Chamber of Commerce

Amanda HerrmannAmanda Herrmann speaks at the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner in April 2013 (photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)

Eudora News and Information

Amanda Herrmann has resigned as President of the Eudora Chamber of Commerce. Herrmann’s resignation was effective as of Tuesday, Sept. 3.   Chamber President-elect Linda Langston, owner of Eudora Wine and Spirits, has been elevated to President.

Herrmann did not want to speak on the record at this time, but she did tell that her resignation was due to health related issues.

Kevin Wade, office manager for the Chamber of Commerce, said the board met together following Hermann’s resignation, per the Chamber by-laws, and made the decision to have Langston step into the role of President at this this time.

“Linda was scheduled to become President in early 2014 any way, so they asked her to step into the role a little early and move forward with the Chamber’s agenda for the fall and winter,” Wade said.

Wade said that the new leadership of the Chamber will be discussed with Chamber members no later than the monthly Chamber meeting which will take place on Sept. 19.  Wade added that Langston already had been playing an important part in Chamber matters and will be instrumental in overseeing many of the planned projects and activities including the Christmas Extravaganza the Chamber sponsors at the end of the year.

Wade said that Herrmann fully intends to continue to support the Chamber and be an active participant in Chamber activities in the future.

Herrmann served as President of the Chamber of Commerce since July, 2012 when she took over from Susie Pryor who resigned over personal differences with city administration.


Garage Sales

Eudora News and Information

The annual Eudora City Wide Garage Sale is set for Saturday June, 15.  The City Wide Garage sale is a coordinated effort by the Eudora Chamber of Commerce and a fundraiser for the Eudora Food Pantry located at St. Paul United Church of Christ.  Garage sales will start as early as 7:00 AM.

For families wanting to participate in the City wide garage sale, you need to register by June 11.  Participants will receive a yard sign and the list of participants that will be available to shoppers as well.  You can find a registration form at City Hall, Kaw Valley Bank, the Eudora Public Library, Gene’s Heartland Foods, Byrne’s Pharmacy or simply download one from the link HERE.

The event, which has been a Eudora tradition for several years, draws customers from the entire region.

For more information about the annual City Wide Garage Sale, you can contact Bonnie Neis at 785-979-3207 or via email at





Help Wanted

The Eudora Chamber of Commerce is seeking an energetic administrative professional to serve as an office manager/program coordinator to manage the daily administrative duties of the office as well as plan and help execute special events, meetings, and programs. The position is highly visible in the community. The successful candidate must have excellent presentation skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills as well as creativity and a high level of motivation. Schedule is flexible; however, the position will be required to attend chamber meetings and functions.

Individuals with previous office/administrative experience and familiarity with event planning or non-profit management are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should submit a resume and 3 professional references by noon on Friday, February 8th to

For a more detailed job description, please visit


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All residents in the 66025 zip code have already received or will receive a card in the mail and surprisingly, it isn’t from a politician.  The Card is from the Eudora Chamber of Commerce and it is the premier of the Shop Eudora First Giveaway Contest.

The way the contest will work is that you take the card into any one of the sponsors shown on the back of the card and have an employee sign it.  Once you have done that at least five of the sponsors, you can take the card and drop it in a box at City Hall.  Later on in December, just in time for Christmas, one lucky winner drawn at random, will receive a 40″ flat panel TV courtesy the Eudora Chamber of Commerce.

If you haven’t received your card yet or you filed it in the circular file like you did with all the political ads, you can pick up a card at many of the local businesses in town.  There are 39 local businesses participating in the contest, so just about any business you would walk into, you can find a new card.

For more information about the giveaway and the whole Shop Eudora First campaign, you can visit the City website at: or find them on Facebook and give them a “like”.

P.S. Before you turn in your card, make sure to put your name, address, phone and email address. They’ve got to be able to find you to give you the TV.




Susie Pryor

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In a surprising move last Friday, Chamber of Commerce President Susie Pryor resigned as Chamber of Commerce president and relinquished her seat on the Executive Board, effective immediately.  Pryor, in a statement emailed to Chamber members, spoke of the reason for her resignation.

“I stepped because of a difference in opinion with the City regarding a matter entirely unrelated to the Chamber.”

Pryor, when contacted by, declined to state what the difference of opinion was with the City.

“Due to the close relationship between the City and the Chamber, I felt the Chamber would be better served by another individual,” Pryor said. “Frankly, I felt this was the ethical course of action, as the Chamber does receive significant financial support from the City.”

Pryor was named President of the Chamber of Commerce in March 2011 with her term set to expire in March 2013.

The Chamber of Commerce Executive Board met on Wednesday to decide what course of action to take in light of Pryor’s resignation. In a statement sent to, the Chamber announced that President-Elect Amanda Hermann will serve as President for the remainder of Pryor’s term.

“The Executive Board appreciates Ms. Pryor’s service and wishes her the best in her future endeavors,” the statement read. “The Executive Board is committed to the numerous initiatives currently under-way and the Executive Board is confident in the future leadership of the organization as we continue to strengthen the Eudora business community.”

The Executive Board is made up of a group of local business owners including Hermann,  Past-President Amy Durkin,  Angie Miller, Linda Langston, Kathy Brechenisen and Deb Barr.

Hermann said that she is excited about the opportunity to serve as Chamber President.

“I look forward to, and will keep working hard towards fulfilling and exceeding the community goals,” Hermann said. “We have made great strides already with the Family Fun Night and Shop Eudora First campaign and I anticipate even greater things in the weeks and months to come.”