October 11, 2021

The two things in life you are in total control over are your attitude and your effort." - Billy Cox
Chamber Chatter
2021 President's Award Honoree
David O’Dell was presented the 2021 President’s Award during the 100th McPherson Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. The honoree is selected each year by the Past Presidents of the McPherson Chamber, to recognize “an individual that has given unselfishly of their time for the betterment of the business community, is readily identifiable, and has had a long-term impact.” Chet Lang, 2004-2005 Chamber President shared many accolades about David, then turned over the microphone to hear from our humble recipient.
During his remarks, President’s Award recipient David O’Dell mentioned that his father, Ivan O’Dell, had also received this award in 1976, but the award at that time was called the Man of the Year Award. David had with him the small statuette that was presented to his father at that time and said that he was honored and humbled to be able to follow in his father’s footsteps in this manner. David O’ Dell concluded his remarks with this quote from Peter Drucker, “Our mission in life is to make a positive difference, not to prove how smart we are.” O’Dell added, “In order to keep McPherson moving forward, I urge you to make a positive difference.”

Click here to learn about the numerous non-profit boards David has served on, other awards he has received, and what he considers his top “life events.” View pictures from our 2021 Annual Meeting on our Facebook page.
2021 Holiday Promotion -Deadline Oct. 20

It’s hard to believe there are only 2 months until Christmas! We have high hopes for a great holiday season and are ready to move forward. Each year the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and McPherson Main Street partner to offer the Holiday Promotion opportunities to our members. We encourage you to consider the many options and choose the opportunities that will benefit your business and your customers the most. The dates and options are listed below. Completed participation forms need to be returned by October 20. 

Thank you so much for your support! - Debbie Hawkinson & Ann Engel. The Holiday Promotions are a McPherson Chamber and McPherson Main Street Initiative.

  • Holiday Marketing Packages - Full or Partial: Nov 27-Dec 24
  • Open House Weekend: Thursday, Nov 4th– Saturday, Nov. 6th  Business sets own hours.
  • Cookies with Santa in your business: Thursdays: Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd from 5:00-6:30 pm and Saturdays: Dec 11th & 18th from 9:30-11 am and 2-3:30 pm
  • Candy Cane Cash: Nov 1– Dec 31
  • Free Movies: Locations, Dates, and times TBD.
  • Snowball Drop: Nov 4th at 5:30 pm 
  • Girls Night Out: Nov 18th Shopping from 4-8 pm and Social with prizes from 8-9 pm.

Click here for a printable version of the 2021 Holiday Promotion Flyer. Contact us for more information. McPherson Chamber 620-241-3303, McPherson Main Street 620-241-7430
Manufacturing Month
Manufacturing Spotlight - Energy
McPherson is a leader in energy production and has been for decades. Did you know that there are more than 11 energy production facilities, refineries, and equipment suppliers in our county? Find out about these Chamber members and how they are providing energy.

Board of Public Utilities - The Municipally-owned McPherson Board of Public Utilities provides safe, dependable water and electric services to the residents and industry of McPherson and the surrounding area.

CHS Refinery - CHS provides dependable supplies of quality refined fuels. The McPherson refinery gets the majority of the crude oil it refines from local Kansas producers and provides fuel across the Midwest and Southern United States. CHS is the nation's largest cooperative refiner.

ONEOK, Inc. - ISO butane, purity hydrogen. Pipeline transmission of refined petroleum products and liquid petroleum gas. LPG storage.

Williams Energy - Stores & distributes liquid petroleum gas products. Natural gas liquid fractionator.
Plastics Extrusion Machinery Grand Opening
Thursday, October 7th, Plastics Extrusion Machinery (PEM) celebrated the grand opening of their new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and golf tournament. Check out their Facebook page to view pictures from both events. Congratulations Nathan Spearman and team on your new facility!

Thanks to the participants and donors of their golf tournament, they were able to raise $20,000 to help Water 4 Haiti in their efforts to provide the earth's most precious resource to the people of Haiti.
The Bradbury Co: MFG Day
Attention parents, teachers and students. The Bradbury Co. will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at their Moundridge facility, 1200 Cole St. Employees will be available to provide scheduled guided tours for students. Additionally, a Manufacturing Career Exploration Center will be held for all to visit to learn more about the career opportunities manufacturing has to offer and engage with Bradbury’s manufacturing professionals. Technical College Representatives will also be on-site to provide information about post-secondary education options related to manufacturing. For more information contact Shonda Fast at (620) 345-4389 or email shofas@bradburyco.com.
Member Events
Elyria Christian School Annual BBQ Dinner
11 a.m.-7 p.m. hosted by Elyria Christian School at the McPherson County 4-H Building - 710 W. Woodside Menu: BBQ beef or pork sandwich, baked beans, potato chips, & cabbage slaw. Featuring Knackies Meats & BBQ Sauce! Not a dine-in event. Two ordering options: 1) Call ahead on Monday (10/11) ONLY at 316-251-5352 OR 2) Carside – pull up and they’ll take your order. Free will donation.
STEPMC Getting Ahead Class
Sponsored by STEPMC
Classes start on October 11th in Smoky Valley and October 18th in Moundridge. Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck? Do you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere? Are you ready for a change? If you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet, take a leap of faith, and sign up for STEPMC’s Getting Ahead Class so you don’t have to struggle anymore. You can sign up here.
Agriculture Committee Meeting
7 a.m. at PrairieLand Partners, -2401 E. Northview Rd.
STEPMC’s “Lifting Spirits” Whiskey Tasting Fundraiser
7 p.m. at the Smoky Valley Distillery -105 N. Washington in Marquette.
You’re invited to a whiskey tasting fundraiser to benefit Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County. Please join STEPMC for a night filled with good booze, charcuterie, a 50/50 raffle, and inspiring stories of hope. The cost of a ticket is a $50 donation to help people in poverty. You can get your tickets here.
15 & 16
Paranormal Investigation
At the McPherson Museum - 1111 E. Kansas Ave.
Learn about the past of the museum's property and various artifacts as you investigate paranormal phenomena in high-activity areas not open to the public, led by Spirit Hunters Paranormal Society based out of Wichita. Each time slot is limited to 30 people, with 10 people in each group. Visit the McPherson Museum Facebook page for more information and times.
When Pigs Fly
7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the McPherson Airport - 1000 S. Hwy. 81 Bypass
Activities include: 7 a.m.-9 a.m. - Scout troop breakfast & fly-in / 9 a.m.-2 p.m. - Young Eagle plane rides for kids 8-17 / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - food trucks and music by the Mood Swings / K-State Skydivers with tandem jumps / vintage airplanes & cars will be on display.
Great Glittersby Party
7 p.m. at MPNaz Church - 1455 N. Main
A MPNaz “Whodunnit Murder Mystery” game. Tickets: $15 per person. Be creative, dress up and practice some 1920s lingo! For more information visit JeffnDanielle Black Facebook page.
“Fawl” Classic
10 a.m. SG Start at Turkey Creek Golf Course  - 1000 Fox Run Road
Two-Man /27 holes. Official event for the Viega Cup! Entry Fee: $70-member / $90 non-member includes green fee, cart fee, meal, and practice round. Practice round is on October 16 – make own tee time. Cash payouts and hole prizes! Sign up by emailing tregf@mcity.com or call 620-241-8530.
McPherson Elementary School Fall Fundraiser
At Twice Told Tales  - 104 S. Main
Visit Twice Told Tales October 18-20, purchase new or used books, and 25% of the profits will benefit USD 418 School Libraries. On October 19 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. you can meet the Bullpup! Twice Told Tales opens at 10 a.m. daily and is closed on Sundays. For more information about the event, visit the Twice Told Tales Facebook page.
Family Night
5 p.m. at the McPherson American Legion - 401 N. Main
Come get a hamburger or hot dog, fries, drink, and dessert for the low price of $5. Proceeds from Family Night will benefit the McPherson County 4-H.
Crawl for Cancer
4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. A fundraiser to benefit Women and Children Combating Cancer (WACCC)
5 downtown locations, prizes, and FUN! Start at any of the participating locations (Tres Amigos, Ristorante Italiano di Famiglia, the American Legion, Hank’s Place, or Easy) at any time. The evening will end at Hank’s Place at 8:30 p.m. with prizes! Tickets ($25 per person) are available at MCCU, 1999 S. Main. Participants must be 21 years of age. For more information visit the WACCC Facebook page.
Witches Night Out Wicked Paint Party
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at the McPherson Museum - 1111 E. Kansas Ave.
Sponsored by Noffy’s Sandwich Shop & Pub. 40 spots are available. Registration is $30 per person, which includes your supplies & canvas, instruction by Nicky Bowers, and food provided by Noffy’s. For more information or to purchase a ticket go to the McPherson Museum Facebook page or go online to www.mcphersonmuseum.com/fundraisers. 620-241-8464
Ryan & Ryan: Piano Duo
7:30 p.m. at the McPherson Opera House - 219 S. Main
A dynamic father-son piano duo who blend together classic and contemporary music. They also perform jazz, ragtime, classical, and even gospel song arrangements. Tickets are available on the Opera House website at www.mcphersonoperahouse.org or call the box office at 620-241-1952.
DEA Sponsored Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the McPherson Law Enforcement Center -1177 W. Woodside
The Police Department and County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting unused prescription medications for disposal at that time. For more information visit the McPherson KS Police Department Facebook page.
McPherson Country Club Fall Jamboree
McPherson Country Club – 1396 Pioneer Road
10 a.m. Tee Time. 27 Hole / 2-Man. $125 per player Entry fee includes lunch during golf and cart if needed. Limited to the first 30 teams. Reserve a spot by calling MCC at 620-241-3541.
Job Opportunities
Parts Sales Representative
Prairieland Partners - 2401 E. Northview Rd.
Responsible for the daily selling and stocking of parts and providing excellent customer service to PrairieLand customers and service technicians. For more information click here.

Care Assistant
The Cedars - 1021 Cedars Drive
Earn your CNA certification while working full or part-time at The Cedars. The Cedars provides an online certification course and clinicals. Once certification is completed, CCA’s promote to CNA. Must be able to work every other weekend. Weekend shifts earn $5-7 per hour more with shift differential. Click here to apply. For more information, contact Chris Wiens at 620-241-0919, ext. 128, or email chwiens@thecedars.org.

The Cedars - 1021 Cedars Drive
Must have current certification in the State of Kansas. Full and part-time hours available. Excellent pay, shift differential, and benefits package. Must be able to work every other weekend. Weekend shifts earn $5-7 more per hour with shift differential. Click here to apply. For more information, contact Chris Wiens at 620-241-0919, ext. 128, or email chwiens@thecedars.org.

Dining Services Aides
The Cedars - 1021 Cedars Drive
Dining Services Aides assist with the preparation/clean-up and serving of meals to our residents in Assisted and Long-Term Care Living. Full-time hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Part-time hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (great opportunity for a high school or college student.) Excellent pay, shift differential, and benefits. Must be able to work every other weekend. Weekend shifts earn $5-6 more per hour with shift differential. Click here to apply. For more information, contact Chris Wiens at 620-241-0919, ext. 128, or email chwiens@thecedars.org.

The Cedars - 1021 Cedars Drive
We are looking for 2 Full-Time Cooks, hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Must be able to work every other weekend. Excellent pay, shift differential, and benefits. Weekend shifts earn $5-6 more per hour with shift differential. Click here to apply. For more information, contact Chris Wiens at 620-241-0919, ext. 128, or email chwiens@thecedars.org.

The Cedars - 1021 Cedars Drive
The Cedars are looking for 2 full-time Housekeepers from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Occasional Saturdays. Excellent pay, shift differential, and benefits. Click here to apply. For more information, contact Chris Wiens at 620-241-0919, ext. 128, or email chwiens@thecedars.org.

See more employment opportunities on the McPherson Chamber of Commerce website. *To include employment opportunities for your business, please email the following information (job title, description, requirements, where to apply, and contact information) to chamber@mcphersonks.org Jobs are posted free of charge for our Chamber member investors, and listings will be active on the directory for an entire month. Listings can be extended for a longer time period if the position has not been filled.
Buzz on Business
Booster Pfizer Covid Vaccine Now Available
McPherson Center for Health - 1000 Hospital Drive
McPherson Center for Health announces that booster Pfizer COVID vaccine doses are available at McPherson Medical and Surgical Associates at 1000 Hospital Drive for clinic patients who are over 65 and for adults with underlying medical conditions. You can access the website below to see if you are eligible, and, if so, please call the clinic at 620-241-7400 to schedule your vaccine. These boosters are only for people who have had 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine with the last dose received at least 6 months ago. Moderna and J&J vaccines are not authorizing boosters at this time. People who have received monoclonal antibodies (Bamlanivimab or Regen-COV) also are not eligible until 90 days after that treatment. Click here for more information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

New Hours
The Clayworks at Disability Supports - 107 N Main
Starting immediately, The Clayworks has adjusted their hours in hopes to better serve their customers. Tues. and Wed. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday.

2021-22 Teaching Awards
McPherson College - 1600 E. Euclid St.
McPherson College announces the recipients of the 2021-22 Teaching Awards. The college presents the awards each year at the annual Honors Convocation to one tenured and one non-tenured faculty member. This year’s recipients are Dr. Shane Kirchner and Matt Porter. The committee selected Dr. Kirchner, professor and chair of teacher education, for the tenured award. Described in one nomination as “definitely leads by example,” Dr. Kirchner models the mission of the program he leads, which is to develop service-oriented educators.

How do you envision the future of McPherson schools? McPherson Public Schools are continuing their journey to develop a vision to improve school facilities and best prepare our kids for success in school, the workplace, and life. They are determined to investigate and identify all the necessary priorities and ideas that should be included in that vision, and need your help! Please take their online survey to help them better understand the state of the schools and to help plan for a thriving, more sustainable school system. You can access the survey here.

8 Year Anniversary
Craft Coffee Parlor - 120 N. Main
Craft Coffee celebrated 8 years of serving our community. "Thank you for allowing us to bring you hand-crafted goodness and community in McPherson. We are forever grateful."

New Exhibit in Public Library Gallery
McPherson Public Library - 214 W. Marlin
Paintings and mixed media pieces of Abilene artist Andrea Fuhrman can now be seen at the McPherson Public Library. In addition to the pieces on display at the McPherson Library, Andrea also creates large installations, such as "Splash!," a glass mosaic mural found in Salina's water park. The show in the Library's gallery will run through December 20.

"Join the Fight" Fundraiser
Midway Motors Supercenter - 2075 E. Kansas
Join Midway Motors as they raise money and awareness to combat Breast Cancer. Stop by the dealership to pick up your "Join the Fight" t-shirt ($15 donation) and to enter in the raffle to win some custom cornhole boards ($5 donation for cornhole board raffle only). All proceeds will be donated to Women and Children Combating Cancer (WACCC) in McPherson County.

Annual Food Bank Fill-Up Event Success
24/7 Travel Store - 2203 E. Kansas Ave.
24/7 Travel Store would like to thank all their customers and Store Teams that made their annual Food Bank Fill-Up event a success! A total of $45,652.28 will be donated to the 9 local food banks in the communities we operate in.

Acrobatic Dance Coming Soon
McPherson Classical Coaching Academy - 206 N. Main
Acrobatic Dance is coming to MCCA in November. Acrobatic Dance is the beautiful fusion of classical dance techniques and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. For more information and to sign-up your kiddo call (785) 280-0745

New Product
The Cook's Nook - 219 N. Main
The Cook's Nook now has Olivelle Fireside Bistro. Experience food that inspires your senses. Influenced by French cuisine and the versatility of cast iron cooking, Fireside Bistro is where the luxury of fine dining meets the nostalgia of comfort food. Shop in-store or online here.

Kansas Association of Realtor Celebrate 100 Years
Four Seasons Realtors - 1020 N. Main
The Kansas Association of Realtors celebrated 100 years at their KAR Annual Conference and Education Expo. Tiffani Floyd and Jeff Odermann, with Four Seasons Realtors, both serve for Kansas Association of Realtors Board of Directors. Jeff is the local Prairie Land Realtors Board President and Tiffani is the Mid Kansas Multiple Listing Service Board President. Four Seasons Realtors is proud to have local and state representation! Congratulations!
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