"Quilts of Valor" are heirloom quilts sewn with comforting and healing hands to show their compassion for our veterans who have served our country valiantly and with great hardship to themselves but only thinking of their country and how they can best serve. Presenting the "Quilts of Valor," on Veterans Day was the local representative, Sandra Vink of Great Bend, assisted by Helen Hullman of St. John and Shannon Royer of Otis.
Progress Club met on Nov. 4, at the home of Pat Halbower with 18 members present. Jackie Curtis introduced Skip Yowell, co-founder of JanSport who presented our program. Skip is a 1964 graduate of Great Bend High School and a GBHS Hall of Fame member. He and his partner designed sportsgear such as packs and tents for mountain climbing and camping around the world. He gave a narrative of his travels and also of his work with youth and the underpriveleged.
The Great Bend Kiwanis Club has been chosen for the 2013 Friends of Scouting award, presented by the Boy Scout Quivira Council Board of Directors. Bill McKown, representing the board, presented a plaque to Kiwanis Club President Becky Dudrey at the Nov. 13 Kiwanis meeting.
The City of Great Bend's Community Coordinator, Christina Hayes, will provide an update on promotions being planned for the upcoming holiday season at the November meeting of the League of Women Voters. The luncheon meeting will be held over the noon hour on Nov. 12, in the north room of Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley.
The Great Bend City Slickers 4-H Club met on Oct. 10 at the Presbyterian Church. Thirteen members, two leaders, nine parents and three guests were present. New officers elected were: Josh Crawford-President; Caleb Maneth-Vice-president; Haley Hicks-Secretary; Parker Scheck-Treasurer;Audrey Likes-Reporter; and Stephen Crawford and Nicole Rziha-Song Leaders. Stephen Crawford gave a demonstration and Parker Scheck gave a talk.
The Great Bend Saddle Club held its annual Silly Chili Play Day on Oct. 27 for members and the public. A costume contest for participants and/or their horses was held. Winners in the children's division were: 1st- Olivia Keller, 2nd- Justice Keller, 3rd- Samantha Ledesma. In the adult division, winners were 1st- Julie Keller, 2nd- Judy Demel, 3rd- Wanda Schroeder. Following the costume contest were trail, poles and flag relay games. Prizes for the day were donated by Great Bend Coop, Countryside Veterinary, The Boot doctor, High Call Outfitters and O'Reilly Automotive. Chili and desserts were served.
The local McPherson and area Lions Clubs will serve as hosts as leaders from Lions Clubs all across Kansas will once again gather at the Best Western Convention Complex in McPherson, Oct. 25-27, for planning, fun and fellowship as we move forward in this new Lions Year in community service.