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Monday, February 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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2017 Annual Meeting

The Winfield Chamber held it's annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at Baden Square.  The evening started with a social hour sponsored by Community National Bank and Trust followed by dinner catered by Ranch House Catering.   Steve Dickie, the character development coach for the WSU men's basketball team was the keynote speaker, sponsored by RCB Bank.  

Following the speaker, Mark Taylor, outgoing chamber board chairman, recognized the 2017 chamber champions, and awarded the Chamber Champion of the Year to the Winfield Food Pantry.  The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Angela Root for her work as the Winfield Main Street chairman.   Mark shared a few items from the chamber's annual report, which each attendee had in written format before turning the gavel over to incoming board chairman Curtis Trecek.

Curtis recognized the members of the 2017 board of directors, and presented certificates to the outgoing board members Mark Taylor, Phil Jarvis, and Jill Long.  Curtis outlined the items in the chamber's 2018 program of work, also provided in written format to attendees.  Before closing the meeting, a drawing was held for the donated centerpieces.

Copies of the annual report and program of work are available at the chamber if you were unable to attend the annual meeting.       

2017 Chamber Champion of the Year: Winfield Community Food Pantry

2017 Volunteer of the Year: Angela Root

Outgoing Board Members: Mark Taylor, Phil Jarvis, and Jill Long

Thank you to all our 2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors:

RCB Bank

Union State Bank, Walmart

Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn, Conco Inc., Galaxy Technologies

Community National Bank (Social Hour Sponsor), Cowley CourierTraveler, Graves Drug

Cowley College, HL Snyder Medical Foundation, Southwestern College, William Newton Memorial Hospital, Winfield Iron & Metal

Buterbaugh & Handlin, Citizen's Bank of Kansas, Edward Jones Investments - Rodger Steffen, Herlocker Roberts & Herlocker, Jarrett & Norton CPAs, JP Long CPA, SKT

Angels Care Home Health, Cowley College, Cowley CourierTraveler, Family Wealth Management, Gottlob Lawn & Landscape, Get Branded, Graves Drug, Mosaic, PrairieLand Partners, RCB Bank, Rubbermaid, Schmidt Jewelers, Security 1st Title, Snappy Chicks Boutique, Soroptimist of Winfield, Southwestern College, Union State Bank, USD 465, Walnut Valley Festival, Wheat State Wine Co.


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
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.


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

Cowley County Service Alliance Meeting
Thursday, February 8, 5:30 PM, Wright Room at Cowley College

Upcoming Chamber Activities

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

Legislative Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 13, Noon, Chamber office

Ribbon Cutting for Rice Family Dentistry
Tuesday, February 13, 12:30 PM, 810 Main St.

Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 14, 11:00 AM, Chamber office

YP Board Meeting
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 PM, Britt's Bar & Grill, Arkansas City

Community Events Calendar:    
find Arkansas City events at

UMM Pancake & Sausage Feed
Monday, February 5, 5-7:00 PM, $7, First United Methodist Church, 1000 Millington

E-Waste Recycling Event
Tuesday, February 6, 3-6:00 PM, Barn #4, Winfield Fairgrounds, 1105 W. 9th Ave.

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

Cowley County Conservation District 71st Annual Banquet & Meeting
Thursday, February 8, 6:00 PM, Community Center @ Baden Square, 700 Gary St.

CASA Mardi Gras Event
Friday, February 9, 6:00 PM, $30,  Winfield Country Club, 2916 Country Club Rd.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
Friday-Sunday, February 9-11, Winfield Public Library, 605 College St.


Vike-Connected Snapshot

Remember to sport your Viking gear this Friday to show your support! 
If you need a Vike-Connected shirt, stop by the Chamber and pick one up!

Monday - Feb 5
WMS G Basketball @ Mulvane Tourney TBA
WMS B Basketball @ Clearwater Tourney TBA

Tuesday- Feb 6
WHS G/B Basketball vs Rose Hill FR G/B 4:15pm, JV B/V G 6:00pm, JV G/V B 7:45pm (WMS CIA Walking Taco Dinner)

Thursday- Feb 8
WHS JV/V Wrestling Double Dual vs McPherson/Wellington 5:00pm (Senior Night, Vernon Geortz Recognition Night, After Glow Dinner)
WMS Wrestling Double Dual @ Wellington 4:30pm

Friday- Feb 9
WHS G/B Basketball vs Augusta FR G/B 4:15pm, JV B/V G 6:00pm, JV G/V B 7:45pm (Homecoming, Interact Taco Dinner)

Saturday- Feb 10
WHS JV Wrestling @ Valley Center Inv. 9:00am
WHS V B Swimming @ AVCTL Meet (El Dorado) 9:00am
WMS B Team Wrestling @ Goddard Inv. 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.


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



Valentine's Day is Wed. Feb 14th....Better to be fresh...then be forgotten!
We have a great variety of fresh arrangements, balloons, candy bar bouquets, fudge, fresh baked cookies, gift certificates,  gift ideas and plush stuffed animals for that special person in your life. give us a call at Timber Creek Floral 221-2418
1307 Main, Winfield, Ks


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 .



Valentine's  Spa Packages
Sweet Relaxation / 1 hour / $80
1/2 hour Massage & Express Facial
Signature Escape / 2 hours / $150
1 hour Massage,  Signature Facial & Foot Scrub
Ultimate Bliss / 2.5 hours / $180
90 minute Massage & Microdermabrasion Facial
Couples Escape / 1.5 hours / $155
1 hour Couples Massage, Champagne & Chocolate Covered Strawberries
With any Spa Package purchased you'll receive a bouquet of flowers for your Valentine!
You can also add on a bouquet of flowers to any Gift Card purchase for only $10!







Instead of a box of chocolates give a box of succulents for Valentine's Day! Boxes include a variety of our favorite succulents!  Pre-order online  or contact our offices at 620.221.8870 / email  $24 each - includes four succulents and wooden box.  Orders must be prepaid.


Help us to make 2018 campaign the best EVER for the youth of Cowley County!
88 youth in our county have requested a 1 to 1 mentoring relationship and together we can make a difference in the future!
Attached is the link to our 24th campaign for Cowley; registration preferred at least 2 weeks prior to event:                    
Under the event tab, you will find a printable pledge sheet to begin.
Click on the event you wish to participate in; on March 4th there will be a session @ 1 & 2:30 which can't be designated on the site, so email me the time you wish or once I see you have registered, I will be in contact with you to get this information.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like me to come and present this to your business or group.     

Debi Clark
Development Manager
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Cowley & Sumner Counties
Home office: 103 E. 9th Suite 316 Winfield, KS 67156
Tel: (620)221-7766 Fax: (620)221-1229 Cell: (620)222-4428


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








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: .






E-Waste Recycling Event in Winfield 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. CRT televisions and monitors will be accepted for a $5 fee; all other electronics will be accepted free of charge.

"Recycling electronic devices is very important for our planet and our community," says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern. "When electronics are sent to the landfill, they have the potential to leach hazardous toxins into our soil and drinking water. Recycling electronics ensures that they are disposed of safely and many of the components will be reused."

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.

GON Recycling accepts the following electronic items: computers, laptops, servers, network equipment, LCD monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines, copiers, POS scanners and equipment, stereo equipment, small household appliances such as toasters, irons, and coffee pots, telephones, telecommunications equipment, phone systems, security equipment, industrial equipment, UPS systems, cell phones, VCRs, radios, keyboards and computer mice, lead acid batteries, re-chargeable batteries, industrial control panels, ink and toner.

Medical equipment that has been inspected and decontaminated of blood-borne pathogens, fluids, solvents, pressure gases or radioactive sources is also accepted. Proof of decontamination is required. This can be a decontaminated sticker or paperwork attached to the unit.

"On behalf of the Green Team at Southwestern, Grace United Methodist Church, and the city of Winfield, we are excited to continue to be able to provide this service to the Winfield community," Speegle says.

For questions about recycling, please contact Jason Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at


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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