The Second Annual Butler Mission Week (BMW) celebrated the weeklong event with a free community Block Party on Friday, July 19th. The Block Party was held on the lawn of Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.
Over 227 volunteers worked in multiple shifts each day throughout the week, following the biblical command “Love Thy Neighbor” . They did so by participating in community service projects and intentional acts of kindness. According to program director, Andrea Van Auken, the goal was simple, to “Take care of the town we live in.”
The volunteers participated in a variety of events throughout the week and impacted over 90,000 people in Butler County. The week also served as a mission week for the middle school and high school kids who stayed at the church all week.
BMW was conceived of by the Co-Pastors of Hope Covenant Church. The church’s vision is to “Be Known, Belong, Be Love. We believe it is important for people to be known by God through intentional discipleship, to belong to a community through authentic relationships, and to be love through serving others.
Six Drum and Bugle Corps teams from across the country performed before a crowd of fans and judges in the seasonal contest held annually, known as Drums Across Kansas. Drums Across Kansas presents the Drum Corp International Tour (DCI) each year, and this is the fourth year for it to be held in El Dorado at BG Veterans Stadium.
Percussion, color guard, and marching, as well as the general effect of design and musicality are scored by the judges, according to Anthony DiCarlo, DCI tour manager. The world championship will be in Indianapolis, in August. Santa Clara Vanguard is the current reigning champion.
The other teams are the Mandarins from Sacramento, California; the Crossmen from San Antonia, Texas; the Blue Knights from Denver, Colorado; The Cadets from Allentown, Pennsylvania; the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California; and the Blue Devils from Concord, California.
Blue Devils took first place with a score of 88.400, Santa Clara Vanguard was a close second with 88.350 points, and Blue Knights rounded out the top three with 83.300 points.
Drum Corp International was formed in 1971 to organize and unify leadership for youth-focused competitive drum corps events throughout North America.
On Tuesday, July 9th family and friends of WWII Veteran Howard Cool gathered in front of the Butler County Freedom Memorial to present a check to the Kansas Honor Flight.
The funds, in the amount of $4,000, were raised through donations and memorials given in honor of Howard Cool.
Mr. Cool was a Marine stationed at the Atoll Islands during WWII and had the privilege of flying aboard a Kansas Honor Flight to Washington D.C., with his son Brad. According to Howard’s daughter, Marla Lopeman, “When they came back, they were changed.”
Through the Kansas Honor Flight, veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam are provided an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to visit their war memorial. The funds provided in honor of Mr. Cool will provide for almost 5 Kansas veterans to make the journey.
On Saturday, June 15th Miss Frontier, Bailey Smith, Miss Teen El Dorado, Naomi Galindo, and Mini Miss Frontier Janessa Knapp joined Miss Augusta Sierra Marie Bonn and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Kansas Champion Vinny along with “Flat Vinny” to help Walmart raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in Kansas.
The month-long fundraising event was celebrated with a kickoff party that included hotdogs, popcorn, cake and a coloring contest. Vinny was on hand to judge the contest which features a “Flat Vinny” designed by Vinny. His flat version is traveling the state and Internet with the hashtag #flatvinny. Vinny and his parents will be able to log on and see all the people and places “Flat Vinny” has visited. Each week one drawing will be selected and the winner will receive a Walmart gift card.
Vinny and the girls will be back at Walmart, again, on Saturday, June 22nd from 12-2p to continue raising awareness and funds. All funds raised will go to our local CMNH Hospital to help sick and injured kids.
The Next Chapter Books & Novelties, located at 2222 W Central Avenue in El Dorado, will celebrate their one-year anniversary June 3-8, 2019. To help them celebrate, they will have events throughout the week where readers can enjoy more than 30 coffee beverages made with beans from The Spice Merchant, while meeting their favorite writers. The event is free, open to the public with kid, and family-friendly, activities.
On Tuesday, June 4, Author, Elana A. Mugdan will be on hand at 3:30 P.M. Ms. Mugdan will host a book signing and Q&A. She has previously appeared at The Next Chapter with Dragon Speaker. For the store’s anniversary celebration, she will be promoting her second novel, Dragon Child. Dragon Speaker and Dragon Child are the first two installments in Mugdan’s Young Adult fantasy series, The Shadow War Saga. Both books have been received with widespread acclaim. Appearing in medieval costume, she will be speaking about her experiences with writing and publishing.
Mugdan is an award-winning author and filmmaker who is currently participating in the Vitaminwater, “No Phone For A Year” Contest, sponsored by The Coca‑Cola Company. To aide her ambition, of going one year without the use of a smartphone, she has been given a 1996-era cellular telephone, monthly phone plan, and the opportunity to enter into a contract to not use a smartphone for 365 consecutive days. If she succeeds, she will win $100,000 – most of which will go toward her ongoing book tour, as well as her plans to donate copies of her books to schools and libraries across the country to promote love of reading, fantasy, and imagination.
Mugdan is a New York City native who lives a quiet but eccentric life with her adopted pet snake, Medusa. She brings an authentic air to her book signing events and readings by appearing in full Allentrian costume.
The week long schedule of events include something for everyone:
Butler Community College’s Life Enrichment will feature Jeff Davidson at 9 a.m. and Jim Hoy at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7.
Using songs, historical facts and pictures, Davidson leads audiences through the history of the settlement of the west, with particular emphasis on the state of Kansas. The development of Kansas had a tremendous influence on western settlement, helping to shape the economy, ideology and heroism of a young nation. Davidson entertained as part of the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train for 25 years where he developed the idea of using historical events to introduce songs he sang. He uses a combination of classic western and folk tunes along with his own compositions to highlight the significant historical events that led Kansas into statehood.
An authority on the folk life of ranching, Hoy is a professor of English and former director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University. He has lectured internationally on the folk life of ranching and is the co-author of “Plains Folk,” a syndicated newspaper column.
Most Kansans are familiar with stories of grasshoppers large enough for cowboys to ride, or summers that popped corn in the field due to the heat. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales, but these exaggerated narratives help explain the character of our state and its people. Hoy’s presentation will explore some of the countless legends and folktales from around the state, and how they define the communities that keep these stories alive.
“Kansas Legends and Folktales” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share inspiring stories, spark informative conversations and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.
Life Enrichment meets on the first Tuesday morning of the month during the school year. Area adults enjoy high-quality speakers and performers, along with a light breakfast and coffee during each regular meeting. Meetings take place in the Clifford/Stone Community Room at the Hubbard Welcome Center on the El Dorado campus. Meetings are open to everyone and there is no charge to attend. Those who attend regularly are encouraged to register so they receive monthly newsletters announcing the programs. New members are always welcome.