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 [email protected], or through the job posting on the Chamber’s main Facebook page.  Resumes will be accepted through October 1.

You’ve been asking for it and we are very excited to announce that we have set a date for our first “The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Social Media” class.

On Monday, June 8, at 7pm in the Chamber Boardroom, bring your laptops, tablets, smart phones, and other digital devices; or just a handy notepad and pen. We’ll have a projection screen set up so everyone can see hands on practical uses.

We’ll be covering topics like basic navigation, lingo, privacy issues, hiding things from your newsfeed, “there’s an app for that”, and the all-important topic of social media etiquette. We’ll also have a time for a question and answer period so think about what you would like to know.

It would be nice to have a general idea of how many to expect, so an RSVP would be welcome.

Later we will be scheduling a “Social Media for Page Managers” class so stay tuned.

The Area Wide Garage Sale is this Saturday. To pick up a copy of the map and sale listing, stop by the Chamber office, the West Walnut Market, Sweet Creations, AmPride, Prairie Chic, or The Spot.

June 8, 7 pm, Chamber Boardroom

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.

IMG_20150502_094324046This past weekend, I put on my Tourism board hat and headed off to Wamego for the Kansas Sampler Festival. The event is held every year and changes locations every two years. Its main goal is to provide the public a sample of what there is to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn in the state. There are exhibitors, vendors, entertainers, and historical performers.

Dickinson County had a tent and both Herington and Hope were represented along with 6 other exhibitors from our county. The event set a new record this year with 12,054 people attending, and let me tell you, at the end of the day on Sunday, I felt like I had talked to every one of them!

The Herington booth was manned by myself, Ed & Giesla Mueller, Kayla Hendricks, and Stephanie Gilbert. Hope had a gorgeous booth that was manned by Danielle Coup, Amy Coup, Brandee Gentz, Bri Peterson, PatIMG_20150502_133308617 Coup, and Marcia Cook. Be sure and give all these folks a big pat on the back if you see them! I feel so great about our time there and really feel like we made some genuine connections that will result in visitors to our area.

Next year the event moves to Winfield, Kansas and the committees are already thinking about new and fun things we’re going to do to represent our towns.

What an amazing day we had this past weekend! Friday night’s thunderstorm and the sprinkles Saturday morning couldn’t stop the Throttle Jockey’s and other car enthusiast. They had 205 cars register for the Car Show which was 3 more than they had last year with gorgeous weather! The event keeps getting bigger and bigger every year and brings huge crowds into our downtown area.

The crowds that traveled out to the Herington Airport grew again this year to watch the 125+ cars that registered for the drag races portion of the day.

DSC_2283-editBig thanks are due to the Throttle Jockey’s Car Club and their volunteers for continuing to host this show in our downtown area. I’m sure it would be easier for them to have both parts of the event at the airport. We appreciate the extra effort that they put out to bring everyone into our town and our businesses. I personally spoke to people from El Dorado, Winfield, McPherson, Manhattan, and Salina to name a few. One family told me that they regularly drive from El Dorado to Manhattan and never knew that there were so many great food options in Herington. We’ll be reaping the benefits of this exposure in future days as well!

Thanks are also due to the Herington Civic Club for getting the flags out on our streets. Ray down at the West Walnut Market suggested that and the Civic Club made it happen. It really added to the day!

Thank you to all our local citizens and groups who were so welcoming to our visitors. The event was featured on the website of Roy Boy Productions ( and he had some wonderful things to say about Herington and its residents.DSC_2317-edit

2015 is just flying by and before you know it, Memorial Day weekend will be here as will the Herington High School All School Reunion! 300+ Herington alumni will be coming back to town for the event. The full schedule is coming soon.

The Alumni Committee has asked the Chamber to help by organizing the lunch gathering on Saturday. After the parade, the participants will be invited to gather at Tripp Field for a time to reconnect and socialize. We are looking for food vendors as well as local craft vendors. This is free for the vendors and a great way for local groups and organizations to do a little fundraising. Call me today to find out how you can participate.

The Chamber is also creating a coupon book that will go in the Welcome packets that each participant receives. Local businesses are highly encouraged to contact me about this free promotional opportunity.

This May will also mark the second anniversary of the Think Local First program and the committee has some changes planned. Stay tuned for all the details.