The Member Luncheon is quickly approaching! The event will be held in the main hall at the Knights of Columbus in Washington (1121 Columbus Ln) on Monday, September 24.
This year, the event will be catered by Droege's Catering Company.
Red Potato Salad
Green Beans w/ Ham
Rolls & Butter
Assorted Cookies & Brownies
Tea, Lemonade, Water
The program will include the presentation of the Outstanding Young Professionals Class of 2018. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone. We had a lot of qualified candidates! A representative from the Young Ambassadors, a new joint steering committee formed by the Chamber, Downtown Washington, and the City of Washington, will report on upcoming plans for the Young Professionals networking group.
Tickets to the Member Luncheon are $12/person. Please RSVP to Cheryl (636-239-2715 x102) by Friday, September 14 if you would like to attend the luncheon. Payment is due Monday, September 17 and can be brought to the Chamber Office (323 W Main Street) or mailed to PO Box 752, Washington, MO 63090.
Chamber members have access to an online job board included with membership to the Chamber! Members are encouraged to submit information on current job openings through their ChamberMaster accounts. If you do not currently have access to ChamberMaster, please contact Amanda to have a username and password assigned.
Information on job openings can also be e-mailed to the Chamber Office to be posted.
Members can also add a detailed description, logo, photos, YouTube video, and other details to enhance their listing on the Chamber website. It's a great way to attract more attention from our online visitors! Examples below are from the Washington Farmers' Market listing.
Neighborhood Reads bookstore and The Missourian are throwing a party for teachers on Thursday, Aug. 30, and the theme is reading!
Educators who attend the Teacher Appreciation open house from 5 to 7 p.m. will take home free classroom books, all paperback advance reading copies. Additional books will be given away as door prizes. The bookstore will offer credentialed educators a 20 percent discount on books during the event.
The Missourian will share information on its youth literacy programs, including Missourian In Education, which provides classroom newspapers and curriculum to teachers at no charge, and Book Buzz, which delivers 100 new, hardback books every month to area school libraries, and writing opportunities for students.
The Teacher Appreciation event will be held at Neighborhood Reads bookstore in downtown Washington, 401 Lafayette St., across from the library. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. To learn more, visit neighborhoodreads.com.
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Three Open Chamber Board Positions
Completed ballots due Friday, December 1.
G.H. Tool & Mold
JJ Desmond was born and raised in Washington. He has worked for G.H. Tool & Mold as the IT Systems Administrator for 20 years. JJ served nine years on the Washington Town & Country Fair Board and was a board member for the Lakeside Music Festival. He lives in Washington and has two teenage sons, Brayden and Ian.
Eric Eoloff is president of Mercy Hospital Washington and lives in the Washington community with his wife, Gina. In his role, he is accountable for the safe, efficient and high-quality operations at this award-winning hospital employing nearly 1,000 area residents. Prior to accepting his leadership role here locally in September 2016, Eric was president of Mercy Labs and had executive oversight of laboratory operations at Mercy’s 33 hospital laboratories. Eric has worked for Mercy for about 12 years. He was chief operating officer and vice president of operations of Mercy Hospital St. Louis between 2006 and 2012. Eric received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.
Hillermann Nursery & Florist
Scott Hillermann is the Vice President of Hillermann Nursery & Florist. He is a second-generation owner helping lead the family business into the next generation. Scott attended St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and studied horticulture at East Central College. He and his wife, Gail, have three children.
Scott has experience in every department that Hillermann Nursery has to offer, but his focus is as facility manager, safety manager, and the buyer for the growing landscape department. Scott has been involved in the community for many years through the Lion's Club, St. Francis Borgia Parish, and as a coach for Little League baseball. He was a member of the Chamber's Outstanding Young Professionals Class of 2014. Scott is looking forward to the direction Washington is headed and is excited for the opportunity to help lead the way through the Washington Chamber of Commerce.
Steve Strubberg was born and raised in Washington, graduating from Washington High School before earning a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. He began working for Horn Architects as a Project Manager in 1994 and became Owner/Principal in 2013.
Steve is currently the Vice-Chair of the Washington Historic Preservation Commission and a member of the Rotary Club. He previously served on the Washington Clean Energy Board and Downtown Washington Inc. Design Committee, and volunteered as a coach for Washington Soccer Association and Washington Little League Baseball & Softball. Steve and his wife, Lori, live in Washington with their three children.
Legacy Embroidery & Screen Printing
Karen Timpe was born and raised in Washington. She and her husband, Herb, have two adult sons, Phil and Andrew. Karen has worked as an Account Manager at Legacy Embroidery and Screen Printing for 12 years. She is a lifelong member of St. Francis Borgia Parish and serves on the Pastoral Council. She is a past member of the SFB Grade School Athletic Association and the SFBRHS Ladies' Golf Committee. Karen has volunteered at the Washington Town & Country Fair, SFB Fall Festival, SFBRHS Dinner Auction, and SFBRHS Project Graduation.
WEG Transformers USA
Jeff Trentmann, a Certified Public Accountant, is the Lead Accountant for the Distribution Transformer plant at WEG Transformers USA (formerly CG Power Systems USA). He is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Master's in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He is actively involved with the Washington Jaycees and will begin his term as president in December 2017. Jeff lives in Washington with his wife, Johanna, and their daughter. He enjoys volunteering and performing community service, watching and playing sports and spending time with family.
We are excited to announce the selection of twelve local employees to receive Outstanding Young Professional awards. Members of the OYP Class of 2017 were chosen based on their contributions to the Washington-area, both in business and volunteer service. We had a number of excellent candidates nominated for the award, and it is clear the future is bright for the greater Washington area. Thank you to everyone who took time to make a nomination!
The OYP Class of 2017 includes:
Award winners will be recognized at the Member Luncheon on Monday, September 25. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall (upper level) in Washington. Cost is $12/person. Please RSVP to Cheryl at the Chamber Office (636-239-2715 x102) by Friday, September 15. View a printable invitation.
A special supplement, featuring the 2017 recipients and the businesses they represent, will be published in the September 27th edition of The Missourian.
The OYP awards were established in 2013 by the Chamber and the Missourian Publishing Company to recognize the up-and-coming generation of Washingtonians. Including the Class of 2017, we have honored 60 Outstanding Young Professionals. Members of past classes are listed on our Award Winners page. Nomination forms, along with requirements and nomination procedures are available for the 2018 Outstanding Young Professional awards.
Together, the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and Washington Missourian are recognizing the up-and-coming generation of area leaders. Following are the rules for the “Outstanding Young Professional Awards.” Awards will be presented at a Chamber luncheon on Sept. 25, 2017.
Nominees shall be an employee of a company or organization which holds a membership with the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce. Nominees must be 40 years or under as of January 1, 2017.
Judging will be done by a committee of five: three from the Membership PR committee of the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and two from the Washington Missourian. The committee reserves the right to determine additional persons for consideration.
B & B BBQ has been selected to cater the 2017 Summer Membership Mixer. All members offering catering services were invited to bid on the event. The Mixer will be held at the Swine Pavilion at the Fairgrounds on Thursday, June 1. The event begins at 6 p.m. with drinks, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are due to Cheryl (636-239-2715 x102) Monday, May 22.
Special Thanks to our mixer sponsors:
Thanks to Craig Callaway for providing the sound system!
Do you follow @washmochamber on instagram? Our latest social media adventure showcases our member businesses and organizations. You can also find snapshots from Chamber events and the general happenings around the office.
With over 500 members, it will take a while to get through everyone, but we promise to make it happen! You can help us speed up the process by sending a photo of your place of business to Amanda, and don't forget to tag us in your favorite pics from Chamber events!
Ballots were mailed to Chamber members today with information on our Board of Directors nominees. Completed ballots must be received at the Chamber Office on or before Thursday, December 1st.
There is one open position on the Chamber Board of Directors for 2017, and three candidates were selected by our Nominating Committee. Each has agreed to serve and carry on the Chamber's business for the next six years. Chamber members should vote for one of the three nominees, or write-in a candidate at the bottom of the ballot.
Nominated candidates include:
Click Here to learn more about the nominees.
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