Chamber Chat - 10-4-13

Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

"Power of One"
How individuals can impact the success of an overall organization

Dr. Edward Hammond, President of Fort Hays State University
Eric Burks, President of NCK Tech College

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
NCK Tech Student Union Conference Room

Chamber Members $10
Non Members $12

Reservations are required and are due Friday, October 4th at 5:00pm
Cancellations are due by Wednesday, October 9th at 5:00pm in order to receive a refund.

To make reservations contact the Chamber office at 785-738-2717, email beloitchamber@nckcn.com or fill out a registration form and mail to the Chamber at 123 N Mill St, Beloit, KS 67420.

Membership Verification Forms

Have you returned the verification form for your business? If you haven't please send it in ASAP! 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.

It's the Zachary's Ace Hardware Parking Lot Sale & Lunch
30th Anniversary Celebration

Friday Oct. 11th 9-5 with FREE lunch 11-1
"Prizes given away every 30 min. during lunch"

Super Savings Saturday 9-3
(BAG IT ALL UP...while supplies last...Saturday only...one low price takes everything that fits in your bag...select tables)


2 BIG days to SAVE!!!

John Matthews Memorial Scholarship Raffle

John Matthews was employed with NCKTC from March 1, 2002 through February 27, 2012.  John was hired as the first full-time Telecommunications Instructor on March 1, 2002; he was also responsible for the phone system and worked a 225 day contract. He held that position until he was moved into the administrative position of Director of Outreach July 1, 2008.  John passed away in 2013 and the Matthews family established a scholarship in his name. Eligible recipients are enrolled in the Telecommunications and Network Technology Program, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

The item being raffled:
Montefeltro Silver Shotgun:
(Suggested retail price $1,779)
12 Gauge Semi-automatic shotgun
Shots 2 3/4", 3"
Magazine Capacity: 4+1
Ultra-reliable, AA-grade walnut stock
Highly-figured, AA-grade walnut stock
1-piece, engraved nickel-plated alloy receiver
Lightweight, slim forend and lowprofile vent-rib promotes quick target acquisition

1 ticket for $10
6 tickets for $50

Tickets are available at the Administrative Office on NCK Tech Campus (Beloit or Hays)
Drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 6th at 4pm.

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!

Central National Bank

They are doing it again! 
Central National Bank is going PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness.


Show everyone by entering Central National Bank's Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Enter our Best Dressed Contest!
Decorate a bra any way you would like. Enter it into our contest along with a $5.00 entry fee. You can enter as many as you would like. The more you enter the more money we raise for Breast Friends Foundation. Then tell all your friends to come in to the Beloit Branch where all the Best Dressed Bras will be displayed and vote for your bra with a $1.00 donation. Again all donations will be going to Breast Friends Foundation. So tell your friends to vote more than once! Contest will run the whole month of October.

The winner will receive a special basket of goodies relating to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Be a patient advocate by encouraging family and friends to donate blood. Take the first step by making an appointment to donate through the American Red Cross at the Beloit Community Blood Drive on Thursday, October 10th from 12pm to 6pm or on Friday, October 11th from 8:30am to 1:00pm at the North Central Kansas Wellness Center Gym, 3033 US Hwy 24 in Beloit

Blood donated today can make a difference in the lives of patients in this community and across the country. Increase your impact and invite others to donate with you. Every day, dedicated blood donors help countless patients receive the blood they need.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

Computer Solutions, Inc.

Everything at your fingertips.

Tuesday, October 8th
McPherson: 9 am-11 am, 121 W. Marlin, Suite 100
Concordia: 2 pm-4 pm, 132 W. 6th Street

Work Confidently.
Join Computer Solutions, Inc., and Jeff Ross from HP for demonstratios on all the newest ground-breaking technology being introduced by HP. From desktops, to tablet or hybrids of all kinds, come ask the expert. See for yourself. Experience it for yourself. Find what technology works for you.

For more information contact your local sales representative or call 785-282-6855.

Fouts Insurance Agency has Joined John Deere Insurance Company

Choosing the right coverage goes beyond choosing a policy. It starts with an agent who knows your operation, supported by industry-leading technology and a dedicated claims service team.

That's why we're proud to announce that Fouts Insurance Agency has joined John Deere Insurance Company. They have insurance experts ready to provide the personal service and experience you expect from John Deere.

Fouts Insurance Agency is also working with Carrico Implement, the local John Deere dealership, to help you maximize your precision farming equipment for government reporting, and to create a seamless claims experience.

Make an appointment or stop in to learn how Fouts Insurance Agency can meet you insurance needs.


John Deere Insurance Company of Johnston, Iowa, issues crop insurance products through its Managing General Agent and affiliate, John Deere Risk Protection, Inc.. John Deere Insurance Company, John Deere Risk Protection, Inc. and Fouts Insurance Agency are equal opportunity providers. Coverage is subject to availability, terms and conditions.

Becker Autos & Trailers to Donate a Portion of All Sales to Local Relay for Life in October
In honor of breast cancer awareness month, throughout October Becker Autos and Trailers will be donating money from each vehicle and each trailer sale to the local Relay for Life. 
"We were first contacted by Mitchell and Osborne County Relay for Life directors, Jessica Brummer and Christie Fouts with the idea of donating during October, and thought it would be a great way to help raise money" said Lydia Housh, manager of Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit.  "In our family, we have seen my young cousin go through chemo and radiation just last year; just this Sunday, I heard news of a past co-worker of only 36 years of age passing away from complications of Breast Cancer after struggling with it for over 4 years.  Those are just a couple of recent examples of how cancer can affect anyone.  Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way."
For every vehicle or trailer purchase from Becker Autos & Trailers in Downs and Beloit in October a donation will be made to the Mitchell and Osborne County Relay for Life which will be held Saturday, June 7th 2014 at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.  All money raised for the Mitchell and Osborne County Relay for Life stays in our area to help with those affected by cancer in our counties.  For questions or more information please contact Lydia Housh at 785-534-1227 or stop by the Beloit Becker Autos & Trailers location.  Find out more about Becker Autos & Trailers and look at their inventory online at beckerautos.com.  

The newly formed Solomon Valley Community Foundation is off to a great start towards its Founder's Campaign goal of $500,000. The Foundation is an excellent opportunity for individuals and companies to establish endowed funds which will award grants on a semi-annual basis to worthy projects in the Mitchell County area. Many of the Founding Donors to date have made gifts on an unrestricted basis while others have also desired to set up specific name funds or scholarship funds that follow the Donor's direction under a memorandum of understanding. These endowed gifts will allow annual payments of 5% to be paid out to designated causes. Commitments to date total $246,000.

The Foundation is a permanent, steady, and secure source for grants that will address present and future community needs. The Foundation is a vehicle for permanent charitable giving through current donations as well as bequests that will benefit the Mitchell County area.

Should individuals, businesses, local organizations or clubs desire to learn more about Solomon Valley Community Foundation and its efforts to benefit our communities, they can call (785) 534-1126 or contact any of the board members who are: Curt Frasier, Barb Wise, Darcel McPeak, Jim Gates, Heather Hartman, Debra Houghton, Phyllis Oetting, Mark Palen, Bob Severance, John Yeary, and Jeff Zimmer.

Check out the Solomon Valley Community Foundation on Facebook

Calendar of Events

Friday, October 4th - 11am-1pm - Cooportunity Day Cookout - Chautauqua Park
Monday, October 7th - 7pm - Mitchell County Fair Board - Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, October 8th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Tuesday, October 8th - 7pm - Cassiopeia
Wednesday, October 9th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Thursday, October 10th - 11:30am-1pm - Chamber Luncheon - NCK Tech Student Union Conf Room
Thursday, October 10th - Noon-6pm - Blood Drive - NCK Wellness Gym
Friday, October 11th - 8:30am-1pm - Blood Drive - NCK Wellness Gym
Monday-Wednesday, October 14th - 16th - 3pm-5pm - Rotary Radio Days
Monday, October 14th - 7pm -Mitchell County Historical Society - Legion Annex
Tuesday, October 15th - Leadership Mitchell County - Arts, Tourism & Law Enforcement
Tuesday, October 15th - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, October 16th - 9:30am - Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, October 16th - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Thursday, October 17th - 5pm-7pm - Rotary Radio Days
Friday, October 18th - 12:30pm - SVED Board Meeting - NCRP
Tuesday, October 22nd - Noon - Rotary - Porter House
Wednesday, October 23rd - Noon - Lions Club - NCK Tech
Thursday, October 24th - 4pm - Chamber Board Retreat - NCK Tech Conf Room
Saturday, October 26th - Cassiopeia Holiday Craft Fair - Municipal Building

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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