Here’s a quick look at what the Great Bend Recreation Commission did on Monday:
• Rule change to youth indoor soccer: 2nd through 5th grade indoor soccer teams will use a size #4 felt ball or Futsal ball; 6th, 7th and 8th grade will use a Futsal.
• Winter/Spring timeline was reviewed for the period of Jan. 1 through May 30, 2018.
• The Administration evaluation for the period of 2016-2017 was reviewed. No action was taken.
• The GBRC will host Christmas Entertaining Meals.
• GBRC will offer two Holiday Kids Day Out events over the Christmas break.
• GBRC approved the request for proposal to replace its telephone system.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors met on Monday and approved the request for proposal to replace its telephone system.
“We are requesting a needs analysis recommendation from interested vendors in addition to the replacement costs of our dated telephone equipment,” GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said. “The phone system needs replacing and part of our phone lines runs through the Police Department. We would like to have it all in the same building for easier maintenance.”
Longest Tail Feather Contest
The GBRC once again is hosting the Pheasant Hunters Longest Tail Feather Contest,
The contest will run through the 2017-2018 pheasant hunting season. The winner will receive a $50 Chamber gift certificate donated by Smokin’ Aces Gun Shop and No Limits Kennels LLC.
To enter a feather, stop by the GBRC office at 1214 Stone St. Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. All entries must be turned into the GBRC by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Entries will become the property of the GBRC.
GBRC program reports
Program directors reported on November activities.
Megan Hammeke reported on special needs and said bowling is very popular and they had 144 people participate in the month of November. She also noted that on Thursday, Dec. 14, there will be a Christmas dinner and open house at the Great Bend Senior Center.
Garet Fitzpatrick reported on leisure activities and said the GBRC will offer two Holiday Kids Day Out events over the Christmas break. On Wednesday, Dec. 27, kids will make their own ham or turkey sandwiches to eat along with some fruit, pickle spears and chips.
Then on Thursday, Dec. 28, pizza will be provided and fruit for lunch. After lunch each day, participates will go bowling. Each day will also include crafts, games, snacks and other fun organized activities. Both days are for children ages 6–12 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Activity Center.
He also noted that the GBRC will also host a Christmas Entertaining Meals program today at the Rec Center. The Great Bend Middle School Women in Harmony Group will perform. Reservations for this program are now closed.
Chris Umphres reported on sports and noted that the City Auditorium, Activity Center and Panther Activities Center are being used every day due to drop-in participation, 13 youth and four adult basketball teams, and 29 adult volleyball teams.
“There are very few time slots to use the gym from now until May,” Umpres said. “However, we are on track for another successful winter session.”
In the month of November there were 2,271 people enrolled in programs sponsored by the Recreation Commission. Total participation for the month was 6,343; of that total 1,459 were spectators. A total of 1,082 hours of supervised activities were held.