Hope Festival Schedule Full

Hope FestivalThe schedule for Hope’s annual Heritage Festival is so full of fun things, I’m not sure they could possibly fit anything else on it!  This year’s theme is “Hope, a Family Tradition” and I love the addition of the “Gallery of Hope’s Family History” that will be displayed in the Catholic Hall.

The Chamber will be there, as usual, hosting the Turtle Races.  Participants need to bring their own turtles and they must be clean of any paint or decoration. Check in time starts at 9 am and nontoxic paints will be provided to decorate your racers. We’ll be doing qualifying heats at 10 am and 11 am and the winners from those races will come back and race in the final at 12 pm!  It’s always lots of fun!

Brian Haden is hoping for a record turnout at the Car Show this year and the Pin Up contest has a new coordinator this year and I’m sure that Dani Heels will be bringing new aspects to this crowd favorite!

Between the 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney, the Rock Paper Scissors Tourney, the parade, the vendors, kids games, the amazing life sized games that Brian made, the 5k, carriage rides, banana cycles, all the food, and so much more; it’s bound to be a great day!

Then to top off an already great day, the locals favorite Clearview Band will be playing that evening!

Let’s all come out and show the Hope Community Project Committee how much we appreciate all their hard work.

The Chamber’s fall Quarter Mania event is getting bigger every day.  Our local Subway has jumped in on the fun and will have valuable coupons for everyone who attends.  Our list of vendors is growing to include Scentsy, Origami Owl, the ladies of Beta Sigma Phi (Xi Gamma Epsilon chapter), It Works, and Pink Zebra. It’s going to be a great event so be sure and put September 20 on your calendar.quarter mania bidders3

Social Media Class a Success!

We had another great Social Media for Beginners class last week; everyone learned so much.  We have had a request for a class on using Word and/or Excel.  If anyone would be interested in that, please contact me here at the Chamber office.  If you have any other requests for training classes, let us know that as well.

quarter maniaThe date has been set for our next Quarter Mania event.  If you haven’t attended one, you really should, they are a ton of fun!  We’ll be partnering with the HMH Auxiliary again and the date is Sunday, September 20 at 3 pm.  I hope we see you all there!

As we roll into fall, more and more local organizations will be setting dates for events and fundraisers.  When doing that, be sure and check out the community calendar on the Chamber’s website to make sure that we don’t have important events at the same time.  The web address is tricountycofc.com

Summer Deserves a Speeding Ticket

Whew!  Where is this summer going?  It won’t be long now before the kids are heading back to school.  Let’s all be careful driving and watch out for those school buses.  We want to keep our kids safe.

September is shaping up to be a fun month. Be sure and put the Burdick and Hope festivals on your calendars.  Burdick’s Labor Day Celebration line up looks fun and you sure don’t want to miss the homemade ice cream.   Come out on September 7 and support this great community.

Hope’s Heritage Festival is getting bigger and bigger every year.  I can’t believe all the things that they have added to their line up this year.  Come out on September 12 and see me at the Turtle Races; always a fun time.

DSC_1649Speaking of the Turtle Races, I am desperately in need of some volunteers for that.  All my usual helpers have prior commitments on that date.  I could use someone to help me set up or tear down and I need at least one other person to help with the kids, watch the turtles between races, and help run the races.  Anyone that would like to volunteer would be greatly appreciated, even if you can only give me an hour before you go enjoy your day at the festival.

Social Media Class Date Change

Don’t forget, we have had a change to the date of our next Social Media for Beginners class.  We had originally set the date for August 13, but because of some scheduling issues, we’ve moved it up to Wednesday, August 12.  Everyone is welcome to join us that day in the Chamber boardroom to learn the very basics of social media.  Bring your laptop, tablet, or other digital device and we’ll help you with hands on experience.  This class will cover the very basics of Facebook and other social media platforms including navigations, social media etiquette, privacy and security, etc.   An RSVP would be appreciated so we can be sure to have enough seating.  Please call 785-258-2115 if you plan to attend.

Our tabletop calendars go out on the last few days of each month.  If your group or organization has an event that you would like us to share, please get the information to the Chamber office as soon as you can, but definitely more than 5 working days before the end of the month.  We welcome information from all of the communities in the Tri-County area that our Chamber covers!

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Fireworks Donation Checks!

We had a great morning here in the Chamber office last week when a representative from all of our fireworks stand volunteer groups gathered to receive their share of the proceeds.  The Chamber wrote checks totaling $1,463.90 to 6 different organizations: Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Gamma Epsilon chapter; the Family Resource Exchange; Herington Municipal Hospital Auxiliary; VFW Post 1281; Modified Dolls, Kansas Chapter; and Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Gamma Gamma chapter.   We want to thank all of these groups who volunteered!IMG_20150723_100915431

Saturday night, the last night of the fair, the Chamber had its Baa Baa Bingo event.  Thank you to everyone who bought a square and a big congratulations to Jerry Bailey who had the lucky square that Princess Baa Baa picked as a winner.  We also want to send thanks out to the lovely Susan Mueller for arranging for Princess Baa Baa to attend and pick our winner.IMG_20150713_150505448

We started numbering and tracking the Local Bucks issued by the Chamber in early 2013 and I am very excited to announce that this week we issued the $10,000 dollar of local bucks!  In less than three years, we have circulated more than $10,000 dollars through our communities with prizes, incentives, and gifts.  Thank you to all of the businesses who use Local Bucks as bonuses and Christmas gifts to their employees, to all our residents that buy it for gifts, and to all our local organizations that use it as contest prizes!  When we all do a little, we accomplish a lot!

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Big Thanks to Many!

I would like to thank everyone that came out to the Chamber’s fireworks stand and supported our fundraising event!  The stand was a rousing success!  All of the proceeds from our stand will be going back into our communities. We had six groups that volunteered with us in the stand and will be receiving a percentage of our proceeds: the Family Resource Exchange, the Hospital Auxiliary, the VFW, both local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi, and the Modified Dolls.  Their help was greatly appreciated and it will be our pleasure to make donations to their groups.

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It’s Tri-County Free Fair week.  If you see a member of the Fair Board, be sure and give them a pat on the back; they are working extremely hard to put on another great event that pulls people into our community.

This Saturday the Chamber will have our Baa Baa Bingo event. Previously it was Horse Apple Bingo, but this year we went with sheep.  Get your ticket from me or any Chamber board member and have a chance to win $500 in Local Bucks.

Do you ever wake up on a weekend and think “what should we do this weekend” or wonder what kind of fun events are going on?  Do you wonder “what day is the Tri-County Free Fair” and can’t find anyone that knows for sure?  You need to bookmark the Chamber’s website’s on line community calendar.

We work hard to try and make sure that we keep our calendar up to date with all the local groups and organizations’ events.  Take a second and check it out:  www.tricountycofc.com/calendar .

We want to send a big shout out to Miss Susan and the crew at the Herington Public Library for the fantastic job they are doing with Summer Reading.  The pictures of Supergirl visiting the first week are adorable and we were so excited to hear that 44 kids attended the second week!  Great job entertaining and informing the kids and showing them that heroes are all around us!

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Everyone please remember that the Chamber office will be closed from June 27 through July 5 during our annual fireworks stand fundraiser.  If you buy fireworks, please come out and support our tent. Our proceeds not only benefit the Chamber and all we do in the community, but also the volunteers at the fireworks stand are all working for donations to their organizations.  Last year we made donations in our volunteers’ names to the VFW, FRE, the American Legion and the American Legion Riders, the Roadhouse Youth Center, the HMH Auxiliary, and the Herington Fireworks Committee.

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.