The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 2 at the Club at StoneRidge, 24th and Frey in Great Bend. President Rose Kelly will be in charge of the meeting. Members are asked to continue to record their hours of volunteer service.
Great Bend Saddle Club will have a play day on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the arena west of Great Bend. Activities will start around 5:30 p.m.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) International held their annual International Convention July 18-23, at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center Overland Park. Lisa and Bob Baum, Coleen and Ira Cape, and Kim and Steve Kummer attended from Great Bend. Cape served as the convention chair of the 64th Annual Convention, Sunflower Serenade for the 500 attendees. IC President Dora Dill, Nebraska presided over the convention. She challenged ESA members to "Celebrate the Child" during the 2010-2011 year.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111 and its Ladies Auxiliary met on July 26 at the Post Home.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday, at The Club at Stone Ridge. Lunch will be from the menu. The program will be provided by Marissa Woodmansee from Juvenile Services. She will be giving us an overall view of Juvenile Services and how it coordinates with the other agencies in the area that handle juvenile problems. She has been with the Services for thirteen years. They cover a large district, and offer many services to the youth of the area.
The Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will host The Pawnee Tribe in Kansas, a presentation and discussion by Chris Howell at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6, at the Barton County Historical Society, 85 S. Highway 281, in Great Bend. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
On July 2, Boy Scouts of America Troop 149 held a celebration for being chartered with the Boy Scouts for 25 years and to recognize its two newest Eagle Scouts. It was also to induct new Scoutmaster Dr. Chris Koster, as the past Scoutmaster Ken Edgett stepped down after serving in that role for the last 20 years. Trinity United Methodist Church in Great Bend has been the sponsoring organization of the troop since it started in 1986.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111 and its Ladies Auxiliary met on June 28 at the Post Home.
Pilot international and local Pilot Clubs around the globe recognize the second week in November as International Care & Kindness Week, a week-long public awareness campaign meant to bring awareness to how simple acts can change a day, a life or the world by simply showing someone you care. International Care & Kindness Week encourages people to "Take time to Care and Be Kind."
The Parnassus Club met at the home of Sharon Jones with eight members present. The study of the Tone Poem continued with Becky Dudrey giving the program on Richard Strauss' composition 'Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks' Composed in 1895. 'Till Eulenspiegel' chronicles the misadventures and pranks of this German peasant. In this composition, Richard Strauss, uses the horn and the D flat Clarinet to bring to mind the folly of this prankster, Till.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi began its 2014-15 year in September with new plans for community service, and social and cultural activities. Members welcomed back Brenda Black, who has rejoined the chapter after returning to Great Bend from Topeka.
The Progress Club met on Nov. 3, at the home of Pat Halbower, with Jackie Curtis and Maxie Hinkson as co-hostesses. Sixteen members attended.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
SALINA – The 48th annual See 'N' Sell Arts & Crafts Show continues a long-running tradition of kicking off the holiday season with nearly 200 fine arts, crafts, and homemade food vendors, all for a great cause – Kansas Girl Scouts.
The Great Bend Noon Kiwanis club's annual Halloween Parade saw more than 1,000 child participants on Oct. 25, member Barb Konrade reported.
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