Potato Bar Fundraiser Deemed A Success

MOUNDRIDGE – On Aug. 13 the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce held a potato bar to raise money for the organization, which was facing a severe budget deficit.

It was held at the Moundridge Senior Center, and during Thursday’s chamber meeting at Block 32 Eatery and Pub, it was declared an overwhelming success.

“We did have a nice turnout at the potato bar,” Chamber President Rick Krehbiel said. “The return we got was very good.”

It was reported to the chamber members that $1,379.

The chamber members voiced appreciation for potato bar organizer Rosemary Fisher.

Pat Krehbiel, of the Senior Center, was also commended for her efforts.

President Krehbiel also thanked all the corporate sponsors, which included Bradbury Co. Inc., Citizens State Bank, Goering Hardware, The Ledger, Mid-Kansas Credit Union and Moridge Manufacturing.

“We want to acknowledge their part in making it a good evening,” he said.

Krehbiel said leftovers from the fundraiser were given to the Senior Center for use at that facility.

Member Wayne Fisher suggested including the Senior Center as a corporate sponsor for the even due to the immense assistance the facility provided.

Treasurer Reports Positive Bank Balance

Chamber Treasurer Keith Goering said the chamber was back in the black.

He reported a bank balance of $3,979.98 with all bills paid.

Golf Tourney Needs Teams

Chet Roberts of Citizens Financial Services is spearheading the annual Moundridge Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, which was scheduled to take place Saturday, and he said more teams were needed.

“If you have desire to play golf, come on out,” he said.

Roberts said golfers are encouraged to purchase a mulligan for the tournament, which is a primary way the chamber makes money from the tournament.

Fisher said the chamber currently has 23 hole sponsors for the event.

“You don’t have to be a great golfer,” Krehbiel said.

“Most people aren’t,” Roberts said.

To sign up to play, contact Chamber Director Lisa Teter at [email protected].

Annual Meeting Planned

Krehbiel said the chamber annual meeting will be held the evening of Sept. 24 at Block 32.

New Moundridge School District Superintendent Chad Higgins will be the speaker.

Bradbury Co. To Celebrate 50 Years

Fisher told the chamber that Bradbury Co. Inc., will be hosting an open house to celebrate 50 years of business in Moundridge.

The celebration will take place Oct. 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. on the Bradbury grounds.

Everything will wrap up by 6:30 p.m.

Fisher said there will be a small car show and inflatables to enjoy.

A hog roast will also be provided for all those in attendance.

“We hope to see a lot of people out,” Fisher said.

The 50-year plaque will be presented to the Bradbury Co. founders by the chamber around 1 p.m.

“There will also be company-wide tours,” Fisher said.

Historical Association Looking For A Blacksmith Shed

Rosemary Fisher, president of the Moundridge Historical Association, put out a request looking for a small, 20-by-20 foot farm building that could be donated to the association to be converted into a blacksmith shop exhibit.

“If you hear of any old buildings, we would appreciate it,” she said.

Fisher also mentioned that the annual Homestead Trail Celebration would be taking place Oct. 10.

Seirer Gets Chance To Speak

During the June 18 Moundridge Chamber of Commerce meeting, Scott Seirer, sales manager of KNGL-KBBE radio in McPherson, was scheduled to speak, but time didn’t allow for him to get his message out.

Thursday he got his chance to shine.

Seirer, a native of Halstead, started out by taking chamber members on a journey back in time by reminding them of the first live show called “Cousin Claude.”

He then discussed the history of the station and talked about the talk radio programs KNGL 1540 AM carries, which include Mike Gallagher from 8 until 11 a.m., “The Dan Patrick Show” from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Dr. Laura Slessinger from 2 until 5 p.m.

On the weekends, the station carries several shows, but Seirer gave special mention to Saturday’s “Car Clinic” from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. He said that particular program provides many helpful tips.

Oldies 96.7 FM KBBE plays hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and has been in operation for more than 30 years.

It airs “the most popular show in Central Kansas in ‘Swap Shop,'” Seirer said.

Sports fans can also find McPherson High School and McPherson College games being broadcast on KBBE, as well as Kansas City Chiefs football and Kansas City Royals baseball.

Seirer said the AM station reaches as far west as Ellinwood, as far east as Chase County, as far north as Culver, and as far south as Cheney.

Seirer sad the FM station reaches as far west as Lyons, as far east as Marion, as far north as Salina, and as far south as Sedgwick.

Seirer said KNGL-KBBE, which is owned by Davies Communication who used to own The Ledger, prides itself on being in central Kansas, but he said he especially likes working with the smaller towns since that is where he grew up.

“Our ties are in our county communities,” he said. “We couldn’t do what we do without you.”

Seirer also said KBBE would be starting a Saturday morning sports talk show in which the Moundridge High School’s football coach would be participating.

Seirer closed by telling everyone that “publicity is always free,” and he wants to help small communities grow and prosper.

“My ties are in grassroots communities, and Moundridge is a grassroots community,” he said. “That’s my goal. Get the secrets that make Moundridge what it is out. If there is ever anything I can help you with, I want to be an extension of your company.”

Next Meeting Scheduled

The next chamber meeting will be the annual meeting.

It will take place at Block 32 Sept. 24.

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