Chamber Chat October 23, 2015

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123 N Mill St., Beloit, KS 67420 • 785-738-2717 •

Chamber Chat

Beloit Holiday Fair
(notice change of venue)
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Beloit Community Blood Drive

The Beloit Community Blood Drive will be Friday, October 23rd, 8:30am-2pm at NCK Wellness Center Gym, 3033 US hwy 24.

Benefits of Donating:
• It feels great to donate!
• You get free juice and delicious cookies!
• It’s something you can spare—most people have blood to spare…yet, there is still not enough to go around.
• You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed—most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.
• You will be someone’s hero—in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.

KDNS-KZDY Football Broadcast Schedule

Friday, October 23rd:
St.John’s/Tipton at Thunder Ridge 6:30 p.m. LIVE VIDEO STREAM
Radio: KD Country 94/

Lakeside at Rock Hills 6:30 p.m.
Radio: Z96.3 the Lake/

Norton at Beloit 6:30 p.m. LIVE VIDEO STREAM

Your Home for High School Football This Season is KD Country 94 and Z96.3

Football Locker-Room Chats on Wednesday and Thursdays at 5:10 p.m. covering:
Wednesdays: Beloit, Osborne, Smith Center, Lincoln, & Thunder Ridge
Thursdays: St. John’s-Tipton, Lakeside, Rock Hills, Sylvan-Lucas

FOOTBALL EXPRESS Friday nights previewing the area matchups at 5:40 p.m.
LOCAL SCOREBOARD SHOW Friday nights after the game at 10:05 p.m
on KD Country 94 and

Find our Complete Broadcast Schedule and listen to All of the Football Broadcasts via the worldwide web at and
And for the latest information about your area team, go to

KVSV Production Schedule

Friday night Oct 23rd….Norton at Beloit….Our high school football coverage begins at 6:06 pm with the Kansas Pre Game show…Live coverage from Trojan Field in Beloit begins at 6:40 pm on KVSV-FM 105.5……tv cable channel 12 in Beloit…and on Synergy Channels 995 and 997 on Cunningham Cable….John Swanson and Eric Hilt have the call.
Hear Kansas State Football
Saturday, Oct. 24th K State at Texas on KVSV FM105.5 and AM 1190 KVSV The Mix….Pre game at 11am


The Beloit Senior Center will be the site of a Medicare Part D enrollment event on Thursday, October 29, beginning at 9:00 AM and slated to run until 4:00 PM. The event is sponsored by the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging as well as the Mitchell County Council on Aging and the Beloit Senior Center. The program will highlight the Medicare Part D Drug plans which will be available in the annual enrollment sign up period scheduled for October 15 through December 7. The program is open to anyone either currently enrolled in Medicare, or those who will be going on Medicare in the next four months. There is no cost for the event, and advanced enrollment is not necessary, although the scheduling of an appointment is advised. Appointments can be made by calling the NC-FHAAA at 800-432-2703, or by calling the Beloit Senior Center at 785-738-5802.

The enrollment event will be conducted by staff members from NC-FHAAA who specialize in Medicare issues for the Manhattan based Area Agency. Also in attendance will be some of the local SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counselors for Kansans) representatives, including Mrs. Sherry Snyder, and Mr. John Highland. Each individual who participates in the enrollment will work with a SHICK counselor, and will be given as much time as needed in order to arrive at the Medicare Part D Drug Plan that works best for them. All SHICK volunteers undergo three intense days of training for that position as they strive to help Kansas Seniors arrive at Medicare decisions that are best for that individual. The local pharmacies also have a vested interest in helping their customers achieve a beneficial relationship with the Medicare program, both in terms of controlling costs as well as providing necessary coverage for their individual drug needs. They provide yet another option for the citizens of this area in wisely selecting the plan that works in their best interest.

Participation is open to anyone in Mitchell County or any of the surrounding counties. Everyone who participates in the Medicare program is highly advised to re-evaluate their Part D plan each year. Plans change from one year to the next, so what worked well for you this year might not be the best plan for you this coming year. In addition, a person’s individual drug needs also change from year to year, so again it is best to look at all the options available to you. Every SHICK volunteer can site many examples of individuals who saved hundreds of dollars a year, just by choosing the most beneficial plan for their needs. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to save money on your Medicare Part D plan, by participating in the yearly enrollment event on Thursday, October 29th, at the Beloit Senior Center.


Friday, October 30 at 5:30pm
Come to the First National Bank Parking Lot
(west side of Mill Street)
With a parade through downtown Beloit

Prizes awarded to 3 age groups:
•Ages 4 & Under •Ages 5-2nd grade •3rd-6th Grade
1st prize $15, 2nd prize $10, 3rd prize $5
$20 prize to the Most Unique Homemade Costume

For more information contact the Beloit Daily Call.

Halloween Pictures



Have fun Halloween night at Zion Lutheran Church with TRUNK AND TREAT! Cars, SUV’s and pickups are welcome with a prize going to the best decorated vehicle. There is a limit of 30 vehicles. Join us from 5pm-7pm in the back parking lot. Reserve your spot by calling Zion Lutheran Church at 738-2701 or email. Anyone who just wants to watch the children can do so from the shelter house.

Halloween Karaoke Bash @ Kettle

Halloween Party @ Kettle

Solomon Valley Cinema

Do you like scary movies? Solomon Valley Cinema will be presenting Fright Night on Saturday October 31 at 11:30 pm.  The movie being shown this year is The Possession (PG13 & 92 mins).  Admission is $3.00 per person and there will be drawing for door prizes.

The cinema will also be open the afternoon of November 11 – Veteran’s Day.  Check back later for more details.


The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature held their 33rd Annual Session in Topeka on October 6 – 8, 2015. At this Annual Session, the delegates debate and vote on the issues presented to them by the Executive Board from their July meeting. These issues, in the form of Bills and Resolutions, are subjected to a two-day process of committee hearings and debate, and then voted on two separate times before being considered as “passed”. Those Bills and Resolutions that do survive this process are then sent to either the Kansas State Legislature for consideration during the 2016 Legislative session, or to the Kansas Congressional delegation for their support when this particular topic is brought up for consideration in Congress. It is just one way for the Senior Citizens in Kansas to have their collective voice heard.
Three bills were favorably passed by this year’s SHL: SHL Bill No. 3201, declaring SHL support to maintain or increase state funding for the Senior Care Act, the only state-run program that grants elderly Kansas residents the opportunity to receive care services and support in their homes, as administered by the Area Agencies on Aging; SHL Bill No. 3204, urging the Kansas Legislature to legalize medical marijuana for medicinal purposes, especially for certain senior medical conditions such as in cancer treatments, neuro-muscular conditions, and glaucoma, and in seizure disorders for citizens of all ages; and SHL Bill No. 3206, which asks the Kansas Legislature to repeal a law passed two years ago which potentially could result in Kansas taking over the Medicare program for its citizens. A carryover bill from 2014, dealing with a proposal for more stringent controls on the predatory practices prevalent in the Payday Loan industry which are seemingly aimed at senior citizens, is still in the Kansas Legislature and was therefore automatically supported for the upcoming 2016 Legislative session beginning in January.
Four of the six Resolutions under consideration during this year’s Annual Session also received favorable status, and will therefore be forwarded to the proper governmental agency for consideration. These Resolutions include:
1) SHL Resolution No. 3202, urging the Kansas Legislature to adopt the policy returning the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program to at least one full-time regional Ombudsman for each of the 11 Area Agencies on Aging in Kansas.
2) SHL Resolution No. 3205, urging Congress to re-authorize the federal Older Americans Act, first passed fifty years ago in 1965. The re-authorization has already passed the Senate, and awaits consideration in the House of Representatives. Re-authorization was supposed to take place in 2011, and funding levels have basically stayed the same since 2002. This resolution will be forwarded to the Kansas Congressional delegation, requesting their support for this measure in Congress.
3) SHL Resolution No. 3207, urging the Kansas Legislature to support the expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. This would help both the Kansas Senior Citizens between the ages of 60 – 65 who are just above the federal poverty level yet not able to financially afford medical insurance, as well as helping hospitals across the state, especially the Critical Access Hospitals in rural Kansas, to improve their bottom line by receiving payment for services that must often be written off as being uncollectable.
4) SHL Resolution No. 3208, urging the Kansas Congressional delegation to support the preservation of Social Security and Medicare, two programs of great benefit to the Senior Citizens of Kansas. Currently approximately 92% of Kansas seniors receive Social Security, comprising about 55% of the typical older Kansan’s family income, while nearly 97% of older Kansans, or roughly 450,000 people, are enrolled in Medicare. The importance of these two federal programs to the health and well-being of Kansas seniors cannot be over emphasized. This resolution will also be forwarded to the Kansas Congressional delegation, similar to SHL Resolution No. 3205.
In addition to the bill and resolution deliberations, a highlight of the three-day event is the Annual Banquet held Wednesday evening. It is at this affair that the organization awards a $1000.00 scholarship to a geriatric nursing student in Kansas. This year’s winner is Ms. Hannah Elissa of Pittsburg State University. Hannah is from Pittsburg originally, and will graduate from PSU this spring.
The Silver Haired Legislature was created by an act of Congress in 1969, with the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature being formed in 1982. The KSHL is charged with identifying issues important to older Kansas adults 60 years of age and older, of which there are nearly 500,000, and to educate the Kansas Legislature about those issues. Each county is entitled to one representative, with the five largest counties having up to five additional representatives. This coming spring, the SHL delegates from the eleven regions across Kansas will begin meeting once again to decide the issues of importance to Kansas seniors, and preparations will be made for the 34th Annual Session next fall in Topeka. Talk to your county’s SHL delegate between now and then so the issues important to you can be considered in this next cycle.

KD Country 94 Station of the year 2010-2011-2012-2015

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters has announced the 2015 KAB Award Winners for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting for the past year.

KD Country 94 in Glen Elder/Beloit, KS has won eight awards in the small market radio station category including two 1st place awards in a variety of categories.

These awards earned KD Country 94 the prestigious honor of being named
Small Market Station of the Year for the 4th time in the past 6 years!

KD Country 94 took home 1st Place in two different categories:

Severe Weather Coverage: 1st Place: May 6th Storms by Wade Gerstner

Complete News Feature: 1st Place: Cuts To Education Series by Dan Page

KD Country 94 also received six other awards:

Public Service Announcement: 2nd Place: Tornado Tips by Dusty Deines

Special Program: 2nd Place: The Football Express by Wade Gerstner, Dusty Deines, Todd Clover.

Spot News: 2nd Place: Asherville Hailstorm by Dan Page

Public Affairs Program: 2nd Place: Community Matters with Senator Jerry Moran by Dan Page

Sports Play-By-Play: Honorable Mention: 8-Man Division I All Star Game by Dusty Deines & Wade Gerstner

Station Website: Honorable Mention: by Derek Nester & Dusty Deines

General Manager Wade Gerstner commented, “Looking at the diversity and high quality of work submitted this year, it is clear to me that the state of Kansas is fortunate to have so many terrific radio stations. It is an honor to be recognized as the station of the year by the KAB for a 4th time. I’m very proud of our staff as they work extremely hard to provide high quality content to our listeners, whether it be local news, local sports, local weather coverage, local radio commercials, or our local website. We would like to thank our listeners and advertisers who make all of this possible. We will continue to strive to provide the best coverage our area deserves.”

“Girls Night Out”
hosted by Ackerman Supply


Chamber Coffee!

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Join us for the “Chamber Coffee”, Friday, November 13th hosted by Solomon Valley Hospice, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (come and go)

Renew Massage Therapy & Day Spa

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Thank You for renewing your Membership
The following businesses have reinvested in the community through the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce.

• 12:11 Crossfit
• Jewell Grocery

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 23rd – 8:30am-2pm – Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Center Gym
Saturday, October 24th – 9am-3pm – Beloit Holiday Fair – BHS Gym
Tuesday, October 27th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, October 28th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, October 29th – 12:30pm – SVED – NCRPC
Friday, October 30th – 5:30pm – Halloween Costume Contest – Downtown
Friday, October 30th – 4pm-6:30pm – Halloween Pictures – Gray Drug
Saturday, October 31st – 5pm-7pm – Trunk & Treat – Zion Lutheran Church Parking Lot
Saturday, October 31st – 9pm-Midnight – Halloween Karaoke Bash – Kettle
Monday, November 2nd – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, November 3rd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, November 4th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, November 5th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse
Monday, November 9th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, November 10th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Tuesday, November 10th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, November 11th – Chamber Office Closed
Wednesday, November 11th – 11am – Veterans Day Parade
Thursday, November 12th – Noon – Chamber Board
Friday, November 13th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Solomon Valley Hospice
Tuesday, November 17th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, November 18th – 9:30am – Ministerial Association
Wednesday, November 18th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Wednesday, November 18th – 6pm-8pm – Girls Night Out – Ackerman Supply
Thursday, November 19th – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRPC
Saturday, November 21st – Solomon Valley Hospice Wine Tasting & Silent Auction

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