And in the blink of an eye, October will be over in a few days. I used to think people were crazy when they said how fast time goes the older we get. With time moving so quickly, I wanted to let you know how plans have been going for three events happening next month.

The Chamber Ambassadors’ annual Business After Hours, Salute to Educators will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 from 5 – 7 p.m., at Chances R. There will be complimentary appetizers (while supplies last) and cash bar service. Superintendents and principals have been emailed the information to forward on to their staff. York County educators are not only teaching our youth within the confines of the school walls, they are modeling good citizenship as they go about their business throughout the community. York, as well as other schools throughout York County, are lucky to have dedicated staff at every position being examples to our youth.

We have received the nominations from the school districts and Kristie has been busy redacting all information that pertains to district, town and gender from the nominations. This is how the process has gone every year. Kristie is the only one that knows who the nominees are. The submissions will be forwarded to the November Ambassador Planning Committee for review. By taking these steps, the nominations are considered on merit alone. This group will select the winning candidate.

The winner will be announced during the After-Hours event on Nov. 9 prior to the raffle drawing. I would also like to take this time to thank the sponsors that support this evening: Ace Hardware, AFLAC, Ameriprise Financial Services, Burnham Appraisal, Central Valley Ag, Cornerstone Bank, G Force Car Wash, Grand Central Foods, Green Realty & Auction, Heritage Realtors, Kopchos Sanitation, Inc., Triple Crown Boutique, Union Bank & Trust, Woods Brothers Realty and York Jewelry.

Did I forget to mention that there will be a raffle? Every year, the Ambassadors pull together great prizes. Attendees are able to purchase tickets and place them in the bucket that coincides with the appropriate prize. After we honor the Educator of the Year, we will begin the raffle drawing. Proceeds from the evening’s raffle go toward Chamber scholarship awarded to graduating senior who has been working at a Chamber business while attending a York County high school. I know the Ambassadors are proud to provide financial support toward a student’s post-secondary educational dreams.

The Holiday Festival schedule has really taken shape! I know that Santa’s appearance is one that cannot be topped! Each year Mr. and Mrs. Claus are so generous with their time. They have been known to stay and visit with all the boys and girls that are still in line even though we have begun the clean-up. The evening’s activities are as follows: Throughout the evening there will be milk and cookies with Santa, horse drawn hayrack rides, hot chocolate and popcorn, chili and cinnamon rolls, burgers, children’s crafts, face painting, and pictures with a princess. There will be two opportunities to catch storytime. Performances by both dance studios and the high school chamber singers will take place on the street before the Jolly Ball Drop. The celebration concludes with the $1 movie (Home Alone) at the Sun Theatre. Join us for all of the fun on Nov. 15! Please be sure to thank the sponsors for this wonderful family event: Ace Hardware, AseraCare Hospice, Black Hills Energy, Central Valley Ag, City of York Fire Department, Cornerstone Bank, Heritage Realtors, House Stars Cleaning Service, KAWL/KTMX Radio, Nebraska Public Power District, TLS Construction, LLC, Urgent Care of York, York Surgical & York Cosmetics and Yorkshire Playhouse.

Just a few days ago, we received the materials for Small Business Saturday. Rhonda has a few new ideas up her sleeve to make the day exciting for both shoppers and retailers alike. Rhonda, Kristie, Hannah and myself will once again be outside our office handing out hot cider and popcorn to all those that are downtown shopping.

And of course, we cannot forget the popular Holiday Rewards program. The dates for eligible receipts will be Thursday, Nov. 15 through Tuesday, Dec. 18. We are giving those who do business locally a chance to win Chamber Checks. Any receipts from Chamber businesses are eligible. Shopping and dining of course are reviewed, but I also wanted to highlight that car repair, animal services and home repairs are also eligible. Charges must be incurred and paid for during the rewards timeframe.

Once again there will be some bonus days throughout the rewards time. Receipts dated Nov. 15 and 24 will be counted at four times the value. Receipts dated Nov. 17 as well as Dec. 1, 5 and 15 will all be counted as two times the value. Winners will be drawn live on the air on KOOL 103.5 on Wednesday, Dec. 19 beginning at 7 a.m. If you are out of York for the morning, you can still listen to win. All you have to do is download the KOOL app from your Google Play or App Store and you can listen from anywhere.

Because utility bills and established installment loans are already set, your current payment during the Holiday Rewards time period will be eligible.

I want to encourage participants to make their life a bit easier when it comes time to fill out their registration slips. Contact our local office supply stores to order your ink stamper so you have it in time to stamp all those registration slips. All we need is your name and phone number.

Please make sure that you stay up to date with all of our activities and those of our members at Simply go to the community events calendar.

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