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News for 4/15/2020

*please note there was a request to rerun the Lions article with pictures a decent size if possible. Thank you

Alumni Banquet Cancelled

The Alumni Board has decided, with great regret, to cancel this year's Annual Alumni Banquet. Due to the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we feel cancelling is the best option for everyone's safety.  

Important Numbers to Have

785-476-2668: City Office

785-476-2845: Farmers National Bank

785-476-2224: Kensington Senior/Community Center

785-476-2852: Kensington Community Store

785-476-2500: Rusty Tractor

785-476-2282: Corner Corral

785-476-3241: Thunder Ridge Elementary

785-638-2244: Thunder Ridge Middle School

785-476-2217: Thunder Ridge High School

785-476-8185: Kensington Community/School Library 

District Lions Convention

Darold and Joyce Grauerholz, Joan Nech, and Greg and Robin Billings attended the annual Lions District Convention in Hays March 13-14. Darold and Joyce attended the evening banquet Friday night and the other members joined them Saturday, the 14. The convention was held in the Student Union on Fort Hays campus. Different sessions were held on various topics, a general meeting followed, and an auction was held to raise money for the Lions Sight Foundation. 

A luncheon banquet was also held to honor some of its members. Lion Darold Grauerholz was honored with a Melvin Jones Award for his work and dedication to the Sight Council. Darold has served many years in various positions on this council. He collects eye glasses from local optometrists to be distributed world-wide through the lions. He has also volunteered many years at the Lion’s eye screener bus at the state fair. He has impacted many lives through his service with the sight council and lions club. 

The Peace Poster contestants and winners were also celebrated at the banquet. Our local winner, Rueben Steenkamp, and his family were in attendance of the banquet. Rueben received an honorable mention for his participation in the contest. 

Sight has always been a central focus of the International Lions Club. Eye glass collection boxes are located at the Kensington Community Store as well as the Farmer’s National Bank.       Glasses are collected and distributed world-wide through the efforts of International Lions Club. All donations help and make an impact in people’s lives!

Darold Grauerholz received the Melvin Jones Award for service. Here he is with District Governor Tom Baumann and the International Governor. 

Joyce and Darold Grauerholz, Joan Nech, and Robin and Greg Billings.

KAYS Still Making a Difference

The whole TR KAY group began making door decorations for the Smith Center Health and Rehab and Sun Porch residents before the national pandemic began and school doors were closed. Despite not having school, flower baskets were finished and the decorations were delivered to both facilities.  

65 decorations were delivered just in time for Easter to help brighten the residents’ doors. KAYS hopes these simple baskets will remind all the residents that they are not forgotten during this time of national crisis. Kind deeds will always bring us safely together!

Mary Jo Shook, Jadeyn Bice, Trinity Coomes.

Remi Martin and Mariana Escobar.

Weekly Inspiration

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. - Tony Robbins

To believe means to hope for the best, endure the stress, passing every test and accepting nothing less. - Unknown

The biggest mistake we make is thinking life is all about our dreams and desires. We forget that God's Will always comes first. - Unknown


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Erica Barnes Library Director; K-3 & HS Librarian Kensington Community/School Library 785-476-2219 or 8185 (cell) Fill your mind with truth; fill your heart with love; and fill your life with service. - Thomas S. Monson


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