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Bonfire 4-H Club

The monthly meeting of the Bonfire 4-H Club was on Dec. 3, 2016, at the Green Valley Community Center. Prior to the meeting, the club went Christmas caroling at Sonny and Virgie Redding’s house and Wilma Brooks’ house. After caroling, the club returned to GV CC for a brief meeting, and annual gift exchange/ Christmas party. December birthdays were recognized. In lieu of the regular meeting time on Dec. 12, members met at Walmart to buy Christmas gifts for their adopted families. The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Green Valley Community Center.

Human Resource Management Network

The Human Resource Management Network, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Four Points by Sheraton. This month’s speaker will be Amy Leslie, CEO of Perspective Consulting Inc. The program is titled “Managing Employee Change and Conflict.” All Human Resource practitioners and professionals are invited to attend. HRMN meets the third Wednesday of each month. Cost to attend the program is $12 and includes lunch. RSVP for this event by contacting HRMN director of programs, Jack Allston at Additional meeting information is available at http://

Konza Prairie Quilters’ Guild

The Konza Prairie Quilters’ Guild met on Dec. 12 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church Activity Center. Rebecca Meyerkorth presided at the monthly meeting and welcomed one guest. Members bringing refreshments and those with birthdays were acknowledged.
Sharon Pollman was available with the treasurer’s books for any member wishing to look at them. 2017 dues are due.
The 2017 Block of the Month will be “Kansas” appliqués. Guild members were encouraged to participate.
Betty Frank presented the anticipated programs for the January and February. In January, four members will present mini-quilting demonstrations, and in February, Amy Bradley of Lawrence will present a program and an afternoon workshop on hand appliqué. Outgoing board members were thanked and new board members were introduced.
Fourteen members presented quilts for show and tell along with several Quilts from the Heart.
Katie Garish, education coordinator from Joann’s Fabrics, presented the program.
The next guild meeting will be at 9 a.m. on Jan. 9 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church Activity Center. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Manhattan Area Retired Educators Association

The monthly meeting of the Manhattan Area Retired Educators Association was Jan. 4 at the Riley County Senior Center. President Joyce Leach called the meeting to order. Jodi Boley led the members in the opening song and the flag salute. Liz Beikmann introduced Richard Pitts, director of the Wonder Workshop, who presented the program. He discussed the history leading up to slavery in the U.S., which then led to the Underground Railroad. The minutes of the November meeting and December luncheon were approved as printed. Linda Klabunde reviewed the treasurer’s report. There is a total of $1,842.35 in the scholarship fund. $735 of that came from the memorial to past member Jack Larson. Pam Russell reported that MAREA would be represented at the USD 383 retirement seminar on Feb. 23 to share about the organization. She also said that the MAREA Facebook page is up and running and asked members to go to the site and like it. Judi Boley read a thank you letter from the Crisis Center for the donation. The January donation is to the Boys and Girls Club and she gave a summary of what that organization does.
There was no unfinished business. In new business President Leach announced that they are looking for nominations for the Kansas Teacher’s Hall of Fame. Nominations are due in February. She also announced that KARSP is offering $500 grants for current teachers and she has the forms. Leach reported that the KEPERS newsletter was recently sent out and their web site has been redesigned for easier use. Feb. 6 is the rally at the state house.
Liz Beikmann reported on the upcoming tours sponsored by the Senior Center and also the AARP driver’s refresher course for seniors. You can register for all at the Senior Center.
A Kansas history test was given in order to award the door prize, which was won by Nancy Bridges. The next meeting will be Feb. 1.

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