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Updated: Kangaroo Express stores to celebrate Hot Dog Day

Editor’s note: This item has been changed to correct the stores that will be participating in the promotion.

Kangaroo Express convenience stores will celebrate National Hot Dog Day Wednesday with special prizes and festivities, including a free hot dog for any customer with a military ID.

The free hot dogs also will be available to store customers who show a Kangaroo Express mobile app on their phone, according to a news release from the company.

The offer is good at Kangaroo Express stores, including those operating under the Presto name in Wichita.

Participating locations in Wichita, according to an e-mail from the company, include the following: 1254 S. Tyler, 6115 N. Air Cap Drive in Park City, and 2035 N. Andover Road in Andover.

It’s sign-up time for Chamber’s Exposure

Businesses that want to participate in Exposure – an event organized by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce – have until July 31 to sign up and get the chamber’s early-bird rates.

Exposure is a business-to-business event for chamber members that provides an opportunity to network with other business people and create awareness about Wichita companies. Last year’s expo drew nearly 200 exhibitors.

The event this year runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at Century II, in Expo Hall.

According to information on the chamber website, exhibit space begins at $150, and standard booths begin at $325.

For more information, go to

Say cheese. New Sam’s Club to open Thursday

Sam’s Club isn’t afraid of cheesy.

To celebrate the opening of its new store in west Wichita, it has invited cheese carver Sarah Kaufmann to put chisel to cheddar to create characters from the “The Wizard of Oz.”

According to a news release, Kaufmann will be working on a 500-pound Wisconsin Mammoth block of cheddar Thursday. She also will be working on her sculpture Saturday. Store customers can watch and sample some Wisconsin cheddar.

Sam’s Club, at the corner of 29th and Maize Road, will have its grand opening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the release.

Boeing will offer bigger bins for all that carry-on luggage

Business travelers and vacationers who fly could find more room to stuff their belongings in overhead bins starting in late next year.

Boeing announced this week it would offer what it’s calling Space Bins, which provide more room for carry-on bags.

The larger bins will be available as an optional feature on new Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX airplanes, according to a news release from the company.

Each of the larger Space Bins will stow six bags, based on a standard size carry-on bag measuring 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches, according to the company.

Alaska Airlines is the launch customer, Boeing said. The airline plans to install the larger bins on all new deliveries as soon as the bins become available in late 2015.

The larger bins will also be available for retrofit on in-service Next-Generation 737s.

Ayars family to host memorial reception in Lincoln for Pat Ayars

The family of R. Patrick Ayars will have a memorial reception in honor of the longtime Wichita businessman in Lincoln, Neb., June 6.

Mr. Ayars, a native of Nebraska, died March 12 at age 55. He was co-founder of Oxford Senior Living and was active in the Wichita area business community in a number of other official and unofficial capacities.

The reception in Lincoln will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ayars & Ayars, 2436 N. 48th in Lincoln.

According to his daughter Caroline Ayars, the reception is intended to give friends and colleagues a chance to pay their respects and “remember the wonderful life my father led.”

Nominations for next Leadership Wichita class are now open


Nominations for the 2014 Leadership Wichita class are being accepted by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

This is the 32nd year for the training program, according to a news release from the chamber. The program is designed to “inform, inspire, and involve” current and emerging leaders, helping them to take on new roles in the community.

Interested individuals must be nominated by another person and then submit an application. The 30 participants selected will attend eight, one-day sessions from September through November. Sessions focus on developing leadership skills and understanding community issues.

Nominations must be received by June 20, and applications will be due by July 2. More information and the nomination form can be found at From the home page, click on community advancement and then “Leadership Programs.”

Cerebral Palsy Foundation celebrates renovation of its wheelchair modification clinic

The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation on Friday celebrated its successful drive to renovate its wheelchair modification clinic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $670,100 capital campaign allowed the nonprofit group to create a more family-friendly environment, add storage and create space for its exercise and wellness program, according to a news release from the group.

Staff at the center build wheelchairs to meet individual clients’ needs.

“This campaign has been another example of the generous support and ongoing dedication of our donors and their desire to improve the lives of people with disabilities,” Jennifer Knight, CPRF development director, said in a statement. “The renovations will allow those we serve to receive services of the highest caliber in an inviting and comfortable environment.”

The campaign exceeded the original fundraising goal of $605,000, and construction began in 2013.

Koch’s CFO to give business lecture at KSU

Koch Industries’ chief financial officer will be the spring 2014 speaker at a Kansas State University business college event.

Steve Feilmeier, executive vice president and CFO for Wichita-based Koch Industries, will speak at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union in Manhattan, according to a news release from K-State.

The speech is part of the KSU College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

As CFO, Feilmeier oversees Koch Industries’ global financial network and serves on the company’s business development board, as well as the boards of several Koch Industries subsidiaries.

He began his career with Koch in 1997 as controller for Koch Chemical Group. Before joining Koch Industries, Feilmeier held a variety of positions at PepsiCo, and was manager of taxation at KPMG Peat Marwick. A certified public accountant, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Wichita State University.

Lectures are given every semester and are sponsored by Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation.

Erie High School team a finalist in national engineering-design contest

A high school team from Erie High School in southeast Kansas is among five finalists in a national engineering design contest.

Lockheed Martin, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace are sponsoring the contest, which is in its first year, to engage students in engineering and space exploration.

The design challenge presented in this year’s contest was to mitigate the dangers of radiation for astronauts as they travel or spend long amounts of time in space.

According to a news release from the contest sponsors, the students were asked to design an experiment to protect a dosimeter, which is an instrument that measures radiation exposure.

The winner will be named at an event in April in Washington, D.C.

The winning team will have its designed device included aboard a test flight of the Orion, a vehicle being developed by Lockheed Martin for long-duration space exploration.

In addition to the team from Erie High School, finalists included teams from Illinois, Utah, Virginia and California.

TGA plans promotional event tonight at Golf Etc.

TGA of Central Kansas, which provides youth golf programs, is partnering with Golf Etc. for a promotional event that will run from 6 to 8 tonight at the Golf Etc. store at 2621 N. Greenwich.

According to a news release from TGA, the event will include activities for children as well as some discounted prices. Golf Etc. also will donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to the TGA Sports Foundation, according to the release.

Also during the event, TGA will give away a golf camp scholarship that is valued at $189.

TGA of Central Kansas was founded in 2013 and offers after-school golf programs and camps. To learn more about the group, go to

Wichita ranks No. 5 in best places for professional women to live

Movoto, a website that provides information about the real estate sector, says Wichita is one of the best places for professional women to live.

Wichita ranked No. 5 on its list of 100 metropolitan areas for working women.

Atop the list was Lubbock, Texas.

It was followed by Omaha, Neb., Corpus Christi, Texas, and Lincoln, Neb.

The writers at Movoto said criteria for the rankings included the following: average commute time, recent job growth, unemployment rates, adjusted earnings (adjusted for cost of living relative to other cities), and the number of women’s professional groups per capita.

Movoto seemed impressed by Wichita’s average salary for working women, which it said was $649 a week, and by the 20-minute average commute time.

If you want the whole story, go to

Time to make Honors Night reservations

Retired businessman Hale Ritchie and five Wichita businesses will be honored at the annual Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Honors Night, set for April 8.

The annual event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Beech Activity Center, 9710 E Central.

Ritchie, the former CEO of Ritchie Corp., continues to be active in the nonprofit Rainbows United, and will be honored by the chamber with the Uncommon Citizen Award.

Fidelity Bank will be awarded the Spirit of Wichita Award at the event.

The Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA will be recognized with the Keeper of the Plains award.

And three businesses will be recognized as Over the Years winners. They are: Hutton Construction, John T. Arnold Associates, and Laham Development.

Tickets for the event are $90. More information or reservations can be made at