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Chamber Chatter: Beer aficionados invited to Septemberfest

By Jeanette Swarts
Osage City Chamber Executive Director

Osage City Chamber Festival of Beer Sept. 29

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 4-7 p.m. Sept. 29, at the Osage City fairgrounds pavilion. Ticket sales benefit the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, which in turn benefits The Warmth Fund, ECAT, college scholarships for high school seniors, and the July 4 fireworks, among others.

Advance tickets are $25 with tickets at the gate $30. Tickets are available at Jerry’s Thriftway, Stark Car Wash, Bank of Osage City, all in Osage City, or Mulready’s Pub, Emporia, and online at All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

COF Training Services celebrating 50 years

COF is celebrating their 50th year and is inviting the community to attend an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at their facility, 532 Holliday, Osage City (old Dollar General Store). The Chamber of Commerce will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony and COF will be serving a light lunch with an opportunity to meet the staff and tour the facility.

Bikers to Rush the Rails through Osage City Oct. 6

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, Oct. 6. 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 and 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. It is not a timed event.

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce will host the event at the Santa Fe Depot, as the Santa Fe Park area has been designated as one of the stopping points for the participants. The Chamber 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 welcomed and encouraged to come and visit with the participants that will be passing through our community throughout the day from approximately 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jeanette Swarts at 785-249-5451.

Christmas on Market 2018: “Country Christmas” Nov. 24, 2018

Planning has begun for the annual Christmas on Market celebration on Nov. 24, 2018. The Chamber encourages 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 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3, at Harmon Dental office.

Mah is guest speaker at Chamber member meeting

At the Aug. 21, 2018, Chamber meeting, members had the privilege to hear guest speaker Ann Mah, Kansas State Board of Education member, District 4, give a very informative presentation regarding what is new in Kansas schools from the State Board of Education.

High school class working with local businesses
By Troy Hutton, USD 420 Superintendent

Osage City High School is beginning a new class that will include the development of partnerships with businesses to do job shadowing 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.

Any business interested in this possibility can contact Mr. Heward at [email protected].

ECKAN receives grant to offer new programs to Osage County residents
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 Incentive 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 $1,000 emergency fund.

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.

Working with HCCI to offer the following classes:

  • Banking basics – 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.

Kiwanis serves children of Osage City
By Dave Azwell

The Osage City Kiwanis Club supports the children of USD 420 with a number of service leadership programs 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 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, Osage City Kiwanis funds other USD 420 activities such as scholarships for seniors, the elementary school’s WATCHDOGS 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.

Join the Osage City Chamber of Commerce

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?

Eligibility – 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.

Procedure – 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.

For more information about becoming a member, email: [email protected]; visit the Chamber website:, or call 785-219-2510.

Membership drive for 2019 will begin at the end of October. Anyone who would like to be a member of an organization that strives to continue to improve the community is asked to consider joining the Osage City Chamber of Commerce.

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