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Little Mr. & Little Miss Rend Lake Pageant
05/03/19

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2019 Rend Lake Water Festival Parade
05/04/19
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Rend Lake Talent Contest
05/04/19
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2019 Chamber / Rotary Golf Scramble
06/14/19
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Events in the next 30 days...
DateEvent
05/03/19
Little Mr. & Little Miss Rend Lake Pageant



1. Entrants will consist of girls and boys between the ages of 2 and 8 years and must live in Franklin
County, Illinois. Only one entry per immediate family.

2. Age Divisions for pageant will be Ages 2-4, and Ages 5-8.

3. Enclose a Picture (3”X 5” preferred). It will only be returned if you provide a postage paid, self addressed
envelope for return of the picture, or they may be picked up at the Chamber office.

4. Event rules and final prize information is available on the Event website and Facebook Page

5. Attire for this year’s Pageant needs to be related to our Festival Theme “A Day at the Lake”.
Participants can wear beach/lake themed attire. Sun hats, sun dresses, sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts, sandals, etc. This excludes Swimsuits.
6. Penny Votes and Theme Wear scores will be combined to determine the winners.

7. Anyone may contribute to the Penny votes, regardless of where they live. You may contact your
family and friends outside of Franklin County to let them know about the contest and give them
the opportunity to vote for your child! We suggest also taking advantage of the exposure social
media will get your child.

8. All decisions on contest winners are FINAL
 

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05/04/19
Rend Lake Talent Contest


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05/04/19
2019 Rend Lake Water Festival Parade



Gather your group and have fun planning your floats, boats, golf carts or whatever your entry may be for this year’s Rend Lake Water Festival Parade.  It’s sure to be a day filled with fun and sunshine!  This year’s parade will be on Saturday May 5, 2018

This year's theme is "Journey Through The Decades" so pick your favorites and relive the fun and excitement of yesteryear. 

Like last year, we will be giving out cash prizes to the “Best of Show”, “Best Business”, “Best Church” & “Best Club/Organization” float. Judges will travel the staging areas to make their choices and winners will be announced after the parade at the Capitol Park Pavilion.
 
We will again have registration in the parking lot of the Antique Auto Museum (211 N. Main St. - one block NORTH of the Benton Public Square) from 8:00 am – 9:30 am and line up on West Washington Street, as in past years. 

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04/25/19
REND LAKE COLLEGE JOB SEARCH PARTY

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04/27/19
Murder Mystery "Scarry Poppins"

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04/28/19
Illinois Concealed Carry Class Renewal

According to the Illinois State Police, Concealed Carry Permit holders who took their original Concealed Carry class in 2013 or 2014, are now eligible to take their Concealed Carry 3-Hour Renewal Class. Graduates, however, should not submit their renewal application with renewal certificate until they receive their notice of original permit expiration from the Illinois State Police, usually within 90 days of expiration.

This is the 3-hour Concealed Carry Renewal Class for current Illinois Concealed Carry permit holders.  Per Illinois Concealed Carry Act Mandate, the class will consist of reviewing all laws associated with Illinois Concealed Carry followed up with a live fire range qualification.

This is an approved curriculum by the Illinois State Police and this course meets the renewal mandates.

Registration includes: Range fees, training firearms rental, ammunition, safety glasses


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05/04/19
TRAUMA INFORMED SYSTEM OF CARE CONFERENCE

Providing Trauma Informed Services requires more than a general understanding of
adversity. This conference will deepen the level of understanding about adverse childhood
experiences, the prevalence of toxic stress and the lifetime consequences violence, abuse,
neglect and other adversities can have across generations.
National/international speakers will also discuss trauma informed practices for child welfare,
legal and law enforcement, faith communities, schools, foster care, primary care/medical
settings, addiction and trauma focused behavioral health treatment.
Using a System of Care Model, this conference will connect a multidisciplinary group of
participants to help assess and provide a plan of care for individuals within a trauma
informed system of care.
Following the conference, System of Care experts will help drive continued planning efforts
for the Illinois Children's Health Care Foundation: Building Compassionate Communities
Grant planning team. This conference is in collaboration with the Trauma Based Behavioral
Health Fellowship Program.
System of Care Committee Planning Meeting to follow from 5 – 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Nicole Tippy at nicole.tippy@centerstone.org or
1-855-608-3560 ext. 7855 or Ginger Meyer at gingermeyer1@hotmail.com.

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05/08/19
Positive Youth Development Meeting

05/09/19
Illinois Concealed Carry Class Renewal

According to the Illinois State Police, Concealed Carry Permit holders who took their original Concealed Carry class in 2013 or 2014, are now eligible to take their Concealed Carry 3-Hour Renewal Class. Graduates, however, should not submit their renewal application with renewal certificate until they receive their notice of original permit expiration from the Illinois State Police, usually within 90 days of expiration.

This is the 3-hour Concealed Carry Renewal Class for current Illinois Concealed Carry permit holders.  Per Illinois Concealed Carry Act Mandate, the class will consist of reviewing all laws associated with Illinois Concealed Carry followed up with a live fire range qualification.

This is an approved curriculum by the Illinois State Police and this course meets the renewal mandates.

Registration includes: Range fees, training firearms rental, ammunition, safety glasses


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05/16/19
St. Jude Corvette Drive


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05/18/19
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Illinois Concealed Carry Class

This course will provide an understanding for the law-abiding citizen’s right to self-defense. The participants will develop skills and attitudes essential for the safe and effective use of a handgun for the protection of self and family. Further, coverage will be provided on mental awareness, how to avoid victimization, and mindset development for use of a firearm when faced with a life threatening encounter. This course will review basic gun safety rules for guns in the home, travel and concealed carry. Also covered will be the responsibility of firearm ownership laws, how to legally travel with a firearm and the justified use of lethal force. Students will be required to participate in classroom and firearms range activities and demonstrate basic live-fire handgun proficiency. 

An Illinois Firearms Owners ID card is recommended, but not required.  This course assumes participant already has a basic understanding of firearms, firearm’s safety and possesses basic firearm’s use skill sets.  However, even very novice shooters are more than welcome and even encouraged to attend. (No Firearms or ammunition allowed in the classroom)

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05/18/19
Holster a Hero


This course is a condensed version of our 16 hour Concealed carry class strictly for Veteran's that will provide an understanding for the law-abiding citizen’s right to self-defense. The participants will develop skills and attitudes essential for the safe and effective use of a handgun for the protection of self and family. Further, coverage will be provided on mental awareness, how to avoid victimization, and mindset development for use of a firearm when faced with a life threatening encounter. This course will review basic gun safety rules for guns in the home, travel and concealed carry. Also covered will be the responsibility of firearm ownership laws, how to legally travel with a firearm and the justified use of lethal force. Students will be required to participate in classroom and firearms range activities and demonstrate basic live-fire handgun proficiency. 

An Illinois Firearms Owners ID card is recommended, but not required for class participation.  This course assumes participant already has a basic understanding of firearms, firearm’s safety and possesses basic firearm’s use skill sets.  However, even very novice shooters are more than welcome and even encouraged to attend. (No Firearms or ammunition allowed in the classroom)

Course meets all of the Illinois Concealed Carry Curriculum Mandates.

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