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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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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USA & Welcome Flag Sponsorships

The Winfield Chamber is replacing all the flags for downtown. We are asking community members to sponsor purchasing a flag for $35. Deadline to get money in is Friday, September 8th. Checks should me made out to:

Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 640
Winfield, KS 67156

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102.5 The River is offering $300 in FREE advertising to new Chamber members!!  (Some restrictions apply)

Anyone that is interested in joining the Winfield Chamber can apply on our website or stop by the office at 123 E. 9th Ave. to pick up a membership packet.


Lunch Bites Series

The Winfield Chamber will be hosting our last presentation for the year. Cost to attend the luncheon is $10. It will be held at noon at the  Winfield Chamber office, 123 E. 9th Ave.

October 5 - State of the County
presentation by a county commissioner

To RSVP, email or call 221-2420. If you would like to attend the Lunch Bites presentation but do not plan to eat, please RSVP and let us know so we can be sure to have adequate seating available.

The Kansas  legislature passed several  bills in  June 2017 that will  affect  virtually all  Kansas  business  and  individual  taxpayers. The  income tax changes  are  retroactive,  going into effect  January 1, 2017.   We  want  you to be aware the  changes-to be proactive in  any  tax  planning  or  action that needs  done,  rather  than be  surprised on the 2017 income tax returns.  Below is a  summary  of  the major  changes.
For years  2013 through 2016, business income  was not  taxable  in  Kansas.   Senate  Bill 30  reinstates the  taxability of all business income  in Kansas.   For  the  calendar  year 2017, all business  income  from  farms, businesses,  LLCs, S- corporations  will be  subject  to  Kansas  income  tax.   Business losses  will again be  deductible  from gross income  in  2017.  For  2017  and future  years, federal net operating losses will  'flow  through' to Kansas income  tax  returns.
For businesses, rentals, royalties,  LLCs, partnerships, S-corporations-you  may  have Kansas tax liabilities for  2017, and no  estimates  paid in to cover.
Senate  Bill  30  increased individual income  tax  rates retroactively  for  2017, and further increased them for  2018  and future  years. At  the end of this memo  is a summary of  the  new  tables.   There are now  three income  tax  rate  levels  for  2017-  2.9%,  4.9%, and 5.2%.   In  2018 the levels  increase to  3.1%,  5.25%  and 5.7%.
Individuals will pay Kansas  taxes on income  at  the  new  higher rates for the  entire  2017 year - even  though  the  Kansas tax  withholding on  their wages for  the  months  January  through June  2017 was calculated  at a lower rate.
All businesses  with employees  will use  new Kansas  tax  withholding tables for their employees for  July 1 and  forward.   The  new withholding tables are  based on 2018 tax  rates,  in an attempt to 'catch-up'on the withholding  in the  last  six  months of  2017.   If  you are  an employee, you should see  increased  Kansas income  tax  withholding  from your paychecks some time  in July.   Every taxpayer's situation is different, so  the  increased withholding may or may not  cover the  Kansas tax  increase.
For 2017 only - Kansas  will  not  impose  an underpayment  penalty or interest for  Kansas income  taxes  underpaid,to the  extent  the  underpayment  was a result  of this rate  increase, and  the  full Kansas tax  amount  due  is paid by  April 17, 2018.
The  Kansas  Department of  Revenue  has issued Notices 17-02 thru  17-11 explaining these  changes in greater  detail.  You can  access these  notices  through this  link -

The Kansas  Department of Revenue strongly  encourages  all  taxpayers to assess their  tax  situation,  and begin  making  estimate payments  as  necessary to  cover  the  2017 income tax liability.
Chamber Activities This Week

New Member Luncheon
Wednesday, September 6, Noon, Chamber office

Ribbon Cutting for Urgent Care Center
Thursday, September 7, Noon, 1305 E. 19th Ave.

YP Board Meeting
Thursday, September 7, 6:00 PM, Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant, 719 Main St.

Upcoming Chamber Activities

Winfield Main Street Board Meeting
Monday, September 11, Noon, Chamber office

Executive Committee Meeting
Monday, September 11, 3:00 PM, Chamber office

Legislative Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 12, Noon, Arkansas City Chamber

Winfield Main Street Hamburger Feed & Music Crawl
Tuesday, September 12, 5:30 PM, Millington & 9th Ave.

YP Beer Garden
Tuesday, September 12, 5:30 PM, Millington & 10th Ave.

Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 13, 11:00 AM, Chamber office

Community Events Calendar:  

Magna Carta Traveling Exhibition
September 1-30, Winfield Public Library, 605 College St.

Walnut Valley Festival Landrush
Thursday, September 7, 7:00 AM, Winfield Fairgrounds

Walnut Valley Farmers Market
Saturday, September 9, 7:30 AM, Parking lot west of Winfield Aquatic Center

Burden Dayz
Saturday, September 9, All Day, Burden

CCHSM Vendor on the Grounds
Saturday, September 9, 10:00 AM, Cowley County Historical Society Museum, 1011 Mansfield

News from Chamber Members

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Walk With WMS Students

On October 4th, WMS students and staff will be meeting at the Dollar General parking lot at 7AM to walk to school together.  We would love for community members to meet us there and help hand out healthy snacks and wristbands to students.  Also, you are invited to walk with us, as we make our way to school!  If you have any questions please email Kait Pressnall at




Soroptimist Selling Terri Lynn Nuts

Soroptimist of Winfield is again taking orders for Terri Lynn chocolate, nuts
And candy items. Prices range from $7 to $15 and will be delivered
By the first of November.  Order from any Soroptimist member
Or call Donna at 620-221-1909.  We will be accepting orders
Until September 29. Delicious and great holiday gifts.  Order now!



JourneyKids Choir Accepting Students
The Community Music School at Southwestern College is now accepting students for the JourneyKids Choir, a choral opportunity for all students in third through sixth grades in Winfield and the surrounding communities.

The group, now entering its third year, is made up of area students from Cowley County.
Brandi Young, new executive director for the Community Music School, says that the JourneyKids Choir provides a positive experience.

"The JourneyKids Choir focuses on the development of community within the group, providing an open and encouraging atmosphere for student bonding and camaraderie," Young says.

The group is directed by Nikki Kirk, an elementary school music educator at Jefferson Elementary and C-4 Elementary in Arkansas City.  Kirk also serves as the director of music at the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield. She has taught over 10 years in general music, band, and choir in the public schools of Kansas and in her home state of West Virginia. She also served as an instructor at Coffeyville Community College. In addition, the group is accompanied by Winfield pianist and Community Music School teacher Marsha Granberry.

Voice placements will be at the Arkansas City Middle School on Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 5 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Voice placements will also be at the Winfield Middle School on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 4 to 5 p.m., and on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  All newly interested students along with returning students are asked to schedule a voice placement hearing to get to know Kirk prior to the start of rehearsals.

Rehearsals take place in Darbeth Fine Arts Center, room 207, on the Southwestern College campus on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, Sept. 19. The fee per semester for involvement in the group is $15 a month or $100 for the year paid on or before Sept. 30.

For more information or to schedule a voice placement, call Young, at (620) 229-6188 or email




2017 Power of the Purse

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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Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce
123 E. 9th Avenue
P.O. Box 640
Winfield, KS 67156
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