March 2014



Chamber of Commerce NEWS



Lunch & Learn

We are excited about our upcoming Chamber Lunch & Learn scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th
at Anthony’s Restaurant. Nancy DeHart, Site Supervisor & Debbie Weber, Program Coordinator
from the Golden Circle Nutrition Program/C.E.F.S. will be our guest speakers. They will be
sharing information about the “Meals on Wheels ” program with us. Lunch will be pizza and a
drink for $7 each. Come, bring a friend to lunch & learn.
Chamber Golf Scramble
Soon the cold temperatures will be gone and Spring will be here! Plan now to get out and enjoy
the day playing golf in the warm sun on June 13th.

Requesting Assistance

If members of the Flora Chamber of Commerce would like to help those households
who are struggling with the high cost of LP but doesn’t know where to start, please
consider this.
Send a check to Knapp’s in Xenia and they will apply the money where it can help
others. Everyday Knapp’s receive calls from those who are low or without gas and have
no money to pay due to the sudden increase in the price of LP, the money will help
them through the short term. Write the check to “Knapp’s” and make a note on the
envelope “Chuck”. On the check memo, put LP relief. I am sure that other LP
provider’s would consider your help as well.

PRESIDENT –Dan Graham     VICE PRESIDENT – Stephanie Hemphill
SECRETARY – Lisa Cash     TREASURER – Judy Mearns
DIRECTOR– Valerie Bute     DIRECTOR – Mandy Hargis
DIRECTOR – Joe Harris     DIRECTOR – Marie Headlee
DIRECTOR – David Hudson     DIRECTOR – Patti Jenkins
DIRECTOR – Michelle McGee     DIRECTOR – Jessica Muskopf
DIRECTOR – Whitney Ruger     DIRECTOR – Jason Stroder

Flora Chamber of Commerce

Member’s Spotlight

University of Illinois Extension Office

Through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work, U of I Extension’s programs are
aimed at making life better, healthier, safer and more profitable for individuals and their
communities. U of I Extension offers educational programs in five broad areas:

  • Healthy society
  • Food security and safety
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Sustainable and profitable food production and marketing systems
  • Enhancing youth, family and community well-being

Upcoming programs include:

  • Hunter Safety course (March 21)
  • Welcome to the Real World for sophomores at North Clay High School (March 25)
  • Pork Quality Assurance training for youth (April 15)
  • Conservation Day for 5th graders in Clay County (May 2)
  • 4-H Food and Clothing show (date TBD), 4-H General Projects show (date TBD), and 4-H Livestock shows (July 20-24)

Clay County Master Gardeners have been trained to answer questions from the public about lawn
and garden issues. They also provide select programs to area groups upon request.

Extension can be accessed on the internet 24/7 at The website offers a number of resources for school teachers, parents, consumers, farmers, and individuals and families. The Clay County
Extension office is located on the 3rd floor of the historic Flora Depot at 223 W. Railroad Street.
The phone number is 618/662-3124.

University of Illinois Extension in Clay County has been a member of the Flora Chamber of
Commerce since 2009. Membership with the Flora Chamber serves as a resource for Extension
in identifying community needs and serves as one of Extension’s many partnerships in Clay
County for providing unbiased, research-based education and information.


I belong to the Chamber of Commerce because: I realize in unity there is strength; it is the best medium for serving my community as a whole; I believe in the future growth and progress of my city; it’s only qualification for membership is good citizenship; I want to work with my fellow townsmen for the common interest of all; I want to benefit from their concerted planning, counsel, and action; it is a clearing house for business information, business service, and community effort; membership pays a high rate of interest in service, personal contacts, community betterment and civic pride; experience and the records of the past have conclusively demonstrated its usefulness and justified existence, not only in this community but in practically every other part of the world.