Sep 2017
in this issue
:: September Chamber Coffee
:: 2017 Chamber Coffee Schedule
:: Lunch Bites
:: Labor Reports
:: Chamber Activities
:: Ribbon Cuttings
September Chamber Coffee 
Hosted by 

The Isle of Lights Board of Directors invites the community to attend the Chamber Coffee beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28.  Cookies, breads, and coffee will be served. 
This year marks the 25th year of this annual holiday light display.  Winfield Isle of Lights was formed in 1993 as a not-for-profit organization with the vision to create a holiday light display in Winfield's beautiful Island Park.  Dan Torrence, president of the Isle of Lights Board of Directors, credits Donna Homan DeMint, the board's founder, with the vision to create this annual holiday display to help downtown retailers as well as to entertain the people of Winfield and surrounding communities.  The Isle of Lights attracts between 26,000 to 30,000 cars a season and that is not counting how many people are in those cars, vans, and buses. 
All the m oney for new displays and expenses comes from private and business donations, memorials and gate donations as well as grants from Winfield Convention and Tourism. Isle of Lights would not be possible without the support of its many volunteers, the City of Winfield and thei r awesome employees.  
Volunteers will tell you that sometimes you might get a little chilly but seeing the joy on peoples faces as they experience these beautiful lights is all the payment they need.  

Thursday, September 28
10:00 AM
Winfield Chamber
123 E. 9th Ave.

2017 Chamber Coffee Schedule

Please mark these dates in your calendar and plan to attend to network and hear from other members!

September 28
Winfield Isle of Lights (at CofC)

October 26
KanOkla Networks (at CofC)

November 16
USD 465

December 14
Cumbernauld Village/USB

If you would like to host a coffee in 2018,  please contact Megan at

1025 The River is offering $300 in FREE ADVERTISING to new Chamber members!!

Spread the word about this great opportunity! Applications for Chamber Membership can be found online at or at the Chamber office at 123 E. 9th.

Lunch Bites

Please join us at the Chamber to hear from our community leaders. Lunch is $10, catered by Grouse Valley Grill. 

October 5 - State of the County
Presentation by Wayne Wilt, County Commission Chairman

Presentations are at Noon at the Winfield Chamber. Please RSVP to or 221-2420. If you plan to attend a presentation but do not wish to eat, please let us know so we can have adequate seating available.
Materials for Newcomer Packets

Don't forget! As a free member benefit, you can bring promotional materials to the chamber for packets that we put together for people moving into town! Please bring us about 50 of your brochures, rack cards, pens, or other promo items at a time. This is a great way to make newcomers aware of your business or organization!

August Labor Market Report

Vike-Connected T-Shirts

The Winfield Chamber is again organizing an order of Vike-Connected T-Shirts. The shirts are royal blue with the above design in white ink. They are $12 each. Businesses can get their logo printed on the backs of the shirts in white for an extra flat fee of $12.

Please return the order form below by Monday, October 2nd if you would like to purchase shirts.

RISE Cowley County

In July, Cowley County was named among eight Kansas communities for the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. The organization that facilitated the BCBS Pathways grant, RISE Cowley (formerly the Cowley County Healthy Communities Coalition), is seeking input from those who live or work in Cowley County to shape the vision of a healthier community.

RISE Cowley promotes healthy lifestyles by collaborating to raise awareness and encourage involvement for residents of Cowley County. Follow RISE Cowley on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or visit to learn more.

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Chamber Activities this Week

Convention & Tourism Meeting
Wednesday, September 27, 4:00 PM, Chamber office

Chamber Coffee hosted by Winfield Isle of Lights
Thursday, September 28, 10:00 AM, Chamber office

BEST Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 28, 3:00 PM, Chamber office

Upcoming Chamber Activities

YP Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 4, 1:00 PM, Ninja Sushi Steak House, 1618 N. Summit St.

Lunch Bites: State of the County
Thursday, October 5, Noon, $10, Chamber office

Ribbon Cuttings


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held during the August Chamber Coffee for Stir & Bustle, a new coffee shop located in Deets Memorial Library at Southwestern College.

The Winfield and Arkansas City Chambers of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting for Urgent Care Center of Cowley County, located at 1305 E. 19th Ave.

Viking Snapshot

Congrats to Citizen's Bank of Kansas, our Vike-Connected Spirit Award Winners!

Monday - Sept 25
JV G Golf @ Valley Center 3:00pm
V G Tennis @ Eisenhower 3:00pm
F/JV Football @ Ark City 4:15pm
JV/V B Soccer vs Augusta 5:00/6:30pm
WMS G Tennis Dual vs Wellington 3:30pm
WMS 7th Volleyball Tri 5:00pm
WMS 8th Volleyball Tri @ Mulvane 6:00pm

Tuesday- Sept 26
JV G Tennis Inv @ Newton 3:00pm
JV/V Volleyball Tri vs Wellington/Collegiate 5:00pm
JV/V Soccer vs El Dorado 5:00/6:30pm
WMS Cross Country Inv @ Wellington 4:00pm

Thursday- Sept 28
JV G Tennis @ Wichita Collegiate 10:00am
V G Golf @ Hutch 1:00pm
JV/V Cross Country @ Winfield Veterans Home 4:30pm
FR Volleyball Quad @ Wellington 5:00pm
WMS Cross Country @ Winfield Veterans Home 3:00pm
WMS Football @ Ark City 5:00/6:30pm
WMS Volleyball @ Ark City 5:00/6:00pm

Friday- Sept 29
V Football @ Buhler 7:00pm
WMS G Tennis Inv 9:00am

Saturday- Sept 30
V Volleyball Inv @ Andover 9:00am

Upcoming YP Events

Homebuying 101 (WPL Event, presented by YP Members)
Thursday, September 28, 7:00 PM, Winfield Public Library, 605 College St.

YP Lunch N' Learn - Women's Health
[TENTATIVE] Thursday, October 19, Noon, $5/Members, $10/Non-Members, Location TBD

YP Annual Boo & Brew
Saturday, October 21, 5:30-10:30 PM, $25/Members, $45/Non-members, Aero Plains Brewing, Wichita

Chamber Garage Rental
The Chamber's garage is available to rent. If you are interested in using our garage, contact us at 221-2420 for more information. 


The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce is a local chamber without ties to either the Kansas or the U.S. Chambers of Commerce.  We believe that being independent allows us the best opportunity to serve our members with an unbiased approach to issues that are important to the local communities where we serve.  



Community Events

2nd Annual Recovery Rally
Thursday, September 28, 4-8:00 PM, Soroptimist Pavilion at Island Park

Homebuying 101
Thursday, September 28, 7:00 PM, Winfield Public Library, 605 College

Make-it, Take-it Class: Hypertufa Jack-o-Lantern
Saturday, September 30, 10:00 AM, $25, Gottlob Lawn & Landscape Nursery & Garden Center, 5001 E. 9th Ave.

News from Chamber Members
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Compete in the First Campfire Cookout Competition at Art in the Park

Art in the Park is Saturday, October 7rd in Winfield from 10 am to 5 pm.
Fun, Fun, Fun. NEW this year is the CAMPFIRE COOK OUT COMPETITION!

Island Park Soroptomist Pavilion is the site for campfire cooking enthusiasts! Participants may choose to prepare BREAKFAST from 8 am to 9 am; or a ONE-POT-WONDER from 11 am to 12 pm; or Dessert from 2 pm to 3 pm. Contestants may choose any or all categories listed.

Contestants must bring all supplies to the park. Electricity is not allowed nor is digging pits in the ground, but propane stoves, hibachis, charcoal grills, smokers are. One hour is allowed for cooking. Local Restaurant Chef's will judge each category. Cook's will prepare enough of their cuisine to have samples for judges, and approximately 20 festival attendees. Entry forms can be found online at or in the WAHC office.

Judging will involve: presentation, taste, uniqueness/creativity and how the cook made the dish their own. Winners of each category will receive a gift certificate from Cabela's while the overall winner the Coleman Store.

Festival attendees are invited to sample and vote for a "People's Choice" award for contestants.
Be sure to mark your calendars! Come and join us throughout the day and help us celebrate the CULINARY ARTS! See you there!



The Open Door hosting Advocacy Day

The Open Door, Inc. at 210 E. 9th Ave. is holding an advocacy day in recognition of recovery month Tuesday, September 26th, 9am to 5pm. We have invited elected officials and businesses that help people with emotional support needs. For more information, call Marsha at 620 229 0415.










Gottlob Lawn & Landscape Hiring

Gottlob Lawn and Landscape is looking for 3 Full time / Year round team members! We offer some benefits and will provide training. Experience welcome but not required. We have positions available in our Property Maintenance and Landscape Installation Divisions with growth and promotion opportunities. Applicants must be 18 years of age with a valid Drivers License, have a willingness to learn, be prepared to work in weather extremes, and be able to work 5 days a week M-F with occasional Saturdays. Request an application by emailing

Come join our growing and expanding company... Become an Outdoor Perfectionist!


2017 Power of the Purse Fund

The Power of the Purse Fund is soliciting grant requests at this time.  Your request must be received in the Legacy Regional Community Foundation office located at 1216 Main Street, Winfield (KS) by Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to qualify.  As updates have been made to the form, only requests using the 2017 Grant Application form will be considered.
Power of the Purse (POP) is a women's giving circle that pools donations to make grants to worthy projects. Qualified nonprofit organizations and service clubs are invited to apply.  Grants to be considered will be one-time projects or special initiatives.  Operating funds or overhead requests will not be considered.  The 2017 POP goal is to fund projects that have an immediate impact on the women and children in the Cowley County area.
Power of the Purse aims to make a difference in the lives of women and children in the community by:
  • Encouraging community within the circle and with those they serve
  • Educating and increasing awareness of local need
  • Building a network to catalyze positive change
Applicant organizations include 501c3 organizations, quasi-governmental entities, and service clubs willing to team up with a qualified organization.  Organizations that promote a particular religious or political ideology will not be considered.
Questions?  Please call Legacy Regional Community Foundation at
620-221-7224 or (toll-free) 855-470-7224




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