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Monday, November 27, 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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Deadline extended for entries for Lighted Christmas Parade
New deadline - 5:00 PM TODAY!




Be a Chamber Coffee Host!

Hosting a Chamber Coffee is a great way to introduce your business or organization to other chamber members. Hosts can either invite members to their location or set up in the chamber office. Also, an article about the coffee host is featured in our monthly Enterprise newsletter. 

Coffees are hosted every 4th Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM. 
A coffee sponsorship is $200.

Available months in 2018:

If you would like to host a Chamber Coffee, please contact Megan at or call 221-2420.


We have more Sampler T-shirts!

We have ordered our last batch of the final Kansas Sampler Festival T-shirts and we are selling them for $12 each ($14 for sizes 3XL & 4XL). If you would like to purchase a shirt, stop the chamber office. We will accept cash and check.


Notary Services Available

Did you know?
We have notary service available for our Chamber Members! 
Call the office at 221-2420 to check for availability.


Volunteer Office Help Needed

The Chamber is seeking individuals that would be willing to cover the office from time to time. Duties would include answering the phone, helping any visitors, and occasionally selling tickets or merchandise.

Please let us know if we can put you on our call list!


Chamber Activities This Week

YP Circles Meal
Monday, November 27, 5:30 PM, Grace United Methodist Church, 320 College St.

Ribbon Cutting for Southwestern College Hayward Gates Project
Wednesday, November 29, 12:30 PM, 100 College St.

Convention & Tourism Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 29, 4:00 PM, Chamber office

Upcoming Chamber Activities

Ribbon Cutting for Agora Architectural Design
Thursday, December 7, 10:00 AM, 800 Main Place, upper level

YP Christmas Party
Thursday, December 7, 6:00 PM, Winfield Country Club, 2916 Country Club Rd.

Winfield Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 9, 6:30 PM, Main Street Between 10th & 17th

Community Events Calendar:    
find Arkansas City events at

Winfield Isle of Lights
November 19-December 30, Open nightly 6-10:00 PM, Island Park

Winfield's BEST Holiday Giveaway
November 18-December 14, Participating BEST businesses

Winfield City Band Annual Holiday Concert
Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 PM, Winfield Public Library, 605 College St.

SC Dedication of the Hayward Gates Project
Wednesday, November 29, 12:30 PM, Kirks Dr., Southwestern College Campus

SC Winterfest Concert
Sunday, December 3, 3:00 PM, Richardson Performing Arts Center, Southwestern College Campus

News from Chamber Members

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25th Anniversary Winfield Isle of Lights T-shirts for Sale

Long-sleeve navy blue T-shirts are available for purchase at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce or at the Isle of Lights gate house.

Youth Sizes: $10
Adult Sizes Small to XL: $15
Adult Sizes 2XL to 4XL: $18

Cash or check only.


Nutcracker tickets are available for sale NOW!!! Come by Cutting Edge Custom Tees at 211 East 9th, The Edge Performing Arts Centre at 217 East 9th, Felt's Oil Company at 221 East 9th, and the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce at 123 East 9th to get yours!!

You can also find one of the Edge dancers and buy tickets directly from them!!

Tickets may also be purchased by phone; call (620)402-0233 or (620)229-9300.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. The show is December 16th, 2017 at Southwestern' s Richardson Performing Arts Centre. Showtimes are 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm with a special performance by the Viking Voices a half hour before each show.


SC to Dedicate George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success
Southwestern College President Brad Andrews invites the public to attend a special dedication of the George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 12:30 p.m., at the opening of Kirk Drive on campus. 

The gateway was made possible by the generosity of Jack and Helene Hayward.
In June 2016, Andrews received a letter from Jack Hayward, a Kansas native who lives in Canyon, Texas.  He introduced himself as the son of G. L. Hayward.

"My father passed away in September 1965, in Elkhart, Kansas," the letter read.  "At the time of his death he was in communication with your college about financing some project."

Even though Jack Hayward did not know what project his father was working on with then-President Orville Strohl, he was determined to carry out his father's wishes for a campus improvement.  The result is the George and Inez Hayward Gateway to Success which welcomes visitors to the west entrance of campus.  The two gateways and a larger institutional sign are found at the opening of Kirk Drive and large signs that indicate boundaries of the Southwestern College campus are in place at the Warren Avenue and Fowler Avenue corners of College Street.

Constructed of limestone that matches existing college buildings, the five lighted signs have flower beds built around their bases.

"We are so pleased to invite the community to share with us in the dedication of the Hayward Gateway to Success. The gates are a beautiful addition to our campus and the Winfield community." said DeAnn Dockery, vice president for institutional advancement. "This is a time to celebrate and thank a wonderful and generous couple. They have given a gift that will stand for generations of Builders."

"A strong commitment to philanthropy makes such a difference in this world," Andrews said.  "Jack and Helene Hayward embody the reality that our college, our future, is made better by families and individuals who understand the ways in which philanthropic gifts can create impact for generations to come."


Strategic Planning Survey for Cowley College

Please request your constituents complete the Strategic Planning Stakeholders' Survey to inform the strategic planning of Cowley College. We only engage in this scope of strategic planning once every three years. So, your feedback is vital to our thinking and planning. The deadline to complete the survey is Tuesday, Nov 28th

The purpose of this survey is to gain the perspective of others about how Cowley College is meeting its strategic planning goals and the needs of its community partners.
We are seeking your membership's feedback about the interaction
and opinions you have had with Cowley College as expressed
on the survey. I humbly ask that you share this survey with your membership.
Their input will help use to make decisions in our planning process.
Below is a link to the online survey. Your responses will be kept
completely confidential. The survey is web-based and conducted by a
third party vendor. Your name will not be attached to any results, and
to ensure your anonymity, we will not report any results that have less
than three respondents. The survey is user-friendly and you should be
able to complete it within 10 minutes or less.
We appreciate your willingness to participate and value your feedback.
Our hope is this process will help us meet and refine our Strategic Plan
and meet the needs of our community.
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Hollon, Executive Direct
of Institutional Effectiveness, Cowley College.  
To begin, please click the survey URL below:
Survey URL:
The Survey is officially open and will close November 28th..


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.


Sears Holiday Drawings

We will be drawing a boy and girl name for a stocking (with all the goodies inside) and also for two stockings with tools inside.  No purchase necessary to register for any of these items.  We are also having a drawing for a double basketball game that is set up in our window.  Anyone who spends $50 in the store between now and Dec 14 will receive a chance to win the basketball game.  All of these drawings will take place on Dec 15 at 912 Main St.


KPM Jingle Bell Rock Hunt begins Black Friday

(More prizes added daily)



SC Music Department to Present Annual Winterfest Concert
The Southwestern College music department will present its annual Winterfest Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Southwestern College President Brad Andrews and his wife, Trish, will host the event.  The concert is underwritten by the late Dick and Joan Jones.

Winterfest is a collaboration between the South Kansas Symphony (SKS), the A Cappella Choir, SC Jazz Combo, JourneyKids Choir, and the Southwestern College Choral Union. Conducting the concert selections are Amber Peterson, assistant professor of music, Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice, Jeremy Kirk, assistant professor of music, and JourneyKids Choir conductor Nikki Kirk.

According to Winnie, JourneyKids and the SC Jazz Combo will be performing traditional Christmas carols; the SC choirs will perform a variety of styles and repertoire ranging from contemporary a cappella to Henry Purcell; and the SKS will perform selections from "The Christmas Symphony" and "Fantasia on We Three Kings."

"We will conclude the concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols,' 'Beautiful Savior,' and a 'Candlight Christmas' sing-along," Winnie says. 











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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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