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Monday, March 5, 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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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.

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

April 25
State of Strother Field* 
presented by Strother Field Manager Shawn McGrew
Four County Mental Health 

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
Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce

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.


The Cowley County Service Alliance held its first meeting on Feb. 8 with more than 70 attending.  The mission of the group is to create community growth through coordinated efforts in service and philanthropy for a larger collective impact.

CCSA is asking clubs, organizations, civic groups, and non-profits who would like to be involved to complete the CCSA organization  submission form.

Contact the Winfield Chamber with questions.

Chamber Activities This Week

Youth Employment Project Informational Meeting
Monday, March 5, 11:30 am, Winfield Chamber

Lunch Bites: State of Southwestern College
Thursday, March 8, Noon, $10, Chamber office
RSVP by Monday, March 5

YP Board Meeting
Thursday, March 8, 6:00 PM, Shindigs Bar & Grill, 500 Main

Sunday, March 11 is Daylight Savings Time

Upcoming Chamber Activities

Winfield Main Street Committee Meeting
Monday, March 12, 11:30 AM, Chamber office

Legislative Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 13, Noon, Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce

Executive Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 13, 1:00 PM, Chamber office

Ambassador Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 14, 11:00 AM, Chamber office

YP Dirty Cross Stitch Class
Wednesday, March 14, 6:00 PM, $20/YP Members, $35/Non-Members, College Hill Coffee, 403 Soward St.
RSVP by Friday, March 9

YP Lunch N' Learn: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Thursday, March 15, Noon, $5/YP Members, $10/Non-Members, Winfield Public Library, 605 College St.
RSVP by Monday, March 12

Community Events Calendar:    
find Arkansas City events at

WPL Book Discussion: "The Things They Carried"
Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 PM, Winfield Public Library, 605 College St.

Marquee Downtown Luncheon Fundraiser
Thursday, March 8, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, $7, Marquee PAC, 1007 Main St.

South Kansas Symphony Chamber Gala
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 PM, $40, Barns @ Timber Creek, 14704 91st Rd.


Vike-Connected Snapshot

Tuesday- Mar 6
WMS Math Relays @ Wellington 4:00pm
FFA Community Dinner @ WHS 6:30pm
WHS Band/City Band Concert 7:30pm

Thursday- March 8
WHS B Basketball 4A State @ Salina TBA (If win Friday and Satuday during sub-state)


Scholarship Opportunities
If your business or organization offers a scholarship, please email the application and information about the scholarship to to be featured in this section.
Cowley County Farm Bureau

We have a $1000 essay application open to Cowley County Farm Bureau members.   The selected winning essayist will be receive a check for $1000 that can be used towards any college or technical school expenses.  Completed essays and the application are due April 27th by close of business day.


Winfield Rotary Club

Qualifications for Applicants:
  1. Recipients shall be residents of Winfield or the surrounding rural area at the time of application.
  2. Students must be of good character and ability.
  3. A grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  4. A demonstration of "need" will be considered, but not necessarily be a determining factor in the selection.
  5. No restrictions are made regarding gender, race, or religion.


Winfield Arts & Humanities Council Art Scholarships

Winfield Arts & Humanities Council Art Scholarship
Requirements: must be majoring in visual arts, writing, or drama
Due date for application: March 31, 2018  

Winfield Arts & Humanities Council Music Scholarship
Requirements: must be majoring in music or dance
Due date for application: March 31, 2018

Sue Jean Covacevich Art Scholarship
Requirements: must be majoring in visual arts
Due date for application: March 31, 2018

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.


Best Western Plus Seeking Assistant General Manager

Have you ever desired to be in a leadership position but maybe haven't ever had the opportunity? If so, let us know why you might want to take on a leadership role at our award winning hotel.

We are currently looking to add another member to our leadership team who will supervise 5-9 other employees. Assistant General Manager.

Email or call 620-307-6767



Need extra housing? Whole apartment available for nightly, weekly, or longer stays next to Southwestern College, College Hill Coffee, and Grace Methodist Church.
New signups to Airbnb can use this URL for $40 credit:



Senior Portfolio Interviews

This year's senior portfolio interviews will take place on the evenings of Tuesday, April 17; Wednesday, April 18; and Thursday, April 19  from 5:00-9:00 p.m. each evening.  Business professionals and community members are needed to help form the interview teams.  If you are willing to help on one or multiple evenings mentioned above, please follow this link to fill out the volunteer form .
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out.

Portfolio information: 
All of this year's portfolios are digital!   
One of the benefits of the digital medium is that the portfolio(s) can be viewed prior to interview from the comfort of your own home or office.  You will no longer need to go to the District Office ahead of time or be at the interview location early to view the portfolios.  Once interview teams are set, you will be emailed links to the portfolios belonging to the 3-4 seniors you will interview, and you can view them any time at your convenience.  



SKS Chamber Gala to be Held on March 11
The South Kansas Symphony (SKS) will hold its annual Chamber Gala on Sunday, March 11 , at 3 p.m., at The Barns at Timber Creek.

The event is sponsored by Jane Duncan and Craig and Diana Duncan.

According to Amber Peterson, SKS conductor, the Chamber Gala is an important fundraiser for the community/college orchestra.

"Come enjoy an afternoon of chamber music, performed by symphony musicians, as well as hors d'oeuvres, wine, and a silent auction," Peterson says.  "We are grateful for the venue donation of The Barns at Timber Creek."

The following businesses have donated items or services for the silent auction: Wheat State Winery, Gottlob Lawn and Landscaping, Rubbermaid, Quail Ridge Golf Course, Shindig 's Bar and Grill, Buchanan Enterprises, Madeline Norland Massage/Reflexology, Alecia Hendricks Massage Therapy, Southwestern College, and College Hill Coffee.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person ($25 of which is tax deductible). Reservations are required and limited seating is available. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Ashton Humbert at Southwestern College at (620)  229-6272.



SC Class Seeking Businesses for TV Commercial Production

The COMM 114 Basic Video Production course at Southwestern College is seeking to collaborate with local Winfield businesses this Spring 2018 semester in the production of free 30-second television commercials.  Students will be required to communicate clearly with business owners/managers as clients and incorporate their ideas and visions into these ads using high definition video and sound to deliver the finished product by an agreed-upon deadline.  Clients will receive a copy of the finished ad on a DVD or jump drive.  Commercials will also air on Southwestern College's new JinxTV television station. For more information, please contact instructor Jason Knowles at



Winfield Elks Charitable Fund taking applicants

The Winfield Elks Charitable Fund of Legacy Regional Community Foundation provides funding to Winfield (KS) area charitable projects and programming that helps children grow up health and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and/or honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.  The Fund is pleased to announce a request for proposals.  Successful project applications for the Winfield Elks Charitable Fund grant will carry out the same intended objectives.  The project or programming must serve the Winfield (KS) area.

Each applicant is eligible to apply for one (1) 2018 Winfield Elks Charitable Fund grant up to $5,000.  The deadline for submitting completed applications is March 30, 2018.  Detailed information is available at .


Kansas Teacher of the Year Team Coming to Southwestern College
The Kansas Teacher of the Year (KTOY) 2018 team will be at Southwestern College on Thursday, March 8, in Deets Library's Murray Reference Room.  The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.  The event is sponsored by the Southwestern College Ed Builders and funding is provided by the Southwestern College Student Government Association.

There will be a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m., followed by a light dinner (RSVP is necessary and seating is limited).  The KTOY team will have a presentation at 5:45 p.m.
Kansas Teacher of the Year Samantha J. Neill, who teaches grades 9-12 English language arts in Buhler USD 313, will be in attendance along with 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year Jennifer L. Donovan (K-5 music, De Soto USD 232); Gilbert R. Still Jr., grade 4, Dodge City USD 443;  Jamie D. Manhart (grades 9-12 journalism, Silver Lake USD 372); Sarah C. VenJohn, (grades 9-12 mathematics, Winfield USD 465); Megan E. Nagel (grade 6 English language arts, science, Newton USD 373); Bradley W. Weaver (K-5 music, Atchison USD 409; and Angela R. Powers (grade 10 English, AVID, Olathe USD 233).

For more information or to make dinner reservations, contact Sheryl Erickson, associate professor of education at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6360.


Mosaic in LOCATION invites you to attend a free, one-hour tour of our mission and hear stories from the people we support, their families and our staff. FREE LUNCH TO GO provided! 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
12:00 Noon
2120 E. 9th, Winfield, KS  
Thursday, April 19, 2018
12:00 Noon
2120 E. 9th, Winfield, KS
Thursday, May 17, 2018
12:00 Noon
2120 E. 9th, Winfield, KS  
For your reservation, please contact:
Nancy Maier, Community Relations Officer




Do you have dependents?
If so, please complete our childcare survey.
A coalition of volunteers interested in improving early childhood learning outcomes for all children in Cowley County is gathering information about the childcare needs of residents in Cowley County.
The results of this survey will help us determine the feasibility of the local need for childcare facilities, as well as determine areas of concern that may need to be addressed in access to childcare. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey of 14 quick questions.
Thank you in advance for your feedback!
For employers, there is a separate survey for your feedback -
Click here -  Childcare Survey- Employersor you can complete the survey by going to


Medical Loan Closet Seeking New Location

The Medical Loan Closet, which has been housed at Grace Episcopal Church annex for the last four years needs to find a new home - soon! The Closet is a non-profit ministry staffed entirely by volunteers. The Closet loans durable medical equipment at no charge to anyone in need. The space needs to be at least 700 square feet and either on the ground floor or with elevator access. If you have any ideas for this space,  please call or email Cheri Baer, 221-3678 or







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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