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Zoo Society to hold 2019 annual meeting
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The Great Bend Zoological Society Board of Directors and the Zoo Crew invite GBZS members, and anyone wishing to join, to the annual meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, at the Knights of Columbus, 723 Main Street, Great Bend.

GBZS members will receive a free meal prepared by the Knights, which includes chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. Non-members can join while there for just $25 cash or check for a year, which includes all immediate family, and receive a meal with your membership. Anyone wishing to attend needs to RSVP with the number of attendees no later than Friday, September 27 by contacting the Zoo, 620-793-4226.

A brief business meeting, including election of board members, will be held.

Board elections

Any member can be elected to a board position. Ballots will be distributed and members will be given the chance to vote for four open seats. Board members are expected to come to a monthly meeting that usually lasts about an hour, spend 2-3 hours per month preparing for tasks assigned during the meeting, attend Members Only events as they occur, and help plan and execute fundraisers throughout the year.


Following the meeting will be a fascinating program by Curator & Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin. She recently spent several weeks in Borneo learning about orangutan research and conservation and will talk about how Western demand for palm oil is driving the orangutan and other species to the brink of extinction.

The Great Bend Zoological Society is a non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation organized to carry on a charitable, benevolent, social service, educational and public benefit work in the community, and particularly, for developing and improving the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. The goals and objectives of the Society are to deliver an appreciation of wildlife through exhibits and programs that emphasize education, conservation and recreation while promoting the Zoo. The Zoological Society provides a non-profit, tax-free organization to accept donations and grants to fund the mission and goals of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.