Osage City’s spring citywide garage sales are set for April 19-20, 2019. Sellers can sign up with Tricia Gundy at Peterson Assisted Living, Robyn Williams and staff at Edward Jones, or Kathy Ayers and staff at First National Bank, to get their sale listed on a map distributed by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. There will be a legend on the map to give buyers an idea of what might be for sale at each location. A $5 donation to be placed on the map goes toward the Chamber’s local scholarship fund. For more information, contact Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727.
Have you considered joining the Osage City Chamber of Commerce? Did you know that you don’t have to own a business to be a member of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce? Are there different types of memberships? What are the benefits of belonging to the Osage City Chamber of Commerce?
Any person, firm, association, corporation, partnership, non-profit organization or estate having an interest in the objectives of the organization shall be eligible for membership.
- Regular Memberships – Any person, firm, association, corporation, partnership or estate having an interest in the objectives of the organization shall be eligible for membership. Any regular member shall have the discretion to designate their voting member.
- Non-Profit Memberships – non-profit organization being a regular member with a member designated for voting purposes.
- Associate Memberships – Any person having an interest in the objectives of the organization. Associate Members have no voting rights, nor may they serve as an officer or director, unless otherwise approved by the Board, but they will have all other membership privileges and responsibilities.
Any applicant shall become a member upon payment of the regularly scheduled dues.
Positive impact of Chamber Membership
As a member of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce you are more informed, better educated, and directly connected to your peers. Whether you are an individual, firm, association, corporation, partnership, non-profit organization, estate, starting a new business, or you are an established business owner, membership with the Osage City Chamber of Commerce provides a multitude of opportunities to grow and connect to the community.
- Networking Opportunities: After Hours Mixers, Monthly Luncheon, Ribbon Cuttings
- Promotion Opportunities: Community Directory, E-mail Blast, Sponsorships, Advertising, Community Message Center Sign
- Member Events: Fair Parade, 4th of July Celebration, Garage Sales, Beer Festival, Christmas Opener, Home Tour
Membership drive for 2019 will begin at the end of October. If you would like to be a member of an organization that strives to continue to improve the community, please consider joining the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.
Submitted by Dave Azwell
The Osage City Kiwanis Club supports the children of USD 420 with a number of service leadership programs (SLP’s) at the various schools. Faculty advisors who are also club members and other staff members provide invaluable guidance for the students in the high school, middle school and elementary school. The purpose is to promote service and leadership as integral parts of their education. It also introduces them to fundraising as a way to help provide funds for their activities and to support special events or organizations.
The Key Club is made up of high school students. Their activities include recycling miscellaneous papers/magazines each month, helping with the Kiwanis biscuits and gravy breakfast and supporting school and community activities. Imaginative club fundraising activities for a variety of causes and attending the Kiwanis Key Leader Conference are also a part of the Key Club experience. It’s not all work as fun activities are included.
Builders Club involves the middle school students. Some of their activities have included helping with the Kiwanis chili feed, recycling papers/magazines each month, reading to Kindergarten students, sponsoring a Student of the Week and other school and community activities. People have made note of the great help provided by the members. Some prolific fundraising projects have been a part of their activities.
The elementary school has the K-Kids program for 5th graders and they are an active bunch. Service projects include paper/magazine recycling once a month, helping the principal with morning duty, monitoring classes, recycling the lunchroom trash during lunch and campus cleanup which involves picking up trash in and around school property. Fundraising has included innovative ways of raising funds, Trick or Treat for UNICEF and food drives including non-perishable items for ECAT which have led to some astounding numbers of items collected. A back-to-school swim party each fall and the Christmas party are a couple of the fun events each year.
The BUG program (Bringing Up Grades) is for the elementary students in the fourth and fifth grades. It helps promote the importance of obtaining and maintaining good grades as well as understanding the value of doing well in classes, completing homework, having a good attitude and exhibiting good behavior in school. Students who maintain or improve their grades and classroom presence are rewarded with a pizza party at the end of the first semester and a hot dog feed at the end of the school year.
In addition to the sponsored programs, OC Kiwanis funds other USD 420 activities such as scholarships for seniors, the elementary school’s W.A.T.C.H DOGS program, After Prom, Key Leader, the booster club and Teacher Appreciation Day. Kiwanis supports organizations such as the public library’s youth programs, ECAT, the warmth fund and the American Legion’s Boys State.
Submitted by Kenna Burns
ECKAN has been awarded a generous grant which they are going to use for several areas of need that they support within their organization.
Savings account with Case Management Emergency Needs and Chamber Bucks Incentives
Program is to encourage monthly meetings with clients, meet their immediate emergency needs, and work together to encourage a savings account for clients with a 2/1 Match. So they have a total of $1000 emergency fund.
Nutrition Class = Currently working with Cheryl Mussatto to offer a Nutrition class to clients, this money will be used to pay presenter fees, cost of food, incentives including (Chamber Bucks) for those who sign up and attend.
Dental Program: Used to continue helping clients with dental needs that go beyond the standard cleaning, fillings, exams.
Budgeting Class=Working with HCCI to offer the following classes:
One-hour class for individuals who need an unbiased view of the different banking options that are currently available to consumers. Learn:
- How having a savings and/or checking account can help you stay organized with your finances;
- What to expect when you decide to open your first account.
So Much Debt, So Little Time
Feeling overwhelmed by past-due notices or plagued with garnishments? Learn:
- Repayment options so you can get out of debt and on with your life;
- How different types of debts impact your bank account, paycheck, credit score;
- What laws protect you when you have debts in collections.
Submitted by Troy Hutton
Osage City High School is beginning a new class that will include the development of partnerships with businesses to do job shadowing and/or possible internships. This class is just getting established, but will be designed to expose students to jobs that they are interested in pursuing for careers. We are interested in hearing from any businesses in town interested in working with the school to provide this type of partnership. This could include but is not limited to business aspects such as supply, purchasing, marketing, medical, programming, processing, financial, etc.
Any business interested in this possibility can contact Mr. Heward at email@example.com.
Planning has begun for the annual Christmas on Market celebration Nov. 24. We encourage you to mark the date on your calendar and plan to shop local that weekend as many of our hometown businesses will be offering great opportunities for holiday gifts. The theme this year is: Christmas on Market 2018: “Country Christmas”.
In addition to shopping, activities will be held throughout the day including breakfast, lunch, visits with Santa, jingle bell run 5K, in store activities, chili cook-off, chili feed, gingerbread house building, craft show, raffle drawing, Kansas City Chief’s Wolf mascot, Topeka Pilots ice hockey mascot, Topeka Drum Corp, free photo booth, free poker run, bake sale, emergency services showcase, fire truck rides, ping pong throw, story time, bingo and the traditional lighted Christmas parade.
Event details will be announced as they are confirmed in the coming weeks. If you are interested in helping with the planning of this annual Chamber event, contact Jeanette Swarts at 785/249-5451. The next planning meeting will be October 3, 5:30 p.m. at Harmon Dental office.
For the second consecutive year, Osage City has been asked to welcome the bicycle riders and relay runners as they travel through Osage City on the Dirty Kanza Promotions “Rush the Rails” event on Saturday, October 6th. There are three locations that will designate the length of the trail chosen by the participants. The route starts in Osawatomie, full distance (96 miles); Vassar/Pomona State Park, half distance (54 miles); Admire, short distance (25 miles); finish line at Council Grove. Participants may choose which course length they want to participate in. The relay runners will be either a four person team or eight person team. This is not a timed event.
The Chamber of Commerce will host the event at the Depot as the Santa Fe Park area has been designated as one of the stopping points for the participants. The Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to show off our community and express our generous hospitality. Participants will be welcomed to take a break and relax on the shaded lawn of the Santa Fe Park, enjoy snacks provided by the Osage City Kiwanis Club and the Osage City Lions Club, sandwiches, water refills, which will be provided at the Depot. The Depot Museum and model train areas will be opened for the visitors to enjoy and learn a little about the history of Osage City. Osage City and surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to come and visit with the participants that will be passing through our community throughout the day from approximately 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Contact Jeanette Swarts at 785-249-5451 if you have any questions.
Come sample dozens of craft and import beers featuring several brewed right here in Kansas. Enjoy the music of The Bryton Stoll Band while satisfying your hunger from the Saucy Lady BBQ food truck.
There will be a raffle table with drawings for some awesome craft beer related items. Every taster will get a sample glass to take home. Event will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sept. 29th at the Pavillion, Osage City Fairgrounds. Ticket sales benefit the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, which in turn benefits The Warmth Fund, E.C.A.T., college scholarships for high school seniors and the July 4 fireworks, among others.
Advance tickets are just $25 with tickets at the gate $30 with DD’s. Tickets are available at Jerrys Thriftway, Stark Car Wash, Bank of Osage City, Mulready’s Pub in Emporia and online at brownpaperticket.com All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.
COF is celebrating their 50th year & they would like to invite the community to attend an open house Wednesday, September 26 from 11:00-1:00 at their facility located at 532 Holliday (old Dollar General Store). The Chamber of Commerce will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony & the COF will be serving a light lunch with an opportunity to meet the staff & tour the facility.
September marks the fourth & final month of recognizing a “Yard of the Month” for 2018, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. Recognition was during the period of June through September. The selection of the yard took place during the first few days of each month. In appreciation of the beauty and hard work for the selected yards, the home owners will receive a $25 Osage City Chamber Buck Certificate to be used at any Osage City business.
With the assistance of Mother Nature providing the area some much needed rain, Robert & Cheryl Shaffer’s yard became green again along with their beautiful & intriguing landscape areas. We are pleased to announce that Robert & Cheryl Shaffer’s yard has been selected for the month of September. Their home is located at 849 Romine Ridge.
Adam Burnett, Osage City Chamber of Commerce member and employee of Resource Center for Independent Living, is not only busy at work, he also is active participating in the sport of boccia. He has been very successful in recent competitions at the national level.
Burnett, originally of Melvern and now Osage City, has worked at RCIL, in Osage City, since 2002. He was introduced to the Paralympic sport of boccia in 2016. Boccia is a throwing sport that tests an athlete’s coordination, accuracy, concentration, and ability to strategize. It can be played in a team or pair or individual competition.
What started out for Burnett as playing “just for fun” became more serious following a third place finish at the U.S. national tournament in 2016. He was then selected to Team USA in 2017 and represented the United States in two international tournaments that year, first in Montreal, Quebec, and then in Cali, Colombia.
Burnett won gold at the US National Tournament in 2017, but he is most proud of being a member of the first BC4 pair to ever win an international match for the United States, when he and his partner defeated Argentina last summer in Colombia.
“It’s really exciting and an honor to wear the Team USA gear and represent my local communities when we travel and compete,” Burnett said.
Most recently, he participated in Montreal in April 2018, and won his second national championship on July 1, 2018, in Chicago, Ill.
He said he loves the challenge of the sport and credits his wife, Beth, for holding him accountable and pushing him to continue practicing and improving his skills. Burnett said he also thanks USD 420 and Osage City Parks and Recreation for allowing him access to train.
“Thanks also to the Twin Lakes Cruisers, RCIL, and countless other individuals who have encouraged me and helped support my efforts,” he said.
Burnett’s ultimate goal is to help Team USA qualify for the 2024 or 2028 Paralympic games.
It is that time of the year again for the Fall Osage City Citywide Garage Sale. This is a great opportunity to roam around Osage City looking for the best bargains or to get rid of some of that “stuff” you never use and free up some space.
The Citywide Garage Sale is set for Sept. 14 and 15. For a map of the sales, stop by Peterson’s Assisted Living (Tricia Gundy), the Bank of Osage City (Kaitlin Swindale) or the First National Bank (Kathy Ayers), or other area businesses.
For more information, call Tricia Gundy, chairperson, Osage City Chamber Garage Sale Committee, at 785-528-3301.
Osage City Chamber of Commerce members for 2018 include the following. Whenever you need services or products in the Osage City area, remember to check with your fellow chamber members first.
- AG Choice
- Artfully Quilted by Barbs
- Asset Life Cycle
- Auburn Pharmacy
- Bank of Osage City
- Barber Johns
- Branine Chevrolet-Buick
- Bull’s Eye Liquor
- Burns, Burns, Walsh and Walsh
- Buzzard’s Pizza
- Canine Country Clips
- Citizen Insurance Services
- City of Osage City
- COF Training Services, Inc.
- Conrad Carlson Charitable Foundation
- Cotton O’Neil of Osage City
- Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness
- David Jacoby, OD
- Debbie Rinzler Photography
- Edward Jones Investments
- EK Real Estate
- First National Bank
- Flint Hills Beverage
- Furniture Loft
- Garrett’s Fireworks
- Glyn L. Day Agency
- H and H Appraisals
- Hair Designs by Diane
- Harmon Dental
- Haskins Oil
- Higher Power Health and Yoga
- Home Town Health Care and Hospice
- Jerry’s Thriftway
- Jodi Lohmeyer-Stark Agency, State Farm Insurance
- Landmark National Bank
- Liquor Market LLC
- Lusk Properties
- Lyndon State Bank
- Marilynn’s Restaurant
- McCoy’s Electronics
- ORBIS Corporation
- Osage Building Materials
- Osage City Kiwanis Club
- Osage City Lions Club
- Osage City Municipal Golf Course
- Osage City Public Library
- Osage County Fair Association
- Osage County Farm Bureau Association
- Osage County Herald-Chronicle
- Osage County News
- Osage Hardware
- Osage Nursing Center
- Peterson Assisted Living
- Porter Cattle Co
- Ramblin’ Rose
- Resource Center Independent Living
- Salt Creek Rehab and Fitness
- Schroeder Drugs
- Tara Azwell
- The Body Shop
- The ClotheSpin
- Theel Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
- United Way of the Flint Hills
- USD #420
- VanArsdale Funeral Chapel
- Vintage Park at Osage City
- Wischropp Auctions
On July 25, 2018, ECAT sponsored the Osage City Chamber of Commerce “After Hours Mixer”. A light dinner of grilled hamburgers with all the fixings was served. President Kathy Lincoln thanked everyone for their generous donations throughout the year. Kathy also explained how ECAT is the only non for profit organization in Osage City serving up to 400 people a month. ECAT’s mission is to reach as many people in unfortunate circumstances as possible. They not only help with food and clothing but also with rental assistance, prescriptions and gas cards. ECAT also has several other projects throughout the year. None of which would be possible without the support of our generous and caring people of Osage City.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped us in anyway.
ECAT Board of Directors
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce served concessions at the baseball concession stand July 9-13, 2018. A variety of food items other than the furnished items by the Recreation Commission were served. Food items that Chamber members donated were frozen grapes, baby carrots with ranch dressing, sloppy joes, walking tacos, chili, cookies, brownies, root beer floats, ice tea and ice. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs were a continued item from last year as they were a big hit with the players & fans. The aroma of the hamburgers grilling got the attention of the hungry parents and ball players, thus kept the grill going most of the evenings!! Would like to thank the members, Jan Ogleby, Jeanette Swarts, Julie Carlson, Vida Lewis, Casey Mussatto, Dave & Tara Azwell, Nancy Washburn, Jeanette Stromgren, Vintage Park, Ann Lusk, COF, Thelma & Joe Humerickhouse, Adam & Beth Burnett, Tricia Gundy, Debbie Rinzler, Ronda Harmon and Robyn Williams for their contribution of either food items or working at the concession stand. Would also like to thank Richard Swarts for keeping the grill going. The success from the events are measured by the support and enthusiasm from everyone & we did have a successful week and the proceeds go back to the Chamber.
July 1st, 2018 the Osage City Disc Golf Course hosted their inaugural Osage City Disc Golf Doubles Tournament to help raise funds for the annual fireworks show. The tournament had participants from Abilene, Salina, Emporia, Lawrence, Topeka & local Osage City. Skill levels ranged all the way from beginner to the current PDGA Junior World Champion Isaiah Esquivel out of Emporia. Teams played two rounds of 18 holes with the winner having the best 18 hole average after the two rounds. The winning team received 20% of the tournament proceeds, along with two custom made putters created by Dynamic Discs out of Emporia. At the end of the two rounds a team from Emporia, Michael Smith & Danny Lindahl came out as the Inaugural Champs!
Everyone that was involved with the tournament would like to thank those that played an integral part in making everything come together. First off, the tournament would not have happened with the initial idea from the Chamber of Commerce and their support for wanting to bring attention to the new course in town. Also, a big thanks for supplying water to all the participants of the event. Next, a big thanks to the City Staff as they did a lot of prep work for the tournament and their work did not go unnoticed as teams constantly mentioned how nice the course looked which is a testament to the hard work and attention to detail that every city employee put into the tournament. Thanks to Dynamic Discs for creating the prized putters that were custom made to be a resemblance of Osage City which did not disappoint. Lastly, participants Michael Smith and Lupe Esquivel were vital resources when putting this tournament together, and with their guidance and expertise helped the tournament become a success and will lead to future tournaments being hosted there in the years to come!
As a part of the July 1, 2018, Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Celebration, ORBIS Corporation held its first annual fishing tournament in remembrance of Ruben Chavira, an avid fisherman and an employee at ORBIS who died May 31, 2017, from a fatal accident at the plant. The official count that participated in the tournament was 22 participants with trophies awarded for most, biggest and smallest fish and small gifts for all attendees.
The Osage County Fair Association asked the Osage City Chamber of Commerce to take over hosting the annual “Fireworks Celebration”. Committee members, Thelma Humerickhouse, Jeff Pearson and Jeanette Swarts decided to organize the celebration into a family oriented event which included activities for everyone.
Starting in the morning, the day of events included a Youth Fishing Tournament, sponsored by ORBIS Corporation, Community Worship Service, sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Osage City and Disc Golf Tournament, organized by Erick Punches and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Mid-afternoon, the Osage County Community Patriots’ Choir presented a very entertaining patriotic concert for the public. Activities started in early evening with bounce play sets, sponsored by the Conrad Carlson Foundation, a mini car show featuring the Twin Lakes Cruisers along with other area car buffs, a variety of free games including plinko, ring around juice bottles, knock down the cups, duck pond, fireworks walk (a.k.a cake walk) and bingo. The games were sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Garrett’s Fireworks donated the fireworks for the fireworks walk. Would like to thank the Chamber member volunteers that assisted with the event were Joe & Thelma Humerickhouse, Jeff Pearson, Jeanette Swarts, Jodi Lohmeyer-Stark, Jeanette & Sydney Stromgren, Angie Theel, Shanda Koett, Ronda Harmon, Rick & Zina Bryan, Susan Buenger, Debbie Rinzler, Barb Pope. Would like to thank them for their time and assistance. Delicious food and snacks were provided by Mama Rita’s Mexican, Wiley Weenie Wagon, Thrill’s Kettle Corn and Pomona Masonic Lodge #41. The Osage City Kiwanis Club provided watermelon slices, Lions Club sold pie & the 4H sold homemade ice cream. Local music group, “The Tweed Tones” provided a variety of live music throughout the evening leading up to the fireworks show.
Prior to the fireworks show, recognition was given to each branch of the armed services with its own service song being played, recognizing those that have or are serving in the armed forces & to honor those that have given their ultimate sacrifice for our country. To lead off the fireworks show, Holly McConnell so eloquently sang the National Anthem. Scott Farmer & his staff created a very entertaining and powerful fireworks display which was enjoyed by everyone.
The Osage City Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following contributors for their generous donation and support for the Fireworks Celebration. AG Choice, Auburn Pharmacy, Bank of Burlingame, Bank of Osage City, The Body Shop/Buenger Automotive, Branine Chevrolet-Buick, Burns, Burns, Walsh & Walsh, Citizens Insurance Services, City of Osage City, David Jacoby-OD, Edward Jones Investments, Kirk Bath Farm Bureau Financial, First National Bank, H & H Appraisal, Harmon Dental, Jerry’s Thriftway, Jodi Lohmeyer-Stark Agency, John’s Barber Shop, Landmark National Bank, Marilynn’s Restaurant, McCoy’s Electronics, Miller Elevator, ORBIS, Osage Building Materials, Osage City Chamber of Commerce, Osage City Municipal Golf Course, Osage City Kiwanis Club, Osage City Lions Club, Osage County Community Foundation, Osage County Farm Bureau, Porter Cattle Co, Quality Built Construction, Casey & Cheryl Mussatto, Rod & Kim Bergquist, Cathryn Houghton, Dan & Linda Mollnow, Brian & Jeanette Stromgren, Richard & Jeanette Swarts.
August marks the third month of recognizing a “Yard of the Month”, sponsored by the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. Recognition will be during the months of June through September. The selection of the yard takes place during the first few days of each month. In appreciation of the beauty and hard work for the selected yard, the home owners will receive a $25 Osage City Chamber Buck Certificate to be used at any Osage City business.
Even through the lack of rain & hot weather the past month, Dee Cason has managed to keep her knock out rose bushes & flower beds surrounding her home looking beautiful. We are pleased to announce that Dee Cason’s yard has been selected for the month of August. Her home is located at 231 Safford.