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Flag Program Running for Over 35 Years

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By Teri L. Hansen

Managing Editor

The Flag Program in McPherson has been up and running for more than 35 years. This year the McPherson Kiwanis Club is being joined by the McPherson Optimist Club in their flag efforts.

“This program was started by the Kiwanis Club more than 35 years ago.  The McPherson Optimist Club will be assisting in keeping this program going,” Steve Bahr said, Flag Program chairman and board member for the Optimist Club. “Cost is $35 a year and we provide flag and bracket.”

The subscription cost covers the display of the United States flag at your home or business for five designated holidays throughout the year. Old Glory is placed by a member of one of the clubs before 7 a.m. and removed around 5 p.m. on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

“I think this is a great way for people to show their patriotic pride by flying the flag,” said Bahr, who has been a member of the Optimist Club for 24 years.

This program has been perfected over three decades. Many people have come together to make this program the success that it is.

“The Kiwanis have been doing this for over 35 years. A great group of men and women who gather five times a year to do this,” Bahr said. “David McMillian with ServiceMaster allows us to store our flags and supplies free of charge at his business. Casey’s (General Store) provides coffee and doughnuts for the volunteers.”

The funds from this project go towards programs that benefit the youth of McPherson County, a cause that both the Kiwanis and Optimists Clubs support wholeheartedly.

“The Optimist Club is a very active service group that meets every Tuesday morning and has a speaker every week,” Bahr said. “We are involved in many youth projects throughout McPherson County with one of the main projects our Gift for Teens program. We annually host and work the Girls Mid-America Classic in late January.”

The organizations have been in instrumental part of the growth of the city and its surrounding areas. These and many others are in need of new bodies to fill their ranks.

“We are always looking for new members,” Bahr said. “There is a service project that will tug at your heart and get you involved.  All members are not able to attend weekly meetings but when the call for volunteers happens, the Optimist Club comes through.”

For any questions about the program or to enroll, contact Steve Bahr at sbahr@amfam.com or call 620-242-4375.

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