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GBRC approves audit; no deficiencies found
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The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board members take a tour of the new playground that is being built at the GBRC Activity Center. The completion date for the new playground is weather dependent. The construction crew needs another three weeks of warm weather to be able to finish the project.

The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board on Monday approved the 2014-2015 audit. The audit was conducted by Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball Accounting Firm. The Great Bend Recreation Commission was pleased to report no conditions significant to the financial statement was found during the course of the audit.
“Diann and her staff did a really good job this year,” Shawna Schaffer, employee of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball accounting firm said. “There were no deficiencies.”
The Recreation Commission office, GBRC Activity Center, Cavanaugh Wellness Center and City Auditorium will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 26-29.

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directors report
Megan Hammeke said the Halloween Dance was a success with 113 people participating. There were eight people that won the best Halloween costume contest. These winners include: Mary Minear, Samantha Purcell, and Melissa Trimmer (Jellybeans), DJ Johnson (lady), James Potter (headless horseman), Bob Dimmitt (Dracula) Shawn Ledesma and Sharla Taylor (Police Men).
Hammeke also reported on programs for senior citizens. October saw people participate in Fit for Life class that met 12 times with 346 participants and three different levels of Tai Chi instruction that met 20 times all together. She also reported the Gentle Yoga Exercise class met eight times and had 55 participants, and the “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate” educational session had 35 people participate.
Chris Umphres reported on sports programs, noting that flag football and outdoor soccer finished their season on Nov. 7, and adult basketball has started. He also mentioned that winter open gym practices and program hours will begin in November and both sites will be used nightly.
Garet Fitzpatrick reported on leisure programs, noting that there will be Stop N Learn sessions this fall over the lunch hour. These free educational programs include: Society For Creative Anachronism – Nov. 11, Pioneer Foods – Nov. 18, Air Med Care Network – Dec. 2, Christmas Entertaining Meals – Dec. 9, Holidays Made Healthier – Dec. 16 and Simple Seasonal Meals – Jan 20. He also mentioned that they will be offering classes on days that schools are not in session or dismiss early. These include: Holiday Kids Day Out Dec. 22, and the 29 and Babysitters Training Jan. 2.
GBRC Director Diann Henderson reported that for the month of October there were 3,066 people enrolled in programs sponsored by the Recreation Commission. The total participation for the month was 11,646; of that total 4,949 were spectators. This month the commission offered a total of 1,436 hours of supervised activities.