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Local clubs and organizations


Alberta Klaus (785) 625-6896

Meets first Wednesday of the month at Heritage Room, Hadley Center, 205 E. Seventh. Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., meeting at noon.

Call District chairwoman Anise Gille, (785) 877-5170, for AARP Driver's Safety Course information.

AARP Ellis

Shirley Gerhardt, president

Meets at noon, second Monday of the month at the Ellis Nutrition Center.

American Legion/Auxiliary

13th and Canterbury, (785) 625-3813

Army Reserve

388th Med. Bn Log (Fwd)

Commerce Parkway, (785) 628-8518

The Arc of Central Plains

Gloria VonFeldt, director, (785) 628-6512 for more information.

Local chapter of Special Olympics and The Arc. Potential volunteers are invited.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

(785) 625-6672

This organization aids children who need the friendship of a special adult in their lives. Little Brothers and Sisters are 5 to 17 and come from all social, financial, economic and ethnic backgrounds. Big Brothers Big Sisters are volunteers, each interviewed and screened carefully to determine suitability. There is no charge to the volunteer, the child or the child's family.

Boy Scouts of America Coronado Area Council

Scouting is learning by discovery and discovery by doing. It's fun, friends and family where skills are learned, confidence is built and stories are born. This is Scouting. Scouting programs are open to youth ages 6 to 20. For more information, call Mike Katt, Wheatland District executive, at (785) 301-2189.

Disabled American Veterans

Mike Dreiling, Victoria, (785) 735-7117, Chapter 18 and district adj. treasurer.

Ellis County 4-H

Susan Schlichting, 4-H and Youth agent, Ellis County Extension office, 601 Main, Ste. A, (785) 628-9430.

Whether you live in town or in the country, 4-H has something for you. 4-H is open to all boys and girls ages 5 to 18 as of Jan. 1 of the current year. There are 32 project areas from which to choose and eight 4-H clubs in Ellis County. 4-H is a network of families that grows great kids. To learn more visit, joinkansas4-h.org or the local Ellis Co. 4-H page at www.ellis.ksu.edu.

Ellis County Community Partnership

A collaborative effort of citizens addressing the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The partnership promotes the healthy attitudes and behaviors of youth, parents and community members in order to reduce underage drinking and other substance abuse.   Members also work towards the reduction of  chronic disease by increasing opportunities for  physical activity, proper nutrition and tobacco prevention and cessation.     For more information, call (785) 625-5521 or (800) 757-2180 or stop by the office at 2714 Plaza Ave.

Ellis County Historical Society

100 W. Seventh, (785) 628-2624

A nonprofit organization established to collect, store, display and preserve items that illustrate the history of Ellis County and Kansas; to locate, adequately mark and preserve historical sites in Ellis County; and to act as a vehicle that binds the people of Ellis County in a spirit of unity as they share the responsibility of preserving the historical evidence of the region. Members can volunteer their services at any time.

Friends of Hays Public Library

Hays Public Library, 1205 Main, (785) 625-9014

To support and improve the Hays Public Library's services and equipment through fundraising and volunteer activities, including community book sales, and a quarterly newsletter.

Also to maintain and operate Books Etc., a small used bookstore located in the library gallery, funds of which benefit the library. Dues: $5. Benefits of membership include previewing book sales and discounts on books.  

Members and volunteers are welcome. Annual meeting is in September.

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

Nancy Haney, regional manager, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, 2707 Vine, Ste. 8, (785) 625-5671, www.kansasgirlscouts.org. Scouting inspires girls to build courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.  

Through a variety of program opportunities, girls learn about the fun, friendship and power of girls together.

Girl Scouts meet in troops, groups or at events with caring adults who are trained to provide age appropriate activities that focus on building leaders of tomorrow. Adult volunteers are needed for a variety of positions.

Membership is open to any girl kindergarten through 12th grade and to all adults. National registration is $15 annually and girls or adults can join anytime.

Hays Arts Council

Brenda Meder, director, 112 E. 11th, (785) 625-7522. www.haysartscouncil.org.

Hays Hurricanes

Rachel Brinley, president, (785) 650-2139

Fall practice begins in September. A nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote swimming as a competitive sport and a healthful leisure activity among young people. Membership open to those 5 to 18 years of age. Fees assessed. A free trial period is offered.

Hays Good Samaritan Center Auxiliary

Hays Good Samaritan Center, 27th and Canal, (785) 625-7331.

Hays Interagency Coordinating Council (HICC)

To provide a forum in which parents and representatives of the agencies involved with children from birth through five years old can coordinate services. HICC is committed to collaboration that will lead to the development of comprehensive services, which meet the mental, physical, social and emotional needs of all young children and their families. Guiding standards include the provision of: 1) a comprehensive, ongoing public and professional awareness program; 2) a systematic process to assure that children from birth through five years old have access to developmental screenings and evaluations within state and federal timelines; 3) a program plan that is based upon eligibility and parental consent; and 4) an involvement of parents as equal participants of all aspects of the HICC, including program development and evaluation. HICC meets on a quarterly schedule. For more information, call (785) 625-3257.

Hays Kiwanis Club

Eddie Perrett, president; meets at noon Thursdays at the Bakery Shop, 205 E. Seventh. Service to youth and the elderly, to community and nation; hayskiwanis.org.

HaysMed Volunteers

HaysMed Volunteers provide supplementary services in a variety of areas. Among those included are information desks, the gift shop, patient mail delivery, the Center for Health Improvement, office assistance and monthly blood screenings. Youth the age of 14 by June 1 can participate in VolunTEENS June to August. Call (785) 623-5890 for more information.  

Hays Optimist Club

Darrell Hamlin, (785) 259-5911

To join together voluntarily for the good of youth and the city of Hays. The group sponsors numerous projects, scholarships and community service activities. The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Golden Corral, 383 Mopar Drive.

Hays Recreation Commission

1105 Canterbury, (785) 623-2650. www.haysrec.org.

Hays Rotary Club

Club meets at noon Mondays at Pam's Bakery Shop and Catering, 230 E. Eighth. For more information, contact Greg Sund at (785) 621-4219.

Hays Schools Orchestra Booster Club

Joan Crull, (785) 365-6724, jcrull@usd489.com

To support and promote the welfare of the students participating in the orchestra program at Hays USD 489. To promote congenial relations between participating orchestra students, teaching staff, club members and the community. To support logistically and financially the activities of the USD 489 orchestra program. These activities include such things as the Pumpkin Fiddle Fest, Hays City Music Festival, Western Kansas Orchestra Festival, recruitment of fifth graders and Orchestra Booster Scholarship.

All parents, guardians and supporters of Hays school orchestra can become members.

Hays Striders Track Club

Dave Haberman, (785) 628-8343

To provide youth between the ages of 7 and 18 an opportunity to learn and participate in various track and field events.  

Athletes compete in divisions according to age and gender.

Youth grades seven to 12 are eligible to participate once their school track season has ended. Membership is open to any resident in Ellis County or the surrounding area as long as there is not an organized program within the youth's town or community.

The season begins in early April and continues into qualifying meets in June and July. An athlete who qualifies in the June and July meets advances to the annual National Junior Olympic Games.

Hays Symphony Guild

Terry Crull, (785) 625-4258

The Guild will be in its 100th season during the 2013-14 performing year. To provide support and appreciation for the orchestra, promote attendance and help to underwrite public performances. The guild hopes to encourage musicians to remain active in the area and further enhance the concert offerings of the region. Membership categories include friends $25, donors $50, patrons $100, sustainers $250, and benefactors $500, concert sponsors $1,000, and season sponsors $2,500. A percentage of funds raised go toward scholarships for Fort Hays State University students of any major playing in the orchestra.

Hays Toastmasters

Kurt Beyers, (785) 625-3438 or (785) 628-4480

To help members develop communication and leadership skills by helping them learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking. Meet the first and third Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at Thirsty's, 2704 Vine.

Humane Society of the High Plains

2050 E. Old U.S. Highway 40, (785) 625-5252

Knights of Columbus No. 1325 St. Joseph Council

Gary Feltis, Grand Knight, (785) 623-4050

Knights of Columbus No. 6984 Immaculate Heart of Mary Council

Ed Harbin, Grand Knight, 785-623-0279

Knights of Columbus No. 10044 St. Nicholas of Myra Council

Chuck Hutchison, Grand Knight, (785) 259-0930

Knights of Columbus No. 10211 Fort Hays State University

Nathan Felder, Grand Knight,

Knights of Columbus No. 4166 Schoenchen

Tom Dinges, Grand Knight, (785) 628-6982

Knights of Columbus No. 2133 Ellis

Wade King, Grand Knight, (785) 726-4136

Knights of Columbus No. 1867 Victoria

Jeff Hertel, Grand Knight, (785) 735-2708

Lions Club

Jean Gleichsner, secretary, (785) 259-0313, jgleichs@fhsu.edu

Warren Shaffer, president, (785) 628-6009

Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home Auxiliary

Marilyn Thyfault, (785) 628-8346 or Virginia Hess, (785) 625-5533.

Masonic Lodge No. 195

Larry Bodine, (785) 628-1276 or (785) 628-3127 masons@ksmasons.org

Freemasonry is a fraternal organization for men 18 or older to teach intellectual, moral and spiritual values veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.  The group meets on the third Monday night of the month.

National Guard

200 Main, (785) 623-6420

Parent-teacher organizations

* Lincoln Elementary School, (785) 623-2500

* O'Loughlin Elementary School, (785) 623-2510

* Roosevelt Elementary School, (785) 623-2520

* Thomas More Prep-Marian High School PTF, (785) 625-6577

* Thomas More Prep-Junior High, (785) 625-6577

* Hays Middle School, (785) 623-2450

* Washington Elementary School, (785) 623-2540

* Wilson Elementary School, (785) 623-2550

* Holy Family Elementary, 1800 Milner, (785) 625-3131

Prairie Garden Club

President, Linda Stahlman, (785) 628-6453, meets at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month, occasionally Saturday.

The club conducts a wildflower tour, maintains a flower bed at Ellis County Historical Society. There is a plant giveaway in April on the fourth Thursday of the month at Stone Gallery. There is a fundraiser in the fall, a garden and plant sale and has a fundraiser in the fall.

Soroptimist International

Olivia Becker, (785) 259-7132

Teaming up for Tots

To provide young adults the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills through local community service and organizational involvement. Meets monthly.

The Society of Friends of Historic Fort Hays

1472 U.S. Highway 183 Alternate, (785) 625-6812.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

VFW Hall, 2106 Vine, (785) 625-9940

The local post was formed shortly after World War II to serve those who served America. The organization offers special programs to assist veterans and their families. Other programs include Americanism and Loyalty Day, Buddy Poppy, hospital, legislative, rehabilitation, safety, VFW National Home, Voice of Democracy, community service, career-aid search and youth activities. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month.

VFW Ladies' Auxiliary

VFW Hall, 2106 Vine, (785) 625-9940, Florence Wear, (785) 625-9044

Members include wives, widows, mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, foster and stepdaughters of people who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Members must be citizens of the United States and not younger than 16. Women eligible for membership in VFW shall be eligible for membership in the Ladies Auxiliary. Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.


813 Jefferson, Ellis, contact Leo Groff Jr. at (785) 726-4250. Meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and hosts Bingo each Monday at 7 p.m.

VFW Auxiliary

813 Jefferson, Ellis, contact Jenni Holmgren at (785) 726-4600. Meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.  

Via Christi Auxiliary

(785) 628-3241

York Rite of Freemasonry

Larry Bodine, (785) 628-1276

The York Rite consists of Masons and urges one to be a Knight of the Cross with Christ as his Lord and Savior. The group meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month.


YouthFriends connects young people with caring adult volunteers in schools. For details, call Rae Smith, coordinator, at (785) 623-2400.