Member of the Month
July 2020
Congratulations to the Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce July Member of the Month, Ball Chatham School District . The District has gone far above and beyond expectations for several months to provide students and families with the best learning environment possible throughout this challenging period faced by all. The hard efforts put forth by the administrators, teachers, and staff members is greatly appreciated, and has not gone unnoticed among the community. Visit for School District updates and information. 
July Luncheon
Panther Creek Country Club

The Chamber hosted a Member Networking Luncheon at Panther Creek Country Club on Thursday, July 9 th . Thank you to Susan and the staff at the club for accommodating us during this challenging time, and thank you to all of our Members who joined us. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to host a safe gathering, while still providing the networking opportunity to our members that we have so missed over the last few months!
The Chamber is beginning planning for the annual golf outing! The event will be modified to follow current safety guidelines, while still providing members with sponsorship opportunities, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a day of fun outside. The event will take place at the beginning of September, so be sure to mark your Calendars! Chamber members are encouraged to contact the Chamber office if you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, or if you have any additional questions.
Be on the watch for additional information soon!
Share Your Shelter in Place Experience to Build the Library’s Collection

We are living in a historic moment. The COVID-19 pandemic is an event that may mark a generation, and we recognize the importance and unique opportunity to collect and save these experiences. Preserving local history is a core and vital function of the Library, and we want to invite you - community members, businesses, and organizations - to share your stories, artifacts, and any form of artistic or creative expression about life during the pandemic. 

We are calling this project #ChathamStrongStories: Sharing in Place, and its purpose is to create a library collection that will enable our community and future generations to learn about and from the Chatham area during this time. We aim to create a permanent, historic collection to exhibit and/or publish digitally and/or physically in the future.

What is the library looking for?

We are looking for personal stories, experiences, or creative endeavors that reflect how your world looks or is changing during this time. There are many ways you could share your story: 

  • Write: Record your everyday experiences, feelings, reflections, and hopes - no matter how big or small. You can keep a journal, write poetry, pen a script 
  • Create Art: Draw or paint
  • Start a video blog or speak into a recorder
  • Take photographs or video of your environment/community/life in quarantine
  • Compose songs
  • Upload records from your business that document how it responded to the crisis (social media graphics, e-mail or mail correspondence, business announcements, etc.)
  • Save your social media posts
  • And many more. Be creative.

We welcome raw and original materials. To contribute to the #ChathamStrongStories: Sharing in Place Project, complete the  online entry form  and agree to the release waiver by checking the checkbox.

For more information, please click here.
Dear Business Partner,

It is with great sadness that the Chatham Jaycees have had to cancel our beloved annual Sweet Corn Festival, one of the most popular summer festivals in Central Illinois. We hold this amazing event in order to fund our most important annual project, Clothes for Kids. Clothes for Kids is our holiday program that provides shoes and clothing items to the neediest children in the Ball-Chatham School District. The Jaycees have great hope for the continuation of this important project with the support of our business partners and community members, by asking for help in sponsoring a child, or three! Over the past 40+ years, area businesses have played a major role in the continued success of our festival, and the giving efforts that it supports.

As always, we offer your business promotional opportunities with the following sponsorship levels: 

Sponsor one child for a $150 investment : Your company logo will be included on the back of t-shirts that will be offered to the public for purchase. Funds raised by the sale of these shirts will further fund our programming. Your business will also be included in a display ad, in the Chatham Clarion, thanking our sponsors.

Sponsor TWO children for a $300 investment : Your company logo will be included on our Tote Board, displayed in a prominent location on Route 4, as well as the benefits listed in the above sponsorship level.

Sponsor THREE children for a $450 investment : Individualized company shout-out, including company logo, on Facebook, along with all benefits of previous sponsorship levels.

In addition to the Clothes for Kids event, the Chatham Jaycees facilitate a variety of community projects:

§   We help support individuals and families dealing with severe health issues or losses that make everyday life difficult to manage.

§   We organize the annual Chatham Community Easter Egg Hunt, a popular event with over 500 participants.

§   We provide multiple annual scholarships awarded to high school seniors who excel in community service.

§   The Chatham Jaycees have made recent donations to support local law enforcement, fire protection, Chatham Area Library, Ball-Chatham School District, Fishing Has No Boundaries, scouting projects and local parks.

This list is not all inclusive, but it does represent the tremendous community support provided through funds usually raised at the annual Chatham Sweet Corn Festival.

Thank you for your consideration. 


Chad & Tracy Formea
Chatham Jaycees Sponsorship Chairs  217-306-3585
The Library lobby and computer lab are now open to the public. Our outdoor book drop is open 24/7 and optional curbside pickup service is available by appointment. You can find complete details at

Thank you and take good care!

Use Google Tools to Help You Land Your Next Job: A Google Webinar
Wednesday, July 22 - 11:00 AM
This Google Webinar will discuss  how to discover new job opportunities using Google Search and organize your job search experience using G Suite tools. In this workshop, strategies to improve your resume, tips to help you communicate effectively online, virtual interview best practices, and the latest resources from Google and other partners to help support job seekers will also be shared.
 Registration is required and can be done here

Our Community is Dedicated to the Safety of Our Residents

We are committed to the safety and experience for all of those who live, work, and have interaction with our community. We have implemented many new protocols to keep people safe as well as engaged and active in our communities. Many people have asked for a visual of what life is like and what we are doing in our communities to keep residents and team members safe during this challenging time so we put this together this video. Please feel free to cal l The Villas of Holly Brook and ask for Shannon at 217-483-4661 with any questions or if we can help provide resources to you or your contacts. 

Click on the image below to view!
2020-2021 Village of Chatham Maps

The Village Maps are here!

Any businesses or organizations that would like to have Village of Chatham Maps for their office or retail spaces, or, if you need more please call 217-483-6450 and the chamber can deliver them to your door!
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 Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce
320 N. Main Plaza, Chatham IL 62629
(217) 483-6450