Chamber Chat - 9-6-13

Membership Verification Forms

The Chamber is in the process of producing a community profile. Included in the profile will be a Chamber Membership Directory in alpha order as well as category order. It is imperative that I have the information correct for your business. Once you receive the verification form, please check all the information and mark any corrections or omissions and return by October 15, 2013.

The goal for the community profile is to be printed and ready for distribution in January 2014. Every Chamber member will receive one as well as any newcomers to the community. This will be something new and exciting for Mitchell County.

S&S Drug is launching a new monthly Diabetes Education Program which will be free to the community beginning Wednesday, September 25. Our goals are to improve understanding about diabetes, promote lasting lifestyle changes, and support people as they work with their physicians to achieve and maintain their personal diabetes goals. If you are diabetic or help care for someone who is, please join us for breakfast at this fun and informative meeting!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Guaranty State Bank Community Room
Breakfast will be served

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

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!

Nex-Tech Wireless Announces LTE Plans
 Hays KS - Preparations are under way at Nex-Tech Wireless to deploy fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) technology across their network.  Nex-Tech Wireless has purchased equipment for the advanced 4G wireless network from Ericsson, a world leader in mobile technologies, and installation is in process. Extensive network testing will take place in the upcoming months and Nex-Tech Wireless plans to deploy 4G LTE by the end of 2013.

"Our network strategy has always been to provide the same technology that is offered in metropolitan areas to the residents of rural Kansas" said Jeff Kisner, Director of Network Operations for Nex-Tech Wireless.  "The LTE network will provide a robust experience for our customers.  This investment illustrates our commitment to our customers."

The first phase of Nex-Tech Wireless' 4G LTE rollout will include the cities of Hays, Great Bend and Salina.  Additional areas will also be covered with this first phase which is expected to be fully-operational by the end of 2013.  Nex-Tech Wireless will continue their strategic rollout of the 4G LTE network in 2014.

4G LTE technology improves data speeds, which is a major benefit in this data-intensive culture.  Customers will experience these increased speeds while streaming video and music, online gaming and various "cloud-based" applications.  Customers can expect a data and Internet experience that is closer to real-time with download speeds averaging 6-8 mbps and upload speeds of 2-5 mbps, which is about 10 times faster than 3G.  
About Nex-Tech Wireless
Nex-Tech Wireless, a subsidiary of Rural Telephone, Golden Belt Telephone and Mutual Telephone, is a premiere wireless provider offering high-tech wireless solutions to residents in 43 counties of central and western Kansas as well as local coverage to 4 counties in Colorado. Nex-Tech Wireless focuses on providing its customers cutting edge technology including data and mobile services, as well as the latest wireless equipment and competitive wireless plans that provide nationwide coverage. For more information, visit www.nex-techwireless.com or call 877-621-2600.

St. John's Social Justice (SJ) Day In Our Community

Need help with fall cleaning? Yard work? Hauling limbs or trash? On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, St. John's Catholic School students are holding their local SJ (Social Justice) Day in Our Community. Students will be available to any Beloit resident or business from 9:00am - 3:00pm for any work that needs completed. In addition to varied outside work, examples of requests include small painting jobs, washing windows, deep cleaning of house/garage, and cleaning cars. Please call Sheri Eilert (534-2488), Julie Gates (738-4263), or Theresa Hier (738-2942) to request students for any job. There is no charge for these services.

In honor of Grandparents Day on Sept. 8th we want to hear how great your grandparents are/were!!

Submit your favorite photo of your grandparents, old or current it doesn't matter, along with a brief reason why they are the best to megandctc@nckcn.com. 

All photos and stories will be posted on our Facebook page for voting!!! 

Pawnee Recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is Tuesday, September 10th. Across the nation educational events will be held to raise awareness about suicide.

Pawnee Mental Health Services will present the suicide prevention segment of Mental Health First Aid. You will learn how to tell if someone is feeling suicidal, how to talk to someone who is suicidal, how to tell if the situation is serious, how to keep the person safe and get professional help. 

A presentation will be held on Tuesday, September 10th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Wesleyan Church, 1603 Cedar Street, Concordia, KS.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Registration at the door is welcome but registration in advance is encouraged.  To register or for additional information please contact Mary Heath at (785) 587-4300 or by email at mhfa@pawnee.org.

Community Food Drive

On Wednesday, September 25, St. John's Catholic Grade School will be picking up food for the Beloit food pantry. Simply leave the food you wish to donate on your front porch before 9:00 am and the students will pick it up and deliver it to the food pantry before 3:00 that afternoon.
Questions: Call St. John's Catholic High School at 738-2942.

The 2013 Walk-Run-Ride 4 Life for Heart Choices will be held on Sunday, September 22 at Chautauqua Park in Beloit!  
Be a business sponsor    -- $250 includes business name listing on the T-shirt back and on all advertising, and logo, business name, and link to business website on the online registration home pages.  Contact Donna Munsey at 738-5474 or Alice Thompson at 738-3433 for more information.
Donate door prizes - Door prizes are needed for adults and children of all ages.  If you wish to donate an item to be used as a door prize, call Karrie at 738-3433 or drop it by the Center at 6th & Independence before September 20. 
Organize a team from your workplace, family, or neighborhood to participate and begin raising funds to help families in our community. Events will include a 5K run, 16 mile bike race, dualthon (5K run and 16 mile bike), kids' races, 5K walk, and 1 mile walk, followed by a meal and great door prizes!! Medals will be awarded to top 3 finishers in age categories for all races and prizes will be given to the child, teen, adult, and team collecting the most donations and pledges!  Register by September 10 to guarantee a FREE "Hero" T-Shirt, displaying the business sponsors on the back! 
Register to participate at www.heartchoicesbeloit.com or follow this link to sign up to participate and to create your personal fundraising page to share via Facebook, email, or Twitter.  You'll be amazed how easy it is! (Brochures and "paper" registrations are available, as well, by contacting the Center.)  
We look forward to having you participate in this year's WRR4L!! 

3rd Annual LEAP Event

Leadership Mitchell County Alumni, in connection with the City of Beloit, is hosting the 3rd Annual LEAP Event on Wednesday, September 25th at the Down Under Ballroom.  Last year's LEAP (Leadership Energy in Action Programs) event featured Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The LEAP committee is changing things up this year and is bringing Angie Baur from Public Square Communities, Inc. to Beloit for an event titled "Table Talk: A Community Conversation." Through Public Square Communities, Angie specializes in engaging community leaders to foster thriving communities. Discussion will focus on using the assets of North Central Kansas to make each one of our communities a better place. Angie, who is also a professional life coach, will speak and facilitate discussion among those attending about how to improve life in North Central Kansas on a personal and community level. The LEAP committee is very excited about this year's event.  The event will begin with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. followed by a meal at 7:00 p.m., and will conclude with Angie's presentation. Tickets are only $10.00 this year and may be purchased at area banks, Frasier & Johnson Law Office, S&S Drug, and Gray Drug & Fountain.  To read more information about Angie and Public Square Communities, Inc., you can visit their website at www.publicsquarecommunities.com.

Solomon Valley Car Show

The 19th Annual Solomon Valley Car Show, presented by the Eagles Aerie #3507, will take place on Saturday, September 21st in Downtown Beloit.
Entry fees: $20 at the gate, pre-Entry $15, 2 or more entries by same car owner $10 each. Pre-entry deadline is September 15th. Send entry forms to:
Beloit Eagles, Box 115, Beloit, KS 67420

• Registration 9am-11am (FREE MEAL for registrants at noon)
• Judging by Participants 12 Noon-1:30pm (Trophy presentation at 3pm followed by Social Hour at Eagles Lodge.)
• Large Trophy given for Merchants' Choice & Eagles Choice
• Free Dash Plaques to 1st 75 participants
• Concession stand available 10am-1:30pm
• FREE CAMPING with hookups available at scenic park
• Event t-shirts for sale at the show
• Downtown Beloit merchants will be open with in-store specials
• Poker walk for car show participants (no-entry fee)
• Bingo 1:30pm-2:30pm for everyone
• Kids' Activities - Tractor Pull
• Trike Raffle
• Metal Cutouts - Made by Winkel Mfg.

Car show is sponsored by Pestinger Distributing

Questions contact: Beloit Eagles at 785-738-2952
or Brett Creager at 785-738-8495
or Leta Burks at 785-738-3308
or 785-534-0930

Calendar of Events

Monday, September 9th - 7pm - Mitchell County Historical Society - Legion Annex
Tuesday, September 10th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Tuesday, September 10th - 7pm - Cassiopeia
Wednesday, September 11th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Thursday, September 12th- Noon - Chamber Board - Location TBA
Monday, September 16th - Tuesday, September 17th - Leadership Mitchell County - Ringneck Ranch
Tuesday, September 17th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, September 18th - 9:30am - Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, September 18th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Thursday, September 19th - 12:00pm - SVED Board - AGCO
Saturday, September 21st - 9am-5pm - Solomon Valley Car Show - Downtown Beloit
Sunday, September 22nd - 2pm - Walk-Run-Ride 4 Life for Heart Choices - Chautauqua Park
Tuesday, September 24th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, September 25th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Wednesday, September 25th - 6pm - 3rd Annual LEAP Event - Down Under

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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