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Golf Outing 2015 - Lawrence County Chamber

Your Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing is less than a month away. This year the Golf Outing will be held on Friday April 24th, 2015 at Lawrence County Country Club (LCCC). See the attached registration for information on registration and timeline of events. New this year, the Chamber and Albright Motor Company have partnered up to bring you the Hole in One NEW CAR!!!! We are putting together goodie bags again this year for the golfers. If you have an item you think would be a great addition to the golfers bags and want to contribute to the goodie bag, please let me know. We look forward to seeing you on the course Friday April 24th!     

Upcoming Chamber Luncheon

Wednesday, April 15th at 1:00pm

-- Gray's --

955 East State Street, Bridgeport, IL

New Chamber Members

Marilyn Wagner
Marilyn Wagner, owner/agent of WagVentures joined her business to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce this month. She started her home-based agency in 2013.  She worked for Ambassador Travel in Evansville, IN as an outside agent for about 2 ½ years after graduation from travel school. Then she made the decision to start her own agency WagVentures.

Marilyn handles just about any vacation one might want including trips in the US, resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, cruises (ocean and river), Disney, Canada, etc. She doesn’t handle trips to many foreign countries unless it is with a travel supplier she likes, such as Globus, Collette, or G-Adventures that provides group tours. She also shies away from airline tickets unless booked in conjunction with a vacation of some type or with a hotel stay. Airlines don’t pay commission and can be quite difficult to deal with. Mrs. Wagner is an accredited cruise counselor with the Cruise Line International Association. She is also a member of the National Association of Career Travel Agents and the American Society of Travel Agents. She does not charge fees for her services. Marilyn is constantly taking online classes or attending training classes to keep up to date with resorts, cruise lines, etc. to have the knowledge to be able to better serve you. Her motto is, “Together, we can plan your dream adventure.”

Please visit her website at to stay up to date on specials and promotions! For more information on planning your next vacation call Marilyn Wagner at (618) 943-5419

Rick Newlin
Rick Newlin is our newest member to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Rick has lived in Lawrence County his entire life.  He enlisted in the Navy after High School and became a plumber for them.  After leaving the Navy in 1992, he went to work for a contractor in Indianapolis, IN commuting on the weekends.  In 2009, he left that company and started his own business working out of his house.  He currently employs one employee and is the only licensed plumber in Lawrence County.  He is married and has 2 Daughters, Lindsey (22) and Sadie (18).  He is an avid Deer & Turkey hunter.  

 Needing a plumber? Call Rick Newlin at  (812) 887-8338.



We would like to thank all our customers, for your business, over the past 70 years. We are holding a raffle from now, with the drawing on May 1st. Every time you dine-in, a ticket can be entered. We will be giving away:

Cubs vs. Giants tickets for Saturday Aug 8th

Seven $20.00 Gift Certificates
Seven Gray's Anniversary T-shirts
Two Anheuser-Busch Signs donated by Gray's Wholesale Inc.

Good Luck! Thank you, for allowing us to serve you all these years.
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Save the Dates for 2015

Chamber Golf Outing- April 24th, 2015
Celebrity Chef- July 11th, 2015
53rd Annual Fall Festival- September 16th – 19th, 2015
Annual Dinner- November 9th, 2015
27th Annual Basketball Capital Classic- Nov. 27th & 28th, 2015

The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) class in Lawrence County is searching for a teacher for Fall 2015 class. 

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The United Methodist Village North Campus has offered a Food Pantry for a while now to families in need. Those that are in need get a voucher from the local public aid office, or other aid facilities, and then come and pick up food from the UMV. The food pantry account has generously been funded over the years by community donations. This account is getting low and the UMV is reaching out for some support. A GoFundMe page has been created so you can donate directly online For more information please call the United Methodist Village at (618) 943-3347.
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Calendar of Events

April 2015

Friday, April 3rd     Lasata Wines invites you to join them TONIGHT for their first Wine Down of the year! Open until 8 pm (central). Moneka Fullop will be performing from 6-8!

Lawrence County Easter Egg Hunts

Saturday, April 4th     East Egg Hunt - 1pm - Lawrenceville Park. Sponsored by the City of Lawrenceville and The United Methodist Village.

Saturday April 4th @ 11am the Delts (Delta Theta Tau Sorority) will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Red Hill State Park (North Park). Ages 1-12.

Saturday April 4th @ 1pm the United Methodist Village w/ the City of Lawrenceville, will host an Easter Egg Hunt at the Lawrenceville City Park. Ages 1-10.

Saturday April 4th @ 1pm the Pizza House in coordination with other area Bridgeport businesses, will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Lanterman Park. Ages 1-10. Prizes in each age category. Rain date will be following Saturday... same time and place.

Saturday April 4th @ 3pm the Sumner Masonic Lodge will host an Easter Egg Hunt at the Sumner City Park. Registration begins at 2pm. The Easter Bunny will be there along with the Mystery Machine of Southern Illinois and Scooby Doo. Ages 0-5 year olds and 6-12 year olds.

*All Easter Egg Hunts will have age categories for children.

Saturday, April 7th    4:15pm - The UMV's Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Group Meetings are held in the lower level of Southern Meadows Estates at 4:15p on the first Tuesday of each month.   Please help spread the word so we can help give these Caregivers all of the support they definitely deserve! For more information, contact Robin Phillippe at 943-3347, ext. 1245

Saturday, April 11th     No Club, Car Club Truck, Motorcycle, and Classic Car Show. Door Prizes, Food Vendors, 50/50 POT. Open up this flyer to see more details.

Saturday, April 18th     Recycle Day. Please see attached flyer for more details.

Saturday, April 19th     Kite Day. Please see attached flyer for more details.
Sunday, April 19th     The United Fund will host a Fried Chicken Dinner fundraiser from 11am – 1:30pm at the Lawrenceville Senior Citizens Center (1705 12th Street Lawrenceville). Menu to include: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Slaw, Dinner Roll, Dessert, and Drink. Cost of meal is $7.00

Friday, April 24th     The Lawrence County Chamber Golf Outing. Click on the flyer to learn more about teams, tee time, sponsorship, registration, prizes, and more!

Saturday, April 25th  The Lawrenceville Senior Citizens Center will host a Craft/Vendor Fair from 8am – 2pm at the center (1705 12th Street Lawrenceville). Coney or Hot Dog, Chips, Dessert, and Drink will be served for $5.00 a meal.

May 2015

Saturday, May 5th    4:15pm - The UMV's Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Group Meetings are held in the lower level of Southern Meadows Estates at 4:15p on the first Tuesday of each month.   Please help spread the word so we can help give these Caregivers all of the support they definitely deserve! For more information, contact Robin Phillippe at 943-3347, ext. 1245

Upcoming Chamber Luncheons for 2015

April 15th    
Gray’s (B’port) @ 1:00 p.m.     

May 20th    
Subway (Old National Bank conference room) @ 1pm     

June 17th    
Bobe’s @ 1:00 p.m.   

*July 15th     
GlennO’s Country Café @ 7a.m.

August 19th    
 MiCasita’s  @ 1:00 p.m.
*Sept. 16th     
Kolb’s Culinary Creations (Fall Festival- grassy lot) @ 7a.m.

Oct. 21st     
UMV – Southern Meadows @ 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 9th     
Annual Dinner (details tba) 

Dec. 16th     
St. Francisville Log Cabin @ 12:00 p.m.

*Note that July and September are breakfast meetings that will begin at 7am.
(618) 943-3516
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce 813 12th Street Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Rachel Gard, Executive Director     Paula McKim, Administrative Assistant

2015 Chamber Board of Directors

Tom Robinson, President
State Farm

Roger Kull, Vice President
Kull Insurance

Sue Piper, Treasurer
Casey State Bank

Tina Shaffer, Secretary
First Financial Bank

Mark Bowler
Bowler Transmissions
Sarah Smith

Veronica Kirkwood
J.V. Pools & Spas

Shannon Darnell
United Methodist Village

Tanna Tardif
Select Remedy
Courtney Yost
Industrial Development Council

Bob Tracy
Tracy Electric

Lori Gillespie
Peoples State Bank

Lori Waggoner
Aperion Care

Brian Kramer
Tabco Business Forms

Teresa Cunningham
Land Title & Abstract
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