The Leader-Union will print its annual Vandalia Chamber of Commerce directory next week. Click here for details about this year's directory. If you plan on renewing your Chamber membership for 2016 but have not yet done so, please reply to this email to ensure your info is included in the directory. To download a 2016 renewal packet, click here. Thank you to all of those who have already renewed their Chamber membership!
There will be a Business After Hours at Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Chamber members are encouraged to come out and check out FCH's recently-completed construction project, pictures of which can be viewed by clicking here.
There will be tours of the new addition, featuring a new main entrance and lab, in addition to complimentary food and beverages. The Chamber will also be conducting a drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks!
See you on Feb. 11!
Shelter Insurance agent Ty J. Bates is sponsoring and partially funding a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded this spring to a VCHS grad. Click here to download an application and here for a complete rundown on the scholarship.
A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient of the scholarship, to be awarded by the Shelter Insurance Foundation. The committee will consider each applicant's scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, moral character and participation and leadership in school and community activities. The scholarship is given without regard to race, disability, religion, national origin or gender of applicants. The name of the recipient will be announced at the close of the school year.
The winner may apply the scholarship funds toward tuition, fees or campus housing for any course of study beginning the fall after the recipient's high school graduation and leading to an academic degree at any accredited college or university. The Foundation makes payments directly to the school the recipient selects.
Additional information about the Shelter Foundation Scholarship will be available in early March and should be completed and returned to the school official serving on the selection committee by March 31. For more information, interested seniors should contact their high school counselor or principal, or contact Bates at 283-2842. You may also stop by his office at 1830 W. Fletcher St. in Vandalia.
The Shelter Insurance Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation for charitable and educational purposes. It is sponsored by Shelter Insurance Companies -- offering auto, home, life, farm and business insurance services for customers in 14 states via a network of local insurance agents and headquartered in Columbia, Mo.
Each year the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce awards two $500 scholarships to assist area students with their college expenses. These scholarships help to cover the cost of books, tuition, lab fee’s, etc. The first scholarship is designed to help the traditional students; a 2015 high school graduate. The second scholarship is designed to help the non-traditional student; an adult pursing a higher education.
As successful business men and women you know the value and importance education has in today’s society. Your generous contribution will play a vital role in the livelihoods of two individuals from our community. Please select the level of donation that is best for your company and remember each donation is tax deductible. To make a donation, download a donation form here and mail with check to: Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 238, Vandalia, IL 62471. Your donation will be recognized in the Chamber Connection Newsletter, Chamber Facebook, Chamber website and the 2017 Chamber banquet program. Donation levels are as follows: