21 Jun Keeping Dollars Local With the McPherson Gift Certificate
The McPherson Gift Certificate (now known as ChamberChecks) was a new program of the McPherson Chamber in 1985. In a March 1990 McPherson Outlook publication, it states they were “specifically designed to provide Christmas gifts, bonuses, and other special recognition to your employees and most importantly, KEEP THOSE $$$’s in McPherson. In the first year, 344 McPherson Gift Certificates were issued.” These certificates ultimately had to be brought to the Chamber office by the businesses, to be exchanged for currency. Crazy I know, but it worked at the time.
Thankfully, effective July 1, 1990, a “more efficient and time saving gift certificate program was introduced.” That was the official start of the ChamberCheck program, which is still widely used today. ChamberChecks are available year-round to anyone wanting to give the perfect gift. They are also easy to order, fun to give, and even more fun to get. (Fun fact, the 1990 ChamberChecks could be redeemed at Brown’s Shoe Fit, Dr. Tammy Goering Optometrist, Pizza Hut, Hedlund Electric, Creative Hairlines, Graber’s Ace Hardware, YMCA, McPherson Travel Center, The Cook’s Nook, Jantz Lumber, McDonald’s, Ask Your Travel Agent, and Wal-Mart along with several iconic businesses who are no longer open.)
A “Shop Local” program of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce since 1985, supporting local businesses and circulating hundreds of thousands of dollars back into our community!