Meeting Minutes

April 19, 2022

The Liberal Area Civic Group held its April meeting on Tuesday, the 19th of 2022 in the Barton Mutual Education Room. President Sheri Keltner called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Nine members and 3 guests attended the meeting.

Mrs. Keltner asked for a reading of the previous minutes by Secretary Sally Fast, and upon hearing them, declared them approved. Next the Treasurer Report was given by Sally Fast. She stated the checking account held $7,530.88 and the CD held $8,761.71. Funds for Membership Dues had not been deposited yet.

Next Scott Grey, Minister of the Christian Church of Liberal, described a project of partnering with “Against Global Hunger” to prepare meals for those affected by the war in Ukraine. He is soliciting volunteers to participate and donate to a program which will give a meal to 40,000 Ukrainians. Scott needs $14,000 for funding and 100 volunteers to package the meals. The deadline for funding and signing up to participate will be May 13. Scott gave details and deadlines and invited members to participate and share this information with their home churches, organizations and businesses to assist in reaching the goal.

Next on the Agenda was the Business Spotlight. Mary Toney updated the group on the status of this project. She stated businesses were responding and being published. Individuals wishing to publish details regarding their business can learn more from the Civic Group Website or contacting Mary’s Flower Cart Café for more information.

Prairie Days was then discussed. Warren Bott, Chairman for the Car Show for Prairie Days, discussed possibilities for the show. Next the timeline for a shortened version of Prairie Day was discussed. The group is working on activities that will start later in the day and blend well with the Garden Tractor and Mini Rod Pull. The plan includes MOVING THE PARADE TIME TO 2:00 on the 17th. The conversation included a new schedule of events and confirmation of Chairmen for some events. Ideas are welcomed from the community. Grand Marshalls and T-shirt ideas were also discussed with no final decision made.

Next the Civic Group Scholarship was discussed. Four volunteers were set to work on the process and selection of one recipient for the $500.00 Scholarship from the Class of 22 of Liberal High School. This is funded by the monies for the raffle held on Santa day. The winner will be announced at the High School Awards Assembly held May 9. Ideas for funding the 2023 Scholarship were discussed.

Mrs. Keltner stated she had confirmed the serving of drinks and desserts for the Prairie Jubilee on September 24. She also gave additional dates for activities sponsored by the Civic Group.

With no other business to discuss, the President stated the next meeting would be May 17, 2022 and upon hearing a motion to adjourn and a second, declared the meeting adjourned at 8:26 pm.


March 15, 2022

The Liberal Area Civic Group held its March meeting on Tuesday, the 15th 2022 in the Barton Mutual Education Room. President Sheri Keltner called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM with 10 members present.

Mrs. Keltner asked for a reading of the previous minutes, and upon hearing them read by Secretary Sally Fast, declared them approved. Next Treasurer Jacqui Nichols gave the Treasurer’s report. She stated the checking account held $7,530.89 and the CD held $8,747.57. Mrs. Nichols stated the non-profit filing had been completed for the current year.

Next on the Agenda was the Business Spotlight. Mary Toney stated she had been successful delivering questionnaires to fourteen businesses in town. Ways to contact other business in the area were discussed. Information will be posted on the Civic Group web-site and local news papers once the responses are received. Businesses wishing to publish details regarding their business can learn more from the Civic Group Website or contacting Mary’s Flower Cart Café for more information.

Mrs. Keltner reminded members that the Membership drive will end March 31, and encouraged each member to solicit active members during this time.

Next a discussion regarding Prairie Day followed. Using suggestions from the community the group attempted to find a time of year that would be better suited, with less conflicts. With the hope of support from the various groups and organizations from the school, it was decided holding the event during the school year would be beneficial. Spring was strongly considered, but with not enough time to organize the event for an earlier date, Jordan Dickey made a motion to hold the festival on the 17th of September this year, with changes made to better suit the community’s needs. Billy Strong seconded and the vote was unanimous. The group will be looking for a better time of year to host the event in 2023. Changes will be made to the 2022 event to better accommodate families. The President reminded the members to begin thinking of Grand Marshalls and T-shirt ideas.

Mrs. Keltner stated she had been in contact with the school regarding applications for the Civic Group Scholarship. She stated it would be awarded at the Awards Day ceremony in May.

The President gave a review of events for 2022: Community Garage Sale. June 4; Flag Retirement Ceremony, June 14; Prairie Day Festival, September 17; and Santa Day December 3 (tentative).
With no other business to discuss, the President stated the next meeting would be April 19, 2022 and declared the meeting adjourned.