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.
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.
Stan Jantz of Hoisington was honored Saturday by being presented with the to his chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Stan is the Americanism Chairman for the Sons of the Plains Chapter which meets in Hutchinson. Stan is a member of the Color guard and has participated in events at every opportunity and initiated opportunities when none were scheduled. Stan has been instrumental in getting joint involvement with the DAR Chapter in Ellsworth.
During their September meeting, 16 members of the Great Bend Garden Club travelled to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center to hear about the progress of the center's butterfly garden.
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