After an insanely busy month in February, it’s looking like March will be a little more comfortable pace. Make sure to mark your calendars for a few important dates, however.

IMAG1911G&R Auto Parts will be having their annual Spring Farm Filter Sale March 2 through 12, with the traditional customer appreciation lunch on Friday, March 6 from 11:30 am to 1pm. Be sure and come out and enjoy.

Discs Unlimited is gearing up for a great season and they’ll kick it off ondiscs unlimited March 28 with the Discs Unlimited Open at the Herington Country Club and Father Padilla Park.

If you have ever had to deal with the VA, you know how frustrating it can be. The VFW Post 1281 will once again be hosting a VA Veteran Services rep on March 21 from 8 am to 12 noon to help you nagivate the system. People that have attended this in the past have reported great things about it. They will also be serving a free will donation breakfast that morning.

The Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting a book fair on March 16 in the Physical Therapy hallway. Come out and pick up something new to read and support your local hospital!

If you have not purchased your tickets for the Benefit Memorial Dinner for Sam & Celia Gonzolas yet, please do so soon. The event is on March 14 and will sure to be a good time. Great food, silent auctions, and a performance by the Clearview Band. You can get tickets from Nelda Darwin or Brandy Collins.

Add in a blood drive, election primaries, and a Cash Mob and March is shaping up to be FUN! Be sure and see our tabletop calendars or the community calendar on our website for full details!

Our Think Local First program is very excited about our Cash Mob this month, we’ll be mobbing two of our home-based businesses: Signature Homestyles and Mary Kay.

signature homestylesChardy Bayes is an individual representative for Signature Homestyles, a company that specializes in home décor and home organization.  Tammie Jinkerson-Prosch is a fairly new transplant to our community and has joined the Chamber and the Think Local First program with both her crafting business, Crafting Your Treasures, and as a Mary Kay beauty consultant.mary kay logo

On April 16, from 4:30-6:30pm, we’ll be mobbing both of these ladies here at the Chamber office.  Come in and either purchase something or place an order for at least $10 and be entered into the drawing for the $60 prize basket.

Don’t forget to keep bringing in those receipts for a chance to win the $150 monthly prize basket. The drawings are held at 3pm on the last day of the month. This past month, on the last day of March, Joan Mattan was our lucky winner!

The Think Local First program is still in full swing and we’re very excited about our January Cash Mob this week!  The Herington Lanes/Railer Café/Blockhouse Bar has something for everyone!  Come down this Friday, January 10th between 4pm and 6pm and spend at least $10 in cash and get your name into a drawing for $60 worth of product, gift certificates, and Local Bucks!

Don’t forget to keep bringing your receipts in for the Think Local First monthly drawing!

The Chamber’s monthly e-newsletter has gone out 3 times now and it’s getting great reviews.  Several people that signed up for it, however, hadn’t been receiving it and discovered that it was going into their Spam folder. So if you signed up for the e-newsletter and have not received it, be sure and check that.  If you have not signed up yet, take a moment and do it now.  Go to the main page of the Chamber’s website and scroll to the bottom of the page.

The Chamber’s Annual Banquet is coming up on the 27th.  Do you have someone that you would like to nominate for Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, or Educator of the Year?  You can pick up forms in the Chamber office or download them from our website or Facebook page.

The Promotion & Resource Committee has decided that there will be no charge for decorating a table at the Banquet this year, so we hope that every business and organization chooses to use this opportunity for some free promotion.  To reserve a table to decorate, please call the Chamber office.

I love January! Not only is it my birthday month, it just feels so fresh and new; with a new year stretching out in front of me filled with all sorts of possibilities! I love opening a fresh calendar and filling in all the fun things I’m going to do.

It’s also a time to look at how things are going and make plans on ways that you can be better in the new year. The Think Local First working group is doing that right now. We’re looking at all aspects of the TLF program and evaluating what’s working well, what needs improvement, and maybe what we need to change all together. We’ll be sending out surveys to all of our Think Local First participating businesses but we’d like to hear from all of our residents. Do you have an idea that the TLF working group should try? An idea on how to improve an existing part of the program? We want to hear from you. Feel free to call the office at 258-2115 or email us at or just grab myself or the program chairperson, Chardy Bayes, as you see us around town. We want to hear from YOU!

Miss Lizzy'sIn the meantime, be sure and put our next Cash Mob on you schedule. It will be January 15, from 3pm-5pm at Miss Lizzy’s Emporium. Miss Lizzy’s is not only a fun place to shop, but Jerry & Donna Barta give back so much to our community. Let’s show them how much we appreciate them.

I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year and we look forward to serving you in 2015!