Chamber Chat February 28, 2014

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Lions Club Pancake Day

The Beloit Lions Club will hold its annual Pancake Day from 6:30am-1pm on Saturday, March 1st at the Beloit Municipal Building.  All proceeds from the event go to support the Lion’s Club Youth Baseball Program.  The $5 tickets are available at the door.

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the Chamber Coffee at First National Bank from 9am-10:30am, Friday, March 14th.  Great things for everyone!  Don’t miss out!

North Central Kansas Annual Men & Boys Rally 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Women & Girls of all ages are also welcome & encouraged to attend.

Speaker schedule of events:

Sunday, March 2nd:  6:30pm – New Life Assembly of God – Beloit, KS

Monday, March 3rd:  8:30am – Beloit Jr.-Sr. High School – All School Assembly

10:30am – St. John’s High School – All School Assembly with Eternity Focus

1:30pm – Lakeside Jr.-Sr. High School – Downs – All School Assembly

Meal (must have a reservation to attend):  5:00pm-7:00pm

Praise & Worship with Eternity Focus:  6:15pm-7:00pm

Program & Guest Speakers:  7:00pm

Rod Handley – “Playing to an Audience of One”

Brian S Holman – “When You Cross the Lines Play Like Your Hair is on Fire!”

Praise & Worship &Rally are FREE.  Free will offering will be taken for expenses and for scholarships.

Meal prepared & served by the Beloit United Methodist Women to raise money for missions.  Hosted by Beloit Methodist Church, 801 N Bell – 785-738-2539. 

Farm Home & Garden Show

Has your business signed up for the 2014 Beloit Farm, Home & Garden Show?  You still have time to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your business.  Applications are available.  The show will take place April 4th-5th at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.  If you were not a vendor last year and would like to become one this year, contact the Chamber office at 738-2717 or by email at and one will be sent to you.  We look for this show to grow so send in your applications early.       

NCK Tech Students Compete in Welding Contest

Photo caption: Front (l to r) Clayton Beckman, Zeph Larney, Keenan Edwards, John Doll, Tom Duke, Devon Schoen, Kyle Bogart; Back (l to r) Curtiss Anderson, Trent Richardson, Kole Blazek, Joe Pfeifer, Austin Chavez, Joel Hayes, Josh Tobias, Jacob Arnold, Doug Day, Isaac Dreiling, Dustin Braun

Students from North Central Kansas Technical College (NCK Tech), Beloit and Hays campuses, participated in a Shielded Metal Arch Welding (SMAW) contest on the Fort Hays State University campus on February 12, 2014. During the contest, students tested their technical knowledge with a SMAW written test and a Blueprint test and demonstrated their welding skills by producing a weldment from the provided blueprint with proper weld locations, sizes and contours.

NCK Tech students took top honors in the contest, securing four of the top five scores and placing 14 students in the top 20 scores. NCK Tech students, their hometowns and placement in the contest include:

# 1- Curtiss Anderson (Glen Elder); # 3- Joel Hayes (Douglass); #4- Joe Pfeifer (Hays); #5- Tom Duke (Milford); # 6- Isaac Dreiling (Victoria); # 8- Jacob Arnold (Bennington); # 9- Zeph Larney (Gas); # 11- Kole Blazek(Concordia); # 12-Austin Chavez( Baldwin); # 15- Kyle Bogart(Concordia); #16 – Trent Richardson(Hastings, NE ); #17 – Wade Buck (Grinnell, KS ); #19 – Logan Mayden (Abilene, KS); #20 – Kyle Rice (Horton, KS).

In the NCK Tech Welding program classroom, students engage in welding safety, theory, mathematics, cost analysis/layout, blueprint reading, and pipe template development for the pipe trades. The welding laboratory exposes students to all phases used in the welding industry; including SMAW (Stick welding), Oxyfuel welding/cutting, Carbon Arc cutting/gouging, GMAW (MIG welding), FCAW (Flux Cored Arc welding) and GTAW (TIG welding). Students become proficient in AWS, ASME and API welding codes and standards. Upon completion of the one year program, students earn a certificate and can become a certified welder in a variety of welding disciplines by successfully passing certification tests. Further information on the program offerings at NCK Tech may be found at

Mitchell County Clerk’s Office

The Mitchell County Clerk’s Office will be hosting the North Central Kansas County Clerk’s Association Spring Meeting in Beloit on March 20th.  The office is requesting if some of our local businesses would donate a gift, gift certificate, or coupon for percentages off merchandise to give to these hard working Clerks as an example of our local cooperation and “can-do” attitude as a community.  At many of their meetings they receive these incentives from local businesses and the Clerks spend time looking and shopping at these locations.

If you would like to donate any item for this special event in our community, The Clerk’s Office would be more than willing to pick it up.  They will make certain that if you donate a gift item that you will be given credit for your donation.  Contact Chris Treaster, Mitchell County Clerk, for more information.

This is a great way to show off our community and support!

St. John’s Catholic School to be on EWTN

The City of Beloit and St. John’s Catholic High School will stand together on the world stage later this week as EWTN Global Catholic Television highlights the school.

EWTN reaches 140 different countries and territories and is available to 230 million viewers worldwide.  It is the largest Catholic Television company in the world.

Cornerstone Foundation Director Andrew Niewald, who also teaches religion classes at St. John’s, along with Joe Holdren, Assistant Principal at St. John’s and St. John’s senior class member Luke Eilert made the trip to EWTN headquarters in Irondale, Ala. in late January to tape the segment.

The show, “Life on the Rock” with Fr. Mark and Doug, will Friday, February 28th at 7pm, 12am and 10am, Sunday, March 2nd and at 8am, Tuesday, March 4th.

St. John’s was picked for the show because Beloit is the smallest town in the nation to host a pre-K through 12th grade Catholic school that is supported by one parish.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is also a small parish with just 680 member families.

And while St. John’s may be small, the student numbers have continued to climb with an enrollment of 150 students, up from130 students five years ago.

You can watch their journey on, St. John’s travels to EWTN studio or on the St. John’s Catholic School-Beloit, KS facebook page.

Congratulations St. John’s!  Another great reason to live in Beloit and Mitchell County!

 NCK Tech Students Compete at State BPA

 Photo caption: Front row (l to r): Jeremy Guillot, John Haist, Stephanie Raymer, Natasha Cole, Micheal Aspedon, Amanda Noah, Drew Pfannenstiel, David Knappert, Brian Johnson. Back row (l to r): Devin O’Bryan, Cris Hayes, Tessa Hayse, Michael Gledhill, Andrew Shipley, Aaron Turner, Gregory Koelzer

Students from the North Central Kansas Technical (NCK Tech) College – Information Technology (IT) and Business Management Departments recently competed in the State Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America (BPA) held in Wichita on February 20-22, 2014. The departments brought home 14 first, 9 second, 4 third and 2 fourth place awards. The award winning students are now eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, IN on April 30 – May 4, 2014.

Business Professionals of America helps prepare students for careers in business, computer, and office occupations. Technical Colleges, Community Colleges, and Vocational Schools participate in the post-secondary organization. During the Leadership Conference, competitive events are held in several areas, including financial, administrative, information technology, management, marketing, and human resources. The events require a student to solve business problems in an allotted amount of time and present their solutions to judges from their respective fields or sit for an exam which covers the area of interest.

The NCK Tech Business Management program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of management and entrepreneurial careers. The basics of marketing and management are studied both in the classroom and through an internship which includes employment within the field of study. Students earn a certificate upon completion of the one year program. The Information Technology Program provides training in network administration, web page design, PC Maintenance, intranet and Internet operations, desktop publishing using Adobe and Microsoft Applications, video production, and programming using Visual Basic and C# (XNA Game Console, Phone App Programming). Students have the option of an Information Technology Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree after successfully completing the program of instruction. Dean Franzen is the Business Management instructor; Robert McCreight and Krystal Link are instructors in the Information Technology Department.

Competing students, their hometowns and their area of competition are listed in the table on the attachment.

Farm Home & Garden Show

Has your business signed up for the 2014 Beloit Farm, Home & Garden Show?  You still have time to take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your business.  Applications are available.  The show will take place April 4th-5th at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds.  If you were not a vendor last year and would like to become one this year, contact the Chamber office at 738-2717 or by email at and one will be sent to you.  We look for this show to grow so send in your applications early.  The applications are attached.

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!  

Thank You for renewing your Membership

The following businesses have reinvested in the community through the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce.   

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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 1st – 6:30am-1pm – Lions Club Pancake Day – Municipal Building

Tuesday, March 4th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, March 5th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, March 6th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Thursday, March 6th – Friday, March 7th – GMAW Welding Competition – NCK Tech

Monday, March 10th – 7pm – Mitchell Country Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, March 11th – Spring Spotlight – NCK Tech

Tuesday, March 11th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, March 11th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, March 12th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, March 13th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, March 14th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – First National Bank

Tuesday, March 18th – Chamber Office Closed for Leadership Mitchell County

Tuesday, March 18th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, March 19th – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance

Wednesday, March 19th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, March 20th – NCK County Clerk’s Association Spring Meeting

Thursday, March 20th – 12pm – SVED Board Meeting – Guaranty State Bank Community Room

Saturday, March 22nd – St. John’s School Auction

Tuesday, March 25th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, March 26th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Tuesday, April 1st – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Wednesday, April 2nd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, April 3rd – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Friday, April 4th & Saturday, April 5th – Farm Home & Garden Show – Mitchell County      Fairgrounds

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

Tuesday, April 8th – Noon – Rotary – Porter House

Tuesday, April 8th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, April 9th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, April 10th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, April 11th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – AGCO

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