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Kansas Day Collage webSubmitted by Larry Schmitt

On January 24, 2024, one-hundred-forty (140) Kansans from all over the Rio Grande Valley met to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s January 29, 1861, admission to the Union. What was super special is that twenty-two (22) Kansans joined the group for their first time. YAY!!

This year’s event took place at Balli’s Social Event Center, the Krysta Room in Mission. The organizers much appreciated that all tables and chairs were set up by the host. The tables were decorated to the organizer’s choice. A great lunch was prepared and served by Ballis Catering of Mission. Entertainment was provided by Rusty Rierson, home grown entertainer from Augusta, KS and Jane Heinen, hometown is Meriden, KS. Jane is a great yodeler. We heard many positive comments about the fast delivery and taste of the food, and about the entertainers.

Jan Bergman and Larry Schmitt Co Chairs webJan Bergman, chair of the event and Larry Schmitt, communications and reservations, facilitated the day’s events. The organizers also thank all the volunteers that facilitated registration, collecting monies, and distributing the prizes. Jan works hard throughout the year to accumulate door and raffle prizes. We are also thankful to some of the attendees’ bringing items for the raffle. Many attendees took great prizes home, including the writer of this message.

Plans for the 2025 Celebration are in process. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 29, 2025. The venue has not yet been determined. RSVP will be required. If Larry has your contact information, great. If not, please email your information to Larrys13@icloud.com.