Calendar of Events - Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce
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May 2016

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Legislative Update Lunch 2016 hosted by Chamber Diplomats
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41st Annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing
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This 36-hour course provides participants* with practical skills to service and troubleshoot systems using Allen-Bradley MicroLogix and SLC 500 Programmable Logic Controllers.

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Memorial Day

Chamber Closed for the holiday
National Trails Day at Fox Ridge State Park

Launch into the summer season with a fun and fulfilling day on the trail during American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. On Saturday, June 4, 2016, hundreds of thousands of individuals will converge at parks, forests, and trails all across the country to experience the great outdoors with friends, family, and fellow Americans.
To celebrate in east central Illinois, Fox Ridge State Park will be hosting both a morning trail run and an afternoon group hike.
At 9:00 am, meet at the White Pines pavilion (first shelter to the right after park’s entrance) to take a 5k loop through various trails. This route is designed for runners and joggers wanting to take their road practice onto a new terrain.
At 3:00 pm, meet at the Trail of Trees entrance (located across from the Ball Diamond shelter) to take a guided hike up to the Eagles Nest Overlook and back. This trek entails a slower pace for individuals who might want to stop and smell some wildflowers along the way.
Either option offers the opportunity for families and community members to come together and enjoy the beauty and benefits of our local state park. American Hiking Society President Gregory Miller explains, “Our nation’s trails offer individuals from all walks of life boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, reconnect with family and friends, and discover fun ways to stay active and get healthy.”
This event, along with thousands of other activities across the nation, is registered at, and questions can be directed to

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For the Love of Painting

Swept high to the left tippy-top went my brush,
Leaving sky blown in lavender-blue.
Next, whispery clouds of peach-pinky stuff,
Sliding past, as was their due.
'Neath fire lined clouds ashen trees hedge the scene,
Abundant bloom native plants 'neath the sun.
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Now Let's Paint It - it's sure to be fun!
Join Jessica Mertz as she teaches a step-by-step painting class in acrylic, exploring color theory, composition, paint application and technique.  Your 11 x 14 original painting, an Illinois landscape with native flowers suitable for framing, will be the fruit of our efforts. This class is designed to be accessible to participants of all experience levels. All supplies are provided. Participants are asked to bring a snack to share during the break.

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Electronic Drives

This 20 hour course is designed to provide participants* with the skills required to safely install,
program and troubleshoot modern AC variable frequency drives, servo drives, and stepper drives.

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Executive Committee Meeting

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Outdoor Storytime featuring Jane Goodall

School might be out for the summer, but there is plenty more to learn from the natural world and the stories about it. On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 10:30 am, parents can bring their children to the Brick Pavilion at Fox Ridge State Park for Outdoor Storytime featuring Jane Goodall.
A living history interpreter will introduce the life of this important figure in both science and women’s history, giving listeners an opportunity to explore their curiosity and ask questions. They will then engage with Goodall’s ideas about observing and conserving nature by participating in an exploratory activity in the park. Several storybooks about animals and the environment will then be read aloud, which might even require kids to get up and dance like a chimp!
In the words of Goodall, “There is a powerful force unleashed when young people resolve to make a change.” This program will serve to bring children into the park, teach them about an influential woman, and entertain them through stories and activities, hopefully inspiring them to continue learning about, enjoying, and making a difference in the great outdoors.

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Doing the Rot Thing

Composting is using organic waste, such as leaves, coffee grounds and eggs shells to create fresh,‚Äč rich topsoil.  Learn what you can include in your compost pile or bin, how to help it decompose, and what the benefits are for the environment.  Information will be provided on buying or building a bin, which is a crucial element for the best process.



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SBL Annual Golf Benefit

Sarah Bush Lincoln will host its 27th annual golf benefit on Friday, June 10, at Mattoon Golf & Country Club. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the construction of Sarah Bush Lincoln’s new Regional Cancer Center building. Golfers have a choice of either a morning or afternoon flight. A continental breakfast will be available during morning registration, which begins at 6:30 am, prior to a 7:30 am tee off. Lunch will be served from 11 am to 2 pm and registration for the afternoon flight will be from 11:30 to 1 pm. The afternoon flight will tee off at 1 pm. Prizes will be awarded to winners of challenges on each of the 18 holes during a reception from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, call the SBL Foundation at 217 258-2511.

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Board of Directors Meeting

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Troubleshooting Techniques

In this 12 training program, participants* will learn proven techniques and practices to apply their
knowledge of industrial electrical controls to troubleshoot and repair complex systems.

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Oglesby Mansion

Richard J. Oglesby is known as Decatur’s most distinguished citizen. He served as a U.S. Senator, a Civil War Union General, and Governor of Illinois.  The Oglesby mansion was built in the Italianate style and has some interesting family history.  Restoration began in 1976 and retains many original features of the elegant home.  $2 donation suggested.  We'll stop at Krekels Custard for a famous local confection - bring cash.  

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ISO 9001:2015 Update

The ISO 9001:2015 standard has been published and many manufacturers are concerned with understanding the important revisions affecting their Quality Management System.

To help clarify the requirements, IMEC is hosting a series of workshop-based training programs to review the changes to the ISO 9001 standard in order to help business owners and managers answer several questions:
  • What are the changes to the standard and when do we need to comply?
  • What changes do we need to make to our ISO system and how long will it take to implement?
  • What inefficiencies exist in our current system that are driving up costs?
  • What additional training do we need to provide to our employees?

Coupled with an (optional) mini gap assessment to identify where gaps might exist in your current system, manufacturers will be prepared to take action and move themselves forward on the path to a successful transition to ISO 9001:2015.

If signing up for the mini gap assessment, please indicate your interest in the "Comments" section of the registration form.

*Cancellations made within seven (7) days of the program start date, or failure to inform IMEC of cancellation may result in up to 50% of the invoiced attendance fee.

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Legislative Update Lunch hosted by Chamber Diplomats

The Chamber Diplomats will be hosting a Legislative Update Luncheon.
Join us for the latest news and updates from Springfield.  Guest speakers:
State Senator, Dale Righter and State Representative, Reggie Phillips.

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Wine tasting

Join us for a fun and educational afternoon of wine tasting.  A representative from Koerner Distributors will be on hand to talk about the wine that will be sampled, wine and food parings and an overview of the different wine varietals.  Samples of wines, a full glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served, and included in your ticket price.

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Go Fish! Ridge Lake Open House

Tucked within the wooded valleys of Fox Ridge State Park is Ridge Lake, a research facility free and available to the public. On Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 2-8 pm, Ridge Lake will host Go Fish!, an open house event for all ages. There will be educational displays in the lab and a fishing competition on the lake—participants can rent boats free for up to two hours, and anglers who catch the largest fish in each species will win trophies.
The purpose of this event is to promote awareness of and engagement with Ridge Lake as a public resource. Ridge Lake has the longest-running continuous creel survey in the United States. All fish caught are measured and weighed by Illinois Natural History Staff and read for tags; fishing is primarily catch-and-release, but anglers are allowed to keep fish that are legal size.

Ridge Lake invites the Charleston-area community to grab their tackleboxes and come on down to enjoy a nice day of fishing and learning a little more about everything this facility does.

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Annual Golf Outing

Join us for a day of fun on June 24th at the 41st Annual Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at the Charleston Country Club!  

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