Volume 13 | November 2022

November Chamber News

Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement: 
“To improve business opportunity and build a better community”
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Host a Meeting - Showcase Your Business

If you would like to showcase your business by hosting a Chamber meeting and/or luncheon at your location, please let us know. This is a great way to familiarize other business owners with the tools and resources you have to offer the community and your physical space.  Or you can cater the lunch and we can hold it at the Wellsville City Library or Wellsville Health and Rehab also offer their space.

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Wellsville Chamber Sign Advertising program
Have you noticed the beautiful banners displayed every two weeks on the Wellsville Chamber sign sitting on Highway 33 in the field next to Bert's and across from Auburn Pharmacy? If not, take a look next time you are driving by. We have received lots of positive feedback about the program. Here are a few of the banners we've displayed recently:

If you would like to advertise to the thousands of cars passing by our billboard on Highway 33 each day, we can help produce and display a banner designed just for your business. This Chamber sign is especially important to your business if you are a business located somewhere other than on 33 highway. Many people who live outside Wellsville or are coming off the highway to stop at Bert's or Casey's don't know what other businesses Wellsville has to offer. They might make it a point to use your services each time they are in town if they only knew where you were!

Our 2022 spots are already filled, but if you would like one (or a few) in 2023, now is the time to book your dates! Those choosing the platinum-tier Chamber membership will get first choice on 2023 dates. Formal communication will be coming out after the membership drive ends. 

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Thank You from the Wellsville Days Committee

The Wellsville Days Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors for their donations towards this year's event:

  • City of Wellsville
  • Landmark National Bank
  • Mid America Bank
  • Wellsville Chamber of Commerce
  • Lytle Land Management
  • Wilson’s Funeral Home
  • Auburn Pharmacy
  • Family Church
  • Select Steel Fabrication LLC
  • Franklin County, KS
  • Cohorst Enterprises Inc
  • Franklin County Development Council, FCDC
  • NewCo Concrete, LLC
  • Everything Surplus
  • Casey’s
  • Marsh Construction Services LLC
  • Wellsville Baptist Church
  • Buzzfish Media
  • Wellsville Family Dental
  • Douglas Freight Agency LLC
  • Layton Real Estate
  • Open Table Community Church
  • Janet Turney - Clinch Realty
  • Leslie Home Improvements
  • Wyckoff Family Farms
  • White Tail Run Winery LLC 

Special Chamber Member Promos

Franklin County Info

Recently, the Franklin County Development Council thanked their outgoing board leadership. Roger Maxwell finished his term as president, and Casey Lytle was welcomed in as the new president for 2023. In addition, a big thank you to others that are stepping off the board, Ryan Henningsen (Edward Jones), Kaite Derousseau (American Eagle), Melanie Landis (Penny’s Concrete), and Craig Evans (COF). All of these folks have been tremendously involved with FCDC for many years.

New to the FCDC board this year are Ryan Wilkerson (Impact Wealth), Joe Kosko (Kosko Team Realty), Kiel Lasswell (Sherrif Dept), Alicia Howard (MacFasteners), and Ryan Bradbury (USD290).

Executive Director Comments from Paul Bean -

You are going to hear me say something that you will hear me say often in the coming year. We need to be prepared for the Panasonic Wave. While it is great that our region will grow by nearly 8,000 jobs in the coming years due to the Panasonic plant, my top concern at this time is how do we support and partner our existing industry from losing employees in an already tight labor market. I have no doubt that the plant will be a boom for our region over the long haul. However, right now we have more jobs than people so we must work on housing and daycare but there is more.

FCDC is reaching out to various organizations and the state to work on ways we can help protect our existing industry’s workforce. We have a large number of great businesses and industry that have invested in our community and been critical to our economic health. It is important that we all work to support and strengthen them in the coming months and years. So, stay tuned as you hear me talk more in the future about the Panasonic Wave.

Every November we are blessed to be able to stop and enjoy a season of Thanksgiving. I want to take this opportunity to let all FCDC members know how thankful and blessed I am to be able to serve you in this role. This is a job I take great pride in and I take pride in supporting and representing you and your goals for your future. THANK YOU and may I wish all of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

KOFO Travel Cub to Branson

The KOFO Travel Club is heading to Branson for a weekend getaway, December 2nd through 4th. Crossroad Tours will make pickups in Ottawa and Louisburg, then head to Branson for an Ozark Mountain Christmas. They will check into the Grand Oaks Hotel and enjoy a three-day whirlwind of shows, shopping, dining, and more!

Per person pricing is $589 for a double, $669 for a single, with triple and quad options available. The tour includes round trip transportation, two nights’ hotel, five meals, drive-through light display, shopping at Branson Craft Mall, Branson Landing, Osceola Cheese, and the Amish Trading Post, and driver gratuity.

And the shows! You’ll see the Clay Cooper Christmas Show, SIX!, the Brett Family Christmas Show, and The Shepherd of the Hills Christmas Story. Insurance is available. Your 50% deposit is due September 20th, so call 785-242-1220 or email kofo@kofo.com to reserve your spot.

Franklin County Optimist Club

The Franklin County Optimist Club is pleased to recognize Students of the Month for October at the Wellsville Middle School:

  • Maddie Beecher 6th grade
  • Jennings Doles 7th grade
  • Pete Dorsey 8th grade

Each student received a certificate and a gift card donated by Bill Lytle and Hot Off the Press. The Optimists also donated a shopping cart full of goodies for the Back Snack Program.

Size Up Franklin County

This is a new software program provided by FCDC to anyone. It is a program for businesses new and existing. It can help new businesses build a business plan and existing ones tweak their plan. It provides access to location of competition, suppliers, workforce, and much more.
Size Up Franklin County website

Kansas Income tax Credit

Franklin County is now designated as an E-Community. One of the benefits of this is we can offer you access to Kansas Income Tax Credits. The attached document will provide further information.

Here are some key points:

  • You get a 75% tax credit from your investment
  • You may be able to deduct your full investment on your federal income tax return
  • Your support provides funding for the GAP loans we can offer to new businesses
  • We will get a 20% commission locally on all tax credits we sell for use for economic development in our county


  • We currently have only $250,000 to offer here in Franklin County this year
  • You must run this through me if you would like us to receive the local benefits of your investment

PLEASE let Paul Bean know if you would like to purchase tax credits this year for your business or individually. It will be first come first serve.

*Always seek professional tax advice when making these types of decisions

Email Paul Bean

USD #289 Info

Wellsville School District Projects and Programs

Facilities Update

The USD 289 bond and supporting capital outlay projects continue to move forward. Below are updated pictures of our project and status updates.

  • The wrestling room addition is progressing nicely.
  • The interior renovation of the middle school is nearly wrapped up. Once the metal panel is delivered, the exterior will be wrapped up. This is scheduled to take place this month.
  • The interior renovation work at the high school is progressing as well, with new areas being worked on in phases so that construction can take place in areas separated from student learning and activities.
  • New Bleachers are being installed in the KD Gym and will be completed this week.
  • New Scoreboards have been installed in the Blue Gym.

Wellsville High School English Classrooms

Wellsville High School Social Studies Classrooms

Wellsville High School Wrestling Room

Wellsville High School Weight Room

Wellsville Middle School Counselor's Office

Wellsville Middle School Secretary's Desk

Wellsville Middle School Teacher Work

Wellsville Middle School Principle's Office

Wellsville Middle School Conference Room

Wellsville KD Gym Bleachers

Wellsville KD Gym Scoreboard

USD #289 website

Community Chamber Events

Monthly Meeting - December 13 at noon at Wellsville City Library

Annual Chamber Events

The Chamber has brainstormed some new and exciting events for Wellsville for 2023. The details are still in the works. Please stay tuned for exciting information about these new, fun events guaranteed to bring in people from all around!

This will 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!

Community WJRC Events

Check out all the Wellsville Recreation Commission has planned for our community seniors this month!

Learn more about WJRC events

Community Library Events

Library Updates
  • The Wellsville City Library is looking for a new board member that resides within the city limits.
  • If you are interested please call the library at 785-883-2870.

  • The Wellsville City Library is excited to announce that they are moving forward with the building project.
  • The architect, Emig & Hauff Associates Architects, and contractor will be going over the plans and then they will be looking for subcontract workers.

Storytime -

  • November 2, 9, 16 and 30, December 7 and 14 @ 10-11am

November Events -

  • November 14th: Library Board Meeting @ 6pm
  •  November 18th: LEGO Club @ 1:00-3:30pm & 3:30-4:30pm
  •  November 18th: Friends of the Library Bake Sale 9:30am-5:30pm
  •  November 19th: Make a Holiday Ornament 10am-12pm
  •  November 24-27: CLOSED for Thanksgiving


December Events -

  • Dec. 3: Norwegian History & Traditions-Make Krumkake 11am-1pm (all ages welcome)
  • Dec. 2: LEGO Club 1:00-3:30pm & 3:30-4:30pm
  • Dec. 9: Poetry & Popcorn 2-3pm
  • Dec 14: Mrs. Claus visits Storytime 10-11am
  • Dec. 17: Friends of the Library Pie Sale 10am-12pm
  • Dec. 16: LEGO Club 1:00-3:30pm & 3:30-4:30pm
  • Dec. 21: No Storytime
  • Dec. 24-26: CLOSED
  • Dec. 28:  No Storytime
  • Dec. 31-Jan. 2: CLOSED
Wellsville Public Library website

Chamber Member Church Events

Family Church

Movies entertain us, but can they teach us something deeper? Definitely! During At the Movies, we’ll learn about God through the lens of our favorite films.

When you attend, you’ll experience a welcoming environment, powerful worship music, and a timely message. It's the most fun you've ever had at church. We can’t wait to see you At the Movies!

Sunday Service -

  • Three identical in-person services at 8:00AM, 9:30AM, and 11AM
  • Live online service at 9:30AM

At the Movies- 

  •  Begins on November 13th and runs through December 18th
  • Additional Saturday evening service will be added at 6PM

Helping Hands Food Pantry Grocery Distribution -

  • Fri November 18
  • Sat November 19
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

Learn more about Wellsville Baptist Church
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
Learn more about Wellsville Methodist Church
Shared Experiences Bereavement Group -
  • First and third Tuesdays at 10:30AM
  • Open to anyone
  • Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided

Zoom Tuesdays -
  • Bible study each Tuesday evening at 6:30
  • March 1 we will begin a Lenten study until Easter using the book A Time to Grow by Kara Eidson. 
  • Normally runs just over an hour.
  • Participants will need a Zoom invitation; they just need to email the Church

Upcoming Community Events

Commercial Space Available

If you are a Chamber Member with a commercial space for rent, contact us with details and we will post it on the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce website and in our next newsletter.

2022/2022 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!
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