Showing posts from June, 2010

Pekin Park District Swim Lessons

Cool Off!!!  New session of evening swim lessons will be starting Monday, July 12th at Dragonland for all ages 3 months and up.  Have the Pekin Park Districts trained staff teach your little one the skills to swim like a fish.  We offer daytime classes and evening classes to fit every one's busy schedule.  New sessions of daytime classes begin Monday, July 5th. We also have a new night class for adults to burn off some of those winter calories.  For more information call 347-7275. Register now, in the Recreation Office in the Memorial Arena.  Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am till 6pm.

Chamber Welcomes New Member; Hamm's Furniture Inc.

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes another new member, Hamm's Furniture Inc., 347 Court St, Pekin ; 309-346-0875; Hamm'sFurniture @ grics .net ; Russ Hamm , Owner; Charlene Harbers , Secretary/Sales; Jesse Workman, Sales; Aaron Workman Delivery/Sales.  Store hours are: Monday - Thursday & Saturday 9am - 5pm, Friday 9am - 6pm, Sunday 12 - 3pm.  They offer new furniture, a full line of name brand furnishings and mattresses.  Free local delivery, set up, and removal of old furniture or bedding.

Pekin Hospital to Offer Skin Cancer Screening

In an effort to improve the health of central Illinois, Pekin Hospital will offer a free skin cancer screening on Thursday, July 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Family Health Center of Pekin located at 19 Olt Avenue. The free screening is open to men and women. Early detection is the best treatment for skin cancer. Full-body skin checks will be provided to participants, in addition to education on the early warning signs of skin cancer. As a reminder to participants, screenings are not intended to take the place of regular physical examinations, but are offered as an opportunity for individuals to learn more about their own health. No appointment is necessary. First come, first served.

5 Star Car Wash Grand Opening

Members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce recently congratulated 5 Star Car Wash on their grand opening. Located at 1401 N. 8th Street, 5 Star Car Wash is open 24 hours a day with 3 self-serve bays and 1 touchless automatic bay. Owner Brad Harn installed all new equipment and completely renovated the facility after last year's fire. As part of the grand opening, all car washes will be half-price during the month of July, and free during an 8-hour period on July 16th and 17th.  You can see pictures from this and other chamber events at:
Join us for Business After Hours! July 1st, 4:30 - 6:30 pm University of Illinois Extension Tazewell County. 1505 Valle Vista Pleae RSVP to the Chamber: 346-2106 or

State of Illinois- Office Space Needed

The State of Illinois is seeking individuals interested in submitting a proposal to the State for office space within Tazewell and Peoria Counties. If you are interested in receiving a proposal package you’ll need to log on to the State of Illinois Purchasing Website and register. The website can be reached by clicking on the following link: If you have questions you can contact Rick Green, Transaction & Property Administration, at 217-782-5585.

Membership Renewals Through June 25th, 2010

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that recently renewed their membership with the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce: Ace Liquors ~ Adams Outdoor Advertising ~ C.R. AlexanderAnytime Fitness ~ Bremer Jewelry ~ Good Shepherd Lutheran SchoolFarnsworth Group ~ Illinois Central College ~ Moods by MichaelDr. Michele Moul ~ NTS Telephone CompanyPapa Murphy’s Take N Bake Pizza ~ Pekin First Church of the NazarenePhillips Tax Service ~ Schnucks ~ Seico Security SystemsSt. Joseph Catholic Church ~ State Senator Dave Koehler Tazewell County Farm Bureau ~ USCO Gas Stations

LAUNCH – A Business Creation Competition

Are you thinking about starting a business, or do you know someone who is? The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has joined with other Peoria-area organizations to award $5,000 to the best business concept. More information is available at

Executive Director’s Report, By Bill Fleming

Why Our Community Needs To Grow While we don't yet know the results of the 2010 census, we do know that Pekin's population has not changed significantly in the past 40 years. Some people are happy with that. They don't want our community to grow and they prefer we remain a small town. However, Pekin is not a small town. We are the second largest city in the largest downstate metropolitan market. By definition, if you're not growing you are either stagnant or declining and those can't be viewed as positive attributes for our community. If we look around our community with a critical eye, we can see how our lack of residential growth has been a contributing factor to the negative changes. How does residential growth help a community? There are several economic benefits, including: Commercial Development - An increase in residents means increased demand for retail, service, entertainment and recreation. As a result, a larger quantity and variety of businesses

Goodwill of Central Illinois One of Only 10 to Receive Grant

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Department of Labor to continue its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP). The central Illinois agency is one of only 10 Goodwill agencies to receive grant money for this program. This is the second consecutive year Goodwill of Central Illinois has been awarded the grant, which allows veterans to access occupational, classroom and on-the-job training, as well as job search and placement assistance. Goodwill Industries International VP of Mission Advancement Wendi Copeland says, “These 10 Goodwills will advance our knowledge and enhance our brand as a national go-to in this growing field.” “We are proud to be a part of this select group of agencies, and we truly understand how important it is to provide assistance to these men and women,” says Patty Fuchs, President and CEO of Goodwill of Central Illinois. “These are experienced and skilled individuals and we want employers in central Illinoi

Holiday Inn Express Announces November 2010 Opening

The Holiday Inn Express in Pekin Illinois is proud to announce that we are now taking reservations for November 2010! We have taken this opportunity to add more features to better serve your needs and to make your stay more comfortable, including extended stay suites, additional meeting spaces and board room, and in all of our suites we will be offering new Smart Room Technology, the ability to stream netflix movies, look up and print directions or send them to your smart phone, full access to the internet, and much, much more! If you have any questions, or need to book reservations please feel free to email or call!   Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pekin, Illinois Ph: 309-353-3305

Pekin Dome Ownership

After a series of meetings over the past month, the City of Pekin is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached for the purchase of the Dome Complex. The prospective buyer, Avanti’s Dome LLC intends to close on the acquisition June 29. The purchase includes a total of  33.12 acres of property located on the city’s east side. “This agreement for a new owner to take over the Dome operations and outdoor sports facilities is the result of a number of very positive discussions with Avanti’s owner, Albert Zellar and his team,” said Pekin Mayor Rusty Dunn. “We couldn’t be more pleased that Albert is committed to taking the Dome to a level of success that we think it can reach.” “We believe in the Dome and its potential, and we know it is an asset to the Pekin community as well as the region,” said Albert Zellar, CEO of Avanti’s LLC. “With the right people in the right place to manage and market it along with working closely with the City, I’m confident the Dome is goi

Tazewell County Jaycees Trivia Nights in July

July 8th Trivia Night- Girl Scouts Association Girl Scouts Association Time: 6:30 Place: Knights of Columbus in Washington Menu: Cheeseburgers and Pork Chops plus other menu items July 22nd Trivia Night- Children's Memorial Hospital/ KISSES FOR KENZER/ CMH Marathon Team Kisses-for-Kenzer-Benefit-to-help-save-baby-s-life Time: 6:30 Place: Knights of Columbus in Washington Menu: TBA Please RSVP to

Dirksen Center Elects New Board Members and Officers

PEKIN IL, June 24—The Dirksen Congressional Center’s Endowment Fund membership elected new members and officers to the Board of Directors at its recent annual meeting. Joining the Board are Dr. Michael D. Danner, dentist; Barbara Drake, writer and editor; Lincoln C. Hobson, owner of Home Instead Senior Care; and Gregg Ratliff, newspaper publisher. Jim McConoughey, President and CEO of the Heartland Partnership, and James S. Wolf, Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist, were elected to a second term. The following Directors were elected as officers: President, Brian Lee, Vice President/Administration, Pekin Life Insurance Company; Vice President, Drew Leman, Vice President, Leman Property Management Company; Secretary, William T. Fleming, Executive Director, Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce; Treasurer, Jim Wolf. Three individuals retired from the Board: John F. Gilligan, President Emeritus, Fayette Companies; D. Neale “Buster” Hanley, Funeral Director, Preston-H

Pekin Hospital CEO Named CEO of the Year by QHR

Brentwood, Tenn. (June 17, 2009) – Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the nation’s largest hospital management company and the seventh largest healthcare consulting firm in the United States, recently announced Kevin Andrews, CEO of Pekin Hospital, as the recipient of its top honor: CEO of the Year. The award was given as part of QHR’s 2010 Excellence in Leadership awards. “Kevin Andrews and the management team at Pekin Hospital are being celebrated for having guided their hospital through a very difficult time: In 2009, Central Illinois’ major employer downsized, driving unemployment in Pekin from 6.5 percent to 16 percent,” said QHR President and CEO James L. Horrar. “Despite these challenges, the hospital’s income statement and balance sheet remained strong – in large part because Kevin and his team instituted an expense reduction plan to accommodate the changing market dynamics.” “Kevin is a very strategic thinker,” added QHR Regional Vice President over Pekin Hospital, Gerald Part

Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society

Bobbi Reddix will present a portrayal of Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave who became a successful seamstress and dressmaker to Mrs. Jefferson Davis, Mrs. Lee and Mary Todd Lincoln. Elizabeth earned her freedom with her sewing talents and business savvy and went on to write Behind the Scenes, Or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Bobbi Reddix is a librarian at the Lincoln Public Library and resides in Lincoln, IL The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be held on Tuesday July 13, 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.

Chamber Welcomes New Member, Savant Capital Management, Inc.

Savant Capital Management, Inc.; 7535 N Knoxville Ave, Suite C, Peoria IL 61614; Office phone 309-693-0300; Office fax 309-693-3470; www.S avantCapital .com ; Jim Foley, Director of Advisory and Business Development, 815-227-0300.  Business hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm.  Savant Capital Management, Inc. offers investment management, financial planning, and family office services to financially established individuals, Trust Funds, Retirement Plans and Non-Profit Organizations.  Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States.

Big Daddy Weave Headlines Faith & Family Night on June 26

The third O’Brien Field concert in June will feature Contemporary Christian Artist Big Daddy Weave on Saturday, June 26 for the annual Faith & Family night presented by Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore and Family Friendly radio 91.5 WCIC. Again the game will feature a post-game fireworks show with a 6:30 p.m. start as the Chiefs host the Cedar Rapids Kernels with ticket prices of $16 for Club Box Seats and $12 for Lawn Seating. The members of Big Daddy Weave met at the University of Mobile and headlined the What Life Would Be Like Tour in 2009 with guest musician Josh Wilson. Some of Big Daddy Weave’s most popular songs are: “Every Time I Breathe”, “Audience of One”, “In Christ”, “Fields of Grace”, “Without You”, and “What Life Would Be Like”. Big Daddy Weave has three awards to the band’s name, they were honored two years in a row at ASCAPS’s 2003 and 2004 Christian Music Awards, and in 2002 they received the Dove Award Nomination, “New Artist of the Year”. Aside from awards the band ha

Farden's Pest Control Welcomed

Bill Fleming, Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, recently presented a chamber membership plaque to Rich Farden, owner of Farden's Pest Control, and officially welcomed him to the chamber. Farden's Pest Control offers commercial and residential pest inspections and treatment. With over 21 years experience, Rich promises low rates and quick service. The Pekin business can be reached at 208-5672.

Ribbon Cutting At The Paintball Park

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce officially opened The Paintball Park At Pekin with a ribbon cutting on June 15th. Chamber President Althea Geiser assisted owners Mike and Amanda McKinley with the ribbon cutting. Family, friends and other representatives from the chamber also joined in the ribbon cutting. The Paintball Park At Pekin is located at 14444 Towerline Road. It is the newest paintball park in central Illinois and offers five scenario fields and one PSP regulation size speedball field complete with 18,000 sq ft of astroturf! The Pro Shop is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The field hours are Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information contact The Paintball Park At Pekin at 346-7000 or on the web at   You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at

Boy Scouts of America, W.D. Boyce Council "Pekin Area Centennial Lawn Social"

This Friday, June 18th is the Boy Scouts of America, W. D. Boyce Council “Pekin Area Centennial Lawn Social.” Rich Kriegsman will be honored with the Good Scout Award for his service and continued commitment to the Pekin Area. The event is being held at the Pekin Insurance Lodge starting at 5:30pm and will include a reception, hors d'oeuvres and program as well as entertainment by The Sally Weisenburg Trio. Registration and payment will be accepted at the door or to register in advance contact Jessica McCloud at 673-6136 ext119.

Paint The Town Red Kick-Off Party

Help kickoff the Paint The Town Red campaign at Yesterday's Bar & Grill, 363 Court Street on Thursday, June 24th from 5:00pm - ???  A.J. Yergler & Courtney Antonini will be the guest bartenders for the evening.  All tips will be donated to the YWCA "Paint the Town Red" fundraiser.  Bring yourself and all your friends and support the YWCA of Pekin.

Leman Property Management to manage additional complex in Pekin

Leman Property Management Co. has added Meadow Lane Apartments to its residential portfolio, leading a local group of investors in the purchase and assuming operations of the property effective today. Located at 1101 El Camino Drive in Pekin, the apartment community consists of 56 residential units and was constructed in 1994. Leman Property Management Co. currently manages over 1,500 apartment units in the central Illinois area, including 736 units in Pekin, as well as various commercial and office buildings and single family residential subdivisions. Other apartment communities under management in Pekin include Williamsburg Townhouses, Willow Oaks Apartments, Sunset Hills Apartments, North Haven Apartments, Lakeside Apartments, Vista Villa, and South 4th St. Villas.


At CEFCU’s recent Annual Meeting, the Credit Union reported record achievements for 2009. At the end of the year, Assets were over $4.1 billion, which is an increase of 10% over 2008. Savings deposits increased over 10% from last year, and loans outstanding grew 7%. At the Annual Meeting, Reed Stuedemann, 2009 Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated, “… the continued support of you, the member/owner, along with the commitment to providing quality member service from your volunteer Board and professional Staff, resulted in a year of incredible growth for your Credit Union.” Erec D. Montgomery and Joseph R. Needham were named to the Board of Directors, and CEFCU members re-elected Thea M. Robinson, Mark A. Spenny, Reed A. Stuedemann, and Helen J. Young to the Board of Directors. Credit Union Officers, Directors, Supervisory Committee members, and Associate Board members for 2010 will be: Robert M. Metzinger – Chairman, Bruce G. Dimler – Vice Chairman, Patricia J. Hampton – Vice

Former Chamber Leader Dies

We were saddened to learn of the June 12th passing of our friend and former leader, Leland S. "Lee" Williams.  He served as Executive Director of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce from 1970 to 1984 - the longest tenure of any chamber executive director.  Full of challenges and successes, the 70s and early 80s were exciting times for the chamber and the community, and Lee was deeply involved.  Most notably, he helped create the Marigold Festival and served on the committee during the early, formative years. Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to Lee's  friends and family. Obituary:

Bard Optical Anniversary

Bard Optical Prevails Despite The Recession According to U.S. sales in 2009 and the May issue of Vision Monday, a leading industry publication, Bard Optical raised its rank among the Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers in 2009. Operating 18 locations in central and southern Illinois, Bard Optical went from #41 to #37 out of 50. Congratulations to Bard Optical.  Celebrating 25th anniversary in Pekin in July.

Mary Buress Ribbon Cutting

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new individual chamber member, Mary Buress, with a ribbon cutting. Buress has been the Deputy Treasurer for Tazewell County for 21 years and has been in the Treasurer's office for over 25 years. She is the Republican candidate for the 2010 Tazewell County Treasurer position. Pictured from left are: Diane Steiner, Laura Lohnes, Dave Vaupel, Mary Buress, Mary Ann Vaupel, Paul Scherer, Renna Hadsall, Althea Geiser, Christie Perry, and Daryl Dagit.

June Puttin' On Pekin Recap

83 Chamber members and their guests heard about some of the positive local events and efforts at the June Puttin' On Pekin breakfast. Debbie Fornoff (Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Debbie Fornoff Interior Designs & Draperies) won the early prize, while Bruce Hoerr (Winpak Heat Seal) won the late prize. Rose Hasler presented the Spotlight on Business Award to Brent and Mary Ann Vaupel from Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care. Nichole Bozarth (CEFCU) presented the Blue Ribbon Award to Todd Thompson for his work on the Speakeasy Art Center at 353 Court Street. Stephanie Stoneking (Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes) presented the Sunshine Award to Scott Lange with the Pekin Union Mission. Gene Olson, the director of the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport was the program. Most of his presentation was on the new terminal building, which is expect to open shortly after the first of the year.  You can see more pictures from this event at

St. Jude Pekin Run Welcomed

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new member, the St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run. Cassie Creech is the coordinator of the run. She was joined in the picture by her father, Jack, and representatives from the chamber. The St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run is a charity to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. This is the 9th year of the Pekin to Peoria run, and is in the memory of Chad Creech.

Citizens For Unes Join Chamber

The Citizens for Unes recently joined the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and were welcomed with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 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. Joining Mike Unes in the picture are from left: Laura Lohnes, Diane Steiner, Dave Vaupel, Unes, Renna Hadsall, Paul Scherer, Mary Ann Vaupel, Althea Geiser, Christie Perry, and Daryl Dagit.

New Chamber Member: St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run

Please welcome another new member to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce: St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run, located in Pekin.   Cassie Creech , coordinator; The St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run is a charity to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. 2010 is the 9th year of the Pekin to Peoria run, and is in the memory of Chad Creech.

Anytime Fitness Looking For Your Coupons

Anytime Fitness will be sending a mailing to their membership in the 2nd week of July.  Chris Evers, the owner, would be willing to promote his fellow chamber members in the mailing.  If you have an offer you'd like to extend, a coupon, or other promotional piece, please contact Chris.  You can reach him on his cell phone at 563-542-1816 or email at

Chamber Welcomes New Member; The Clubs at Sunset Hills

Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes another new member, The Clubs at Sunset Hills, 1620 Summit Dr., Pekin ; 309-347-7553; pekinsunsethills @ gmail .com ; Dianne Gresham, Owner; Jerry Anderson, Owner; Kep Gresham, General Manager; Kurt Schleinz , Restaurant Manager.  Restaurant hours are from 10:00am - 11:00pm and golf is available from dawn to dusk.  They offer a 18 hole championship golf course, full dining room, sports bar, banquet room and meeting room.

Main Street Blues Party

River City Blues Society Presents: Main Street Blues Party Saturday June 12th 4:00 - 10:00 pm Downtown, Courthouse Square Eric "Guitar" Davis & Doghouse Blues will be performing.  The concert is free.  $3.00 beer garden entrance (Capitol St.)  Pork chop sandwiches, Pepsi products & water available.  Bring your lawn chair! For more information, visit http://www. rivercityblues .com/ http://www. pekinmainstreet .com/ or call Pekin Main Street at 309-353-3100

You Can Act On Energy Symposium

Act On Energy is hosting a symposium designed to help chamber members understand what companies in their business category are doing to be energy-efficient. People who attend this symposium will also get a coupon that will increase their incentive amount 15% on their next project, which could be worth thousands of dollars. The symposium closest to the Pekin area will be in Bloomington/Normal on July 27th from 8 AM until 1 PM. There is NO COST to attend the event, which includes breakfast and lunch. This is being provided to you by the Ameren Illinois Act On Energy Business Program. This symposium will not provide broad based concepts on how to reduce the amount of energy you use. There will be break-out sessions specifically designed to talk about best practices for hospitals, industry, grocery & convenience stores, small businesses and public entities. The whole purpose of the event is to provide business owners and managers with a forum where they can learn about energy-efficie

Nelson's Catering Welcomed

Nelson's Catering was recently welcomed as a member to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Althea Geiser presented a membership plaque to Ashley Belue, Sales & Event Planning Representative for Nelson's Catering. From catered corporate picnics, employee & customer appreciation meals, golf outings, and elaborate weddings - to their delivery and fund raising programs - whether it's a group of 1,000 or a smaller group of 25, Nelson's Catering enjoys exceeding the expectations of their clients and their guests! Based in Springfield, they can be reached at (217) 787-9443 or on the web at .  From left to right in the picture:  Les Rosiere, John Geiser, Ashley Belue, Althea Geiser, Tom Hornstein, Jeff Livengood and Ty Lemaster.

NTS Hosted June's Business After Hours

NTS Telephone Company, 205 Enterprise Drive, was the gracious host of the June 3rd Business After Hours. Dan Johnson and Sue Scott provided chamber members with great refreshments, tours of the facility, demonstrations of new products, and door prizes.  You can see more pictures from this and other chamber events at:

Treasures and More Ribbon Cutting

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce came together to for a ribbon cutting to congratulate a Pekin business. Treasures & More, owned by John and Dawn Riley, recently moved from Derby Street to their new location across from the Tazewell County Courthouse at 345 Court Street. Open from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday, Treasures and More offers antiques and collectibles, crafts, rocks, knives and a little bit of everything.  You can see more pictures from this, and other chamber events, at:

Chamber Welcomes New Member: Wood Floor Solutions, Inc.

Wood Floor Solutions, Inc. Pekin, IL; (309) 642-8940, Todd Vansaghi, Owner; Melissa Vansaghi, Owner.  Specializing in wood floors, Wood Floor Solutions offers installation of wood floors, sanding and refinishing of wood floors, annual cleaning and maintenance of wood floors.

Rockin' For TAPS

Tazewell Animal Protective Society; located in Pekin , IL and founded in 1958.  TAPS is a no-kill shelter and a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization funded solely through adoptions, donations, memorials and fundraising events.  The goal of TAPS, is to provide a safe environment for injured, misplaced, and homeless cats and dogs until they can be placed in permanent loving homes.  We also provide education to pet owners and the public about overpopulation and pet care.  All our animals are rabies vaccinated, micro-chipped, and spayed/neutered before they can be adopted.  As you can imagine, these expenses can be very expensive. Our annual fundraising event, Rockin for TAPS, is coming up on July 17th, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  The event will take place at the Pekin Boat Club and will include the Comedian Royce Elliott and the bank Loose Shoes, 50/50 raffles, a dunk tank and a bag tournament. We are looking for businesses to help sponsor our event.  If you are interested in be

Communtiy Shred Day

Do not be one of the 10 million people who fall victim to identity theft each year...  State Representative, Mike Smith presents:  Community Shred Day.  Friday, June 18th 2010  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. North end of Goodfella's parking lot, 1400  8th St, Pekin Bring your old tax returns, files or sensitive documents to be destroyed by the shredder. Accepted materials:  paper, computer disks, tapes and hard drives. Help protect yourself from ID theft and preserve the environment by recycling. For more information, please call Rep. Smith's Constituent Services Office at (309) 353-6276

Pekin Chamber Welcomes New Member, Cole Munge

We are pleased to announce a new member; Cole Munge , P ekin IL, Individual Member

Pekin Hospital Auxiliary Financial Applications Available

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 re

Pekin Hospital MRI Receives ACR Accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Pekin Hospital MRI has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report. The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health c

Goodwill Requesting American Flags For Retirement

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois is asking for donations of worn American Flags. According to flag etiquette, when our flag is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner. Donated flags will be retired on Monday June 14, 2010 at a Flag Day observance ceremony.  As incentive to donate these flags, Peoria Flag & Decorating is offering donors a coupon for 10% off a new American Flag. Donors outside of the Peoria area can order flags by calling Peoria Flag & Decorating at 309-685-8989 or 1-800-322-3946.  Flags can be donated at any Goodwill store or donation center. The Flag Day observance ceremony will be held at Constitution Garden in Peoria. It will begin at 5:00 p.m. and flag retirement will begin at 6:15 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 t