Chamber Chat - 7-26-13

June Labor Report

The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) reports the labor market posted a noteworthy increase in jobs over the month. Non-seasonally adjusted private sector jobs increased by 10,000 in the last month in Kansas. Approximately half of the gain in jobs over the month was due to seasonal factors. Non-seasonally adjusted job gains for June came from nine of the 11 major industries. Leisure and hospitality gained 3,000 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities gained 2,900 jobs; and manufacturing grew by 1,500 jobs where gains were in both durable and non-durable goods.

Two major industries, government and other services, reported over-the-month job losses.

"The estimate of average weekly hours worked increased in June to 35.1 hours. This is a rebound from the previous five months which only averaged 34.4," said Tyler Tenbrink, Senior Labor Economist. "Part of the change over the month was seasonal and not unusual for June, however, this is an early sign that may lead to job growth if it continues on this trend."

The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from last month at 5.8 percent and down from 6 percent one year ago. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, up from 5.7 percent in May 2013 and the same as in June 2012.

"Initial unemployment claims were down 2,064 from May and down 2,333 from last year, " said Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor. "Fewer people coming into the unemployment system means more Kansans finding work and staying employed."

Mitchell County: Civilian Labor Force of 3726
Employment: 3604
Unemployment: 122
Unemployment Rate for June 2013 3.3%

In May, 2013 Mitchell County had an unemployment rate of 3.6% and compared to June, 2012 of 3.1%.


St. John's Harvest Festival

Saturday, July 27th
Mass at 5pm

Food ~ Kid's Rides ~ Games for the whole family ~ Bingo
General Store with fresh produce & baked goods

Prizes include:
$1500 Cash ~ $700 Cash ~ $300 Cash
$600 Applemarket Gift Card
Chain Saw ~ Winkel Glider Swing ~ Patio Set
Grand Prize Drawings @ 11pm
$5.00 Donation
Need not be present to win.

Prize donors:
Ace Hardware ~ Boettcher Supply ~ Carrico Implement ~ Dental Designs of Solomon Valley
Kohler Manufacturing ~ Krier's Auto Parts ~ McHenry Electric ~ S & S Drug
Thompson's Ok Tires ~ Winkel Manufacturing



Chad McDaniel Memorial Race

The 4th Annual Chad McDaniel Memorial Race will take place on Tuesday, July 30th at Solomon Valley Raceway, Beloit. Hot laps begin at 6:30 and races start at 7:30. Come watch some of the nation's best drivers: Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracey Hines, Brad Kuhn and more duke it out for the win!
For more information, log onto www.svraceway.com.

Tipton Picnic Set For August 2nd & 3rd

Celebrate the 67th Annual Tipton Picnic on Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd.

Friday, August 2, 2013
Alumni and Friends Celebration
All Alumni and Friends are invited to attend
8:15 pm in the Park 
Opening Prayer
Great Entertainment by our dancers. 
Introduction of Classes Celebrating 
Special Anniversaries
10 pm Last Man Standing Drawing
Saturday, August 3, 2013
7:30 am Picnic Fun Walk - Run
8:30 am Kids Race
8:00 a.m. Softball, Washer Board and Horseshoe Tournaments begin
9:30 am Thunder in the Hills - Bike Rally
4:00 p.m. Mass-St. Boniface Church
5:00 p.m. Fried Chicken/Roast Beef Dinner
6:00 p.m. Auction
7:00 p.m. Bingo
9:00pm (tentative "67 Mustang will be Auctioned
11:30 p.m. Cash and Prizes Drawing

For a more information, log on to www.tiptonschools.com.


Adopt a Classroom

The Beloit Business Committee (BBC) would like to begin a program in August that allows Beloit area businesses to "adopt" an elementary classroom at BES or St. Johns. The BBC will work with the area businesses to match a business with a classroom. The teachers are making their "needs list" of 10-12 items that can purchased locally and will be turning them in August 1st. With budget cuts, the hope is to help each teacher and classroom fill a void. Now we need your help to "adopt" an elementary classroom to fill the lists. For more information you can contact the Chamber at 738-2717 or Janet Remus, Super 8, at 738-8592.

2013 Mitchell County Fair

Thursday, August 8th - Saturday August 10th

Monday August 5th - First Christian Church
9:00am Judging of 4-H Foods & Arts & Crafts
9am-12pm Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Judging Contest
10am 4-H Bake Sale in First Christian Church Lobby

Tuesday, August 6th - Fairgrounds
8:30am Pet Show
9am Dog Show

Wednesday, August 7th - Fairgrounds
9am Horse Show
6pm-8pm ALL livestock will be checked in
6pm-8pm Open class entries may be entered

Thursday, August 8th
8am-10:30am Enter all other 4-H and open class exhibits, except for livestock
10am Judging of 4-H and Open Class Poultry and Rabbits
10am Judging of 4-H Photography
10:30am Judging of Bucket Calves
11am Judging of 4-H Crops, Garden & Flowers; Rocketry; Posters Notebooks, Displays & Club Food Booths
11:30am Judging of 4-H Woodworking, Electric, Welding & Entomology
1pm Judging of Open Class Foods, Clothing Needlework, Flowers & Art
2:30pm Judging of Open Class Crops & Garden
3pm Judging of Open Class Photography
6pm Judging of Beef
6pm Creature Feature presented by KS Wildlife & Parks
6pm-9pm Ident-A-Kid with the Mitchell County Sheriff's Dept
6pm-10pm Lewellen Amusements - Arm Band Night
6:30pm Free Entertainment - Angela Waters
7pm Free Entertainment - Straytline
7pm Kid's Rodeo & Mutton Bustin' (Admission $3, Under 12 FREE)
8pm Free Entertainment - Christi (Campbell) Miller
8:45pm Free Entertainment - Frances McCune

Friday, August 9th
9am Judging of Swine ½ hour after Swine Show Competition
Judging of Sheep & Goats
5:30pm Kids' Money Scramble - Hog/Sheep Arena - Ages 4 & Under; 5-8; 9-12
6pm-9pm Farm Bureau Annual Watermelon Feed
6pm-10pm Lewellen Amusements - Arm Band Night
6pm Free Entertainment - Julie Wendell
7pm Free Entertainment - Amanda Henke
7pm ¾ Midget Racing (Admission Adults $8; 6-12 $4; 0-5 FREE)
7:30pm Free Entertainment - Tae Kwan Do
8:15pm Free Entertainment - Prairie School Dancers
8:30pm Free Entertainment - Rising Starz Dance Studio

Saturday, August 10th
9am Round Robin
5pm Livestock Sale
5pm Demonstration of glass plat photography (in Quonset)
5:30pm Free Entertainment - Talking Tombstone
6pm Free Entertainment - Finney Family Orchestra
6pm-10pm Lewellen Amusements - Arm Band Night
7pm CARES Inc Dog Obedience Demonstration
7pm Demolition Derby (Admission Adults $8; 6-12 $5; 5 & under FREE)
7:45pm Free Entertainment - Concordia Gymnastics Club
8:30pm Free Entertainment - Vetter Family Music
9pm Free Entertainment - Gabby Smith



Mitchell County Historical Society

Kyle Peterson will give a presentation about early plate photography in conjunction with the Mitchell County Museum Fair display "What Eva Saw."
A look at early day Mitchell County through the eyes of an amateur woman photographer, who used a glass plate camera.
Saturday, August 10th At 5pm in the Quonset building.

Also taking place will be Farm Family in Kansas, Traveling Resource Trunk.
You will be able to examine life on a Kansas farm in the late 1800s with this trunk.  Activities in the trunk explore farm work, the impact of the environment on farming in Kansas, and the entertainment and recreation enjoyed by Kansas farm families.  Numerous tools and photographs help students learn about this important part of Kansas history as they are introduced to life before electricity, automobiles, and the widespread use of commercially processed food.
You can explore the role of men, women and children on the farm through the use of primary sources and hands-on exploration.  Letters, journal entries and photographs introduce you to real Kansas settlers.  Objects in the trunk provide an opportunity to peel an apple, pit a cherry, grind coffee, and more.  Power point presentations show how to churn butter and husk corn.
This will take place each night from 5pm-9pm in the Quonset building.




September 7, 2013 - 9 am - 3 pm
West end of main in Osborne, Kansas
(Watch for signs)

For ages 17 and younger, 14 and under
must be accompanied by an adult
(Youth under the age of 12 must be under adult supervision to shoot firearms)

Sponsored by:
District 3 Kansas Fur Harvesters Association

Co-sponsored by:
Pheasants Forever, Osborne Gun Club,
Kansas Department Wildlife & Parks

Events include:
Archery, Rifle, Black Powder, Shotgun (Wing shooting Clinic), Trapping,
Pistol Shooting, Fishing, Air Rifle, Flint Knapping, Trail Walks / Biking, Fly
Fishing, Canoeing, Bird Watching, Whittling, Skins & Skulls, Basket Weaving,
Outdoor Photography and including Wild Turkey Federation
Archery hunters 14 & over, bring your bow for a tune-up.
Lots of prizes to be given away for all ages:
Lifetime license for boy and girl
Hunting trip, fishing trip
A weekend at an area lake cabin

Parents and the general public are encouraged to attend!!
For more information contact:
Cleo Hahn 785-346-4541
Roger Macy 785-346-2076



NCK Tech would like to partner with Chamber Members to help promote your business. The Chamber would like to offer, to students, a list of participating businesses who would give a discount, coupon or any other promotional item to students who produce their Student ID card.

If you would like to participate in this new and exciting program, contact the Chamber office at 738-2717.


Noteworthy News

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business. "Noteworthy News" is your opportunity to do just that. It's a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that's new within your organization. Fill us in on what's happening from staff changes to a new product or service. Send it to beloitchamber@nckcn.com by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!


Chamber Office Closed

The Chamber office will be closed August 5-9. If you are in need of anything before then please let me know by August 1st. I will be back in the office Monday, August 12th.


Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 27th - 6pm-Midnight - St. John's Harvest Festival
Tuesday, July 30th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Thursday, August 1st - 8am-4pm - BES Enrollment
7:30am-Noon - 8th & 9th Enrollment
Thursday, August 1st - Noon - Mitchell County Tourism & Convention - County Commission Room
Friday, August 2nd - 8am - Beloit Business Committee - Plum Creek
Friday, August 2nd - 8am-Noon - BES Enrollment
7:30am-Noon - 10th, 11th & 12th Enrollment
Friday-Saturday, August 2nd & 3rd - Tipton Picnic
Monday, August 5th - 7pm - Mitchell County Fair Board - Guaranty State Bank
Monday-Tuesday, August 5th & 6th - 5pm-7pm - St. John's Enrollment
Tuesday, August 6th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Thursday, August 8th - Noon - Mitchell County Historical Society - Plum Creek
Thursday-Saturday, August 8-10 - Mitchell County Fair
Tuesday, August 13th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Thursday, August 15th - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Thursday, August 15th - 12:30pm - SVED - North Central Regional Planning
Tuesday, August 20th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, August 21st - 9:30am - Ministerial Alliance
Thursday, August 22nd - Noon - Mitchell County Historical Society - Plum Creek
Tuesday, August 27th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House

Solomon Valley Farmer's Market Every Wednesday until Labor Day - 4pm-6pm - Roadside Park


At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St. or call me at 738-2717.


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