIRCLE, the Central Illinois Regional Chamber Legislative Effort, which took 50 business leaders and five key issues to the state capitol. The Transportation Committee continued to be a leading advocate for improvements to the local infrastructure, most notably Veterans Drive. As a result of our leadership and lobbying efforts this year’s state capital budget includes funding for the southern section of Veterans Drive.

Collaboration: The chamber staff collaborated with the City of Pekin on economic development tasks: We assisted with business retention visits; participated on Economic Development Advisory Committee, and provided funding for an enhanced residential relocation website. We continued to work with local and regional organizations on shared projects, including the LAUNCH Business Plan competition, the Heart of Illinois Legislative Reception and the Regional Roads Priority List.

Information Sharing: Using a variety of media, we kept our members informed of issues that could affect the business environment. We also published a candidate questionnaire for the local elections.

Goal 2: Stimulate community growth

Vision: Our members and the community expect us to be the information source for potential visitors, new residents, and new businesses. We accept that role and produce high-quality promotional materials for the requests we receive from outside of the area. We also proactively market the Pekin area to the region. The Pekin area has a number of assets that contribute to community growth. "Quality of Life" events are among those assets, and we assume a leadership role, collaborating with others to maintain, improve and expand the events.

Marketing: Our Marketing Committee continued to promote our community with the “Pekin, What a Pleasant Surprise” campaign. The committee monitored and tried to influence the traffic sent to our websites from search engines. We continued to use maps, magazines and street banners as marketing tools and funding sources, and we began planning for a new marketing theme.

Quality of Life: As a result of great weather, great sponsors, and the efforts of our staff and volunteers, the Marigold Festival, the July 4th Honor America Celebration, and the Women’s Marigold Golf Outing all provided outstanding quality of life opportunities for our community..

Goal 3: Ensure the Chamber is a strong, stable organization

Vision: The Chamber, like any organization, must raise and efficiently use resources. We follow sound fiscal and accounting practices to ensure the financial health of the organization. We need a pool of leaders and volunteers to keep our committees and events active and growing. Therefore, we actively recruit potential leaders and volunteers, developing their skills and commitment. Our members need to know what is happening with the Chamber and feel like they are a part of the organization, so we employ a variety of tools and media to communicate with our members. Finally, the Chamber acknowledges the need for continued organizational improvement, and the need to keep our plan a living, breathing document.

Fiscal Responsibility: We were good stewards of our members’ investments in our organization. As a result of an extremely challenging economy, total revenues for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010 fell about 10% short of our budget. In particular, our dues revenue felt the impact of the economy, as we lost 3 of our 10 largest dues paying members. This forced us to aggressively reduce or eliminate several planned expenditures, which resulted in a positive cash flow greater than originally budgeted. Despite the poor economy, we added 44 new members, our best effort in at least 10 years. Unfortunately, we lost 49 members during the same 12 months. We ended the year with 388 members. The board has approved a balanced budget for the coming year, with revenues equaling expenses. The balanced budget is based on an aggressive membership growth projection.

Leadership Development: During the past year our board and 12 committees included nearly 200 volunteers. We held the 12th R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy, graduating 21 enthusiastic participants.

Communication: We continued to use several different tools to communicate with our members and the public. In addition to our website, monthly newsletter, and emails, we use several online blogs and a social networking service to post up-to-the-minute chamber news and pictures. We also collaborated with the Pekin Public Library to podcast some of our events.

Organizational Improvements: We formally evaluated the activities of our strategic plan and made adjustments to our activities. Some of these adjustments were the result of the challenges presented by the economic downturn.

Goal 4: Create promotional opportunities for our members

Vision: One of the primary benefits of chamber membership is networking - the opportunity to meet, socialize, interact, and do business with other business people. We coordinate events that provide those networking opportunities. Also, there's strength in numbers, and Chamber members can take advantage of those economies of scale when we offer our membership high-impact promotional opportunities at a price that is more economical than they could arrange on their own. It's important for new members to see an immediate return on their dues investment, and so we offer numerous promotional opportunities to them.

Networking Events: Our committees coordinated a number of successful networking events, including Puttin’ On Pekin breakfasts, monthly Business After Hours, and the Chamber Challenge Trivia Nite. These events provided attendees over 1,200 networking opportunities.

New Member Promotions: Each new member was assigned to a Chamber Ambassador, who served as their mentor. The Ambassadors encouraged the new members to take advantage of the first-year promotional benefits, valued at over $1,000.

Shared Promotions: Our committees offered numerous shared promotional opportunities to our members, including an electricity purchasing coop, the Pekin Area Business EXPO, shared advertising opportunities in the local media, a community resource book, a community map, the monthly Super Saver Chamber Coupons, and a successful Business and Community Recognition Luncheon.

We enjoyed a number of successes over the past year. These were the result of careful planning, a hard working staff, and an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers. Our success would not be possible without the collective efforts of our members – not only their financial investments but also their willingness to get involved and encourage their employees to do the same.

As we look ahead to the next year we are cautiously optimistic. The economic downturn continues to affect all of us, some to a much greater degree than others. We are confident the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has the resources in place to meet the challenges of the coming year, and to continue to promote the growth of the Pekin area through the collective efforts of our members.

Charity Basketball Game Benefits Special Olympics.

A charity basketball game between the Pekin Police and the Pekin Fire Departments will be held Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30pm in the Pekin High School Gymnasium.  Admission for adults is $5, students are $3, and children 5 and under are free.  Proceeds from the event will support Special Olympics.

Methodist offers Free Women’s Health Awareness Programs

(April 21, 2010)--Methodist Medical Center will be offering three free Women’s Health Awareness Programs for the general public. Programs will include information on women’s health issues as well as the latest information on robotic hysterectomies using the DaVinci Robotic System.

Programs will include a presentation on Pre and Post Menopause with Dr. Tracy Bochantin on Tuesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. That presentation will be held at Curves at 3709 N. Sterling in Peoria. Adolescent Obesity will be the topic for a presentation by Dr. David Kindred on Tuesday, May 4th at 8 a.m. That presentation will also be held at Curves at 3709 Sterling. The final presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 5th at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Marc Boyd will be discussing urinary incontinence at Methodist on North Allen Road.

Refreshments will be served at all three presentations and attendees will receive a free one-month membership to Curves.

Pekin Main Street

Arts Open House
Speakeasy Art Center of Central Illinois
Come and check out what is sure to be the newest hot spot for the arts in Central Illinois.  The Speakeasy Art Society in Pekin, Illinois offers prime, affordable studio space for visual arts, performing arts, music and photography.  We house more than twenty unique spaces to choose from, both raw and finished.
Be a part of Pekin's Historic Downtown Revitalization.  Be one of the first to secure your opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the newest events and gallery opportunities.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
12-8 pm
353 Court St. - Pekin
Studio Tours Available All Day

Methodist Medical Center Recognizes Volunteers

(April 20, 2010)--Methodist Medical Center honored its volunteers at the 38th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at the Paradise Hotel. The luncheon is held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week.
Among the volunteers, special recognition honored Aubrey Atkinson of Bartonville with seventeen thousand volunteer hours and Barbara Spurgeon of Washington with sixteen thousand volunteer hours.

Michael Bryant, President and CEO of Methodist Medical Center made the presentation of awards, which included a service pin and gift catalog.
National Volunteer Week recognizes the support that volunteers provide to hospital staff, their patients, their family members and the community at the local, state and national levels.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Get Busy Living!

Champion Fitness Physical Therapy encourages you to educate yourself or someone you care about. All you need is a computer and an internet connection to view, listen, or read from our library of health related topics. Go to our website,,/  click “blog” and scroll to read the latest blog entries or select a topic of interest. You will find information on topics such as ankle sprains, spinal decompression, dynamic stretching, and more! Find out how Champion Fitness Physical Therapy can help you “GET BUSY LIVING!”

Mike Vonderheide Retires as Chamber President

I would like to thank the board of directors, the staff (Bill, Jamie, and Diane), the executive committee, and all of you, for giving me the opportunity and privilege to serve as President of the Board of Directors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce during this past year. I have learned so much from all of you during my eight years of service with the chamber.

When I spoke last year at the annual meeting, I set a few goals for the organization as we embarked on a difficult, recessionary year: to maintain all the programs we possibly could, to try to implement new ones, and just keep the status quo with our membership.

If you remember a year ago, I challenged you with a 1-line quote I like to use: “The difference between try and triumph is a little umph!” Well, I can assure you, the staff and the board took me literally and gave this year an extra umph.

Even in a year with uncertainty in our economy, I’m very happy to report we broke a record for new membership. We added 44 new members to our chamber family this past year. The bad news is we lost about the same amount of members during that time. By tightening our belts a little and being good stewards of your dues investments, we closed the books this year with a $9,000 gain. For that, I think the board and staff deserve a huge thank you!

The success of our chamber cannot be measured by any one individual. It is the collective efforts of all of us, coming together as individual pieces of a puzzle to complete the picture.

I was sitting in our wonderful park that we have been blessed with, writing down my thoughts for tonight. It brought to mind just how important it is that we all work together to reach our goals and make our town a better place to work, live and play. We have been blessed here locally with an abundance of tress throughout our town. It reminded me of a lesson I learned from trees just a few years ago.

In 1999 my wife Patty and I purchased some property just south of town. We wanted to clean it up and clear out most of the timber to make it more “park-like.” I hired an old friend to help me do that. On the first morning or our project, my buddy Ray showed up with his D-6 and was ready to go. I told him I wanted to keep all the nice oaks and walnuts, but take everything else out.

I went to work and about noon I got a call. Ray wanted me to stop and see what he had done. I arrived and found my timber almost all cleared, except for the big beautiful oaks.

But then Ray asked me if I wanted to keep those four tall, dark-barked, trees that he had left as well. I asked, “What kind are they?” and he said they were black cherry. I was pretty excited; sure I wanted to keep them! But he suggested we take them out because black cherry trees only do well when they are surrounded and protected by other trees in the forest. He said they would all fall within a year because, now that they are out in the open on their own, they would not be able to stand the wind and weather. I wasn’t sure of his reasoning, and I insisted he leave them stand.

You know, within that year, they all blew over in storms and wind gusts. They just could not make it on their own. Do you get the moral of my story?

Patty and I had the privilege of a trip to California several years back and visited the giant redwoods in a national forest. I began to notice that the giant redwoods were in groups in the forest – you didn’t see just one by itself. Typically, these 2,000 year-old trees that tower up to 1,000 feet tall were growing in groups of six or more, and fairly close to each other. I asked our ranger guide if there was any significance to that. He said, “Yes, that’s the secret to the redwoods success.”

When the redwoods are young, in the first 50 years of their life, they spend 80% of their growth effort underground. They cast their roots out in all directions, searching for another tree root system. When they find one, they team up and interlock their roots to support each other and strengthen one another. They then have the strength and confidence to grow hundreds of feet in the air without fear, as they are all joined together at the roots.

That is how I see our local chamber and community…a collective group of organized people supporting each other and working towards the same goals and objectives. We all have a different piece to contribute to the puzzle, but when it all comes together it makes a beautiful picture.

It has been my pleasure to team up with you and your business this past year. I wish you all the best and may God Bless Pekin, Illinois. Thank you.

Althea Geiser Named Chamber President

WOW!!—Little could I have imagined that a number of years ago when I volunteered to be a Chamber Ambassador that it would lead me down this path. I couldn’t be more proud or happy to take this next step and represent the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce as your President.

As you have heard, this evening we have been recognizing our volunteers. Volunteerism, as defined by Wikipedia, is the practice of people working on behalf of others, or for a particular cause, without payment for their time or services. What better way is there to connect with your community and give something back?

But people also volunteer because they want to make new friends, increase their self-confidence, or want to make a difference. 98% of the work completed by the chamber is done with the help of volunteers. The Chamber would find it difficult to carry on our day-to-day business without all of these people who give so much of themselves.
I can remember a number of years back a comment was made that the average volunteer stays three years before they experience burnout. That is why we are always looking for more individuals to get involved.

This is one job where we won’t need your resume and you won’t be told you are over-qualified. You will not be turned away. We have been blessed and very fortunate that many of our volunteers have been with us for quite a long time, and we hope that continues. We need you…you are important to us.

You, as volunteers, are much like the puzzle pieces on the tables tonight. Each of you is unique in your own way. You all have different areas of interest and skills, and like those puzzle pieces, there is a specific place where you will find a perfect fit.

So, as I begin my year, I look forward to working with you as we continue to fit all of our puzzle pieces together so that our chamber continues to exemplify the complete picture. Thank you.

Chamber Elects New Officers at Annual Meeting

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting on April 19th at the Pekin Country Club. Two Hundred people, representing 62 businesses and organizations, were in attendance. The results of the recent election of new directors were announced and the board of directors elected new officers.

New directors elected to 3-year terms by the membership were: Daryl Dagit, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Paula Davis, Pekin Community High School District 303; Debbie Davison, Home Health Care Plus; Neal Johnson, Ameren Illinois Utilities; and, Ty Lemaster, CenturyLink.

Officers elected at the annual meeting by the Chamber’s Board of Directors include: President, Althea Geiser, B’Ribboned, Etc.; President -Elect, Charles “Skip” Schermerhorn, Herget Bank; Vice-President, Drew Leman, Leman Property Management; Treasurer, Tom Hornstein, Excalibur Seasoning Company; and, Past President, Mike Vonderheide, Vonderheide Floor Coverings.

Directors who completed their 3-year terms were also recognized at the annual meeting for their contributions to the organization. The retiring directors were: Charles Hanley, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes; Roxanne Heiser, Aventine Renewable Energy; Tom Hornstein, Excalibur Seasoning Company; Gregg Ratliff, Pekin Daily Times; and, Kay Sutton, Illinois Central College. Dr. Timm Schwartz, DDS, Schwartz and Miller Family Dentistry, was also recognized for his contributions to the board, as he retired as Past President.

The Pekin Civic Chorus, under the direction of Lisa McKenzie, provided the entertainment. The gave a preview of their 2010 show which can be seen June 1-6.

The event was sponsored by Methodist Medical Center, Midwest Generation - Powerton Station, Herget Bank, Pekin Insurance, Ameren Illinois Utilities, Advanced Medical Transport, CenturyLink, Excalibur Seasoning Company, Illinois American Water, Leman Property Management, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes, Steger’s Furniture, Udry Jewelers and Vonderheide Floor Coverings.

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has served the local business community since 1893. Nearly 400 local businesses, organizations and individuals are members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pekin Hospital Honors Employees at 51st Annual Service Awards Dinner

One hundred five Pekin Hospital and ProHealth Inc. employees were recently honored at the 51st Annual Service Awards Dinner held at the Pekin Moose Lodge on April 15. Employees honored have more than 1,290 years total service to Pekin Hospital and ProHealth Inc.  Employees and their years of service are as follows:

Thirty-five Years: Kathy Blake, Kathy Guidi, Gretchen Norton, and Sue Seymore.

Thirty Years: David Berry, Patsy Bowers, Lori Delaware, Kathy Garlock, Sheila Kamp, Craig Redshaw, Francy VanDyke, Kay Weast, and Bonnie Wills.

Twenty-five Years: Sharlene Butterfield, Mike Erickson, Wendy Fox, Pam Lohnes, Sherry Thompson, Debbie Williams, and Karen Woiwode.

Twenty Years: Kathy Beaird, Sherry Collins, Theresa Mickens, Jan Simpkins, Teresa Sparks, and Janet VanDyke.

Fifteen Years: Carla Allen, Bennie Artman, Bonita Justice, Teresa Kazense, Nancy Lenox, Dorothea Reed, Tracey Sackett, Laurel Sharp, and Bettyanne Thies.

Ten Years: Mary Altman, Julie Barth, Tammy Blackmore, Katy Bush, Toodie Cole, Patricia Connell, Katherine Derry, Rebecca Erby, Judy Getz, Amy Graber, Karen Hancock, Crystal Kline, Cynthia Messer, Dawn Moushon, Amanda Neuman, Norma Newsome, Theresa Payne, Jason Reith, Jen Sindle, and Joyce Topper.

Five Years: Lucy Anderson, Angela Ashburn, Deb Bockler, Amanda Bonnett, Patricia Cates, Charles Decker, Tanja DeFrates, Mary Dunn, Melissa Emmons, Brittney Filley, Cory Filley, Kelly Flynn, Heather Foster, Angie Green, Victor Griffin, Chris Gunterman, Angie Hannan, Tammy Hintz, Dr. Erika Hunter, Shannon Kapraun, Katie Kelch, Tiffaney Kieser, Alina Kramer, Pat Kumer, LeAnn Mansfield, Louise Medearis, Latisha Milligan, Aletta Monks, Bruce Moore, Kim Muth, Melissa Ngo, Ann Nolan, Kimberly Ohnemus, Denise Parkhurst, Jane Quarello, Susan Rettig, Jenny Rose, Peggy Russell, Paula Schade, Dee Shortness, Michelle Smith, Chris Stapleton, Carolyn Sutter, Gloria Taylor, Phyllis VanDyke, Heidi Westhafer, Marie Wheeler, Brook Wright, Bree Zeltner, and Robin Zimmerman.

2009 Pillar Award winners were also announced that evening. On an annual basis, Pekin Hospital recognizes employees, physicians, and entire departments for their efforts in promoting the mission of being the healthcare provider of choice in the communities we serve. To achieve the mission, Pekin Hospital focuses on the Five Pillars of Excellence. The following individuals have been recognized for making significant contributions toward better serving our patients and for achieving excellence in one of the five pillars:

People Pillar Award
Department: Human Resources
Physician: Jeff Lee Ho, M.D.
Employee: LeAnn Mansfield, Food Services

Service Pillar Award
Department: 8 North Ob/Gyn
Physician: Gordon Cross, M.D.
Employee: Michelle Reed, 4 North

Quality Pillar Award
Department: ProCare Durable Medical Equipment
Physician: Donald Mitzelfelt, M.D.
Employee: Joni Barth, ER

Growth Pillar Award
Department: Family Health Center of Pekin
Physician: Mo Khan, M.D.
Employee: Robert Jones, Pekin Orthopedic Center

Finance Pillar Award
Department: Facilities Management
Physician: Volkan Sumer, D.O.
Employee: Ryan Morris, Imaging

Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport

Join us for a complimentary hard hat tour of the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport new terminal construction site.

Thursday June 3, 2010  4:00 - 7:00 pm

Hors d'oeuvres provided, Wine tasting hosted by Kickapoo Creek Winery

RSVP by May24, 201 to:

Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society General Meeting

The Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the Chicago’s World Fair, will be highlighted in a presentation by Wayne Rethford at the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society general meeting on May 11, 2010. The fair produced a profound effect on architecture, the arts, and American industrial

Wayne Rethford is President Emeritus and Historian of the Saint Andrew Society in Chicago.  He was born in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks and raised in the Oklahoma oil fields. Though he considers himself an Okie, he currently resides in Chicago IL. He authored, along with June Skinner Sawyers, The Scots of Chicago: Quiet Immigrants and Their New Society. In addition, he maintains a blog and writes about various historical topics.

The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday May 11, 2010 at the Society’s Erlicher Library, located at 719 N Eleventh St, Pekin, IL.
The program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM, with a business meeting immediately following. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking available.

Job Seekers and Employers

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, Inc. has signed on to be a sub-contractor in a 14 county region for the Put Illinois to Work program. Put Illinois to Work is a statewide initiative aimed at stimulating the economy and local job market by creating thousands of job opportunities throughout the state. The counties Goodwill will serve are: Peoria, Fulton, Tazewell, Mason, LaSalle, Knox, Putnam, Henry, Bureau, Stark, Woodford, McLean, Marshall, and Livingston.
Employers offering entry-level positions are needed to host subsidized workers for up to six months, ending September 30, 2010.  Job Seekers and Employers may register to participate online

Job Seekers - What's In It For You!
* Obtain subsidized employment paying $10 an hour lasting until September 30, 2010. After that date, the employer may hire you permanently!
* Obtain additional job skills and career experience

Who Qualifies?
* Age 18-21 and living with their parent(s) or a responsible relative whose household income meets the guidelines below
* Age 18 or over and responsible for the care of a minor child whose household income meets the guidelines below
* Age 18 or over and the non-custodial parent of a minor child whose household income meets the guidelines below
* Legally authorized to work in the United States (as a legal immigrant with work authorization or as a United States citizen) and able to provide documentation required by I-9.

Income Requirements
Family Size  - Maximum Monthly Income
1 - $1805
2 - $2428
3 - $3052
4 - $3675
5 - $4298
6 - $4922
7 - $5545

Employers - What's In It For You!
* No wage expenses
* The opportunity to train new workers on your unique internal  processes/procedures
* The option to hire skilled workers after September 30, 2010
* Will receive tax credits for each employee hired after Sept. 30, 2010

For more information, please call Goodwill at 682-1113 x123

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tiny Tots Childcare Grand Opening

The Tiny Tots Childcare, located at 2400 N. 8th Street, held a grand opening on Saturday, April 17th. Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially welcome the new business. Owner Araceli Lear was joined in the ribbon cutting by Sara Ruhaak, the director, and other staff, family and friends. Open from 6:30am to 6:00pm, Tiny Tots Childcare offers quality childcare in a safe, warm, caring atmosphere. Their staff have associate degrees in child development and the director is certified in sanitation, CPR and First Aid. They can be reached at 642-6551.  You can see more pictures from this event at:


(April 19, 2010) - The Pekin Hospital Auxiliary is soliciting applications for the 2010 Pekin Hospital Auxiliary Financial Assistance Program. This award of financial assistance is presented annually to students who are enrolled in qualified, professional health-related programs. Students living in the Tri-county area are eligible to apply, with priority extended to applicants who intend to return to the Pekin area to practice their skills. Applicants must apply annually, and recipients will not be eligible for more than four years of assistance.

The scholarship committee reviews applications and selects the award recipient(s) based upon course of study; financial need; scholarship achievements, including honors and grades; experience/extra-curricular involvement, volunteer and work-related; letters of recommendation; and general qualifications and goals. The scholarship(s) will be presented in August 2010.

All completed applications, grade transcripts for the most current semester, letters of recommendation and other pertinent information must be submitted to Pekin Hospital's Volunteer Services at 600 S. 13th Street, Pekin by June 4, 2010. Please indicate that the envelope contains an application for the Pekin Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship.

For more information or to receive an application, please contact Christie Perry at 353-0204.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pekin 5K Run/Walk 2010

Don't miss the Pekin 5K  Run / Walk 2010, benefiting the Salvation Army Youth Programs and Activities.  It's Saturday, May 15th at Coal Miners Park.  Check-in opens at 6:00am, the run starts at 7:00am and the walk starts at 8:00am.  There are lots of age divisions, and t-shirts for registrations paid by April 30th.  A registration form and more information is available at:

Nelson Catering Joins Chamber

Please welcome a new member to the chamber...

Nelson Catering, Inc.
3005 Great Northern Road
Springfield, IL 62711

(217) 787-9443
fax 528-6308
 Josh Lindvall, owner
Ashley Belue, Sales/Event Planning Representative

From catered corporate picnics, employee & customer appreciation meals, golf outings, and elaborate weddings - to our delivery and fundraising programs - whether it's a group of 1,000 or a smaller group of 25, we enjoy exceeding the expectations of both our clients and their guests!

Pekin Daily Times Looking for 20 under 21

Do you know someone who, even at an early age, has made this area a great place to live?  Do you know someone that you see as a future leader of our community, or even our country?  In Late June, The Pekin Daily Times will publish its first "20 under 21" edition, and they are looking for nominations.  The two main eligibility criteria are:  1) the person you nominate must be younger than 21 years of age as of May 31, 2010; and 2) the nominee must live in Tazewell or Mason County.  Deadline for nominations is April 30th.  Contact the Pekin Daily Times, 346-1111 for more info.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Grand Victorian Anniversary

One Year Anniversary Celebration!

Join us for a Hawaiian Luau

May 19th, 2010
3:30pm - 7:00 pm
Food, Fun, Prizes and Entertainment

2700 S. 14th. Street, Pekin

Mother's Day at Grand Victorian

Special Mother’s Day Lunch
Join us for a Grand Mother’s Day Lunch
at the Grand Victorian of Pekin
For your convenience there will be two seating’s
11:00 to 12:00 or 12:00 to 1:00
Menu Includes:
Chicken Cordon Blue
Stuffed Pork Loin
Duchess Potatoes
Fresh Asparagus
Cheese Cake

Cost is $10 for visitors
RSVP before May 3rd by contacting Angie at 309-346-1310
Carnation Corsages for all Mothers

Monday, April 12, 2010

Methodist Names April Employees of the Month

(April 10, 2010)-Methodist Medical Center has announced the April, 2010 Employees of the Month. Their peers in the areas of patient care, nursing, and non-nursing support recognize three separate employees.

The three selected were Paula Mailloux, RN of Metamora selected for the category of Nursing. She works in Surgical Pre-Op. Also selected was Julie Thames of Morton for non-nursing support. Julie works at the Methodist ChildCare Center. And for the category of Patient Care, Linda Doubet of Elmwood was selected. She works in OB Labor and Delivery.
All three will be honored at a hospital reception on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

National Library Week in Pekin

The Pekin Public Library kicked off National Library Week with an open house and ribbon cutting on April 10th. The ribbon cutting celebrated the library's recently completed renovations to the lobby. Pekin Mayor Rusty Dunn and Chamber Ambassador Les Rosiere joined Library Director Jeff Brooks and representatives from the Library's Board of Directors and the library staff for the ribbon cutting.

Goodwill Grand Opening

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce assisted the Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois with the Grand Opening of their new Pekin retail location. Representatives from Goodwill's Board of Directors and local employees joined Patty Fuchs, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, for the ceremony. The new store is located in the former Kroger space in the Courtside Shopping Center at 3245 Court Street. The new location increased the shopping area from about 10,000 square feet at the old Veteran's Drive location to about 12,000 square feet. Computer classes, community outreach and educational programs will be offered in two classrooms located in the back of the new store.

Chamber Welcomes Cybernautic

Craig Hopper, Account Executive with Cybernautic, cuts the ribbon welcoming the firm to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Joining him for the ceremony held on April 9th were representatives from the chamber's Board of Directors and Ambassadors. Cybernautic is located at 900 W. College Avenue in Normal. Cybernautic is one of the most innovative and decorated full-service web design companies in Central Illinois. Started 11 years ago, they have a large portfolio of diverse sites, which are all custom-designed from the ground up. They make the web easy, offering design, hosting, SEO & promotional services.

Avon Independent Sales Representative Teresa Ann Tucker Welcomed to Chamber

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented a membership plaque to one of their newest members, Avon Independent Sales Representative Teresa Ann Tucker. Avon is the world's largest direct seller of beauty and beauty-related products. Choose the best in affordable beauty care from a wide selection of products, including makeup, fragrances, anti-aging skincare, jewelry and accessories, wellness products, and unique gifts and home decor items. Avon's Beauty category includes leading brand names like: Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals and mark. Many busy customers enjoy the convenience of ordering online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at with direct shipping to their door. You can contact Teresa at (309) 698-8160.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Anderson Insurance & Financial Services Joins Chamber

Anderson Insurance & Financial Services, located at 1508 North 8th Street in Pekin, was recently welcomed into the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Financial Representatives Patrick Hanlon and Cole Munge, were assisted with the scissors by representatives from the chamber's Ambassadors and Board of Directors. Anderson Insurance & Financial Services is a full-service insurance and financial services firm.

Chamber Welcomes Vista Audio-Visual

Vista Audio-Visual, Inc., a new Pekin business owned by Bill & Melanie Long, recently opened and joined the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Welcoming Bill to the organization were representatives from the Board of Directors and the Ambassadors of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Open 8:30am to 4:30pm, Vista Audio-Visual, Inc. is a full service audio-visual equipment rental company that specializes in LCD projectors, projection screens, microphones, speakers, mixing boards, flat screen TVs, 27" monitors, carts, skirts, and overhead projectors for corporate events, private celebrations, courtroom presentation, etc. Bill can be reached at (309) 750-3643.

Edward Jones - Drew Eilts Welcomed to Chamber

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the chamber's Ambassadors, welcomed Edward Jones - Drew Eilts Financial Advisor to their organization with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 9th. The business is located at 521 S. Parkway Drive in Pekin and open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Edward Jones, a full-service financial service firm and member of the New York Stock Exchange, is committed to helping individuals meet their long-term financial goals. They provide investments, advice, and planning with face-to-face local service.

Josh Bradshaw Speaks to Puttin' On Pekin

The Puttin' on Pekin breakfast was held on April 9th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 715 N. 11th in Pekin. The every-other-month breakfast features positive events in Pekin, and is coordinated by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce's Pekin 1st Committee. Our emcee, Renna Hadsall, presented Rick Tyler with the early prize and Nicholas Evans with the late prize. The Spotlight on Business was presented by committee member Nichole Bozarth to Kirk Cranwill from Cranwill's Drive-in.

The Blue Ribbon Award was presented by committee member Jason Kreiling to Ralph Mickley for the new construction/remodeling done by Good Shepherd Lutheran School. Nichole Bozarth presented the Sunshine Award to Jay Fitzanko and the United Way of Pekin.

Pekin's own Josh Bradshaw spoke about his many mission trips to Haiti as part of the Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH). He also shared pictures of his most recent trip, which happened shortly after the tragic earthquake.

You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Wine & Dine for the Arts

Pekin Main Street - Downtown District
Thursday April 22, 2010 4:30 - 8:00 pm (open house)
Speakeasy Art Center. 353 Court St.
Local food, wine, art & entertainment
$10.00 per ticket, (food, 1 drink, art display & entertainment)

Tickets available at Main Street office at 111 S. Capitol or call 353-3100

Pekin Main Street

Downtown Business Networking Meeting
Main Street Happenings; Downtown/City Update
Business Spotlight
Networking Time

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: CreativEngraving & Marking, 19 S. Capitol St.
RSVP: appreciated but not required
RSVP: Leigh Ann Matthews, 353-3100 or

Annual Encore and More Concert Planned

(April 9, 2010) – The students of Pekin Community High School Encore Orchestra and Pekin District 108 Concert and Prelude Orchestras will be performing at the Annual Encore & Co. Fundraiser Concert on Tuesday, April 20. The concert will begin at 6:30p.m. in the Patricia Hackler Auditorium, Washington School, Pekin.

The Annual Encore & Co. Concert is a fundraising dessert concert event to enjoy “A Journey Through American Music”. Each orchestra will perform various pieces such as Star Spangled Banner, Kentucky Jam, Music of the Night, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Best of Abba, and many more including a special tribute to Michael Jackson. Tickets are $4 per person through April 16 or $5 per person after April 16 ($5 at the door) and can be purchased from the PCHS Branch Finance Office, District 108 Suzuki Strings Office or an orchestra member. A complimentary dessert is included with each ticket. The concert is open to the public.

For more information, contact the Suzuki Strings Office at (309) 477-4774.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


On April 12, The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (CityLink) will begin providing service to qualified Americans with Disability Act (ADA) passengers on a demand-response basis. In cooperation with the City of Pekin, CityLink will provide a van to be used only by passengers in Pekin to get to their appointments as required by ADA.

Only certified passengers will be able to ride. Contact John Williams 309.679.8139 or Marcia Whitehead at 309.679.8183 to inquire about certification. Certified passengers can set up appointments one day in advance by calling MV Transportation directly at 1-877-808-5438 for door-to-door transportation to their destination.

This van was added to Pekin routes to alleviate the delayed deviated route previously used. Fixed-route service will remain the same.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


(April 6, 2010) - The Pekin Hospital Auxiliary is soliciting applications for the 2010 Pekin Hospital Auxiliary Financial Assistance Program. This award of financial assistance is presented annually to students who are enrolled in qualified, professional health-related programs. Students living in the Tri-county area are eligible to apply, with priority extended to applicants who intend to return to the Pekin area to practice their skills. Applicants must apply annually, and recipients will not be eligible for more than four years of assistance.

The scholarship committee reviews applications and selects the award recipient(s) based upon course of study; financial need; scholarship achievements, including honors and grades; experience/extra-curricular involvement, volunteer and work-related; letters of recommendation; and general qualifications and goals. The scholarship(s) will be presented in August 2010.

All completed applications, grade transcripts for the most current semester, letters of recommendation and other pertinent information must be submitted to Pekin Hospital's Volunteer Services at 600 S. 13th Street, Pekin by June 4, 2010. Please indicate that the envelope contains an application for the Pekin Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship.

For more information or to receive an application, please contact Christie Perry

at 353-0204.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Vista Audio-Visual Joins Chamber

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

Vista Audio-Visual, Inc.
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 750-3643;
fax 642-6425
Bill Long, Owner.

Open 8:30am to 4:30pm, Vista Audio-Visual, Inc. is a full service audio-visual equipment rental company that specializes in LCD projectors, projection screens, microphones, speakers, mixing boards, flat screen TVs, 27" monitors, carts, skirts, overhead projectors for corporate events, private celebrations, courtroom presentation, etc.

Citizens For Unes Join Chamber

Please welcome to the membership of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:

Citizens for Unes
PO Box 8171
East Peoria, IL 61611-8171
Dan Pelphrey, campaign manager.

Citizens for Unes supports the efforts of East Peoria Councilman Mike Unes' bid to become State Representative of the 91st district, which includes portions of Tazewell, Fulton, and Peoria Counties.

Laborer's Local 231 Annual John M. Evans Golf Tournament

The 14th Annual John M. Evans Scholarship Golf Tournament has been scheduled at Lick Creek Golf Course in Pekin , IL.  This tournament is specifically designed to raise money to perpetuate this scholarship fund so Laborer's Local 231 can continue to give financial assistance to qualified recipients.
The Local Union would greatly appreciate it if you would sponsor a golf team and/or a tee sign or both, if you choose.  If you cannot sponsor a team or a tee sign, please feel free to donate a gift certificate or prize.  Gift certificates and prizes will be raffled off at the Golf Tournament. The cut off date for tee signs and team sponosrs will be May 25th, 2010.
What: John M. Evans Scholarship Golf Tournament
When: Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Where: Lick Creek Golf Course
Registration at 7:30 - 9:30 am
Shotgun start at 10:00 am

Please contact Laborer's Local 231 at 347-7106 for more information.

YWCA of Pekin Women's Recognition Day Luncheon

Nominations are being accepted until April 15 for YWCA of  Pekin's Annual Women's Recognition Day Luncheon.  Awards will be handed out in the following categories:
Arts, Business, Professions, Sports, Community Services, Outstanding Employee and new this year will be an award in recognition of an individual, business or organization demostrating significant dedication to achieving the mission of the YWCA.
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: Noon - 1:30 pm
Place: Pekin Country Club
For more information please call 347-2104 or visit:


March 31, 2010 – Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will hold the grand opening of its new Pekin location on Saturday, April 10th. The move to this new location makes Goodwill’s Pekin store its largest.
Boasting over 24,000 square feet, the store also includes two classrooms. These classrooms will be used as the setting for free computer and job readiness classes. “Using a portion of the store for classrooms will allow us to conduct free classes for people in and around the Pekin area”, says Patty Fuchs, Goodwill President and CEO.

Director of Retail Operations Dyrke Maricle says, “Not only does the store contain more merchandise and more selection, it also has a drive through donation drop off. We have found that donors really appreciate the ability to donate items without even leaving their vehicle.”

The Pekin Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 9th at 11:00 a.m. Photo opportunities and interviews will be available at that time. The store is located at 3245 Court Street in Pekin. Business hours are Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois provides job training, career and vocational services to individuals who face barriers to employment. Revenues from the sale of gently-used items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill. For further information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois

Just a reminder that nominations for the Jeff Bell Customer Service Award are due this Friday!!

Everyone appreciates being recognized for his or her efforts in a business and knowing their hard work is valued. The Better Business Bureau is giving BBB Accredited Businesses an opportunity to honor an
employee for his or her outstanding commitment to customer service in the market place. Every single nominee will be presented a prestigious certificate from the Better Business Bureau recognizing their outstanding achievement. To nominate someone, visit the link below to complete the nomination form. All entries are due prior to April 2 2010. The winner of the Jeff Bell Customer Service Award will be announced at the BBB Torch Award event on May 6 2010, at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria.
To reserve your seats, call Jessica at 309-681-6704 *100 today.

Methodist Medical Center Seeks Caring Volunteers

(April 2, 2010)--Methodist Hospital Services is seeking caring, compassionate individuals to join a team of dedicated volunteers. Flexible individualized opportunities range from assisting patients and families to working on administrative or special projects. Free volunteer training sessions will be held April 26, 27 and 29. To obtain a volunteer application or inquire about the program, contact Kristen or Karen at

Methodist Medical Group Appointments

Peoria, Illinois (April 2, 2010)--Methodist Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Rick Anderson, MD has announced a series of updates to the Methodist Medical Group organizational structure.
Joan Golemon, MD has been appointed Medical Director of the Methodist Family Medical Center.
Stephanie Lindstrom, MD has been named Medical Director-Rural Health/Primary Care.
John Miller, MD has been named Medical Director of Methodist North Allen Road Family Medicine and Pediatrics.
Brian Cohen, MD has accepted the position of Medical Director-Specialty Care for the Methodist Medical Group.
Tony Dawalibi, DO has been named Medical Director-Primary Care/MedPointes.
Gregory Johnson, MD has accepted the position of Medical Director-Growth and Innovation.
Keith Knepp, MD has been named Chief Medical Informatics Officer.
Alex Adler, MD is now Medical Director for Methodist Medical Group Cardiology.

Pekin Hospital Foundation to Host Wine and Dine Event

(April 2, 2010) – The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host a wine and dine event on Saturday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at the Pekin Country Club. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Pekin Hospital Foundation.
Wine and food sampling will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. DJ Diamond Dan will provide music and dancing from 8 – 10 p.m. The attire is business casual. Tickets are $75 per person, a portion of which is tax deductible. To purchase tickets, please call (309) 353-0559 or visit

“This event, which is open to the public, is our community’s chance to support Pekin Hospital while having a fun time. With community support that we have received over the years, Pekin Hospital continues to provide high-quality healthcare to Pekin for our residents and their families,” adds Kevin Andrews, CEO of Pekin Hospital.

For more information, please visit

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hometown Title Hosted April After Hours

The April Business After Hours was hosted by Hometown Title on Thursday, April 1st. Chamber members enjoyed the refreshments, door prizes, conversation and hospitality. Hometown Title is located in Sunset Plaza.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pekin Riding Club Kentucky Derby Party

Date: May 1, 2010
Place: AMVETS Hall - 1426 South 2nd Street, Pekin, IL
Time: 2 – 6 PM
Games start at 2 PM sharp - doors open at 1:30
Trivia Contest – Auction – Kids Table
First 50 arrivals win Derby Memorabilia!
Derby Attire is requested but not required
Ladies we can’t wait to see your Derby Hat!
Pizza, Salad and Dessert served
$5 kids/ $7 Adults

Come join us as we watch the RUN FOR THE ROSES and help support the Pekin Riding Club!

Pekin Riding Club Fun Show Dates Announced

The Pekin Riding Club is launching its 66th year and has announced the dates for the 2010 Open Fun Shows, which take place the 2nd and 4th week of each month from May to October. The Pekin Riding Club is a membership-based, non-profit organization that is open to horse enthusiasts of all skill levels.

The Pekin Riding Club offers a great place for casual riders, competitors participating in the Paint Alternative Competition, and anyone warming up horses for 4-H shows, breed shows or even NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) shows.

Fun Shows offer horse enthusiasts of all skill levels to participate in events such as Halter, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Trail, Walk-Trot, Equitation, Scudaho, Pole Bending, Barrels and Flags. Age brackets include youth, teen and adult. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and/or participate, and members are eligible for year-end awards.

Show dates this year are May 14th, May 28th, June 8th, June 22nd, July 13th, July 27th, August 10th, August, 24th, September 10th, September 24th, October 8th, and October 22nd.

The Fun Shows are held on the Pekin Riding Club grounds, located at 11401 IL Rt 29 in South Pekin. For directions to the Pekin Riding Club or to download a membership application, visit their comprehensive website at, or contact Nicole Mauser-Storer, President, at 309.258.9234.

Pekin Hospital League’s 19th Annual Golf Classic

(March 22, 2010) - The Pekin Hospital League’s 19th Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010, at Pekin Country Club.  The entry fee is $125 per person and includes green fees, cart, lunch, beverages, and a buffet dinner. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 1 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. Mulligans and skins will be available. Proceeds from the golf classic will go toward the Pekin Hospital League’s special projects.  Entry forms are available online at, or by calling (309) 353-0559. Entry deadline is April 26, 2010. For more information, call Colleen Ingersoll at (309) 347-1716 or Lila Hoffert at (309) 346-9498.

United Way of Pekin Golf Outing

The United Way of Pekin would like to announce its' 10th Annual Golf Outing to be held May 8th, 2010 at Lick Creek Golf Course.
The event is $85.00 per player to participate.  Participants may sign up as individuals or as a team of four.  The day will begin with a 7:00 am breakfast, then we will have a shot gun start of events at 8::00 am.  We will also be having lunch for all participants at approximately 1:00pm or at the end of play, with an awards ceremony at the Pekin Country Club.

If you are interested in being a participant or would like to find out about sponsorship opportunities please contact Executive Director Jay Fitzanko at 309-346-2433 or e-mail at

CenturyLink urges customers not to be “fooled” by scams

Most of us can handle a harmless prank or two on April Fools’ Day, but being a victim of a scam is no laughing matter. The best way to avoid being fooled is to be aware of the various scams and how they work. CenturyLink wants to help keep its customers from falling prey to scams that could result in identity theft or loss of financial assets.
Here are some common scams along with ways to protect yourself:
U. S. Census Scam

How it works: Someone calls you claiming to be from the Census, the IRS or other “trusted” organization and asks you to divulge personal financial information, donations, and/or Social Security numbers. In addition, fraudsters now have devices that can make Caller ID display any number or name they choose such as "U.S. Census" or a similar identifier. In rare instances, a Census worker may call to clarify information you've submitted, according to the Census Web site.

How to protect yourself: Never give out financial or personal information over the phone unless you are certain of the identity of the person or company who is requesting it.

Phishing Scam
How it works: Phishing e-mail messages are designed to steal your identity. They get your personal data by directing you to phony, but very realistic "secure" Web sites. The phony URL is a total knock-off of a company's legitimate log-in site. The sole purpose is to trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.

How to protect yourself: Legitimate companies don’t ask for personal information via email. If you are concerned about your account, contact the company mentioned in the email using a telephone number you know to be genuine. Don’t cut and paste the link from the message into your Internet browser — phishers can make links look like they go to one place, but that actually send you to a different site. Also, review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges.

Mystery Shopper Scam
How it works: You receive a notice stating that you’ve been selected to participate in a “Mystery Shopper” program. Along with the notice, you receive a check and are asked to wire money back through a money transfer company, such as Moneygram or Western Union. Even though a bank may make the funds available when you cash the check, it does not mean the check will clear. It can take weeks for a counterfeit check to be discovered, at which time the bank can deduct the amount that was originally deposited in your account, making you cover the loss.

How to protect yourself: If you receive this type of notice, delete it or throw it away. Do not send the money and do not cash the check.


How it works: Slamming is a term for an unauthorized change to your long distance company. This often happens when you sign up for a contest or other marketing promotion without checking the fine print. The company then has authority to switch you from your current long distance company. Cramming is similar, but involves a company placing an unauthorized miscellaneous charge on your phone bill. This could involve a charge for a voice mail service, Internet access services, or other service charges.

How to protect yourself: Read the fine print when you agree to a sales pitch or contest over the phone or in person and check all details on your phone bill regularly. If you see a suspicious charge, use the contact information provided to ask about the charge. If you cannot resolve the situation and you didn't authorize the charge, contact CenturyLink.

Advance Fee Scam

How it works: You receive a letter, fax or email from someone claiming to be or to have connections with foreign government officials who have access to millions of dollars in untraceable funds that they want to transfer out of their country. All you have to do is reply and provide your bank account information so the money can be transferred to a legitimate recipient - you. They will then demand that you send them money to cover the bribes and other expenses associated with the transfer. After many months, you finally learn that you got nothing from the deal but money taken from your bank account.

How to protect yourself: Don’t pay attention to get rich quick schemes. Delete, shred or throw away any correspondence you may receive.

Social Engineering
How it works: This is a general term that involves someone trying to convince you that they are someone they're not, in order to collect critical personal information from you. Sometimes that person will claim to be a phone company representative. The person may say you overpaid your last phone bill and they need some information from you, including your Social Security number, to process a refund check.

How to protect yourself: Overpayments are almost always applied to your next bill with no need to call you to process a refund. Ask questions and for a callback number but do not provide personal information over the phone or via email.

809 Scam

How it works: In this scam, you might receive an email, page, or cell phone text message urgently asking you to call someone in the "809" area code or some other area code that you normally don't call. If you make the call, you may unwittingly dial into an expensive overseas pay-per-call service, resulting in large charges being placed on your next phone bill.

How to protect yourself: If you don't recognize the phone number or area code, don't return the call.

Bottom line: Never give out information to people you don’t know, and always review your phone bill carefully. If you see any suspicious activity, contact CenturyLink at the number listed on your bill. By working together, we can help reduce scams that take advantage of our customers.

Tazewell County Jaycees to Hold Free Rotten Egg Hunt

If children did not get their fill of hunting for eggs over the Easter holiday, there will be another chance for them to load up on sweet treats at the Tazewell County Jaycees first annual Rotten Egg Hunt.

The Rotten Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 10th at Baseball Diamond #2 in Mineral Springs Park in Pekin. Children 4 & under will hunt at 1:00 p.m., the 5-7 age bracket will participate at 1:45 p.m., and the 8-12 age bracket will begin at 2:30 p.m. Eggs will be replenished between hunts.

If children find an egg that contains a slip of paper announcing it is “rotten”, they will receive a grand prize. All children are responsible for bringing their own bags or baskets.

The Rotten Egg Hunt is free and will take place rain or shine. For more information, please contact Joy Pennell at 309-265-6762.

The Tazewell County Jaycees is a leadership training organization for individuals age 18-40. Jaycees programs stress the development of leadership and managerial skills through the running of projects that benefit the community.

Bard Optical VIPs Attend Golf Tourney

Diana Hall, President and Mike Renner, CFO of Bard Optical were recently the guests of VSP for the Transitions Championship Golf Tournament in Florida.  The event was attended by VSP organizations from around the country and focused on the relationship between Transitions and VSP and their support of this golf tournament and the promotion of "Healthy Sight in Every Light".

Pekin Riding Club Receives Grants

The Pekin Riding Club was awarded $2,000 by the Illinois Equine Industry Research & Promotion Board toward improving lighting and spectator seating at its club grounds south of Pekin on Route 29.  “Light poles around the arena are rotting, creating a safety issue,” said Nicole Storer, club president. “This grant will partially fund purchase of new poles, which our volunteers will install,” she said. 

The grant was part of the more than $83,000 awarded by the Illinois Equine Industry Research & Promotion Board.  The grants were funded by the Illinois equine checkoff program, which provides for the voluntary assessment of a nickel per 50-pound bag of horse feed sold at retail.  The grant presentation was made earlier this month at the Illinois Horse Fair. 

The Pekin Riding Club offers low-cost, open fun shows to Central Illinois and serves a membership of 187 individuals. “Some weeknight shows boast over 200 class entries,” Nicole said, “so you can understand our need for lighting and safety.”