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.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 1 at the home of Jeanne Schmitt. Rosie Luthi was co-hostess. Vice President Susan Coulson led the meeting in the absence of President Cindy Meitler.
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.
The Parnasses Club met on Oct. 8, at the home of Chari Manry with seven members in attendance. The Spring music auditions were discussed and more information will be forthcoming.
Golden Belt Wood Carvers will hold their annual Carve-n-Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26, and noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2007 Kansas Street. Completed carvings will be on display along with work in process. The public is invited to
Progress Club met for its October meeting at the home of Kathy Schugart. President Norma Ward presided and Vice President Judy Fox introduced Sally O'Connor of the Great Bend Community Theatre who presented our program. Sally gave a brief history of GBCT and its present home at the Crest. She previewed the upcooming productions and outlined ways Great Bend citizens can participate. The Crest is also available for rental for other events.
The Otis Lions Club will hold a benefit Pancake Supper from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Otis Bison High school gymnasium. Cost per person is a free will donation. The 2nd Annual Pancake Races will start at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will be used for Otis Beautification and youth projects in the local area with funds matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Parnassus Club met on April 8, at Darline Boley's residence
On April 12, seven 4H'ers from Barton County, traveled to Alma to compete in the 2014 State 4H Air Rifle Match. There they competed against the best 4H air rifle shooters in the state. To qualify for the match, the 4H'ers had to shoot 400, or higher, out of a possible 600 points, at a qualifying match earlier in the year.
The Progress Club met on April 7, at the home of Sharon Mauler with Donna Oliver as co-hostess. Seventeen members were in attendance. Kim Roach of Great Bend Floral presented the program, "Pretty Posies." Kim has been in the floral business for several years and spoke about the recent innovations in her work. She demonstrated new ideas in making corsages and assembled two lovely floral arrangements.
Cub Scout Pack 184 recently held their annual Blue and Gold Banquet. The banquet was attended by family and friends of the scouts. Many patches, pins, and awards were presented to the cub scouts during the evening.
Benjamin Kelm, 17, of Shawnee, received his Boy Scout Eagle rank during the Court of Honor on March 22nd. He has been in scouting since the first grade and achieved his Eagle Rank in December 2013. Benjamin's project developed from seeing a need for two outside benches at his church. He organized and constructed two benches for his project.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold their 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.
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