Lunch & Learn – Pontiac Community Heart & Soul

Phase II:  Pontiac Community Heart & Soul

When:  Thursday, August 23 @ noon
Where: Pontiac City Hall, 115 W Howard Street
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Come find out how you can be part of the city’s Community Heart & Soul initiative. The program kicked off in mid-April and is now moving into the second phase, Explore Your Community. To help gather residents’ stories and build relationships across divides, the organization is hosting small, community-driven events such as Thirsty Thursday Topics and Rock the Block cook-outs. These community driven events will help organizers better understand the needs of the city.

To learn more about the Pontiac Community Heart & Soul project and to stay up-to-date on the progress, follow us on Facebook @PontiacCommunityHeartandSoul or sign up for our e-newsletter by emailing us at heartandsoul61764@gmail.com  You can text or call us at 815-419-7015 with any further questions you might have.

Community Heart & Soul is a proven process that actively seeks the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are missing and brings people together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant communities. This resident-driven model takes into account both the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there – a town’s “Heart & Soul®.” For more information on the Community Heart & Soul process, visit orton.org.

To pay by credit card call the chamber office at 815.844.5131.

 

 

Local Food Movement: Lunch & Learn – Ag Edition

Local Food Movement

When:  Friday, June 29 @ noon
Where: Hampton Inn, 2000 Grand Prix Dr
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, free for Farm Bureau members

Join us to learn all about the local food movement right here in Livingston County!

Matt Kilgus, Manager for Kilgus Farmstead, will share the story of their family farm and what it takes to produce the food we enjoy. He will also discuss how they market and sell their local products to surrounding area stores and costumers.

Raghela Scavuzzo, Illinois Farm Bureau Local Foods Program Manager, will talk about what local means, trends she is seeing and what markets farmers can sell to.

Murray McLean, County Market Produce manager will talk with us all about the grocery store’s process for selecting, buying and working with the farmers. Be sure to bring your questions to this panel of experts!

 

 

Issues & Eggs – What’s Happening In Springfield

What’s Happening In Springfield
Senator Jason Barickman and Representative Tom Bennett

When:  Thursday, June 14@ 7:30 am
Where: Edinger’s Filing Station, 423 W Madison St.
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

State Representative Tom Bennett and Senator Jason Barickman will update you on “What’s Happening In Springfield.” Join us for an update on current happenings and what is in store for the future.

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Sign Up for the Chamber Annual Golf Outing

Come join us for the Pontiac Area Chamber golf outing on Friday, June 8 with a shotgun start at 10 am.

It will be a great time with marshmallow golf, the fastest hole, the superior award sponsored by Superior Landscape, the toilet bowl award sponsored by Popejoy and much more…..

Here is the 2018 Golfer Registration & Sponsorship form. The cost is $75 per golfer and a foursome isn’t needed. Call the chamber today at 815.844.5131 to sign up today!

Sponsorships are still available.

Bank of Pontiac to Host Latest Mix & Mingle

The Bank of Pontiac at 300 W Washington Street will be hosting the chamber’s next Mix & Mingle on Thursday, May 17. Come join us for a FREE evening of socializing and great food. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy a chance to win great door prizes.

RSVP no later than Tuesday, May 17 to 815.844.5131 or email mterrell@pontiacchamber.org.

Driscoll Motors Hosted Mix & Mingle

More than 100 people came out to the Mix & Mingle at Driscoll Motors on Thursday, April 5. Folks enjoyed lots of great company, food and beverages. Thanks to Pam Schahrer and her staff for the wonderful evening.

Driscoll Motors
610 S Newport Rd, Pontiac
Phone: (815) 842-1143

Issues & Eggs – State of the City, Thurs 4/19

State of the City
Bob Russell, Mayor of Pontiac & Bob Karls, City Administrator

When:  Thursday, April 19 @ 7:30 am
Where: Baby Bull’s Fine Dining,1025 W. Reynolds St.
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members

Mayor Bob Russell & Bob Karls will share the current state of the City of Pontiac. Please come to hear where Pontiac is now and what is in store for the future. Also learn more about the community driven Heart & Soul program that will shape the future of Pontiac.

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Issues & Eggs – What’s Really Happening With Healthcare

What’s Really Happening With Health Care in Illinois
Aaron Winters, Executive Director of Healthcare Council
Illinois Chamber of Commerce

When:  Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 am
RSVP:  No later than Friday, October 6
Where: Baby Bull’s Fine Dining,1025 W. Reynolds St.
Cost: $10, click here to pay by credit card

Confused about all the healthcare legislation proposed this summer? Wondering what it means for your business? What options do small businesses have in finding affordable health care for their employees? Come listen to Aaron Winters talk about what’s on the horizon for healthcare in Illinois.

RSVP no later than Friday, October 6 to 815.844.5131 or mkennedy@pontiacchamber.org.

Threshermen’s Parade….Sunday, September 3 Rain or Shine

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The annual Threshermen’s Parade on Sunday, September 3 will step-off at 1:15 pm rain or shine!

As always it will wind through the streets of downtown Pontiac. It starts at the Mill Avenue bridge and winds it way to Madison and turns right and then turns right on Main Street.

The weather currently looks to be in the low 80s and sunny!

 

Between 10,000 and 15,000 people come to see the parade each year. Hope to see you there!!!!

Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce
210 N Plum St
Pontiac, IL  61764
Phone:  815.844.5131

Threshermen’s Parade….100 Years in the Past. 100 Years in the Future.

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In celebration of the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary, the theme for the 2017 Threshermen’s Parade is “100 Years in the Past. 100 Years in the Future.”

This year’s parade is on Sunday, September 3 with a step-off time of 1:15 pm. As always it will wind through the streets of downtown Pontiac.

The weather currently looks to be in the low 80s and partly cloudy!

If you are interested in entering the parade, fill out the 2017 parade application and submit it to the chamber office.

The parade costs the chamber more than $7,000 to run each year. If you would like to sponsor the parade, send your sponsorship to the chamber office at:

Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce
210 N Plum St
Pontiac, IL  61764
Phone:  815.844.5131