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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce 
Keeping You Informed!

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. 

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Event Sponsor Levels:

Gold - $500
Silver - $250
Bronze - $150
Chairman - $100
Director - $50


Please consider creating a centerpiece for a table at our annual meeting! The centerpiece can be a gift basket filled with items from your business or a decorative piece. All centerpieces will be given away to our guests in a drawing at the end of the night.

If you would like to provide a centerpiece for the annual meeting, please let us know by emailing Megan at or calling 221-2420.


2018 Chamber Lunch Bites Series

Mark the following dates down on your calendar for the annual Lunch Bites Series! Area leaders will give a presentation over a catered lunch.

February 21
State of Cowley College*
presented by President Dr. Rittle
Wright Room in Brown Center at Cowley College campus

March 8
State of Southwestern College
presented by President Dr. Andrews
Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce

April 25
State of Strother Field* 
presented by Strother Field Manager Shawn McGrew
Location TBA

June 21 
State of City of Winfield
presented by Mayor Greg Thompson
Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce

August 30
State of Cowley County*
presented by a member of the County Commission
Community Center at Baden Square

October 4
State of USD 465

All presentations are at Noon. Lunch is $10.
To RSVP for any of these dates, please email or call 221-2420.

*Indicates these luncheons are co-hosted by the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.


Winfield Fire/EMS Department will also be hosting 30-minute classes here at the Winfield Chamber every Wednesday at 8:30 AM during the month of February. To reserve a spot for one of these classes, please call 221-2420 or email

Also, if you have an AED in your building, please let Aaron Sutton know. Winfield Fire/EMS is working to compile a list of locations of AED's in Winfield for an app so the information can be accessible to the public.


Newcomer Packet Materials

The Chamber provides informational material in bags for people moving to town or those that are interested in moving. In these bags, we include promotional material from our members. We have given out dozens of these in the last couple months and we are running out of material!

Please consider bringing around 50 promotional items (rack cards, pens, magnets, etc.) to the Chamber so we can help you promote your business! This is a FREE member benefit! 


Chamber Activities This Week

Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 11:00 AM, Chamber office

Convention & Tourism Strategic Planning Meeting
Wednesday, January 17, 3:00 PM, Chamber office

Ribbon Cutting for Winfield Food Pantry
Thursday, January 18, 4:30 PM, 314 College

YP Strategic Planning Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 6:00 PM, Chamber office

Upcoming Chamber Activities

Chamber Board Meeting
Monday, January 22, Noon, Chamber office

Chamber Coffee hosted by Shindigs & Wheat State Wine Co.
Thursday, January 25, 10:00 AM, Shindigs Bar & Grill, 500 Main St.

CCTA Meeting
Thursday, January 25, Noon, Pam Crain's Home

Ribbon Cutting for Trunk N' Treasures
Friday, January 26, 10:00 AM, 1016 Main St.

Community Events Calendar:    
find Arkansas City events at



Vike-Connected Snapshot

Wednesday- Jan 17
Winter Sports Pics for HS and MS

Thursday- Jan 18
WHS B Basketball @ Halstead Tourney TBA (If lose Tuesday)
WMS B Basketball @ Mulvane 7A/8B 5:00pm, 8A/7B 6:00pm
WMS G Basketball vs Mulvane 7A/8B 5:00pm, 8A/7B 6:00pm

Friday- Jan 19
WHS B Basketball @ Halstead Tourney TBA (If win Tuesday)
V B Swimming @ Wichita Heights Inv TBA

Saturday- Jan 20
WHS B Basketball @ Halstead Tourney TBA
V B Swimming @ Wichita Heights Inv TBA
JV Wrestling Inv @ Wellington 9:00am

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.  Pictures and/or flyers must be in a .jpeg format please.



Cowley County Third Thursday is the community networking group for health and human service providers, advocates and partners that serve Cowley County communities. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month (except December) and shares information. There are no fees, no membership expectations and no long-term commitments! We are committed to sharing information to help our communities thrive and maintaining the "Cowley County Resource Directory."
January 18, 2018 is Super Sharing Day. The day features 45 minutes of quick sharing by attendees and 45 minutes of informal networking. If you can only attend one Third Thursday event, the super sharing day is the event to attend! The gathering will be held at Physicians Pavilion, 1230 E 6th, Assembly Room, Winfield KS 67156. Plan to bring at least 50 business cards to share.


71st Annual Cowley County Conservation District Meeting

The Cowley County Conservation District is hosting the 71st Annual Meeting and Dinner, February 8, 2018.  Please contact Amanda Scott @ (620) 221-1850 ext. 3 for information.



Winfield Community Food Pantry Open House

You are invited to an Open House & Ribbon Cutting for the Winfield Community Food Pantry's new spiffy and spacious location at 314 College St. Thanks to the Grace Methodist Congregation and many community volunteers and donors for making our pantry expansion possible. The Power of the Purse, Cowley County United Way, and Legacy Regional Community Foundaton deserve a special thanks as granters. 

Please join us Thursday, January 18th, 4:30-6:00 PM at 314 College St. Refreshments will be served. Ribbon cutting at 4:30 PM.






Crop Hunger Walk Seeking New Treasurer

Crop Hunger Walk is an annual community walk that raises donations to help people and families that are in dire need of clean water for a healthy life, a need for shelter due to war or natural disaster, and/or education on how to raise animals or vegetables to care for their families.  Church World Services helps people here in the United States as well as the rest of the world.

Our Treasurer is retiring from this position after many years of dedication.  If you may be interested in the position of the Crop Hunger Walk Treasurer please contact Sheryl Pugmire at 620-221-1994. 



Grant available through United Healthcare

UnitedHealthcare will be awarding $25,000 to a small business in the greater Wichita area through a unique online Community Care Award competition. Whomever has the next BIG idea for enhancing community health and wellness will be the winning project and UnitedHealthcare will support its implementation in early 2018.
Here are the basic details, eligible counties include: Reno, Sedgwick, Cowley, Sumner, Butler, McPherson, Harvey and Marion.
  • Businesses in greater Wichita with two to 100 employees are eligible to submit project ideas for enhancing the local community's health and wellness
  • All projects must involve a partnership with a local nonprofit organization
  • The window to apply online is from Jan. 1 - Feb. 15, 2018 at 
  • Up to five finalists will be selected
  • Finalists will have a chance to present their idea to a panel of judges from UnitedHealthcare, local health care experts and business leaders on Feb. 28 at the Wichita Chamber of Commerce
  • The finalist with the highest combined score will win the $25,000 grand prize
As always, we are grateful for the opportunity to help Kansans live healthier lives through these important partnerships. Please help us share this information with your colleagues and networks. For more information on the UnitedHealthcare Community Care Award including the official contest rules and how to apply, visit: .



What sets Bank of the West apart from other banks is our team members-they embody the optimistic spirit of the West. There is a spirit here that drives us to do more. Our team of more than 10,000 employees is vital to the success of our Bank. They reflect our modern western values-straightforward, entrepreneurial and optimistic. We seek to create a corporate culture that fosters and rewards excellence, encourages creative thinking and respects diversity - an environment where team members are engaged, supportive of one another and enthusiastic about serving our customers. Bank of the West offers the stability of a company that has a 135 year history and is part of BNP Paribas, a European leader in global banking and financial services and one of the 6 strongest banks in the world. We offer opportunities across our diverse business lines - Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, National Finance, and Wealth Management.

Branch Manager
Job DescriptionSummary
Branch Manager is a results-oriented leader with an established track record of success.  Can illustrate effective leadership strategies and tactics to drive results.  Effectively balances needs of the organization, the team members, and our clients.
Generally responsible for the sales/service activities, marketing plan, operating budget, profitability and operational integrity of the branch.  Provides overall leadership for the branch.  Understands, communicates and works to achieve the mission of the Bank.  Level assignment is based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to: scope and complexity of responsibility, market area, size of office, experience and expertise of manager.

Essential Job Functions
1.     Ensures that the branch sales/service supports the overall corporate objective to provide superior service. Participates in selling Bank products and providing excellent customer service.
2.     Plans, implements, and manages the operating and capital budgets to maximize branch profitability.
3.     Directs branch business development through outside calls, in-branch selling, telemarketing, branch campaigns, and targeted direct mailing. Develops and manages an annual branch marketing plan with specific goals.
4.     Ensures expansion of customer relationships through branch cross-selling activities.
5.     Manages the branch portfolio for optimum performance.
6.     Promotes staff development through training, cross-training, and career planning. Trains staff in the area of customer service, sales, operations, and Bank products. Ensures that ongoing sales and product service training is provided.
7.     Participates in events that demonstrate support for the community and increase business opportunities for the Bank. Ensures compliance with CRA outreach programs.
8.     Performs other duties as assigned.

  •          Bachelor's Degree  - Preferred
  •          Understands basic management approaches such as work scheduling, prioritizing, coaching and process execution. Typically requires broad job knowledge of technical or operational practices within assigned discipline.
  •          Requires 5-7 years minimum prior relevant experience.
  •          Complete knowledge of sales, branch banking and consumer lending
  •          Working knowledge of the Bank's products (i.e., deposits, cash management, loans and other fee income generating products).
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law.   Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.
Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.



Job/Career Fairs, Jan. - Aug. 2018
(Please confirm dates before registering)
Spring University Events:
Fort Hays State University Fall Career-Internship Fair - Hays, KS - Feb. 7, 2018 

Kansas University 2018 University Career Fair - Lawrence, KS - Feb. 7, 2018
Washburn 2018 Spring Career Fair - Topeka, KS - Feb. 14, 2018

Pittsburg State University Majors Career Fair - Pittsburg, KS - Mar. 14, 2018
Emporia State University recruitment events - Emporia, KS
Kansas State University recruitment events - Manhattan, KS
Wichita State University recruitment events - Wichita, KS -
Military/Veteran Events:
  • Statewide Job Fair - Mar. 8, 2018 - Chanute, Edgerton, El Dorado, Garden City, Kansas City, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Manhattan, McPherson, Topeka & Wichita;
Registration -   - click on location you want to participate at;
  •  - click on "Job Fairs" on the scrolling banner; (You can set up an employer account on the site & post your job opportunities and/or search resumes at no cost.)
 (877) 509-6757





Green Team Southwestern Plans E-Waste Recycling Event for Feb. 6
The Green Team of Southwestern College will again collaborate with Grace United Methodist Church and the City of Winfield for an e-waste recycling event from 3 to 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The Green Team will be accepting all electronics free of charge except for CRT TVs and monitors. For CRT TVs and monitors, there will be a $5 charge per unit.

"If you are giving or receiving new electronic devices for Christmas this year, set aside your old devices until early February," says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.

Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. GON Recycling will collect the items and process them for recycling. GON Recycling guarantees 100 percent security on all hard drives and customer information. They are e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 Certified. 


The Military Hometown Heroes of Winfield Banner Project is a living tribute created for the community to recognize and honor Winfield residents and their family members who are serving, have served, or have given their life to our country in the United States Armed Forces. Each banner will be in honor of a specific Winfield service person and will include their name, branch of service and photo. Banners will be displayed in the square of the Winfield Memorial Park on Armed Forces Day and the month of November to both celebrate and remind the community of their dedication to our country.

The Hometown Heroes banners will be displayed at the Memorial Park square at the initial start of this program and as the project expands the banners will be placed in other common community areas within our town, such as 9th and Main street. (All banner locations shall be determined solely by the banner committee.)
The Hometown Heroes Banners are purchased by the family members or the individual veteran. The cost of each banner is $150 and includes the design, production and shipping. $160 is for the pole hardware that includes, 2 poles, 2 clamps and 2 steel straps. $7.00 will be added for the administration fee. Totaling $317.  Only one Veteran per banner side. So if you have multiple Veterans you may put one Veteran on one side and the other on the other side. 
The banners will be used twice a year for the next four years. At the end of the 4th year the family will be notified that their term is up and they will have the option of purchasing a new banner and continue with another 4 years or opt out and keep their banner.  When they opt out we will mail their banner back to them for the family to do what they wish.
Businesses or individuals at any time may donate any amount of monies to help other Veterans that are unable to purchase their own banner.  They may also sponsor an individual Veteran.
Please Fill out the information below:
Family/ Name of applicant__________________________________ 
Applicant address___________________________________
Applicant phone___________________________ 
Applicant email___________________________ 
Veterans Name_____________________________________ Veterans Military Branch____________ Rank (if known)____________________ 
Years of service (if known)__________ War Served (if served in War)____________________________
There is room at the bottom of the banner for general information. 2 lines, 21 characters each including spaces.(Military information only) Example: if they served in multiple branches or an exemplary medal, such as purple heart... etc 
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You will need to submit a picture and payment by March 31st, 2018 . Pictures must be in Military Uniform and in a high quality digital form (preferably 300 or higher DPI). If you do not have a digital copy, please bring the picture and self addressed envelope to Tammy Carrasco at 1521 Main Street and we will digitize the photo and return it to you in the envelope you provided in an appropriate time frame. Please return ALL forms to Tammy Carrasco at 1521 Main Street, Winfield, KS 67156. Payments need to be made in cash or check, payable to Legacy/Veterans Banner Project.


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Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce
123 E. 9th Avenue
P.O. Box 640
Winfield, KS 67156
Ph: 620-221-2420
Fax: 620-221-2958
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