1The Chamber’s Fun Committee works hard to put together great events for our community and it’s extremely gratifying to us when one succeeds as greatly as the recent Costume Parade and Trunk or Treat event did. 205 kids signed up for the prize drawing and participated in the parade with even more kids and families joining in for the Trunk or Treat. I talked to families from Burdick and Hope and Lincolnville and even a group that came in from Salina for our event!Mss Lizzy's

The Fun Committee wanted to make sure and recognize everyone who contributed to this fantastic success. Thank you to Kenny Staatz and the Herington Fire Department for bringing out the firetruck to lead the parade. The Dickinson County EMTs deserve a big round of applause for handing out reflective bags and other safety materials.

We were so excited for the number of Trunk or Treat stations we had. Thank you to the American Legion Riders, the First Baptist Church, the Throttle Jockeys Car Club, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, all the businesses (especially State Farm for bringing the big bear) that turned out, as well as the many residents who set up a truck and handed out candy.

DSC_1853It was so hard to pick of winner of the best decorated treat station; the group finally decided to split the prize between Tonya Utech with First Impressions and Lisa Herpich. The three drawings for the $50 in Local Bucks went to Magaen Bell, Mileah Backhus and Aiden Thibodeau.

Again, thank you to everyone who helped to make this event the rousing success that it was!

honkOur Think Local First Anniversary Week is over and a rousing success!

Chardy Bayes, the Chairperson of the Think Local First program, and I want to make sure and thank all the people who volunteered to make the celebration happen.

Big thanks are due to Larrie Fisher for watching the Chamber office all week and keeping things rolling there!

Thank you to all of our attesters who turned out to the 5 Open Houses, holding signs and shouting: Kevin & Rose Bayes, Ed Mueller, Kristen Korgol (who also made a great new “Honk” sign), Brandan Sneath, Ray Perez, Becky Mowat, and Virginia and DJ Neuberger. We also couldn’t have done it without all our young citizen attesters! It does our hearts good to see our kids getting involved and preaching the message of Think Local First.

We enjoyed all of the great entries into our coloring contest and the entries we received from our middle school and high school kids in the Promo Contests!

We want to give special recognition to Virginia and DJ as longtime supporters of the Think Local First program. They both participated in the action group that created the program and one of the two of them have been at almost every Cash Mob since then; always wearing their Think Local First buttons!

Thank you to all of our Cash Mob groupies that faithfully attend all of our events and to each of the businesses that hosted our inaugural Open Houses and thank you to all of our Think Local First participating businesses that have made the first year such a success.

And as always, my heartfelt thanks to the man who does so much behind the scenes; my very best friend and supporter, my husband Dave. I don’t think anyone really knows how much he does that makes everything that I do possible!