Volume 17| March 2023

WellsvilleChamber News

Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement: 
“To improve business opportunity and build a better community”

Chamber Business Directory -

Whenever you are wanting to shop local and keep your business in Wellsville and the surrounding areas, please visit our website at https://wellsvillechamber.org/business-directory/ where you will find Chamber businesses broken out by industry. We are planning a marking piece with Chamber businesses listed by industry as well. (The marketing piece will be coming later his year.)

You can also read Entrepreneurial and Organizational Leader Spotlights here.

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Second Quarter Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Raffle/E -

If your business would like to sponsor a Chamber quarterly raffle or event, please contact us to coordinate. you can hold the event it at your business or any other local business.

Contact Us to Sponsor a Quarterly Raffle or Event

Host a Meeting - Showcase Your Business

If you would like to showcase your business by hosting a Chamber meeting and/or luncheon at your location, please let us know. This is a great way to familiarize other business owners with the tools and resources you have to offer the community and show off your physical space. Or you can cater the lunch and hold it at the Wellsville City Library or Wellsville Health and Rehab has also offer their space and can cater on site.

Schedule a Luncheon or RSVP


  • Landmark Bank will host at Wellsville Health & Rehab on April 11th at 11:30AM. Meeting will begin at noon.

  • Oak Star Bank will host at the Wellsville Library on May 9th at 11:30AM. Meeting will begin at noon.

  • USD #289 will host on October 10th and provide a tour of all the new updates at the high school. FACS class will provide food. Additional details to follow.  

Entrepreneurial Spotlights

Entrepreneurial Spotlight - Dave Hill

Mid-America Bank was founded by Dave Hill in 1997.   Hill has a long history in this area. His great grandparents moved to Baldwin in 1895. Hill’s father was the 2nd generation to graduate Baldwin High School in 1951 and then went on to Baker University, graduating in 1955. Dave Hill grew up in nearby Eudora and attended the University of Kansas. Hill started the first branch of Mid-America Bank in Baldwin in 1997. The bank has made a name for itself in the real estate loan market. Here is what we learned when we met with Dave Hill about the history of how Mid-America bank began and more about his entrepreneurial journey.

Hill began his career working in the banking industry for 13 years before getting into the mortgage business in 1995. At that time, he had started a business named Hilco Mortgage. The company wrote loans and was selling them on the secondary market. However, he said, “We were having a hard time getting other banks to do the construction loans in a timely manner. I saw a need.” Hill bought a central Kansas bank with eight million dollars in assets for $800,000, and Mid-America Bank was born! Currently, there are branches in Wellsville (purchased from Patriot’s Bank in 2012), Baldwin, Lawrence, Gardner and soon in Eudora, too. In 2022, the bank wrote 1,084 loans, making it the number one bank in Douglas County for real estate lending in the past 10 years running. Today, Mid-America Bank has grown to 350 million dollars in total assets and has increased the $800k capital position up to 37 million. 

When asked about his family, Hill mentioned that his wife, Pamela, a nurse by trade, decided to help with managing the books at Mid-America Bank once they decided to start a family. Although she and Dave worked long hours building the bank into what it is today, this job allowed her to have a flexible job while raising their children. Hill said, “We were both able to make it to all our children’s activities as they were growing up. That was important to us.” They have three successful children, two of whom currently work for Mid-America Bank. The other is a dentist in Ottawa – Dr. Jessica Johnson.


We discussed how being an entrepreneur can have an impact on the family. Hill stated, “When your children see you work hard and tirelessly to build a business, they learn that is what is takes to be successful.  One of my daughters is a successful owner of a dental practice.   Dental school teaches you a lot about the practice of dentistry and nothing about the business aspect.  Many people want the lifestyle afforded by a high income immediately. What they don’t realize is that it takes time to build that, especially if it’s your own business.”

When we were starting our business in 1995, our children came to our office after school rather than going home.   They would get small tasks to do, and they learned from it. More importantly, they saw what we did every day to build a successful business and they learned from it.   To my surprise and great pleasure, two of our three children are in our banking business working to build their careers in the banking industry. This makes for a great succession plan for me. We don’t plan to ever sell Mid-America Bank, and in fact, we plan to keep building and growing.  Logically, the two children in our business have “ownership mentality” and this along with some other very key team players are what make our future business even brighter.”

When asked what motivates Hill to work as hard as he does, he told us, “I truly enjoy and love what I do.  I don’t work for money; I work for pleasure, and the money has followed. We each must choose a career or job in which we make a living. A person is fortunate if they find one in which money is NOT the motivator. I told my son-in laws this, and I truly believe it.  You must provide for your family one way or the other. To me, real life success is making a living at something you truly enjoy.  You won’t worry about the hours you work if you love what you do.  To this day, I still love going to work daily.” A typical day for Hill begins at 7:15AM and ends around 6PM. He even works most Saturdays. Then we talked a bit more about success and Hill said, “I feel that when people take on jobs or careers just for high earnings, they find it only leads to short term happiness. Long term happiness is loving your job and making a living at it.”

The next topic we discussed was goals. Hill had a strong opinion on this topic and shared, “Mid-American Bank is a goal driven business, and I very much believe in setting and striving to hit goals.  People without goals tend to drift without direction and really go “nowhere”.   All our staff knows we annually set goals and strive to reach them and the fun in it is that we have numerous factors, good and bad that effect this journey and make it challenging.   Typically, we hit or exceed our goals as we have numerous great people on our team.”

This conversation turned more toward the actual topic of entrepreneurship during which Hill mentioned, “If you are committed to working hard and keeping your business in your mind every day, it can be a very rewarding experience.   If you are worried about the hours you work, risks you take or not willing to be 110% committed to your business by being the best you can be, you’re better off working for someone else.  To be a successful entrepreneur, you must be a true expert in your field, full of knowledge and yet hungry enough to keep learning and growing daily.   I have been banking for 40 years now. My first 13 years in banking, I worked as hard as I could to learn and grow which laid a good foundation for what has become the last 27 years of working hard in an ever-changing market and industry.”

When asked what four things Dave Hill thought were the most crucial for anyone wanting to pursue being an entrepreneur, he said, “People, product, price, and process. To be successful as an entrepreneur, you must excel in these areas. The people part is YOU. You must ensure you are one of the best in your industry. When it comes to your product or service, make sure it’s relevant and essential and determine if you have a market for the service or item you want to sell. As for price, you need to ensure you can compete in your market from a pricing standpoint. This does not mean you have to be the cheapest product or service, but you must sell it for a good value to the consumer. Lastly, you have to have processes in place to make your consistently deliver the same product or service. Having nine out of 10 transactions go well is not acceptable. We must have 10 out of 10.”

We talked about what key activities an entrepreneur should invest their time in. Hill said, “You must constantly be training yourself and staff to know your business and keep current with the markets and industry. A lifetime of learning and growing is essential.   In our world, being average does not work. We want to employ the best people and provide the best products and pricing we can. Our main objective is to provide the best solutions for our customers.  Learning your business by watching peers and competitors to see what they do right and/or wrong. You can learn from both.”  

When asked about his greatest inspiration, Dave talked about his dad. He told us, “My father was my greatest inspiration.  He was raised by his grandparents who were not always gainfully employed.  He made up his mind that he did not want to live like that, and he worked hard to do and be better.  He made a lot of his life and had fun along the way.  His claim was that he went to all his years of schooling, kindergarten through college, all within three blocks of his home. My dad was brought up in Baldwin City, so he graduated from BHS and went on to Baker University, being the first in his family to go to college.   He changed our families trajectory and motivated all three of his children to work hard, be the best you could be, know how to make and save money, and live a good and balanced life. Family was very important to my dad. He was my role model.  I had the great privilege of having him around for “mental” support throughout my life.”

Finally, we brought the conversation around to good books. Dave said, “For pleasure, I read about successful businesspeople and the one that comes to mind most is Warren Buffet.  The thing about people like Warren Buffet is that their thoughts and life are really a lot simpler than people realize. The truth of the matter is that success can and will come to those who work hard, work smart and are “disciplined”.   You cannot buy all the toys on day one.   You must make the money first, then you can buy the toys if you so desire.  Business life and financial success are not that difficult. One of the most important factors to business and financial success is “personal discipline”. Warren Buffet does NOT invest in items he does NOT fully understand or believe 100% in---minimal tech, no digital currency but yes, basic things like coca cola, DQ, Gillette, BNSF, etc.-----all things people need and consume daily.” 

When we talked about hobbies, Dave informed me that he enjoys bicycling, yardwork, mowing, traveling about three times each year, and going to his and his wife’s “retreat home” in Norton, Kansas.   Hill worked in Norton for 10 years, and his wife is from that area.  He said, “We really enjoy the beauty and peacefulness that area provides. We go for an extended weekend once each month.” 

If you’d like to learn more about Mid-America Bank, you visit their website at https://www.mid-americabank.com/ or stop by at 1008 Poplar Street in Wellsville, 802 Ames Street, Baldwin City, 4114 W. 6th Street in Lawrence, or 18365 S. Gardner Road in Gardner.    

Annual American Legion Easter Egg Hunt -

The tradition of our town continues as we once again plan for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Wellsville American Legion, WJRC and Wellsville Chamber of Commerce.  It will be held on Saturday, April 8th at Saddle Club Park beginning at 1PM. The Hunt is always fun and successful, but we hope to take it up a notch this year. We could use your support!

If you wish to donate any amount, we request your donation no later than March 1st. This allows us ample time to collect and coordinate stuffing of the eggs. You can drop donations by the WJRC office or mail directly to the WJRC at 320 Pendleton Ave, Wellsville, KS 66092 any time prior to March 1st

Please make your checks payable to WJRC and write in the memo, Easter Egg Donation. We will also accept any donations at the Chamber meeting in January or February. If you’d like someone to drop by to personally pick up your donation, please email Debra.WJRC@gmail.com or Wellsvillechamberofcommerce@hotmail.com

The American Legion, WJRC and Chamber of Commerce appreciate all you do to support our community and its traditions.  

Wellsville Chamber Sign Advertising program -

Have you noticed the beautiful banners displayed every two weeks on the Wellsville Chamber sign sitting on Highway 33 in the field next to Bert's and across from Auburn Pharmacy? If not, take a look next time you are driving by. We have received lots of positive feedback about the program. You can use the sign to celebrate a milestone, award, an employee or anyone or anything about our town.

If you would like to advertise to the thousands of cars passing by our billboard on Highway 33 each day, we can help produce and display a banner designed just for your business. This Chamber sign is especially important to your business if you are a business located somewhere other than on 33 highway. Many people who live outside Wellsville or are coming off the highway to stop at Bert's or Casey's don't know what other businesses Wellsville has to offer. They might make it a point to use your services each time they are in town if they only knew where you were!

We have a few dates remaining for the 2022-2023 Chamber year. If you would like one (or a few) in 2023, now is the time to book your dates! Please reach out if you would like to book a spot.

Email the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce

City of Wellsville

City dog tags for 2023 are due April 1st. Cost is $2.00 for unsexed dogs and $5.00 for dogs that aren’t fixed. 

  • To obtain a tag please bring in a current rabies vaccination.

The City Council has placed a dumpster at the Public Works department at 730 S. Main in the gravel lot.

  • It is JUST for yard waste and limbs and will be marked as such. This service is provided to the residents free of charge.

Reminder: You are able to put up to 8 bags of yard waste out on trash day. They will also take limbs if they are cut up no larger than 4ft and tied together.

City Council Meeting Minutes

Wellsville Police Department

Please stay tuned for updates in April.

Chamber Member Help Wanted

If you are a Chamber member with a job opening, contact us with details and we will gladly post in our next Chamber newsletter.

Special Chamber Member Promos

Please let us know if you have any special promotions you'd like to share with the Wellsville Chamber members and the Wellsville community.

Commercial Space Available

If you are a Chamber member with a commercial space opening, contact us with details and we will gladly post in our next Chamber newsletter.

Franklin County Info

March Monthly FCDC Report -

Full March FCDC Report

Franklin County Optimist Club -

The Franklin County Optimist Club is pleased to recognize WMS Student of the month:

  • Hudson Evans - 6th Grade
  • Kaylee Stauffer - 7th Grade
  • Sophie Manny - 8th grade.
  • Each student received a certificate from the Optimists
  • Each student received a gift card from Hot Off The Press donated by Bill Lytle

Franklin County Optimist Club - Special Project

Every year one of the projects of the Franklin County Optimist Club is to purchase a book or dictionary for every 4th grade student in the county.

  • This year the Wellsville Elementary School 4th grade class had started reading a series called Tucket’s Travels.
  • They enjoyed the first book so much that they wanted more of the series.
  • The Optimist Club did some checking and were able to purchase the first five books of the Tucket’s Travel series in one volume.
  • The books were delivered to the students Monday, March 6th.
  • When they found out that would be able to read more of the Tucket’s Travels, they were excited!

USD #289 Info

Wellsville School District Projects and Programs -

Facilities Update

The USD 289 bond project continues to move forward. Below are updated pictures of our project, along with a couple of notes about the project.

  • We plan to have an open house after Spring Break to allow parents and community members to view portions of the project that have been completed to date.
  • The remodeling of the HS office area is scheduled to begin on February 20th. This will mean that the high school office entrance will be closed beginning February 20th through the remainder of the school year. Parents and students entering the building during the school day will need to use the Middle School office entrance. 
  • Individuals who are utilizing a wheelchair and attending indoor events after February 20th will need to enter via the Middle School office entrance or KD Gym Lobby. 

Community Chamber Events

Monthly Meeting -

  • April 11th at noon at Wellsville Health and Rehab conference room. Lunch provided by Landmark Bank at 11:30AM.

Community WJRC Events

Check out all the Wellsville Recreation Commission has planned for our community seniors this month!

Learn more about WJRC events

Community Library Events

Library Updates -

Wellsville Public Library website

Community Events

Chamber Member Church Events

Family Church

Easter Services -

  • Saturday, April 8 @ 4:30PM and 6PM
  • Sunday, April 9 @ 8AM, 9:30AM and 11AM

Sunday Service -

  • Three identical in-person services at 8:00AM, 9:30AM, and 11AM
  • Live online service at 9:30AM

Helping Hands Food Pantry Grocery Distribution -

  • Fri March 17th
  • Sat Mrch 18th
Learn more about Family Church
GriefShare -
  • A faith-based, friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
  • How GriefShare works: Support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help.
  • You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you cope with your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. Grieving is a process and not meant to last forever.
  • Mondays at 7pm at Family Church
  • For more info contact Debra McCullough (913) 206-5372

Celebrate Recovery
  • A 12-step program to help you find freedom and healing from hurts, habits, and hang-ups
  • Meets weekly at Family Church on Thursday's at 7PM
  • For more info contact Mike Holtwick 913-710-6255
Wellsville Baptist Church

Sunday Service -

  • One in-person service 9AM
  • Sunday School for all ages at 10:30AM
Learn more about Wellsville Baptist Church

Bible Study -

  • Every Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30AM
  • No matter how little or how much you know about the Bible, we guarantee you’ll learn something new at this study
  • All are welcome to join us for an hour of study followed by a visit to Hot Off the Press for snacks

Men’s Breakfast -

  • Every Saturday morning from 8-10AM
  • Don’t worry about bringing anything other than your appetite
  • Breakfast and fellowship are both provided

Wellsville Methodist Church

Sunday Service -

  •  In person worship and Church@Home - 10:45AM
Learn more about Wellsville Methodist Church

Shared Experiences Bereavement Group -

  • First and third Tuesdays at 10:30AM
  • Open to anyone
  • Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided

Zoom Tuesdays -

  • Bible study each Tuesday evening at 6:30
  • Lasts about one hour
  • Invitation needed
  • Call 785-883-2737 for Zoom link
  • Everyone is welcome

2022/2023 Wellsville Chamber of Commerce Officers

Wellsville Chamber President
Susan Stueve
Sales Associate
Farm Bureau Financial Services 
Vice President
Nicole Vlcek
Wellsville Chiropractic
Susan Larsen - Driskell
Simplot Grower Solution Location Manager
Ken Larsen
CFO - Retired
Desoto School District

Wellsville Chamber and Health Coalition Partnership Description
Many interested parties have asked for clarification regarding the relationship/partnership between the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce and the Wellsville Health Coalition. In 2021, the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce (WCC) and Wellsville Health Coalition (WHC) embarked on a collaboration to share resources where appropriate in order to boost both organizations’ efforts in areas of overlapping interest. The organizations are separate entities, but they often meet concurrently and share in other ways. The mission of the Chamber of Commerce remains "“To improve business opportunity and build a better community.” The Chamber exists to serve and build business in our community. The Wellsville Health Coalition exists to serve as a local health policy coalition that connects people working on such shared goals, facilitates cooperative and streamlined efforts as appropriate, and ultimately improves all aspects of health, civic engagement, community partnerships, and overall resident and community wellbeing. To accomplish this, the coalition seeks to monitor community-specific data, help prioritize ideas, share resources, promote activities, seek funding, and make a greater impact together. Additionally, the WHC aims to prepare the community for healthy growth through attention to social factors affecting health, to serve as an example for other rural communities, and to coordinate with the Franklin County Health Department on community health assessment and planning.

As always, if you have events or job postings you'd like included, please send the information and any fliers or pictures to wellsvillechamberofcommerce@hotmail.com prior to the beginning of the month of your event. We welcome any feedback and suggestions about what to include and the layout. It's a creative process together. We wish you and your family an amazing 2022!
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