Chamber Chat November 1, 2013

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 Chamber Chat

 Chamber Coffee!

OCCK, 501 W 7th, will be hosting a Chamber Coffee, November 1st from 9am-10:30am.  Stop by OCCK for a cup of coffee and enjoy networking with good friends.

The next Chamber Coffee is scheduled for Friday, December 6th at H & R Block.

Daylight Savings Time

With an extra hour of sleep and an earlier sunset, daylight saving time (also called daylight savings time) ends this weekend.

Daylight saving time will end with a “fall back” to standard time on

Sunday, November 3rd at 2 a.m.

Feature Business of the Month

 In 1976, through a partnership with Mitchell County ARC, OCCK began providing services in Mitchell, Jewell and Lincoln counties. At that time we were called MJL industries, but the name was changed later to OCCK Beloit Regional Office.     OCCK still continues to be an important community partner providing resources and services to the community.

We provide wonderful employment opportunities for people who have a desire to help people with disabilities work and live independently in the community.   The Beloit Region employs over 40 people.

OCCK is a valuable workforce for our local business.   Not only can we provide a labor pool inside your business but do many subcontracts inside our building. Sunflower Manufacturing, a division of AGCO, has been a partner with OCCK Beloit Region for the past 18 years providing work opportunities.   Currently we have a work crew in their plant, and also work on producing Sunflower parts at our work center.

Another service is the operation of the Mitchell County Recycling center which the Beloit region took over in 2001.   Monday through Friday a crew of five to six people work at the center from 10:30 to 12:00.  The center is also open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 to 12.    We work with Sunflower and the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems to recycle all their cardboard.  Last year 234,341 lbs of items were recycled, instead of being placed in our landfill.   Not only is the recycling center a great asset to the community, it is a wonderful place to develop good work skills.

OCCK continues to focus on individual community placements.    We have people who are employed today by local business such as Hilltop, Carrico’s, All Things Exterior, and Sunflower.

The Beloit Regional Office has a Computer Lab which is also open to the public.    Our assistive technologist can help connect people to the tools they need to live independently.  Looking for a piece of equipment, but not sure you want to purchase it? OCCK has its own equipment library where you can try it out.    OCCK also participates in the KEE program, which provides recycled durable medical equipment to others.  Needing a specialized phone such as Braille phone, amplified phone, text phone?  OCCK is a site for the Kansas TAP program, which helps people with disabilities receive phones at no cost if they are eligible.

OCCK provides many living options in the community depending on an individual’s needs.   People can have staff with them the majority of the day or may only need a staff to stop by one time a day or even once a week depending on their needs.

We have many people who are actively involved in the community doing volunteer work.   Some volunteer for their churches, work as a pink lady at the hospital, and help individuals with activities at a local nursing home.

The Beloit region has taken the lead in the local transition council.  The council provides education for students, parents, and their support groups, about resources to help with the transition from school to higher education or a career.

We have an agreement with the school district where students have the opportunity to learn work skills at our facility. 

We are also starting a new service called Chore Free; an affordable household and personal chore service designed to help people maintain their home and preferred lifestyle.

Ampride/Mac’s Kwik Shop

Friday, November 1st, Ampride/Mac’s Kwik Shop, 219 Hersey, will be serving free samples of Hunt Bros’ Pizza from 10am-6pm.  Stop by for gas, drink or snacks and try a taste of Hunt Bros’ Pizza!

Veterans Day Parade

The Veteran’s Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, November 11th at 11am.  For more information on being in the parade, contact Gary Pohlman at 785-738-7188.

Farmway Credit Union 

Farmway Credit Union is hosting a retirement reception honoring Richard Montgomery for 37 years of service on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from Noon to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Farmway Credit Union, 200 South Hersey Avenue, Beloit.

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Cunningham Telephone & Cable

~2014 PHONE DIRECTORY PHOTO CONTEST~

 A picture is worth a thousand words….

We are in search of our next Phone Directory cover photo!! Please send us your photos that depict North Central Kansas related scenes, people, places, events, etc. or photos that have been taken in the Cunningham service areas. The photograph needs to be taken in portrait landscape so it will fit proportionally on our cover.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PHOTO IS NOVEMBER 15, 2013. Submit photos to: megandctc@nckcn.com

THE WINNER OF THE CONTEST WILL RECEIVE $50 AND NAME RECOGNITION ON FRONT OF THE DIRECTORY WITH WINNING PHOTO.

*Must be a Cunningham Telephone and Cable customer. Entries must be color digital images. Black and white images are not eligible. 

Heart Choices/Krispy Crème Donuts

Order now to reserve yours from

HEART CHOICES

738-3433

1-800-585-3433

 $8/dozen       $20/3 dozen

Pick up on Friday, November 8 at 6th and Independence 9 a.m. to noon

Or delivery can be arranged when you call

 Gray Drug & Fountain

During the week of Nov 11th – 15th, Gray Drug & Fountain will be celebrating the United States Marine Corps 238th birthday (Nov 10th) as well as Veteran’s Day (Nov 11th) with some delicious cupcakes and cookies! Inside, there will be a display featuring Marine Corps Sergeant Bob Petterson, veteran of the Korean War. Come check out his story and see the display that will feature pictures from the war, a spectacular map of the battle zone as well as his ribbons, awards and more.

We also have the World War 1 display that is up for viewing now through the week of November 11th. 

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 2012 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.

NCK Tech

Save the Date!

The NCK Tech 50th Anniversary Celebration will begin with a   “Golden Opportunities” Dinner and Auction event on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Mark your calendar and check our website:

www.ncktc.edu for further details. 

NCK Tech Alumni

Are you a graduate of NCK Tech?  Join us for Alumni Appreciation Lunch on December 5th on the Beloit Campus or December 17th on the Hays Campus.  Register at www.ncktc.edu, Foundation tab/Alumni Newsletter and Events.

Chamber Checks

A great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks!  Spendable at over 100 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives.  These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks.  Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks you deposit them with your daily deposits just like a normal check.  Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy. 

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!

Calendar of Events 

Friday, November 1st – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – OCCK

Monday, November 4th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, November 5th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 6th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 7th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse

Thursday, November 7th – Noon to 3pm – Retirement Reception for Richard Montgomery –        Farmway Credit Union

Friday, November 8th – 8am – Beloit Business Committee – Plum Creek

Monday, November 11th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, November 11th – 11am – Veteran’s Day Parade

Monday, November 11th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, November 12th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, November 12th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, November 13th – Leadership Mitchell County – Ag Day

Wednesday, November 13th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 14th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 19th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 20th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, November 20th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 21st – 12:30pm –SVED Board Annual Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, November 26th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 27th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday & Friday, November 28th & 29th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, December 2nd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, December 3rd – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 4th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 5th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse

Friday, December 6th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – H & R Block

At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St.

or call me at 738-2717.

www.beloitchamber.com

Chamber Chat October 25, 2013

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Chamber Chat

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Beloit Holiday Fair

Add a little flair to your holiday shopping at the Beloit Holiday Fair
(formerly the Delphian Arts & Crafts Show)
Saturday, October 26, 2013
9am-3pm
Municipal Building
119 N Hersey
Over 60 booths and many new artisans
Admission is $2.00 per person
Proceeds support Cassiopeia’s philanthropic work in the Beloit area
Lunch stand available

Chamber Coffee!

The Chamber along with OCCK, 501 W 7th, will be hosting a Chamber Coffee on Friday, November 1st from 9am-10:30am. Stop by for a cup of coffee and enjoy networking with good friends.

Halloween Parade

The Halloween parade sponsored by the Beloit Call will take place on Thursday, October 31st at 5pm. The parade will start at the parking lot across from First National Bank and wind through downtown. Prizes will be awarded for best costume in each age group. For more information call the Beloit Call at 738-3537.

Sonic

All day October 31st, Sonic will be having $.50 corn dogs! Stop by and feed the children before they load up on candy!

Ampride/Mac’s Kwik Shop

Friday, November 1st, Ampride/Mac’s Kwik Shop, 219 Hersey, will be serving free samples of Hunt Bros’ Pizza from 10am-6pm. Stop by for gas, drink or snacks and try a taste of Hunt Bros’ Pizza!

S & S Drug

Diabetes Discussion Day with S&S Drug, Wednesday, October 30th, 8:30am-9:30am at Guaranty State Bank Community Room.  Breakfast will be served.

Guaranty State Bank

The Guaranty’s Blue Jeans for Charity program just gave their 3rd quarter donations to local charities in the amount of $1,575.00 to 18 different charities.
Each Friday, if an employee chooses to, they can wear jeans to work for a $5.00 donation. At the end of each quarter, the employee can designate where they want their donation to go to.

Since the program began in March, 2012, the bank employees have donated over $8,750 to benefit local charities!

KVSV

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters announced the 2013 KAB Award Winners for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting for the past year at their annual convention last night in Manhattan.

Representing KVSV AM 1190 The Mix and FM 105.5 in Beloit, KVSV received two awards in the Small Market Category:

1st Place: Sports Play by Play, John Swanson, Curt Pahls, Mike McKenna & Jay Rowh

1st Place: Coverage of the 2013 Kansas 8 Man All Star Football Games at Trojan Field in Beloit by Don Melby, Bart Jones, Alex Jones & Devin Drew.

KVSV also received a 2nd Place award: 60 Second Commercial Category for Walls Appliance and Service in Clay Center by Bart Jones, Sharon Keister, Natasha Jensen & Trevor Brass, the Voice of the Kansas State Wildcats.

Heart Choices/Krispy Creme

Order now to reserve yours from
HEART CHOICES
738-3433
1-800-585-3433
$8/dozen $20/3 dozen

Pick up on Friday, November 8
at
6th and Independence
9 a.m. to noon
Or delivery can be arranged when you call

KDNS

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters announced the 2013 KAB Award Winners for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting for the past year at their annual convention last night in Manhattan.
KD Country 94 in Glen Elder/Beloit, KS won eight awards in the small market radio station category including three 1st place awards.

KD Country 94 took home 1st Place in three different categories:

Special Program: 1st Place: The Football Express with Wade Gerstner, Dusty Deines & Todd Clover.
60 second Commercial: 1st Place: Jaybird’s Chicken Wedding by Wade Gerstner & Mike Schrant
Public Affairs Program: 1st Place: Community Matters with Wounded Warriors Justin Wilson & John McDaniel by Wade Gerstner

KD Country 94 also received five other awards:

Severe Weather Coverage: 2nd Place by Dusty Deines
Spot News: 2nd Place: Search at Waconda Lake by Mike Schrant
Editorial: 2nd Place: The word “Retarded” by Wade Gerstner
Sportscast: Honorable Mention: KDNS Sports by Dusty Deines
Complete News Feature: Honorable Mention: Search at Waconda Lake by Mike Schrant

Farmway Credit Union

Farmway Credit Union is hosting a retirement reception honoring Richard Montgomery for 37 years of service on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from Noon to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Farmway Credit Union, 200 South Hersey Avenue, Beloit.

NCK Tech

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 2012 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.

Chamber Checks

A great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks! Spendable at over 100 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives. These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks. Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks you deposit them with your daily deposits just like a normal check. Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy.

Noteworthy News

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!

Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 26th – 9am-3pm – Cassiopeia Holiday Craft Fair – Municipal Building
Wednesday, October 30th – 8:30am-9:30am – Diabetes Discussion Day by S&S Drug – Guaranty State Bank Community Room
Thursday, October 31st – 5pm – Halloween Parade – Downtown Beloit
Friday, November 1st – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – OCCK
Monday, November 4th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, November 5th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House
Wednesday, November 6th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, November 7th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse
Thursday, November 7th – Noon to 3pm – Retirement Reception for Richard Montgomery – Farmway Credit Union
Friday, November 8th – 8am – Beloit Business Committee – Plum Creek
Monday, November 11th – Chamber Office Closed
Monday, November 11th – 11am – Veteran’s Day Parade
Monday, November 11th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, November 12th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House
Tuesday, November 12th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, November 13th – Leadership Mitchell County – Ag Day
Wednesday, November 13th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, November 14th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 19th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House
Wednesday, November 20th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, November 20th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, November 21st – 12:30pm –SVED Board Annual Meeting – NCRP
Tuesday, November 26th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House
Wednesday, November 27th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday & Friday, November 28th & 29th – Chamber Office Closed

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

Stay up to date! Like us on Facebook! Search for Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce or Ctrl click the link below.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Beloit-Area-Chamber-of-Commerce/314284190327?fref=ts