Chamber Chat July 25, 2014

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Chamber Chat

Welcome New Member!

The Chamber would like to welcome Fugate Construction LLC, 401 N Lincoln, as the newest member of the Chamber. Ben can be reached at 785-534-0356. Thank Ben for supporting the local chamber!

St. John’s Harvest Festival

St. John’s Catholic Church is celebrating their 73rd Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, July 26, 2014, on the school grounds, located in the 700 block of East Court Street in Beloit.

Activities will begin following the 5:00 P.M. Mass.

Available activities throughout the evening include the following:

• Burgers & Brats, with baked beans & potato salad • Children’s rides
• Games for all ages • Homemade ice cream, pies and cakes • Homemade goodies
• Funnel cakes • Garden Produce • Bingo until midnight
• Drawings for Grand Prizes at 10:30 p.m.

This year prizes include:

• $1,500 Cash Prize • Echo Trimmer
• $600 Apple Gift Card • $700 Cash Prize
• $300 Cash Prize • Echo Handheld Blower
• Banana Swing • Quilt hand quilted by the St John’s quilters


June Unemployment Rates

The State’s June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in May and down from 5.6 percent in June 2013.

Kansas gained 15,000 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, an increase of 1.3 percent since last year, and 18,400 nonfarm jobs, also a 1.3 percent increase. Since last month, Kansas gained 700 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, a 0.1 percent increase. The state added 500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, with no significant percent change.

“With another month of private sector job growth, Kansas continues its comeback from the recession, having now added more than 55,000 private sector jobs since January 2011,” said Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon.

Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 15,200 private sector jobs since last year, or 1.4 percent, and 16,700 nonfarm jobs, an increase of 1.2 percent. Since May, Kansas gained 8,600 private sector jobs, a 0.8 percent increase, and lost 2,400 nonfarm jobs, a 0.2 percent decline.

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, up from 4.6 percent in May and down from 5.7 percent last year.

“Kansas recorded a slight increase in the labor force, adjusting for seasonal effects,” said Efua Afful, Labor Economist. “This indicates continued confidence that the economy will provide opportunities for employment.”

There were 9,844 initial claims for unemployment benefits in June 2014, down from 12,518 in May and down from 13,284 last year. There were 87,190 continued claims in June, up from 76,255 the previous month and down from 106,824 in June 2013. These numbers include all available programs.

Mitchell County Unemployment for June ’14 was 3.7% compared to May ’14 at 3.6% and June ’13 at 3.2%.

Tipton Picnic

Friday, August 1, 2014
Alumni and Friends Celebration
All Alumni and Friends are invited to attend
8:15 pm in the Park
Opening Prayer
Wildcard Jazz (Walkin’ on Sunshine)
Wildcard pom (mix)
Baton (American Patrol)
3-5 grade Jazz (Happy)
Wildcards with little girls
Introduction of Classes Celebrating
Special Anniversaries …see list
10 pm Last Man Standing Drawing

Saturday, August 2, 2014
6:45 am Picnic Fun Run/Walk get entry form
6:45 am Registration
7:30 am Picnic Fun Walk – Run
8:30 am Kids Race
9:00 am (approx) Awards Presentations
9:00 a.m. Softball, Washer Board and Horseshoe Tournaments begin
9:30 am Thunder In The Hills get entry form
8:30 -9:30 am Poker Run Registration
9:30 am Ride begins
Motorcycle or vehicle
Route: Tipton, Osborne, Smith Center, Downs,
Cawker, Glen Elder, Tipton
4:00 p.m. Mass-St. Boniface Church
5:00 p.m. Fried Chicken/Roast Beef Dinner
6:00 p.m. Auction
7:00 p.m. Bingo
11:30 p.m. Cash and Prizes Drawings

Mitchell County Fair

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014— Fairgrounds
8:00 – 10:30 a.m. Enter all other 4-H & Open Class exhibits, except for livestock
8:30 a.m – 10:30 p.m. Kiddie Barnyard Open
10:00 a.m. Judging of 4-H & Open Class Poultry & Rabbits
10:00 a.m. Judging of 4-H Photography
10:30 a.m. Judging of Bucket Calves
11:00 a.m. Judging of 4-H Crops, Garden, & Flowers
11:00 a.m. Judging of 4-H Rocketry
11:00 a.m. Judging of 4-H Posters, Notebooks, Displays, and Club Food Booths
11:30 a.m. Judging of Woodworking, Electric, Welding, and Entomology
1:00 p.m. Judging of Open Class Foods, Clothing, Needlework, Flowers, & Art
2:30 p.m. Judging of Open Class Crops and Garden
3:00 p.m. Judging of Open Class Photography (to follow 4-H photography judging,starting time approximate)
6:00 p.m. Judging of Beef
6:30 p.m. Kid’s Rodeo & Mutton Bustin’ Registration
7:00 p.m. Kid’s Rodeo & Mutton Bustin’ Rodeo
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Ident-A-Kid by MC Sheriff’s Dept
6:00 p.m. Creature Feature presented by Kansas Wildlife and Parks
6:30 p.m. Angela Waters — Oldies, Pop, Rock, Something for Everyone!
7:00 p.m. Roberta Link
7:30 p.m. Kallie Clark
8:30 p.m. Julie (Wendell) Stillwell
9:00 p.m. FREE ENTERTAINMENT & Dancing – Scattershot Lane Band
AFTER DARK — Zombie Paintballs

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014 — Fairgrounds
8:30 a.m – 10:30 p.m. Kiddie Barnyard Open
9:00 a.m. Judging of Swine
1/2 Hour Following Swine Judging Completion — Judging of Sheep and Goats
5:30 p.m. Money Scramble in the Hog/ Sheep Arena
6:00-9:00 p.m. Farm Bureau Watermelon Feed
7:00 p.m. Compact Car, Van and Full Size Truck Demolition Derby sponsored by SV Raceway
6:00 p.m. Julie (Wendell) Stillwell
7:00 p.m. Amanda Henke
7:30 p.m. Dougherty Tae Kwon Do
8:15 p.m. Prairie School Dancers
8:30 p.m. Rising Starz Dance Studio
AFTER DARK — Zombie Paintballs

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014 — Fairgrounds
8:30 a.m – 10:30 p.m. Kiddie Barnyard Open
9:00 a.m. Round Robin Competition
5:00 p.m. 4-H FFA Market Livestock Sale
7:00 p.m. Demolition Derby
5:00 p.m. Demonstration of Glass Plate Photography (in Commercial bldg)
5:30 p.m. Talking Tombstones — MC County Historical Society
6:00 p.m. Concordia Gymnastics Club
7:00 p.m. CARES Inc. Dog Obedience Demonstration
7:45 p.m. Finney Family Orchestra
8:30 p.m. Vetter Family Music
AFTER DARK — Zombie Paintballs

Chamber Coffee!

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The next Chamber Coffee is, Friday, August 8th at Guaranty State Bank from 9am-10:30am. Stop by for a cup of coffee and enjoy great networking!

Chamber Office Closed

The Chamber Office will be closed Monday, August 4th – Thursday, August 7th. I will be back in the office Friday, August 8th.

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

Saturday, July 26th – St. John’s Harvest Festival
Tuesday, July 29th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Friday, August 1st & Saturday August 2nd – Tipton Picnic
Monday, August 4th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, August 5th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Thursday-Saturday – August 7th-9th – Mitchell County Fair
Thursday, August 7th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse
Friday, August 8th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Guaranty State Bank
Monday, August 11th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, August 12th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Tuesday, August 12th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, August 13th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, August 14th – First day of School – St. John’s and USD #273
Thursday, August 14th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting
Friday, August 15th & Saturday, August 16th – Cawker City Picnic & Twine-a-thon
Tuesday, August 19th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, August 20th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, August 20th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, August 21st – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRP
Saturday, August 23rd – NCK Tech 50th Anniversary
Tuesday, August 26th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, August 27th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, August 28th – 11:30am-1:30pm – Investment Centers of America Client Appreciation Luncheon – Guaranty State Bank Parking Lot
Saturday, August 30th & Sunday, August 31st – Risin River Music Festival – Mitchell County Fairgrounds

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