Meetings

Every Thursday at 7:00pm at the fairgrounds as weather permits

Mission

The Amusement Authority’s mission is to provide a fun and safe carnival experience at the Cheyenne County Fair.

Members

  • Bill Ehrman
  • Susie Walz
  • Greg Walz

Details

Organization of the Cheyenne County Amusement Authority took place in the fall of 1980 with Tom Smull as chairman.  A loan was secured to purchase used carnival equipment and in August of 1981 the first home-owned carnival was held.  Since then, the prices of the rides have not changed:  $.25 – $.50 for rides, depending on the size

The rides for small children include airplanes, kiddie cars, a merry-go-round, and a train. Rides that older kids and adults will enjoy include a Scrambler, Swings, a Ferris Wheel, Tubs, and a Twister. There are more than 10 games are available for everyone to play, including Bingo and Ric-O-Sha.

For up to date information check out their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1466596440301219/

Contact

Greg Walz or Bill Ehrman, President
PO Box 814
St. Francis, KS 67756
785-332-3486
mert@ruraltel.net

Meetings

Mission

Members

  • Lee Keller, President
  • Marcia Hickert, Vice President
  • Glorianne Milne, Secretary
  • Dave Hickert, Treasurer
  • Nancy Morrison, Accessions
  • Carol Northrup, Geneology
  • Janet Carman, Co-Director
  • Penny Raile, Social Media/Marketing
  • Scott Northrup, Trustee
  • Steve Lister, Trustee

Details

The Cheyenne County Museum was born from a vision of several local citizens who wanted to see that the history of Cheyenne County was preserved for the future generations.  The ground breaking of the museum was September 21, 1985, with dedication of the completed building on June 14, 1987.

Contact

Janet Carman
PO Box 611
St Francis, KS 67756
785-332-2504
mcheyenne@att.net

Meetings

Annual meeting in January and special meetings as required. Meetings are open to the public.
For information about becoming a board member of the Airport Authority, contact your  City Council or the Cheyenne County Commissioners.

Mission

The Airport Authority’s mission is to ensure that the Cheyenne County Airport provides all-weather aviation access for all types of aircraft, from the Flight-For-Life air ambulance to business or pleasure general aviation airplanes.

Members

  • Dave Yost, President
  • Rodney Radcliffe
  • Rodney Bracelin
  • Devin Conley
  • Clint Bursch
  • Mike Callicrate

Details

The Cheyenne County Airport Authority was formed around 1979 to manage the construction of the county’s first hard-surface runway. A $250,000 bond issue – the first bond ever issued by Cheyenne County – passed 59-41%, and the runway was built.

Contact

Dave Yost, President
PO Box 827
St. Francis, KS 67756
785-332-2251
785-332-2310
gfs@cityofstfrancis.net

Meetings

There is an annual public meeting held in October or November.
The Board of Directors meet monthly (call 785-332-3508 for date and time) at the office located at 107 W. Washington St., in St. Francis.

Mission

Providing Economic Development Opportunities and Tourism Promotions for Cheyenne County.

Members

  • Helen Dobbs, Director
  • Kary Zweygardt, President
  • Bud Erskin, Vice President
  • Rebecca Butler, Secretary
  • Jason Padgett, Treasurer
  • Willy Martinez
  • Fernando Montelongo
  • David Butler
  • Justin Culwell

Details

The Cheyenne County Development Corporation was started in 1979 to promote county growth. It is a 501 (c) (4) organization guided by a board of directors. The Corporation is a source for business ideas and financing sources for new and expanding businesses. Their resources include working with Pioneer Country Development, Kansas Small Business Development Center, Northwest Kansas Travel Council, US Highway 36 Association, Western Kansas Rural Economic Development, the Travel Industry Council of Kansas,  and Western Prairie Resource Conservation and Development.

The Cheyenne County Development Corporation Board of Directors consists of 6 members who are registered voters in Cheyenne County,  a Student Representative from each of the School Districts, a Representative from Cheyenne County Commissioners, a Representative from Bird City and St. Francis City Council and one full-time Director.

Contact

Helen Norman Dobbs
CCDC Director
107 W Washington
P.O. Box 255
St. Francis, KS 67756
785-332-3508
director@ccdcks.com

http://ccdcks.com/

Meetings

First thursday of each month

Mission

The Fair Board’s purpose is to advance the youth of Cheyenne County and to provide a good fair experience for everyone.

Members

  • Josh Johnson – President
  • Nick Ketzner – Vice President
  • Caleb Ernzen – Treasurer
  • Gavin Cooper – Secretary
  • Ethan Zweygardt
  • Margo Douthit
  • Dave Wright
  • Tracy Neitzel

Details

Contact

Josh Johnson, President
785-626-5057

http://www.cheyenneksfair.com/

Meetings

Second Wednesday of each month.

Mission

The St. Francis Housing Authority Board Consists of a salaried director and five volunteer board members, appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the St. Francis City Council. Members are appointed for a four year term. The Housing Authority is designed to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, but if not filled, then it is rented to low-income citizens 18  years of age. or older Rent on the apartments is the choice of a flat rent or 30 percent of the resident’s income. The Cheyenne Manor has 20 apartments for rent: 18 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom apartments. They are in a four-unit garden arrangement with parking spaces. The community room and laundry facilities for the residents are in a separate building, along with the office and maintenance rooms. The Housing Authority is responsible for snow removal, yard work, and maintenance on the houses.

Members

TBA – Chairman
TBA – Vice Chairman
Carol Larson
Keely Loyd
Bruce Swihart
Janet Jensen

Details

The St. Francis Housing Authority complex was built in 1975 and is operated on government subsidies, grants, and rent income. There is a Resident Pot-Luck Dinner on the third Wednesday of each month, February through October.

Contact

Rodney Ritchey, Executive Director
200 North Ash St. –Office
St. Francis, KS 67756
785-332-3934–Voice
785-332-3934–FAX
sfha1940@sbcglobal.net

Meetings

Third Wednesday of each month.

Mission

The purpose of the St. Francis library is to have a good selection for it’s patrons to choose from and to provide computers for public use.

Members

  • Pete Davis, Chairman
  • Karen Neitzel, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Ramona Raile
  • Sandy Bandel
  • Kelley Milliken
  • Marilyn Hnizdil
  • Lynnette Nolan

Details

The St. Francis Public Library was opened in 1987.  In addition to the current collection of the more than 13,000 books and magazines, patrons of the library can order books from the Northwest Kansas Library.  Computers are available for patrons to do research or “surf” the web.

In 1892, a group of interested citizens met to form the library association.  By 1928 several women’s clubs had organized and helped establish a city library in the basement of the courthouse.  It was opened in 1932, offering it’s services to the citizens of Cheyenne County.  In 1987, a new library was opened, thanks to a generous donation of $87,418, a state construction grant ($134,366) and donations from citizens and organizations in the community.

Contact

Nathan Fiala, Library Director

121 North Scott
PO Box 688
785-332-3292
library@cityofstfrancis.net

https://stfrancis.nwkls.org/

Meetings

Contact 785-332-8182

Mission

To provide recreational opportunities for the citizens of St. Francis

Members

Allison Grice – Director

Board Members:

  • Jenni Penka
  • Kirby Elliott
  • Larry Finley
  • Susan Dinkel
  • Holly Hingst

Details

On April 4, 1981, the citizens of St. Francis voted to form a Recreation Commission. The St. Francis Board of Education passed a resolution on May 4, 1981and the first commission was formed. Past recreational programs have included adult and children’s classes in arts, crafts, photography, ceramics, aerobics, gymnastics, tumbling, tennis, softball, football and sports camps. The Commission has operated on a 1-mill levy each year and the current budget is $40,000.

Contact

Allison Grice
100 College Street
785-332-2545

Meetings

Every month

Mission

The purpose of the community foundation is to encourage individuals to make tax deductible charitable donations to be utilized along with possible grants, government programs, government loans and other funds.  These combined funds can then be utilized to improve the quality of life in St. Francis and Cheyenne County.

Members

Board of Directors:

  • Carla Lampe, Chair
  • Tom Smull, Vice Chair
  • Tom Keller, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jim Milliken, Financial Advisor
  • Carl Werner, Emeritus
  • Glorianne Milne, Recording Secretary

Board Members:

  • Tim Burr
  • Dara Carmichael
  • Gabe Gienger
  • Penny Gienger
  • Amy Hendricks
  • Roger Jensen
  • Cliff Leach
  • Tony Serbousek

Details

The St. Francis Community Foundation was formed in 2007, replacing the New Generation Fund Inc. In 2017, in order to grow and support county-wide programs, the foundation was renamed Cheyenne County Kansas Community Foundation. This new title and mission allows us to have a greater impact, and has led to a new partnership with the Greater Northwest Kansas Community Foundation.

By contributing much needed funding for local organizations and projects, we help to enrich Cheyenne County’s community experience – all without having to raise local property taxes.

Some of our past funding recipients include:

* St. Francis Senior Center
* Good Samaritan Village
* Local Hospital & Clinic
* Local EMS
* ABC Pre-School
* Cheyenne Co. Fire & Rescue
* Cheyenne Co. Development Corp
* River Walk & Keller’s Pond
* Cheyenne Co. Emergency Operating Center
* Cheyenne Co. Historical Society
* St. Francis USD 297
* St. Francis Library
* Cheyenne Co. Center for Creativity
* Cheyenne Co. Food Pantry

Contact

Email us: CheyenneCountyKS@gmail.com

https://www.cckcf.org/

Meetings

First Tuesday each month 6pm

Mission

The Aquatic Park is owned and operated by the City of St. Francis.  The Mayor appointed pool board was established to assist the City Council in the day to day operations of the pool. Their mission is to provide a safe recreational environment for the public.

Members

Larry Finley
Shara Johnson
Margaret Poling
Bruce Swihart
JR Landenberger
Keely Loyd

Details

The American Legion swimming pool opened on August 15, 1928. Twenty-nine years later, on June 16, 1957, a new pool was opened. $55,000 in pool bonds was issued to construct the pool on land purchased from the American Legion.

The brand new Aquatic Park opened in 2017 and was partially funded by a generous grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.  Prior to this community members held fundraisers over the course of several years and raised over $100,000.  The voters of USD297 approved a bond issue in 2016 and the dream of a new Aquatic Park became a reality!

Contact

Bruce Swihart
785-332-3410

Meetings

First Monday of each month at 6pm in theater lobby.  Public is welcome to attend.

Mission

The Cheyenne Theater is owned and operated by the City of St. Francis.  The Mayor appointed theater board was established to assist the City Council in the day to day operations of the theater. The Theater Board’s mission is to preserve the theater building and to serve the community by showing current movies and hosting stage productions in a classic movie theater.

Members

Robert Grace, President
Lila Whitmore, Treasurer
Dara Carmichael, Council Representative
Brent Rueb
Justin Lohr
Pat Cress
Margyre Antholz

Details

The current theater building opened in 1951 and remained under private ownership until 1992, when it was purchased by the community. With donations of money and labor, the theatre was renovated. A stage was built and new equipment added. The theatre has since been owned by the city and managed by the Theatre Board. It was re-opened to show movies in May 1992. After a large fund-raising effort, with many generous donations from St. Francis alumni, the old seats were replaced with cushy new ones in 2005. In 2010, current 35-mm movies were getting harder to rent. In the fall the theater board started pricing digital equipment for the theater. A fund raising drive at the end of 2010 raised over $41,000 in donations for the digital equipment. With the assistance of the St Francis City council, a lease/purchase agreement allowed the board to purchase the digital equipment. The first digital movie was shown the weekend of March 4, 2011.

Contact

Robert Grace-President
104 E. Washington
785-332-2747

https://www.cheyennetheater.com/

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