Chamber Chat August 7, 2014

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Chamber Chat

Chamber Coffee!

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The 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! The next Chamber Coffee will be Friday, September 12th at American Family Insurance, Allen Kee Agency.

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

Medicare Basics Workshop Slated for Tues., Aug. 13, in Beloit

If you’ll soon be getting Medicare, or just want to know more about Medicare, you have a special opportunity on Tuesday, Aug. 13, in Beloit to get answers to your questions and learn what you need to know to navigate the Medicare maze.
The Answers for Older Kansans (AOK) Medicare Basics workshop sponsored by the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging (NC-FH AAA), will provide unbiased, easy-to-understand information for anyone interested in learning more about Medicare. The workshop is geared to those who are nearing age 65, those soon to qualify because of a disability and Kansans who are helping family members with insurance and financial matters. It is also open to anyone who has questions on their current Medicare coverage.
The Beloit AOK Medicare Basics workshop will happen Tues., Aug. 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Beloit Senior Center, 220 N. Hersey, Beloit. While there is no cost to attend, advance registration is advised.
Karen Mayse, supervisor of NC-FH AAA’s Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program, will cover Medicare eligibility, how and when to apply, what is covered by the various parts, and how to fill the gaps. Counselors will also explain programs available to assist low income individuals and how to watch out for Medicare fraud. There will be a question/answer period following the formal presentation.
“Those who have attended these Area Agency on Aging workshops give us high ratings and tell us that they’ve gotten answers to their questions about Medicare.” said Julie Govert Walter, NC-FH AAA Executive Director. “We are delighted to be bringing this workshop to Beloit,” she said.
To register, or if you have any questions, call the Area Agency on Aging at 800-432-2703, the Beloit Senior Center at 738-5802, or Jay Rowh, Mitchell County Silver Haired Legislator at 785-738-0241.

Computer Solutions, Inc. Earns Respected Technology Industry Security Credential

Computer Solutions, Inc. is a managed services provider who also sells and supports leading edge computer equipment, software and other technology equipment enabling our customers to accomplish their individual objectives. CSI announced today it has received the CompTIA Security Trustmark+, a respected industry credential that signifies its adherence to best practices for information security.

“Earning this credential identifies CSI as a business that meets or exceeds the best business practices the IT industry has to offer in critical areas such as data protection, personnel security and access management,” said Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations, CompTIA. The Trustmark was developed by CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology industry, in collaboration with industry experts and leaders to identify technology businesses that consistently follow security best practices as validated by an independent 3rd party review of an organization’s overall security posture.

Galen Lambert CSI president said “”We have been working for several months to obtain this objective. I am pleased that we have been able to meet the qualifications necessary to obtain this prestigious certification. The CompTIA Security Trustmark was developed with the support of technology companies at the forefront of the IT security industry.

To earn the Trustmark, CSI successfully passed an independent assessment of their security policies, capabilities, practices and processes against industry best practices in areas such as security technologies; vulnerability assessment detection; data encryption; technical employee knowledge/expertise; security clearances and background checks; physical and hardware security; and permissions, passwords and other security requirements. Visit CompTIA Security Trustmark+ to learn more.

CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. Visit or follow CompTIA at

Cawker City Twine-a-Thon & Cook-Off

Friday, August 15, 2014
7 p.m. BINGO …Sponsored by ABC Learning Center
7:30 p.m. Registration: BAGGO Tourney — 2 divisions, kids 18u – $5 per team / adults $10
8 p.m. BAGGO throwing begins
9 p.m. Twine Street Dance …by the park, music by Custom/20

Saturday, August 16, 2014
8 a.m. Registration: Twine Run
8:30 a.m. Registration: Horseshoe Tournament
9 a.m. Twine Run Begins & Horseshoes Start
11 a.m. Live Music in the Park 12 noon Cook-off Judging / Country Store Opens
4 p.m. Cook-off Winners Announced
4 p.m. Ice-cream Booth Opens
5 p.m. Food Stand / BBQ (cost $4.00)
5 p.m. Kids “Dig for Treasure” in the Sandbox … ages 12u (Sponsored by the Cawker City, city employees)
6 p.m. Golf Cart Decorating Contest – be in line by 6pm to be judged
6:30 p.m. Parade
7 p.m. Cake Walk & Kids Games & Entertainment
8:30-9 p.m. Winners Announced / Movie Starts – FREE Popcorn!

Sunday, August 17, 2014
9 p.m Registration: Golf Tournament, One-man Scramble


You Are Invited!
Please join us for the
“Golden Opportunities” Dinner and Auction on
Saturday, August 23, 2014.

A Special Thank You to the following sponsors:

Gold Level: Guaranty State Bank
Heineken Electric

Silver Level: Boettcher Supply, Inc.
Bob Severance

Bronze Level: Pizza Hut
Mitchell Co. Hospital Health Systems Nex-Tech, Inc.
Cunningham Telephone & Cable
Fouts Insurance
KVSV Radio
Frasier, Johnson & Martin, LLC
Farmway Credit Union
Catlin’s Friendly Apple Market

For sponsorship opportunities, auction donations or ticket purchases, please contact Mari Tucker at 785-738-9051 or or visit our website: and click on the 50th Anniversary logo.

We hope to see you then!!

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, 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
Monday, September 1st – Chamber Office Closed
Tuesday, September 2nd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, September 3rd – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, September 4th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse
Monday, September 8th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, September 9th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Tuesday, September 9th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, September 10th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, September 11th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting
Friday, September 12th – 9am – Chamber Coffee – American Family Insurance Allen Kee Agency

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