Chamber Makes Changes to Office Position

It’s a week for changes in our community.

The Chamber’s Executive Board has voted to eliminate the position of Chamber Director and instead hire two part time people with specialized skills.

They are looking to hire a Bookkeeper; someone with experience with QuickBooks and very strong Excel skills.  This person will handle all the accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, taxes, billing, as well as sharing the general office duties and some marketing duties.

The second position will be Member Relations/Events Coordinator.  This person will spend time coordinating with all the chamber members to assess and fulfil their needs; they will plan and execute all Chamber events, working with the Executive Board and recruiting volunteers; as well as sharing the general office duties and marketing.

Between these two people, the office will be open from 10 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday; but will allow them both great flexibility.  One wakes up with a sick little one?  Simply call your counterpart to cover the office.  No worries about keeping the office open during vacations; there is always a second person available.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the two positions should submit a resume and cover letter detailing which job they are applying for and why to the Chamber office either in person at 106 N. Broadway in Herington, via email at officeadmin@tricountychamber.net, or through the job posting on the Chamber’s main Facebook page.  Resumes will be accepted through October 1.

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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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.

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.

Love is in the Air!

sweet creations cookiesWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, a lot of our local merchants are gearing up to help you show your sweetheart some Local Love! Nothing says “eh, you’ll do” like a generic ho-hum Walmart gift! Show the love of your life that you love both them AND our local community with flowers from Flowers by Vikki, sweets from Sweet Creations, a bottle of their favorite spirits from Sullivan’s Liquor or Barnes Heartland Liquor, a card from Kay’s, or a lovely gift for him or her from a wide range of our retail shops. Don’t forget that gift certificates make great gifts as well.

father daughterSpeaking of love, my father used to tell me that every girl’s first love is her Daddy. Dad’s make plans now to take your favorite princess to the Father-Daughter Dance. Last year’s inaugural event was quite a hit.

I was especially touched by the gentleman who told me he used this dance to teach his daughter what to expect from future boys who might want to take her on a date. He came to the door, brought her a corsage, helped her on with her coat, and held the doors open for her during the evening. It was so sweet.

Tickets are $7 a piece or $20 for a family ticket for those fathers with a house full of princesses. Get them at the Chamber office or from Fun Committee members.

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 tricountyherington@sbcglobal.net 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!

Small Business Saturday

Small-Business-SaturdayThe Think Local First campaign is gearing up for Small Business Saturday and for Think Local First for Christmas!

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday (November 29th), held every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, was created by American Express in 2010 to support the small businesses that create jobs and boost the economy. Since its inception, Small Business Saturday has served as the ceremonial kickoff to the busy holiday shopping season for independently-owned businesses.

The Chamber is really excited to be participating for the first time. We’ll be promoting the businesses that will be open and participating in Small Business Saturday with posters around town and on the Think Local First Facebook page. Stop in at the Chamber and pick up your “Shop Small” button and wear it with pride! On that Saturday, if you make a qualifying purchase at one of the participating businesses, not only will you be supporting our community and your local economy, but you’ll receive one of the 300 “Shop Small” canvas tote bags available, while supplies last.TLF logo

There are so many great ways to do your Christmas shopping locally: tools for your handyman from G&R Auto Parts or Clark Lumber, unique gifts or antiques from Miss Lizzy’s or Prairie Chic, a bottle of their favorite wine or spirit from Sullivan’s or Barnes Heartland Liquor, a subscription to the Herington Times, candles or home décor from Kay’s or Signature Homestyles, beauty products from Mary Kay, a gift certificate from one of our local restaurants or for a beauty treatment from First Impressions or Shear Joy. Show those you love that you really care with a thoughtful gift from a local merchant!