Morton Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council
Morton Matters Newsletter

March 2016
In This Issue
Save the Date
March 15
General Election

March 24

Chamber Calendar
Business After Hours

RMH Foods 
375 Erie Avenue

March 24
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Join Our List
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 2/25/2016
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
Colby Natural Health 
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
Grimm Bros. Trucking
Heartland Bank & Trust
Heartland Veterinary Clinic
Hometown Title Inc.
Illinois Business Financial Services
JA ROECKER Architecture/Structures
Jim Maloof Realtor
Jim Yordy 
Keach Architectural Design
Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home
Kuhl Insurance
Lennie's Quality Meat Shop 
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
Merlin Birky 
Midstate College
Mike Murphy Ford 
Mike Yordy Excavating & Land Improvement
Millennia Prof. Services 
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
Old Smokey's BBQ 
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
Stephens Electric 
The Iona Group 
The Prassas Co./Morton
Town Centre
The Whisler Agency 
Thomas E. Davies PC
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Until He Return Prophetic Bible Ministries
Village of Morton
Walmart of Morton 
Web Services 
W. Central IL Bldg. & Construction Trades Council 
Witzig Financial Services 
Wm. Aupperle & Sons 
Yinlun USA
Yogi's Super Liquors
Deadline Extended to Submit Festival Photos
In celebration of the Morton Pumpkin Festival's 50th Anniversary, the community is invited to contribute photographs for a special commemorative book that will be produced by the Morton Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from the Morton Public Library.

We want photos that depict your favorite memories and parts of the Festival from the last 50 years. Please email any photographs for consideration to By submitting your photographs you are agreeing to authorize the Morton Chamber of Commerce the right to reproduce and distribute the image without limitation. Submitted photos should be high quality, at least 300 dpi, .jpg or .tiff versions.

Photos can also be submitted in person at the Morton Public Library, 315 W. Pershing. Photos will be collected, scanned, and originals returned to their owner.

Please submit all photos by Friday, March 11. Due to the anticipated volume, submitting a photo does not guarantee its inclusion in the final product. 
Secure Your Spot in the Festival Guide
We are now taking reservations for ads in the 2016 Morton Pumpkin Festival Official Guide Booklet. Advertisers not only receive recognition in the guide, but those who purchase an ad that is a quarter page or more will also get recognition during the festival on the television screen in the Pumpkin Grille and the Pumpkin Business Expo. Early bird pricing is good through April 30. Ads range in price from $100 to $2,000.
Put Your Membership to Work!
April 5
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.
Save the Date for the Forecast Breakfast

April 26 from 7:00 - 8:30 am
Morton School District 709 Offices
1050 S. Fourth Ave.

Mayor Ronald Rainson, Village of Morton
Dr. Lindsey Hall, District 709 Schools
Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library
Joel Dickerson, Morton Park District

Sponsored by:
Coldwell Banker Commercial - Justin Ferrill
Women in Business
May 10
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Kemp 208    
$30 Chamber Members
$40 Non-Members
Register Online 
Join us for a special lunch and speakers featuring women CEO's from our region.  Our speaker for this session will Sara O'Shea, Owner and Lead Planner of So Chic Boutique & Events.
Don't Forget to Vote!
vote counts
Be sure to take time to vote in the General Primary Election on March 15. Early voting is underway. Click here dates and locations. 

For those voting in person on March 15, click here for a list of Morton polling locations.

Morton District 709 also has a variety of information related to the school referendum on their website
Business Briefs
Ameren Illinois Division Director Daetta Jones presented a $25,000 check to The Center for Prevention of Abuse Executive Director Carol Merna on February 25. The funds will be used to support The Center's Violence Prevention Education programs for local students K-12.

Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner's will hold their semiannual donation drive from March 9 through March 26. During the drive, every item donated to Goodwill will earn the donor a 25% off coupon from Bergner's.
Morton Community Foundation News
by Scott Witzig
I would like to personally invite you to our 2016 Grant Announcement Event at our Business After Hours, to be held at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 21 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. We would love to have you stop by, say hello, enjoy some food from our delicious buffet, and share in some community hospitality. Refreshments will be provided by Taste of TCRC, Morton.
The Morton Community Foundation needs and appreciates the support of individuals and businesses in the Morton area. At our Business After Hours event, we'll update you on how the Foundation is having an impact on our community and will be announcing the winners of over $40,000 in grants from our 2016 Competitive Grant program. read more>
Ribbon Cutting at The Confectionery
CONGRATULATIONS to The Confectionery on the Grand Opening of their new location at 131 South Plum Avenue.

Culver's Receives Golden Pumpkin Award
The Golden Pumpkin Membership Appreciation Award was presented to Tom McDonnell, owner of Culver's of Morton! THANK YOU for 10 years of supporting the Morton Chamber of Commerce!