Four members of the Board of Directors completed their terms and were recognized for their service. The retiring members were: Daryl Dagit, Savant Capital Management; Paula Davis, Pekin Community High School District 303; and, Paul Scherer, Heartland Bank & Trust. Also recognized was Skip Schermerhorn, Herget Bank, who completed his service on the board as Past President.
Newly elected board members were introduced. They are Tracy Blanchard, Kroger;Larry Crouch, Monge Crouch & Mahoney; Chad Gambetti, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts; Gary Jepson, Pekin Hospital; and, Frank Shearer, Covenant Heating & Air Conditioning. The chamber membership elected these new directors in March.
The newly seated board then elected officers for the coming year. They are: President, Tom Hornstein, Excalibur Seasoning Company; President Elect, Aindrea Balagna, Wolf Tesar and Company; Vice President, Gregg Ratliff; Treasurer, John Franks III, Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab; and, Past President, Drew Leman, Leman Property Management.
Bill Fleming, the executive director of the chamber, started the meeting with a recap of the previous year’s activities. He noted the organization’s continued membership growth. For the third consecutive year, and five out of the last six years, the chamber has seen a net increase in membership. At the end of March, the chamber had 425 members. That is the highest point in at least the last 12 years.
Fleming also previewed for the members an updated chamber website that will launch in the next few weeks, and a new membership investment structure. The Membership Value Packages will provide chamber members with an improved return on their investment.
Since 1893, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has represented the business interests and promoted the growth of the Pekin area. With over 430 businesses, organizations, and individual members, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers of commerce in Central Illinois.