Thursday, February 3 at noon is the deadline to appear on next week’s “Around Town” list. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the number of submissions, events can only be run once in print, will be edited and appear within a week of the event date.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail to: O’Fallon Progress Around Town, Belleville News-Democrat, PO Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. For questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.
Thursday February 3
▪ National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwestern Illinois (NAMI SWI) – 7-8:30 p.m. Online via Zoom. Virtual support meetings for family members and other caregivers of people with mental illness. Meetings are peer-led and draw on the knowledge and experiences of the group to help each other. Registration is required to receive the link to these meetings. For more information or to register, contact Pat Rudloff at email@example.com.
Friday February 4
▪ Book Sale — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tri Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy. Book donations accepted during the sale and on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. In bad weather, if the Triad Unit 2 School District is closed on the day of the sale, the sale will be cancelled. 618-667-2133.
▪ Saint Louis Zoo Career Fair — 9 a.m. to noon. The Living World, North Entrance, St. Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis. For people interested in part-time work at the Zoo. In addition to spring, summer and fall employees, the Zoo is also looking for candidates who have immediate availability this winter. Energetic, responsible and service-oriented people are sought for part-time positions, including engineers and conductors for the Zooline Railway, catering and catering staff, gardeners, gardeners, trade attendants retail and parking, etc. Flexible weekday and weekend positions are available for ages 15 (work permit required at time of hire) and up. For more information: 314-646-4816 or stlzoo.org/jobs.
▪ O’Fallon Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays. Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 EUS 50, O’Fallon. Traditional cod menu available with burgers, hot dogs, pork steaks and additional side dishes. Dine in and take away. Credit cards accepted. Orders can be called at 618-632-6229.
▪ Shiloh Eagles Fish Fry – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shiloh Eagles 545, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Cod, Walleye, Catfish, Shrimp and Accompaniments. Whole menu. Possibility to dine in or take away. For take out, call 618-624-5412.
Saturday February 5
▪ Caritas Family Solutions 9th Annual Heart & Soul Gala — 6 p.m. Virtual event. The gala is the nonprofit’s largest fundraising event, supporting its mission to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of individuals and families to build healthy relationships, loving homes and communities. strong. The agency’s services include foster care, pregnancy care for homeless women, adoption, counseling and independent living for adults with disabilities, among other service lines. Free and open to the public. Register online: caritasfamilysolutions.org/gala
Saturday February 5 and Sunday February 6
▪ Saint-Louis Symphony Orchestra: Chan conducts Tchaikovsky — 8 p.m. Saturday, February 5 and 3 p.m. Sunday, February 6. Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis. Conductor Elim Chan makes her SLSO debut with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, celebrating the folk song of Ukraine. Tan Dun’s Percussion Concerto captures humanity’s menace, sadness and resolve in the face of natural crises. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, traditional clothing is encouraged, not required. slso.org
Monday, February 7
▪ ImpactLife Blood Drive – 2:30pm-6:00pm O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon. Appointments are required. 800-747-5401 or bloodcenterimpact.org.
Wednesday February 9
▪ O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Meeting — 6:45 a.m. O’Fallon Township Building, 801 E. State St., O’Fallon. 618-210-8156 or ofallonsunriserotary.org
Other events in the region
▪ 2022 Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge – 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Collinsville Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. This winter, the Metro East community is invited to be bold and catch the cold by taking the Polar Plunge in Collinsville in support of Special Olympics Illinois athletes. Record: bit.ly/CollinsvillePlunge. For information: Justin Dunning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 618-248-8558. More information is available at www.plongeillinois.com.
▪ O’Fallon Garden Club Scholarship 2021-2022 – Until Tuesday, March 1. Online at ofallongardenclub.org. The O’Fallon Garden Club is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 scholarship. Applicants must be residents of O’Fallon or Shiloh, or currently attending or have graduated from O’Fallon Township High School. The application deadline is March 1. For more information or to apply, visit ofallongardenclub.org.
▪ Memorial Auxiliary Hospital is accepting books, sheet music, DVDs, CDs and cookbooks for its 2022 Book Bazaar. 11:00 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month until March 17. Books should be dropped off at the Annex Auxiliary Warehouse, located on the southeast corner behind the hospital.
The barrels for depositing the books are at the following locations until March 17:
Memorial Hospital Belleville, Main Entrance, 4500 Memorial Drive, Belleville
Memorial Hospital Orthopedic & Neuroscience, Main Entrance, 4700 Memorial Drive, Belleville
Memorial Hospital Shiloh, Main Entrance, 1404 Cross Street, Shiloh
Memorial Hospital Shiloh Medical Office Building, 1414 Cross St., Shiloh
Poettker Construction achieves strong growth in 2021
Poettker constructionan award-winning, family-owned construction company, closed calendar year 2021 with significant employee, financial and market growth across the company.
After a difficult year weathering the pandemic, Poettker grew its employee base by 18% with new hires and promotions across all departments and levels – from executive, preconstruction and project management positions to supervisory roles. in the field, safety and quality control.
Following the sudden death of the company’s founder and CEO, Charles “Chuck” Poettker in July 2021, the company accelerated its strategic succession plan and restructured its management team, appointing Keith Poettker as President and Chief Executive Officer. of management, Ryan Poettker as president, Kimberly Luitjohan as executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Jonathon Carroll as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Six employees were also promoted to vice president positions, including: Philip Pingsterhaus, vice president of finance; Tracy Millard, vice president of human resources; Eric Kraeger, vice president of information technology; Kevin Poettker, vice president of business development; Corey Noder, vice president of risk management; and Walker Gusewell, vice president of project management.
“What a great and challenging year to end on such a high note for our company,” said Keith Poettker, President and CEO of Poettker Construction. “As we enter a new year, I am honored and privileged to continue my father’s legacy of building relationships on unparalleled service, quality of work and safety for his employees and business partners.”
Poettker continues to be a better place to work, a top national company, and a leading entrepreneur in the Midwest and Southeast. The company ranked among the top 10 construction companies in the St. Louis area and was recognized nationally as one of the top 400 ENR contractors for the first time by Engineering News-Record.
Poettker also had a strong year in the education, multifamily and retail markets. The company completed a mix of new construction, renovations and additions for five schools; opened the new 92-unit Revela Senior Living facility in O’Fallon; and improved online shopping and grocery pickup services at 47 locations for several major retail chains.
Poettker also supported more than 35 nonprofit organizations through philanthropic partnerships, advocacy, fundraising and volunteer initiatives in 2021.
After a 2020 hiatus from his annual golf classic to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Illinois, Poettker hosted the event in 2021 and raised a record $37,000 in donations. Since 2017, the Poettker Golf Classic has raised nearly $175,000 for BBBS’s mission. To close the event, BBBS presented Poettker with a Big Defenders award for having a significant impact on the organization’s mission.