August 2013 Newsletter

August Newsletter 2013
It’s hard to believe we are on the backside of the year, and school will be starting this week for some of us.  I will miss those evenings of coming home from work, and being able to just enjoy the evenings. On the flip side, I am excited for the challenges and changes my daughter will face entering 7th grade, as I watch her grow and evolve.


Which brings me to my next thought: As a chamber we are constantly evolving to stay current and on top of the needs and wants of our members.


One aspect the Chamber has strived to improve on this year is communication between us and our members.


By sending the Friday Blasts, the monthly newsletter, email blasts, our website and our Faceboook page, all of our members are being kept up to speed on the happenings with our members and events being held around our great city.


I encourage each of you to exhasut all of the tools and opportunities that your Bonne Terre Chamber has to offer.


Please don’t hesitate to contact myself, or any one of our board members at any time. We are here for you.


Julie Pratte
Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce

July Investor Meeting
We hosted the speakers of Big River Chautaqua on Wednesday evening, July 17th at Heritage Hall.
Bow Tie Catering served a delicious meal, and each one of the featured speakers gave us a brief preview of what we were going to hear over the next 3 days.
The gentleman who portrayed President Harry Truman, left you hanging onto each sentence, and rght before he would give the full story away, he would grin and say, “i’ll tell you the rest on Saturday night.”
The Chamber served, before Friday night’s speaker, George Washigton Carver. I want to thank David & Nancy Dill, Dana Plunkett, Bruce Pratte, Kattrina Pratte and Marcella Warren for stepping up and helping that evening.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

August Investor Meeting
Will be held on Wednesday, August 28th at Mario’s at 12:00. Our guest speaker will be Curt Jones from Uni Tec Career Center. Are you aware of all the classes Uni Tec has to offer? Are you aware of how Uni Tec can help your business and your employees?  We invite you to come hear Mr. Jones speak about these things.
Our business spotlight will be The United Way of St. Francois County. Donna Hickman will have lots to share with us regarding what’s new and upcoming at the United Way.
The meal will be $10.00 per person.
Don’t forget to RSVP to the chamber.

Ribbon Cutting
Thank you to everyone that came out to Shades of Renee Salon ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 31st.
Congratulations Jill Campbell!
Pictured Back Row: Donna Hickman (United Way), Ms. Rasnic, Ruthie Pratte, Nancy Dill, Jessie Schwent, Chuck Burt, Mike Avila.
Front Row: Dickie Graves, (holding the ribbon) Gracie Schwent, Jade Brewer, Jeff Campbell & Jill Campbell (holding the scissors) Kim Burt, Julie Pratte (Belgrade Financial Services), Erica Avila

Bonne Terre Aire Festival
Saturday, Sept. 7th from 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Airplane rides, helicopter rides, arts & crafts, food vendors, model airplanes, live music, a balloon glow at sunset, and much, much more!
The goal is to provide a fun and unique event for our community.
Would you like to be a part of this? They are looking for sponsors, volunteers, vendors, etc.
For more details call 573-454-1266.

We want to thank everyone who made the backpack program such a success! A BIG THANK YOU to the Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center for your donation of $1,000!!  This money was raised by the inmates, who also made donation of notebooks in the shapes of apples and yellow ducks to go into the backpacks.
Another BIG THANK YOU goes to Stan Payne, and his church, East Bonne Terre Second Baptist Church who brought in backpacks full of nutritious food for this worthy program. Along with those filled backpacks we were also gie a check for $247.00 that was raised from their Vacation Bible School!  Children helping Children. What a blessing!
THANK YOU to Belgrade State Bank, First State Community Bank, Bonne Terre Airport, Mario’s, and Bonne Terre City Hall, for being drop off points, and for the fundraising and donations. And a BIG THANK YOU to Bonne Terre Save A Lot, for ordering and delivering the pallet to North County for us.
THANK YOU to Centenary United Methodist Church who donated all their backpacks that was left over from their community event they held on Satuday.
All total we raised $1,407.00 along with 4 totes and a box full of food. Everyting was delivered to the Superintendant’s office last week, and dispersed out to all the schools in the North County School District.
I am so proud of our members and how they stepped up for this very worthy cause.
Thank you again. Because of you, children won’t go to bed hungry.

ERDCC presents a $1,000 check to the Bonne Terre Chamber to benefit North County’s Back pack program.
Pictured: Jan Buttner (Belgrade State Bank), Julie Pratte, President, Elizabeth Bess, & Jason Lewis (Deputy Warden ERDCC)

New Members & Renewing Members
McDowell Electric                    St. Francois Rotary                  Commerce Bank
Country Mart                           Redfield Collision Center           North County R-1
Habitat for Hummanity               Rep. Elaine Gannon                 Belgrade Financial Services
Bahr Lawn Service                  Good Earth Monuments             Bluffview Rentals
Bonne Terre Church of Christ    The Blind Depot                       Circut Clerk-Vicki Weible
BJC Healthcare                       Belgrae State Bank                   United Way
Mo. Community Improvement   State Farm- Jim Sowers            Mineral Area College
Unique Interiors Group              Bonne Terre Pawn                   The Orchard LLC
Big River Estates                     Chuck & Bj’s                           Joyce Wood & Assoc.
Benham Street Grill                   B & D Auto Parts                     Big River Fire Protection
Handi-Craft                              MARMC                                 Shelter Insurance
KRCU Radio                           Maloney, Wright & Robbins       Crouch, Farley & Huering
W.F. Weber Insurance              St. Francois Cnty Comm. Partnershp
First State Community Bank      Laclede Gas                             Ameren Missouri
Grystal Heating & Cooling          Good Vibes T-Shirt Co              CZ Boyer & Son Funeral
City of Bonne Terre                  JB Contracting Inc.                    Kevin Pearce Insurance
Murphy’s Landscaping              VMPC Recreational                   VMPC Resources
VMPC Development                 My Sister’s Place Too                Wood, Land & Cattle
Semo Family Violence Council   Talk of the Town                      Pharmax Pharmacy
B.T. Save A Lot                        Daily Journal                           GWS Contractors
Marler’s Towing                        KFMO-B104                             Shades of Renee
Parkland Health Mart                  Jim & Carol Eaton                     Jase Outdoors
American Family Insurance        Monteey Mushrooms                 Bonne Terre Senior Apts.
Paul & Lila Williams                   Crossroads Steakhouse             Docc’s Custom Ink
Main Street Grill                        The Laundry Basket                   Bonne Terre Airport
Summer’s Prom & Boutique        Serenity Hospice Care              Mario’s Italian Eatery
Hairitage Salon                          The Junk Divas                       Smokey Lonesome
Bison Bows
Do you see your name on this list? Maybe you forgot to mail in your dues. Please don’t delay the chamber counts on you. If you need a new sheet, please contact Nancy at 358-4000.

Parkland Health Center Announces Star Service Team Member for July 
Parkland Health Service is pleased to announce that Amy Easter, RN has been selected as the Star Service Team Member for July 2013.
Amy is a registered nurse in the surgical services department. She has worked at Parkland Health Center for 11 years. Prior to working as a surgical nurse, she was a nurse in the obstetrics department. When asked what she likes about her job, she replied, “I like taking care of people and meeting new people.”
Amy’s nomination from her peers reads, in part: “Our July Star Service employee is an asset for PHC (Parkland Health Center). She goes above and beyond! She greets everyone she comes in contact with. She has a wonderful smile and goes the extra mile for her patients and families. She is willing to step up to the plate when needed. She helps out whenever she is needed. She gives her patients that little extra special touch. She takes on extra duties in the department to assure the best outcome for our department. She is team leader. She PHC with the highest regard. She lives COIL (Compassion, Integrity, and Loyalty) every day.” When she asked how she reacted to receiving this award, she responded, “I was surprised!” She went on to humbly explain that she feels it is her job to go the extra mile for the patient, so she does not think of that kind of attitude as being unusual.
Parkland Health Center is part of BJC HealthCare which also includes St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the teaching hospitals for Washington University School of Medicine. For additional information about Parkland Health Center, please call (573) 756-6451 or the physician finder service at 573-431-3338 or visit

Come “Wine” with us 
On Tuesday, August 6th the Bonne Terre Airport hosted a networking event for all the Bonne Terre Chamber Members. They were proud to show everyone in attendance the hard work and effort that has gone into the airport so far.
They are always looking for volunteers, that would like to come in and lend a hand with numerous projects they have going on.
For more information on the Bonne Terre Airport visit their website at www,
Thank you so much for hosting the chamber!  Be watching our Facebook page, website, and newsletter for the next networking event.

Our Page Has Changed !!
We recently linked our Facebook page to our website, and shut down our old Facebook page.
If you were a friend of the old page,
we encourage you to “LIKE” our new, current and correct Facebook page, in order to stay up to date on the latest happenings at the chamber.

Upcoming Events:
August 12th -6:00 p.m.- BINGO @ Bonne Terre Eagles Aux. # 4210. Doors open at 4:40 p.m. Bingo every Monday night.
August 18-25th- The Bonne Terre Memorial Library will be closed for maintenance. They will reopen Monday, August 26th. The drop box on the right side of the building is available for returns.
August 21st-6:00 p.m.

.- Aire Festival Team Meeting. If you are planning to participate in the Aire Festival, YOU NEED TO BE AT THIS MEETING. Worker assignments and schedules will be made at this meeting. If you want to work but can’t make the meeting, then please call or Email the Bonne Terre Airport. 573-454-1266
Wednesday, August 28th– Monthly Investor Meeting at Mario’s at noon.
August 31st– Relay for Life Breakfast at Benham Street Grill.

Sept. 5th – Master of the Bar-B-Q Benefitting United Way. All information is located on our website at under Events tab.

Sept. 5th – 5:30- 8:00 p.m.- Free workshop to help veterans, reservists, and their families to learn about small business resources, education benefits, career opportunities, and more.

Electronic Sign
For those of our members, advertising on the electronic sign.
if you have any changes you want made to the sign, or you want your logo added to your message, please email the logo and/or changes to the chamber office. We are updating the sign every week.
If you are not currently advertising on the sign, please contact the chamber office to get a price list.
In This Issue
July Investor Meeting
August Investor Meeting
Ribbon Cutting
Aire Festival
Thank You
Star Service
Networking Event
Upcoming Events
Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce 30 N. Allen Street Bonne Terre, Missouri 63628
Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce (573) 358-4000




  1. Janet Laut`, 3 years ago

    Wondering if you have dates and participants chozen for the 2014 Chatauqua?

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    • jpratte, 3 years ago

      The dates are July 17, 18, & 19th. The speakers will be announced very soon.

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  2. Felicia Wilson, 11 months ago

    Good morning,
    Just wondering if you received the flyer on the benefit for SFC Sheriff Deputy Tim Harris.

    Thank you for your support!!

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    • jpratte, 10 months ago

      We did not. I am sorry I just seen this message. I have a flyer let me see if we can send out a quick “Blast” to all our members this afternoon.

         -   Reply

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