Friday January 4, 2019
Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce
Be sure to contact us with your news, specials and events!
Executive Director: Hitomi Lamirande
509 5th Street, PO Box 63
Phone: (913) 755-4114 or E-Mail: chamber@osawatomiechamber.org
Think Local, Shop Local, Keep it Local
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWS
Please Welcome Our Newest Chamber Members!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the following businesses to the Chamber:

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The Ceramics Studio 2

Thank you to Josh & Kati Meyers and Clinton Bryan for your inquiries into joining the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce! You will find that our Business Community is a FANTASTIC one to be a part of and we welcome you!

For more information regarding our newest members, please feel free to visit the Chamber's Website and click on the "Directory" link which will then allow you to find their information for further  inquiries  into their business.
Congratulations to our 2 Kiddos who won the Coloring Contest!

A great BIG congratulations to Kaley Shipley and Kylie Tennis for winning the Chamber Coloring Contest! Kaley won 1st place and trip to the Great Wolf Lodge! Kylie won second place and a Birthday Bash Certificate, courtesy of the Ozone!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote - you have made these two VERY happy campers!

I have posted pictures of both winners, along with colored pictures on Facebook - so be sure to check those out!
A Reminder on How Chamber Bucks Work

Several Chamber Bucks were purchased for the Holiday Season, so I just wanted to send a reminder of how Chamber Bucks work for those who have purchased them and for those businesses who will be receiving them.

Chamber Bucks are a great way to support buying locally. When you buy locally, more of each dollar stays in our community--whether it's paid in wages to the cashier who helped you, used by a retail store to purchase local services or products, or collected as local sales tax revenue. A gift of Bonus Bucks keeps giving back to our local communities even after its spent!

You can use them at any Osawatomie Area Chamber Member Business. They are used just like cash*, so you can use them to pay for any services or products that you want to purchase. Just remember they can only be redeemed by businesses that are Chamber Members! * Business owners please note these are guaranteed funds from the Chamber and you should deposit them like you would any check.

For a list of Osawatomie Chamber Member Businesses, please click here.

You can purchase Chamber Bucks at the Chamber Office. Please feel free to stop in, e-mail or call with your request. By purchasing and using Chamber Bucks, you are also helping support Chamber member businesses. When a business joins the Chamber of Commerce, it shows they care about the success of our local economy and support the events and programs we provide. Using Chamber Bucks is one way to say 'thank you' to these businesses.

Please Further Note:

Our Chamber Buck Program will be going through some changes in the next few months, so be sure to look for those and I will keep you apprised of the changes through the weekly e-mail blasts.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
JANUARY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
COMMUNITY SENIOR SERVICE CENTER

The Community Senior Service Center, Inc. (n on- profit corporation) was incorporated by the State of Kansas June 24, 1 974 . A t that time Theodore L. Barrett was
Chairman of the Board. In 1981 the corporation
was amended to provide housing through t he HUD program. It was at that time Osawatomie Court Apartments came into our community.

The meals have been included in this program since
1974, when a t that time they were prepared by Aggies Smorgabord at $ 1. 25 per meal. Since those years,
with many changes along the w ay, the meal program is still provided with East Central Kansas Area On Aging guidelines. The meals come in hot from the Ottawa kitchen. The donation now is $3.50 per meal. Home bound meals are delivered by volunteers Monday thru Friday. Without those Volunteers this Program could
not exist. The Osawatomie Site Manager for the meal program is Tonya Page. She is fairly new to the position, so is still in the learning process.

The Senior Center Director is Carol Rhea. She has been in this position since 1998. Carol grew up in Osawatomie and has resided here the majority of her lifetime. Married to Jack Rhea, they are now empty nesters with 5 children between the m. The Senior Center
offers the lunch time meal and many activities throughout the month. They are always open to new ideas. THEY NEED SENIORS !!  The you nger senior population is not so open to Bingo, etc. They need new ideas to get the y ounger generation of seniors
to use our facility.

Another big part of their programs is General Public Transportation. This program is
subsidized by KDOT. Drivers (besides Carol) include Barbara Cummins, who has been with the Senior Center for over 6 years and Jim Legg who is currently filling in for the recently retired Curtis Gibson. Curtis had been with the Senior Center for 6 years and retired December 31st of this past year. The transportation program is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Within Osawatomie City limits their
fee is $1.00 per stop. Paola is also available for a $5.00 fee. They also do country stops, with the fee figured by mileage. They do not leave Miami County.

They love being a part of our community and would enjoy fostering new growth
in their programs.

Special for the Month:

The Senior Center will be hosting Coffee with a Cop on Friday, January 18 th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. There will be no agenda, no speeches and no power point presentations. Just coffee and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and to get to know the officers in your community. The Chamber coffee will be in conjunction with this coffee and will begin at 9:00 a.m. – so if you’re already there visiting stay! Or if you plan on attending at 9:00 a.m. be sure to stick around and stay! This coffee will also give a chance to meet Carol and the wonderful employees of the Senior Center!
JANUARY EVENTS
Check out some November fun at the Osawatomie Public Library!

Interested in the High School or Middle School Upcoming Sports Schedules?
Merry New Year from the Chamber!

The Board and Myself wish YOU and YOURS a very Merry New Year! May 2019 be full of hope, happiness and love!
Adult Pickleball at the Ozone
300 11th Street
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sundays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This is a GREAT way to get active while having fun! This is open to players of all levels and is FREE for Ozone Members. The Ozone offers a $3 program pass and $6 full use of facilities pass. For more information, please feel free to contact Kelly Farr at (913) 755-3622.
4-H at the Osawatomie Public Library
527 Brown Avenue
Wednesday, January 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This fun-filled, interactive class (presented by K-State Research & Extension) is geared for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Parents are not required to attend with the children. Each month has a different topic. If you have any questions or want to sign up, please feel free to contact the Library at (913) 755-2136.
Coffee with a Cop / January Business Spotlight Coffee
815 6th Street (Osawatomie Senior Center)
Friday, January 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Senior Center will be hosting Coffee with a Cop on Friday, January 18 th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. There will be no agenda, no speeches and no power point presentations. Just coffee and a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and to get to know the officers in your community. The Chamber coffee will be in conjunction with this coffee and will begin at 9:00 a.m. – so if you’re already there visiting stay! Or if you plan on attending at 9:00 a.m. be sure to stick around and stay! This coffee will also give a chance to meet Carol and the wonderful employees of the Senior Center! If you have any questions, please feel free to call (913) 755-4786.
Osawatomie Elks #921 Fundraiser
422 Main Street
Drawing is on Wednesday, January 23rd
 
Purchase a $20 ticket for a chance to win a in January. The drawing for January will be on January 23rd. If your name is drawn it goes back in the pot for another chance to win! They have had multiple winners the last two years. For tickets contact the Elks Lodge at (913) 755-2334 or Tom Troutman at (913) 909-0700. The Lodge is closed on Mondays and Thursdays and open Tuesday - Friday at 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday's and Sunday's at 12:00 p.m.
UPCOMING EVENTS
February 7th: Sunflower Substance Abuse Open House
February 23rd: Osawatomie Legislative Breakfast
JOB POSTINGS
Lakemary: Job training experience wanted for transitional students from Lakemary to enhance and generalize the learned vocational skills and behaviors of the Building Essentials for a Successful Transition class. These jobs are for training purposes only - so NO pay required. Students will be accompanied and supervised by Lakemary Center Staff. Job training can include:

Clerical Work (stuffing envelopes, mailings, collating programs, etc)
Horticulture
Packaging Items
Laundry Services
Animal Care (walking, feeding and cleaning animal cages)

If you are interested, or have questions, please feel free to contact Donnia Hinrichs at (913) 557-4000 ext 1130.
CATCH JANUARY'S SPECIALS
Barden Dentistry: Has the perfect practical gift for you. Come by the office to purchase a gift certificate for the amount of your choosing. These can be redeemed throughout the year for dental services, whitening products or products offered in office. Please feel free to call (913) 755-3014 with any questions. They are open Tuesday through Friday!

LET'S EAT! GRAB A BITE WITH THIS WEEK'S SPECIALS!
CHRIS' CAFE - 537 Main Street - (913) 256-6012
 
Monday, January 7th: Fish Dinner
Tuesday, January 8th: Stuffed Chicken Breast
Wednesday, January 9th: Chili & Cinnamon Roll
Thursday, January 10th: Cheese Steak
Friday, January 11th: Meatloaf

GRANDSTAND BURGERS - 812 South Silver, Paola - (913) 594-4258
 
Enjoy January's "Burger of the Month". The Burger of the Month is the Sunrise Burger. Hickory Smoked Bacon, Fried Egg and Cheese Top this Burger! They will gladly add or subtract any toppings making it the way you want it! Stop in for a bite or call ahead with your order!

LA HACIENDA ESPECIALES - 546 Main Street - (913) 256-4570
 
Tuesday's: Tacos are $1.40/each all day long
Thursday's: Enchiladas are $1.40/each all day long
Friday's: $1.00 off any lunch specials (#10 thru #13)
Friday's: $1.00 off any flavored 22-ounce Margarita

CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH THESE VENUES!
The Loft on Sixth: They are able to host events of all sizes at their beautiful facility to include weddings, showers, anniversaries, reunions, memorials, small business events and larger corporate events!

Hanes Florist for Any Occasion: They are a locally florist that has proudly served the area for over 40 years with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. Give them a call for your floral needs!

Country Vintage Inn: Do you have guests coming to town? Consider having them stay at this quaint little themed motel for their visit.
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