I have had the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director for more than three years, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know our member companies and individuals – over 225 of you.
It has always been my intention to make a positive impact on the local business community and the Chamber itself, and I like to think I accomplished this to some degree: during my tenure, we started our successful Lunch & Learn series, created a more comprehensive website, start participating in social media such as Facebook and Instagram, and shared the news via the weekly Chamber Buzz.
These successes aside, it is a with a heavy heart that I am writing my retirement announcement.
As many of you know, I have struggled over the past years with cancer. Unfortunately, my cancer has returned, and I need to commit my time to focus on my health. With this in mind, my last day at the Pontiac Area Chamber will be Friday, March 15.
I thank all of you for your well wishes, thoughts and prayers. I will be remaining in the Pontiac area and look forward to remaining an active member of this thriving community.
In the crazy holiday season remember to shop at your local retailers. Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday. Come out to downtown Pontiac from 10 am to noon and enjoy free donuts and cinnamon rolls from Pfaff’s Bakery, coffee from The Cup & The Scone, along with some delicious hot chocolate. The welcome center will be stationed outside Charmed Boutique.
Make sure to stop by our new retailers such as Tattered Wings, Aleena’s Bath & Body Boutique, The Little Red Barn, The Modern Smithy and Nola + Kennedy along with our stalwarts such as Home Wishes, Hustedt Jewelers, PK UnKorked, Route 66 Kites, Frugality, Wright’s Furniture, Charmed Boutique, Once ‘N Again, The General Store, and Pontiac Community Art Center.
As you are out and about over the weekend, make sure to stop by our local restaurants for some rest and sustenance. Check out Baby Bull’s, Cafe Fontana, Monical’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Route 66 Nutrition, DeLong’s Casual Dining, Edinger’s Filing Station, Pontiac Family Kitchen, Dairy Queen, and Old Log Cabin!
Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve.
Jordan Harcharik, from SOCU, educated a group of chamber members on how to reduce the risk of identity theft happening to them and shared tips on how to help repair damage that identity theft can cause.
10 Things You Can Do To Avoid Fraud
Do online searches
Don’t believe your caller ID
Don’t pay upfront for a promise
Consider how you pay
Talk to someone
Hang up on robocalls
Be skeptical about free trial offers
Don’t deposit a check and wire money back
Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams
The annual Threshermen’s Parade kicked off on Sunday, September 2. The weather was a bit hot and steamy, but the crowds still came out in droves to watch this annual tradition. Folks enjoyed the steam engines, bands such as PTHS and Flanagan-Cornell, the South Shore Drill Team, the Shriners and, of course, lots of tractors.
Thank you to Mark Osmond for being the voice of the parade every year along with Lane Linstrom for the sound system. Your team work makes the parade a great success.
In addition, a special thank you to the FFA and the Dancenter for sending kids to help carry the sponsor signs through the parade. We couldn’t make the day work without you. And a shout out to the LACC Law Enforcement Club for helping at the barricades around the parade formation.
And last but not least, thank you to all of our sponsors for making this year’s parade such a success and especially our major sponsors. This parade continues to be such an vibrant tradition due to sponsors financial support!
Country Insurance & Financial Services – David Rapp
Country Insurance & Financial Services – Marlon Eilts
Dairy Queen – Pontiac
Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC
Driscoll Motor Company Inc.
Duane C. Kiesewetter
Durham Electric Co.
Fellheimer Law Firm
First Financial Bank
Fraher Ford Inc.
Gem’s Carpet Cleaning Plus
Graymont Cooperative Association
Illinois American Water
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Joan Bullard Realty
Kelly Electric Inc.
Livingston County Board of Realtors
Livingston County Farm Bureau
Livingston County War Museum
Lucille M WiechmannMcCoy Construction Company
Old Log Cabin
PH Lannon & Co
Pontiac Family Eye Care, LLC
Randy Sancken Farming & Trucking
SOCU – Pontiac
Stamps Body Shop
State Bank of Saunemin
State Farm Insurance – Lisa Kelley
Striegel Knobloch & Co.
The General Store
Three Roses Bed and Breakfast
Weathersby’s Livingston County Cleaning Supplies
When: Wednesday, September 12, 7:30 am RSVP: No later than Monday, September 10 Where: Pontiac Family Kitchen, 904 W. Custer Ave. Cost: $10 for members / $15 for non-members
Throughout the country Drug Courts have been extensively researched and have been found to reduce recidivism, ensure client compliance, and save money. After more than a year of planning and preparation the Livingston County Drug Court officially began in March 2018 with a goal to use a combination of accountability and treatment to support and compel drug-using offenders to change their lives and improve the community by reducing drug-related crime.
Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak and Circuit Judge Jennifer Bauknecht will give an update the how the program is going.
RSVP no later than Monday, September 10 to 815.844.5131 or email@example.com