El Dorado Elks Turns 100

The El Dorado Elks Lodge is turning 100 years old and invites the community to help them celebrate.  Friday, February 5, 2021 marks the beginning of their historic 100th year and events are planned for the entire weekend to mark the occasion. 

Beginning on Friday, February 5th at 6:00 p.m. the Elks will be holding a Monterrey dinner and skit comedy performance of Carol Burnett skits. They are planning to add a few musical numbers.  A cash bar will be available. 

On Saturday, February 6th the Matt Engels band will be performing and a pulled pork and cowboy beans dinner will be on the menu.  The cash bar will be open on Saturday as well. 

On Sunday, February 7th they will celebrate the original founding of the El Dorado Elks Lodge with an open house from 2 -4 p.m. 

The Lodge was established on February 7, 1921, and is located at 121 E. Pine in El Dorado.  They recently remodeled and returned to their original building after being in another location for 36 years.  The building was originally built in 1931. 

The El Dorado Elks Lodge was originally built as the home of the Lodge in 1931.  The Elks after 36 years removed from the site, remodeled their historic home and returned to the building.
The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting with the El Dorado Elks Lodge in front of the newly remodeled building. 

First Responder Appreciation Dinner

County and City law enforcement agencies, Kansas Wildlife & Parks, County Fire Districts, Emergency Management, Rescue & Medical  Services, 911 Centers and School Resource Officers, along with family, friends and community supporters, were on hand for the 3rd Annual First Responder Appreciation Dinner held in El Dorado on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Dane Scherling, Managing Partner of Carlson and Kirby-Morris Funeral Homes, welcomed guests and served as the evening’s emcee.  Carlson and Kirby-Morris sponsored the annual Appreciation Dinner and Jean Plummer served as the event organizer. 

Kansas State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen, was the guest speaker.  Jorgensen spoke about understanding the sacrifices and commitment required, as he has been in the first responder community for 40 years.   

In the audience, El Dorado Police Chief Curt Zieman, was acknowledged for his 40 years of service. 

Jorgensen shared information about the programs and resources his office provides. 

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Kansas from the hazards of fire, explosion, and natural and man-made disasters.

He said the OSFM is funded through money generated from a small fee on every insurance policy sold in the state each year. 

Jorgensen touched on recruitment and retention issues within the first responder community as well as mental health issues of first responders and the strategies being employed to address those needs.

According to Jorgensen, 86% of firefighters in the state are volunteers.   Many of the dinner attendees are volunteers within the Butler County First Responder Community. 

Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen, left, is pictured with the Carlson Colonial and Kirby-Morris Funeral Homes staff and organizer Jean Plummer, right.

Jorgensen expresses his thanks to the community and to Carson and Kirby-Morris for sponsoring the event. He said few communities across the state recognize their first responders this way.

Friends of the Library Dinner & Auction


Bradford Memorial Library, Friends of the Library’s Sloppy Jo Dinner and Dessert Auction was held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Civic Center and guests enjoyed fellowship with one another over a Sloppy Jo Dinner and then turned their attention to the evening’s entertainment, a Dessert Auction that included the auction of a handmade quilt that was made and donated by Friends of the Library member Marcella Schmidt.   



Friends of the Library Fundraiser

The public is invited to join the Bradford Memorial Library Friends of the Library for their annual Sloppy Joe Dinner at the El Dorado Civic Center on Friday, October 26, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The meal consists of a Sloppy Joe sandwich, baked beans, pasta salad or chips, dessert and a drink. Cost for the meal is $8.00 for and adult and $5.00 for children under 12 years of age. Takeout meals are available.

Highlight of the evening is the Dessert Auctions which begins at 6:00 p.m. with Dave Sundgren serving as the auctioneer. Besides beautiful desserts, pies, and cookies we have a queen-sized quilt pieced by Friends of the Library member Marcella Schmidt. It is machine quilted and is 99” X 84”.

Proceeds from the supper and auction help support the Bradford Memorial Library activities including Trick or Treat Down Main Street, the Outreach Program, technology, and the Summer Reading activities.


Friends of the Library Book & Bake Sale

Friends of the Library held their bi-monthly meeting on Monday, September 10 at the Bradford Memorial Library.  The group meets in the Clymer room downstairs and joyfully welcomes new members.

The recent topic of discussions revolved around the upcoming Fall Book and Bake Sale, scheduled for October 4-6, and the Annual Sloppy Joe Dinner and Dessert Auction, to be held October 26th at the Civic Center.  Both events benefit the Friends of the Library.

Proceeds are used for various activities.  

From providing funds to purchase books for the Outreach Program, which benefits those who are homebound in El Dorado, in the hospital, or are in a nursing home or assisted living facility; to purchasing books to be given out during Trick or Treat Down the Street, the goal is always the same, supporting the Bradford Memorial Library.

Located in the Clymer Room on the the lower level of the Library, the hours for the Book & Bake Sale will be Thursday, October 4th from 5-8p; Friday, October 5th from 9a-5p; and Saturday, October 6th from 9a-2p.  Books will be .50 each or $7.00 a bag.

Tickets for the Sloppy Joe Dinner and Dessert Auction will be available for purchase during the Book and Bake Sale.  Tickets are $8 a person.