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Monday, August 28, 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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Lunch Bites Series

The Winfield Chamber will again be hosting a series of presentations by area leaders giving updates on the community. Please mark your calendars for the following dates. Cost to attend each luncheon is $10. All are held at noon at the  Winfield Chamber office, 123 E. 9th Ave.

August 31 - State of Higher Education
presentations by Southwestern College President, Dr. Brad Andrews and Cowley College President, Dr. Dennis Rittle
RSVP by 5:00 TODAY

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

To RSVP, email or call 221-2420. If you would like to attend a 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.


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

Thank you for helping us welcome visitors and recognize national holidays!


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.


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  2108  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

Downtown Walking Group Meeting
Anyone interested in helping form a downtown walking group is welcome at this meeting. Tuesday, August 29, 8:30 AM, Winfield Chamber

Chamber Dinner & Auction Wrap-up Meeting
Wednesday, August 30, 1:00 PM, Shindigs Bar & Grill, 500 Main

Lunch Bites Series: State of Higher Education
Thursday, August 31, Noon, $10, Chamber office
Please RSVP today to or 221-2420

YP Wine 201 Class
Thursday, August 31, 6:00 PM, $10/Members, $15/Non-members, Wheat State Wine Co., 23622 Springhill Farm Dr.
Please RSVP by 5 PM tomorrow to or 221-2420

Upcoming Chamber Activities

Chamber Closed Monday, September 4th for Labor Day

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

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.

Community Events Calendar:  

Air Capital Tour in Winfield
Friday, September 1, cruising Winfield

The Wichita Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club Of America will headquarter in Augusta, Kansas and be touring in the Augusta, area August 31, the Winfield, KS area September 1st, the El Dorado KS area September 2nd and The Rose Hill, Douglas, and Beaumont area September 3rd.  We will be driving Vintage Automobiles dating back to the early 1900's to the 1940's at speeds up to 30-40 miles per hour on lesser traveled blacktop roads. Most of these cars have been restored back to their original condition, a few are in original condition with the exception of being made mechanically road worthy.
There are some Vintage Car collectors that restore cars to show and very seldom drive them, however we enjoy driving them and getting them on the road letting everyone see them and at the same time give them an opportunity to see how the automobile has evolved over the years.  The children are growing up in a time where all they have to do is push a button and the window will open or close and turn a key or push a button and the car will start.  A few of us took some Model T Fords to visit a school last Spring and overheard a 3rd grader say "Look it has rollup windows", as the windows were being rolled up.  Another young student said "You have to wind up the motor to get it to run." as the engine crank was explained.
 You might think of us as a Traveling Vintage Automobile Museum.  We encourage the public to come and look them over when we are in their area, feel free to ask questions and above all we want to give everyone an opportunity to see the cars and relive a few minutes of history.  

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

Walnut Valley Farmers Market
Saturday, September 2, 7:30 AM, Parking lot West of Winfield Aquatic Center

2017 Cowley Kids Day Car & Bike Show
Saturday, September 2, 9:00 AM, Island Park

Atlanta Labor Day Celebration
September 2-4, Atlanta

UNCORK the MUSIC CONCERT SERIES: Moreland & Arbuckle
Saturday, September 2, Doors @ 7:00 PM, Show @ 8:00 PM, $20/car, Wheat State Wine Co., 23622 Springhill Farm Dr.

News from Chamber Members

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Is there a space in your office and/or home just waiting for that perfect art?  Or, maybe, you are just curious as to what type of art attracts you?  If so, Winfield Arts and Humanities Council is hosting an event for art that is searching for a new home.

WAHC is searching for new homes for a wide variety of fantastic well-loved pieces of such art for public ownership.  Could that be you?  Some pieces have been created by local artists and all have been part of the dynamic permanent collection of WAHC. Some may have even been previously checked out by you in our Art on Loan Program.

Please visit WAHC at 700 Gary during business hours to place your silent bid on art of your choice.  All pieces will be on display in the Gallery until Friday, September 1st.  Bring your friends and walk through a variety of a diversity of art work.

Winners of each bid will be contacted on Friday, September 17th after 4:30 p.m.



Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor names marketing, admissions director
Sean Page has joined Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor as marketing and admissions director, according to Executive Director Sarah Griggs.
"Sean will be a great addition to our team," Griggs said. "He has a terrific sales background, and has demonstrated a genuine interest in learning the senior living industry, getting to know the Arkansas City community, and our residents at Presbyterian Manor."
Page joined Presbyterian Manor in July. He has seven years of experience in direct sales and leadership, most recently as a store manager for US Cellular for six years. Sean has an associate's degree in computer science from Vatterott School of Technology.
"I'm looking forward to representing Presbyterian Manor to local groups in Cowley County and building relationships with local seniors who may benefit from what is offered at the campus," Page said.
For more information about Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, contact Page at 620-442-8700 or



Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cowley County Asking for Donations

WE just got word of matching funds up to $28,000 available from KSBBBS.
The gift can not be tied to our Bowl For Kids Sake and must be $500 or greater & be deposited by Friday September 8th. 
It is first come first serve basis.
Thanks for sharing with others and helping us secure something for the youth in Sumner and/or Cowley County!



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




Sale at Gottlob Lawn & Landscape

Check out our monthly sales!! For the entire month of August, Gottlob Lawn and Landscape is offering the following sale on all plants, shrubs and trees:
$5 off $25
$15 off $50
$25 off $75
$35 off $100
$100 off $250
Every day plant program
Take advantage of our discount program.  We are pleased to offer a 10% discount for plant orders of five or more of the same plant variety and size.  This discount price can be combined with other offers and is for all trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses. 
Give us a call and we can get it ordered at this discounted price.  
*Sale prices valid for current inventory only. Good thru August 2017.
 Special offers can not be combined.






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