Social Media Class Planned

You’ve been asking for it and we are very excited to announce that we have set a date for our first “The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Social Media” class.

On Monday, June 8, at 7pm in the Chamber Boardroom, bring your laptops, tablets, smart phones, and other digital devices; or just a handy notepad and pen. We’ll have a projection screen set up so everyone can see hands on practical uses.

We’ll be covering topics like basic navigation, lingo, privacy issues, hiding things from your newsfeed, “there’s an app for that”, and the all-important topic of social media etiquette. We’ll also have a time for a question and answer period so think about what you would like to know.

It would be nice to have a general idea of how many to expect, so an RSVP would be welcome.

Later we will be scheduling a “Social Media for Page Managers” class so stay tuned.

The Area Wide Garage Sale is this Saturday. To pick up a copy of the map and sale listing, stop by the Chamber office, the West Walnut Market, Sweet Creations, AmPride, Prairie Chic, or The Spot.

June 8, 7 pm, Chamber Boardroom

School is Almost Out!

It won’t be long now before school is out and our kids will be on their bikes riding to the swimming pool, parks, and On The Beach family fun center. Everyone please be extra careful driving around town. Several times last summer I heard from drivers who had some close calls with kids darting out in front of them.

Both Herington and Hope have an All School Reunion event planned for Memorial Day weekend with schedules packed full of fun events for graduates and local residents alike. You can check the Chamber’s community calendar on our website for all the events’ times and locations.

Don’t forget that the deadline for the Chamber’s Area Wide Garage Sale is Friday, May 22 at 4pm. We’ll be formatting the map over the long holiday weekend so no late entries will be possible. We’re extending the advertising for this event again this year, so you will want to be listed on the map for the best exposure!

The Think Local First program is nearing its two year anniversary and the committee is very proud of the results of the last two years. Starting June 1, the committee has decided to take the program into more of an education, digital and print media campaign. Our last Cash Mob will be at Sweet Creations on Tuesday, May 26 from 4pm to 6pm and our last monthly rewards drawing will be held at 3pm on Friday, May 29. Thank you everyone for all of your support and especially to the participating businesses who have generously donated extra product, gift certificates, and Local Bucks for the past two years to help make the program so successful.

Kansas Sampler Update

IMG_20150502_094324046This past weekend, I put on my Tourism board hat and headed off to Wamego for the Kansas Sampler Festival. The event is held every year and changes locations every two years. Its main goal is to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in the state. There are exhibitors, vendors, entertainers, and historical performers.

Dickinson County had a tent and both Herington and Hope were represented along with 6 other exhibitors from our county. The event set a new record this year with 12,054 people attending, and let me tell you, at the end of the day on Sunday, I felt like I had talked to every one of them!

The Herington booth was manned by myself, Ed & Giesla Mueller, Kayla Hendricks, and Stephanie Gilbert. Hope had a gorgeous booth that was manned by Danielle Coup, Amy Coup, Brandee Gentz, Bri Peterson, PatIMG_20150502_133308617 Coup, and Marcia Cook. Be sure and give all these folks a big pat on the back if you see them! I feel so great about our time there and really feel like we made some genuine connections that will result in visitors to our area.

Next year the event moves to Winfield, Kansas and the committees are already thinking about new and fun things we’re going to do to represent our towns.