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Chamber Chatter: Christmas on Market proceeds provide gifts to local charities

Chamber donates to ECAT, ECKAN, Warmth Fund

Presentation of Christmas on Market proceeds: From left, Heather Ihde, Eckan, Jeannine Colstrom, ECAT, and Jeanette Swarts, Chamber director.

Funds raised during the 2023 Osage City Christmas on Market event were divided between three local organizations, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN), Ecumenical Christian Action Team (ECAT), and Osage City Warmth Fund. Chamber Director Jeanette Swarts presented disbursements of $764.26 each to Heather Ihde, with ECKAN, and Jeannine Colstrom, with ECAT, at the Feb. 20, 2024, Chamber members meeting. An equal amount will be presented to the Warmth Fund.

ECKAN updates Chamber members on availability of local childhood services

Holly Weece gave an informative presentation on ECKAN Head Start at the February Chamber members meeting.

ECKAN Head Start programs help prepare children for lifelong success, right from the start. ECKAN offers free Head Start programs for low-income families with young children, from birth to age five. Their research-backed programs promote self-sufficiency, healthy growth and development, and success for future experiences.

Head Start services include health screenings, parent education and involvement, nutrition, help with child’s disability, transitions, education. The Osage County Home Based (Early Head Start) is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and is at 528 Market St., Osage City, Kan. For more information, call 620-803-2040 or 620-803-2041, or see

Holly Weece, of ECKAN, presents information about the organization’s childhood services at the February Chamber meeting.

Kiwanis Builders Club Week

Kiwanis International designated the third week in March as an annual observance of Kiwanis Builders Club Week.

The Builders Club is a service leadership program sponsored by the Osage City Kiwanis. Ably guided by faculty and staff members and Kiwanis advisors, Builders Club is made up of Osage City Middle School students who are interested in developing leadership skills and self-improvement. It is the largest service leadership program at the three Osage City schools.

The club is very active at the school and in the community with activities such as fundraising, paper recycling in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club, operating concession stands during games, planning a Christmas dance, visiting Vintage Park retirement community, choosing students of the month, and other activities. The club was chartered in 1999 at OCMS.

Osage City Chamber of Commerce seeking 2024 scholarship applications

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. High school graduation will soon be here and the Chamber would like to encourage any senior girl and boy that are furthering their education to get with Shana Smith, high school counselor, and ask for application information. Specifically for the Osage City Chamber of Commerce application, data needed to apply is a transcript, two letters of reference, and an essay from the student on importance of owning and operating a business in a small town.

The deadline to submit application is April 19, 2024.

For more information about the Osage City Chamber of Commerce, email or see

Information and photos thanks to Osage City Chamber Director Jeanette Swarts. 

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