Category: Commitment to Community

Yaekel & Associates Insurance Honored with December Commitment to Community Award

December 05, 2019 | Awards | Commitment to Community

The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to Yaekel & Associates Insurance Services, Inc. Yaekel & Associates Insurance is an independent agency located at 1915 West Main Street in Belleville. Formerly known as the Niemeyer Agency, they were founded back in 1897. For well over 100 years, they have been committed to carrying on a tradition of excellent customer service that clients can rely on. Since they are an independent agency, that means they work for you, not the insurance companies. They have a stellar reputation with hundreds of businesses, professionals, and individuals in our communities. They offer a wide range of…

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Union United Methodist Church honored with Quarterly Commitment to Community Award

  The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to Union United Methodist Church. Union United Methodist Church acquired its name from the union of two downtown churches in 1950, but its heritage extends back to 1819, just five years after the founding of Belleville. Dissatisfied with the state of Methodism in Belleville in 1950, the congregations of First Methodist Church and Jackson Street Methodist Church, both located within sight of the public square, resolved to unite to create a larger organization that would more effectively serve the community. Though located in downtown Belleville and serving that community, the vision of the church…

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Kaskaskia Engineering Group Honored with Quarterly Commitment to Community Award

The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to Kaskaskia Engineering Group. Kaskaskia Engineering Group, LLC (KEG) is a 100% woman-owned and managed engineering and contracting firm that was founded in 2006 by Geri Boyer. Their main office is located in downtown Belleville, Illinois, with branch offices in Geneva, Peoria, Champaign, and Glen Carbon, Illinois, as well as Evansville, Indiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Kaskaskia has grown from a two person firm to 45 employees over the past 13 years. They offer Transportation, Geotechnical, Structural, Hydraulic, Environmental, and Construction Engineering services. While the have been involved with many projects, some notable one include…

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Rose Marie Fitzgerald Honored March Commitment to Community Award

March 08, 2019 | Commitment to Community

The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to Rose Marie Fitzgerald. Rose Marie is born and raised in the Belleville area. She currently lives in Millstadt and is truly a gem in this community. Rose Marie retired from Commerce Bank where she worked with their Senior Partners planning group trips ranging from day trips around the area to cruises and more. She has great attention to detail and it showed in her work. Rose Marie was great at what she did and brought joy to those she interacted with. Rose Marie is also a wonderful community member by giving back through her…

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The Callison Family with Breakthru Beverage Received December Commitment to Community Award

December 26, 2018 | Commitment to Community

The Commitment to Community Award is presented quarterly to a Chamber Member who demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for residents and/or businesses in the greater Belleville area. The Ambassadors are honored to present this quarter’s award to The Callison Family with Breakthru Beverage. Breakthru Beverage Belleville is a wholesale wine and spirits distributor that serves the southern half of Illinois and is focused on the Metro East. Their main office is located in Belleville in the Belle Valley Industrial Park. Breakthru Belleville was originally started in 1933 in East St. Louis by an independent entrepreneur named Ed Pohlman. Olin Callison joined the distributorship as the General Manager in 1934 and purchased the business from Ed Pohlman’s widow in 1947. In 1954 and 1956, Olin’s two son’s (Bill and Ed Callison respectively)…

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