Morton Matters Newsletter
January 2017

In This Issue
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January 19

January 26

February 2
Business After Hours

January 26
4:30 - 6:00 pm
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Chamber Board Members
Jacque Austin
Paul Beckman
Brian Cross
Jamie Durdel
Nick Esser
Justin Ferrill
Barbara Heer
Craig Hilliard
Shelly Hunt, Treas.
Mary Jane Johnson
Cathy Kemp
David Mills
Tim Mueller
David Zern, Pres.
Alissa Williams, Vice Pres.
2017 Renewals as of 12-28-16
Aaron Miller, Real Estate Broker
Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped
Alltrust Financial Management
Binkley Jewelers
China Dragon
Community United Church of Christ
Crossroads Concrete
David Zimmerman
Deputy Duct, Div. of ATC Insulators
Eli's Coffee Shop
Gold's Gym
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Hurckes-McCord Financial Management
Illinois Central College
Jim Yordy
Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club
LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant
Lulu's on Main
Magnified Vision
Marie Fisk, Realtor
Markley's Pest Elimination
Merlin Birky
Mike Murphy Ford
Mike Yordy Excavation
Morton Buildings
Morton Collision Repair
Morton Dental Center
Morton Financial Services
Morton Knights of Columbus
Morton CUSD 709
Morton Township Road Dist.
Oak Lawn Estates
Opperman Family Dentistry
Park Inn by Radisson
Pro Fab Inc.
Ranson & Ranson Dental
Schooner's of Morton
Season's Gastropub
The Iona Group
Totally Kreative Video
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Tri County Mower & Tractor
Truck Centers Inc.
Two Men and a Truck
We Care Inc.
Yinlun USA Inc.
Zimmerman Autobody

Orange denotes 150% Club member
Chamber Annual Meet Up February 2
Thursday, February 2
Networking & Cocktails 4:30 pm
Program 5:30 pm 
Burroughs Farms, Morton
$30 includes food and drinks

This casual event takes the place of the Chamber Annual Dinner traditionally held in January. Join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres, networking, and light entertainment. Find out the theme of the 2017 Pumpkin Festival!

The Distinguished Service Award winner and the Chamber Volunteer of the Year will be announced. 

Established in 1972, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes a local citizen who has made a significant impact on the community of Morton through their leadership and volunteerism.
The Morton Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a Chamber Member who has volunteered their time to make Chamber programs, events, and initiatives more effective and impactful.
Morton Mentor Program
The new Morton Mentor Program matches Morton CUSD 709  High School students with local mentors possessing professional knowledge, skills, contacts, and resources. Mentors and mentees will meet at least three times a semester. Deadline for Spring session mentor sign up is January 4 at midnight.

Last Chance Leadership Morton Enrollment
Leadership Morton Logo
Leadership Morton is a program of the Morton Chamb er of  Commerce to develop business and community leaders by cultivating skills, awareness, and engagement through intentional learning experiences for the continual betterment of the Village of Morton and our employers.

Price is $250 for members or $350 for non-members.

Participation is open to individuals who reside, work, or spend a majority of volunteer time in Morton and are employed by a member of the Morton Chamber. A minimum of 20 participants with a maximum of 25 will be selected.

Sessions are weekly on Thursdays from January 19 to April 6, 2017, from 8 to 10 am at the Midwest Food Bank, 700 Erie Avenue, unless otherwise stated. Topics, speakers, and tours will be announced later this month.

Morton EDC Luncheon January 30
Monday, January 30
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Seasons Gastropub
Investors and their Guests - $30
All Others - $40

Key-note speaker will be Bobby Hambrick of AutonomouStuff. Also included will be an update on the progress of the Morton EDC's initiatives and recognition of the Venture Award winner.

The Morton Venture Award recognizes a Morton business owner who has made a significant impact on the community and the people they employ through their business leadership, growth, and innovation.
Welcome New Board Members
The Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors welcomes Jacque Austin of Jacque Austin Photography, Paul Beckman of Caterpillar, Justin Ferrill of Coldwell Banker Commercial, Cathy Kemp of Kemp 208, and Craig Hilliard, Chief of Police, to the board in 2017.

Dave Zern of Kuhl Insurance will be President, Alissa Williams of the Morton Public Library will be Vice President, and Shelly Hunt as Treasurer.

Thank you to outgoing board members Darren Martin, Aaron Miller, Nick Graff, Lindsey Hall, and Bill Aupperle.
Chamber 101
February 7
Noon - 1:00 pm
Morton Chamber of Commerce
FREE - lunch included

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!
Chamber Welcomes New Members for 2017
Design/Build construction and remodeling for residential and commercial

Self-storage for business and residential

Online, eco-friendly children's clothing and accessory boutique that gives back to missions

Morton American Legion
Non profit veteran's organization
Business Briefs

The Center for Prevention of Abuse recently got a boost from Archer Daniels Midland Company. The $1,500 donation will go toward supporting The Center's Prevention Education program in schools throughout Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford County.

GriefShare series will be starting on January 9, and DivorceCare on January 11 at Grace Church in Morton. There is no fee to participate. For further information or to register, please call the church office at 309-266-9281.

The Morton Knights of Columbus will sponsor the 2017 Youth Free Throw Tournament on January 14 at 2 pm in the Blessed Sacrament School gym. Doors will open early for registration. All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in this FREE event.
Facade Grant Program taking Applications

The Façade Grant Program, made possible through Business District funds, is accepting the first round of 2017 applications. The application and policies are available on the Village of Morton website. The Façade Grant Program provides financial assistance for the rehabilitation of the exterior of commercial buildings located within the Business District for matching funds up to $10,000.