Aviators meet the Chamber


By Cathy Hurley
    The Haysville Chamber of Commerce held its monthly luncheon last week in the police courtroom at the Haysville Police Department.
    Kris Wheeler, president of the Haysville Aviators, introduced the new summer collegiate baseball team coming to Haysville this summer. The Aviators will play at Plagens-Carpenter Sports Complex. Wheeler said that the Aviators are a summer collegiate baseball team and a member of the Walter Johnson Baseball League in central Kansas.
    “Our mission is to glorify God by building well-rounded leaders who demonstrate the values of integrity, faith and excellence. The Aviators will develop a family-like atmosphere that will invite men, no matter where they enter the program, to grow personally, in baseball ability, and in their relationships with each other and God. Growth in these areas will develop their ability to lead in their campuses, careers, churches, and families. Personal belief in God is not required, but a willingness to participate fully in team activities is encouraged,” Wheeler said.
    The team is looking for host families for the players. Host families are an essential part of Aviators baseball. Wheeler said hosting an Aviator can be a very rewarding experience. The player is a member of the family during the summer, and the relationships often continue well after the season. Host families provide a bed, meals and lots of support. Games run June 1 through Aug. 10.
    Families will receive season passes, special recognition and can attend host family events. Call Aimee Pottkotter at 419-852-7637 for more information.
    • Kwik Shop regional operations manager Jimmy Lewis, Kwik Shop and Dillons project manager Jay Luper, and Elizabeth Rigdon were on hand to address the Chamber regarding the grand opening of the new Kwik Shop on Feb. 21-22. The new store is at the corner of Meridian and Grand. Lewis expressed the company’s delight in continuing a relationship with the Haysville community.
    Nominees for four new board members were presented. They are Evan Hathaway with Valley State Bank, Joe Provost with Computer Rescue, Dana Haslett with Shelter Insurance and Sharon Moore with Oxy Chemical.
    Upcoming events include the Feb. 27 the Tri-Cities Chamber mixer at the Kansas Star Casino.  There will not be a March Chamber Luncheon. March 14 is “Pi Day” at the Library. April 5 is the Gold Star Banquet; the theme is a Black & White Masquerade. April 17 will be the next Chamber luncheon at the Haysville Community Library. Haysville PRIDE will be conducting its annual car seat safety check on May 3. May 9 is the next Leadercast.