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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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.

Spring has Sprung

Spring is here and we’re all enjoying this warmer weather!

Rock Island Church Annual Lawn MowerSpring means time to think about lawn work again. The Rock Island Church is hosting their annual lawn mower tune up day this Saturday at the church. Big thanks to them for this great community service.

Saturday is also spring cleaning day for a lot of residents of Hope as they host their annual City Wide Garage Sale Day. Head on over for some great deals.

Friday the 17th is one of my favorite events of the year, the high school Promenade. Before moving to the area, I had never heard of this; but what a great way for the community to show their support of the local students. Come on out at 6:30pm and see our young citizens dressed up in their finest before heading off to their big night.

The next night, the Hospital Auxiliary will host the fun. Come on out to the community building for fun for the whole family. Kids games, Bingo, silent auctions, raffles, great food, and an exciting live auction; all benefiting the Herington Municipal Hospital.

The last weekend in April will round out another fun month with a street dance and cruise in Friday night streetand the Throttle Jockey’s Car Show and Drag Races on Saturday. Remember on Friday night, Broadway will be closed from Walnut to Main. Saturday morning from 6am to a little after 1pm, a good portion of the downtown streets including Broadway, 1st Street, Main, Walnut, Day, and McClaren. At past events, we’ve had issues with people going around the barricades. Please respect the safety of the event participants, plan ahead, and take an alternative route to your destination.

Car Show, Easter Egg Hunt, and Cash Mob on the Calendar

It’s time for another Think Local First Cash Mob! Our local Pizza Hut donates back to our community so much and hosts so many fundraisers for local people and groups; let’s show them how much we appreciate them in our community! Come out for the lunch buffet next Monday between 11 am and 1 pm and be entered to win the $60 Cash Mob prize basket. Pizza Hut will also be doing some additional giveaways. Come out and enjoy a great lunch and maybe win some great prizes.

Also on Monday the 16th, be sure and visit the Hospital Auxiliary’s Book Fair in the PT Hallway of the Hospital. Get some great reading material and support your local hospital.

The members of Beta Sigma Phi are starting to make calls about donations for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 4. Last year they had 4,150 eggs. Let’s see if we can beat that number this year! If you would like to donate plastic eggs filled with goodies (candy or other treats) contact Tonya Utech, Mary Schaffer, or myself.

street danceThe Throttle Jockey’s 4th Annual Car Show is going to be bigger and better than ever this year! The Visit Herington Tourism Board and the American Legion Riders are teaming up to host a street dance on Friday night, April 24, with the Clearview Band. Bring the family out, as they close down Broadway for a great community dance. The Car Show will be Saturday morning, April 25, from 8 am to 1 pm. Street closures will start around 6 am.

Please be aware of the street closures and respect the barriers. It just takes a few extra minutes of your time to take an alternate route to your destination. Please do not go around the barriers once they are in place. Not only is it inconsiderate, but it’s potentially dangerous. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Big Thanks for Father Daughter Dance Help!

father daughter picIsn’t it funny how sometimes an event can go so smoothly and without a hitch, then the following year the exact same event can have one issue after another? Last year’s Father Daughter Dance went so well, we were bound to have some issues this year. Starting off with problems with the sound system and culminating with the fire alarms going off, it was an eventful dance. We appreciate everyone’s patience with us this year; but the kids seemed to have a great time and that is what’s important, right?

We had a lot of help on this event this year. As always, thank you to the Fun Committee for the planning and advance ticket sales. We had a great crew helping to set up the event: Curtis Hartman, Carl Brown, Vickie Hawkes, Tammie Jinkerson-Prosch and her son RJ, Ed Mueller and Stephanie Gilbert.father daughter pics

Dave Jones gets a big round of applause for bringing in the fog machine and for renting and hanging the disco lights which added so much to the ambiance.

During the event Kevin Bayes was so helpful running the music and helping to solve distorted sound issue. Tandi Arevalo and Stephanie Gilbert did a great job on the front door of the event and are greatly appreciated.

Thank you to the fathers who stayed after the event was over to help break down tables and chairs and to Ed Mueller, Dave Jones, and Tammie Jinkerson-Prosch who stayed and cleaned up until the last drop of pink lemonade was mopped up!

It was a group effort and although I was discouraged by the challenges the event faced, when I saw all the happy faces in Chardy Bayes’ pictures, it was all worth it!

Don’t forget to come out this Friday to the Spring Farm Filter Sale Customer Appreciation Lunch at G&R Auto Parts. I’ll be there serving with my “Family” hat on rather than my “Chamber Lady” hat. Come out and say “Hi”.

Prepared Speech Can Go Out the Window

DSC_2062Isn’t funny how when we get up to speak in front of a large group of people, our nicely prepared speeches fly right out the window. Last Monday during the Member Recognition part of our annual banquet, I forgot two very important things. When I was recognizing our new Chamber members, I missed congratulating the Family Resource Exchange for joining the Chamber this year; they have been a great addition to our organization!DSC_2088

We also took time and recognized our members that had special milestones or achievements in the previous year. How I managed to forget to honor Gene & Rhonda Simpson for celebrating their 25th anniversary of G&R Auto Parts here in Herington, I have no idea! That is a major milestone and I am pretty proud of them.

We have another busy week next week. Come over to the Chamber office on Monday from 4 – 6pm for a Cash Mob for all the local independent demonstrators. These hardworking entrepreneurial ladies add a lot to our community, so let’s turn out to thank them!

If you want to hear from the candidates for City Commission, be sure and come to the Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Community Building. Doors open at 6pm for residents to submit their questions in writing and the Forum will kick off at 7pm. Roger Boelling will be the event moderator and Tandi Arevalo will be working as the official time keeper.

On Thursday, Feb 26, the Community Building will be transformed into a twinkle light and tulle festooned wonderland for the Father Daughter Dance. Daddys, make a date with your little princess. Tickets are $7 a piece or $20 for a family ticket and are available from the Chamber office, at Prairie Chic, or from any Fun Committee member. Tickets are also available at the door.

2015 is going to be FUN!

As 2014 draws to a close, I get so extremely excited looking ahead to all the fun things we have planned for 2015!

The Chamber’s Fun Committee has already started planning for our next Quarter Mania event on Sunday, February 8. We’ll be partnering with the PEO for this event and look to build on our one and make this one even more fun! Anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Leslie Mayes.

The Chamber has always hosted an annual banquet and awards dinner the last Monday in January. We are moving the date back two weeks to Monday, February 9 and we are looking to make it even more of a community event.

Promote Your Group! (1)During the social hour, we’re going to have a Groups & Organizations Showcase. Have you been wanting to get involved in your community, but didn’t know where to start? We will offer all of the groups and organizations in town a place to come out and tell you who they are and what they do. If you belong to a group and would like to reserve a space during the showcase, contact Stephanie Gilbert at Prairie Chic.

We are working on a lot more new and exciting things for the banquet and awards dinner, but for now we’ll be keeping them “under our hat”. (and yes, that is a clue!)

I hope that everyone has had as fantastic of a year as we have had here at the Chamber. It is our pleasure to serve our members and our community.

Many Thanks are Due!

1The Chamber’s Fun Committee works hard to put together great events for our community and it’s extremely gratifying to us when one succeeds as greatly as the recent Costume Parade and Trunk or Treat event did. 205 kids signed up for the prize drawing and participated in the parade with even more kids and families joining in for the Trunk or Treat. I talked to families from Burdick and Hope and Lincolnville and even a group that came in from Salina for our event!Mss Lizzy's

The Fun Committee wanted to make sure and recognize everyone who contributed to this fantastic success. Thank you to Kenny Staatz and the Herington Fire Department for bringing out the firetruck to lead the parade. The Dickinson County EMTs deserve a big round of applause for handing out reflective bags and other safety materials.

We were so excited for the number of Trunk or Treat stations we had. Thank you to the American Legion Riders, the First Baptist Church, the Throttle Jockeys Car Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, all the businesses (especially State Farm for bringing the big bear) that turned out, as well as the many residents who set up a truck and handed out candy.

DSC_1853It was so hard to pick of winner of the best decorated treat station; the group finally decided to split the prize between Tonya Utech with First Impressions and Lisa Herpich. The three drawings for the $50 in Local Bucks went to Magaen Bell, Mileah Backhus and Aiden Thibodeau.

Again, thank you to everyone who helped to make this event the rousing success that it was!