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Monday, April 9, 2018

Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce 
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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.

April 25
State of Strother Field* 
presented by Strother Field Manager Shawn McGrew
Four County Mental Health 
Please RSVP by Monday, April 23

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

Winfield Main Street Committee
Monday, April 9, 11:30 AM, Chamber office

Executive Committee
Tuesday, April 10, 10:30 AM, Chamber office

Legislative Forum
Tuesday, April 10, Noon, Community Center at Baden Square, 700 Gary St.

Ambassadors Committee
Wednesday, April 11, 11:00 AM, Chamber office

Upcoming Chamber Activities

Chamber Board Meeting
Monday, April 16, Noon, Chamber office

Convention & Tourism Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 4:00 PM, Chamber office

YP High Ropes Challenge Course
Sunday, April 22, 1:30 PM, $10/Members, $15/Non-members, Camp Horizon, 30811 Horizon Dr., Arkansas City

Community Events Calendar:    
find Arkansas City events at

Marquee Downtown Lunch Fundraiser
Thursday, April 12, 11:00 AM, $7, Marquee PAC, 1007 Main St.

Chuck Haokos at CHC
Friday, April 13, 7:00 PM, College Hill Coffee, 403 Soward St.

SC Theatre presents "Guys & Dolls"
Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14 @ 7:30 PM, Sunday, April 15 @ 2:00 PM, $12/adults, $10/seniors, $6/students & youth, Richardson Performing Arts Center, Southwestern College, 100 College St.

Cowley County Health & Safety Fair
Saturday, April 14, 9:00 AM-NOON, Winfield High School Auxiliary Gym, 300 N. Viking Blvd.

Rise Cowley Fun Run
Saturday, April 14, Noon, $5/pre-registration, $8/day-of, Winfield High School, 300 N. Viking Blvd., registration form


Vike-Connected Snapshot

Monday, April 9, 2018
3:00pmGolf: Boys JV Invitational @El Dorado High School
3:00pmTennis: Boys JV Meet @Conway Springs High School
5:00pmSoccer: Girls JV Game (20 min) vs. Arkansas City @Richard L. Jantz Stadium
6:00pmSoccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. Arkansas City @Richard L. Jantz Stadium
12:30pm           Golf: 7/8 B Tournament @Ark City Great Life Golf Course
3:30pmTennis: Boys 7/8 Dual @Arkansas City High School Tennis Courts
3:30pmTrack: 7/8 Quad @El Dorado - BG Products Veterans Sports Complex

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
1:00pmGolf: Boys Varsity Invitational @Newton Sand Creek Station Golf Course
3:00pmTennis: Boys JV Quad @T.H. Vaughn Tennis Center
5:00pmSoccer: Girls JV Game (20 min) vs. Rose Hill @Rose Hill High School
6:30pmSoccer: Girls Varsity Match vs. Rose Hill @Rose Hill High School
9:00amGolf: 7/8 Boys Invitational @Lew Wentz Golf Course

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
3:30pmSpring Sports Pictures
4:00pm-7:00pm Whittier McTeacher Night at McDonald's
6:30pmViking Booster Club - WHS Conference Rm

Thursday, April 12, 2018
4:00pmBaseball: Varsity Double Header vs. El Dorado @El Dorado High School
4:00pmBaseball: JV Double Header vs. El Dorado @El Dorado High School
4:30pmSoftball: Varsity Double Header vs. El Dorado @El Dorado High School
4:30pmSoftball: JV Double Header      vs. El Dorado @El Dorado High School
5:00pmSoccer: Girls JV Game (20 min) vs. Augusta @Richard L. Jantz Stadium
6:00pmSoccer: Girls Varsity Game      vs. Augusta @Richard L. Jantz Stadium
12:30pm           Golf: 7/8 Invitational @Wellington Golf Course
3:30pmTennis: Boys 7/8 Dual @Valley Center Middle School Tennis Courts

Friday, April 13, 2018
3:30pmTrack and Field: Varsity Invitational @Augusta - Hillier Stadium
7:30pmWMS 7th & 8th Band & Choir Concert
TBA      KT Woodman Classic/ Pre-State Track Challenge @ WSU

Saturday, April 14, 2018
TBA       Music Regional Festivals


News from Chamber Members

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Marc McKee to Speak at Southwestern College Honors Convocation

Dr. Marc McKee, associate teaching professor in creative writing at the University of Missouri, will be the featured speaker at Southwestern College's annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12, at 4 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is welcome to attend. 

Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the Dean's Honor Roll for fall 2017 will be recognized on the printed program.
McKee received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2014, and teaches courses in composition, creative writing, and literature. He specializes in poetry, contemporary literature, and pop culture.

He is the author of "What Apocalypse?" which won the 2008 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM chapbook prize, and four full-length collections, all published or forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. His poems have appeared in publications such as "Academy of American Poets Poem a Day," "Boston Review," "Conduit, Copper Nickel," "Crazyhorse," "The Journal," "Pleiades," and others.




Saturday, April 21
Terry Quiett Band

Come hear the electric blues and rock sounds of the heartland's Terry Quiett Band!  In the first performance of an outstanding 2018 Concert Series at Wheat State Wine Company , Terry Quiett will help us Uncork the Music and showcase his exceptional talents as a singer, songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist.  
  • $20 per car.  (Want in free?  Read about our Wine Club below!)
  • Gates open at 7:00 pm, Show starts at 8:00 pm.
  • Wheat State Wine, beer and food available for purchase.
  • Feel free to bring a picnic basket, no outside alcohol.
  • Limited seating available, so bring a lawn chair.
Unlimited amounts of fun!


Southwestern College Founders Day Weekend April 13-14
Southwestern College graduates will be inducted into five halls of fame during the annual Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. 

The celebration will include recognition of inductees entering the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts, Business, Scholars, and Educators Halls of Fame.

All of the induction ceremonies are open to the public at no cost, but there is a cost for associated meals and seating is limited for those meals. To make meal reservations, contact Charles McKinzie at (620) 222-1135.

Hall of fame festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, with dinner honoring the Leaders in Service Hall of Fame for the Social Sciences.  The induction ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. Meal cost is $20.

On Saturday, April 14, the Fine Arts Hall of Fame breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in Deets Library, followed immediately by the induction ceremony at 9 a.m.  The ceremony will take place in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Meal cost is $15.

A brunch will be held for the Business Hall of Fame in Deets Library at 10 a.m., with the induction ceremony to begin at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Meal cost is $15.

At 12:45 p.m. in Deets Library, there will be a luncheon for the Educators and Scholars Hall of Fame inductees. Lunch cost is $20. At 1:30 p.m., the induction ceremony for the Educators Hall of Fame will begin. Immediately following the Educators ceremony (at approximately 2:30 p.m.) the Scholars Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin. 
Other events include:
  •        Hall of Fame lecture presented by Jacob Goodson, assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern College, Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m., in Mossman Hall room 101.  The title of his lecture is "Is Hope Still Possible in the 21st Century?"  He is the author of "Narrative Theology and the Hermeneutical Virtues: Humility, Patience, Prudence" and the forthcoming "Strength of Mind: Courage, Hope, Freedom, Knowledge." He has co-edited two books: "Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher," with Brad Elliott Stone, and "The Universe Is Indifferent: Theology, Philosophy, Mad Men," with Ann W. Duncan. He serves as the general editor for the "Journal of Scriptural Reasoning." He holds a Ph. D from the University of Virginia.  
  •        The Southwestern College theatre department will present the Tony-award-winning classic musical "Guys and Dolls" on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.
Individuals entering the various halls of fame include:
  •        Leaders in Service: General Dean Strother '29 (posthumous); Mary (Briscoe) Jarvis '87; and Dr. Kelly Bender '68.
  •        Fine Arts: Grace Raymond 1897 (posthumous), and Dr. Stephen Anderson '67.
  •        Business: Dan Fauchier '68, and Kelly Rundell '82.  Business Builder award will be presented to Best Western Plus Patterson Park Inn.
  •        Educators: Joe Coles '72, Chuck Haag '72, and Kris (Grooms) Trimmer '75.  Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education - Bill ReQua '70/'06.
  •        Scholars: Dr. Tilgham H. Aley '48, and Dr. Tara Gray '81.
Southwestern College hall of fame displays are located in Mossman Hall, Darbeth Fine Arts Center, Beech Science Center, Deets Library, and Stewart Field House.



Southwestern College Named a College of Distinction
By demonstrating continued dedication to high-impact educational practices, Southwestern College has been named as one of the nation's Colleges of Distinction.

Colleges of Distinction recognizes institutions of higher education that create unique learning environments where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building community-based learning programs, service learning programs, diversity and global learning programs, intensive writing courses, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, study abroad programs, and internships.

"We are truly honored to name Southwestern College as a College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success," said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. "Colleges of Distinction applauds Southwestern College for providing an up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with high-impact educational practices, and fostering a commitment to provide its students with an education that stretches far beyond what's typically required from an academic major."

The selection process at Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. This process also includes an interview with institutional leadership and review of each institution's freshman experience as well as its general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures.

                "While we're certainly proud to be recognized for the high-impact work happening across campus in classrooms, on practice fields, and during service learning activities, what really matters and what really is distinctive about Southwestern is the change that this pedagogical approach effects in the lives of our students and their families," said Southwestern College President Brad Andrews. "We're proud to help students recognize their potential and define their purpose- preparing capable and adaptable graduates who are driven to serve their communities and make a difference in the world is our greatest tradition."

Colleges of Distinction doesn't assign a ranking, instead they elevate institutions that meet the criteria for selection by featuring profiles on their website and in the organization's guidebook.

"Colleges of Distinction is much more than an annual ranking of colleges and universities. Our goal is to select schools that are 100% focused on the student experience, driven to produce well-rounded graduates who are prepared for a global society and economy," said Schritter.

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide college profiles, tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information visit




SC Commencement to be Held May 13
The schedule of activities for Southwestern College spring graduation has been announced and includes events on April 12 (Honors Convocation) and May 13 (Commencement).

 The opening event of the season is Honors Convocation Thursday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. Although this is a traditional main campus program, professional studies learners who qualified for the fall 2017 Dean's Honor Roll will be recognized.

Commencement ceremonies on May 13 will be held in Richardson Performing Arts Center and in Richard L. Jantz Stadium. Commencement times include:
  •     Noon - Graduate hooding and Commencement (Richardson Performing Arts Center).
  •     2:30 p.m.- Undergraduate Commencement (Jantz Stadium). In case of inclement weather, this ceremony will be moved to Stewart Field House. Commencement day weather-related announcements will be posted on and on social media sites.
               Additional events on May 13 include Baccalaureate and induction ceremonies for Order of the Mound.

Baccalaureate will be at 10 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. Devices to assist those with hearing problems are available in the Richardson box office, and an area is reserved for handicapped patrons and their companions. 

Inductees to the Order of the Mound will be honored 11:30 a.m. at the Cole Mound Plaza (in case of inclement weather, in Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Building). The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the class.

Undergraduate Commencement activities will be broadcast live on closed circuit television on the Southwestern campus as well as online at Viewing location will be the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building.

Parking for graduation day will be available for persons with handicap permits in the parking lot between Christy Administration Building and Roy L. Smith Student Center. Security personnel will assist in finding parking and by providing rides on golf carts from outlying parking lots.

For more information call (620) 229-6223 or go to




Gottlob Coupon Program

Join our 2018 Coupon Program for $25 and receive great deals and save big each month through the entire year! You'll also receive a free pot and a set of gardening gloves (pictured above)! Get started this season! Stop by our Nursery & Garden Center today and start saving.

Save the date! Join us for a relaxing evening outside full of food, drinks and DIY Classes! So grab a friend and come on out for a fun night!   From cute containers and fairy gardens to helpful garden tips, these garden art projects and practical DIYs will enhance any backyard/home! Classes include:
- Succulent Wine Corks
- Mini Succulent Pots
- Fairy Garden
- Painting Class
- Wooden flower/herb box
- Water features
- Planting basics
- Painted rocks

Luciano's  Italian Food Truck
Bottle Service  will have a great selection of drinks (wine & beer)
Little Lion Ice Cream  homemade ice cream








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:




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, 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








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Winfield, KS 67156
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