Connect With John – June 3rd 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Many are hurting and all are sad as we continue to learn the story and timeline of the events which unfolded in Robb Elementary School at Uvalde, Texas on May 24. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Texas community…not that different than...

Connect With John – May 27th 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It was another bountiful week for rainfall…I had nearly 3 inches. My family is traveling this weekend to a family reunion in Omaha…might have to get a brush mower to mow the lawn when we return. It does make our garden grow good too...

Connect With John – May 20th 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   It is going to be a big day in Ottawa this weekend…downtown should be bustling!! Our annual Flea, Junk, Trunk & Craft show is tomorrow (Saturday) and we have over 60 vendor spots filled and committed to venture to town to sell their...

Connect With John – May 13th 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Happy Friday the 13th!! Even though a Friday which falls on the 13th day of the month has long been considered a harbinger of bad luck, no one really knows the origin of the superstition. Mind you, there are many theories…not many good...

Connect With John – May 6th 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Cinco de Mayo was Thursday…Ryland and I went and had a Margarita after work. It was quickly evident that many had the same idea. Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s equivalent of the 4th of July on which date, Mexico won its independence over the...

Connect With John – April 29th 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Well…the Kansas Legislature is adjourned, and the Chief’s first-round picks are in!! The House finished just before midnight and the Kansas Senate headed out at 2:30 in the morning…items of note: Kansans will get a sales tax reduction...

Connect With John – April 22nd 2022

Made it home this week without too many defugalties…got held up in Dallas overnight because of storms on the east coast not allowing us to take off from D.C. at the right time. I swear…flying now is so frustrating. It meant getting a hotel room and transportation at...

Connect With John – April 15th 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   I mentioned last week I was headed to Washington D.C…I arrived early Monday morning and have been attending the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) since then. I am the chair of District 2 for Kansas (also known as Heartland...

Connect With John – April 8th 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Cherry and I broke down and finally planted our potatoes this week…on Tuesday evening, before the rain that night. Hopefully the weather begins acting more like spring on a consistent basis! Our jonquils, tulips and hyacinths are all up and...

Connect With John – April 1st 2022

Dear Chamber Supporters:   Chamber friends delighted in an absolutely fabulous evening at the 2021 annual awards banquet last night, hosted at Ottawa University. There was much fellowship and together we honored all our local citizens whose service has been above and...