Chamber Chat May 19, 2017

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209 E Main #104., Beloit, KS 67420 ¨ 785-738-2717 ¨

Chamber Chat

Schedule of Events for Memorial Weekend

Friday, May 26, 2017

2:00 pm                             Placing of flags at gravesites (volunteers appreciated)

7:00 pm                             Midwest Championship Demolition Derby heats at SV Raceway

9:00 pm                             “the return of Billy Bob and the Belaires as Gamma Raze” at Down Under

Saturday, May 27, 2017

7:00 am                             Registration for S & S Drug Color Run to Cure Cancer

8:00 am                             S & S Drug Color Run To Cure Cancer starts in front of S & S Drug

8:00 am to 1:00pm            Welcome Home Fun Days Street Fair

Introductions 9:30 am       Introduction of all 1967 graduates and veterans

Parade Starts10:00 am      “Welcome Home Parade”

Please contact the Chamber at 785-738-2717 for further information & parade entries.

11:00 am to 1:00 pm         Welcome Home Fun Days Kid Zone (Main St. between Mill & Bell St.)

11:00 am to 1:00 pm         Monster Trucks Chris Kyle American Sniper, Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit, Barbarian, Nitro Menace, JailBird & Warrior (Ride Truck) on display and signing autographs at Mitchell County Fairgrounds.

11:30 am                           Dance Company performance at Welcome Home Fun Days Kid Zone

11:30 am                           “Picnic in the Park” at Chautauqua Park; food stands by local groups

2:00 pm                             “Talking Tombstones” program at Methodist Church

3:30 pm                             Midwest Championship Demolition Derby heats at SV Raceway 

St John’s Alumni activities 

4:30 pm                             STJ Alumni Memorial Mass at St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church

5:30 pm                             STJ Alumni Social Hour and Dinner at St. John’s High School


8:00 pm to 10:00 pm         Cruz’n Mill Street Reunion – time to hop in the car and cruise Mill Street.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

11:00 am                           Monster Trucks on display and signing autographs.  Warrior will be giving                                rides for $5 at Solomon Valley Raceway

11:00 am                           BHS Booster Club Golf Tournament at Beloit Country Club

1:30 pm                             Derby Mayhem, Demo Derby at Solomon Valley Raceway

Following the Derby         Monster Truck Show at Solomon Valley Raceway

2:00 pm                             “Talking Tombstones” program at Methodist Church

5:30 pm                             BHS Booster Club Benefit Dinner & Program at Beloit Country Club

Monday, May 29, 2017

VFW & American Legion Memorial Activities

9:00 am                             Wreath Ceremony at the Solomon River Bridge on Highway 14

9:30 am                             Veterans Ceremony at Elmwood Cemetery

10:00 am                           Veterans Ceremony at St. John’s Cemetery


Welcome Home Fun Days

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H & R Block Presents Welcome Home Parade/Memorial Weekend

Would you like to participate in the H & R Block presents Welcome Home Memorial Day parade?  Contact the Chamber office for your pre registration form and one will be sent to you.  The parade will take place on Saturday, May 27th at 10am.  Lineup will begin at 9am at the corner of South & Mill and the staging area will be at the Down Under parking lot.  The Parade will proceed north on Mill Street and disband at Mill & 4th


S & S Drug Welcomes Katie Mispagel

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KDNS Broadcast Schedule

Friday, May 19th

KD Country 94 & will have 3A, 2A, & 1A Regional Track Reports throughout the day


Kettle Specials

Kettle’s specials next week are:

Grilled Cheese: Caprese Salad Grilled Cheese (Marinated tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette, sliced fresh mozzarella)

Drink: Blue Moon Beer $3.50


S & S Drug Color Out Cancer Run

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8 Man Pep Rally 

The 32nd Annual Kansas 8-Man All-Star Football Games are scheduled for Saturday, June 10th at Trojan Field in Beloit beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Pep Rally & Ice Cream Social for the players, coaches and fans on Friday, June 9th, starting at 2pm., in downtown Beloit. 

Over 90 players and coaches will be introduced, signing autographs, playing games and treated to free ice cream.  There will be kid’s games, giveaways, and much much more.  This is a great way to come and help celebrate the best of the best in 8-Man football.

We would like ALL businesses to decorate with the 8-man team colors, which are GREEN, GOLD, RED, AND BLUE. Feel free to be creative J  Let’s show everyone how proud we are to be hosting the 8-Man games in Beloit!

If you would like to help sponsor the 8 man pep rally, contact the Chamber office for more information at 785-738-2717 or by email at



The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature held their bi-annual organization meeting on Wednesday, May 10th, in Salina.  The meeting, held each May in odd-numbered years,  is for the purpose of electing officers, discussing proposed ByLaw changes (if any), meeting the new members recently installed in the March election, and bringing all members up to speed on the SHL resolutions currently under consideration by the Kansas Legislature.

The officers elected for the next two years include:  Speaker – Don Woodard, SHL delegate from Shawnee County (Auburn-Topeka); Speaker Pro Tem – Jane Gingles, SHL delegate from Clay County (Clay Center); and Floor Leader – Ada Bogart, SHL delegate from Ford County (Dodge City).  In addition, the Executive Board met following the regular meeting of the full SHL body, and elected the following officers:  President – Jay Rowh, SHL delegate from Mitchell County (Beloit); and Vice-President – Thomas Gordon, SHL delegate from Wyandotte County (Kansas City).

The SHL full body discussed, and ultimately passed, a change to the ByLaws.  Previously, all officers of the Silver Haired Legislature were restricted to two consecutive two-year terms.  With the passage of the change to the ByLaws, an officer is now able to serve more than two consecutive terms.  The change was proposed by the ByLaws Committee, and passed the full body with unanimous support.

On the membership front, a total of 39 new members were elected in the recent spring elections, bringing the current membership to 102, up from 89 at last fall’s Annual Session.  Full membership for the SHL is 125, which includes one delegate from each of the 105 counties of Kansas, plus an additional five delegates each from the four largest counties (Sedgwick, Wyandotte, Johnson, and Shawnee).

Speaker Don Woodard discussed the standing of the current proposals, as voted on at the October, 2016 Annual Session, which are being deliberated in this year’s session of the Kansas Legislature.  Two of the proposals were actually passed during this year’s legislative session – the resolution for supporting the repeal of the 2012 Income Tax Law and exemption from Kansas Income Tax for 330,000 LLC’s across the state, as well as the proposal supporting Medicaid Expansion for Kansas.  However, both these measures were vetoed by Governor Sam Brownback, and the legislature failed to override each of these measures by a scant three votes short of the necessary 2/3 favorable margin.  Two other resolutions – SHL support for restoration of the $2.1 million cut to the Senior Care Act (the law that allows elderly Kansans to remain in their own homes for an average assistance of $240.00 a month), as well as a recommendation for the state to make their full required payment to the KPERS pension fund – are still being debated by the Kansas Legislature as they work on next year’s budget.

The next meeting of the Silver Haired Legislature will be in July, when the Executive Board will meet to discuss which issues will be presented at the Annual Session, held in October in Topeka.  With over a half-million Kansas Seniors living in our state, the SHL works to give them a voice with our elected state officials.  Please share your thoughts with your local SHL delegate, as we work for the benefit of all Kansans, especially the Senior Citizens.


Hilltop Lodge

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One Apartment with a garage and three apartments without a garage are available.


Solomon Valley Raceway (Memorial Weekend)



Kettle Events

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Zachary’s Ace Hardware


Zachary’s Ace Hardware is holding a Fundraiser for the Family of Nolan Lewis.

Little Nolan was 6 years old when he recently lost his life due to a tragic accident.

Zachary’s Ace Hardware is donating a GRILL or YETI COOLER and the WINNER will have their choice between our top-selling grill, a combination grill or a YETI cooler.

100% of ALL funds collected will go directly to the family of Nolan Lewis

The “RAFFLE” will take place after Ace Hardware closes on May 28th at 4pm.

(do not need to be present to win)

To enter your name in the raffle and to check out the items, stop by Zachary’s Ace Hardware.

1 Ticket – $5.00

3 Tickets – $10.00

7 Tickets – $20.00

*Please address all check to: The Family of Nolan Lewis


Becker Autos & Trailers

Becker Autos & Trailers to Donate a Portion of All Sales to Relay for Life and Breast Friends Foundation

Throughout the remainder of May, Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit will donate a portion of all sales profits to the local Relay for Life and Breast Friends Foundation.

“For the last few years, we have been able to put together a fundraiser from our business sales to help raise money for these organizations.  Thru these sales events we have been fortunate to be able to donate thousands of dollars between these organizations and hope to increase our donation amount this year!” said Lydia Housh, manager of Becker Autos & Trailers. “Cancer hits so close to home for everyone.  We hope our donation can help to lighten the burden for some of our local area friends and families.”

For every vehicle, trailer or camper purchased from Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit from May 6th-31st a donation will be made to the local organizations.  To encourage higher sales volumes for this period Becker Autos & Trailers has added several new sales incentives and discounts thru the remainder of the month. For questions or more information please contact Lydia Housh at 785-534-1227 or stop by the Beloit Becker Autos & Trailers location.  Find out more about Becker Autos & Trailers and look at their inventory online at


BHS Booster Club Golf Tournament

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Kettle 2nd Anniversary Street Dance

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Housing Rehabilitation Informational Meeting

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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 by Thursday at noon and I will include it in Chamber Chat!


Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 20th – Glen Elder City Wide Garage Sale

Tuesday, May 23rd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Wednesday, May 24th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

Saturday, May 26th – Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day Activities

Tuesday, May 30th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Wednesday, May 31st – Noon – Lions Club – location TBD

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

Thursday, June 1st – 7pm – Housing Rehab Informational Meeting – Muni

Saturday, June 3rd – 4:30pm – Relay for Life – Chautauqua Park

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

Wednesday, June 7th – Noon – Joint Rotary & Lions Club – NCK Tech

Thursday, June 8th – Noon – Chamber Board

Friday, June 9th – 2pm – 8-Man All Star Pep Rally – Downtown Beloit

Saturday, June 10th – 10am & 1:30pm – 8-Man All Star Football Games – Trojan Stadium

Monday, June 12th – 5:30pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Museum

Tuesday, June 13th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Tuesday, June 13th – 7pm – Cassiopeia

Wednesday, June 14th – Lions Club – Location TBD

Thursday, June 15th – 12:30am – SVED

Tuesday, June 20th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

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

Wednesday, June 21st – Lions Club – Location TBD

Tuesday, June 27th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room

Wednesday, June 28th – Lions Club – Location TBD


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