Volume 4 | February 2022
February Chamber News
Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement: 
“To improve business opportunity and build a better community”
American Pickers is Coming to Kansas
American Pickers is returning to Kansas this April! They are looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with fascinating items and lots of them!

Keep in mind, they are looking for different, unusual, and unique items - something we’ve never seen before with an extraordinary story! Also, please note that the Pickers only pick private collections, so NO stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses, or anything open to the public.
Collectors interested in being considered for the show should reach out to us by phone at 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878) or email at AmericanPickers@cineflix.com. Be sure to include your full name, city/state, contact information, and a brief description of their collection.
Wellsville City Library Building Update -
After many years of planning and fundraising, the Wellsville City Library Board of Trustees, along with the Friends of the Wellsville Library Foundation, will soon see their efforts turned into reality. In 2010 the two groups began working towards adding an addition to the library and renovating the current building. With the increase in population, partially due to the Intermodal, a need was seen to give the community more options. Therefore, the addition will be a community room with the current community room becoming a children’s library.

The majority of the building funds are the result of fundraising efforts by the Friends of the Wellsville Library Foundation, of donations, of memorials, and of grants pursued by the organizations and the librarians.

The Library Board of Trustees has begun the building process. A contract with Emig and Hauf Associates, architects, has been completed and the local Planning and Zoning Committee and the city have approved the plans. A news release for RFPs (Request for Proposal) is being prepared. Contractors will have three weeks to submit proposals to be reviewed by the Board of Trustees. The chosen proposal will then go to the city attorney for review. Hopefully, this will all take place very soon.

Fundraising will continue throughout the building and renovation processes. Community members who wish to donate can do so in person at the library or by using the donate option on the library’s website, www.wellsvillelibrary.org.

For further information, you may contact the library at 785-883-2870 or attend the Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 14 at 6PM at the library, or the Friends of the Library meeting March 8 at 6:45PM at the library.
Who are the Optimists?
All of the activities of the Optimists are intended to benefit the youth of Wellsville and Franklin County. One of the programs is to recognize Outstanding Students at Wellsville Middle School. The Outstanding Students for January were Jake Doles, 6th grade, Emmy Lytle, 7th grade and Madeline Hackathorn 8th grade. Each student received a certificate and a gift card donated by Hot Off the Press.

The Optimists also present grants to each Elementary School in Franklin County that are to be used for the benefit of the students. The Wellsville Elementary received $1200 that they are using to purchase new books for the library.
The Optimists also purchase $50-60 worth of items for the Back-Snack program each month. The Optimists make donations to the after prom parties at each high school in the county.

During the summer, the Optimists put on a Junior Golf program for ages 7 through 13. Students who want to learn to play golf can get four weeks of basic lessons at Great Life Golf course in Ottawa. There is a modest fee and scholarships are available. There is a limit of 42 golfers.

The Optimist raise the funds for these and other programs by putting on the Annual Rubber Duck Race on Skunk Run at the Ottawa City Park. The other fund raiser for the Optimists is the annual golf tournament. The golf tournament is a joint effort with the Wellsville days committee. Both groups work to put on the tournament and share the proceeds.

Wellsville Tours to Local Seniors -
The Wellsville Recreation Commission is promoting a new activity to local Recreation departments as an option for Senior Day Out. This would bring $$$ to our community!

Franklin county Career Day -

We are excited to be partnering with all of the school districts in Franklin County on our annual “Day on the Job”. We hope to get 75 industry and business partners to participate in this event by manning a booth to promote your organization and your career opportunities. We will have around 600 juniors and seniors attending this event on March 22 at the Ottawa High School.

We are not just seeking FCDC members. We want anyone that would like to participate in this event to know they are welcome and encouraged to do so! We want out youth to understand what great career opportunities are available for them right here in Franklin County. Please join us and encourage others to do the same.

FCDC is providing T-Shirts to all the participating youth. In addition, FCDC is covering the cost of lunch for all presenters that participate. Lastly, FCDC has provided $1,000 toward the purchase of prizes that will be awarded to students as well. To help cover some of these cost, we are seeking $250 sponsorships. Your company logo will be placed on the back of the 600 or so T-Shirts that the students will be given. So, please contact me, Paul Bean, if you are interested in a sponsorship.
Business Spotlight
This project in temporarily on hold as we decide how to proceed with our Wellsville news medium. We plan to have a solution in place and will resume the Business Spotlight articles in March. Thanks for your patience as we explore all our options.
Job Opportunities


Employment applications for Wellsville School District are managed electronically. Please go to:


Apply in person at Bert's

  • Truck wash - Mon-Fri full-time and part-time
  • Overnight Cashiers - full-time and part-time
  • Kitchen - full-time and part-time closers

JOB TITLE:  Public Works Laborer II

  • Under the direction of the City Superintendent, performs a variety of skilled and unskilled duties associated with the maintenance of city streets, city cemeteries, city buildings and properties, wastewater treatment plant and collection lines, water towers, water tanks and distribution lines, operation of heavy and medium duty equipment and trucks, performs on-call duties, (monthly or as necessary). 

·       Serve as crew member for providing assistance in Utilities operations.
·       Repair and operate water distribution mains, ground storage and elevated water towers, wastewater piping, manholes, sanitary sewer lift stations, booster stations, and storm water systems.
·       Service and repair pumps, motors, hydrants and meters.
·       Assist with snow removal in inclement weather.
·       Assist other City departments as assigned.
·       Follow department safety procedures and practices along with department policies and procedures.
·       Ability to follow written and oral instruction.
·       Ability to work independently with limited or infrequent supervision.
·       On-call and overtime as assigned.


  • Must possess a high school diploma, or equivalent and one year of experience in the field of Municipal Maintenance.

  • Must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license and class B with air CDL or the ability to obtain such within 6 months of employment.

  • KDHE Certification as Class I water certification and/or Class 2 Wastewater treatment facility operator or be able to obtain within 2 years of employment.

  • KPERS, sick pay, vacation pay, Insurance, 12 paid holidays

  • Applications available at City Hall, 411 Main Street, Wellsville, KS PH (785-883-2296)
 or Email a resume to: cityclerk@cityofwellsvilleks.com

JOB TITLE: City of Wellsville Pool Manager

  • The Pool Manager is under the direct supervision of the City Superintendent (facilities maintenance/mechanical operations) and City Clerk (administration, human resources and finances) and has overall responsibility for safety at the pool, as well as managerial, administrative, facility, aquatic, communications and leadership duties, including:
  • Manage and oversee lifeguards: Plan and organize workloads and staff assignments for lifeguards; Meet regularly with staff; advise and coach lifeguards and evaluate them at the middle and end of the season; Monitor time sheets and submit to City Clerk in a timely manner for payroll processing.
  • Manage all aspects of swim lessons:
  • Write end of season report for the City Council
  • Required to provide adult supervision (21 years or older) for the facility at all times
  • Prepare pool for opening and closing each season
  • Oversee daily maintenance of pool and bathhouse/restroom facility, including making recommendations for repairs and capital improvement expenditures, and communicating with the City Council regarding issues and concerns, as well as progress and completion of improvements
  • Safety is TOP Priority - Instill attention to safety with lifeguards as well as with pool members and guests; enforce safety at pool among both staff and members
  • Conduct swim lessons for children throughout the summer
  • Administer First Aid, CPR, emergency and other safety procedures, as required
  • Communicate regularly with the City Superintendent (Facility) & City Clerk (Finance/Human Resource) regarding safety, staff, facility/maintenance, swim lessons, and membership issues
  • Prepare the facility for fun events such as pool parties and other special events
  • Create a safe and fun atmosphere for staff and members
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification
  • Current lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross
  • Current certification in American Red Cross CPR and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR
Pool Manager Pay Structure
The Pool Manager is given a salary for the season, which is paid in increments over the pool season. In the past, this has been shared with an Assistant Pool Manager but is not mandatory and is at the total discretion of the Pool Manager.  The Pool Manager also receives an hourly wage for lifeguarding.
Concessions:  The Pool Manager is responsible for providing concessions and will receive all profits from the sales. (Note: Pool Manager is responsible for obtaining a sales tax number and making required reports to the State). The Pool Manager is responsible for providing and paying for any help in the selling of the concessions.
Pool Parties:  The Pool Manager is responsible for establishing a fee and scheduling them. The fees are solely that of the Pool Manager and are typically given to the lifeguard(s) who work the party.
Swimming Lessons: The Pool Manager is responsible for providing swimming lessons; this includes advertising, hiring a WSI, establishing fees and schedules. The fees are solely that of the Pool Manager and are typically shared with the guards who help with the lessons.
Admissions:  The Pool Manager is responsible for the collection of passes and daily admissions. Admission fees belong to the City and are to be submitted in a timely manner to the City Clerk for depositing. It is the responsibility of the Pool Manager to establish a method of collection that will ensure accountability.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Monthly Meeting - March 8th at noon at Wellsville City Library
Annual Chamber Wine/Brew/Spirits Fest -

Stay tuned for exciting information about this new event. We are still in the planning process and working on a date for the event this summer. It's going to be fun, and it's going to be an opportunity for the downtown businesses to showcase themselves and for all our Wellsville businesses to benefit. Let us know if you'd like to be part of the planning process!
Upcoming Community Events
Check out all the Wellsville Recreation Commission has planned for our community seniors over the next few weeks.
Galentine's Night on the Bricks 2/10/22
Join us for another unique event in downtown Wellsville, KS from 5-8PM. Wellsville Antiques, The Torn Edge and Olivia’s LLC will be extending their hours until 8pm! Hot Off the Press will be open also, stop by for coffee, Valentine cookies, shopping (Frankie Rays Boutique will be joining us) and other goodies! Grab your favorite gal and hit the bricks for this special event!
WHS Concurrent Education Endowment Foundation Event 2/12/22
Lifting financial barriers for all students wishing to pursue advanced educational opportunities. While paving a pathway for their future goals.

This year's theme: Rolling Out the Red Carpet: A Scholarship Gala

Date: February 12, 2022

Location: Brooklyn Hall at Enright Gardens

Wellsville Baptist Church Sweetheart Dinner
This event will be held on February 12th at 5:30PM. Join us for a lasagna dinner & live music with your Valentine!

Single tickets are $15, couples are $25. Childcare is included, if needed.

There will also be a free photo booth with Alicia Rossi Photography from 5:30-6:00pm.

Call the church at 785-883-2640 to reserve your spot!

Wellsville Library Pinkalicious PartyBaptist Church Sweetheart Dinner
Franklin County Optimists Club meeting on 2/21
The Wellsville members of the Franklin County Optimist Club will be meeting at the Wellsville library at 6 pm Monday, February 21. They hope to meet with other Wellsville residents who want to learn more about the Optimists and the work they are doing for the youth of Wellsville.

Wellsville Easter Egg Hunt
The tradition of our town continues as we once again plan for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Wellsville American Legion, WJRC and Wellsville Chamber of Commerce.  It will be held on Saturday, April 16th at Saddle Club Park beginning at 1:00pm.

If you wish to donate, we request to have your donation no later than March 1st. This allows us ample time to collect and coordinate stuffing of the eggs.  Lorrie Glass Coffman, our Chamber of Commerce Coordinator, will visit you personally the week of February 14th and the week of February 21st to pick up donations or you can drop by the WJRC office or mail directly to the WJRC at 320 Pendleton Ave, Wellsville, KS 66092 any time prior to March 1stPlease make your checks payable to WJRC and write in the memo, Easter Egg Donation.

The American Legion, WJRC and Chamber of Commerce appreciate all you do to support our community and its traditions.
Upcoming Community Library Events
Storytime -
  • Every Wednesday @ 10am when school is in session.

Summer Reading -
  • Will run May 25-June 29th
  • Events are 10-11am on Wednesdays
Upcoming Community Church Events
Family Church
Sunday Service -
  • Three identical in-person services at 8:00AM, 9:15AM, and 10:30AM
  • Live online service at 9:15AM

Learn more about Family Church
GriefShare -
  • A faith-based, friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
  • How GriefShare works: Support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help.
  • You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you cope with your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. Grieving is a process and not meant to last forever.
  • Mondays at 7pm at Family Church
  • For more info contact Debra McCullough (913) 206-5372

Celebrate Recovery
  • A 12-step program to help you find freedom and healing from hurts, habits, and hang-ups
  • Meets weekly at Family Church on Thursday's at 7PM
  • For more info contact Mike Holtwick 913-710-6255
Wellsville Baptist Church
Sunday Service -
  • One in-person service 9AM
  • Sunday School for all ages at 10:30AM

Ladies Craft Nights -
  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 6-8PM
  • Women are invited to gather and bring any craft project they are working on
  • Once each quarter we’ll do a guided group activity such as making a painting, ornament, or decoration for the home

Bible Study -
  • Every Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30AM
  • No matter how little or how much you know about the Bible, we guarantee you’ll learn something new at this study
  • All are welcome to join us for an hour of study followed by a visit to Hot Off the Press for snacks

Pioneer Club -
  • Every Wednesday evening (Sept-April) from 6:30-8PM
  • Club will be canceled if there is no public school that day
  • PC is essentially Christian scouting
  • Kids between the ages of 3-18 are invited to join in learning more about God while simultaneously engaging in practical life skills and hobbies

Play Group -
  • Every Thursday from 9:30-11:30AM
  • Moms and kids of all ages are invited to play in the WBC gym
  • Kids can bring skates, bikes, scooters, or any other toys they’d like
  • A great way for kids to get their energy out, while the mom’s can sit and chat

Men’s Breakfast -
  • Every Saturday morning from 8-10AM
  • Don’t worry about bringing anything other than your appetite
  • Breakfast and fellowship are both provided

Wellsville Methodist Church
Sunday Service -
  •  In person worship and Church@Home - 10:45AM

Shared Experiences Bereavement Group -
  • First and third Tuesdays at 10AM
  • A place where those who have suffered a loss can come together.
  • Open to anyone
  • A safe place to talk and find solace with those who understand what you're going through.
  • Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided

Zoom Tuesdays -
  • Bible study each Tuesday evening at 6:30
  • February is 'February Free-for-all' -the group gets to suggest a scripture that has always stumped, intrigued them or brought them joy. 
  • March 1 we will begin a Lenten study until Easter.
  • Normally runs just over an hour.
  • Participants will need a Zoom invitation; they just need to email the Church
2021/2022 Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Officers
Wellsville Chamber President
Susan Stueve
Sales Associate
Farm Bureau Financial Services 
Vice President
Nicole Vlcek
Wellsville Chiropractic
Susan Larsen - Driskell
Simplot Grower Solution Location Manager
Ken Larsen
CFO - Retired
Desoto School District
Wellsville Chamber and Health Coalition Partnership Description
Many interested parties have asked for clarification regarding the relationship/partnership between the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce and the Wellsville Health Coalition. In 2021, the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce (WCC) and Wellsville Health Coalition (WHC) embarked on a collaboration to share resources where appropriate in order to boost both organizations’ efforts in areas of overlapping interest. The organizations are separate entities, but they often meet concurrently and share in other ways. The mission of the Chamber of Commerce remains "“To improve business opportunity and build a better community.” The Chamber exists to serve and build business in our community. The Wellsville Health Coalition exists to serve as a local health policy coalition that connects people working on such shared goals, facilitates cooperative and streamlined efforts as appropriate, and ultimately improves all aspects of health, civic engagement, community partnerships, and overall resident and community wellbeing. To accomplish this, the coalition seeks to monitor community-specific data, help prioritize ideas, share resources, promote activities, seek funding, and make a greater impact together. Additionally, the WHC aims to prepare the community for healthy growth through attention to social factors affecting health, to serve as an example for other rural communities, and to coordinate with the Franklin County Health Department on community health assessment and planning.

As always, if you have events or job postings you'd like included, please send the information and any fliers or pictures to wellsvillechamberofcommerce@hotmail.com prior to the beginning of the month of your event. We welcome any feedback and suggestions about what to include and the layout. It's a creative process together. We wish you and your family an amazing 2022!