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 Weekly E-News                                                                          October 17, 2012


Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking Ceremonies 
Scott's Power
Schedule your Ribbon cutting or grand opening with the chamber office.


10-18 KAS Creations  

11:30 a.m.

218 E. State Street, O'Fallon

10-24 David Anthony's    

11:30 a.m.

1241 Air Mobility Drive, Shiloh

Chamber Meetings
10-22 Executive Board Meeting
7:30 a.m. Depot

10-24 Board of Directors
7:30 a.m. Depot
Community Events
10-20 Craft Fair
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
Highway 50, O'Fallon 

Blood Drives 

Get locations and dates from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Electronic Recycling

TheBANK of Edwardsville, O'Fallon

2nd Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Nov 11th

Career Corner
No cost and low cost training opportunities are available for you and your business members.  Click HERE to see current offers.
"Something to Talk About"
Our new video series "Something to Talk About" continues with Dr. Shane May of May Chiropractic talking about why you should join the Chamber. Thank you to our former intern Kelli Ross for her videography work.
2013 Marketing Guide
You should have received your  2013 Marketing Guide sometime over the past week. We ask you to please use it as you formulate your budgets for the upcoming year. The guide covers pretty much all that we know we want to do in 2013. There could be items added as we get into 2013. Use this as you plan ahead on your promotional item orders. If you have any specific questions, please call us at 632-3377 and we'll be happy to answer your questions. Feel free to send in your cards identifying what you plan to do (and payment if you have that already as well). Looking forward to a great 2013.

Next Member Luncheon

Wednesday, November 14th
11:45 a.m.

Dawn Mushill
"Change Your Attitude, Change Your Underwear"

O'Fallon Columbus Club
402 E. Hwy 50

Sponsored by:

Next Business After Hours (BAH)


Tamarack Country Club


Tuesday, November 27th, 5 - 7 p.m.


800 Tamarack Lane, Shiloh      



(If you've forgotten your login and password, just register as a non-member.  It doesn't make a difference).  Or call us for your login and password!)  
Next Business Over Breakfast (BOB)
COC Logo Only

October 26, 2012
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Public Safety Building
285 N. Seven Hills Road, O'Fallon
Business Tip of the Month:  Call to schedule! 

Business Intro:  Tina Fromme, TheBANK of Edwardsville

Business Intro:  Call to schedule! 



(If you've forgotten your login and password, just register as a non-member.  It doesn't make a difference). Or call us for your login and password!)
Chairs for Sale!
The O'Fallon - Shiloh Chamber of Commerce office has 10 office/conference chairs available.  They are nice wooden chairs and in good condition.

Cost:  $75 each.  Please contact Debbie at 632-3377 or
if you're interested in any of the chairs.
Quote of the Week
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them.  But do not let them master you. -- Helen Keller
HR Tips from Extra Help

Federal All in One          


Double check if federal and state labor law posting requirements have been satisfied. We are offering all of our chamber member's free Federal All In One posters.  Call today at 618.655.1212.

Holiday Party - Save the Date!
Save the Date:  Tuesday, December 11th, 5-8 p.m. Our party is a benefit of membership and we can't wait to celebrate the holidays with you, our members! 
Home Business Expo

Our March 19th Business After Hours will be hosted by O'Fallon VFW Post 805.  The size of the VFW hall gives us another opportunity to highlight our home businesses during an after hours. 


Cost of the save the date card mailing, drinks, and food to be split amongst however many businesses we have participate.  Last time we split the cost among 10 businesses thus bringing the cost down.  Each participant is also asked to donate an attendance prize. 


If you are a home business and a member in good standing with our chamber and would like to be one of our home business hosts for this March after hours, please let Debbie know soonest.

Halloween Safe Stops

Mayor Gary L. Graham is pleased to announce that the City of O'Fallon Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Departments will be hosting two "Safe Stops" for trick-or-treaters on Wednesday, October 31st.  One will be located at Firehouse #1, 106 E. Washington Street from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and the other at Central School, 309 Hartman Lane from 5 to 8 p.m. Candy, glow sticks, hotdogs and punch will be available for the trick-or-treaters. Bring your children out for some good, safe Halloween fun!  For more information about the Fire Station Safe Stop, please contact Craig Schmidt at 971-7372 and for information about the Central School stop, contact Officer William Barlock at 624-4545.


To assist parents as they plan for the Halloween and Trick-or-Treating season, we have put together a few safety tips that will keep your children safe and sound during this fun time of year:

O'Fallon Trick-or-Treat hours are 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st

  • Costumes should be bright, reflective and snug
  • Use non-toxic make-up and hats instead of masks
  • Purchase only flame resistant items
  • Secure emergency identification within Halloween attire
  • Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords as part of the costume
  • A parent or responsible adult should accompany children while Trick-or-Treating
  • Follow the rules of the road. When crossing the street, stop at the curb or edge of the road. Look left, then right, then left again for moving cars before crossing
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for children and escorts
  • Review with your children the ~principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll" should their clothes catch on fire
  • Remind children to only go to homes with a porch light on
  • Remind children to never enter a strangers home or car for a treat
  • Remind children to never consume unwrapped food or open beverage items
  • Parents should sort and check treats thoroughly, throwing away any unwrapped items
  • Call O'Fallon Police Department immediately at 624-4545 if you notice any suspicious activity
New Contract with Waste Management

During the October 1 City Council Meeting, the City Council approved a new five year contract with Waste Management.  Waste Management has been the City's trash, yard waste and recycling pick-up provider since 2002 and has provided good, responsive service to our residents.  


The new contract will not be implemented until February 1, 2013 and current monthly rates and contract terms will remain in effect until the new contract is implemented.  


Over the past several years, it has become increasingly apparent that our residents desire to have recycling included in the standard service package.  Recycling under the old contract was an optional service at a cost of a little over $6 per month.


"O'Fallon has always been a progressive city and we believe that adding recycling to the standard service package is the right thing to do for our community and provides the services that our residents desire, at a reasonable cost," said Mayor Gary Graham.      


The new standard service package, at $19.98 per month, includes unlimited amounts of trash and yard waste collected weekly at the curb and a 96-gallon cart for trash.  New items include curbside recycling with a 96-gallon cart collected every other week and weekly bulk item pick-up (currently monthly).  For those residents who do not currently have optional recycling, the monthly rate will increase $1.83 per month.  Residents who currently have optional recycling will see a reduction in their monthly cost of $4.20.  


Residents will have the opportunity to make a cart exchange if the 96-gallon recycling cart is too large for their household.


Seniors and the disabled will receive a $3.08 discount per month, paying a rate of $16.90.  Households consisting of no more than two persons in which the head of the household is 65 years of age or older, are eligible to receive the discount.  Proof of age, consisting of a copy of the head of household's driver's license, government identification card, or disability card must be submitted to Waste Management, 7320 Hall Street, St. Louis, MO  63147 to receive the discount.


Also new is the Recyclebank Rewards Program.  Recyclebank ( is a reward program where residents have the ability to sign-up on-line and receive rewards based on how many items their Waste Management route as a whole recycles that week.  Rewards consist of discount coupons and gift cards to national, regional and local retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues.  Residents also have the ability to transfer their points to local schools and churches.  The school or church then receives a cash payment from the program.  Waste Management has worked with Recyclebank for a year and their customers appear to really like and value the program.  Annual rewards to each household participating in the program average $165.  


Recyclebank is a partner that generates economic, environmental, and social benefits for both municipalities and haulers.  By motivating communities to increase household recycling, Recyclebank can help municipalities realize sustainability goals, cost reductions, increased community engagement, and increased support for local businesses.   


Between now and February 2013, Recyclebank will have plenty of time to recruit local businesses to their program and send out educational materials to all households.  We will also schedule some educational meetings for residents so that everyone understands the program and has access to the rewards.


In addition to Recyclebank's educational materials, Waste Management will also be sending recycling information to each household and delivering the new recycling carts.


For more information, please contact Pam Funk at 624-4500, ext. 9-1112.

2012 Homecoming Event

The City of O'Fallon has received several comments this week about the Homecoming event that was held at Community Park last weekend.  


The event was not a city-sponsored event, but was conceived and executed by a local volunteer group called the O'Fallon Homecoming and Heritage Organization.  No tax dollars were used to fund the event and the organization posted a bond to pay for City services.  The volunteer group's mission was to welcome back past residents and OTHS graduates and to honor our service men and women.


The group deemed it necessary to charge a $5 admission fee for each adult in order to pay the cost of entertainment, tent rental, clean-up, etc.  Most proceeds remaining after all expenses are paid will be donated to local charities such as the Illinois Burn Camp for Children, O'Fallon Food Pantry, Hope for Heroes, and O'Fallon History Museum.

Pink Passion Spa Day
Who doesn't need a little pampering every now and then? St. Elizabeth's Hospital thinks the women of our community deserve special attention and is hosting a brand new event in celebration of Breast Health Awareness Month this October.

The "Pink Passion" Spa Day will be held on Wednesday, October 24 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Millennium Room at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Southern Illinois Heart Institute building, 340 West Lincoln Street. The event is FREE to the public. RSVPs are not required but requested. Please call 234-2120, ext. 1594.

This fun-filled evening is meant educate women on the importance of breast health while giving them a little spa-like pampering. Event activities include mini-manicures, chair massages, make-up tips, bra fittings, and health eating tips plus wine and light appetizers, and much more. Participating businesses include Mirrors Image, Dillard's, Merle Norman, plus St. Elizabeth's Hospital Women's Physical Therapy Clinic, Pharmacy and Imaging Services. This event is made possible through a partnership with the Belleville News-Democrat.

The hospital's Women's Imaging Center staff will also be on hand to schedule mammogram appointments and educate attendees on breast health.

Visit for a PDF flyer for this program.  St. Elizabeth's Hospital always strives to provide health programs to educate and inform the members of the communities it serves.
FCB Banks Holds Annual Fall Festival
Join FCB Banks in celebrating the arrival of fall at our 2012 Fall Festival, Friday and Saturday, October 19 & 20 at all locations. Enjoy FREE hot dogs, popcorn, apples, cookies and apple cider. Register to win a $100 FCB Gift Card (one per location). Every hour, both days, one lucky person will win a "folded money gift".   There will be a penny guessing contest for the kids, with a cash prize for the winner. Plus FREE grab bags, as well as a face painter or balloon twister at select locations on Saturday from 10 am - noon. (call for details) We will also be collecting canned goods for the local food pantries all that week. Stop by and join us for some good old fashioned fun!
Know Your Neighborhood

As Halloween approaches, Attorney General Lisa Madigan encourages Illinois families to "know their neighborhoods," as they plan safe trick-or-treating routes for their children, by going online to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry website at  Halloween is the one day of the year when we actually encourage our children to go out and knock on the doors of strangers and it is critical that we use every tool possible to make sure that our kids are safe.   Parents and family members can help their children keep safe by taking five minutes to check the Sex Offender Registry for sex offenders in their neighborhood.  Children should be told to skip houses where sex offenders reside.  


Please help us spread awareness this month and post and/or distribute this Halloween public awareness poster reminding parents to check the Registry. 


Copies of the poster in English, Spanish, and Polish can be found at  

Acupuncture 101:  What is It? How Does it Work?  Is it for Me?

A support group for people affected by COPD and who need care or rehabilitation for breathing problems will meet on Wednesday, October 31, at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Health Education Center, 706 East Highway 50, O'Fallon. Dr. Eric Waltemate, DC, will be the guest speaker and will present "Acupuncture 101: What is it? How does it work? Is it for me?"


Thanks to pulmonary rehabilitation programs like the one at Memorial, you can lead a satisfying and normal life with COPD. Our pulmonary rehabilitation program helps you maximize physical strength, increase exercise tolerance, enhance emotional well-being, and adjust in all areas of your life. Always consult a physician before starting a new medical treatment. For more information, call Memorial's Pulmonary Rehab Department at 618-257-5560.

Lambert_St. Louis International Airport News
 US Airways will have a new home for gate operations this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Starting Thursday morning, October 18, US Airways will operate in the C Concourse from gates C16, C18 and C 24.

The airline is currently operating in the A Concourse and will move its operations to the C Concourse after their flight operations end for the day on Wednesday. There will be no disruption of flights with the move.   The US Airways check-in process in Terminal 1 will remain the same but passengers will begin to use the C Concourse checkpoint beginning with the first US Airways flights on Thursday, October 18.


"We think the US Airways move will have a significant positive impact to balance the passenger load between concourses to help reduce security checkpoint wait times on the A Concourse," said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. "Furthermore, the recently expanded C Checkpoint will easily accommodate the increased passenger demand with this change."


US Airways is Lambert's 4th largest airline (6.5% market share) operating 17 flights a day to Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Phoenix. More than 1,100 passengers fly on US Airways daily.

In September, Lambert also relocated Air Choice One and all charter departures to Concourse C, which is Lambert's largest.

Buckle Up, Drive Sober, Slow Down and Drive Responsibly

The O'Fallon Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving.  Other important tips include:


-Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys

-If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely

-Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement

-Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

-Do not text and drive


The law enforcement crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign that will remind motorists, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket."


"Many lives can be saved by changing public attitudes regarding risk-taking behaviors such as speeding, impaired driving, and the non-use of safety belts and child safety seats," said Police Chief John Betten.  "It has been shown that visible enforcement programs that focus on these types of violations offer the greatest potential for changing these behaviors."


The O'Fallon Police Department Traffic Safety Unit encourages all drivers to buckle up, drive sober, slow down, and drive responsibly.

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