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.

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.

Lots of Thanks for a Great Day!

What an amazing day we had this past weekend! Friday night’s thunderstorm and the sprinkles Saturday morning couldn’t stop the Throttle Jockey’s and other car enthusiast. They had 205 cars register for the Car Show which was 3 more than they had last year with gorgeous weather! The event keeps getting bigger and bigger every year and brings huge crowds into our downtown area.

The crowds that traveled out to the Herington Airport grew again this year to watch the 125+ cars that registered for the drag races portion of the day.

DSC_2283-editBig thanks are due to the Throttle Jockey’s Car Club and their volunteers for continuing to host this show in our downtown area. I’m sure it would be easier for them to have both parts of the event at the airport. We appreciate the extra effort that they put out to bring everyone into our town and our businesses. I personally spoke to people from El Dorado, Winfield, McPherson, Manhattan, and Salina to name a few. One family told me that they regularly drive from El Dorado to Manhattan and never knew that there were so many great food options in Herington. We’ll be reaping the benefits of this exposure in future days as well!

Thanks are also due to the Herington Civic Club for getting the flags out on our streets. Ray down at the West Walnut Market suggested that and the Civic Club made it happen. It really added to the day!

Thank you to all our local citizens and groups who were so welcoming to our visitors. The event was featured on the website of Roy Boy Productions (www.RoyBoyProductions.com) and he had some wonderful things to say about Herington and its residents.DSC_2317-edit