Annual Banquet Plans Going Strong

If you missed the Hope Chili Bowl last Sunday, you missed a good time and great chili!  Lorna Morgan’s Hawaiian chili was my favorite with the buffalo chicken chili a close second.  Way to go HCDG for another great event.

hats offIt’s time to get your tickets for the Chamber’s annual Recognition and Community Awards Dinner.  We’ve lowered ticket prices this year to $15 per person because we want as many people to attend as possible!

We’ve added some facets to the event including an Organization Showcase during the social hour.  From 6 pm to 7 pm, any group or organization can have a table to attract members, recruit volunteers, or just promote your organization’s purpose and upcoming events.  It’s free and you do not have to buy a ticket and stay for the dinner if you do not want to. We’d love it if you did, but it’s not required.

We’ve also added a theme to the event: Hat’s Off To You! We’ll be tipping our hats to the many great members and citizens that make our communities so awesome; so pull out your favorite hat, from funny to serious, we want to see it!table top 30

Chamber members are also encouraged to sign up to decorate a table. It’s free and a great way to promote your business or organization.

To sign up for an Organization Showcase table, to decorate a table, or to buy or reserve event tickets, contact Stephanie Gilbert at Prairie Chic, 785-571-3955, or the Chamber office at 785-258-2115.

CB logoJanuary brings two things that I love, NFL playoff games and the Hope Chili Bowl. I’m particularly excited about the NFL playoffs this year because my Dallas Cowboys are in the playoffs!

Dave and I had only lived here a few months when we went to our first Hope Chili Bowl event and were completely blown away with how fun it was. We got little sample cups of all the different kinds of chili and enjoyed tasting everyone’s take on one of our favorite foods. They have some great prizes, so if you think that you make a mean pot of chili, you should enter.

Make sure that you save room for pie, though! We enjoyed the pie almost as much as we enjoyed the chili!

The deadline to get your nominations in for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, as well as Educators of the Year is quickly approaching. You can pick up a form at the Chamber office, or download it from our website or from the Facebook event. Forms must be filled out and turned in by 5pm on Friday, January 16.

Think Local First revamp planned

I love January! Not only is it my birthday month, it just feels so fresh and new; with a new year stretching out in front of me filled with all sorts of possibilities! I love opening a fresh calendar and filling in all the fun things I’m going to do.

TLF logoIt’s also a time to look at how things are going and make plans on ways that you can be better in the new year. The Think Local First working group is doing that right now. We’re looking at all aspects of the TLF program and evaluating what’s working well, what needs improvement, and maybe what we need to change all together. We’ll be sending out surveys to all of our Think Local First participating businesses but we’d like to hear from all of our residents. Do you have an idea that the TLF working group should try? An idea on how to improve an existing part of the program? We want to hear from you. Feel free to call the office at 258-2115 or email us at or just grab myself or the program chairperson, Chardy Bayes, as you see us around town. We want to hear from YOU!

In the meantime, be sure and put our next Cash Mob on you schedule. It will be January 15, from 3pm-5pm at Miss Lizzy’s Emporium. Miss Lizzy’s is not only a fun place to shop, but Jerry & Donna Barta give back so much to our community. Let’s show them how much we appreciate them.

I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year and we look forward to serving you in 2015!