Friday November 15, 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:
Think Local, Shop Local, Keep it Local
Thank You!

A GREAT big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Annual Dinner on Tuesday and to everyone who sponsored a table! They looked FABULOUS! And hugs and high fives to Chris Cooley, Justin Lamirande, Emily McCrea & David Spears, without whom the night would not have been possible! You are the GOLDEN!

ALSO! Super congratulations to Life Care Center of Osawatomie who pulled off the best table decorations and beat out the reigning champion for the past two years! They have won themselves a free table sponsorship in 2020.

On a side note, the answer to the very first question of the night was red, not blue - thank you Tammy Walmann and Sarah Dorsett for pointing that out...BUT it didn't matter because The City of Osawatomie Team pulled off showing that they had the "Biggest Brains" irregardless of that one wrong typo!

I enjoyed the evening very much so and hope everyone who attended had a fabulous time as well, I appreciate your support!
Ham Sponsorships for the Holiday Festival provided by Cow Palace

It's that time of year again and the Small Town Holiday Festival is just around the corner! The Chamber will once again be offering the traditional Ham Sponsorships from Cow Palace this year!

If you are interested in Sponsoring a Ham for this year's Festival, please feel free to contact the Chamber office. The cost will remain the same as it has the last couple of years ($20) and the drawing (in accordance with tradition) will held be Saturday, December 7th at the Holiday Festival.

Be sure to contact the Chamber office by Friday, November 29th as I will need to give a final count to Cow Palace.
Small Town Holiday Festival Window Decorating Contest
Windows Must Be Decorated by Sunday, December 1st
Judging Opens Monday, December 2nd

The Holiday Festival is just a couple of weeks away and as Chamber continues to get ready for the festivities, so will the businesses of Osawatomie with a Window Decorating Contest! All businesses are welcome to join in the fun by decorating their window with a whatever warms your heart this time of year! This is meant to be FUN, so have FUN with it!

Please have your windows decorated by Sunday, December 1st so that we can open up the Holiday Season together! Judging will begin Monday, December 2nd.

Keep in mind that if you would like for your window to be judged, you will need to contact me by the end of business Friday, November 29th so that I can get your name on the list. This list is designed to help those businesses that are located outside of the downtown area.

The list of participating businesses will be put out Monday, December 2nd along with instructions on how/where to vote. Judging will close, Wednesday, December 18th and a winner announced by Friday, December 20th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via phone or by e-mail.
Membership Renewals for the Chamber of Commerce

I should say something about Membership Renewals this year since they would have normally been mailed out by now. The Board has decided that the billing cycle would be easier to have Memberships be due in January from here forward.

I will mail Renewal Notices for 2020 by the end of November and will still offer a 5% discount if paid by December 31st.

Thank you to those of you who have already submitted your renewals for 2020 (without reminder too) I appreciate that!

It’s a new day with the United Way of Miami County. For the past 35+ years, this volunteer-led organization has been raising money to tackle some of the county’s most challenging problems, raising and distributing almost $2 million since 1982. Formerly known as the United Way of Paola, the organization has recently changed its name to officially reflect that fact that while our county has a number of communities, the problems that our most vulnerable face are not limited to arbitrary political subdivisions. Need knows no boundaries.

The United Way of Miami County helps to put food on people’s tables and clothes on people’s backs. It helps put a roof over people’s heads and enables children to get a better education. It provides support so that people get the medical care they need. As an entity it works with adults and children; people of all races and religions; those with disabilities and those without. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

In the last year, 11 agencies serving Miami County residents, were awarded funds to tackle some of the county’s toughest challenges. Almost $45,000 was distributed to these agencies

  • East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (Meals on Wheels)
  • Elizabeth Layton Center
  • Foster Grandparents
  • Heads up
  • Miami County Cancer Foundation
  • Miami County Diabetes Support Group
  • Miami County Youth Protection (Morning Out For Moms)
  • My Father's House
  • PACA (Paola Association for Church Action)
  • Paola Senior Center
  • Parents As Teachers

The United Way of Miami County is a locally based voluntary effort that increases the organized capacity of people who care for one another. The organization is governed by local community members who plan for future needs and allocate funds through a review process. Contributing to United Way of Miami County is an effective, yet convenient way to support a network of vital services provided in our community. 

You may reach United Way of Miami County at our website , by mail at PO Box 102, Paola, KS 66071, by email to  or via phone at (913) 294-8090. 

Special For the Month:

United Way will be hosting a coffee on Thursday, November 7th at 10:00 a.m. at the the Loft on Sixth (425 6th Street). Please show your support by attending this coffee. This is a great way to get to know their staff and a great way to network with other businesses. Your support for their business is appreciated!
Interested in the  High School  or   Middle School  Upcoming Sports Schedules?
Tri-Ko's Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser
301 First Street
Friday, November 15th is the LAST DAY to Order

Who has a sweet tooth or dreads baking food for holiday events? Well, Tri-Ko may just have the answer for you with their fundraiser. They are selling Nothing Bundt Cakes. 
They have Bundtlets for $5.25, 8" cakes for $24, and 10" cakes for $34. 
The last order date will be TODAY, November 15th by 4:00 p.m.  They will deliver or you can pick it up at Tri-Ko. Pickup will be November 25th and 26th and delivery will be November 26th. They accept cash, check or credit cards. If you have any questions
please feel free to contact Erika Nelson at (913) 755-3025 or via e-mail at
Middle of the Month Breakfast at the ElksLodge
422 Main Street
Saturday, November 16th from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Don't forget the Middle of the Month Breakfast at the Elks Lodge #921. This months cooks and servers will be the lodge "Ladies" Breakfast Burritos along with scrambled eggs, "BACON" ,Biscuits and Garvey, and potatoes!! You can help to, please stop by and buy a great breakfast, show more support by bringing a guest of two! Please help by sharing this post and inviting friends!! Coffee , Juice, and water available also.
Union Pacific's Bib Boy #4014 Coming to Osawatomie
The Tracks at Main and 7th Street
Sunday, November 17th beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Union Pacific's Big Boy #4014, the largest operating steam locomotive in the world, will roll into Osawatomie this Sunday, November 17th. The engine, weighing 1.2 million pounds and 132 feet long, is scheduled to arrive at 2:30 p.m. and leave at 3:00 p.m. from the tracks at Main and 7th Street. 

The Osawatomie History Museum will open its Missouri Pacific Depot Museum that afternoon to welcome visitors. Ben Jones, Senior Director of Public Affairs for the UP, will make a presentation to the city at 2:15 p.m. in the depot before the train arrives.  

In addition to informative handouts about the giant locomotive and free depot coffee mugs to the first 25 families in attendance, the museum will be unveiling its computer- digitalized set of Osawatomie Graphics and other Miami County newspapers that were previously available only on microfilm.  Plan to join the crowd at the railroad tracks for this historic event which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad!
Osawatomie Faith Community Church 
425 6th Street (The Loft on Sixth Chapel)
Sunday, November 17th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Faith Community Church is an new church started out of Grace Community Church of Spring Hill. Pastor Dale Samuels is leading a group of 10 families that have formed the core group of the new church. Engaging Worship, Bible Teaching, Kid's Ministry and Nursery are all a part of Sunday morning worship gatherings. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact (913) 592-2036.
Painting Party Fundraiser
801 Brown Avenue (First Baptist Church)
Sunday, November 17th beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Pam Hall of Trail of Tears Art Studio is offering a Painting Party Fundraiser to help raise funds for the Summer 2020 Mission Trip to BuildinGuate's Land of Hope Mission in Guatemala. The cost is $25.00 which provides all of your supplies and a snack. They need to get a headcount by Saturday, November 9th.  You can get your tickets on their Facebook page or on their website at , click "Donate" and mark it Painting Party.
Dave French Book Talk
300 11th Street (Ozone)
Monday, November 18th beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Come and join us for a talk with Dave French author of "The Last Hug, A Storm is Coming" The event will take place in the Community Room. This will be a one hour event. Books will also be available for purchase.
First Baptist Church Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
801 Brown Avenue
Monday, November 18th through Monday, November 25th

First Baptist Church is your drop off location for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. National Collection Week is this week and they are more than happy to help you in any way they can! They have supplies like empty shoeboxes and (new this year) adhesive boy/girl labels. You may also visit and enter your information and receive a notification when and where your shoebox is delivered. The suggested donation to cover shipping to the recipient is the same this year as last, $9.00, but it is not a requirement.

The Osawatomie hours for National Collection Week are as follows:

Mon 11/18: 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Tue 11/19: 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Wed 11/20: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thu 11/21: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Fri 11/22: 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Sat 11/23: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sun 11/24: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
2nd Mon 11/25: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m
OHS Music Department Presents "Mary Poppins"
1200 Trojan Drive (OHS Auditorium)
Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Please be sure to come and check out the High School Musical this year! $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for kids ages 5 to 12 and 3 and under are free. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the High School at (913) 755-2191.
Happy Turkey Day from the Chamber!
Thursday, November 28th

Yummy, yummy, yummy in your tummy, tummy, tummy! Whatever your Thanksgiving Day plans are, the Board and I hope they're great! Happy Thanksgiving!
December 7th: Small Town Christmas Holiday Festival
December 10th: December Business Spotlight Coffee featuring Olathe Health
December 25th: Happy Christmas!
December 31st: Merry New Year!
Hanaya dba Hanes Florist & Main Street Gifts:

Will be offering $5.00 cash & carry on Friday's. Give us a jingle at (913) 755-3107 and we'll be sure to have your pickup ready by the time you walk through the doors.
Auten Pharmacy

Get protected today with your Flu Vaccine. They can do it right there and no appointment is necessary. Most insurances are accepted and the cash price is $35.00. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at (913) 755-4111.
Osawatomie ELKS 921 FUNDRAISER

The Elks Lodge is having a Hog Raffle (2 winners 1/2 Hog EACH). The winner will be drawn at the December 1st Chiefs Game at the LODGE here in Osawatomie. $10.00 per donation. You do not need to be present to win. Contact an Elks Member to buy tickets.
FSCC is Offering Continuing Education Courses

Learn to Weld! FSCC will be offering classes from November 5th to November 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $55.00. To register please visit
Olathe Family Care of Osawatomie Walk-In Services

Olathe Health Family Care Osawatomie is now offering Walk In Services for your convenience. Hours are Monday 8am to 12noon and 1pm to 4 pm. Tuesday through Friday afternoons 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. So if the kids get home from school , and aren’t feeling well, bring them on down by 4:00 p.m. and they’ll get them seen same day.

Help the Ozone raise funds for their organization by donating your gently worn, used and new athletic shoes! Money raised will be put towards improving the fitness center! Don't forget to ask friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to donate too! For questions, please feel free to contact Hayden Mersman at (913) 755-3622.
2020 Census Information:

Did you know if 1 person is missed in your community in the 2020 Census, there is a potential financial loss to your community of $2,082? In Kansas, the average household is 2.5 residents. If one “average” household is missed, that can cost a community $5,205 per year. Then, consider that a census won’t occur for another 10 years – that’s $52,050 in lost resources your community relies on! The Census is important and that’s why we need you to get your city, county, and community involved!
CHRIS' CAFE - 537 Main Street - (913) 256-6012
Monday, November 19th: Chicken Enchiladas
Tuesday, November 20th: Swedish Meatballs
Wednesday, November 21st: Chili & Cinnamon Rolls
Thursday, November 22nd: Italian Sub
Friday, November 23rd: Smothered Pork Chops

GRANDSTAND BURGERS - 812 South Silver, Paola - (913) 594-4258
Wow with all this cold weather they decided to make the Islander Burger our November Burger of the Month. Their Traditional Patty with Munster Cheese, Tomato, Ketchup, Lettuce and Thousand Island Dressing. They will gladly add or subtract any toppings.

SONIC - 319 East Main Street - (913) 755-4847

Wednesday, November 20th: App Only Offer .99 Mozzarella Sticks
Monday, November 25th: Text Offer .99 Medium Chili Cheese Fries or Tots
Kwikom Communications: Is looking for a Field Technician for the Miami County Area. For a job description and to find out what benefits they offer please click on the following link Field Technician Job Description
Sonic: Is now hiring for all shifts. They are looking for Carhops and Cooks. If interested, please apply in person at the Osawatomie location.
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)
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.
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