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2017 Heritage Days Grand Marshal was born in 1986, home-grown in McCook and graduated from McCook High School. He attended college at University of Nebraska-Kearney. During his college career he took the 2008 Fall Semester off to work on Senator Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign in Omaha, NE. In the fall of 2009 he pursued a career in the White House. He Re-enrolled in UNK the summer of 2015, completing the final 24 credit hours online (while employed full-time at The White House) and with a 4.00 cumulative GPA, he graduated the Summer of 2016. He currently resides with his fiance, Megan, and their 2-year old Springer Spaniel Frankie, in San Francisco's Mission District. Congratulations to Mr. Harrison Ford.
2017 Heritage Days Parade Marshal this year is a very deserving couple. They volunteer at places like the McCook Art Guild, Bargain Bazaar, Meals on Wheels, McCook Food Pantry and St Patrick's Altar Society. A comment was made about them that "they volunteer more hours a week than the next 5 people combined.” Judy sits on the Heritage Days committee at the Chamber of Commerce and is our Park Vendor coordinator. We are so pleased that they chose to move back to McCook and serve our community....Congratulatios to Parade Marshals John and Judy Anderson.
2017 Heritage Days Honor Family has deep roots in Southwest Nebraska with parents here since the 1920's. They were an active family in the community throughout their lives and inspired their children to high academic efforts in pursuing education and careers with a great work ethic. They raised 7 children in McCook all of whom graduated from McCook High School and enjoyed participation in basketball, horse shows, cross country, swim meets and 4-H. All their children felt fortunate to attend or graduate from McCook Community College before finishing degrees at the University of Nebraska. Congratulations to the Dick and Mary Lou Drake family.
September is here already, and the Nebraska Chamber is in full swing into its fall legislative forums. For more than three decades, the Nebraska Chamber – in coordination with local chambers across the state – has held annual forums to inform chamber members on state legislative activities and to gather input from the business community on issues of concern. Members of the State Chamber, as well as members of local chambers of commerce and the news media, are invited to participate. State senators and candidates for the Legislature will also be invited to the forums. McCook Legislative Forum will be held on Tuesday, September 26 at 12:00 Noon in the Weeth Theater on the McCook Community College Campus. To RSVP for this lunch, please call the McCook Chamber of Commerce at 345-3200 or call (402) 474-4422 for more information.
BBQ lovers enjoyed the Brett Alan Band from right here in McCook during Crazy Days 2017! Here's a sample!
Truckin’ Through Nebraska was a fun, hands-on children’s museum experience on June 8 & 9, 2017 created for the kids of Nebraska in honor of the 150th anniversary of statehood in 2017. It provided a unique, entertaining and unforgettable learning experience to thousands of children living in areas of the state without their own children’s museum. Read more here:HTTPS://NE150.ORG/MUSEUM/
More often than I'd like to admit, I hear comments from Chamber of Commerce members who say, "The Chamber hasn't done anything for me." My initial reaction is to subdue a noticeable cringe or disapproving stare. My second reaction is to assess how this individual is contributing to his or her own cause.
It seems to me that many join the Chamber with the wrong impression. It's as if they view the Chamber as a momma bird who, after being given her Chamber dues, will go out and gather business, pre-masticate it, and finally regurgitate it into their little business mouths for consumption. Now, unless your Chamber is run by , I don't see this happening anytime soon.
The reality is that the Chamber is not a momma bird, but rather an ecosystem from which your business can exist and thrive. Much like a natural ecosystem, the Chamber ecosystem has an interrelated and interdependent food chain that is necessary for each entity to exist. The big businesses can't exist without the small businesses. The small businesses can't exist without the workers from the big businesses. The occupational health clinics can't exist without the manufacturing plants. The manufacturing plants can't exist without the construction companies. The construction companies can't exist without the building supply companies. You see? Interdependence.