I hope you all have had an amazing week! As I’m still trying to get my seat warmed up here at the Chamber, I’ve been excited to see and meet all of you. I’ve got to tell you, you all have amazing ideas and I cannot wait to see what we can make come true! So, please, keep the ideas coming!

This week, the Herington AdHoc Community Improvement Effort will be doing some spring cleaning in Father Padilla Park around the spring and waterway. If anyone is looking for any volunteer work, this is an amazing opportunity to get out and make your community shine brighter and brighter. So gather up your tools, boots, and positive vibes and head over to the park on Thursday, May 30 from 1 pm!

From June 1-June 20, Smart Insurance is collecting fun and cool bandages for Noah’s Bandage Project. Noah Wilson was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2014 (when he was only 6 years old), but never let it change his passion to help others. He always had a huge heart, and was constantly looking for ways to help people. His love for others did not change even when he was facing a devastating diagnosis. When his treatment began, he found himself getting pokes almost daily. The hospital where he was being treated did not have cool bandages, leaving the children there having to settle for the boring brown ones. Noah saw this as an opportunity to help his fellow patients, and decided that he wanted to start collecting cool and fun bandages for his new friends. You see, Noah knew that a bandage is so much more than just a wound cover and wanted to help others see how awesome a cool and fun bandage could be. Noah’s Bandage Project has two goals – 1) to help provide cool and fun bandages to kids that need them, and 2) to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research. To hear more, bring your bandages on up to Smart Insurance for an amazing cause!

Also, don’t forget that we have the Father Daughter-Dance coming up on June 12. We are going to have a blast with music and dancing. Flowers by Vikki will have all the corsages you need to make your little girl feel like a princess. I took a hard look at Backroads Gift & Apparel this weekend during the car show, and believe me, the dresses are there for them too! At such amazing prices as well! Make sure you are saving the date and be sure to come hang out with us for a good time!

Once again, I am so excited to be here at the Chamber and to feel like I have the platform to really be able to help our community. Please stop by and say hello! I’d love to get to know you all some more and hear your thoughts on how, together, we can make this place boom!