We're Hiring!

The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and Pawnee County Economic Development Commission (PCEDC) are seeking a dynamic, energetic, and charismatic Program Coordinator to enhance and grow our community-focused organization. The LACC and PCEDC strives to represent, advocate, and encourage the development of businesses and our community by implementing responsible economic development, business retention and community involvement programs. The Chamber is an active and highly respected organization with more than 100 members in a county of approximately 6,700 citizens.

The ideal candidate will portray qualities of project and office management, event and meeting planning, multitasking, strong verbal and written communication, attention to detail through research and design, and proficiency in Microsoft Office. This position will require a minimum of 30 hours per week depending on workload, events, and meetings. Compensation will be determined by applicant’s experience and qualifications.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Handle all office related tasks including answering phone calls and walk-in visits, responding to email requests for information, Jordaan Room reservations, mailing out information and updating general information for volunteers.
  • Perform reception duties in an efficient, professional and courteous manner
  • Answer visitor and member questions in a positive and welcoming manner
  • Maintain community information for visitors and residents (i.e. tourism, rental listings, community organization and business information and contacts, etc.)
  • Assist the Director in creating written communications, including but not limited to the weekly member e-newsletters, newspaper articles, website and social media.
  • Assist the Director with event planning and implementation, project organization and event timelines.
  • Coordinate all projects with the four task force committees (i.e. Business Retention, Community Events, E-Community, and Business Development)
  • Manage the daily upkeep of the website – www.larnedks.org.
  • Manage Community Calendar, Welcome Bag Program and Chamber Bucks Program.
  • Coordinate all Coffee Hours and After Hours Events
  • Oversee the planning and execution of all Chamber sponsored business and community events (i.e. Antique Show, Santa Fe Trail Days, Last Chance Golf Tournament, Christmas Celebration, Business Development Events, Community Giveaways, Entrepreneurship, etc.)
  • Assist the Director with any additional requirements that may come up from time to time.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors and Executive Director


To apply, please submit via mail, fax or email, a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the Selection Committee no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 28th. Additional questions may be directed to Alex Filbert.

Larned Area Chamber of Commerce, 502 Broadway, Larned, KS 67550

www.larnedks.org • E: larnedcofc@gbta.net • P: 620.285.6916 • F: 620.285.6917

Program Coordinator Position Description

Member Spotlight: High Plains Farm Credit


From planting the first seeds of your brand new agribusiness to getting ready to hand it down to your sons and daughters, High Plains can help. Since 1916, we have been completely devoted to agricultural financing. Farm Credit is the largest single provider of Agricultural credit in the United States, and with a network of locally managed banking offices, we’re there when you need us.

– Real Estate Loans: for the purchase, improvement, or refinancing of debt on farms, ranches, facilities and rural real estate – including loans for purchase or improvement of Country Homes. Farm Credit is an equal credit opportunity lender/equal-housing lender.

– Operating Loans: for operating inputs and expenses such as feed, fertilizer, seed, and labor, as well as for such expenditures as rent, taxes, insurance, and day-to-day living.

– Livestock Loans: for care, and feeding, or refinancing of debt on livestock.

– Equipment Loans: for the purchase of refinancing of debt for tractors, trucks, farm implements, buildings, irrigation systems, or any other equipment.

– Agribusiness Loans: to support marketing and/or processing activities and farm-related services which are related to producing agricultural products.

– Leasing for virtually all equipment and machinery used in agriculture:

– Tractors, combines, farm buildings, farm implements, dairy equipment, grain bins, above-ground irrigation systems, trucks, processing and packing equipment and material handling equipment.

– ppraisal Services for customers who need an independent appraisal of real estate by State General Certified Appraisers.

– Crop Insurance options are available to help you manage your risks.

– Term Life Insurance for the protection of farm and ranch families.

– Young, Beginning and Small Farmer Program. We have the ending program to get you started.

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - Central Kansas

The Walk A Mile In Her Shoes - Central Kansas planning committee is hard at work creating an event that will raise awareness and much needed funds to combat sexual and domestic violence.  It is only through sponsorships that we are able to truly make an impact on our community and in the lives of victims.

Your sponsorship is vital to the success of the
6th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes – Central Kansas!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
4:00p – 7:00p
Jack Kilby Square

 Thank you for your sponsorship of last year’s event.  During Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, men and boys demonstrate their desire to eliminate violence against women by walking in women’s red heels. We would love to have you join us again! Please consider sponsorship, putting together a team of walkers, coming out to cheer on the walkers, or running one of our event activities.
Since the beginning of The Family Crisis Center we have provided approximately 25,000 survivors in central and south-central Kansas with crucial advocacy services. These survivors represent us; our families, our friends, our neighbors.  Thankfully hope doesn't end once abuse and trauma occur.
The Family Crisis Center, Inc.’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Center provides advocacy and services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence 24-hours a day, seven days a week, in Barber, Barton, Comanche, Edwards, Kiowa, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, and Stafford Counties. Courage and ultimately a new found ability to thrive in response to adversity comprise the foundation our communities build on today.
Would you consider partnering with us this year as we prepare for our 6th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes®? Our event exists to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence and raise money to provide services for survivors. 100% of the money raised stays local to provide services in our communities. The Walk will take place Thursday, April 20th  from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Jack Kilby Square in Great Bend. 
Thank you for considering how you might support Walk A Mile In Her Shoes. We have enclosed information on Sponsorships and an FAQ to answer some questions.  One of our Walk Committee Members will follow-up with you. Please feel free to call the Family Crisis Center – 620-793-9941 – if you would like to speak to someone before then.
Again, Thank You for your past support!  We look forward to partnering with you this year!

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes – Central Kansas

For more information, you may click this link for their FAQ Sheet and this link for a sponsorship form.

Member Spotlight: The Father's House of Larned

In 1981 a group of people began meeting together hoping to start a church in Larned. On Easter Sunday of 1981, Pastor Duane & Sue Kershner held the first official service of New Covenant Church. In 1990, New Covenant Church purchased it’s current facility, formerly the Hammond Holiday Home.

In 2002 a group of people from New Covenant Church approached Bishop Quintin Moore and The Father’s House of Hutchinson requesting apostolic leadership and pastoral care. After several meetings with the church, on Mother’s Day 2002, Pastor Tim & Jackie Oglesby began driving from their home in Buhler to Larned every Sunday. In August of that same year Pastor Brett Hill began traveling to Larned several times a week to provide Pastoral care, build a Youth Ministry, and help with over sight in the office. Late 2002, the church unanimously voted to join The Father’s House Network of Churches.

Since 2002, New Covenant Church has gone through many changes. In August of 2002 the youth began meeting together. The name was changed to The Father’s House of Larned in January 2003. Additional land was purchased north of our facility in March of 2004 to help facilitate future growth. In August of 2004, Doug & Lisa Johnson began Golden Rule Preschool. August of 2004 also began the first year of Kids For Christ, an after school program for children grades K-6. November of 2004 after two years of living in Larned and serving the church, Brett Hill became the Senior Pastor.

On June 27, 2009 Pastor Brett Hill was married to Tiffany Barth. Pastor Brett has since moved and taken a position with The Father’s House of Hutchinson. On July 5, 2009 Pastor Michael Pfortmiller became the Senior Pastor of The Father’s House of Larned.

The Father’s House remains committed to Supporting missions, world wide and regional on a monthly basis. The Father’s House is also committed to fulfilling the Great Commission by Making Disciples.

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing. 

Love Local with the Pawnee County Humane Society, March 7th

Love Local is a specific day each month set aside to show some local love. The concept of Love Local is simple. Let’s take time to visit our businesses, show them they matter to us, learn more about what they do and spend some dollars there if possible. This is a great way to support our community and our local businesses. We challenge the community to share this event and get as many friends to participate as you can! Let’s spread the local love!

The next Love Local Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7th of 2017 at the Pawnee County Humane Society, located at 1406 M5 Road in Larned. There is no specific time-frame, however, their hours are from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to visit them, see what they do for the community of Pawnee County and consider donating items they are in need of, such as: Purina Kitten Chow, Cat Litter (any brand), Bleach, Laundry soap, Dishwater soap, Antibacterial hand soap, Disposable surgical/exam gloves (L), Trash bags (13 gallon). 

Larned Country Club Dinner Par-Tee

Save the date for the Larned Country Club Dinner Par-Tee to be held on Saturday, April 1st at 6:00 pm at the Larned Community Center. Proceeds will go to benefit Edwards Park Golf Course. There will be a cocktail hour, games, live and silent action, and a gun raffle. Tickets are $30 per person. 


Advanced Grant Writing Workshop Coming to Great Bend

Area Non-profits are invited to attend

GREAT BEND, Kan. – Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day advanced grant writing workshop March 22, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Express on 3821 10th St. in Great Bend. This workshop is available to area non-profit organizations who wish to learn more advanced grant writing skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants. 

Attendees can expect to hear Leslie Z. Paige, M.S., Ed.S., FHSU Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects Coordinator, speak on many topics in this full agenda. Writing grant proposals can be challenging. This full day workshop will provide information designed to enhance the grant writing skills for those who work with non- profit organizations. The workshop will focus on a comprehensive approach to proposal development and strategies designed to increase the competitiveness of proposals. This workshop is appropriate for individuals with basic grant writing knowledge and experience.  Attendees will be expected to participate in interactive activities.

Participants will learn how to:
•    Targeting federal and non-federal funding sources with the best “fit” for your organization.
•    How to critically evaluate requests for proposals and interpret funder guidelines.
•    Using logic models, project work plans and timelines. 
•    A strategic approach to writing the components of a proposal.
•    When to contact program and grant officers – and what to say.
•    The nuts and bolts to writing, and strategies for a persuasive narrative.

Much of the information provided at the workshop will be applicable to anyone who has attended basic grant writing workshops or those who have written grants before and wish to build upon their knowledge of grant writing. All are welcome, regardless of your experience. 

The foundation is excited to bring a speaker of Paige’s caliber to Great Bend. “As a community foundation, our board feels it is important to help build the capacity of our local non-profit organizations.  One way that we felt this could be accomplished is by hosting a grant writing workshop locally. We hope that organizations attending will be encouraged and excited to seek out additional grant opportunities,” Christy Tustin, Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director.

To register for this event, individuals may go online to goldenbeltcf.org, hover over the Impact tab, and click on Grant Workshop and submit payment.  Participants can also email the participant name(s) and contact info to gbcf@goldenbeltcf.org and mail the check to Golden Belt Community Foundation, PO Box 1911, Great Bend, KS 67530.  Cost for the event is $75 per participant and includes lunch. Payment must be received by March 15, 2017 to secure reservation. Seating is limited to 30 participants. 

About the Speaker
Leslie Z. Paige has worked with grants for over 20 years as a K-12 educator, grant director, and federal grant reviewer and has facilitated all grant submissions for Fort Hays State University since 2003. She has conducted over a hundred presentations at a local, state and national level on successful grant seeking, strategic planning, and other topics.  

Golden Belt Community Foundation
At $20 million in total assets and more than 158 funds under management, Golden Belt Community Foundation has been connecting people who care to causes that matter since 1996. Golden Belt Community Foundation exists to provide non-profit organizations in central Kansas with a permanent source of support and to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving for donors. GBCF serves the counties of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford.  For more information about Golden Belt Community Foundation, call (620) 792-3000 or visit their website at www.goldenbeltcf.org.

Fort Larned to Join in the Great Backyard Bird Count

Fort Larned National Historic Site, Larned, Kansas, is supporting the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) by offering a birding hike on Saturday, February 18, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the fort.  The last two years the fort has counted around 25 different species of birds.  We want to increase that number this year!  Meet in the Visitor Center for a brief presentation on Birds of the Fort, followed by a bird count around the buildings, parts of the nature trail, and wooded areas of the park.  Park Ranger Barry Jones from Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will lead the hike.  Plan to dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars.  Birding is for everyone so bring the kids!  All events and activities at Fort Larned are free to the public. 

Bird populations are always shifting and changing. The data from these counts will show the effects that warm weather patterns have on bird movement around the country.  The information also reveals how bird species of concern are doing and gives us an idea of what to expect during next year’s GBBC.  

If you are unable to attend to participate at the fort but are interested in the count visit: www.birdcount.org. You can watch your backyard feeders and keep a list of what you see.   Individuals and groups can submit their findings on-line. The official count dates are Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20, 2017. For more information call Ellen Jones at 620-285-6911.  The 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is sponsored by Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156.  Information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911, or email to fols_superintendent@nps.gov.  For information on area tourism partners, lodging, dining, and community services go to www.larnedks.org or call (620) 285-6916.

A Community Caring for Cancer Patients

Great Bend, Kan.  – February is known for being a month of caring and kindness.  Local businesses, volunteers, and charitable organizations come together not just in February, but year-round to show support for area cancer patients.

Sweet Treats
Every week, Dillion’s generously donates cookies to patients at the Heartland Cancer Center.  A cookie is a simple, sweet token that reminds people going through treatment that they are loved.   Volunteers are coordinated through Volunteers in Action (RSVP), to assist with wrapping the cookies, handing out treats, and lending an ear to patients.  

Financial Support
The Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund (The Cancer Fund), a fund of the Golden Belt Community Foundation, provides small grants to persons in Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford County that are experiencing an unexpected financial hardship caused by cancer.  In 2016, the fund assisted 39 people with shelter, caregiving, nutrition, medical supplies and transportation.  

“This fund is crucial in providing support to area cancer patients.  Every story we hear is unique, full of inspiration and heartache.  The reality is that feeding tube supplements, wound care, certain prosthetics, and adult briefs are not often covered by insurance and that is where we have been able to help,” said Sue Cooper, Program Officer.  

The Cancer Fund also has assisted with public transportation bus passes, dentures, and auto repairs to get patients to and from appointments.

Care for Patients and Their Families
ElderCare, Inc. is a Golden Belt Community Foundation ‘Cancer Fund’ partner.  The foundation provides grants to Eldercare to assist area cancer patients with respite services, family relief, and meal preparation.  Brandi Gruber, Director of Home Services, shared information about their services at a recent cancer support group meeting.  

Donations to The Cancer Fund are endowed, creating a permanent source of support for local patients with 100% of the funds remaining in the community.  To donate or for information on how to apply for a grant, please call the Golden Belt Community Foundation at (620) 792-3000.  

Golden Belt Community Foundation
At $20 million in total assets and more than 160 funds under management, the Golden Belt Community Foundation has been connecting people who care to causes that matter since 1996. Golden Belt Community Foundation exists to provide non-profit organizations in central Kansas with a permanent source of support and to serve as a vehicle for charitable giving for donors. GBCF serves the counties of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford.  For more information about Golden Belt Community Foundation, call (620) 792-3000 or visit their website at www.goldenbeltcf.org

Member Spotlight: B&B Quality Meats

B&B Quality Meats offers both custom meat processing and the opportunity to purchase quality meats through their downtown retail store. The plant is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to noon. The downtown retail store is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing. 



REPORTS TO Larned Area Chamber of Commerce & Pawnee County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors

NATURE OF WORK  The Executive Director will manage the organizations “like a business” and in a way that attracts and retains the engagement of key leaders.  Oversees and manages the LACC and PCEDC under the terms of their By-Laws, Mission, Management Agreement, Annual Goals and Annual Budget.  The Executive Director shall prepare the goals and objectives annually as directed by both boards and devotes the work effort required to meet the Annual Budget and Goals of both organizations.  The Executive Director manages the day-to-day business of the LACC and PCEDC as directed by the respective Boards of Directors.

STRATEGIC PLANNING The Executive Director is the driving force in execution of the Boards’ strategies – setting clear milestones and being an advocate for fresh ideas and creative solutions.  The Executive Director will work with the Boards and others in the community to anticipate emerging and long-range opportunities and challenges.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The Executive Director will work to enhance the culture of entrepreneurship--creating an environment that embraces new and non-traditional businesses.  The Executive Director will work closely with business, labor, City and County officials, and other community public and/or private organizations to secure necessary resources and enhance retention, expansion and attraction of jobs and investment in the community and region.  He/she will work to aggressively market to existing and potential industries for business development in the Larned and Pawnee County area.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  Oversees activities related to maintaining effective membership relations in order to sustain and expand the membership base.  Grow program and event income to support quality initiatives and activities that provide value to members.  Maintain communication with members through on-site visits, publications, and emails.

STAFF & VOLUNTEERS   The Executive Director is responsible for the employment of personnel and volunteers, the assignment of their duties, the supervision of their work, and will conduct annual performance evaluations of their duties.

LIAISON ROLE  The Executive Director is the public spokesperson and chief advocate for the area’s business sector and overall economy. He/she is responsible for on-going interactions and serving as a liaison with a wide constituency (includes: Board of Directors, Chamber members, government officials, community and regional networks).

Oversees the administering of economic development projects, which includes but is not limited to, the Micro Revolving Loan Fund, Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, and E-Community Loan.

Responsible for the successful completion of committee projects and
Chamber events as it relates to time, budget, and quality.  Keeps Boards updated on committee progress.  Motivates and provides leadership in working with task forces and committees.

Monitors and assists in maintaining the appearance, maintenance and use of the office and Jordaan Room.
Manages the public relations of both the LACC and PCEDC—weekly newsletter, website (WordPress), social media (Facebook & Twitter), advertisements, and event flyers.

Will make recommendations concerning the need of office equipment.  Complies with the facility agreements drawn by the Boards and the City of Larned.

Responsible, with the assistance of the two organization’s treasurers, for the preparation of annual budgets as directed by both Boards, and ensure preparation of financial statements.
Accountable for the review of the budget and financial reports monthly at board meetings.  Provide for an annual audit as directed by the Boards.


Maintains a high degree of professional, ethical and moral standards at all times.
A politically balanced advocate.
A regional thinker.
A person whose personal style will be admired and respected by the communities he/she serves.
A visionary.


B.A. Degree and/or experience in community development, business promotional development, economic development (including administrative responsibility).
Experience in Group Motivation and Organization.
Strong written, oral communication and computer skills.

COMPENSATION Dependent on qualifications and experiences. 

A cover letter, resume, starting salary requirements, and three references to:

Interview Committee
c/o Larned Area Chamber of Commerce
502 Broadway, Larned KS 67550



Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, February 28th 2017
Questions can be directed to Janet Olson at 620-285-6916 or larnedcofc@gbta.net.

Download Job Description here

The Larned Area Chamber Invites You to Attend Their 47th Annual Antique Show

It is that time of year again, the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce Antiques and Collectibles Show will be held February 10th through the 12th at the Larned Community Center. This is an event that you do not want to miss. Sixteen exhibitors from a four state region will be exhibiting and selling at this year’s show, each bringing their own unique set of items and collectibles. You are bound to find something of interest to you!

The Antique Show’s hours are Friday, February 10th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, February 12th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twisted Vintage will be leading a fun workshop on Friday at 10:30 am. This is a good time to learn how to turn those antique treasures into the perfect décor for your home. From 1-3 pm on Sunday, Bill Starr with Star Antiques will be available for appraisals. You receive two free appraisals with your paid entry to the show. This is a great opportunity for you to bring your collectibles and get them appraised!

This year’s show will feature a range from Victorian art glass, perfumes, sterling silver, hand stitched quilts to old prints, match safes, pocket knives, vintage costume jewelry and comics, coins, furniture, and much more! 

Those showing at this year’s show include, Necessities, Padron Memories, Creative Connections, Bill Starr Antiques, Hirsch’s Corner, Traditions by J&M, Heavenly Treasures, Miscellany Antiques, Sandhills Crest, Hands of Time and Avenues Antiques, Richard Basham’s Antiques, Kristin Keith’s Antiques, Neal Stanley’s Antiques, Ellinwood Emporium, and Dolton’s Antiques.

The cost of admission is $2 per person and children 10 and under are free.  In the great tradition of the Antique Show and Sale, food concessions will be provided by Faye Grandy of Sweet Traditions along with homemade pies by PEO and Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary.