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.
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 Karen Neuforth, who will be speaking on the importance of the arts in our lives. All of the innovation that have come from artisan and what we would not have in our lives if we didn't have the cultural arts for ideas and designs. The luncheon is informal and time will be allowed for discussion from the floor. Since the governor is threatening to line ...
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met April 19 at the home of Lois Johnson with Susan Coulson serving as co-hostess. President Brenda Black led the meeting.
Progress Club members made a field trip to Greensburg on May 2 to view firsthand the town's recovery since the 2007 tornado. GreenTown tour leader Ruth Ann Wedel led the group on visits to the Silo Eco-Home, 5.4.7 Arts Center, Kiowa County Schools complex, Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, Methodist Church, BTI Greensburg - John Deere, and a private home. She explained the sustainable eco-friendly construction methods used. Members enjoyed lunch at the Green Bean.
The 66th-annual Kansas State Convention of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International was held April 28-May 1 at the Highland Hotel and Convention Center in Great Bend. Kim Kummer, member of ESA: chapter Delta Tau of Great Bend, served as the Kansas state president of Epsilon Sigma Alpha for the 2010/2011 year. Kummer served as the presiding officer over the weekend's business and festivities, and her theme for her term in office, "Let Your Life Speak," well influenced the atmosphere of the conference.
On April 16th, the Great Bend Saddle Club held their Third Annual Benefit Trail Ride. This trail ride benefited the Pawnee County Humane Society. To ride the riders brought bags of pet food that was given to the humane society along with proceeds from the poker hands. Participants were able to purchase tickets to play poker hands on electronic games. The top three poker hands won cash prizes.
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.
Parnassus Club held their annual piano and voice auditions on March 1 at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building. Twenty-three piano and voice students participated in the auditions open to all Barton County music students. The voice students perform two art songs memorized and piano students perform one memorized solo for an adjudicator who then writes an evaluation of the student's performance and gives awards in both the Junior category,(6th grade through 8th grade) and senior division (high school). The adjudicator for both voice and piano was Ms. Tiffiney Harms, McPherson College music instructor.
Brain Awareness Week is March 10-16. BAW is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Public outreach that propagates breakthroughs in recent brain research can help children and adults learn how to live a more brain-healthy lifestyle and, by increasing the public's awareness, also increase their support for funding further research. With these benefits in mind, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) created Brain Awareness Week in 1996. Pilot International is a partner in bringing the BAW to the public. You can follow the action on Twitter (hashtag #brainweek) and ...
On March 1, the parents of Barton County 4H Air Rifle kids braved the winter weather conditions and traveled to Hays so the 4H'ers could compete in the Ellis County 4H Air Rifle Match.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor will chair the meeting.
The Progress Club met on March 3, at the home of Karen Becker with Janet Engelman and Pat Halbower as co-hostesses. Fourteen members attended. Judy Fox presided in the absence of Norma Ward and opened the meeting with the Lord's prayer. Roll call was followed by the reading and approval of the previous month's minutes. Treasurer's report was given by Darlene Mathers. There was no correspondence or any committee reports. In new business, the topic of officers for the coming year was discussed. Judy Fox will advance to President, Pat Klusener will remain secretary, and Darlene Mathers ...
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi honored its president Cindy Meitler as Valentine Queen during a special dinner attended by members and their guests on Feb. 8 at Great Bend Coffee Company.
On Feb. 13 the TLC Twisters 4-H Club delivered bird feeders they made to Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation residents. They were made from combining gelatin and bird seed and forming them in cookie cutters in the shape of hearts for Valentines Day.
4-H'ers from across the state traveled to Great Bend on Feb. 15, to compete in the Barton County Winter Classic Air Rifle Match.
At their Feb. meeting, 17 members of Great Bend Garden Club learned of the far reaching legacy of the legendary Johnny Appleseed during a program given by Alice Young.
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