Untitled Document April 2013
Issue: 4
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Chamber Member Survey Draws 100 Responses
More than 100 of you readers responded to our chamber member survey. We are pleased because your input is important. And as soon as we can reap the data from all the responses, we will share the results with you.
Successful Ben Davis Alum Gives Wayne
Bill Rogers
Bill Rogers
Township Education Foundation Its Largest Individual Donation
Ben Davis High School alumnus Bill Rogers has made a $200,000 donation to the Wayne Township Education Foundation, expressing a desire "to make a difference" for the school system that gave him his start in life.
Rogers presented the check at the March 14 Seniors' Choice Banquet. The donation will fund the Bill Rogers Making a Difference Grant in support of creative teaching and programs that boost academic achievement at BDHS.
A 1960 graduate of BDHS, Rogers has owned and operated several successful businesses. His present company, Rogers Engineering and Manufacturing is based in Cambridge City, Indiana. His 110,000-square-foot facility employs more than 80 people. Rogers' business enjoys international success. The cooling systems in cars and trucks made by any of the major automotive makers were manufactured using equipment built by Rogers Engineering. The U.S. Mint and the United Kingdom's Royal Mint mint coins using Rogers Annealing Furnaces.
MSD of Pike Township Honored by College Board
The Metropolitan School District of Pike Township is one of fewer than 400 public school districts in the U.S. that has been honored by the College Board with a place on the 2nd Annual AP® Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is made up of only those public and parochial school districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving or maintaining performance at a very high level of success. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district's Advanced Placement program. The MSD of Pike Township increased the number of students participating in AP from 315 to 555, while improving the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher from 39 percent in 2009 to 40 percent in 2011.
Chili Cook-off To Benefit Decatur Township Educational Foundation April 20
The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) will hold a chili cook-off on Saturday, April 20 at Country Inn and Suites, 5630 Flight School Drive, Indianapolis, to benefit the Decatur Township Educational Foundation (DTEF). The event will offer attendees opportunities to taste different chili recipes, to be a cook, and to be a chili judge. For more information, contactrgregory@msddecatur.k12.in.us.
DTEF Will Feature WFYI's Wright at Celebration April 25
DTEF will feature Lloyd Wright, president and CEO of WFYI, as its keynote speaker at its annual celebration on Thursday, April 25 at 6:15 p.m. Wright will speak on "The Vital Partnership Between Public Education and Public Broadcasting." The event will be held at Decatur Middle School, 5108 South High School Road. Admission is free.
Challenger Learning Center Will Hold Open House April 27
The Challenger Learning Center will hold open house on Saturday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is located at 5125 Decatur Boulevard. The event is free of charge.
West Side Groups Needed for Great Indy Cleanup on April 27
West Side neighborhood groups are asked to sign up for the Great Indy Cleanup on Saturday, April 27. Each group will target an area that needs sprucing up. Groups can sign up with Tammy Stevens at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful: tstevens@kibi.org or 264-7555, ext. 116.
Organizations and Individuals Filling Trash Bags in April
April is the month for "Make Every Litter Bit Help" in Marion County, reports Janice McHenry, City-County Councillor for District 6. Everyone is asked to visit one of three distribution partners (any PNC Bank, Indianapolis Marion County Library, or Marion County YMCA) and sign up to fill a trash bag with litter any day in April. For more information, visit www.greatindycleanup.com.
Eagle Creek Park Needs Great Indy Cleanup Volunteers
Eagle Creek Park is participating in Great Indy Cleanup and needs West Side volunteers to pick up trash and debris on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The cleanup workers will start at the Eagle Creek Park office, 7840 West 56th Street. The targeted area for cleanup is the western edge of Marion County from Raceway Road east to High School Road.
To sign up, volunteers should call 327-7148 or emailghaberze@indy.gov.
IND Earns North American Honors and Concessions ARN Accolades
INDianapolis International Airport (IND) has been recognized as 2012's best airport in North America by Airports Council International (ACI) as part of the prestigious annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards for performance excellence. The awards program identifies the most passenger-friendly airports throughout the world. Since the program's creation in 2006, the ASQ Awards have become the world's leading airport passenger satisfaction benchmark with more than 275 airports participating.
Airport Revenue News (ARN) has again included IND among the elite ranks of airports operating world-class concessions program For 2012, IND earned a first-place ranking in ARN's prestigious annual awards program in the following categories:
  • Best Overall Concessions Program (third consecutive year)
  • Best Concessions Program Design (third consecutive year)
  • Best Concessions Management Team (second consecutive year)
  • Best Customer Service (previously won in 2011)
MSD Decatur Township Superintendent Announces June 30 Retirement
Dr. Debbie Sullivan, superintendent, announced her retirement plans to the MSD Decatur Township School Board on April 9. She will retire effective June 30, 2013, after 28-plus years of service to Decatur Township schools. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in the township.
"I am very proud of the accomplishments made during our Learner-Centered Journey," Sullivan stated. "I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to spend my career in Decatur Township."
Business Leader Hosts Cover Party May 14 at Avon Gardens
Business Leader will host a cover party on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Avon Gardens, 6259 County Road 91 N, in Avon. For more information, call 317-918-0334. To make reservations, visitcoverparty@businessleader.bz.
Ladies Luncheon May 16 Benefits Leadership Hendricks County
Women of the west side are invited to attend Ladies Luncheons hosted quarterly by Hendricks County Business Leader and sponsored by Ologyspa. The next luncheon will be held Thursday, May 16. For more information and to make reservations, make contact at info@businessleader.bz or 317-918-0334.
Your Chamber is Looking for Your "Great Experience"
Have you had a "great experience" with connections made through West Side Chamber of Commerce? If so, West Side Chamber is looking for your story. Share with us your "great experience" attending West Side Chamber events or connecting with an important person through West Side Chamber. Please send us your story atkaymillar@sbcglobal.net.
In This Issue
Member Survey Responses
Education Foundation Donation
MSD is Honored
Chili Cook-off Benefit
Lloyd Wright is Keynote Speaker
Challenger Learning Center Open House
Great Indy Cleanup
Filling Trash Bags
Eagle Creek Cleanup
Airport Earns Honors
Superintendent Announces Retirement
Cover Party May 14
Ladies Luncheon May 16
"Great Experience"
Upcoming Dates
Airport Event
West side businesspeople network at recent West Side Chamber event.

We'll look for you at these upcoming West Side Chamber activities:
Friday, April 26
at 8:30 a.m.
Monthly networking meeting - Sam's Club, 5805 Rockville Road. Doyle Lowery, Sam's Club membership coordinator, will provide the program and introduce new store manager, Patti Mitchell. Breakfast will be served. Attendees should enter at the exit door where door greeter will provide directions to the meeting area.
Sam's Club
Tuesday, May 14
at 3:30 p.m.
Board meeting
Friday, May 31
at 8:39 a.m.
Monthly networking meeting - Bosma Enterprises, 8020 Zionsville Road. Lise Pace, community programs manager, will speak.

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        • Attracting, retaining, and connecting businesses;
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Board of directors
Wanda Bell-Brown, Wanda Bell-Brown Insurance Agency, Inc.; Jenny Copas, Ace Rent-a-Car;
Brandon T. Fishburn, Midwest Sports Complex; William Lance, Wingate by Wyndham Northwest;
Bill Morrissey, Lowe's; Rick Myers, Business Leader; Patricia A. Poehler. MSD of Decatur Township;
Rick Proctor, BMO Harris Bank; David L. Shank, APR, Fellow PRSA, Shank Public Relations Counselors
Advisors to the board
Robert F. Bering, CPA, Bering CPA Firm; Dan P. Millar, Phd, APR, Fellow PRSA, Millar Communication Strategies, Inc.
Kay Millar, APR, Millar Communication Strategies, Inc.; Corey Wilson, Indianapolis International Airport
Gain the benefits of
  • monthly networking opportunities with other West Side businesses and organizations (includes Decatur, Pike and Wayne townships)
  • increased visibility through a variety of special events, sponsorship and promotional opportunities, and a professional web page
  • connection with your local officials at West Side Chamber "Meet Your Candidates" events
  • and a host of other relationship-building opportunities.
Membership dues are paid now for the year of 2013.
Find your membership form at www.westsidechamber.biz.
Send completed membership form and payment to:
West Side Chamber of Commerce, 8345 Little Eagle Court,
Indianapolis, IN 46234, c/o Wanda Bell-Brown, Treasurer
Questions? Email: westsidechamber@gmail.com

April 2013