Chamber Chat November 22, 2016

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123 N Mill St., Beloit, KS 67420 ¨ 785-738-2717 ¨ beloitchamber@nckcn.com

Chamber Chat 

Sizzlin with Santa Chili Cook-Off

Voting will be different this year.  You will cast your vote with money, “Change for a Cause”.  The team with the most money will win bragging rights for the year!  All donations received will benefit the Angel Tree.   

 If you would like to show off your chili cooking skills, fill out the attached flyer and send it in!

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Chautauqua Isle of Lights

Beloit’s Chautauqua Isle of Lights is a fun and beautiful place to bring your family and friends to see.  The Park set-up allows for one-way traffic that drives on the lit roads and displays are viewed on both sides of the road.

The display is opens Wednesday, November 23rd and will remain open until December 31st.  The hours are Sunday through Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm.

 

Schedule of Events for December 3rd

11am              Sizzlin with Santa Chili Cook-Off

11:30am         Santa Arrives at S & S Home Health

12:30pm         Winner announced for the Sizzlin with Santa Chili Cook-Off                        (voting at chili cook-off done by $$, “Change for a Cause” to benefit Angel                            Tree.  The team with the most $$ will win bragging rights for the year!)

2pm                Free Movie “Arthur Christmas” at Solomon Valley Cinema sponsored by            H & R Block

5pm-7:30pm  St. Johns Soup & Bake Sale @ St Johns High School

6pm                Isle of Lights

 

Holiday Home Tours

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Solomon Valley Cinema & H&R Block

Join the fun and festivities at Solomon Valley CinemaH&R Block Beloit is sponsoring a free movie day at the Cinema on Saturday, December 3rd.

According to Amanda Schwerman, Cinema Manager, “We want to show appreciation to people in the area for their support throughout the year.  Their patronage is what makes it possible to keep the doors open, the prices down, and the movie selection good.”

This year, the Cinema is partnering with H&R Block Beloit to bring Arthur Christmas to the theatre.   “We chose to sponsor this program because of our commitment to community,” said Robert Davis, H&R Block Beloit Owner.  “We feel fortunate to have such a nice facility in the area and to get new releases in the theatre so quickly.”

There is no admission charge for the movies.  Concessions will be for sale.  The movie is open to people of all ages. There will be a drawing at each showing for punch cards with 10 free adult admissions and 10 free child admissions.

Christmas is a time to enjoy family and friends.  Join your friends at Solomon Valley Cinema on December 3rd at 2:00 pm for Arthur Christmas.

 

Chamber Coffee!

Join us for the “Chamber Coffee” Friday, December 9th hosted by Porter House, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (come and go) There will be refreshments, coffee and tons of networking!

 

Chamber Checks

With the holiday season approaching, a great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks!  Spendable at over 150 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, accept them like a normal check and deposit them with your daily deposits.  Please remember to educate your staff on how to accept Chamber Checks.  If you have questions, please call the Chamber Office for details.

Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy.

 

Kettle’s Holiday Deals

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Holiday Pet Sitting

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Kettle Specials

Kettle’s specials next week are:

Grilled Cheese-Chili Cheese Coney

Soup-Irish Beer Chowder

Drink of the Week-Goose Island Beers, $3.50

 

KANSAS SILVER HAIRED LEGISLATURE MEETS IN ANNUAL SESSION

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature held their 34th Annual Session in Topeka on October 4 – 6, 2016.  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 the Kansas State Legislature for consideration during the 2016 Legislative session.  It is just one way for the Senior Citizens in Kansas to have their collective voice heard.

Here are the Resolutions passed by the full body of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature at this year’s Annual Session:

1)  Resolution No. 3301 – Urge the Kansas Legislature and the governor to fully fund all Kansas Public Employees Retirement System obligations (KPERS), including the interest at 8% on the bonds passed this past legislative session.

2)  Resolution No. 3307 – Urge the legislature and the governor to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for each retiree who is entitled to receive a retirement benefit from KPERS.  This has not happened since 1998.

3)  Resolution No. 3302 – Urge the legislature and the governor to repeal the non-wage business income tax exemption, passed by the Kansas Legislature and signed by the governor in 2012, and replace it with a tax policy fair to all Kansans, with shared responsibility for contributing by all Kansans.

4)  Resolution No. 3303 – Urge the legislature and the governor to continue to support and fund public transportation, so vitally needed by our Kansas Senior Citizens, especially in rural areas of our state.

5)  Resolution No. 3304 – Urge the legislature and governor to restore the 30% cut to the Senior Care Act program, which allows a qualifying senior to stay in their own home with just a minimum of assistance, which averages approximately $250.00 a month.  This is a substantial savings when compared with an alternative of nursing home expenses, which can easily average around $4000.00 per month.

6)  Resolution 3305 – Urge the legislature and governor to support the expansion of Medicaid (KanCare) in Kansas.  Currently, approximately 150,000 (of which around 16,000 are Kansas seniors between the age of 60 – 65 years old) Kansans fall into the “coverage gap” – they make too much money to qualify for the base Kansas KanCare program, yet not enough to be able to afford medical insurance on their own.  The Kansas Hospital Association, and the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas are both in full support of this resolution.

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 35th 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.

 

Beloit Community Blood Drive

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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. 

  • Casey’s
  • Dunstan Trucking

 

Kettle Events

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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 beloitchamber@nckcn.com by Thursday at noon and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

 

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 23rd – 6pm – Opening night of Isle of Lights – Chautauqua Park

Thursday, November 24th – Friday, November 25th – Chamber Office Closed

Tuesday, November 29th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, November 30th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 1st – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse

Saturday, December 3rd – 11am – Sizzlin’ with Santa Chili Cook-Off! – Downtown

Saturday, December 3rd – 11:30am – Santa arrives downtown at S & S Home Health

Saturday, December 3rd – 2pm – Free Movie, Arthur Christmas, sponsored by H & R Block –        Solomon Valley Cinema

Saturday, December 3rd – 5pm-7:30pm – St. John’s Soup & Bake Sale – St. John’s High School

Saturday, December 3rd – 6pm-10pm – Isle of Lights – Chautauqua Park

Sunday, December 4th – 9am-12 Noon – St. John’s Soup & Bake Sale – St. John’s High School

Monday, December 5th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank

Tuesday, December 6th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, December 7th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 8th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, December 9th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Porter House

Saturday, December 10th – 9am – Santa at Solomon Valley Bank

Saturday, December 10th – Noon-4pm – Holiday Home Tours

Monday, December 12th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex

Tuesday, December 13th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Tuesday, December 13th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, December 14th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, December 15th – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRPC

Friday, December 16th – Noon-6pm –Community Blood Drive – NCK Wellness Center Gym

Tuesday, December 20th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, December 21st – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Association

Wednesday, December 21st – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Tuesday, December 27th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni

Wednesday, December 28th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Saturday, December 31st – Last night for Chautauqua Isle of Lights

 

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