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Experience Garnett and Anderson County in 2014!
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2014 Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce Highlights
"Brewing Success for 2014"
Special guest speaker for the January 29, 2014 Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet was Jeff Gill, the founder of Tallgrass Brewing Company (www.tallgrassbeer.com).  Mr. Gill spoke on how he took his hobby of home brewing to the next level and how every business should look at today's economy as the "Experience Economy".

The 2014 Chamber Banquet was well attended.  Other highlights include special entertainment by Travis Marvin, a silent auction via auctioneer Cody Davis and dinner prepared by Scipio Supper Club. 
George Clasen Community Service Award:  W.I.N.G.S
The Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce awarded WINGS (www.wingsathome.com) with this year's Community Service Award.  On hand to receive the award was founders Deb McMahon and Michelle Hermreck, along with a host of "WINGS Warriors".

About WINGS:  WINGS is 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting Anderson County residents in the fight against cancer.  Through their hard work and fundraising efforts, many lives have been touched by this group, who offer assistance in providing monetary needs, such as mammograms, office visits, gas cards for medical travel, along with prayers and encouragement to support both men and women facing this deadly disease.
Business of the Year:  Garnett Country Mart
Country Mart was honored with the 2014 GACC Business of the Year Award.  

Country Mart has been a staple in the community since 1999, allowing Garnett area residents to continue to shop local for groceries, in addition to providing many employment opportunities.  The largest grocer in Anderson County has been extremely supportive of a variety of civic organizations, from donating items to allowing floor space to be utilized for fundraising.
 

City of Garnett employees were presented their League of Kansas Municipalities service awards at the commission meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Pictured left to right receiving awards were: Joyce Martin, 45-years; Terry Solander and Butch Rockers, 40-years; Marvin Grimes, 25-years; Andy Frye, Diane Hastert, Betty Jasper, and Eric Trammel, 15-years; Mike Kaufman, 10-years; Dean Barr, 30-years; and Mayor Greg Gwin who presented their award certificates.

Also receiving service awards who were not present were Colette McDonnell and Les Garber, 35-years.

City Government Day
      
City departments were honored with the opportunity to share information about city operations with government class students from Anderson County High School on Tuesday, November 19th.  Following the round table discussions the students ate lunch at the city fire station and then held a mock city commission meeting at city hall.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUND-RAISER
The City of Garnett invites you to join us for the annual Garnett Volunteer Fire Department Chili and Soup Supper, Saturday, November 30th, 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the fire station.  It is a great place to warm up, enjoy some great food and social time with our firefighters and then view the 43rd Annual Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.
After School Program
The Garnett Recreation Center provides an excellent place for children to learn, create and be active after school.  Enrollment is on a month-to-month basis.  INFO

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Butch Rocker on His Retirement

Butch Rocker retires officially from the City of Garnett as of Friday, September 27, 2013 after completing nearly 41 years of dedicated service.
Read more about Butch in the Fall issue of Town Talk available here.
THANK YOU GAPP YOUTH CAMPERS!Over 350 youths and 70 adults were in town July 14-20, painting, mending and caring for more than just homes and properties, but hearts as well. Over 55 projects were completed in Garnett, Colony, Kincaid, Greeley and Westphalia.

Special kudos to civic leader Scott Rogers for all his hard work and coordination efforts with local churches and community volunteers making "GAPP" a reality!
GREAT GIFT IDEAS:

               WINNERS ANNOUNCED...
           5 MINUTE GROCERY GRAB!

The Garnett Community Foundation is held its 2nd Annual Grocery Grab campaign. Persons were able to purchase tickets for $10 each into the random drawing for the opportunity to spend 5 minutes in the Garnett Country Mart supermarket to grab all the groceries possible.

Winners of the drawing are:
1st Place: 5 minutes worth of groceries - Eric Klein.
2nd Place: $100 in Garnett Country Mart groceries - Ryan Disbrow.
3rd Place: $50 in Garnett Country Mart groceries - Colette McDonnell.

Proceeds of the Grocery Grab to benefit the Garnett Youth Tackle Football Team and the Garnett Community Foundation.  Special thanks to Garnett Country Mart, members of the Garnett Youth Tackle Football Team and the Garnett Community Foundation.

City of Garnett Receives Kansas BPW Business of the Year Award
L-R: Sharon Carpenter, Kansas BPW Program Manager, Susan Roberts, State BPW President, Greg Gwin, Mayor-City of Garnett, and Joyce Martin, City Manager.


Welcome Hurricane Services, Inc. to Garnett



Katy Ludwig named new Executive Director
for Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce
(Click on image for info).

 
 


City Commissioners and Employees pose for a photo during the May 16th Awards Banquet in which the City was honored as the 2013 BPW Business of the Year by the Garnett Business and Professional Women.

From L-R, back row:  Garen Honn, Police Sergeant; Chief Kevin PeKarek; Joyce Martin, City Manager; Diane Hastert, Account Clerk; Betty Jasper, Custodian; Andrea Sobba, Library Director; Eric Smith, Asst Street Superintendent; Andy Frye, Building Official.  Second row: Commission Gordon Blackie; Mayor Greg Gwin; Shirley Benjamin, Library Custodian; Kristie L. Kinney, City Clerk/Finance Director; Cody Gettler, Youth Representative to the City Commission. Front: Jenny Ferguson, Human Resources Director; Commissioner Preston Peine.

Kansas BPW Announces Award of Business of the Year Award to City of Garnett

On May 16, 2013, the Garnett Business and Professional Women (BPW) honored the City of Garnett as the 2013 Business of the Year for its contributions to women in the workforce and support of family and community oriented goals. Mayor Greg Gwin accepted the award on behalf of the City at the Awards Banquet.

The Kansas BPW selected the City of Garnett among its nominees from across the state as the receipient of Kansas BPW Business of the Year Award.  The City of Garnett will be honored at the BPW state convention on June 8th in McPherson.

Garnett BPW also honored Susie Grimes of Garnett as the 2013 BPW Woman of the Year.  Susie was selected from multiple nominations for her volunteer service in the community and her dedication to teaching, coaching, and empowering other women to strive for excellence and dedication in service to the community.
VOLUNTEER:  The City of Garnett has positions open on two advisory boards.
            Creative Business Partnerships - 2 vacancies
            Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals - 2 vacancies

If you are interested in serving on these board please contact Joyce Martin, City Manager.


CREATIVE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Creative Business Partnership Committee needs you! Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Here is a list of our projects:

Compiling a list of available commercial buildings and properties;

Bring ‘Em Back Campaign;

Community Survey;

Developing a guide to paint buildings on the square, including resources;

Becoming a Public Square Community.

Please contact City Manager Joyce Martin if you are interested in serving on this committee. The only qualification you must have is a desire to see Garnett grow and be a thriving community for many years to come.

Garnett Recreation Center Extends Hours - See Rec News
Team Sign-up for Spring Coed Volleyball League is now underway at Garnett Recreation Center.
Advisory Board Minutes Available Online
Not only can you now find the City Commission's agenda and minutes on this website, but following their approval each month, the advisory board minutes will be available on this site as well.  Please feel free to get to know what's happening in your city!


After School Program Enrollment Now in Progress  MORE


THANK YOU TEAMS! We are seeing an increase in usage of the Garnett Recreation Center, in part due to the "Anderson County vs. Governor's Challenge" in which 46 five-member teams from Anderson County are participating. We thank you all the participants for taking this challenge.  Enjoy viewing the list of zany Governor's Challenge team names, as an abundance of local wellenss resources, please visit www.GoAndersonCounty.com.
ONLINE SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE
You can now pay your utility bill, sign up for recreation programs and even pay court fines through this website.  On the lefthand side of this screen, please click on "ONLINE PAYMENT" for details.


NEWS:  Anderson County Development Agency, the division of economic development for Garnett and Anderson County, launches new look to website, offering available properties and resources, including grants and financial help for businesses and startups.  Visit www.andersoncountyks.net.

Not to be confusing, but we have news (found here), and then we have REC NEWS...
Be sure to visit our Rec News page for the latest information on Garnett Recreation, including the new Yoga classes and Youth Volleyball.

DID YOU KNOW? You can see, even print off, a copy of the upcoming City Commission Meeting agenda by going HERE.



Wanting to host a conference or meeting in Garnett? Garnett Tourism has created a resource webpage to assist you... View
 




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