September 2013 Newsletter

Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
In This Issue
Nightmare on Berry Rd
Fishing Derby
New Members
Upcoming Events
Miner’s Ball
Dix Garden Center
Serenity Hospice
Community Event
Business Spotlight
BBQ Fundraiser
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September 2013

It’s been a busy month, so I apologize. The Friday Blast has been hit or miss so far this month, and my newsletter is running slightly behind. So I want to thank you for your understanding and patience.

This month’s newsletter is full of information and upcoming events. If you have something you want published in our newsletter, please forward it to the chamber and we will gladly put it in our newsletter.


I also want to encourage you to attend this month’s investor meeting on Wednesday, September 25th at Heritage Hall. Paul Williams, President of N.C. School Board will be our speaker. The meal is being catered and is $10 per person.


Don’t forget, if you bring someone with you, or invite someone that isn’t a member, and they join the chamber, we will buy your lunch at the next month’s meeting.


We say goodbye to summer this weekend and welcome in fall, have a wonderful weekend!


Julie Pratte

Nightmare on Berry Road ~ Annual Chamber Auction

Saturday, October 5th at 5:30 p.m. you are invited to gather with us at the Bonne Terre Knights of Columbus for our annual fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Nightmare on Berry Road.” (Costumes are optional)

This fundraiser is so important for many reasons~ the main one being it allows us to provide you with a full time Executive Director.  It also allows us to host community events throughout the year, and operate the chamber as it should be ran.
We are still needing donations
If you have something to donate, please call the chamber office and we will gladly pick it up.
Invitations have gone out this week which is quite a bit later than normal due to some unforeseen circumstances.
Date: October 5th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Dress: Costumes or casual
Price: $30 per person in advance
Silent and live auction to be held.
Entertainment: Julie & Justin Dill and Johnny Washboard
Any questions, please feel free to contact the chamber.

 The  Fishing Derby A Success!
null  Beautiful Day for Fishing
Last Saturday morning started out brisk and cool, but once the sun peeked over the horizon it began to warm up and turned into a beautiful day for catching some fish.
Children were lining up at 6:30 a.m. even though registration didn’t start for another half hour. At 8 am the horn sounded and bobbers began bobbing up and down. Squeals of delight could be heard echoing around the bank and the children yelled, “I caught one!” Our judges were kept busy the next 2 hours measuring, giving encouragement, and even showing the kids how to cast. The first child to catch a fish in each age category was given a $2.00 bill.
At 10:00 the horn sounded to let the kids know time was up. Kids began gathering around the pavilion leaving mom or dad or grandma or grandpa to pick up the tackles boxes, fishing poles etc. Hot dogs, and soda was given out as the tally sheets were turned in.
The big winners were as follows:

Six and under


Biggest & Most Fish

Girl- Trinity Wade

Boy- Landon Wadlow-Biggest

Boy – Kaden Kernan – Most Fish


7-11 Age group


Girl – Ariel Wade – Biggest

Girl – Claire Patt- Most


12-15 Age group


Girl – Annabelle Davidson – Biggest

Boy – Carter Mecey – Biggest


Most- Stephan Bush Jr – Most

Each child in attendance was able to leave with a prize compliments of: Belgrade Financial Services, First State Community Bank, & Jase Outdoors (Jason Lewis). The Missouri Conservation Department donated goodie bags to be given to each child.

I want to give a special THANK YOU to Bill Cotton from First State Community Bank, who headed up and oversaw this event and a Big THANK YOU to all our judges. .Kevin Cook, First State Community Bank, Bill Cotton, First State Community Bank, Jason Lewis, Jase Outdoors, Brian Boyer, Boyer & Son’s Funeral Home, Bruce Pratte, Uni Tec Career Center, and to Dave Bahr our grill master, Nancy Dill, and all the other volunteers, thank you! Without your assistance, this event couldn’t be possible.

 New Members
null  Welcome!

Help me in welcoming our newest members to the Bonne Terre Chamber:


573 Fitness
Serve Pro
The Printing Company
Town & Country Realty
Town & Country Homes
Choice Auto Sales
Pyramid Home Health
Cherokee Landing

 Upcoming Events
null  Mark Your Calendars!
Wednesday, Sept 25th- Investor Meeting 12:00 @ Heritage Hall
Thursday, September 26th- Dine Out for the United Way at Colton’s in Farmington
Saturday, Sept 28th– Save A Life Relay for Life Breakfast at Benham St. Grill. $6 adults $4 children
Friday, Oct 4th– N.C. Homecoming
Saturday, Oct. 5th– Magical Illusions at Central Middle School (see article)
Thursday, Oct. 17- Girls Night Out at Twin Oaks Winery (Benefitting the United Way)
Saturday, Oct. 26th– Bonne Terre Spooktacular
Saturday Oct. 2th– Country Music Dinner & Dancing (Benefitting My Sister’s Place) 6 p.m. -10 p.m. at Stone Park Resort
Wednesday, Nov. 6th– Job Fair 2013 at the Centene Center 9am-2 pm
Saturday, Nov. 27th– Community Christmas Tree Lighting 5:30 p.m.
Monday, December 2- Annual Bonne Terre Christmas Parade at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 31– Miner’s Ball at Heritage Hall 8-12
Saturday, January 18– Chamber Awards Banquet

 You Are Cordially Invited


The Sesquicentennial Committee of Bonne Terre proudly announces   the kickoff event for the year long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the   founding of Bonne Terre.


Your event will be held New Year’s Eve in Heritage Hall. Valet   parking will be provided.


Your five course meal will begin at 6:00 pm with appetizers.   Your entrée choice will be noted when you purchase your tickets. Entre   choices are:


Stuffed Rock Cornish Game Hen


Prime Rib, served as in   all fine restaurants RARE to MEDIUM RARE only.

Medium to well-done will   not be available.


Special dietary needs,   including Vegetarian, Diabetic, Gluten Free and other special dietary   requirements will be accommodated by our caterer. Notification on your ticket   purchase will be required.


Our band will begin playing at 8:30 pm for your dancing enjoyment   or just your listening pleasure. We will feature a genre of 40’s, 50’s, 60’s,   70’s and 80’s fabulous music provided by the Best of MAC under the direction   of Dr. Kevin White.


Due to the Christmas holidays and notification requirements of   suppliers to our caterer, we will not be able to accommodate any ticket   purchases after December 18, 2013. Our caterer will be Park Hills newest   sensation, Main Street Grill. They are wonderful!!


We have a Masquerade/ Victorian theme and would love to have you   come in Victorian/Civil War costume or your dressy best. Please come and   support Bonne Terre!


This special notification is being sent to the Bonne Terre   Chamber of Commerce, Bonne Terre City Officials and the 150th Committee members   first before it is opened to the general public. We must limit the sales of   tickets to 200 at Heritage Hall.


Tickets for the five course dinner, music, dancing and champagne   are $80.00 each. A cash bar will be available. Tickets will be available as   of September 3, 2013, please call 358-4000 and ask for Nancy or 358-3872 and   ask for Patricia. The ticket sales will be open to everyone on October 1,   2013. We look forward to seeing all of you on New Year’s Eve.


The Bonne Terre Community Betterment Committee

 Membership Dues
 Are you current?
July 1st, was the date for Bonne Terre Chamber membership dues.
If yours hasn’t been sent in yet and you are needing an invoice, please let us know, so that we may keep your membership current.

 Dix Garden Center is now open for Fall!
null  2nd fall season begins

Be sure to stop by to see our impressive assortment of

mums, pumpkins, gourds, squash,

cornstalks, fresh honey, strabales

fall & Christmas decorations


Wednesday thru Saturday 10-6

Sunday 11-3


1430 E. Main Street

Park Hills, MO 63601

(in the wedge across from El Tapatio)




null  Serenity HospiceCare  Boosts Efficiency of Care/Staff Safety

If the field staff at Serenity HospiceCare had a theme song, a probable contender might be the Willie Nelson classic “On the Road Again.” Taking into consideration their eight county service area and the fact that their travels can take them into some pretty rural locations, Serenity management recently made the decision to provide company cars to a number of their staff.


On September 12, eight field staff received keys to their own 2014 Ford Focus which displays the organization’s popular logo. “We’re confident in our ability to provide outstanding patient care,” said Shelley Layton, Executive Director. “The new vehicles will simply allow our staff to provide that exceptional level of care in a more efficient manner, as well as provide them with the sense of safety and reliability that comes with driving a new automobile.”


Serenity management had previously discussed the idea of getting cars, but they needed to be sure the idea made financial sense. “These are especially challenging economic times for the hospice industry” said Shelley Layton, Executive Director. “After months of working with Enterprise representatives, we concluded that this venture would actually give us the opportunity to control operating costs, which was our goal all along. The resulting savings are then put directly back into helping us provide outstanding care to our patients.”


In addition to the issues of cost-efficiency and safety, the vehicles also serve as a marketing tool, allowing the Serenity name and logo to be on display. Graphic Options in Farmington provided the detailing on the cars. “We were very happy to be able to work with a local business for this” said Layton. “They did an absolutely beautiful job, and we couldn’t be more pleased with their work.”


The new vehicles hit the road on Thursday, September 12, the same day Serenity HospiceCare was featured on a program called “American Health Front”, which aired on both CBS Channel 4 and KFVS Channel 12.

 Community Event – Magical Illusions
Esther Baptist Church presents: Illusionist Steve Harvey
Saturday, October 5 @ 6:30 p.m. Central Middle School
Also appearing at Esther Baptist Church
412 7th street Park Hills
Wednesday & Thursday, October 2-3 @ 7 pm
Sunday, October 6th @ 8:30 am & 10:45 am

 Business Spotlight for September
 Belgrade State Bank

“A Wise Place to do Business”

For over 100 years and counting their number one priority and commitment has been their customers.
From providing customers with the products and services they expect, to offering them the attentive, personalized service they deserve, we’re committed in everything we do.

 BBQ Fundraiser for Deputy Chris Parsons’ Family
 Please come out and support this very worthy cause

Friday, October 4th  in front of the Public Safety Building at MAC. Food goes on sale at 11:00 am.

1 hamburger + 2 sides & drink $5.00
2 hotdogs + 2 sides & drink $5.00
1 bratwurst + 2 sides & drink $5.00
Pulled pork + 2 sides & drink $5.00
2 hotdogs or 1 hamburger or 1 bratwurst= $3.00
Raffling of Remington 870 12 ga. Shotgun. gift cards, movie tickets, oil changes, and more! All tickets are $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00
Your Support Will Be Greatly Appreciated!

Julie Pratte Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce


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