Nov 2017
in this issue
:: November Chamber Coffee
:: 2017 Chamber Coffee Schedule
:: Volunteer Appreciation Cocktail Party
:: Ribbon Cuttings
:: New Members
:: KSF T-Shirts
:: Chamber Activities
:: Viking Snapshot
:: Christmas Events
November Chamber Coffee 
Hosted by 

usd 465
On November 16th, USD 465 will host the Winfield Chamber Coffee at the Winfield Middle School (WMS) Library.  This time will highlight the partnership between USD 465 and Newell Rubbermaid in Winfield. With Rubbermaid's support WMS students formed a robotics club. These students will spend designated time working on various projects and will also participate in local and regional competitions.

A grant provided through the State of Kansas and Rubbermaid supports the equipment and activities of the Robotics club. As part of this ongoing partnership, the WMS Robotics club recently toured the Winfield Rubbermaid facility and conferred with employees.
USD 465 looks forward to highlighting this partnership along with discussion on expansion of other community business partnerships. 

Thursday, November 16
10:00 AM
Winfield Middle School Library
130 N. Viking Blvd.

2017 Chamber Coffee Schedule

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

November 16
USD 465

December 14
Cumbernauld Village/USB

Hosting a Chamber Coffee is a great way to introduce your business or organization to other chamber members. Hosts can either invite members to their location or set up in the chamber office. Also, an article about the coffee host is featured in our monthly Enterprise newsletter. 

Coffees are hosted every 4th Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM. 
A coffee sponsorship is $200.

Available months in 2018:

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

Please RSVP by 5:00 PM today to or call 221-2420
Ribbon Cuttings

The Chamber held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of renovations to the interior of the Union State Bank building at 823 Main St.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Winfield Chiropractic Relief & Wellness
Wednesday, November 15, 10:00 AM, 1913 E. 19th Ave.

Winfield Chiropractic was founded in 1981 at 1302 South Main.  In 2005 the office moved to a larger location at 1913 E. 19th Ave.  At the same time a name change was introduced and Winfield Chiropractic & Rehab was born in order to accommodate it's more integrative care style.  In 2017 Dr.'s Doug and Brad Swanson update their brand and with it introduced a new modern logo and name.  Winfield Chiropractic Relief and Wellness, now proudly serves our surrounding communities.  "We believe that how long you decide to benefit from care is entirely up to you. Have you heard that once you go to a chiropractor, you have to go for the rest of your life? Well, it's not true. Whether you want relief, stabilization, prevention or wellness, we're here to help you reach your goal. Our job is to offer you the best chiropractic care possible, and your job is to decide how much of it you want."


1025 The River has generously decided to match every dollar new chamber members spend on advertising for the first three months!

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.

New Members

Please join the Chamber in welcoming our new members:

Zeal with the Tarver's
Charlie & Katrina Tarver
1805 Hackney St.
Winfield, KS 67156

McDonald's Sewing & Vacuum
Patrick McDonald
222 S. Summit
Arkansas City, KS 67005

Harvest Christian Church
Chris Hedges
9397 146th Rd.
Winfield, KS 67156

Young Professionals of Cowley County

The Young Professionals of Cowley County held an Italian Dinner Friday night to which tickets were sold at the Winfield Arts & Humanities Council Evening for the Arts Fundraiser. Benefits from the fundraiser are used to fund children's art programs.

Thank you to all who purchased tickets, and to Annika Morris and Alice Bendinelli for planning and preparing the meal.
Kansas Sampler Festival T-Shirts

We have ordered our last batch of the FINAL Kansas Sampler Festival t-shirts! They are for sale at the chamber office for $12 each ($14 for sizes 3XL & 4XL). 

  • Visit the chamber's website for all of your business and community needs:


Chamber Activities this Week

Winfield Main Street Board
Monday, November 13, Noon, Chamber office

Legislative Committee
Tuesday, November 14, Noon, Chamber office

Executive Committee
Tuesday, November 14, 4:00 PM, Chamber office

Leadership Cowley County Graduation
Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 PM, Wright Room, Brown Center, Cowley College

Ribbon Cutting for Winfield Chiropractic Relief & Wellness
Wednesday, November 15, 10:00 AM, 1913 E. 19th

Volunteer Appreciation Cocktail Party
Wednesday, November 15, 4:30-6:00 PM, Chamber office

Chamber Coffee hosted by USD 465
Thursday, November 16, 10:00 AM, Winfield Middle School, 130 N. Viking Blvd.

BEST Committee Decorating for HOH
Thursday, November 16, 3:00 PM, Chamber office

BEST Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 AM, Chamber office and participating BEST businesses

Upcoming Chamber Activities

Chamber Board Meeting
Monday, November 20, Noon, Chamber office

Chamber office closed Thursday, November 21st through Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving

Viking Snapshot

Tuesday- Nov 14
WMS Orchestra Concert 7:00pm
WMS Scholars Bowl @ Derby MS 3:30pm

Thursday- Nov 16
WHS Winter Sports Parent Meeting 6:00pm
WHS Orchestra Concert 7:00pm
WMS Scholars Bowl @ El Dorado (PL Meet) TBA

Saturday- Nov 18
WHS Cheer @ KSHSAA Game day Cheer Competition

  Go Vikings!
Christmas Events in Winfield

Chamber Checks

With the holiday season approaching, remember that Chamber Checks make excellent gifts! Chamber Checks can only be used at our members' businesses, therefore it keeps your dollars local!

So far this year, $3,370 have been put back into Chamber Member businesses using the Chamber Check Program!

Volunteer Office Help Needed

The Chamber is seeking individuals that would be willing to cover the office from time to time. Duties would include answering the phone, helping any visitors, and occasionally selling tickets or merchandise.

Please let us know if we can put you on our call list!

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!


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

Health Insurance Open Enrollment
November 1-December 15, Community Health Center, 221 W. 8th Ave.

Set-up for Winfield Isle of Lights
Tuesday, November 14, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Island Park

Senior Safety Symposium
Friday, November 17, 9:00 AM, William Newton Hospital Physician's Pavilion, 1230 E. 6th Ave.

Country Christmas Open House
Saturday, November 18, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Trunk N Treasures, 1016 Main St.

Winfield's BEST Holiday Open House & Giveaway
Saturday, November 18, 10:00 AM, Winfield Chamber and participating BEST businesses

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Saturday, November 18, 2:00 PM, 1st Assembly of God, AC

Opening Night for Winfield Isle of Lights
Sunday, November 19, 6:00 PM, Island Park

News from Chamber Members
Please help us promote your business by sending us information to include in this section! Email information to and we will add it to this email blast. Information will need to be received each Friday by noon in order to be included in the following week's news. 

WHS & ACHS are collaborating for the December 1st Cowley Clash to raise money to support disaster relief efforts.
Please consider offering your support by purchasing our Green Zone T-Shirt.

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Three Hospitality Management properties earn Best Western® Hotels & Resorts' coveted M.K. Guertin Award
Three of Hospitality Management LLC's Best Western-branded properties have earned the hotel chain's coveted M.K. Guertin Award for 2017. Named in honor of the chain's founder, the awards went to the Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn (Arkansas City, Kansas); Best Western Plus Norman (Norman, Oklahoma); and Best Western Blackwell Inn (Blackwell, Oklahoma). Only 39 hotels across North America were so honored by Best Western this year.
"This is the third consecutive M.K. Guertin Award for Best Western Blackwell Inn, the second consecutive award for Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn, and the first award for Best Western Plus Norman, which just opened last year," said Steve Martens, President of Hospitality Management and winner of Best Western's 2016 Developer of the Year Award. "I am immensely proud of the team we have assembled at each hotel. It is their hard work and fierce commitment to customer satisfaction that earned these honors. I applaud every single team member for their loyalty to the brand and to our company."
In presenting the awards during Best Western's annual convention in Nashville this week, Best Western President and CEO David Kong said, "I am thrilled to recognize you and your staff for your dedication to providing the superior service our guests have come to expect from Best Western, and for representing our brand with great pride."
Hospitality Management operates three Best Western-branded hotels and four hotels overall in Kansas and Oklahoma. A fifth hotel - Best Western Plus Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park - is slated to open in summer 2018. The company's Best Western Plus Norman property was used as the backdrop for Best Western's 2018 national TV campaign, which premiers in February.
Reservations at any of the hotels may be booked by calling the hotel directly or through Best Western's 24-hour, toll-free reservations number (800) WESTERN.
  • Best Western Patterson Park Inn - Arkansas City, KS - 620.307.6767
  • Best Western Norman - Norman, OK - 405.801.2100
  • Best Western Blackwell Inn - Blackwell, OK - 580.363.1300


Throughout the month of November Legacy Regional Community Foundation will make a daily FaceBook post expressing "gratitude."  For 30 days our gratitude will focus on people and programs that are making a difference in our community.  These posts won't scratch the surface of the number of folks past and present that have impacted our community, but we need to start somewhere!  We hope that you will celebrate gratitude as well.  Like us on FaceBook...comment and post and share with your friends. 

The board of directors announced during the 20th Anniversary Celebration in October 2016 that each year the Legacy Regional Community Foundation will recognize an individual or group for inspiring
the vision of  Legacy Foundation through his/her leadership and action.  The award recipient will be honored at a reception and posted in the Foundation gallery.  We are looking to each of you to share with us the stories where you see the Spirit of Humanity at work.

The Spirit of Humanity Award recipient will receive a commemorative inscription for their wall and the opportunity to award a $100 grant to the charity of his/her choice.  You will find the application by clicking here.
  • The candidate may be of any age, however must live in the region in-or-around the Cowley/Sumner County area
  • The candidate must reflect uncommon leadership or action within the last 12 months that truly reflects the mission and vision of the Legacy Regional Community Foundation, which is "creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership & connecting donors to critical needs of the region."
  • The action may take many forms, it need not be financial.
  • The candidate may also be a civic group, organization, or groups of individuals for achievements or contributions to the community.
NOMINATION DEADLINE:  Thursday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m





SC Again Ranked as Top Kansas School by 'Washington Monthly'
Winfield, Kan., Nov. 10, 2017 - For the second consecutive year, "Washington Monthly" magazine has recognized Southwestern College as a top ten value in higher education in its college rankings issue.  In the 2017 issue, the magazine ranks SC seventh in the Midwest Region as a "Best Bang for the Buck College."

 According to "Washington Monthly," the "Best Bang for the Buck" list includes schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. "Washington Monthly's" methodology for the rankings is rooted in a number of key areas including graduation rates, first-generation student ratios, graduate earnings, proportion of Pell Grant recipients, and net price of attendance. 

In total, 364 institutions of higher education were ranked in the Midwest category. The seventh place ranking put Southwestern ahead of all other schools in Kansas.

"We are proud to be recognized by 'Washington Monthly' magazine again; this particular ranking is the one that is most directly tied to our mission as a college" says Southwestern College President Brad Andrews. "The dedication Southwestern College faculty and staff demonstrate in helping our students realize their potential results in an extremely valuable education."  




Musical Theatre Ensemble and SC Singers to Present Free Concerts
The Southwestern College music and theatre departments will be presenting two different nights of contemporary commercial music, beatboxing, and musical theatre. 

The Musical Theatre Ensemble and Broadway Builders will present "Broadway Backwards" on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., in Richardson Performing Arts Center.

"The concert will feature songs that each soloist would usually never perform due to it being of the opposite gender, race, or character type," says Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College.  

SC Singers will present "Forward March" on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature both group numbers and soloists performing popular contemporary songs.

"This is always a wonderful night featuring the growth of all SC vocal students over the course of this semester, with powerful belting, beat-boxing, and tight harmony," Winnie says.
There is no admission charge for either show and the public is invited to attend.  






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