Recent Chamber Events
IL State Treasurer Michael Frerichs Visit – August 29, 2016
We had a great visit from our State Treasurer. He educated us on several programs his office is responsible for including: the Ag Invest Program, the College Savings Program, the ICash program, and the Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund. Mr. Frerichs also briefly discussed two new programs they are developing including one called ABLE Accounts that allows parents of disabled children to save tax-free dollars to help provide care for their children later in life and also a retirement fund called Secure Choice, which makes it easier for people to save for retirement with automatic payroll deductions. For more information on how these programs can help you, visit http://www.illinoistreasurer.gov.
Business After Hours – August 22, 2016
Our Business After Hours was held on August 22, 2016 at the Hamilton Memorial Downtown Family Clinic, office of Mike Davenport, and in conjunction with their ribbon cutting. This event was from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and gave chamber members the opportunity to network and learn about opportunities with the clinic. Under the hospital’s ownership, the clinic now has it’s own lab to do patient’s lab work on site. For more information, visit their website at https://www.hmhospital.org/clinics/.
Quarterly Luncheon – August 10, 2016
Our quarterly luncheon was held on Wednesday, August 10th at the Union Hall. The Hamilton Memorial Hospital was our Sponsor and talked briefly about the services available at the hospital location in McLeansboro, as well as, their clinics in McLeansboro and Carmi. The luncheon speaker/presentation was Nathan Taylor from Hamilton County EMA and he introduced us to Nixle. He talked about the implementation, funding, how it works and most importantly how businesses in Hamilton County can utilize this system and benefit from it. Lunch was catered by local chamber member, Foxy.
Movie in the Park Event deemed a success.
We might have had to move our movie indoors to the Carlton Center, but we still had over 100 people join us for a fun-filled night. Several started off at the Free family swim, donated by the City of the McLeansboro. Starting at 7, the Chamber served up hot dogs, chips, drinks and popcorn, with the movie starting promptly at 8 p.m. We also gave out 10 backpacks at the end of the night, which were provided by the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce, McLeansboro Kiwanis, Hamilton County Rotary, McLeansboro Eagles and McLeansboro Elks. Thanks to everyone who contributed, donated, volunteered and attended this great community event!
Summer 2016 – Music in the Park Series Continues to be Success
Starting in July, Hamilton County residents have been able to enjoy some very talented performers in the new park located on the Northwest side of the Square. To start off the series, local talent Meghan Barrow, drew quite a following on July 1st. The second event, held July 8th, we had performers Taylor Kearney and Caleb Kearney from Benton perform, along with providing free face painting for the kids. Coming up on July 15th, we have local talent Sean Burke performing with a friend, a clown and balloon twisting for the kids. On Friday, August 12th, we had Perry Case & Sons perform. Please join us as we will try to continue our music series throughout the Summer.
Quarterly Luncheon – May 18, 2016
Our first luncheon in quite some time was held on Wednesday, May 18th at the Union Hall. The City of McLeansboro was our Sponsor and talked briefly about the services available in McLeansboro, as well as, our 195th Birthday Celebration. The luncheon speaker was Stephanie Smith, Co-Chair of the Hamilton County Relay for Life. She spoke about the upcoming Relay Event scheduled for June 4th and all the ways individuals can get involved or contribute. Lunch was catered by local chamber member, Foxy.
Business After Hours – April 6, 2016
Our first ever Business After Hours was held on April 6, 2016 at Foxy in conjunction with their ribbon cutting. This event was from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and gave chamber members the opportunity to network and learn about opportunities with Foxy. Under new ownership, Foxy now provides unlimited options on catering your business or personal needs. For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/foxydiner.
Foxy Ribbon Cutting Held – April 6th, 2016
Foxy, under new owner, Wendy Glenn, joined the Chamber. We held a ribbon cutting to officially welcome Wendy and her team to the Chamber.
Chamber Assists Kiwanis with Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt was held on March 26th, on the courthouse lawn. This year the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce assisted this annual event by providing free games, prizes and a photo area for parents to take their children’s pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Chamber Annual Dinner Huge Success!
The Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner took place at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Piopolis on Saturday February 20th, 2016. The ladies of the Church prepared an excellent fried chicken meal. Welcoming our guests and introducing our invocation was Lynn Smith. The meal prayer was given by Board Member, Alan Monroe. After the meal, there were presentations by Randy Kirsch, Sam Wilson and Mindi Kolts, all representatives of the Chamber Board. Randy reflected back on the years past and the service the Chamber has provided to our community. Sam then presented information on all the initiatives and goals the Chamber Board has set for 2016 and 2017. Mindi spoke to the group about how important their involvement and participation in the Chamber will be this year. Randy Kirsch then presented the Ted Satterfield Person of the Year Award to the Bert Teffertiller Family. Paula Hatfield awarded door prizes throughout the evening.