Siefken Awarded Gerald Turley Award
Posted on: May 24, 2017 by greenville admin
Members of the community gathered in the Krober Room on the Greenville College campus Thursday night to honor a man who has made an incredible difference in the Greenville community. This year's Turley Award recipient, Dr. Hugh Siefken, was honored by friends and colleagues. ..
"His efforts have made a true difference," Chamber of Commerce Board President Michael Diaz said of Dr. Siefken's local accomplishments. "Not only locally but statewide, nationally, and internationally. His success did not come together overnight. His works span over many years, in many areas."
Mayor Alan Gaffner was the first to speak from a perspective of someone who was a staff member at the hospital when Dr. Siefken was on the board... "I observed his invaluable contribution to the organization. For 15 years, from 1992 to 2007, Dr. Siefken served on the Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors, where he was repeated elected first vice-chairman. During his tenure, the organization experienced some of the most successful years of financial performance, enhancement of medical services, and expansion of the medical campus and facilities." Mayor Gaffner further stated, "I share a story that embodies and validates the personal integrity and character of Dr. Siefken. After his son, Dr. Phil Siefken, a specialist in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, and Pediactrics, returned to Greenville to join Greenville Medical Associates, Dr. Hugh Siefken stepped down from the hospital board. I remember talking with Hugh and expressing what many of us believed would be a significant loss of his service on behalf of the hospital. Hugh explained that he believed it would be a conflict of interest for him to serve on the hospital board, even though the hospital was not the employer of his son. Hugh did not want to create even the appearance of a conflict of interest. An unselfish act that demonstrates great personal integrity."
Dr. Siefken's friend and colleague, Dr. William Ahern, spoke next, speaking from the heartfelt perspective of a long time friend. Dr. Ahern told the audience of Dr. Siefken's beginnings, how he moved from Indiana to Greenville to study at Greenville College. "He was only going to stay one year to see how he liked it, but he graduated four years later. He met his wife, Marie, in Greenville and they both moved to Kansas to study at the University of Kansas, where he earned his PhD in Nuclear Physics. After moving to Vancouver for work, Dr. and Mrs. Siefken eventually realized that they missed Greenville and all that the small Illinois city offered. So they returned where Dr. Siefken took a job teaching at Greenville College. Dr. Ahern noted that Dr. Siefken loves woodworking, among other hobbies, and in his work researching nuclear physics while a professor here, has constructed the only low-energy accelerator in Southern Illinois... "I am proud to call him friend of nearly 50 years," Dr. Ahern concluded.
Gary Farnsworth, Dr. Siefken's colleague on the Planning Commission, was the last of the speakers. "Often in conversation with individuals from other colleges, Hugh's name would come up with words such as intelligent, humble, witty, super nice, caring, and all of these describe Hugh. Sometimes I thought of the phrase 'a jack of all trades and master of none', but that doesn't really apply to Hugh, because not only is he a jack of all trades, he is master of all of them as well." Farnsworth spoke of Dr. Siefken's dedication to personal projects such as the Rod and Gun Cub, which he helped purchase when the lot was to be sold. On the planning commission, Farnsworth described Dr. Siefken as responsible and very active in community projects such as the creation of the industrial park. "Very seldom would we disagree, but when we did, Hugh would make a point, and it would seem that Hugh was always right," Farnsworth said. "The committee has chosen exactly the right person for this award."
Siefken accepted his award with a speech praising the four things he loves about Greenville: the town square, the geographical location, the residents' prioritizing health care and public schools, and the presence of Greenville College. Dr. Siefken concluded his address by doing what he has most of his life: focusing on the future of Greenville. "I am appreciative for all the development in Greenville since I first saw it in 1958. I am anticipating even more development in the years ahead because Greenville has these four areas in place which, to me, make it special and give it a promising future."
Read Siefken's acceptance speech in full plus listen to soundbytes from the program courtesy WGEL 101.7FM Daily News
Story and Photo by staff writer Emily Lucia of The Greenville Advocate newspaper and available in its entirety in the Tuesday, May 23, 2017 issue.
Dayley To Headline Annual Lunch
Posted on: April 28, 2017 by greenville admin
A member of the 1985 and 1987 National League champion St. Louis Cardinals is the featured guest at the 5th Annual Greenville Chamber of Commerce Cardinals Baseball Lunch. Ken Dayley, a left-handed reliever over 11 major league seasons, will greet fans and participate in a question and answer program during the lunch on Wednesday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Donnewald Distributing meeting room in Greenville. ..
Coming up through the Atlanta Braves minor league system, Dayley came to the Cardinals in a 1984 trade in exchange for Ken Oberkfell. Dayley soon asserted himself as a reliable reliever in Manager Whitey Herzog's bullpen. He had one of his best seasons in 1985 when he appeared in 57 games, winning four, and saving 11 while posting a 2.76 ERA. Dayley's success continued in the postseason that year as he was not scored upon in either the NLCS against the Dodgers or the World Series against the Royals. In his major league career, Dayley had a microscopic 0.44 ERA in 16 postseason appearances for the Redbirds.
Dayley's major league career ended in 1993 with the Toronto Bluejays. His daughter, Sara, is a popular broadcaster on Fox Sports Midwest.
The Cardinals Baseball Lunch is one of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce's most popular events open to the public. Guests in previous years have included Danny Cox, Jack Clark, Ken Reitz, and Ken Oberkfell.
Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students, go on sale Tuesday, May 2 at Watson's Drug Store. Deadline to purchase them is noon Monday, May 15. The ticket price includes a catered lunch by Wes Pourchot, the program with Ken Dayley, and complimentary autographs. Donnewald Distributing is located at 2100 Samuel Andrews Drive in the Howard M. Wolf Business Park. For more information, contact John Goldsmith at (618) 322-2936.
Turley Award Winner Picked
Posted on: April 13, 2017 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has picked Dr. Hugh Siefken as the 2017 recipient of the Gerald Turley Award....
Dr Siefken served 31 years on the Greenville Planning Commission, including 24 years as chairman, he served on the hospital board of directors, and he worked on the master plan for the Wolf Industrial Park. He is active in the Free Methodist Church and is a former president of the Rod and Gun Club. Dr. Siefken is a retired Greenville College professor.
The Turley award is named for former Greenville Mayor, the late Gerald Turley. The award was named for Turley because of his service in local government, the Chamber of Commerce, and his years in Business in Greenville.
The Turley Award will be presented at a public reception that should be scheduled sometime in May.
Chamber, Tourism Director Resigns to Pursue Job at BNB
Posted on: March 9, 2017 by greenville admin
Though she's widely praised for bringing new ideas and new energy to her dual jobs as executive director of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and tourism director for the city, Kami Suess last week submitted her resignation after about seven months on the job...
Her tenure will end on Friday, March 17. Three days later, she will walk across the street and start her new job in lending and business development at Bradford National Bank. "I hope I was able to help the chamber members get to know each other better," said Suess, who graduated in December from Greenville College with a double major in public relations and human resources. "I also wanted to enhance the communication within the organization by keeping members informed."
The daughter of Mike and Joanne Suess of rural Greenville, she said that growing up on a farm allowed her to talk with her father about the business side of the operation. "Banking is a pretty new world for me," Suess said. "But I'm excited to learn new things and be a part of a business that has been in the community for 150 years."
Michael Diaz, current chamber president, said Suess "has been a tremendous asset to the chamber and the city in the short time she's been in the position. She brought a lot of new ideas to the chamber -- particularly the videos she did with members. Her departure will be a loss. Diaz said that he's met with Suess to get status updates on all the major projects she's working on. "We've also had other chamber members who've stepped up, so that things don't fall through the cracks," he said. "We're actively seeking resumés from people interested in the position."
Story by Dave Bell of The Greenville Advocate newspaper and available in its entirety in the Thursday, March 9, 2017 issue.
New Chamber Executive Director/Greenville Tourism Director Being Sought.
Posted on: March 3, 2017 by greenville admin
Kami Suess, who has served in those two roles since August 1 of last year, has submitted her resignation. Greenville City Manager Dave Willey said Suess will work through Friday, March 17 and the city will soon begin the process of finding a replacement...
The city manager said Suess has promoted many Chamber of Commerce events during her seven months and has remained active in the tourism position. Suess is leaving the chamber and city positions to work in the lending and business development departments at Bradford National Bank.
A Special Visit To Greenville Includes the Chamber
Posted on: August 15, 2016 by greenville admin
Aki Tomita of Japan graduated from Greenville College in 1961. His last visit to his alma mater had been in 1968. This time he was accompanied by his wife of almost 50 years, Tomoko. Aki attended Ripon College in Wisconsin his freshman year, but decided to transfer to another college. He said he was drawn to the fact that Greenville was a Christian college and he liked the city of Greenville...
Aki has many stories about his days at G.C. including the generosity of the professors. He lived in the Embassy men's dormitory.
On his recent visit, Aki met with Jerry Wall, who was his barber during college days. He and his wife also visited City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, Greenville College and the DeMoulin Museum.
While Aki lives in his native country of Japan, he is well versed in American history and has good memories of the country. When it was mentioned Aki knew the national anthem, he quickly broke out in song. He owns a United States flag and said he flies it on July 4th.
Aki and his wife were escorted in Greenville by Sandy Kleinik, and Suzie Cooper the wife of Aki's best friend in college the late Rich Cooper.
Story originally published by WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News August 15, 2016
Bond County Fair Runs August 4 - 9; Finishes with Parade & Fireworks!
Posted on: August 5, 2016 by greenville admin
The Bond Country Fair held at the Bond County Fair Grounds in Greenville, Illinois is Thursday, August 4th through Tuesday, August 9th. It features a carnival, livestock exhibitions, antique farm machinery, 4H activities and community building competitions. Plus grandstand events such as a truck and tractor pull, the Miss, Jr Miss, and Little Miss Pageants & Talent Show, demolition derby, rodeo, and parade...
2016 Bond County Fair Grandstand Events (ticket prices vary, see fair website or box office)
- Thursday Night - Little Miss Pageant and Talent Show
- Friday Night - 4WD Truck & Farm Tractor Pulls
- Saturday Night - Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Derby, & Power Wheels
- Sunday Night - C-Bar Rodeo
- Monday Night - Pageant
- Tuesday Night - Parade & Fireworks (free)
Bond County Fair Gate Admission: $2 per person over 10 years old; 10 and under: Free
Stick around after the parade for a fireworks display! Carnival armbands are available for purchase every night this year.
Don't miss the 2016 Bond County Fair. See you there! For more information visit https://bondcofair.com
Chamber/Tourism Director Hired
Posted on: August 5, 2016 by greenville admin
Bond County native Kami Suess is the new Greenville Chamber of Commerce and City of Greenville Tourism Director. She grew up in Greenville and attends Greenville College. Greenville City Manager Dave Willey, who is also on the Chamber board, said she will, "bring a local flavor to that position."...
The city manager said Suess will bring new ideas and excitement to the position.
At Greenville College, she is majoring in communication/public relations, and will finish her degree later this year.
Story originally published by WGEL 101.7 FM Daily News June 28, 2016
Greenville Graffiti Car Show presents An Evening at the Diner
Posted on: May 29, 2016 by greenville admin
Fans of the 1970s and 80s television classic Happy Days will have a chance to meet and mingle with three of the original stars from the show on Friday, June 17, as the Greenville Graffiti Car Show presents An Evening at the Diner. The fun-filled event will be held at Greenville High School Gym from 7-10pm...
Stars Anson William, who played Potsie, Don Most, who played Ralph Malph, and Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham in the show Happy Days, are the featured celebrities for the 5th annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show, which will be held the following day.
The event will include a celebrity Q & A, a costume and cast member lookalike contest, 50s music, dancing and a dance contest, games, and a special sneak peek from the Hard Road Theatre performance of the musical, Happy Days. Plus, the celebrities will be signing autographs and taking pictures for a fee. Additionally, burgers, hot dogs, chips and root beer floats will be served at the diner.
Happy days aired on ABC TV from 1974 until 1984. The show was created by Gary Marshall, and the series presented an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.
Tickets for the event are $20 and include refreshments. They can be purchased at Bradford National Bank, First National Bank, and Watson's Drug Store in Greenville. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The celebrities will also be signing autographs Saturday, June 18, from 10am – 2 pm at the 5th annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show downtown.
Join us for An Evening At The Diner
Posted on: May 13, 2016 by greenville admin
The details on our Car Show Eve special program have been released: An Evening At The Diner, featuring Anson Williams, Donnie Most, & Erin Moran from the hit TV series, Happy Days. Tickets will be available beginning Thursday, May 19th, at the Cardinals Baseball Luncheon...
Turley Award Ceremony May 23
Posted on: May 13, 2016 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce will honor the winners of the 2016 Gerald Turley Award in a special ceremony Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Greenville College Armington Center. The Greenville Bicentennial Board has been named the recipient of this year’s Turley Award...
Tickets to the Gerald Turley Award ceremony are $15 and are available at Bradford National Bank, First National Bank, Midland State’s Bank, and Watson’s Health Mart Drug Store. The program on May 23 will include a dessert reception and program at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00.
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Greenville Seeking Chamber Executive Director & Tourism Director
Posted on: May 12, 2016 by greenville admin
Greenville Chamber of Commerce and City of Greenville are accepting applications for the position now. Interested parties should send resumes and pertinent information no later than June 3 via email or postal mail...Click To View this PDF document
Oberkfell To Headline Annual Lunch
Posted on: April 28, 2016 by greenville admin
A member of the 1982 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals is the featured guest at the 4th Annual Greenville Chamber of Commerce Cardinals Baseball Lunch. Ken Oberkfell, a native of Madison County, will greet fans and participate in a question and answer program during the lunch on Thursday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Donnewald Distributing meeting room...
Known for his steady defense, Oberkfell was a lifetime .278 hitter. He later played for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, and California Angels. His last season was 1992.
The Cardinals Baseball Lunch is one of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce's most popular events open to the public. Guests in previous years have been Danny Cox, Jack Clark, and Ken Reitz.
Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, go on sale Monday, May 2 at Watson's Drug Store. Deadline to purchase them is noon Wednesday, May 18. The ticket price includes a catered lunch by Wes Pourchot, the program with Ken Oberkfell, and complimentary autographs. Donnewald Distributing is located at 2100 Samuel Andrews Drive in the Howard M. Wolf Business Park.
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Motorcycle Legend Coming To Greenville Car Show
Posted on: April 7, 2016 by greenville admin
Don Emde, a 1999 inductee into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, has been added to the list of featured celebrities at the 5th Annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show in downtown Greenville, Illinois. Emde will be signing copies of his new book Finding Cannon Ball's Trail from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18...
The book tells the story of the May 2014 cross-country journey that Emde and a group of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts made to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the same trip made by Erwin "Cannon Ball" Baker in 1914. Emde's group stopped in Greenville during their trek. He is excited about his return visit to the community and the opportunity to be a part of the Greenville Graffiti Car Show.
Winner of the 1972 Daytona 200, Emde is also a member of Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. After his racing career, he focused on a new career as an author and publisher of books and magazines devoted to motorcycling. To accommodate Don's fans, a special parking area for motorcycles will be designated at the car show.
Three cast members of the classic television show Happy Days will also be signing autographs at the Greenville Graffiti Car Show on June 18. Anson Williams (Potsie), Don Most (Ralph Malph), and Erin Moran (Joanie) are reuniting for this special appearance from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. that day. They will also appear the night before at a special ticketed event, "An Evening At The Diner".
Registration for the car show is from 9:00 a.m. until noon with awards at 3:00 p.m. Cars and trucks from 1991 and older are eligible for judging. Entry fee is $15 for judging and $7 for display only. Dash plaques will be given to the first 150 registered.
For more information, contact the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272 or visit Greenville Graffiti Car Show on Facebook.
2016 Greenville Car Show declaring “...Friday, Saturday. Happy Days!”
Posted on: February 29, 2016 by greenville admin
"...Friday, Saturday. Happy Days!" describes the crowd-pleasing Greenville Graffiti Car Show's two days of celebrity events in recent years, but for 2016 it's more than just a schedule. Hit 1970s TV show "Happy Days" cast members Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Don Most (Ralph Malph) and Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) will be the featured entertainers on hand to meet fans and sign autographs during the Car Show and special events being planned for June 17 and 18...Williams may be best known for his role as Potsie Weber - the gullible, socially awkward friend of Ralph Malph and Richie Cunningham. The Los Angeles native has had multiple appearances on such TV classics as "Laverne & Shirley", "Fantasy Island" and "The Love Boat", with more recent appearances in "Baywatch" and "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch". Williams has also had an extensive directing career with more than 40 productions to his name, from hit TV series of the 80s and 90s such as "LA Law", "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" to more recent work on "Lizzie McGuire" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager".
Most, the girl-chasing practical joker Ralph Malph on "Happy Days", is a multi-talented actor, director and producer active in the film and television industry. Acting gigs have included a recurring role on the recent hit TV series "Glee" and more than 50 other shows throughout his career. In recent years, Most has also worked as director and producer on several projects, including his current work "Remember Isobel", a film that explores the impact of Alzheimer's on a family.
Moran was a child star who appeared in numerous shows in the 60s and 70s, including "My Three Sons", "Gunsmoke" and "The Walton's", before landing the role of Joanie Cunningham on "Happy Days". Moran remains active in the entertainment industry with roles in TV favorites such as the "Love Boat", "Murder, She Wrote", and more recent work on "The Bold and The Beautiful". Moran also played a role in the 2010 independent cult classic "Not Another B Movie", a spoof on the behind-the-scenes world of the horror-film industry.
The Greenville Graffiti Car Show on Saturday, June 18 is open to 1991 and older cars and trucks for judging. Vehicles may also be brought for display. Last year's event attracted more than 200 cars and trucks to downtown Greenville, Illinois.
The Greenville Graffiti Car Show is sponsored by The City of Greenville Tourism and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by a dedicated committee of volunteers. The Car Show Committee is excited to celebrate the 5th year of the Car Show with the Happy Days cast and theme. The Car Show committee is finalizing details for a feature car and a special event Friday evening that will include a question and answer session with the stars, photo opportunities, food, and other fun. Look for more details to be announced on the Greenville Graffiti Car Show Facebook page at /GreenvilleGraffitiCarShow and on the Chamber website at www.GreenvilleILChamber.org.
Chamber Seeking Nominations for 2016 Turley Award
Posted on: February 18, 2016 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 23rd annual Gerald Turley Memorial Award. Created in 1994 to honor an outstanding Greenville citizen, the recipient must have demonstrated personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership to promote the success of Greenville. The award was named for Gerald Turley, a former mayor. Last year's recipient was Jeff Leidel...
Nomination letters should include detailed reasons why the individual qualifies for the award with emphasis on the areas listed in the criteria - personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership to promote the success of Greenville. Letters may be submitted to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 283, Greenville, IL 62246. Deadline for submissions is March 15.
Those who have been nominated but not selected in the past may be nominated again. The recipient of the Gerald Turley Memorial Award is chosen by a special committee of the Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented during a program held in the spring.
Past recipients of the award since its inception include:
1994 Frank Watson 2005 Anna Oestreich 1995 S. Watson Tidball 2006 Duane Reeves 1996 Stan Getz 2007 Robert "Ish" Smith 1997 John Kelsey 2008 Roger S. Riedemann 1998 Fred Baumberger 2009 Boyd E. McCracken, M.D. 1999 Utlaut Hospital Auxiliary 2010 Dan Jensen 2000 Sandy Loyd 2011 John Marshall Mollet 2001 Tony Koonce 2012 Becky Blackburn 2002 Dean and Nelda Anthony 2013 Frank Joy 2003 Lucille and Kelly Ireland 2014 Cathie Wiedenhoeft 2004 Darryl Bolen 2015 Jeff Leidel
For more information about the Gerald Turley Memorial Award or the nomination process, contact April Crew-Kelly at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce by phone (618) 664-9272 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Faces & New Places Breakfast Tuesday, Feb 23, 8am
Posted on: February 17, 2016 by greenville admin
Every year the Greenville Chamber of Commerce showcases Greenville's entrepreneurial spirit during the "New Faces & Places" breakfast. The program features the introduction of new businesses, businesses under new management or ownership, and new personnel in key positions of established Greenville businesses and organizations. The 2016 event is being held Tuesday, February 23, at 8am at the 1st United Methodist Church, 310 S. Second St. Greenville, IL 62246...
The event is open to the public, and those businesses wishing to be recognized are welcome to send a representative to speak to the group. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their business brochures, flyers, or other promotional pieces whether or not they are being featured. Chamber membership is not required for participation.
Businesses being recognized are required to reserve a spot. To take part in the "New Faces & Places" event, please contact April Crew-Kelly at (618) 664-9272 or send an email to email@example.com.
In conjunction with featuring Greenville's newest businesses, the event will serve as the Chamber's Annual Gathering of Members. The 2016 Chamber Officers and Directors will be publically announced. In addition, a brief report of 2016 opportunities and 2015 activities and accomplishments will be presented.
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is a member organization and Bond County's largest business association. With roots dating back to the 1920s, the Chamber has stood as the voice of business, supporting its members' success and championing community prosperity for more than 90 years. The Chamber represents more than 150 businesses and organizations in the Bond County area, and our strategic partners include the Illinois Chambers of Commerce, Greenville College, Kaskaskia College, South Central Illinois Growth Alliance, Small Business Administration, and Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth. There are many ways to be involved and find value as a member of the Chamber.
For more information about Chamber events or membership, check out the Chamber website at www.GreenvilleILChamber.org, find the Chamber on Facebook at /GreenvilleILChamber or contact April Crew-Kelly at 618-664-9272.
Greenville Chamber Of Commerce 2015 Highlights
Posted on: January 21, 2016 by greenville admin
Your Greenville Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to provide value to you in 2015. Much work has been done to grow the audience that hears and sees all that Greenville Chamber members have to offer in business and community. The Chamber launched a new website in May - www.GreenvilleILChamber.org - and increased visibility through a 50% audience growth in social media. Check out these and other Chamber initiatives in the Infographic below to see how we can help you reach the customers that make your business thrive...
2016 Chamber Board Seated
Posted on: January 20, 2016 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce seated its directors and elected officers for 2016 at the January 14 board meeting. Four of five incumbents were re-elected, and Randy Alderman of Bradford National Bank was elected to replace Doug Stroud who stepped down from the Chamber board after more than 20 years of service. The remaining incumbents who will join Randy in serving a three-year term are Janice Romack, Pat Kious, Jerri Davenport, and Dave Willey...
Elected officers for 2016 are Michael Ritter, President; Mike Diaz, Vice President; Janice Romack, Secretary; and Robert Ellsworth, Treasurer. All of the officers were re-elected to their positions to serve for the 2016 year. Other Chamber board members are John Kennedy, Alan Gaffner, Brian Nall, Mike Diaz, Robert Ellsworth, Steve Morgan, Karen Kessinger, Troy Oldham, and Michael Ritter.
The Chamber has seen significant growth of both members and programs over the past five years, with membership nearly doubling from fewer than 100 paying members in 2010 to more than 150 members in 2015. In addition, the Chamber has steadily increased the programs provided to members in the same period. New business programs added in 2015 included the Early Bird Networking event - a monthly early morning meet-up and education opportunity for Chamber members, and the Spring Work Fair. The Work Fair will be conducted in partnership with Greenville College in 2016 with a goal to expand the number of employment resources being provided to job-seekers in the community while also exposing GC students to more local businesses looking to hire. We also continue to provide several signature programs such as Business After Hours, The Gerald Turley Memorial Award—now in its 22nd year, and ribbon cuttings.
The past five years has also seen the addition and growth of community favorites such as the Greenville Graffiti Car Show, Shop Local Campaigns, and the Chamber Facebook Page which now boasts a growing audience of more than 1200 - all people who are interested in Greenville and the businesses that serve this community.
April Crew-Kelly serves as the organization's executive director.
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is a member organization and Bond County's largest business association. With roots dating back to the 1920s, the Chamber has stood as the voice of business, supporting its members' success and championing community prosperity for more than 90 years. The Chamber represents more than 150 businesses, and our strategic partners include the Illinois Chambers of Commerce, Greenville College, Kaskaskia College, South Central Illinois Growth Alliance, Small Business Administration, and Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth. There are many ways to be involved and find value as a member of the Chamber.
For more information about Chamber events or membership, check out the Chamber website at www.GreenvilleILChamber.org, find the Chamber on Facebook at /GreenvilleILChamber or contact April Crew-Kelly at 618-664-9272.
Classic Cars, The Munsters And A Unique Wedding At Car Show
Posted on: June 16, 2015 by greenville admin
You can see the cars and stars on Saturday, June 20 at the 4th Annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show. Registration for the car show is from 9 a.m. until noon with awards presented at 3:00 p.m...
Judging is open to cars and trucks from 1990 and older. Plaques will be awarded to the Top 40 overall and the Top 10 pre-49 street rods selected by the judges. In honor of the Mustang, a special 50th Anniversary Award will be presented. The entry fee is $15 for judging or $7 for display only. The first 125 registered will receive complimentary dash plaques. Motorcycles are welcome for display this year. The classic vehicles will be parked along 2nd Street from the First United Methodist Church to Beaumont Avenue. Last year’s event attracted over 180 entries.
Butch Patrick and Pat Priest, who co-starred as Eddie and Marilyn on the legendary 1960s TV series "The Munsters", will be signing autographs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Koach and Drag-ula, made famous on the show, will also be on display. Fans of "The Munsters" will be able to view episodes from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
Patrick and Priest will also greet fans at The Munsters Ball, a special event Friday night at the American Farm Heritage Museum's main building. Tickets are still available for $20 each and include the program, appetizers, a Dress Like Your Favorite Munster Contest, and dance. Tickets may be purchased at Watson's Drug Store, First National Bank, Bradford National Bank, or from the Chamber of Commerce office at 664-9272.
A couple from Effingham, Illinois will be getting married at the car show. Randy Curry and Cindy Warner are car enthusiasts---Randy is also a big fan of "The Munsters". The couple wanted to get married with the Munster Koach and Drag-ula in the background. Much to their surprise, Butch Patrick is a licensed minister and has agreed to conduct the ceremony. The public is welcome to join the couple for the wedding at 9:30 a.m. as they'll exchange vows under the direction of Eddie Munster. The ceremony will take place on the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church, 310 S. Second.
Other fun photo opportunities will be available at the Greenville Graffiti Car Show. Two members of the St. Louis Rams cheerleading squad will sign autographs and pose for photos from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Rafael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will meet kids from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Souvenirs commemorating Greenville's 200th anniversary may be purchased in a one day only Bicentennial Shop at 216 S. Second. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. At 12:15 p.m. a special auction of Bicentennial license plates numbered 1 and 200 will be held in front of the deejay tent.
A craft and vendor show, sponsored by the Circle of Friends team and benefiting the Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Foundation, will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the Second Street municipal parking lot. Around fifty dealers are participating.
Food booths will be operating from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. near the intersection of Second Street and Summer Avenue.
For more information, contact the Greenville, IL Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272.
Reitz Speaking At Annual Lunch
Posted on: May 29, 2015 by greenville admin
Ken Reitz, one of the greatest fielding third basemen of the 1970s, is this year's featured speaker at the Cardinals Baseball Lunch, sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. The lunch, which is open to the public, is Tuesday, June 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Donnewald Distributing, 2100 Samuel Andrews Drive in Greenville...
Reitz, a Gold Glove winner in 1975 for his fielding excellence, was nicknamed "The Zamboni" for his ability to sweep ground balls off the artificial turf at Busch Stadium II. He set a National League record in 1980 as he committed only 8 errors at third base. Reitz played in the major leagues from 1972 to 1982; eight of those seasons came as a Cardinal.
Reitz played in two famous games in Cardinal history: a 25 inning victory over the New York Mets in 1974 and Bob Forsch's no-hitter in 1978. He was an All Star in 1980, but was traded during the offseason to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Bruce Sutter.
Reitz will participate in a question and answer session then sign autographs for fans. Tickets for the lunch, program and autographs are $10 per person and $5 for youth 18 and under. You may purchase tickets at Bradford National Bank and Watson's Drug Store in Greenville or by contacting the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.
Old Fashioned Fridays Back For 2015
Posted on: May 29, 2015 by greenville admin
Old Fashioned Fridays, sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, will return to the courthouse grounds during the month of June. On Friday, June 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 11:00 a.m. to noon, the Chamber will provide free popcorn and snowcones to kids. The promotion will be held in the gazebo. Along with popcorn and snowcones, Bond County Fair queen and junior miss candidates will be doing free face painting...
Old Fashioned Fridays has proven to be very successful as dozens of children and parents have gathered each week the event was held.
In case of bad weather, Old Fashioned Fridays will not be held. For more information, call the Chamber office at 664-9272.
New Downtown Beautification Project Announced
Posted on: April 16, 2015 by greenville admin
Youth from the Simple Room will be volunteering their time once a month to give downtown Greenville a sparkle and shine. The Simply Beautiful Project is a unique service opportunity for Simple Room kids in the 5th grade and older that allows them to become more invested in the community. The program will be launched on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m...
Jesse Tyrrell, Simple Room director, explained, "We've been looking for opportunities to get the students who attend The Simple Room more involved in the Greenville community. When the Chamber of Commerce approached us with this idea, it seemed like a perfect fit."
"One of my pet projects for the last year has been finding a group who will pick up trash, pull weeds, and plant flowers around the square," commented John Goldsmith, Chamber of Commerce director. "Giving these young folks a reason to take ownership in our town while keeping the square looking attractive is a winning combination." The youth will also be planting flowers in planters to be installed on the new gazebo on the courthouse grounds.
Goldsmith said downtown businesses that need windows washed, weeds pulled, or other beautification needs should contact the Chamber office to be added to the work list. The Simply Beautiful Project will continue on the third Wednesday of May, June, July and August. For more information, contact Jesse Tyrrell at the Simple Room 664-2894 or John Goldsmith at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce 664-9272.
Chamber Sponsoring Administrative Professionals Day
Posted on: April 8, 2015 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a contest to honor one person in conjunction with Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 22. Chamber member businesses may submit the name of administrative professionals on their staff until 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 20. One winner, selected at random, will receive flowers from Floral Designs By Cindy and lunch for two at 2 Marthas. Each person may only be entered once...
This is the second year the Chamber has sponsored the contest. Created in 1952 as National Secretaries Day, the observance has changed in name over the years but the intent remains the same---honoring the efforts of those who keep things running smoothly in the workplace. For more information about the contest, call the Chamber at 664-9272. To enter a contestant for the Administrative Professionals Day Contest, submit the employee's name and employer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chamber Introducing Morning Program
Posted on: March 18, 2015 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce will offer a monthly morning program called the Early Bird beginning in April. Based on feedback from several Chamber members who would like a morning get together, the Early Bird will be held the fourth Wednesday of every month except June, July and August. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at Adam Bros. Coffeehouse, 110 S. Second Street...
Chamber Director John Goldsmith said, "The Early Bird will feature a speaker for 10 to 15 minutes and then time for Chamber members in attendance to share the latest news on their businesses. We'll be done by 8:30 a.m. allowing everyone time to get ready for the work day." Goldsmith added that breakfast may be ordered from the Adam Bros. menu.
The first Early Bird will be held Wednesday, April 22.
For more information about the Chamber of Commerce, including membership, call 664-9272.
Tickets Now Available For Munsters' Ball
Posted on: March 17, 2015 by greenville admin
Fans of the 1960s classic comedy "The Munsters" will have two opportunities in June to meet Butch Patrick and Pat Priest, co-stars of the show. Along with signing autographs at the 4th annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show on Saturday, June 20, the duo will be the special guests at The Munsters' Ball on Friday, June 19...
Patrick and Priest, who portrayed Eddie and Marilyn Munster, will greet fans, pose for photos, and answer questions from the crowd at the Munsters' Ball. This special ticketed event will also include appetizers, a "Dress Like Your Favorite Munster" contest, the showing of a classic episode of the program, and a dance with a DJ.
Sherry Schaefer, one of the organizers of The Munsters' Ball, said, "We are looking forward to providing an entertaining evening for the whole family. You can dance to Munster inspired music, dine on ghoulish finger foods (not made from actual fingers) and enjoy a rare opportunity to hang out with the members of the iconic Munster family."
John Goldsmith, Chamber of Commerce Director, commented, "Over the past few years the celebrities we've brought in for the Greenville Graffiti Car Show have been incredibly popular. We're thrilled to give everyone a chance to spend time visiting with Butch and Pat."
The Munsters' Ball will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the American Farm Heritage Museum, 1395 Museum Avenue in Greenville. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased by calling the Greenville Chamber of Commerce office at (618) 664-9272. Tickets may also be purchased in Greenville at Watson's Drug Store, First National Bank, and Bradford National Bank.
Job Seekers Encouraged to Attend Work Fair
Posted on: March 16, 2015 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce invites area job seekers to attend a free Work Fair on Tuesday, March 31 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville First Christian Church, 1100 Killarney. Local employers, state and federal agencies, colleges, and military recruiters will participate. Those attending can learn about job openings, hiring procedures, and skills required by local industry and businesses. Some of the participants will be accepting applications that day...
A series of free workshops will be offered throughout the afternoon. Topics include successful job searching; job applications/resume writing; applying for federal jobs; and interviewing tips/dress for success.
Those who have registered for booth space are the Bond County Health Department; Bond County Humane Society; Bond County Senior Center; Bradford National Bank; Carlisle Construction Materials; Express Employment Professionals; FCI Greenville; The Glenwood; Greenville College; Greenville Public Works Department; Greenville Regional Hospital; Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs; Illinois National Guard; Jewett Roofing; Kaskaskia College; Madison County Employment and Training; MERS Goodwill; National Bank; Nevco; Priority Staffing; State Representative Cavaletto's office; Sunrise Care Givers; Unique Personnel; United Stationers; US Air Force; and WGEL radio. Other businesses could possibly be there that day.
Attendees are encouraged to come dressed for success with resumes in hand. The event is open to members of the workforce of all ages. John Goldsmith, Greenville Chamber of Commerce Director, explained, "This is the perfect chance for anyone seeking a job to have one-on-one time with area employers. We encourage you to stop by and be ready to impress."
For more information, contact the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272.
Leidel Named 2015 Turley Award Winner
Posted on: Feb 13, 2015 by greenville admin
Jeff Leidel has been named the recipient of the 22nd annual Gerald Turley Memorial Award by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Nomination letters for Leidel were received from seven organizations and businesses. Those nominating Leidel cited his involvement with the annual Greenville Memorial Day program, Greenville Graffiti Car Show, Comets Sports Boosters, Bond County Historical Society, and Greenville Bicentennial...
He currently serves on the advisory boards for the DeMoulin Museum and the Bond County Independence Day Festival. Leidel's voice has been heard for years as announcer of the Bond County Fair Parade and at local sporting events.
The former editor of the Greenville Advocate, Leidel was for decades a familiar face with his camera and pen in hand. His career began at WILY radio in Centralia in 1974 where he was program and news director. He joined the Greenville Advocate in 1979 as a sports writer and city editor. He was promoted to editor in 2003.
Joe Alstat, representing the GHS Athletic Department, nominated Leidel for his "countless hours to the Comets as an announcer, organizing and serving at the Homecoming cookout, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, and countless other endeavors." He also coached youth baseball and softball for 23 years.
Leidel's promotion of Greenville through the newspaper was at the forefront of all the nominations.
In his letter, John Coleman of the Bond County Historical Society wrote, "He used his words to lead discussion, to lead understanding, to lead awareness, and lead support for countless issues and organizations. Jeff was always focused on the community and making Greenville a better place."
Kevin Kaegy of the Bond County Genealogical Society wrote, "Jeff Leidel has been and will continue to be one of Greenville's best promoters and cheerleaders."
His previous honors include the 2014 Greenville Women's Club Community Appreciation Award; Horace Mann Award from the Kaskaskia Division of the Illinois Principals Association as a "Friend of Education"; Media Award from the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association; and Bond County Shrine Club Gold Book Award. Leidel was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Association's Hall of Fame (Media Division) in 2001.
The winner of the Gerald Turley Memorial Award is selected by a special committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Created in 1994 to honor a Greenville citizen who has demonstrated personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership to promote the success of Greenville, the award was named for Gerald Turley, a former mayor. The program honoring this year's recipient will be held April 16 at the Greenville First Christian Church reception room.
"The Munsters" Are Coming To Greenville Car Show
Posted on: February 12, 2015 by greenville admin
It may look like Halloween in June as two of the stars of the classic television show "The Munsters" will be the celebrity guests at this year's Greenville (Illinois) Graffiti Car Show. Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) and Pat Priest (Marilyn Munster) will meet fans and sign autographs on Saturday, June 20 during the show. Replicas of the Munster Koach and Drag-ula, prominently featured on the program, will also be making an appearance...
Patrick was a popular child star who also made guest appearances on many shows of the 1960s including "Bonanza", "Gunsmoke" and "Rawhide". Patrick's work as Eddie, the son of Herman and Lily Munster, made him a TV icon. In the early 1970s Patrick was the star of "Lidsville", a quirky Saturday morning show produced by Sid and Marty Krofft.
Priest took over the role of Marilyn Munster in the show's 16th episode. Perhaps her best known role outside of "The Munsters" came in 1967 when she co-starred with Elvis Presley in the movie "Easy Come, Easy Go". She was also a guest on other iconic programs like "Perry Mason", "Bewitched" and "Mission Impossible".
Car show organizers are excited to have the Munster Koach and Drag-ula on display that day. The original vehicles were the creation of George Barris, a legendary designer and maker of cars used in television shows and movies. The Munster Koach, Herman Munster's preferred method of transportation, was created from three Model T bodies. The Drag-ula, built by Grandpa Munster and used by Herman in a classic episode of the show, was made using a real fiberglass coffin. This is a rare opportunity to see television history in person.
Butch Patrick, Pat Priest, the Munster Koach, and the Drag-ula may also be seen at the Munster's Ball, a special event to be held on Friday, June 19 at the American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville. This ticketed event includes a question and answer session with the stars, photo opportunities, food, and other fun. Ticket information about the Munster’s Ball may be obtained by calling the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272.
The Greenville Graffiti Car Show on Saturday, June 20 is open to 1990 and older cars and trucks for judging. Vehicles may also be brought for display. For the first time, motorcycles may be brought for display only. Last year's event attracted nearly 190 cars and trucks to downtown Greenville, Illinois.
Greenville College/Greenville Chamber Unveiling Internship Program
Posted on: February 5, 2015 by greenville admin
Greenville College and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce are partnering on a program that will place students in local businesses as interns. The program was first proposed by a group of Greenville College seniors as part of their COR project. Students are tasked with a semester long project of their own choosing that will better the campus; these students decided to address the need for promoting internships at area businesses. The group conducted an on-campus survey and learned that most students weren’t aware that internships might be available at Greenville businesses and would overwhelmingly be interested in applying...
Patrick Miller, Greenville College Dean of Career and Calling, and John Goldsmith, Greenville Chamber of Commerce executive director, have built upon the COR group's groundwork and will be unveiling the internship program at a breakfast meeting on Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bradford Community Building. Chamber of Commerce member businesses interested in participating are encouraged to attend.
Miller explained, "The purpose of this internship program is to integrate academic learning with a planned and supervised work experience at a Chamber member business. Any student in any major, or those undeclared, may enroll in any internship. The internship may be paid or unpaid as determined by the host business."
Goldsmith believes the internship program can provide employers with a resource for staff to assist with short-term and immediate range needs, as well as seasonal and special projects. "This also strengthens the relationship between Greenville businesses and Greenville College, its faculty and students," said Goldsmith.
Any Chamber member business that would like to know more about the Greenville College/Greenville Chamber Internship Program should send a representative to the meeting on February 19. Students will be available for internships beginning in March. For information about the meeting, contact John Goldsmith at 664-9272.
Chamber Seeking Nominations for Turley Award
Posted on: January 22, 2015 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 22nd annual Gerald Turley Memorial Award. Created in 1994 to honor an outstanding Greenville citizen, the recipient must have demonstrated personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership to promote the success of Greenville. The award was named for Gerald Turley, a former mayor. Last year’s recipient was Cathie Wiedenhoeft...
Nomination letters should include detailed reasons why the individual qualifies for the award with emphasis on the areas listed in the criteria. Letters may be submitted to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 283, Greenville. Deadline for submissions is February 3. Those who have been nominated but not selected in the past may be nominated again. The recipient of the Gerald Turley Memorial Award is chosen by a special committee of the Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented during a program held in the spring.
For more information about the Gerald Turley Memorial Award, the nomination process or a list of past recipients, call the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.
Chamber Hosting Annual New Faces & Places
Posted on: January 16, 2015 by greenville admin
Each year the Greenville Chamber of Commerce showcases new businesses during the "New Faces and Places" breakfast. The event will be held Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 a.m. at the St Lawrence Catholic Church Hall, 512 S. Prairie Street...
The program is open to new businesses, those that have expanded or extensively remodeled, are under new ownership, or have new personnel in key positions. Participating businesses should send a representative to speak for a minute or two. Attendees are also encouraged to bring brochures, flyers, or other promotional pieces. Chamber membership is not required for participation.
Because of the potential length of the event, businesses are required to reserve a spot. To be part of the "New Faces and Places" program, please contact John Goldsmith at 664-9272 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
In conjunction with "New Faces and Places", the Chamber will present a report on 2014 activities and preview 2015 projects. The Chamber board of directors and officers will be introduced. Chamber of Commerce members and the public are invited to attend this free event.
Chamber Directors And Officers Elected for 2015
Posted on: January 16, 2015 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce seated its directors and elected officers for 2015 at the January 8 board meeting. Because there were no petitions submitted during the filing period last fall, the slate of five incumbents was re-elected. These individuals, who will serve a three year term, are Robert Ellsworth, Karen Kessinger, Steve Morgan, Troy Oldham, and Michael Ritter...
Other Chamber board members are Doug Stroud, Janice Romack, Pat Kious, Jerri Davenport, Dave Willey, John Kennedy, Alan Gaffner, Brian Nall, Jim Cross, and Mike Diaz.
Elected officers for 2015 were Michael Ritter, President; Mike Diaz, Vice President; Janice Romack, Secretary; and Robert Ellsworth, Treasurer.
The Chamber is cooking up a full plate of events for this year including the New Faces and Places program, the 2nd Annual Work Fair, the Gerald Turley Memorial Award, the 4th Annual Cardinals Baseball Luncheon, and the 4th Annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show. John Goldsmith serves as the organization's executive director.
Chamber Leading Fund Raising for Gazebo
Posted on: April 3, 2014 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has officially begun raising money to replace the gazebo on the northeast corner of the Bond County courthouse grounds. The gazebo, which was erected around 20 years ago, had deteriorated to the point where the railing had rotted and the shingles were caked with moss and mold. Volunteers recently dismantled the gazebo to make room for a new one...
Replacing the gazebo is expected to be a cooperative venture involving several organizations. The Chamber is coordinating the fund raising for a gazebo kit, which will be assembled by volunteers.
Several individuals and civic clubs have already donated towards the gazebo project. "We need to raise around $2,500," said John Goldsmith, Chamber of Commerce executive director. "Grant funds can be matched up to that amount, which will provide us with the money we need to purchase the kit." The Chamber hopes to have the new gazebo in place by June 1.
The Chamber used the gazebo last June for its "Old Fashioned Fridays" as free popcorn and snowcones were served to kids and parents. The structure has also been the site of weddings, cookouts, and musical performances.
Monetary donations of all amounts are welcome. Checks should be made to the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Gazebo Fund, PO Box 283, Greenville. You may also contact the Chamber office at 664-9272.
Wiedenhoeft Named 2014 Turley Award Winner
Posted on: April 3, 2014 by greenville admin
A Greenville woman, who influenced the role of women in local business in the 1980s, is this year's Gerald Turley Memorial Award winner. Cathie Wiedenhoeft will receive the honor later this spring during a ceremony hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Cathie and her husband, Bob, owned the Coast to Coast Hardware store in Greenville for 18 years...
The Wiedenhoefts came to Greenville in 1980 and quickly became involved in the community. Remembering their arrival, Cathie said, "Even though we were outsiders, I found Greenville to be a very accepting community." Cathie joined forces with three other local businesswomen who spearheaded the Greenville Business and Professional Association (GBPA), which spawned a Main Street revitalization of downtown.
This year's Turley Award recipient has also served on the Chamber of Commerce board, Bond County Senior Center board, the Pierian Club, and the Greenville Women's Club from 1981 to 2011. She's been on the Greenville Tourism Board for over 15 years; many of those as the chairperson.
On her role as a woman in business, Wiedenhoeft reflected, "At that time, women were not at the same point as they are now in equality. The Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Club were all men. Through the 1980s and 1990s, as a businesswoman, it never occurred to me there were things I couldn't do. But I never felt any negative feedback. I felt accepted and respected." For the past 16 years, she has worked at NACO Printing.
The recipient of the Gerald Turley Memorial Award is selected by a special committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Created in 1994 to honor a Greenville citizen who has demonstrated personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership to promote the success of Greenville, the award was named for Gerald Turley, a former mayor. Last year's recipient was Frank Joy. For more information about the Gerald Turley Memorial Award, contact the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.
"Hazzard" Favorite to Appear at Car Show
Posted on: February 13, 2014 by greenville admin
The actor who made Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane an icon of the early 1980s is the featured celebrity at this year's Greenville Graffiti Car Show. James Best, one of the co-stars of "The Dukes of Hazzard," will sign autographs and serve as a celebrity judge of the classic cars and trucks on Saturday, June 14 in downtown Greenville. He will also present his one man show "Best of Hollywood" on Friday, June 13...
Best's career began in 1950 and he soon appeared alongside some of Hollywood's biggest legends including James Stewart in "Winchester '73" and Humphrey Bogart in "The Caine Mutiny." Best was also featured in two of Universal Pictures biggest franchises - "Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair" and "Francis Goes to West Point." Fans of 1950s horror movies may remember James Best as the star of the 1959 cult classic "The Killer Shrews." His television appearances included two episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" and three episodes of "The Twilight Zone."
With over 180 acting credits to his name, Best's most beloved character was Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane from 1979 to 1985 on "The Dukes of Hazzard." Rosco, under the direction of Boss Hogg, spent each week chasing after the Duke boys. Car show organizers have received numerous requests to bring in a cast member from "The Dukes of Hazzard." Best is expected to be a big draw to the event.
In conjunction with his appearance at the Greenville Graffiti Car Show, Best's one man show - "Best of Hollywood" - will be performed the night before at the Globe Theater, on the Greenville square. This 90 minute journey through Best's career offers fans an intimate look behind the curtains, soundstages, and backlots of the studios and stars. Television and movie clips will be woven through humorous anecdotes, reminiscences, and Best's imitation of friend and co-star James Stewart.
The Greenville Graffiti Car Show is Saturday, June 14 and will feature a variety of contests, food, and fun. The show is open to 1989 and older cars and trucks. Further details concerning the car show will be released soon.
For more information, contact the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272.
Company Selects Greenville - Will Move Into Maredy Building
Posted on: January 14, 2014 by greenville admin
Fast-Rite International, Inc., a supplier of Fasteners, Stampings, Fittings and Assemblies and inventory management programs to manufacturers all over the USA and Mexico, announced they have acquired the Industrial facility in the Wolf Business Park at 1791 Samuel Andrews Drive in Greenville, IL...
The modern 30,000 square foot facility (expandable to 120,000 sq. ft.), formerly serving as the distribution center for Maredy Candy, will be used to serve Fast-Rite's customers in Central/Southern Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee, and to serve future growth in these areas. Headquartered in Glendale Heights, IL, Fast-Rite also has operations near El Centro, CA. Another new facility is planned for the Laredo, TX area in 2014. Their product lines also include plastic injected molded components, metal stampings, abrasives, anchors, tools and tool accessories, to name a few.
"The Wolf Park Location was chosen for its ideal transportation with access to multiple class one railroads and immediate interstate access," said George Woods, President, Fast-Rite International, Inc. "Just as important, we found that Greenville is an ideal family–friendly environment for our employees who will run the facility", said Woods, "and that's important to us, we're a family-oriented company. Greenville's cost of living is reasonable but the quality of life is high. We expect our people to be happy there."
Robin Maire, chief executive officer for Maredy, reported that Maredy will continue to use a small part of the business park building for a short time. "We're very happy in Greenville and plan to stay in Greenville," Maire commented.
Scott Lurkins, Greenville Economic Development Coordinator, said, "This project was all about working with the company to map their supply chain and prove that Greenville aligned with their business model and will provide long term value."
He also advised that the City of Greenville provided no incentives to Fast-Rite International to purchase the building and come here. Lurkins said the city is seeing if it can help the company in extending fiber optic lines to the location. Items that will be housed in the warehouse will be trucked into the facility, and orders from the warehouse will be delivered by truck.
Lurkins said the company would have the option in the future to look at the possibility of using railroad service, which is nearby in the business park. Lurkins is also pleased that Maredy has decided to stay in Greenville.
Fast-Rite will primarily rely on the area residents for staffing this distribution facility. Please visit the Fast-Rite web site at www.fast-rite.com for job postings. Recruiting will begin locally starting in January 2014, and the facility will be open and ready for business in late February.
Chamber Elects Officers for 2014/Seats New Members
Posted on: January 9, 2014 by greenville admin
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce has three new officers and two new board members for 2014. At its January meeting, the Chamber elected John Kennedy, president; Michael Ritter, vice president; Janice Romack, secretary; and Robert Ellsworth, treasurer. Kennedy, general manager of WGEL Radio, had previously served as secretary. Ritter is the Vice President of Enrollment for Greenville College and Romack is CPA and Partner at West and Company, LLC. Ellsworth, who is returning for another term as treasurer, is Managing Broker and owner of Wall Real Estate and with his wife Vicki owns Huddle House restaurant. The officers will serve for one year...
The board also welcomed two new members to three-year terms. They are Brian Nall, CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital, and Michael Diaz, a local attorney. They replace John Donnell and Karen Smith who did not run for re-election. Returning Chamber board members are James Cross, Jerri Davenport, Alan Gaffner, Karen Kessinger, Pat Kious, Steve Morgan, Troy Oldham, Doug Stroud, and Dave Willey.
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce board of directors meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at the Corner Café. All Chamber members are welcome to attend.
Holiday Decoration Contest Winners Announced for 2013
Posted on: January 9, 2014 by greenville admin
The winners have been selected in the Holiday Decoration Contest sponsored by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Displays were judged on a point system based on workmanship, originality, use of color, neatness, and holiday spirit. Entries were accepted in two categories, residential and business...
For residences, first place winner was Stan Breuchaud of 1503 Killarney Drive. He won $100 cash, a $25 gift certificate to Randy's Country Barn Christmas Trees, and a group tour of Marcoot Jersey Creamery. Second place winners were Will and Heather Fairbanks of 1404 Killarney Drive. They won $50 cash and $25 gift certificates to True Value Hardware Store and Watson's Drug Store. Third place winners were John and Anna Piper of 905 Vine Street. They won $25 cash and a gift certificate from the Greenville Advocate.
Floral Designs by Cindy at 300 S. Third Street was first place winner among businesses. Joe's Pizza and Pasta at 106 N. Second Street finished second and Kuhl Massage at 114 S. Third Street took third place.
Judging was by a city official from a non-Bond County community. The contest was open to residents living within the city limits and Chamber member businesses. According to John Goldsmith, Greenville Chamber director, "The final tally was close and there were several entries that almost made the top three. Our judge had a great time. She commented that she hopes her community will hold a similar contest next year."
The Greenville Chamber of Commerce thanks the participants and sponsors for helping light the town. The Chamber hopes the contest will continue to grow.
Plans Shaping Up for Greenville Bicentennial in 2015
Posted on: October 29, 2013 by greenville admin
Although still over a year away, Greenville's Bicentennial celebration in 2015 is well into the planning stages. A 21-member board is overseeing the 200th birthday party; sub-committees are handling planning of events, publication of Greenville history books, and fund raising. The Bicentennial has been sponsoring bingo the past two months to generate revenue...
A "First Night" celebration on December 31, 2014 will serve as the kick-off. The big bash will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6, 2015.
John Goldsmith, Bicentennial Board chairman, said having the main event coincide with Labor Day weekend will encourage former residents to come back. "We want this to be a celebration and a homecoming. Our hope is that Greenville High School classes having reunions in 2015 will schedule them for that weekend."
Pat Kious, chair of the Events Planning Committee, "Our goal is to present quality events showcasing the past, celebrating the present, and setting a springboard for the future." Historic re-enactors, music, street entertainers, and a parade will be some of the highlights of the Labor Day weekend 2015 party.
The wrap-up party will be December 31, 2015 when a time capsule will be placed in the Montrose Mausoleum.
Chamber Introduces Old Fashioned Fridays
Posted on: June 11, 2013 by greenville admin
The Chamber of Commerce is bringing back yesteryear summertime fun during Old Fashioned Fridays. On Fridays in June from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Chamber will provide free popcorn and snowcones to kids. The promotion will be held in the gazebo on the northeast corner of the courthouse grounds. Dates are June 7, 14, 21, and 28. In case of bad weather, Old Fashioned Fridays will not be held. If it's successful, the Chamber may extend the event into July. Live music might be added later. The Chamber hopes the event catches on and becomes a downtown tradition. For more information, call the Chamber office at 664-9272.
Classic Cars, Hollywood Star, Top 40 Singer Highlights of Show
Posted on: June 11, 2013 by greenville admin
You can see the cars and stars on Saturday, June 15 at the 2nd Annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show. Registration for the car show is from 9:00 a.m. until Noon with awards presented at 3:00 p.m. Judging is open to cars and trucks from 1985 and older. Plaques will be awarded to the Top 50 selected by the judges. Cost is $15 for judging or $7 for display only. The classic vehicles will be parked along 2nd Street from the First United Methodist Church to Beaumont Avenue...
Donna Douglas who played Elly Mae Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies", one of the most popular television series of the 1960s, is the featured celebrity at this year's Greenville Graffiti Car Show. Ms. Douglas will sign autographs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and participate in a special question and answer session with fans at 3:30 p.m. She will also serve as a celebrity judge for the car show. Mayor Alan Gaffner will present Ms. Douglas with the Key to the City at 1:00 p.m
Ronnie Rice, lead singer of the group New Colony Six, is the featured musical entertainment at the Greenville Graffiti Car Show. The New Colony Six notched two Top 40 Billboard hits with "I Will Always Think About You" and "Things I'd Like To Say." Although New Colony Six was known for its ballads, Rice's concert will be a musical journey through rock and roll's greatest hits. Rice's performance is free and open to the public.
Other photo opportunities will be available at the Greenville Graffiti Car Show. Two members of the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders squad will sign autographs and pose for photos from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Woody from "Toy Story" will meet kids from 10:00 a.m. until Noon.
There are two unique contests open to the public. Those with a sweet tooth can compete in a Cupcake Eating Contest at 12:30 p.m. The winner will be the first one to devour a dozen jumbo cupcakes courtesy of Sweetest Things. Registration is $20 with proceeds to benefit the 8th grade Junior Comets football program. "Beverly Hillbillies" fans may want to dress up like Elly Mae, Jed, Grannie, or Jethro for the Clampett Look-a-Like Contest at 1:00 p.m. There is no charge for entering this competition.
A craft and vendor show, sponsored by the Circle of Friends Relay for Life team, will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church gym. Many downtown merchants are planning sidewalk sales and special promotions. For more information, contact the Greenville, IL Chamber of Commerce at (618) 664-9272.
Frank Joy Named 2013 Turley Award Winner
Posted on: March 14, 2013 by greenville admin
A Greenville man, who has carried on his family's tradition of service to the community, is this year's Gerald Turley Memorial Award winner. Frank Joy will receive the honor later this spring during a ceremony hosted by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. The name Joy has been associated with business and banking in Greenville for over 100 years...
Joy has a lengthy history of serving on countless boards and commissions including 30 years on the Greenville Regional Hospital Board of Directors and 20 years on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce board. Joy is treasurer for the Bond County Salvation Army. He is a past member of the Greenville Industrial Commission, I-70 Community Development Association, Bond County Academic Foundation board, and Greenville College to Greenville Community advisory board.
This year's Turley honoree began working part-time at Bradford National Bank in 1970 before becoming a full- time employee in 1973. He worked his way up to the bank presidency in 1993. Under his guidance, the bank has grown to four locations and $250 million in total assets. Joy believes in the traditions of community banking and has pushed Bradford National Bank to be a leader in volunteerism. He encourages employees to become involved with local civic groups like the Lions Club, Optimist Club, the Women's Club, and more. With Joy's support, employees have raised thousands of dollars for causes including the Bond County Food Pantry, Relay For Life, Parkinson's Disease, autism, and more.
At his direction, Bradford National Bank has also been a supporter of local education, athletics, and the arts. The bank has been a backer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the annual Art Walk. Joy urged the creation of the Art in Education Art Show, highlighting the works of area elementary, junior high, and high school students.
Frank Joy has also been a staunch supporter of area veterans through the downtown Veterans Memorial, the Honor Flight program, an appearance by the Traveling Vietnam Wall at the Bond County Fair, and the publication of two books sharing stories of Bond County's World War II vets.
The recipient of the Gerald Turley Memorial Award is selected by a special committee of the Chamber of Commerce. Created in 1994 to honor a Greenville citizen who has demonstrated personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership to promote the success of Greenville, the award was named for Gerald Turley, a former mayor. Last year's recipient was Becky Blackburn. For more information about the Gerald Turley Memorial Award, contact the Greenville Chamber of Commerce at 664-9272.
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