Morton Matters Newsletter
January 2018
In This Issue
Save the Date
January 5

Begins January 11

January 22

January 25

January 26

Business After Hours
Morton Buildings

252 W. Adams St.
Morton

January 25
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Join Our List
Chamber Board Members
Jacque Austin
Paul Beckman
Brian Cross
Carol Davis
Songo Dede
Jamie Durdel, Vice Pres.
Nick Esser
Justin Ferrill
Craig Hilliard
Cathy Kemp
Lisa Moser
Tim Mueller, Treas.
Greg Nichols
Jeff Schieferle Uhlenbrock
Alissa Williams, Pres.
150% Club Members for 2018
A Balanced Life
Aaron Miller, Real Estate Broker
Ackerman Family Farms LLC
Alltrust Financial Management
Apostolic Christian Restmor
Brahler's BestDrive
Brandon Wood Retirement Community
CMFS Inc.
Craig Barley
Crossroads Concrete Inc.
David W. Kinsinger DDS
DSM-H LLC
Heartland Veterinary Clinic
IT360 Inc.
Keach Architectural Design 
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home
Liquor Station
Littlefield & Lovell Orthodontics
Markley's Pest Elimination
Mike Yordy's Excavation & Land Improvement
Mohr & Kerr Engineering & Land Surveying P.C.
Morton Buildings Inc.
Morton's Best Storage
Mr. Appliance of East Peoria
Peoria Area Association of Realtors
Pepsi Beverage Company
RMH Foods
Stephens Electric
The Cookery
Thr3eads Ltd
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Two Men and a Truck  
Annual Meet Up on February 1
Thursday, February 1
Networking & Cocktails 4:30 pm
Program 5:30 pm
Burroughs Farms
$30 includes food and drinks

Join us for a casual, fun evening of hors d'oeuvres, networking,and entertainment. Find out the theme of the 2018 Pumpkin Festival! The 2018 Distinguished Service Award winner and the 2017 Chamber Volunteer of the Year will also 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.

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Legislative Forum on January 5
Friday, January 5
9:00 - 10:00 am
Freedom Hall
150% Club Members FREE
Chamber Members $10
Non-members $15

The Morton Chamber's Government Affairs committee will be hosting Congressman LaHood and U.S. Chamber of Commerce representative Kevin Courtois. They will share legislative updates along with briefings on upcoming bills impacting business, health, education and infrastructure.

Join us at this upcoming forum that will include networking, Q&A, coffee and pastries. 
Leadership Morton Deadline January 5
Leadership Morton 2018 is an affordable, local leadership program designed to instill leadership skills through discussion and examples presented by leaders throughout Central Illinois. The program begins January 11 and runs through March 29. Weekly sessions are from 8:00 - 10:00 am.

Leadership Topics & Opportunities:
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Strength Based Leadership
Self-Mastery
Principled Leadership
Managing Conflict
Building Trust
Servant Leadership
Discovery of Non-Profits
Government Board Meetings
Village operations and Community Tour
Business Tours
Team Building

$250 for Chamber members, $300 for non-members. Deadline is Friday, January 5 at 5 pm.

Morton EDC Luncheon January 22
Monday, January 22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Seasons Gastropub
Investors and their guests $30
All others $40

Special guest speaker is Johnny Wheat, President of 4B Components Ltd. Johnny will be speaking on Location...Location...Location - the story of a small engineering company from Leeds, England. 

Also included will be an update on the progress of the Morton  EDC's  initiatives and recognition of the 2018 Venture Award winner.

Special thanks to our event sponsor: Morton Community Bank
Legislative Forum on January 26
Friday, January 26
9:00 - 10:00 am
Freedom Hall
150% Club Members FREE
Chamber Members $10
Non-members $15

The Morton Chamber's Government Affairs committee will be hosting State Senator Bill Brady and Illinois Chamber of Commerce representative Tyler Diers. They will share legislative updates along with briefings on upcoming bills impacting business, health, education and infrastructure.

Join us at this upcoming forum that will include networking, Q&A, coffee and pastries. 
Chamber 101
Tuesday, February 6
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!
Job Opportunities!
Join our team! We are accepting applications for a Bookkeeper and Communications Coordinator.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should apply with resume, cover letter and employment application,  download here.
Send to:
Morton Chamber of Commerce/EDC
Email: labrown@mortonillinois.org
Office: 415 West Jefferson Street, Morton IL 61550
Deadline to apply: Friday, January 12 by 5:00 pm
Marketing Intern application deadline: Friday, January 19 by 5:00 pm
Welcome New Board Members
The Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors welcomes the following people to the 2018 board: Lisa Moser of Alltrust Financial Management, Jeff Schieferle Uhlenbrock of Morton Community Bank, Greg Nichols of Ameriprise and Great American Popcorn, Carol Davis of Lulu's, and Songo Dede of DSM-H LLC.

Alissa Williams of the Morton Public Library will be President, Jamie Durdel of TCRC will be Vice President, and Tim Mueller of Morton Community Bank will be Treasurer.

Thank you to outgoing board members David Mills, Dave Zern, Mary Jane Johnson, Shelly Hunt, and Barb Heer.
Business Briefs
CEFCU is pleased to announce that members now have the ability to access Masterpass™ by Mastercard®, a digital wallet that can be accepted at millions of locations - online, in-store, and in-app.  Any CEFCU Debit Mastercard or Credit Mastercard may be used with Masterpass. 

Illinois Central College is encouraging students who intend to enroll for the fall 2018 semester to apply for its scholarships. The ICC Educational Foundation offers more than 600 scholarships worth more than $750,000 to students attending in the coming academic year.  Students may apply for the scholarships
from January 15 until 11:59 pm on April 1 using the online application system.  The link will be active as of January 15.    

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has received a $2,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to be used for Goodwill's GoodJobs program. The GoodJobs program provides young adults, ages 16-19, with employment resources and job skills training.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is pleased to reveal the creation of its newest department, Human Trafficking Services, led by long-time Center employee, Sara Dillefeld. Prior to this position, Dillefeld served as the Director of Domestic Violence Family Centered Services at The Center for six years. 
Chamber Welcomes New Members for 2018
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Morton Community Foundation News
by Scott Witzig
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The new tax bill that was recently signed into law doubles the standard deduction for couples filing jointly, to $24,000.  So, the big question in the minds of non-profits is, "Will this new tax law cause donors to cut back on their charitable giving?"
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