On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Leavenworth, Kan. actor Ken Church will present his one-man stage program “Twain for Twainiacs,” at Lincoln Jr./Sr. High School for the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Banquet.
Along with being an actor, Church is a retired English, Speech, and Drama teacher who taught in Kansas schools for 41 years. He retired from Tonganoxie High School in 2015. Church has been performing as Mark Twain since 1972.
Church has been a frequent visitor to Lincoln and Mitchell County, as his wife Sandra is the granddaughter of the late Wendell and Anna Herman of rural Lincoln, and the late Eric and Minnie Nitsch of Hunter, Kan.
Chamber Member of the Year nominations
The Chamber of Commerce will honor an area business professional as Chamber Member of the Year at the Annual Banquet, and encourages Chamber and community members to submit nominations before Friday, February 7, 2020.
In the past decade, Chamber Members of the Year included:
2019: Craig Stertz, Lincoln Farm Supply
2018: Jennifer O’Hare, O’Hare Law
2017: Galen Liggett, Citizens State Bank and Trust Co.
2016: Jack and Kathie Crispin, Drug Store Museum and Post Rock Scout Museum
2015: Jared Spear, S&S Autobody
2014: Travis Schwerdtfager, Schwerdtfager Masonry
2013: Marilyn Helmer, Village Lines
2012: VFW Auxilliary #7928, Stop and Shop
2011: Mitch Obermueller, Bank of Tescott
Nomination Forms are available upon request at the Chamber office, 144 E. Lincoln Ave., or call the office at 785-524-4934 or e-mail
For the 2020 Banquet, the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce is again offering an opportunity for local organizations, businesses and individuals to Adopt-a-Table, thereby decorating and setting a table for the banquet. There is no cost to participate, but you may want to purchase tickets!
This year is the Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary of Lincoln County, and table adopters may wish to incorporate that into their table theme in some way. This is not required. The educational theatrical entertainer Ken Church plans to interact with the audience, please keep that in mind as well.
There are 20 tables available on a first-come basis. There will be a waiting list for a second table. Tables are 48” round and seat six
(6) people. Please plan to set your table with a tablecloth, napkins, dinner plates (to be used during meal), drinking glass, coffee cup, silverware, and centerpiece. No candles please. Tables must be “dressed” between 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, no exceptions. Please plan to clear your own table following the event. Tables will be numbered for voting, and each table’s adopter will be revealed when winners are announced during the banquet.
The Chamber encourages creativity, keeping in mind that dinner guests will be using the table service and will appreciate clean, adequate dinnerware. The Chamber, nor guests, are responsible for items on the tables, the adopter accepts all risks.
Adopt-a-Table Registration Forms are available upon request at the Chamber office or by emailing or calling the office.
Tickets to the Banquet are also available for $25 each.