October Monthly Chamber Luncheon Speakers

Jed Casburn, representative of YMCA Southwest Illinois was the guest speaker at the October Chamber Luncheon. Casburn provided an interesting report of the efforts to provide new programs and activities for Salem area youth. Casburn noted that it has taken time to get the word out as to the variety of interesting programs now available but can now see the growth taking place. Flag football is an example of growth, last year 55 participated… in the program. This year cheerleading was added and the number of participants jumped to 90. Some of the activities included boys and girls volleyball, Karate, a trip to Busch Stadium, visits to the Salem Aquatics Center and a number of special programs at the Salem High School. Based on the increase in interest, Casburn expects each program and each year will see continued growth. He also commended the community on the support received and the number of volunteers involved.

The Luncheon’s second speaker was Brad Decker of Brad J. Decker, CPA. Decker is a Salem native but started his career in accounting in Panama City, Florida, working for several large accounting firms. He returned to Salem and was a member of the Salem Business Center staff. In 2005, he became a Certified Public Accountant and opened his own office on west McMackin Street. He has since relocated to 120 S. Delmar Ave. Suite C.
Brad J. Decker, CPA provides Accounting, Bookkeeping, Tax Preparation and Payroll, Income, Sales, State, Trust and Corporate Tax Services.
Please call 618-548-7773 or e-mail brad@brad-decker.com for information on additional services

Superior Fire Protection offer…

Elks Ribbon Cutting

Celebrating renovation – In the company of fellow Salem Elks and Chamber members, Bob Lafenhagen prepares to cut the ribbon at Thursday afternoon’s ribbon cutting in celebration of the newly renovated parking lot at the Salem Elks Lodge.

Invaders Celebration

Ace Auto Sales & Detailing


They are now located just north of the Laundromat and Mobile Home Park on south Route 37. They are just getting moved in but stop in and see their new facility.

Nice used cars and outstanding detailing.

Ghosts, Gobblins & Zombies

APPLEBEES, in support of the WALKING DEAD PARADE sponsored by the Salem Rotary is making available their DINING TO DONATE Program to benefit the benevolent activities of the Greater Salem Area Foundation.

Present a flyer like the ones shown and 15% of the bill will be donated to the Salem Foundation. This offer is good for all day October 31st.

Additionally, after the WALKING DEAD PARADE, the best Zombies visiting APPLEBEES will be judged and win prizes.

Flyers will be available at the Salem Chamber and the Foundation booth at the Salem IGA Halloween evening.

All proceeds received by the Salem Area Foundation will be used to benefit area residents facing difficult times.

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Volunteer Day



Two Troops will present another 16 hour concealed carry class on November 2/3.  This class will be in Salem/Sandoval.  If you are interested in taking this class let Greg or Kelly know.   Phone Greg Miller  at 267-6161  or Kelly Hulsey at 335-1462 or e-mail twotroopsfirearmsinst@gmail.com.  If you know of anyone looking for a class feel free to forward this to them.


The Greater Chamber of Commerce was pleased to present the latest Winner Service Award to Taylor Keen at Hardee’s.

Denise Nowell is the manager at Hardee’s and she gave the following statement:  “Taylor Keen is one of the best people I have met since moving here.  She started here in July of 2013 and has been a huge asset to Hardee’s as well as myself ever since.  Because of her outgoing personality and genuine care that she gives each guest she is on her way to becoming our next manager.  She will be missed when she graduates college and moves on to the next chapter of her life.

Pictured left to right:  Denise Nowell, Brian Gansauer, Marlene Anderson, Mayor John Raymer, Diane Felton, Taylor Keen, Leonard Ferguson, Tim Hudspeth, Bruce Jones, Connie Heicher, Darren Dwyer.