Morton Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council
Morton Matters Newsletter

February 2016

In This Issue
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February 2

February 23

February 23

February 25

Chamber Calendar
Business After Hours

February 25
4:30 - 6:00 pm
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Chamber Board Members
Bill Aupperle
Brian Cross
Jamie Durdel
Nick Esser
Nick Graff
Lindsay Hall
Barbara Heer
Shelly Hunt, Treas.
Mary Jane Johnson, Past Pres.
Darren Martin, Pres.
Aaron Miller
David Mills
Tim Mueller
Alissa Williams
David Zern, Vice Pres.
150% Club Renewals
as of 1/29/2016
Aaron Miller, Real Estate Broker
Ackerman Farms
Alltrust Financial Management
Apostolic Christian Counseling & Family Services
Apostolic Christian Restmor
Barbara Heer, Broker
Benckendorf & Benckendorf PC
Billy Daniel Excavating 
Blain's Farm & Fleet
Brandon Wood Retirement Center
Carius Dairy Queen
Childers Door Service of Central IL
China Dragon
ClearPath IT Solutions
CMFS Group
Coldwell Banker Commercial
CORE Construction
Country Financial
Craig H. Barley
Crossroads Concrete
Culver's of Morton
David Mills CPA LLC
David W. Kinsinger DDS
Deputy Duct, Div. ATC Insulators
Elevate Church
Heartland Bank & Trust
Heartland Veterinary Clinic
Hometown Title Inc.
Illinois Business Financial Services
JA ROECKER Architecture/Structures
Jim Maloof Realtor
Keach Architectural Design
Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home
Kuhl Insurance
Libby's Pumpkin
Lighthouse Buick GMC
Liquor Station
Marie Fisk, Realtor
Markley's Pest Elimination
Massage with Pauline
McDonald's of Morton
Menold Construction & Restoration
Midstate College
Mike Yordy Excavating & Land Improvement
Mohr & Kerr Engineering
Morton Audiology & Hearing Aid Center
Morton Buildings
Morton Collision Repair
Morton Dental Center
Morton Financial Services
Morton Knights of Columbus
Morton Rentals LLC
Morton Unit School Dist. 709
Morton Villa Healthcare & Rehab Centre
Oak Lawn Mobile Estates
PC Doctor Computer Consulting
Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo
Ranson & Ranson Dental
Reading, Rhyming & Romping Preschool
Relax Inn
Reliant Auto Glass
Renewal by Anderson of Central IL
Riverview Senior Living Community
RMH Foods
Robert Schnarr
Rocke's Meats Ltd
Schooner's of Morton
The Prassas Co./Morton Town Centre
Thomas E. Davies PC
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Until He Return Prophetic Bible Ministries
Village of Morton
W. Central IL Bldg. & Construction Trades Council 
Witzig Financial Services 
Yinlun USA
Yogi's Super Liquors
Congratulations Nick Graff!
Congratulations to our 2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner Nick Graff! Aaron Miller, 2015 DSA recipient, presented the award to Graff at the Chamber's Annual Dinner in January.

Nick's service to the community includes serving on the Tazewell County Board, the Morton Masonic Lodge, and serving as Morton's police chief for 23 years.
Congratulations Lisa Moser!
Lisa was recognized as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year at the Chamber's Annual Dinner for her hard work and dedication to the Morton Chamber of Commerce over the past year. Moser served as an Ambassador and provided countless hours of volunteer assistance with ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours, the Chamber Golf Outing Committee, the Annual Dinner Committee, and Pumpkin Festival. 
Put Your Membership to Work!
February 2
Noon - 1:00 pm
Morton Chamber of Commerce

Make the most of your Chamber Membership. This one hour, informal get together includes a review of free member services, promotional opportunities, and our events and programs.  We encourage all new Members, new managers, and current Members who would like a quick reminder of their Member benefits to join us! This is also an opportunity for those considering joining the Chamber to learn more about the advantages of being a member. 

Please register so we know how much lunch to provide.
LEAP - Social Media Strategy
February 23
8:00 - 9:30 am    
Morton Chamber of Commerce
FREE for Chamber Members
This session will provide a basic overview of social media platforms. Attendees will gain insight into the differences between the different social media platforms in terms of their audiences, types of interactions, etc. and provide a foundation to craft a social media strategy for your business.

Presenter: Tammy Finch
Women in Business

WIB logo

February 23
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kemp 208    

$30 Chamber Members

$40 Non-Members
Register Online 


Educating, Encouraging, and Enlightening women of all ages! That is the focus of our Women In Business CEO series.

Our speaker for this session is to be announced.
Pumpkin Festival Theme Announced
At the Chamber's Annual Dinner in January, Board Member Dave Zern introduced a video announcing the 2016 Pumpkin Festival theme, Golden Pumpkin: Celebrating 50 Years. 

We want to thank Paige Harrmann for her logo design and Totally Kreative Video for production of the video.
Business Briefs
Nate Rugaard, CIC, has become Vice President of Unland Companies. Betsy Yarcho, the former area vice president of client management at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., recently joined the team at Unland as Manager of Client Services.
Morton Businesses Featured at Luncheon
At the Annual Investor Luncheon on January 26 at the Ashland House, the Morton Economic Development Council showed a video highlighting new and expanded businesses over the last year.

Congratulatons to Mike Murphy, recipient of the 2016 Venture Award at the luncheon. View the Venture Award video.
Morton Community Foundation News
by Scott Witzig
If you are a non-profit charity, school, or governing body that impacts Morton area residents, or if you are involved with one of these, we are asking you to consider submitting a grant request for our 2016 Grant Cycle. The Grant Cycle opens on Friday, February 19.  Application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.  read more>
Morton District 709 Town Hall Meetings
There are two Town Hall meetings scheduled for discussion of the upcoming Referendum on March 15: February 9 at Grundy Elementary and February 29 at Lincoln Elementary. Both start at 6:30 pm. 

Ribbon Cutting at Casey's
CONGRATULATIONS to Casey's General Store on the opening of their second Morton location today at the corner of West Jefferson and Detroit Avenue!