Chamber Chat November 1, 2013

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 Chamber Chat

 Chamber Coffee!

OCCK, 501 W 7th, will be hosting a Chamber Coffee, November 1st from 9am-10:30am.  Stop by OCCK for a cup of coffee and enjoy networking with good friends.

The next Chamber Coffee is scheduled for Friday, December 6th at H & R Block.

Daylight Savings Time

With an extra hour of sleep and an earlier sunset, daylight saving time (also called daylight savings time) ends this weekend.

Daylight saving time will end with a “fall back” to standard time on

Sunday, November 3rd at 2 a.m.

Feature Business of the Month

 In 1976, through a partnership with Mitchell County ARC, OCCK began providing services in Mitchell, Jewell and Lincoln counties. At that time we were called MJL industries, but the name was changed later to OCCK Beloit Regional Office.     OCCK still continues to be an important community partner providing resources and services to the community.

We provide wonderful employment opportunities for people who have a desire to help people with disabilities work and live independently in the community.   The Beloit Region employs over 40 people.

OCCK is a valuable workforce for our local business.   Not only can we provide a labor pool inside your business but do many subcontracts inside our building. Sunflower Manufacturing, a division of AGCO, has been a partner with OCCK Beloit Region for the past 18 years providing work opportunities.   Currently we have a work crew in their plant, and also work on producing Sunflower parts at our work center.

Another service is the operation of the Mitchell County Recycling center which the Beloit region took over in 2001.   Monday through Friday a crew of five to six people work at the center from 10:30 to 12:00.  The center is also open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 to 12.    We work with Sunflower and the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems to recycle all their cardboard.  Last year 234,341 lbs of items were recycled, instead of being placed in our landfill.   Not only is the recycling center a great asset to the community, it is a wonderful place to develop good work skills.

OCCK continues to focus on individual community placements.    We have people who are employed today by local business such as Hilltop, Carrico’s, All Things Exterior, and Sunflower.

The Beloit Regional Office has a Computer Lab which is also open to the public.    Our assistive technologist can help connect people to the tools they need to live independently.  Looking for a piece of equipment, but not sure you want to purchase it? OCCK has its own equipment library where you can try it out.    OCCK also participates in the KEE program, which provides recycled durable medical equipment to others.  Needing a specialized phone such as Braille phone, amplified phone, text phone?  OCCK is a site for the Kansas TAP program, which helps people with disabilities receive phones at no cost if they are eligible.

OCCK provides many living options in the community depending on an individual’s needs.   People can have staff with them the majority of the day or may only need a staff to stop by one time a day or even once a week depending on their needs.

We have many people who are actively involved in the community doing volunteer work.   Some volunteer for their churches, work as a pink lady at the hospital, and help individuals with activities at a local nursing home.

The Beloit region has taken the lead in the local transition council.  The council provides education for students, parents, and their support groups, about resources to help with the transition from school to higher education or a career.

We have an agreement with the school district where students have the opportunity to learn work skills at our facility. 

We are also starting a new service called Chore Free; an affordable household and personal chore service designed to help people maintain their home and preferred lifestyle.

Ampride/Mac’s Kwik Shop

Friday, November 1st, Ampride/Mac’s Kwik Shop, 219 Hersey, will be serving free samples of Hunt Bros’ Pizza from 10am-6pm.  Stop by for gas, drink or snacks and try a taste of Hunt Bros’ Pizza!

Veterans Day Parade

The Veteran’s Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, November 11th at 11am.  For more information on being in the parade, contact Gary Pohlman at 785-738-7188.

Farmway Credit Union 

Farmway Credit Union is hosting a retirement reception honoring Richard Montgomery for 37 years of service on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from Noon to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Farmway Credit Union, 200 South Hersey Avenue, Beloit.

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Cunningham Telephone & Cable


 A picture is worth a thousand words….

We are in search of our next Phone Directory cover photo!! Please send us your photos that depict North Central Kansas related scenes, people, places, events, etc. or photos that have been taken in the Cunningham service areas. The photograph needs to be taken in portrait landscape so it will fit proportionally on our cover.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PHOTO IS NOVEMBER 15, 2013. Submit photos to:


*Must be a Cunningham Telephone and Cable customer. Entries must be color digital images. Black and white images are not eligible. 

Heart Choices/Krispy Crème Donuts

Order now to reserve yours from




 $8/dozen       $20/3 dozen

Pick up on Friday, November 8 at 6th and Independence 9 a.m. to noon

Or delivery can be arranged when you call

 Gray Drug & Fountain

During the week of Nov 11th – 15th, Gray Drug & Fountain will be celebrating the United States Marine Corps 238th birthday (Nov 10th) as well as Veteran’s Day (Nov 11th) with some delicious cupcakes and cookies! Inside, there will be a display featuring Marine Corps Sergeant Bob Petterson, veteran of the Korean War. Come check out his story and see the display that will feature pictures from the war, a spectacular map of the battle zone as well as his ribbons, awards and more.

We also have the World War 1 display that is up for viewing now through the week of November 11th. 

John Matthews Memorial Scholarship Raffle

John Matthews was employed with NCKTC from March 1, 2002 through February 27, 2012.  John was hired as the first full-time Telecommunications Instructor on March 1, 2002; he was also responsible for the phone system and worked a 225 day contract.  He held that position until he was moved into the administrative position of Director of Outreach July 1, 2008.  John passed away in 2012 and the Matthews family established a scholarship in his name. Eligible recipients are enrolled in the Telecommunications and Network Technology Program, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The item being raffled:

Montefeltro Silver Shotgun:

(Suggested retail price $1,779)

12 Gauge Semi-automatic shotgun

Shots 2 3/4”, 3”

Magazine Capacity: 4+1

Ultra-reliable, AA-grade walnut stock

Highly-figured, AA-grade walnut stock

1-piece, engraved nickel-plated alloy receiver

Lightweight, slim forend and lowprofile vent-rib promotes quick target acquisition

1 ticket for $10

6 tickets for $50

Tickets are available at the Administrative Office on NCK Tech Campus (Beloit or Hays)

Drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 6th at 4pm.

NCK Tech

Save the Date!

The NCK Tech 50th Anniversary Celebration will begin with a   “Golden Opportunities” Dinner and Auction event on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Mark your calendar and check our website: for further details. 

NCK Tech Alumni

Are you a graduate of NCK Tech?  Join us for Alumni Appreciation Lunch on December 5th on the Beloit Campus or December 17th on the Hays Campus.  Register at, Foundation tab/Alumni Newsletter and Events.

Chamber Checks

A great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks!  Spendable at over 100 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives.  These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks.  Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks you deposit them with your daily deposits just like a normal check.  Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy. 

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business.  “Noteworthy News” is your opportunity to do just that.  It’s a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that’s new within your organization.  Fill us in on what’s happening from staff changes to a new product or service.  Send it to by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Calendar of Events 

Friday, November 1st – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – OCCK

Monday, November 4th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, November 5th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 6th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 7th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse

Thursday, November 7th – Noon to 3pm – Retirement Reception for Richard Montgomery –        Farmway Credit Union

Friday, November 8th – 8am – Beloit Business Committee – Plum Creek

Monday, November 11th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, November 11th – 11am – Veteran’s Day Parade

Monday, November 11th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, November 12th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, November 12th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, November 13th – Leadership Mitchell County – Ag Day

Wednesday, November 13th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 14th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 19th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 20th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, November 20th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, November 21st – 12:30pm –SVED Board Annual Meeting – NCRP

Tuesday, November 26th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, November 27th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday & Friday, November 28th & 29th – Chamber Office Closed

Monday, December 2nd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, December 3rd – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, December 4th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 5th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism & Convention – Courthouse

Friday, December 6th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – H & R Block

At any time, please feel free to stop by the Chamber office at 123 N Mill St.

or call me at 738-2717.

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