By Paul Rhodes, TSnews
CHENEY – While the Cheney Chamber of Commerce’s biggest event of the year won’t be until December when Come Home for Christmas is held, numerous other community events are slated to happen between now and then.
Those events were noted during last week’s monthly Cheney Chamber meeting. Upcoming events include a Fall Festival, a Halloween Parade and a Cruise Night.
Cheney Community Foundation’s annual Cruise Night is set for Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. Starting location is at the South Sports Complex, with a free will donation dinner and entertainment to follow at the Fairgrounds.
The PALS Fall Festival event is Sept. 24 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. This is a family event that will have food, entertainment, games, pumpkins and more. PALS is still looking for individual business sponsors. The Chamber will donate $250 to PALS to use as they see fit. That motion was approved.
Cheney Elementary’s Halloween Parade will be like last year, hosted within the school gym. There are 408 students to account for, however this number does include preschool classes to which there are AM and PM classes. It is unknown if all students will participate at this time.
In other business at last week’s meeting, the Chamber:
• Introduced Student Spotlight students from the High School. They were Campbell Hague, Jailyn Adolph, Elaina Wehrman, and Kennedy Frieden.
• Received the treasurer’s report. Balance as of the meeting was $4,419.51. Approved purchase of ice cream, lunches for new staff, reimbursement for Main Street Grant, FFA donation, purchase of two tickets to the Steak Feed, and collected Chamber dues for new members.
• Received a school report. Schools are now five weeks into the school year and enrollment numbers are equal to last year in the High School. FFA represented Cheney at the State Fair. David Grover announced his retirement as superintendent effective June of 2023. School officials also thanked Citizens State Bank and Lubbers for their donation and purchase of the new Scoreboard in the gym. Updated the Chamber on filled Board of Education positions.
• Received a church report. Pat Nixon is the interim Pastor for the Trinity Church and their weekly youth program Town started this week. The Methodist Church Men’s Breakfast group has a guest speaker coming. They meet every third Saturday of the month.
• Received a city report. Danielle Young reported that the City has an opening for a full time maintenance position and that the Golf Course is looking to hire as well. The city recently approved a new plat at Santa Fe and Lake Road that will bring in seven new lots for homes. The Back 9 expansion by Cherry Oaks is moving along nicely, bringing 31 additional lots for homes. The City is looking to apply for an ADA Grant that would improve handicap ramps throughout Cheney.
• Cheney Recreation updated the Chamber on fall activities and programs that include Gymnastics, Cheer, Soccer and Volleyball. Winter sports sign-up is coming soon.
• Eck Insurance proposed two insurance policies to the Chamber after speaking with the Cheney Community Foundation. They proposed a General Liability policy and a Directors & Officers policy. Questions came forth about the possible combination of the policies covering both the Chamber and the Community Foundation. Eck advised they would recommend keeping them separate. Premiums would be roughly $850 per year for both policies. No decision was made.
• FFA will still be decorating Main Street this year.
• Danielle Young provided more information about the Cheney Flags project brought up at last month’s meeting. She provided photos of possible flag ideas and new locations, if Main street businesses weren’t the best place. Jami Viner mentioned looking at smaller flags that would fit into potted plants. Dustin Hague brought up that in years past many Cheney residents used to put out their Big Red Machine Flags in front yards in support of Football.
• Kara Gerber with Twietmeyer Dentistry introduced herself to the Chamber. She just recently started working here. She will have set hours each week.
• Dr. Susan Heasley announced that the Hutchinson Clinic will be hosting two Flu Shot Clinics this year, Sept. 28 and Oct. 19.
The next meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 11, noon at D’Mario’s.