Altamont has the opportunity to bring Mr. Clint Hill to Altamont to be the keynote speaker for the evening.
Mr. Hill joined the United States Secret Service in 1958 and after John Kennedy's election in 1960, was assigned to guard First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Mr. Hill was in the Presidential motorcade in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Who could forget the image of a Secret Service agent jumping on the back of the Presidential limousine in photos or films of that day's events, his hand reaching out for the First Lady after the fatal shots had struck the President and wounded Texas Governor Connally. Mr. Hill is that agent.
Joining Mr. Hill will be the co-author of his recent book, Lisa McCubbin. Their book "Mrs. Kennedy and Me", was published in 2012. Payment is required in advance when we secure Mr. Hill's commitment to appear. We will also be responsible for the duo's hotel and transportation to and from Altamont. It is a costly commitment, but the chamber feels this is an excellent opportunity to promote Altamont.
Developing Altamont’s Future describes the vision statement for the organization plus the goals of the action teams. The logo is a circle with a tree showing future growth of the community and the roots of the tree signify the German heritage of the community.
The vision statement for Developing Altamont’s Future is: Altamont, rich in its German heritage, is an easily accessible, growing town in the heart of central Illinois. Altamont offers a strong city government, churches, businesses, education, and medical facilities for all age groups. Altamont boasts many beautiful parks, a nature center, and is home to the Effingham County fairgrounds. Altamont is a family-oriented, caring community that always welcomes new friends, residents, and businesses. Willkommen, welcome, enjoy. Call us Home.
The Board members elected Rick Buckels as president, Tony Elam as vice-president, Linda Schmidt as secretary, and James Lurkins as treasurer. Their next project is to write the by-laws for the organization and then to apply for not-for- profit status. Two members from each of the five action teams form the board. The board serves the link between the five teams. It is another way for the teams to work with each other as well as with the City of Altamont, the Altamont Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations to make Altamont a family-friendly community. Tony Elam and Dan Whitley represent the I-70 Development Team; Rick Buckels and James Lurkins represent the Parks and Recreation Team; Terri Beal and Tiffany Kline represent the Economic Development Team; Teana Ingram and Britt Ingram represent the Arts and Entertainment Team; and Karen Buckels and Linda Schmidt represent the Welcoming Team. All teams welcome new members. For more information phone Rick Buckels at 618-322-4042 or Linda Schmidt at 618-483-6397.