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Genealogical Society

The Finney County Genealogical Society will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kansas Room at the Finney County Public Library, 605 E. Walnut St.

Stan Smith will give the lesson "Did Your Ancestor Make A Living On Or By A Canal?"

Visitors are welcome.

Alpha Zeta

Alpha Zeta met Aug. 19 at Anita Gottsponer's home, with Rachel Livermore as the co-hostess. Nine members were in attendance. Nancy Derryberry was a guest of Carol Dechants.

Officers for this year are: Gottsponer, president; Maxine Atkinson, vice president; Mary Ann Johnson, secretary; Angela Tabor, treasurer; and Livermore and Patsy Jenks, education.

The District G meeting will be held Oct. 19 in Garden City with Alpha Zeta as hosts. A meeting site is yet to be chosen, but there will be an October Fest theme.

The chapter will help with the Holiday Home Tour held in November. The event is sponsored by Russell Child Development.

After the meeting was adjourned, members enjoyed wine, tea and cake.

Senior center pinochle

Donna Preston won high in the four tables of senior center pinochle played Wednesday at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St. Second place went to Leonard Yardley. Neva Maxfield took third.

If interested in playing, call 272-3620.

ESA Kansas State Board meeting

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Kansas State Board, hosted by members of District G, met for their summer leadership meeting Aug. 23 to 25 at the Grant County Civic Center in Ulysses.

Members from Alpha Zeta, Garden City, in attendance were Anita Gottsponer, Rachel Livermore, Janene Radke, Patsy Jenks, Vi Fry, Suzy Fletcher and Mary Ann Johnson.

Cyndi Ewy, workshop coordinator and leadership chair, hosted a mini workshop titled "How To Tie Your Scarf." Demonstrations of scarf tying were given by Stephanie Castillo of the Grant County Extension Office.

The Care Connection Committee led a Hands-On Project to help those in need. Backpacks and school supplies were donated to schools in Scott City, Garden City, Liberal and Ulysses. Gift cards were donated for domestic violence/crisis centers in Garden City and Liberal.

ESA for St. Jude Senior Coordinator Sandie White told of her trip to St. Jude Children's Hospital and how ESA can help raise money to support this cause. She gave information to the membership on hosting math-a-thons, radio-a-thons and trike-a-thons. Donations were collected in a backpack to be filled with school supplies and presented to a child at St. Jude Children's Hospital.

An evening of entertainment was enjoyed by the membership as Galen and Robyn Pelton sang Broadway show tunes and hosted a sing-along. Funds were raised to support Kansas Care & Share and the Disaster Fund. These funds help ESA sisters in need during times of disaster in their communities.

Kansas State President Judy Ahrens of Manhattan presided over the Board of Directors meeting Sunday morning.

The next Kansas State Council Board of Directors meeting will be Nov. 1 to 3 at Heartspring in Wichita. This event will raise funds to support Heartspring, which is the Kansas State Philanthropic Project.

For more information on Kansas ESA, visit For more information on ESA International, visit

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