January 18, 2024

Chamber News & Events

January Luncheon Kicks Off Year with Networking

The Chamber hosted its January networking luncheon at the Chatham Area Public Library on January 11th. Forty-five people attended and hopefully learned a bit more about one another and about how the Chatham Area Chamber can support them. Thanks to Nelson's Catering for providing our delicious lunch!

Ribbon Cutting for New Member, Whitney Roofing

Prior to our January luncheon, the Chatham Chamber hosted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to officially welcome Whitney Roofing as a new member! If you'd like to learn more about them, go online to: 217roofing.com.

January 18

Ribbon Cutting for Pole Barn Chic at their new venue, 4491 Old Chatham Rd., Springfield, at 4 p.m.

January 25

Wake Up Chatham Chamber - A. Lincoln Boy Scout Council hosting - 7:30-9 a.m., at the Boys Scouts’ Sailing Center at Camp Illinek, 6610 Iron Bridge Rd., Chatham

February 1

Ribbon Cutting for Computer Works at their new location, 215 N. Main, Chatham, at 9:30 a.m.

February 8 Chamber Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Illinois Realtors Building, 522 S. 5th St., in Springfield.

February 24

Chatham Chamber Mardi Gras Event, 6-11 p.m., Prairie View Reception Center in Chatham.

Wake Up Chatham Chamber! is January 25th

Start your day at beautiful Camp Illinek, the Boy Scout Campsite, at 6610 Iron Bridge Rd., Chatham. The Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce's breakfast networking event will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 7:30 to 9 a.m. It will be an open house format. Though there is no charge for the event, we ask that you RSVP by January 20th, so that our hosts, the Abraham Lincoln Council, Boy Scouts of America, can make appropriate plans.


Register Now for February's Luncheon!

Come and enjoy networking and lunch while learning from our panel of professionals in the real estate, mortgage lending, and insurance industries who will discuss what trends they're seeing in the housing market.


Bloom Catering will serve:

Italian beef sliders, baked potato bar, house salad,

water, tea and dessert

Panelists Include:

  • Jane Hay, Jane Hay Sales & Staging at the Real Estate Group

  • Todd Musso, Musso Real Estate Team at the Real Estate Group

  • Tracy Formea, Formea Insurance Group

  • Lisa Smith, Bank of Springfield

  • Sherry Schaffnit, First Bankers Trust

Business Exhibitor:

  • Terri Noel, Encore Consulting & Publishing

Lunch is $20 per person

You have the option to pay by credit card when you register at the link below, or pay at the door with check, cash, or member punch card. Please RSVP by 5 p.m., Thursday, February 1st.

If you register and your plans change, please notify the Chamber office as soon as possible by emailing [email protected] since we must pay for every confirmed reservation. Please note that you will be billed for the cost of food if you do not cancel your reservation by the indicated RSVP deadline.

Link to Register

The Illinois Realtors Association, 3rd Floor Conference Room,

522 S. 5th St., Springfield

Please note! There is limited parking at the Illinois Realtors building, but there is on-street parking.

Enter on the south side of the building and buzz to be let in.

Sponsorship Still Open for Mardi Gras; Silent Auction Items Being Accepted

The Chamber's Mardi Gras Celebration has been a staple in our community for over 20 years! This year, hundreds of guests will enjoy live music by Dave Littrell, catered meal featuring creole dishes by Fulgenzi's Catering, drinks by Just the Basics Mobile Bar, and dessert by Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery. There will be amazing auction items, games and much more. Monies raised from the event help fund college scholarships, promote business and economic development, provide business communications, referrals, and networking opportunities in and around our community.

The 2024 event will take place on February 24th at Prairie View Reception Center in Chatham. Details are below and also online at https://www.chatham-il-chamber.com/mardi-gras-community-celebration.

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on January 18 to celebrate the opening of Pole Barn Chic's newest event venue! The event will take place at their 4491 Old Chatham Rd., in Springfield. All are welcome to attend! Plan to arrive early as onsite parking will fill up fast, but overflow parking is available at the Hampton Inn & Suites and the Staybridge Suites, located directly north of Pole Barn Chic, behind Menards. Shuttles will be running back and forth continuously throughout the event.

In addition, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce will hold their Ribbon Cutting ceremony directly after ours, with their "Chamber on Tap" event following that from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Chatham Area Chamber members are invited to attend this as well at the Springfield Chamber member price of $5 per person, payable at the event. Just mention that you are a Chatham Chamber member at their registration table.

Each year, the Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships to three local graduating seniors. The students receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied to the college or university of their choice.

There have been some updates made to our application this year. For the first time, students will complete and submit the application online. Also, and more significantly, the Chatham Chamber Board of Directors voted to classify our scholarships as a member benefit, thus opening the scholarships to all high school seniors who meet the following qualifications:

  • They must reside in Sangamon County; and
  • They or their parent/guardian must be employed by a Chatham Area Chamber member

Applications will be blind-reviewed based on a combination of academic achievement, volunteer and/or work experience, and essay/response regarding the Chatham Chamber and its work.

All applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2024.

Apply Online

Pictured (L to R) are: Brooke Sampson, Resident Care Manager; Paulette Miller, Community Relations Director; Dave Moose, Owner; Tami Foster, Executive Director; and Tracy Formea, Chatham Area Chamber President.

Congratulations to Eastland Independent & Assisted Senior Living for being chosen the Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce's Member of the Month for January!

Eastland is owned and operated by the Moose family, who have deep roots in the Auburn community. They provide independent and assisted living accommodations with all-inclusive amenities. Residents can choose from a one- or two-bedroom apartment. Each unit includes a living room, full kitchen and personal bathroom. Residents enjoy the following services and amenities at Eastland:

  • Around-the-clock care from their professional and caring nursing staff for those residents receiving assisted living level services.
  • Short-term stays offered
  • Three nutritious meals each day. Restaurant-style dining, room service, and guest meals are all available.
  • 24-hour security, including the use of a personal location pendant
  • Organized activities for fun and to explore one’s creativity
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • Pet friendly
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Cable TV, wi-fi, and utilities included in monthly fee 
  • On-site beauty salon
  • A library program

Eastland’s Executive Director is Tami Foster, LPN. Tami has over 40 years of experience as a licensed practical nurse with emphasis on geriatric care. She has spent over 12 years working in an assisted living facility and had critical roles in opening two new facilities in Springfield and Chicago.

Paulette Miller serves as their Community Relations Director. She joined Eastland in 2021 with over 40 years of experience working in nursing homes, assisted living and independent living facilities as both Executive and Marketing Directors.

Other members of their management team include: Todd Atwell, Maintenance Director; Barbi Ervin, Dietary Manager; Brooke Sampson, Resident Care Manager; and Barbie Jarrard, Life Enrichment Coordinator.

The Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to name Eastland as its Member of the Month for January!

Eastland on the Web
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Library News

Improv Workshop

Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m.

Adults (18+) Registration Required

Are you a fan of shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and wondered what it would be like to try it yourself? Perhaps you are looking to improve your public speaking, learn to think faster on your feet, or tackle that pesky social anxiety in a relaxed way....Learn More .

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Upcoming Member & Community Events

American Legion News

Saturday, January 20th, Post 759 Chatham will host National Vice Commander Mark Shrieve during the 2024 Legion Family Membership Caravan. All Post 759 family is invited to attend.

Enrollment is Open for St. Joseph's Preschool

32 Marine Boat Show is this Weekend!

Employment News

The Village of Chatham is seeking qualified applicants to establish a new

eligibility list to become a Chatham Police Officer. Additionally, they are seeking qualified applicants to establish a lateral entry list to become a Chatham Police Officer. Read about each opportunity below.

Examination/Eligibility to become a Chatham Police Officer
Lateral Entry List to become a Chatham Police Officer

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