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					October, 2009                          Highland Chamber of Commerce
                                         HIGHLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Volume 4, Issue 4




     CHAMBER NEWS
              www.highlandillinois.com
Message from the Chamber President—Eric Rehkemper                   Inside This Issue:
       The busy days of summer are behind us (and be-          Directors’s Note              2
lieve me, for the Chamber it was a busy summer!) and           Member Events                 3
we’re now looking forward to the cooler days of fall and       Member News                   4
the upcoming holiday season. Next on the horizon is the        New Members                   5
annual Lighted Christmas Parade on November 27 this            Dale Carnegie Quick Tips      6
year. The parade has grown to be one of the premier            Business Education Seminar    7
holiday parades in the area and kicks off the season for       Illinois Employment Forms     8
                                                               Yard of the Month             9
Highland. If you haven’t participated in the parade be-
                                                               Say Hello To…                 10
fore, you might consider doing so. It’s great publicity and
                                                               Chamber Members               11-12
a great family event. An entry form is included in this        Chamber Board                 13
newsletter.                                                    Christmas Parade Entry Form   14
       I encourage you, too, to shop Highland first this
holiday season. You’ll not only be supporting our local
merchants but you’ll be keeping tax dollars here where
they can be used for the betterment of our community.
       In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful days of fall!
                                                              October
                                          Eric                8    Highland Markt und Mehr,
                                                                        Farmer & Artisan Market
                                                              9-11 Art in the Park
                                                              9-11 Antiques Show & Sale
                                                              15 Business After Hours hosted
                                                                      by Scott Credit Union
                                                              17 Highland Civic Woman’s Club
                                                                        Pumpkin Patch
                                                              23 Trick or Treat Trail
                                                              November
                                                              13 Business Education Seminar
                                                              20 Business After Hours hosted
                                                                    by Becker Jewelers
                                                              27 Lighted Christmas Parade
                                                              December
                                                              4   Business After Hours hosted
                                                                       by Scheffel & Company
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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR….
I love the cool and refreshing air that greets me on these wonderful October mornings. In this beautiful
time of year, there are many things happening in our community… Farmers Market Fall Finale, Art
in the Park, Pumpkin Patch, Parks & Rec programs like the Haunted Hike & youth Soccer, Moose Club
Chili Cook-Off and more! Be sure to get out and enjoy one or more of these great activities!
And as this month turns quickly to the next, Thanksgiving will be on my mind. We, as a Chamber,
have much to be thankful for and our members are at the top of the list! We are here doing what we do
because of you…thank you.
Speaking of being thankful, this is an opportune time to extend a special word of thanks to Larry
Lucco of Lucco Financial Partners. Recently, Larry donated a new color copier to the Chamber. This
awesome piece of equipment has all the bells and whistles—it prints, scans, copies in color or b/w, col-
lates, staples, codes copies and other features we’ve not yet discovered! This addition will allow us to
work more efficiently and better serve our members and the community. Thank you Larry, for your
generosity – it will not be forgotten.
                                                                           Jami

                                                    Farmer &
                                                  Artisan Market                            ONEY   HONEY




                                                     Thursdays 4 - 8 pm
                                                      Lindendale Park
                                                       thru October 8

Don’t miss the last week of our first
season!
                        October 8
Fun: Early “Treat” Night
      and Costume Contest
         Free “treats” for kids in costume

Pumpkin & Gourd Contests
Music:        Ed Armbruster & Jake Gutzler, 5:00 - 7:30
Food:         Charlie Dave’s BBQ, Chocolate Affair, Kettle Corn
Demo:         Darrell Newman & Dick Aten, Highland Garden Club
                 “Prepare Your Garden & Plants For Winter ”
Volume 4, Issue 4                                                                                                 Page 3




Art in the Park - The Highland Arts Council will present it's
6th Annual Art in the Park at Lindendale Park October 9-11. The
show kicks off on Friday evening, October 9, with a private reception
for artists, sponsors, V.I.P. guests, and all those who have made pre-
purchase pledges for the event. For information about pre-purchase
pledges, contact Biddy Essenpreis or Paula Redman. The show will
open to the public Saturday, October 10, from 10 am to 5 pm, and on
Sunday, October 11, from 11 am to 4 pm. There is no admission
charge.
This year's event will feature over 70 artists in 12 categories showing
their original art while attendees enjoy the beautiful fall weather,
musical entertainment, and a variety of food. The park will be bustling
with activity throughout the weekend.

Also, artist Michael Anderson will be completing a large painting over the course of the event. He has been one of the
favorite artists returning to the show each year—stop by and watch him create his painting.
Kids will enjoy the Kids Kreation Area, where they create their own works of art free of charge, and the Children's
Gallery, where they can purchase pieces of art donated by exhibiting artists, for only $5.

Sunday's schedule will also feature Dueling Desserts, a presentation of culinary artistry, with two well-known chefs
from St. Louis, and Highland's own Pat Jacoby, owner of Patty Cakes. Attendees can vote for their favorites by donat-
ing money to their favorite's cash jar with all proceeds being donated to the Highland Area Christian Services Ministry
Food Pantry.

All of this, plus food from various vendors, musical entertainment, and art displays make this an event that should not
be missed.



Reverse Mortgage Workshop
MetLife Home Loans will be conducting the first in a series of free informational workshops on Home Equity Con-
version Mortgages also known as reverse mortgages on Thursday October 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the office of
John Elliott a Reverse Mortgage Consultant with MetLife Home Loans 1412 Broadway, Highland, IL 62249.

Topics covered will include the history of the FHA program, the pros and cons of using home equity for living ex-
penses, why seniors are looking to reverse mortgages to purchase homes to allow aging in place, the costs in-
volved, home equity to benefit children and grandchildren, using reverse mortgages to supplement lost retirement
income, plus the stories of real local seniors who found financial freedom. Finally we will share some straight talk on
the “myths and mystery” around this increasingly popular mortgage product. Information only, no selling.

To reserve a seat, contact Sarah Taylor at 618-651-9800.
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COMING SOON…..Highland Priority Care (operated by St. Joseph’s Hospital)
will open its doors to Highland and surrounding communities to address the
sprains and strains, aches and pains of local residents of all ages. Offering both
walk-in care (no appointment necessary) and scheduled primary care visits 7
days a week from 7am-7pm, Highland Priority Care will also have on-site
licensed lab and X-ray facilities.
We understand that the healing process can’t always wait for regular physician
office hours. Whether it is before work, after school, or over the weekend, Highland Priority Care staff will be avail-
able to care for you. Just because it’s after hours doesn’t mean you will have to compromise on your care. No matter
the reason for the visit, Highland Priority Care physicians, if necessary, will write prescriptions, make referrals or take
other steps for follow-up care. It’s quick and easy. Best of all, Highland Priority Care will automatically send all infor-
mation and test results for walk-in patients to their primary care physicians unless otherwise instructed by the pa-
tient. Plus, if you don’t currently have a primary care physician or if you need more scheduling flexibility in your pri-
mary care provider, Highland Priority Care is the solution for you. You can schedule appointments in advance that
make sense for you and receive the same high quality care.
Highland Priority Care offices will be located at 30 Apex Drive, Suite 2, in Highland. Look for our web site soon at
www.highlandprioritycare.org, as well as our phone number: 651-ASAP (2727).


     Mr. Handyman Supports Rebuilding Together
             by Donating Repair Services
         Volunteer effort marks National Day of Service

 Mr. Handyman of Madison County, in conjunction with its St.
 Louis counterparts, donated the skills of their technicians for
 the charity, Rebuilding Together, as they observed the Na-
 tional Day of Service declared by President Obama and Con-
 gress September 10. Rebuilding Together is a non-profit or-
 ganization working to preserve affordable homeownership
 and revitalize communities. The National Day of Service is a
 call for renewed volunteerism.

 Mr. Handyman donated 7 Mr. Handyman technicians locally to improve the safety and living environment of an
 older adult couple’s home in the Wells/Goodfellow area of St. Louis. This was part of a nationwide effort on Sep-
 tember 10, with technicians across the country installing handicap ramps in Seattle, painting retirement homes in
 Orlando, and everything in between.
 More than 300 Mr. Handyman locations offered their skilled technicians’ time to a local charity of choice. The com-
 pany is expected to have donated more than 400 hours of work to homeless shelters, hospitals, senior care cen-
 ters, schools and churches, as well as non-profits and other community service organizations.
 “Donating our services to Rebuilding Together was a natural partnership for us,” said BJ Meyers, owner of the Mr.
 Handyman of Madison County, IL. “We are always looking for ways to give back to our community, and we think
 it’s even more significant as part of a national effort to help deserving organizations.”


 New Certified Lactation Consultant
 Shirley Spaeth, an RN in the Women and Infants Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, was recently certified
 by the International Board of Lactation Consultants. Certification requires specialty education, 4,000 hours of ex-
 perience working with breastfeeding mothers and the successful completion of a university level exam. Spaeth has
 worked at St. Joseph’s in Breese since 1972 and in WIC since 1974; she was a certified lactation counselor for 15
 years before taking the consultant’s exam. For more information, contact 526-5423 or hessenpreis@sjb.hshs.org.
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                                                            Bright Beginnings Preschool
Alpine Suppe                                                Shannon Mills/Erin Sapienza
Tammy Henry-Smith and Judy Henry                            2307 Broadway
1011 Broadway                                               Highland, IL 62249
Highland, IL 62249                                          618-654-5751
618-654-1199                                                michael.sapienza@yahoo.com
judeek2001@yahoo.com                                        www.brightbeginningshighland.com
Alpine Suppe, a new healthy eating choice located “on       A new place for your child to prepare for school has
the Square” in the Plaza Dental building in Highland,       arrived in Highland! Led by two certified and experi-
offers fresh soups, salads and sandwiches in addition       enced teachers, Bright Beginnings offers a completely
to other fresh alternatives.                                integrated curriculum and encourages your child’s natu-
                                                            ral curiosity for learning. Preschool is offered M-F from
Tammy Henry-Smith, the owner and operator, has a
                                                            9:30 – 2:30. An infant program is also offered with a
love for and history with the Highland area. She at-
                                                            very limited number of spots available. Call Shannon or
tended St. Paul High School and then went on to com-
                                                            Erin at 654-5751 for more information.
plete her Masters Degree at the University of Salzburg
in Austria. She re-located to Highland from Frisco,
Colorado after the sale of the Galena Street Mountain       Barton Limousine
Inn, a 15-room bed and breakfast that she operated for      Brian Barton
eight years. With a strong background in the hospitality    93 Northwest Manor
industry, she looks forward to sharing her talents in the   PO Box 281
community that was so important in her life.                Highland, IL 62249
                                                            Phone: 618-654-4664 Fax: 866-343-5450
                                                            bart6369@yahoo.com
                                                            Owner since May of '08, Brian Barton moved Barton
Southern OB/GYN                                             Limousine to Highland in July of this year. Focusing not
Nancy Renschen, Practice Manager                            only on special events, they also offer airport transpor-
9447 Holy Cross Ln.                                         tation, monthly corporate packages, as well as prepay
Breese, IL 62230                                            options with exclusive discounts. The company hopes
Phone: 618-526-2209, FAX: 618-526-7372                      to expand in the very near future with a shuttle (or
nancy@sogamds.com                                           party) bus that will seat about 20. Their current stretch
www.sogamds.com                                             limo seats 6 with a full bar (optional). Other plans are to
                                                            purchase an additional, larger stretch in the spring or
Southern OB/GYN has been providing services to
                                                            summer of next year.
women of Highland and the surrounding communities
for over 20 years. Recently they opened a new office at
1328 Mercantile Drive. The new office is completely         Woodforest National Bank
renovated and provides a very patient-friendly environ-     David Horner, Manager
ment.                                                       12495 State Rt. 143 (inside the Highland Walmart)
                                                            Highland, IL 62249
Southern OB/GYN offers routine and high risk obstetri-      Phone: 618-654-9210 Fax: 618-654-9219
cal care, 3D ultrasound and prenatal massage, along         dhorner@woodforest.com
with complete gynecologic care for women of all ages,       www.woodforest.com
including infertility work-up and treatment, routine an-
nual exams, menopausal care, hormone replacement            Celebrating 28 years of banking success, Woodforest
therapy counseling and massage therapy.                     strives to make their customers’ banking experience
                                                            simple and convenient. They’re committed to their
Dr. Anne Doll-Pollard, Dr. Bonnie Gelly and Nurse           motto of “Banking your way…EVERY DAY AND
Practitioner Nancy Taylor staff the Highland office. All    NIGHT!” by offering responsive products, quality cus-
providers are residents of Highland and are extremely       tomer service, and branches open “around the clock” in
excited to offer services to the residents of their home    select markets.
town and surrounding areas.
                                                            In 1980 Woodforest opened its first branch in the Hous-
In addition to the office in Highland, Southern OB/GYN      ton, Texas market. In 1996 they opened their first in-
has offices in Breese, Greenville and Salem.                store branch, offering customers the convenience of
                                                            seven-day-a-week full service banking with extended
                                                            hours. Today, Woodforest has over 600 branch loca-
                                                            tions throughout the country.
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Sam’s Pizza & Pub
Barry DuHasek, Cory Frey, Jared Klaus
1017 Broadway
Highland, IL 62249
618-654-7171
samspizzaandpub@hotmail.com

In the summer of 2008, three Highland natives purchased the recipes and ovens
from long-time pizzamaker and Highland institution Sam Roniger. Under new
ownership, Sam’s Pizza and Pub opened a new location at 1017 Broadway offer-
ing a much bigger dining area, extended hours of operation and a full service bar.

Sam’s Pizza & Pub currently offers dine-in, carry-out and delivery as well as catering. Sam’s Pizza and Pub recently
celebrated their 1st birthday and will soon be open for lunch!




    Dale Carnegie Training—Quick Tips From the Coaches Corner:
         How to Reduce Stress, Stay Focused, and Stand Out After Surviving Layoffs

Employees who have had to watch their colleagues and friends being laid off, and those who fear they may be next,
are looking for help as their world changes. Matt Steinkamp, Vice President of the employment assistance program
services at Midwest EAP Solutions in St. Cloud, has found that the people left behind after layoffs typically experi-
ence the following four emotions that must be dealt with in order to move on: the situation isn't fair, anger at their
company, guilt, and fear that they will be next.
People need help in dealing with these emotions so they can contribute to the organization, achieve peace of mind
in their jobs, and hope for the future. Here are some tips for reducing stress, staying focused, and standing out after
surviving layoffs.

Ten Tips to Reduce Stress and Stay Positive after Surviving Layoffs

1. Talk, talk, talk. Don't allow your emotions to fester. Instead, tell your story to a trusted friend, colleague, or your
    company's employee assistance program.
2. Keep a journal. Writing down thoughts, feelings, and worries allows people to process and resolve inner turmoil.
3. Return to exercise, hobbies, and work routines as soon as you can to restore a sense of comfort, safety, and
    stability.
4. Count your blessings and look at the positive side of things. Organize a buddy support system that you can tap
    into when feelings of discouragement set in.
5. Stay healthy by eating right, exercising, staying hydrated, laughing, listening to your favorite music, pampering
    yourself, and getting enough sleep.
6. Call upon your strengths. Take an asset/strength inventory and record the qualities or strategies that have
    helped you through times of stress in the past.
7. Socialize with positive people and avoid the rumor mill. Do your part to keep morale up for those remaining em-
    ployees. Consider forming an employee morale committee responsible for organizing events, potluck lunches,
    treat day, etc.
8. Cooperate with the inevitable - don't worry about the past; instead, focus on the future. Take a proactive ap-
    proach to your future. Polish up your resume and take actions that will make you feel in control.
9. Remember that the layoffs are not your fault and your feelings are normal and legitimate. Be patient with the
    time it takes to get through the loss and the grieving process and don't be discouraged by setbacks.
10. Reach out to those laid off, write letters of recommendations, and ask how you can be a resource to them. Help
    them connect and network through online social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
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Dale Carnegie Quick Tips Continued:
Ten Tips to Stay Focused and Productive following Layoffs
1. When you find yourself "on a roll," stay on a roll. Capitalize on those spurts of energy, motivation, and creativity
    and don't allow anything to stop you. These "rolls" can cancel out periods of procrastination.
2. Get the "tomorrow I'm going on vacation" attitude - kick it up a notch and take care of all urgent matters, phone
    calls, and e-mails.
3. First prioritize your goals, then compartmentalize them.
4. Post your to-do list and priorities, and reward yourself when you cross items off your list.
5. Set realistic goals, break them into small steps, and start with those steps. Start small and you will be surprised
    by how easy it is to finish.
6. Go back to basics and use time management tools such as to-do lists, block time, time logs, priority lists, etc.
7. Be efficient. Plan each day by filling small gaps of time with small items on your to-do list.
8. Learn to concentrate and focus: F - Remove filters that prevent concentration O - Clear off your desk and get
    organized C - Commit to a deadline U - Understand how you contribute S - Scrutinize how you do your job
9. Just get started. Get busy and productive by tackling large projects one step at a time.
10. Use breaks and distractions to your benefit by stepping back, gaining perspective, thinking creatively, and re-
    viewing and rewarding the progress you have made.

Ten Tips to Stand Out and Increase Your Value during Downsizing

1. Step up to the plate and create opportunities for yourself. Volunteer often and be willing to take on extra tasks.
2. Be proactive by reaching out to your manager or supervisor and asking how you can help with the restructuring
    process. Don't wait for them to come to you.
3. Know your boss's priorities and contribute to those goals and projects.
4. Keep the lines of communication open and go after what you need. Seek information that will help you add
    value.
5. Become an expert at your job and take advantage of opportunities to showcase your talents, create a product,
    fix a problem, and get results.
6. Demonstrate excellent communication, leadership, and presentation skills.
7. Look and act professional. Maintain a positive, enthusiastic attitude. Stay away from politics and gossip.
8. Exceed expectations. Think outside of the box, do more than promised, come in under budget, and beat your
    deadlines.
9. Be a team player. Take initiative to learn other jobs and to cross-train.
10. Show a genuine desire to learn how other jobs and responsibilities relate to yours and demonstrate a steep and
    impressive learning curve.



SAVE THE DATE:
                                  Business Education Seminar
  Social Media—Up close with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flicker & Youtube

                                         November 13, 2009
                                          8:00 - 10:00 AM
                                 The Korte Room, the Korte Company
                                   Continental Breakfast provided…
                       Learn the basics...how can social media impact
                                      your business?
                                          Presented By: Liz Kerns
           President, Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and
            Director of Local Chamber Relations, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
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                          Hot off the Press
                          Illinois Employment Forms
                          Employment Forms from A to Z for Illinois Employers

                          The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has assembled more than 169 forms for
                          Illinois employers to use in managing their human resources, everything from
                          interviewing prospective employees to terminating departing employees.
                          Employment Law Forms also includes expert advice from employment law
                          attorneys with Illinois-based law firm Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty
                          Seneczko PC. Published October 2009; 388 pages including detailed table of
                          contents and full index.

  Every Employer          Information and forms include:
  Should Own This         • Interview checklists
  Book!                   • Employment applications
                          • Hiring and orientation
  Employment Law          • Appropriate/inappropriate interview questions
  Forms is a valuable     • Record-keeping requirements (FMLA, Rehabilitation Act, Affirmative
  tool for:               Action, Child Labor)
  • Small business        • Employee data record forms
  owners                  • Reference and background check forms
  • General managers      • Job descriptions and their content
  • Human resource        • General recommendations on personnel files and records
  professionals           • The EEO-1 form
  • Supervisors           • Payroll deductions
  • Benefits personnel    • Pension and profit-sharing plans
                          • Performance evaluations
                          • Discipline documentation
  Order today by con-     • Employment termination
  tacting Ken Mitchell,   • Liability forms
  Director Publication    • Employer compensation agreements
  Sales 217-522-5512      • Claim status reports for medical exams Worker’s compensation
  ex 227 or by e-mail
  kmitchell@ilchamber     Plus commentary on state and federal employment law issues, such as
  .org.                   • Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA)
                          • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
                          • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
                          • Accommodations
                          • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
                          • Employment-at-will
                          • Equal Pay Act
                          • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
                          • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
                          • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
                          • Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
                          • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
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       AUGUST YARD OF THE MONTH                                 SEPTEMBER YARD OF THE MONTH




   The large variety of plants in the landscape at 720         Many beautiful yards line Shannon Court but one in
   Cypress are a testament to the owner’s zeal for the         particular screams, “Look at me!” An extensive use of
   unusual and his quest for healthy stock often found at      brilliant magenta wave petunias encourages
   his favorite nursery Wayside Gardens in S.C. Among          passersby to take a closer look at the fascinating
   the eye-candy for gardeners are the Kalmia Sarah            plantings at 20 Shannon Court, the home of Caroline
   shrubs that edge the wrap-around porch and a tree           and Dave Giger. The petunias accentuate multiple
   peony near the delicate pink rose of Sharon on the          beds and berms including one surrounding a mailbox
   south side of the home. Water fountains on either side      covered with the fern-like foliage and tiny red flowers
   of the house provide soothing sounds to the yard. An-       of an amazingly large cypress vine affectionately
   gel wing begonias, ornamental peppers, hostas and           named ‘Cousin It’. The pink blossoms of Autumn Joy
   calla lilies surround one while the other shares its        sedum are in full bloom and the brilliant red berries of
   space with lacey peonies, a clambering hybrid honey-        a flowering crab are a delightful snack favored
   suckle, a lemon tree and a kumquat tree. Step back for      by neighborhood bluebirds. Mugo pines, bright orange
   an overall view of the landscaping and you’ll be de-        marigolds, spirea, fountain grass, mums, prickly pear
   lighted by the dusty orange blossoms of a trumpet vine      cactus, blue salvia and phlox also sparkle in the many
   whose flowers peek through a lush autumn clematis           flowerbeds. Two pecan trees from the farm of Caro-
   just now bursting into bloom on the arbor. An enor-         line’s father and a treasured blue spruce combine with
   mous rubber tree is tucked into the corner of the porch     a maple, red oak, and a lovely stand of native river
   that is decorated with wandering Jew and bridal veil in     birch to give structure to the landscaping. A lush plant-
   hanging pots. Four Norwegian firs and sedum Ange-           ing of English ivy lines the sidewalk and draws visitors
   lina welcome visitors on the sidewalk steps and a           past an expertly crafted stepping-stone and in view of
   magnificent deep pink crape myrtle commands atten-          a large variety of fall performing botanicals including
   tion on the corner. As if that’s not enough, look for the   hollies, northern oat grass, knockout roses, red-berried
   Japanese maple draped over the fence, the cardinal          cotoneaster, pink crape myrtle and additional sedum
   flowers, butterfly bushes, mountain fire japonica, white    varieties. A clever mix of ornaments, neatly tucked into
   hydrangea, spring-blooming snowball bush from a             the landscaping, include hummingbird feeders, a bird-
   London garden and the fanciful fairy castle in this at-     bath, bench, water fountain and a majestic American
   tention-grabbing, well maintained August Yard of the        flag and bunting. Porcelain berry vine, a huge Boston
   Month.                                                      fern, clematis, liriope and an assortment of daylilies
                                                               add interest to the welcoming front porch. This yard
                                                               should certainly be on everyone’s “must see” list.
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                                                 JANET NICOLAIDES
                                                    A Member of Your
                                                   Chamber of Commerce
                                                    Board of Directors


      Janet Nicolaides was born in Tacoma, WA, along with twin sister, Judy. Janet
      moved to Highland with her family in 1962. Her father was retired from the
      Navy. She has three brothers and five sisters. Janet attended Highland
      Grade School and graduated from Highland High School in 1972. It was then
      that she went to work as an administrative assistant at Welsh Baby Carriage in
      Trenton, IL, where she worked for 23 years. In August of 1991, Janet mar-
      ried Neil Nicolaides, and between ours and yours, they have three children and
      six grandchildren.

      In May of 1995, Janet and Neil purchased their first computerized embroi-
      dery machine and ran the business, Compustitch Embroidery, out of their
      home. In August of 1997, they moved their business into a storefront down-
      town and the rest is history.

      Janet is a member of the Highland BPW where she has held positions as secre-
      tary, library co-chair and membership committee member. She is also a mem-
      ber of the Highland Kiwanis. Janet became a Chamber board member in 2009.

      Janet has a passion for volunteering. She feels that Highland has been so good
      to their business, and that by volunteer work, she is able to give back to her
      community. Janet loves Highland—so much so that Neil can often be heard
      saying that Janet thinks it is the center of the universe!

      Most weekends, if not working somewhere, Janet spends time at Carlyle Lake
      camping. She loves entertaining and spending time with her family, grandkids
      and friends.
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                  Please Support our 2009 Chamber of Commerce Members
9th Street Cafe                              Digitalartz                                   Headlines Express, Inc.
AAA Lawn Mowing                              DiMaggio’s Pizza                              Hediger, Ann —
Ace Hardware                                 DJ Howard & Associates                                  Coldwell Banker Brown R.E. Agent
Adult Medicine of Highland, P.C.             Domino’s Pizza                                Helvetia Sharpshooters
Advanced Internal Medicine, LLC              Dynamic Technology, Inc.                      Hidden Lake Winery & Banquet Center
Affiliated Insurance Agencies                E. F. Express                                 Highland Ambulatory Surgical Center
                                             Edward Jones - John Jatcko                    Highland Animal Hospital, LLC
Alpine Suppe
                                             Edward Jones – Kevin Dewaele                  Highland Animal Shelter
Ameren IP
                                             Energy Fitness Studio                         Highland Area Community Foundation
American Cancer Society                      Enterprise Rent-a-Car                         Highland Area Women’s Connection
American Legion Post #439                    Equity Fifty-Five Realty-Ed Kleber            Highland Arts Council
Anderson Hospital                            Essenpreis Plumbing & Heating                 Highland Business & Professional
Anywear Imprints Screen Printing             Evangelical United Church of Christ                     Women’s Club
Apex Physical Therapy                        Everlasting Etch                              Highland Chiropractic, PC
Apostolic Revival Church                     Excel Bottling Company                        Highland Church of the Nazarene
Appearance Center                            Executive Drive Mini Storage                  Highland Civic Woman’s Club
Ardy the Clown                               Express Employment Professionals              Highland Community Schools
Barton Limousine                             Extra Help, Inc.                              Highland Community Title
Basler Electric Company                      Faith Countryside Homes                       Highland Garden Club
Battery Specialists & Golf Cars              Family Bible Church                           Highland Golf & Sports/Leroy's Barber Shop
Becker Jewelers                              Family Care Medical Services                  Highland Health Care
Bellm-Carnley, Peg                           Family Care Pharmacy                          Highland Historical Society
Benefit Plans Plus, LLC                      Family Care Photo/Hank’s Coffee               Highland Hope United Methodist Church
Bonne-Terre Construction                     Farm Credit Services                          Highland Jaycees
Box TV                                       Farmers Restaurant & Bakery                   Highland Lion's Club
Bradford National Bank                       FCB Highland Bank                             Highland Machine
Bright Beginnings PreSchool                  Fears Fence Company                           Highland Masonic Lodge
Broadway Bar & Grill                         Finish Line, The                              Highland Moose Lodge 2479
Broadway Battery & Tire                      First Baptist Church                          Highland News Leader
Brookside Agra                               First-Class Cleaning Service                  Highland Optimist Club
Bruegge Furniture                            First Congregational Church                   Highland Pain Relief Center
Bulldog Barber Shop                          First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust               Highland Pediatrics
Burgett Group, The                           Foppe Designs                                 Highland Physicians, LTD.
CC Food Marts                                Four Seasons Carpet Cleaning                  Highland Pistol & Rifle Club
Capelle Construction                         Frames by Three                               Highland Printers
Cedar Creek Dental Associates                Frey, Judy – Equity Fifty-Five R.E. Agent     Highland Recycling
Chapman Sermons                              Frey Properties                               Highland Relay for Life
Chartreuse Bed & Breakfast                   Gateway Grizzlies                             Highland Rotary Club
Chocolate Affair/Tibbets House               Girl Scouts of River Bluffs Council           Highland Spring & Specialty
City of Highland                             Giving Tree, The                              Highland VFW Post 5694
CLEAN The Uniform Company                    Glik's of Highland                            Highland's Tru Buy
Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors-Janice Cook   Gould Flooring                                Hill Law Offices
Compustitch Embroidery                       Grace Community Bible Church                  Hi-Tek Business Solutions, Inc.
Connie's Faux Finishing                      Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.             Hohman, Christa — REMAX Alliance
Cooper B-Line, Inc.                          Guillot Technology Services                   Holiday Inn Express
Country Club Lawn & Tree Specialists         H.I.S. K.I.D.S. Inc.                          Holt, Stephen
Country Financial                            Habitat for Humanity                          Holzinger, Sue –
Cutting Connections                          Hardas, Phil —                                          Coldwell Banker Brown R.E. Agent
CVS Pharmacy                                            Coldwell Banker Brown R.E. Agent   Holzinger, Wilfred –
Cygan Delaney Catering                       Hard Road Theatre Productions                           Coldwell Banker Brown R.E. Agent
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  Home & Leisure Lifestyles               Mazzio’s Italian Eatery                    Silver Creek Financial
  Home Telephone Co.                      McDonald’s                                 SIUA / Rogier Insurance Agency
  Homer Rusteberg, CPA                    McGinley, Inc.                             Smile Shoppe, The
  Hometown Phone Books                    McKendree University                       Smurfit-Stone Container Corp
  Hospice of Southern Illinois            Meridith Funeral Home                      Something Special by Penny
  House of Plenty                         Met Life Home Loans                        Southern OB/GYN
  Houseman Supply, Inc.                   Michael's Restaurant                       Southwestern Illinois College
  Howard Robertson Insurance              Michael’s Swiss Inn & Coffee Shop          Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home
  Hype Creative                           Miken Technology Group                     St. Joseph's Hospital
  IT&C                                    Monkey Man Tree Service                    St. Joseph’s Hospital—Breese
  It’s Party Time                         Mr. Handyman of Madison County             St. Paul Church & School
  Johannes Law Office                     Nails by Wendy                             State Farm, H. Robertson
  Johnson, Kimberly — Coldwell Banker     National Bank                              State Farm, J. Sugg
      Brown R.E. Agent                    North American Outfitters                  Steve Schmitt, Inc.
  Joseph Mathews Salon                    Northtown Chiropractic Clinic              Stewards of Hope International
  Journal Printing                        Northwestern Mutual Financial Network      Schuette’s SuperValu
  June’s Pet Resort                       Nosim Maasai Missions                      Swiss Gift Shop
  Kalmer Landscape Supply                 Oberbeck Grain Co.                         Terra Properties
  Kamm, Janna                             Osbec Medical                              TheBANK of Edwardsville
  Keith's Automotive Center               Pak Mail                                   Thole Fabrication & Welding, Inc.
  Kent’s Painting Service                 Personal Preference Landscape Care         Three Way Creations
  Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell        Plaza Dental Care                          TNT Plus
  K-Five Contracting Company              Plocher, James                             Travel One
  Ki-Do Karate, Inc.                      Popeye's Chop House                        Tri County Petroleum
  Kiwanis Club of Highland                Portell Financial Services                 Tri Ford Mercury, Inc.
  Klaus & Associates (Gutter Helmet)      Pourchot, Wanda — Coldwell Banker Brown    Trouw Nutrition
  Kleinhoffer Family Eye Care                        R.E. Agent                      United Way of Greater St. Louis
  Kloss, Bonnie – Coldwell Banker Brown   Pregnancy Care Center                      U.S. Bank
      R.E. Agent                          Prudential One Realty Centre               U.S. Cellular Corporation
  Knights of Columbus                     Purrfect Celebrations                      Vicky's Hallmark Shop
  Kokomo Tan                              R & R New Home Construction                Victorian House
  Korte Company, The                      Raeber, Sally–ABR, GRI                     Voegele Photography Studio
  Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.                Equity Fifty-Five R.E. Agent    Wade Sales and Service, Inc.
  Korte Meat Processors                   Reaka, Mark—Equity Fifty-Five R.E. Agent   Wallpapers Ready to Go
  Korte Recreation Center                 Regions Bank                               Wal-Mart Super Center
  Korte, Diane – Coldwell Banker Brown    Rehberger Chiropractic                     Waylind, Inc.
      R.E. Agent                          Richard S. Jacob Agency                    Wedding Belle
  Lee's Loans, Jewelry & More             Ron Hunsche Excavating                     Wellen Tax
  Legacy Place                            Rosenthal Optometric                       Wellness Forum, The
  Lewis & Clark Community Development     Royal Office Products                      WGEL Radio Station
  Luallen, Cearlock & Barth, Ltd.         Rural King                                 Wicks Aircraft Supply
  Lucco Financial Partners                Safe-N-Secure Self-Storage                 Widmer Floral Co & Greenhouse
  Luitjohan's Flooring America            Salon Beaux Cheveux                        Willis Insurance Agency
  Machine Shop, The                       Sam’s Pizza & Pub                          Wishstone Chisel & Mallet
  Madison County Employment & Training    Schantz & Sons, Inc.                       Woodforest National Bank
  Madison County Fair Association         Scheffel & Company, P.C.                   World Finance Corporation
  Manpower Temporary Services             Schrumpf, Sheila                           WSMI 1540 & WAOX 105.3 Radio
  Marketplace Magazine                    Schuman, Laney DMD, PC
  Marron, George                          Schwend's Ready Mix
  Marx Brothers Lounge                    Scott Credit Union
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    Highland Chamber of Commerce
               907 Main Street
              Highland, IL 62249
             Phone: 618/654-3721
              Fax: 618/654-8966
         Time and Temp: 618/654-2711               Of course there is no formula
        chamber@highlandillinois.com                for success except perhaps
                                                   an unconditional acceptance
                        Staff
                                                     of life and what it brings.
          Jami Jansen, Executive Director
             jami@highlandillinois.com                                   – Aristotle
         Jeannie Korte, Assistant Director
            jeannie@highlandillinois.com


              Executive Committee

Eric Rehkemper, Tri Ford Mercury             Why Should You Belong to the Highland
                                             Chamber of Commerce?
      President
Jan Brinker, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors
      Vice-President
Howard Held, Scheffel & Company, P.C.           As a Chamber member, you are a part of an
      Treasurer                                   organization with a strong credible voice that
Tom Foppe, Foppe DeSigns                          speaks out on behalf of business and industry.
      Secretary                                 A Chamber membership allows you to shape
                                                  your community by participating in projects
                                                  and special task groups which apply business-
                    Board Members                 oriented solutions to community concerns.
                                                As a Chamber member, you have access to
Jay Boulanger, Spengel Boulanger FH               one of the most efficient, effective network-
Jim Burgett, The Burgett Group                    ing systems available to promote your busi-
Paul Ray Capelle, Capelle Construction            ness and expand your customer base.
Kevin Dewaele, Edward Jones
                                                Your Chamber of Commerce works tirelessly
Gay Bentlage, Highland News Leader
Marilyn Frey, Basler Electric
                                                  to promote members, and can provide you
Tom Hill, Hill Law Offices                        with resources and referrals to grow your
Steve Holt, Suburban Journals                     business.
Peggy Sebastian, St. Joseph’s Hospital          A Chamber membership can boost your com-
Terry Lammers, Tri County Petroleum               munity image and increase your sales. A re-
Mark Latham, City of Highland                     cent national survey found that consumers are
Judy Neier, Highland Printers                     63% more likely to buy from Chamber mem-
Janet Nicolaides, Compustitch embroidery          bers.
Vicky Rankin, Vicky’s Hallmark
Rick Ringwald, Regions Bank
Gordon Smith, First Mid-Illinois Bank
Mike Sutton, Highland Community Schools
Tina Tebbe, St. Joseph’s Hospital
Donna Zobrist, First Mid-Illinois Bank


                    Ambassadors

Skip Butler, Terra Properties
Kevin Hemann, Highland Machine
Sally Raeber, equity fifty-five realty
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                                                                           Highland Chamber of Commerce
                                                                       907 Main Street ~ Highland, IL 62249
                                                                      (618) 654-3721 ~ Fax: (618) 654-8966
                                                                                 jami@highlandillinois.com



                                    2009 Christmas Parade
                                     Friday, November 27
        Delightful, enchanting, lovely, wonderful, charming, miraculous—all are adjectives that could
be used to describe the “Magic of Christmas” that is so eagerly anticipated and experienced by many
at this special time of year. All are words, too, that we are certain will describe the entries in this
year’s Lighted Christmas Parade!
        Excitement is building at the Highland Chamber of Commerce and we invite businesses and
civic organizations to join us on Friday evening, November 27, 2009 for the annual Lighted Christmas
Parade. This year’s theme, “The Magic of Christmas,” is sure to conjure up some magical ideas as
you begin to plan your float, but remember—Santa rides into town on the Chamber of Commerce float
at the end of the parade, so please, no Santas on any other floats!
        There is no cost to enter the parade and it’s a great way to spot-“light” your business or civic
organization. Prizes are awarded to the top three floats, so light the imagination of your employees or
organization members and join us for an evening of holiday cheer. Parade line-up begins at 5:30 p.m.
at the Highland Upper Elementary parking lot. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and travel down Lin-
denthal going northwest, then north on Washington and end at the downtown Square.
        After the parade, meet us at the Square to enjoy Christmas caroling, carriage rides and holiday
refreshments. And of course, Santa will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes from all the boys and
girls! For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 654-3721.

                    Please return this form to the Chamber by November 23rd.

______________________________________________________________________________
Group/Organization

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Contact Name                           Email Address

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Address                           City            State      Zip

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Phone                                  Fax

Type of Entry (float, truck, walking group, animals, etc.): ___________________________________
Please give specific space requirements for lineup, how many walkers, etc.:

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Description of Float:____________________________________________________________________

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