February 2014Volume 18  Issue 01
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Leadington, MO 63601
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Inside this Edition
Banquet Recap
Sweetheart Trivia Recap
Culligan Hosts 1st Friday Coffee
Investor Renewals
Chamber Golf Tournament
March Investor Meeting
Continuing Education
Native American Storyteller
Service Spotlight
St. Patty's Day Trivia Night
Be Remarkably Giving
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Several were Honored at the Chamber's Annual Installation Banquet in January

Several Honored at Chamber's Annual Installation Banquet

Many wishes of congratulations and several thank you's are due after the Chamber's 2014 Installation Banquet on January 17!

First of all, a huge round of applause for the 2014 award
winners! Pictured to the right, they included:

Award Winners 2014
Cindy Johnson, of Main Street Grill, recipient of "The Chamber's Friend" award.

Linda Dickerson, of Habitat for Humanity St. Francois County & The Park Hills City Hall, recipient of the KFMO/B104 Radio "Sweat Equity" award.

Doris Stevens, accepting the Chamber's "Lifetime Achievement" award on behalf of Stevens Brothers Printing Company.

Charlie Boyer, of CZ Boyer & Son Funeral Homes, recipient of The Daily Journal's "Citizen of the Year" award.

Theresa and Paul Bauman of Park Hills River Mart, recipient of the KREI/KTJJ Radio's "110%" award.

Rita Martin, recipient of both the "4th Quarter Acclaimed Ambassador" and the "2013 Ambassador of the Year" award presented by the Chamber.

This year's award recipients couldn't have been better chosen. Each are more than qualified to fit the characteristics of each award. Congratulations to you all!

The Installation Banquet is one of the Chamber's largest annual events. So many, do so much to help make this event the success that it is each year. Special thanks goes to all those who help create such a fantastic night. Some of those include:

The Board of Directors for planning and execution.
Donna Hickman, our emcee for the evening.
Our out-going President, Ursula Kthiri, for a fabulous job in 2013.
Our in-coming President, Jeff Williams, for agreeing to take the reins in 2014.
Glenda Straughn and her catering crew for the delicious meal.
Will & Glenda Straughn for use of their beautiful building.
Dustin Murray, for serving up the evening drinks.
Kevin White and the Baby Boomer Band for the interesting entertainment.
The local media - Daily Journal, KFMO/B104 Radio and KREI/KTJJ Radio for not only honoring some very deserving individuals at the banquet, but for the incredible event coverage before, during and after the banquet.
Last but not least, our Chamber Investors & Friends for attending!

Finally, our deepest gratitude to our event sponsors. Without them, the evening would not be possible:

Ameren Missouri - Our Entertainment Sponsor 
Belgrade State Bank 
Daily Journal
First Bank
First State Community Bank 
Ken's Cards & Coins
Maloney, Wright & Robbins CPAs
Mineral Area College 
New Era Bank
Pharmax Pharmacy 
Serenity Hospicecare 
Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health

To view a list of our newly installed Officers and Directors, visit our Board of Directors Page at http://www.phlcoc.net/pages/BoardofDirectors/.

Sweetheart Trivia Draws 130 Participants to Answer Questions on Lover, Marriage and Romance!

For the second consecutive year, the Chamber's Annual Trivia Night has proven to be growing into everyone's favorite trivia event!  We welcomed more than 130 trivia enthusiasts, who gave their brains a workout on topics such as 'chick flicks', 'mood music', 'sweet tooth', 'sex scandals' and more!

Special thanks to our round sponsors who provided participants with the chance to win $100 cash each round.  They include:
  • Park Hills River Mart
  • No Limit Shirts, Signs & Awards
  • Maloney, Wright & Robbins CPA's
  • Central Methodist University
  • First State Community Bank
  • Culligan Soft Water
  • Home Pools & Spas
  • O.D.A.C.S.
  • Mineral Area Office Supply
  • Pharmax Pharmacy

We also had more than 60 door prizes and 23 desserts donated!  thank you so very much to all those contributors!  Your generosity makes this trivia one of the most popular around!


We would also like to say thank you to Glenda Straughn for use of Elizabeth Hall and for heading up the pasta bar chefs; to Jason Loughary, our Emcee; to St. Francois Winery for hosting the wine tasting; Parkland Flower Girl for allowing us to use her centerpieces; Kimball Crum for his hard work on the questions and of course to the many, many volunteers it took to execute such a fun time.  We couldn't do it without all of you!   We look forward to more fun times at the 2014 Trivia Night! 


Culligan Soft Water Hosts 2014's First 'First Friday Coffee'
Despite the snow coverd grounds and freezing temperatures, the February First Friday Coffee was yet another Chamber of Commerce success!

Thanks to Culligan Soft Water of Leadington, Chamber Investors and Friends were able to enjoy some hot coffee, sweet treats and great conversation.

The Culligan dealership, located in Leadington, has over 75 years of water improvement experience. Find out more about Culligan Soft Water in our online Business Directory!

Hump Day BBQ 23 Up Next!

The Chamber's Annual Hump Day BBQ is next on our event list for 2014!  Scheduled for March 19th, the event will again feature Barbecued Chicken, Pork Steaks, Baked Beans and of course the ever famous Hashbrown Casserole!

We will only be offering 350 plates on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to get your order in soon.  Carry out plates are just $7 and deliveries will be $8.  Deliveries outside Park Hills, Leadington and Desloge require a minimum of five plates per order.


Check out the event details and place your order today!  Go to:  HUMP DAY BBQ 23


With warmer weather on the way, don't miss one of your first opportunities to get that sweet, tangy of summer delivered to your business!!


2014 Investor Renewal Deadline - Passed

Investor renewals were emailed on Friday, December 13, 2013 second notice invoices mailed via postal mail at the end of January.  If you have not renewed your investment, your benefits will be disabled soon.  Please let me know if you have not received or need a replacement invoice.

Renewal time is a great time to consider Enhanced Memberships as well!  It could very well be some of the best promotional dollars you spend.  Please don't hesitate to contact the Chamber office if you any questions regarding enhancements or your renewal!

Thank you in advance for your continued dedication!!

Chamber Golf Tournament Returns!

After cancelling last year's event, it was clear to us that this truly was a favorite among many and highly missed.  With that in mind, we've brought it back!

The Chamber will host this 18-hole, 4-person scramble on May 9th, 2014 at Crown Pointe Golf Course and will include dinner, prizes, free ice cold beverages a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one sponsored by Turner Chevrolet-Cadillac Co., Inc. and more!


Teams and sponsors can sign up now by visiting our event page at: 2014 Chamber Golf Tournament  


What is the Mineral Area Chamber Alliance?

Exactly what is the Mineral Area Chamber Alliance?  You may remember, one of goals for the past year was to create more positive and active roles in partnering with our sister chambers in different ways.  With that thought in mind, The Mineral Area Chamber Alliance group was formed.

This group consists of your Park Hills - Leadington Chamber and 5-other neighboring Chambers that include Bonne Terre, Desloge, Farmington, Fredricktown and Ste. Genevieve.

The efforts of this group will focus on legislative issues that could potentially affect you, as a small business owner.

Join us for the March 18th Investor Meeting when Doug McDermott MACA Creator and Farmington Chamber of Commerce President/CEO.  Outlines the group's ideas and intentions.

We will meet at Charboneau's A & C Restaurant at 12:00 p.m. for the luncheon.  Register your attendance online now at:  MARCH INVESTOR MEETING.

Investor Announcements 
Mineral Area College

Eleven New Courses Offered in MAC's Continuing Education Program

 Mineral Area College released its spring continuing education schedule this week, featuring a variety of classes from the "Art of Tatting" to "Self-Defense for Teens and Young Adults."  MAC offers continuing education classes to the general public to provide additional opportunities for recreation and education in the Parkland.


Eleven of the classes offered are new this semester, and include classes for people who want to start their own business, who want to learn more about the Windows 8 operating system, buying and selling on eBay, extreme couponing and more.


Find out more here:  MAC CONTINUING EDU    

Mineral Area College

Native American Storyteller to Be at Long Hall in Farmington


Preston Tone-Pah-Hote Sr., member of the Kiowa Nation in Oklahoma, will bring Native American stories to the Mineral Area on Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at Long Hall in Farmington.

Tickets are $5, available at the MAC Bookstore and at the door, depending on availability.


Danielle Basler, arts council director, said this multicultural event fulfills an organizational goal to increase awareness and appreciation of the arts through performances that may not otherwise be found in our community.


Find out more here:    NATIVE AMERICAN STORY TELLER    

Serenity HospiceCare

Martin Receives Serenity Service Spotlight Award
Anita Martin, LPN, is the latest recipient of Serenity HospiceCare's "Service Spotlight Award." Anita works with Serenity's Palliative Care Program and just recently celebrated her one year anniversary with the organization.

"Anita represents the kind of care and compassion that Serenity is known for, and the spirit of giving that she exudes touches everyone around her - especially her patients and coworkers," said Irene Whitener, RN and Director of Serenity's Palliative Care and Outreach programs.


Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council

St. Patty's Day Trivia
Annual St. Patty's Day Trivia Night benefiting the Southeast Missouri Family Violence Council.

Friday, March 14, 2014 at Stone Park Lodge in Bonne Terre. Doors open at 6, trivia begins at 7.

Find out more here:  ST. PATTY'S DAY TRIVIA  

All About Business 
Ten Habits of Remarkably Giving People
Think giving is easy?  Think again...

Think about people you truly respect. Think about people you truly admire. Think about people you love to be around. They may not be rich. They may not be highly accomplished. They may not be household names.


Yet you love to be around them--and you would love to be more like them. What sets them apart from everyone else?

They give: generously, selflessly, and without expectation of return. They give because their happiness--and their success--comes from someone else's happiness and someone else's success.


Here's what they give:


1. The gift of praise. Everyone, even relatively poor performers, does something well. That's why everyone deserves praise and appreciation. It's easy for most of us to recognize great employees; after all, they do great things. (Of course it's very possible that consistent praise is one of the reasons they've become great.)


Continue reading here:  REMARKABLY GIVING PEOPLE 


Five Opportunities You're Probably Missing on LinkedIn

Sure you are accepting connections, but are you really getting value on LinkedIn? Make sure you are taking advantage in these five proactive ways.

LinkedIn has become a regular part of business life.  But other than prospecting or recruiting, you may not be getting real value from this expansive resource.  Only about 16 percent of the people who are signed up use the premium service. And many profiles sit with minimal or outdated information.

LinkedIn is not a toy or even a social network.  It is a tool for you to grow yourself and your network. Even if you are not selling something or searching for employees, there are wonderful ways to use LinkedIn to grow your mind, your network and your business objectives.  But you have to proactively take the steps to get the value.  Here are 5 ways to do it.


1. Make yourself a desirable target. So many people put minimal information on their profile. I understand that not everyone is comfortable for self-promotion. But your profile should reflect not only your experience, but also your interests and your personality. The more detailed information you provide, the easier it is for people looking for someone like you will recognize you as someone worthy of their time...

Continue reading here:  LINKEDIN OPPORTUNITIES
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