Isn’t funny how when we get up to speak in front of a large group of people, our nicely prepared speeches fly right out the window. Last Monday during the Member Recognition part of our annual banquet, I forgot two very important things. When I was recognizing our new Chamber members, I missed congratulating the Family Resource Exchange for joining the Chamber this year; they have been a great addition to our organization!
We also took time and recognized our members that had special milestones or achievements in the previous year. How I managed to forget to honor Gene & Rhonda Simpson for celebrating their 25th anniversary of G&R Auto Parts here in Herington, I have no idea! That is a major milestone and I am pretty proud of them.
We have another busy week next week. Come over to the Chamber office on Monday from 4 – 6pm for a Cash Mob for all the local independent demonstrators. These hardworking entrepreneurial ladies add a lot to our community, so let’s turn out to thank them!
If you want to hear from the candidates for City Commission, be sure and come to the Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Community Building. Doors open at 6pm for residents to submit their questions in writing and the Forum will kick off at 7pm. Roger Boelling will be the event moderator and Tandi Arevalo will be working as the official time keeper.
On Thursday, Feb 26, the Community Building will be transformed into a twinkle light and tulle festooned wonderland for the Father Daughter Dance. Daddys, make a date with your little princess. Tickets are $7 a piece or $20 for a family ticket and are available from the Chamber office, at Prairie Chic, or from any Fun Committee member. Tickets are also available at the door.
As 2014 draws to a close, I get so extremely excited looking ahead to all the fun things we have planned for 2015!
The Chamber’s Fun Committee has already started planning for our next Quarter Mania event on Sunday, February 8. We’ll be partnering with the PEO for this event and look to build on our one and make this one even more fun! Anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Leslie Mayes.
The Chamber has always hosted an annual banquet and awards dinner the last Monday in January. We are moving the date back two weeks to Monday, February 9 and we are looking to make it even more of a community event.
During the social hour, we’re going to have a Groups & Organizations Showcase. Have you been wanting to get involved in your community, but didn’t know where to start? We will offer all of the groups and organizations in town a place to come out and tell you who they are and what they do. If you belong to a group and would like to reserve a space during the showcase, contact Stephanie Gilbert at Prairie Chic.
We are working on a lot more new and exciting things for the banquet and awards dinner, but for now we’ll be keeping them “under our hat”. (and yes, that is a clue!)
I hope that everyone has had as fantastic of a year as we have had here at the Chamber. It is our pleasure to serve our members and our community.