Tuesday May 31
Morrison McFadden VFW Post 3111 and its Ladies Auxiliary will host the 91st Dept. of Kansas VFW Convention
The Parnassus Club met May 10 at the Classic Inn, with seven members present for the annual Spring Luncheon. Following a very yummy and enjoyable meal, the business meeting was held. Sharon Jones reported on the Night at the Opera in Salina which was enjoyed by Nancy Converse, Betty Erickson, Chari Miller and Sharon. They enjoyed an Italian dinner at Martinelli's across the street from the Stiefel Theatre where the Opera evening was presented.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel met at 11:30 a.m. on May 6 at the Club at Stone Ridge. President Rose Kelly opened the meeting with the flag salute and Becky Dudrey gave the invocation. Forty-two members and one guest, Joe Boley, were present. Birthdays for March, April and May were recognized.
Barton County Historical Society will have their monthly meeting at 7:39 p.m. on Monday. The program will be Home on the Range: Kansas Folklore presented by Jim Hoy. The program is brought to you by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and strengthen our sense of community.
The Great Bend Garden Club held a tour of gardens for its May meeting. The tour began on the backyard patio of Bonnie Sarff where light refreshments were served by Bonnie, Teresa Bachand, and Fern Tompkins. Then nineteen members and two guests, Darlene McDorman and Linda Ludes, visited and enjoyed the spring flower gardens of Bonnie, Mary Kummer, Alice Young, Delores Baker, and Delores Grose.
Great Bend Rotary recognized this year's Junior Rotarians at a luncheon on Monday. Two students are selected each month during the school year from Great Bend High School Seniors. These students are given the opportunity to attend weekly meetings with Rotary to learn about the organization as well as the community through a variety of special presenters. Rotary also presented Louis Burley with a $500 Junior Rotarian scholarship.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met May 10 at the home of Judy Krebaum, who also served as co-hostess. President Brenda Black led the meeting.
Janis Link, member of Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, was honored by her chapter with the Silver Circle Ceremony in April, recognizing her for 25 years of membership in Beta Sigma Phi. She will serve as president of her chapter for 2011-12.
The Kansas Lions State Convention in Lawrence, June 2-4, will take on an international flavor as the Kansas Lions play host to International President (IP) Sid and Judy Scruggs at the Lawrence Holiday Inn Convention Center.
The four Great Bend chapters of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated the international sorority's 80th anniversary with a Founder's Day event April 26 in the Plaza de Cavanaugh community room at Barton Community College.
Twenty members of the Great Bend Garden Club along with two guests, Pam Sweeney and Kay Hallenbeck, met for their April meeting at the Barton County Extension Office.
Claflin Lions Club members will be selling tickets for their Annual Seafood Buffet now through March 20. The menu for the evening will include all you can eat servings of fish, shrimp, clam chowder, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, bread, coffee or tea.
On Feb. 14, 16 Barton County 4H'ers traveled to Offerle to compete in the Edward's County 4H Air Rifle Match.
The Lions Clubs of Western Kansas District 17-K will hold their annual District Convention on Saturday, March 7, at Memorial Union on the Fort Hays State University Campus. International guests will be Yves and Dominique Leveille of Ormestown, Quebec, Canada.
Barton County 4-H shooting sports leaders hosted the 11th annual Barton County 4-H Winter Classic on Saturday, February 21, at the Expo Complex. In the air rifle division, the scores at the end of the day were Sedgwick County – 2004 and Barton County – 2004. The tie was broken on the number of bulls shot by the four team members. Sedgwick County had 38 and Barton County had 34. The team members for Barton County were Parker Smith, Ryan Kohman, Katelyn Reh, and Lake Lyman. It was a very competitive match and all participants were congratulated on their hard work.
At the February Great Bend Garden Club meeting, member Alice Young introduced Rebecca Ford who gave a fascinating introduction to the art of soap making. Her inspiration and mentor was a sister at a convent in Wichita whose homemade soaps provided funds for a church mission project.
The regular monthly meeting of the Great Bend City Slickers 4-H Club was held on Dec. 18th. The meeting was called to order by President Caleb Maneth. There were 11 members, three leaders, 11 parents, and three visitors. The members discussed the 4-H council and livestock and new rules. Hailey Hicks had a Project Talk, Kyle Rhiza did a demonstration, and Josh Crawford had a Health and Safety talk. Club members held a white elephant exchange.
The Kansas Chapter of Singles in Agriculture will host the 2015 National Convention in conjunction with the Mid-American Ag. Expo on March 26 to 28 in Salina. Headquarters will be at the Ambassador Hotel and convention Center in Salina. Singles in Agriculture will have a booth at the Ag Expo on March 26th.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi presented monetary donations in January to the Makinna Ann Hope Foundation, established to help families with special-needs children, and Kans for Kids, which provides funding to help families with children living with cancer. In addition, members gave donations of food to the Barton County Food Bank.
The Great Bend Area Panhellenic is a local organization for alumni of the Greek sororities belonging to the National Panhellenic Conference. One objective of the group is to promote interfraternity, friendship and collaboration among Greek alumni. If anyone has recently moved to Great Bend and would like to be included on the email list, send your email address to email@example.com. Current members are reminded to send any updated information to receive electronic mailings.
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