W.F. Chamber of Commerce to meet


The first West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce meeting of 2013 will be held Wednesday at noon. The meeting will be at Triple E Steakhouse in the shopping plaza.

Jessica Rude will be installed as the new President of the Chamber. Other officers will also be sworn in at this same meeting. The retiring officers will be recognized for their service.

Business items on the agenda include the past year’s finances, and final plans for the Annual Dinner planned for Jan. 17.

Tickets remain for that annual dinner and are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 101 Nolen Street in West Frankfort. The office is located in the Public Health and Safety Building.

Cost of the tickets are $30 per person. The annual banquet will be held in the Patton Banquet Room at the park’s Aquatics Center.

Tickets on sale for WF Chamber annual banquet


Reservations for the annual West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce dinner are being taken now. The date for the dinner is set for Thursday, Jan. 17. The site for the 7 p.m. banquet is the L. Goebel Patton Banquet Room at the West Frankfort park Aquatics Center.

The dinner marks the calendar progress and success of the business community in West Frankfort. One of the highlights is the awarding of the Daily American Citizen of the Year award.

Tickets are $30 per person and may be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce office, 101 E. Nolen St.

The catered dinner will also feature music. Featured speaker for this year’s dinner is Brandon Sawalich.

No Christmas decoration work detail needed this weekend in W.F.

The West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce’s elves will not be needed this year, the Chamber has announced.

The annual Saturday morning work detail to hang Christmas decorations in the city’s downtown area has been cancelled because West Frankfort Street Department crews have been doing the work this week.

Volunteer workers had been scheduled to report at 5 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, but do not need to do so.

City crews will be able to complete the work before Tuesday’s 19th annual Fantasy of Lights parade, West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan said.

— Bruce A. Fasol

Order ribs today from W.F. Chamber of Commerce

This Friday is pick-up day for a BBQ rib fundraiser being hosted by the West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce. Calls to order the ribs should be made immediately to the Chamber office at (618) 932-2181.

Cost for the slab of ribs is $17 – fully cooked. Rib sale pick-ups may be made Friday at the Chamber of Commerce office, located in the Public Safety Building at 201 E. Nolen St. in West Frankfort.
— Bruce A. Fasol

WF Chamber hears about local recycling program’s success

What was called a “well-hidden secret” was described in detail at the Wednesday meeting of the West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce. The monthly speaker was Paul Ford of The H Group, who told local business leaders about the behavioral health service providers’ growing recycling program.

Ford explained that the recycling program started because The H Group had equipment, such as a baler, needed to help the City of West Frankfort with a citywide clean-up program. The clean-up effort spawned the idea of providing a place for residents and businesses in the area to drop off recyclables – something that can now be done at the recycling center, located behind the The H Group’s building at 902 W. Main St. in West Frankfort.

In addition to paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum of all types, the recycling program has grown to accept electronics such as old televisions, radios and DVD players. Ford said the electronics are then taken to a Carbondale recycling program. “We won’t make money off of this, but we accept electronics as a community service,” Ford said.

The H Group’s local recycling program has also become the region’s recycling center for CDs and DVDs, which are shipped to West Frankfort from 17 different states for processing. Each part of a CD, from the paper liner to the plastic case to the CD itself is recyclable, Ford said.

The speaker was especially compelling when he described the recycling program’s ultimate purpose – to provide jobs for the developmentally disabled, who sort the recyclable items. “They have been told so many times in their life what they could not do,” Ford said. “We show them what they can do.”

The H Group also offers shredding services through its recycling program. Items to be shredded can be brought to the center, or confidential shredding can be done on-site for businesses. “This especially appeals to banks and lawyers, for example,” Ford said.

A $100,000 grant recently allowed The H Group to purchase a box truck for delivering and picking up bins to collect recyclables in other locations. With that came a full time job created for a driver. Other growth to come in the near future includes a larger shredder, expansion of collections made now in various Franklin County communities and expansion to other cities. “We are crawling now, in our early stages,” said Ford.
The Chamber’s monthly program was preceded by a short business session, which included approval of new directors for the Chamber Board and the slate of officers for 2013. Jessica Rude of Shelter Insurance will assume the mantle of Chamber President in January at the annual meeting.
— Bruce A. Fasol
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