Morton Matters Newsletter
July 2017
In This Issue
Save the Date
July 3 & 4
Chamber Office Closed

July 27

July 28
Business After Hours
26356 Cooper Rd.

July 27
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Join Our List
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 Calendar
2017 150% Club
A Brush of Color
Aaron Miller, Real Estate Broker
Ackerman Family Farms
Alltrust Financial Management
Apostolic Christian Restmor
Barbara Heer, Broker
Brandon Wood Retirement Center
Captivation Dance by Kaleigh
Carius Dairy Queen
CORE Construction
Country Financial
Craig Barley
Crossroads Concrete
David Mills CPA LLC
David W. Kinsinger DDS
Deputy Duct, Div. of ATC Insulators
Heartland Veterinary Clinic
em.bel.lish hair design
IT360 Inc.
JA ROECKER Architecure/Structures
Jay Fox Insurance Agency
Jim Maloof Realtor
Jm Yordy
Keach Architectural Design
Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club
Knapp Johnson Funeral Home
Kuhl Insurance
LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant
Le Nails & Spa
Lennie's Quality Meat Shop
Lighthouse Buick GMC
Liquor Station
Littlefield & Lovell Orthodontics
Marie Fisk, Realtor
Markley's Pest Elimination
McDonald's of Morton
Merlin Birky
Mike Murphy Ford
Mike Yordy Excavation
Mohr & Kerr Engineering & Land Surveying
Morton Buildings
Morton Collision Repair
Morton Dental Center
Morton Family Dentistry
Morton Financial Services
Morton VFW
Oak Lawn Estates
PC Doctor Computer Consulting
Peoria Area Association of Realtors
Ranson & Ranson Dental
RMH Foods
Schooner's of Morton
Season's Gastropub
Stephens Electric
The Iona Group
The Prassas Co./Morton
Towne Center
The Whisler Agency
Tri County Cleaning Systems
Two Men and a Truck
Village of Morton
Villas of Holly Brook
Web Services Inc.
West Central IL Bldg & Construction Trades Council
Witzig Financial Services
Wm. Aupperle & Sons
Yinlun USA Inc.
Yogi's Super Liquors
Golf Outing Funds Donated to Project Pumpkin
The Morton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, held on May 5 at Pine Lakes Golf Club, was another huge success! Over $11,500 was raised for Project Pumpkin, the endowment fund launched by the Chamber in 2013 in partnership with the Morton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to provide access to the Morton Pumpkin Festival for families in need in our community.
Be a Morton Mentor
& Shape the Workforce of Tomorrow
The Morton Mentor Program matches Morton CUSD 709 High  School students with local mentors possessing professional knowledge, skills, contacts, and resources. Through these matches, our Mentors share their experience, guidance, and encouragement for students to develop their career  pathway. 

The goal of the Morton Mentorship program is to establish a mentoring relationship where the student gains an understanding of a career or area of professional interest and is provided with the steps needed to follow the career path or explore the area of professional interest.
Pumpkin Festival Registrations Open
The following registrations are now open for the 51st Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival from September 13-16, 2017
Help Out at Pumpkin Festival!
Volunteer PF
There is a need for over 2,000 volunteers to make the Pumpkin Festival a success. We thank everyone who has already signed up! If you have not signed up, and you and your co-workers, friends, or family would like to help out, visit the link below to secure your spot. There are openings for the Pumpkin Grille, Pancake Breakfast, and the Sweet Shoppe.

Learn More About Your Membership
Chamber 101
August 8 from noon to 1 pm
Chamber Office
FREE to Chamber Members

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! Lunch will be provided.
Chamber Welcomes New Members for June
Mimi's Bows Boutique
Hair bows and accessories for infant to adult.

Specialty and decorative castware designed to celebrate the unique traditions of Morton IL - The Pumpkin Capital of the World.
Leadership Women - Save the Date
August 8
Evening at Kemp 208
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Join us at Kemp 208 for a special evening session that features a cooking demonstration by Executive Chef Jeff Madden. He and Cathy Kemp will also be speaking. Doors open at 5 pm for networking, and program starts at 5:30. Cathy and Jeff's bios and photos are at Seating is limited so register early! Meal included in price of registration. Cash bar. 
Business Briefs
Two successful financial institutions, Morton Community Bank and David Vaughan Investments (DVI), are forming a new partnership effective early October 2017 to redefine and deliver modern trust and advisory services to current clients and to future generations. 

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois has been awarded $230,000 from the Department of Labor to provide training and reintegration services to homeless veterans in Central Illinois.

CEFCU announces that Denise Ghere was promoted to Senior Vice President of Electronic Services.  Mark Geason was promoted to Vice President of Electronic Services.  Melody Malcom was promoted to Vice President of Card Services.  Jana Stevens was promoted to Vice President of Marketing.  Jennifer Lehman Flexer was promoted to Assistant Vice President - Market Strategy and Analytics.  
Free Business Solutions
Since 1972, Bradley University has provided the Senior  Consulting Projects program to businesses in the central Illinois area.  In this Capstone course, majors in the Foster College of Business are given an opportunity to apply their accumulated business knowledge to a "real world" business situation at  NO COST to you. 

To learn more about this program and to apply, click HERE. Applications must be received by 5 pm, Friday, August 4.
Morton Tourism News

The Morton Tourism Association  will hold a meeting at 8 am on July 21 at Brandon Wood Retirement Center, 730 W. Jefferson St. Everyone is encouraged to come and hear about the great events happening in Morton and share ideas on new events.  

July 3:  Morton Fireworks event will be presented by the Morton VFW from 5-10 pm at 2310 Veterans Road. Live music, food, and other activities. Bring chairs or a blanket.

July 8:  6th Annual Muddy Madness for St. Jude will be from 9 am - 1 pm. Ages from 3 to 9 can run, jump, and get muddy on an obstacle course. $20 per child.

July 8:  Morton Downtown Super Cruise & Tractor Show from 4-9 pm. Over 500 vintage cars will converge on Morton for this event. New this year is a classic tractor section featuring restored farm equipment. 1950's music fills the streets, and "All American" food served in local restaurants. No entry fee.

July 30:  Backyard Talent Show from 4-8 pm at Idlewood Park Pavilion. Local children and teens perform their special talent. All proceeds benefit St. Jude. Everyone welcome! Updates on Facebook.

Go to to get more information and view all the Tourism events for the summer.
Morton Community Foundation News
by Scott Witzig

The  Ilse Droll Memorial Women's Medical Career Scholarship provides scholarships to Morton or Morton Township female students pursuing a career in a Medical Field (Including, but not limited to: Doctor, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Veterinarian, etc.  The fund provides a $1,000 scholarship and a $500 scholarship.  The winners this year were, Michelle  Gehner - $1,000, and Sydney Cooper - $500.   read more>
Ribbon Cutting for Unland Companies

Congratulations to Unland Companies on the opening of their new Morton office, located inside Morton Community Bank at 721 West Jackson!