Kansas State Council Presidents 1970-1980
Maxine Koerner 1970-71
"The Key to Tomorrow is Today"
(Interview with Maxine Koerner McKeever) Maxine Koerner McKeever served as Kansas State President from 1970-71. Her theme was "The Key to Tomorrow is Today". Maxine held all offices in the zone and all state offices except corresponding secretary.
Maxine's true loves were the Institute of Logopedics and St Jude Children's Research Hospital. She worked hard to start the development of a playground at the IOL. This project started with benches and fences during her year. Vines were planted by the fences so the children could look up and watch them grow.
Maxine stated that she had the honor of meeting Danny Thomas which seemed to really add to the pleasure of all work for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Maxine's daughter, Bonnie, was the first DESA from Kansas. She was presented at the convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
Of all of the projects, Maxine loved being editor of the News and Views. She wanted and enjoyed this job more than being state president. She worked at the local newspaper office two days a month to do the job.
Maxine stated in her acceptance speech that we must all climb the steps to open doors. By watching the children at the IOL do tasks so difficult inspired Maxine to go forward and accept the challenges that ESA had to offer.
Her goal for her year in office was that each member help open the door of ESA to a new member. She may need us as much as we need her.
Interview conducted by Connie Hoch, 1988-1989 Zone 12 Roadrunner
Anne (Fields) Langenfeld 1971-1972
February 6, 1989 - This is in reply to a request of Marilyn Patterson for State President information. It was so good to get out the history book and go thru everything again! Sure brings back wonderful memories. One thing is the same, my typing is still lousy!
There are several things that really stand out in my mind for the year 1971-72. The first is that I was so honored and thrilled to have my acceptance speech printed in its entirety in the July 1971 Jonquil. I had no idea that this was going to happen and I can still remember the thrill and chills I got when I found it in the magazine.
Second is that we chartered 8 new chapters that year and I was able to be at each chartering. I also visited many of the preliminary meetings, prior to the chartering. When I think of the nights I drove home at 3 and 4 in the morning, hanging my head out of the window to stay awake, I realize how fortunate I was to have survived!
I remember how hard you worked on the bike ride. I was so proud of all your efforts and the results.
If I remember right we had 117-118 chapters that year and then the 8 new ones. At the June State Board Meeting it was announced that the News and Views had made the "Writers of the World Book" list.
At the State Convention in Topeka, although I did not realize it, I had hepatitis. A great way to conduct a convention. We had 648 in attendance. David Schmidt was the Headquarters Rep and Judy Lester the IC Rep. Ralph Harrison, who wrote "Where are You Going Pretty Woman" was also at the convention.
I know Kansas won quite a few honors at the 1972 IC Convention. The one that I remember is the second place that the News and Views won. I always have felt that it should have been first, because it was so different and so outstanding. Kathryne Howard and Dorothy Sawyer were innovative, clever and worked their buns off to put out a newspaper that people would read. Ah, memories! They are cherished more each year. Sunshine and love, Anne
(These notations were added to the cherished memories by Anne in March 2009. ) There are so many thing that happened during my year as President-great memories all. Starting with my beautiful installation ceremony at the Broadview Hotel, to writing articles for the News and Views, visiting chapters all over the state, driving home at 1 and 2 am from those meetings. The Good Lord was with me I am sure, driving that time of night by myself, hanging my head out the window to keep awake.
The most fun was having Carol Orr, my Corresponding Secretary travel with me. She always sang "Where are You Going, Pretty Woman" at those meetings. Do you all remember that song? I can still do the "dance" I did each year as I was going up the offices. The year went by so quickly. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Getting to meet sisters all over the state, sharing my love for ESA and to represent Kansas for one year was an honor. I still have my monstrous sized scrapbook. I'm sure there has never been or ever will be one like it. Just as there is nothing like ESA. - Anne Langenfeld
The Dawning of A Great
Jean Wells 1972-1973
"ESA in Panorama"
As I travel down Memory Lane, the year 1972-73 truly reflects "ESA in Panorama", which was my theme. Webster defines "Panorama" as a picture with a continuous view and it definitely was a year of continuous joys and experiences. My visits to the Zones throughout the State and my Board Meeting hostesses treated me so special, I felt like royalty.
I guess my first official duty was to proudly represent Kansas at the IC Convention in the Bahamas in July, and it was there I was unsuccessful in the bid for IC Recording Secretary.
A few weeks prior to that date a family emergency took me on my firsts trip from the mainland to Hawaii. While there for my short stay, the true meaning of ESA sisterhood was extended to me as Jo Jo Jim and her ESA sisters there made my visit a pleasant and memorable one.
One event that stands out in my memory was the Leadership Conference held in the Civic Playhouse that October, with Bethry Ingram as Ringmaster and you as the Circus Clown.
It was exciting to participate in the Million Dollar Bike Ride, which was a nationwide event and came through Wichita on July 16, 1972, for a 20-mile route locally. The kickoff was in Washington DC and ended in Los Angeles in September. You did a wonderful job as local chairman for Wichita, which was one of 500 cities that participated in this ride.
When I was second Vice President, I started "Fun in the Sun" for the Institute of Logopedics, and in 1972 a multi-colored polyhedron was placed on the grounds as a final project for this program. My husband, Bill, provided the labor and Epsilon Rho of Overland Park provided the materials.
This was the second year for the Men of ESA Chapter and Bill was a charter member and served as President along with me. ESA was our life that year. Since the mimeograph machine was in my possession, our basement turned into a printing shop that year.
Betty Standke agreed to be Chairman once again for the state convention and she and her committee did a tremendous job in planning "ESA in Panorama" at the Glenwood Manor, Overland Park. There were 498 in attendance and we were privileged to have Lois Printz, IC President, as our representative. In spite of the heavy rain during these days, I survived the rigid schedule and sleepless nights.
I must thank Lou Ann Summers and Shirley McHenry again for a beautiful scrapbook of the events of 1972-73. It was from perusing the pictures and events in my scrapbook that assisted me in compiling these memories.
Betty Spicer 1973-1974
Dorothy Keenan 1974-1975
Mary Daniels 1975-1976
Florence Ellis 1976-1977
Our theme for 1976-77 was "ESA in God's Wonderful World" and it was a wonderful year full of many cherished memories.
The first memory that comes to mind is a trip to Estes Park, Colorado for leadership seminar and dedication of the World Center Foundation Building in Loveland, Colorado. My companions on the trip were: Joan Friend, 1st Vice President, Mary Hill, Membership Director and Norva Sinclair, Volunteer Director. We shared a delightful weekend of fun and hard work.
The honor of representing the State of Kansas at the International Convention in Norfolk, Virginia, will always be one of the fondest memories. Excitement, agape' and the "Spirit of 76" were running rampant throughout the entire convention. The opening ceremonies, featuring the Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic Drum & Bugle Corps, followed by the presentation of State Flags in the order they joined the union was one of the most impressive and moving ceremonies I have ever witnessed. At the business sessions, seven state presidents, The Minute Belles, wearing Uncle Sam hats and ringing a large school bell kept popping to the microphone...no matter WHO was speaking, to give funny 60 second Bicentennial quotes about famous people, to add spice and humor to the sessions. I hate to admit it...but I was one of the seven in on this gimmick. Sure was a lot of fun and a great memory.
We had a membership of 1,972 members and 132 chapters at the beginning of the 1976 year. Mary, you did a fantastic job...4 new chapters and a VIA chapter were chartered.
Kansas First Edition of the Association in the Arts was introduced in 1976. It was a huge success...thanks to a great committee, Elaine Taylor, Marilyn Herren and Sandy Broyles.
Another memory that stands out is the generous donations made by Kansas chapters to our Idaho sisters who were affected by the Teton Flood Disaster.
Our convention chairman, Joan Bourn, her committee and our Wichita chapters did an outstanding job and gave us more memories as we boarded "Flight #77" for an exciting trip in God's wonderful world of fun, fellowship, awards and education. Myre Starr, IC Past President was our IC representative. Jimy Wood, IC Chaplain also participated in our convention.
A beautiful memory that is proudly displayed on a table in my recreation room is the lovely scrapbook made by Kay Ross.
Our news & Views Editor, Virginia Bigbee won third place at the International Convention in Hawaii. All five outstanding issues are among my treasured possessions.
All of these memories were made possible by the cooperation and hard work of the state officers, board members and chapters in Kansas.
"ESA in God's Wonderful World"
Joan Friend 1977- 1978
"Beyond a Dream ... Circles of ESA- Love, Hope, Friendship & Giving"
Joan Friend was elected IC President for 1989-1990 with a theme of
"ESA Memories Opens Doors"
March 1, 1989 - I really enjoyed going through the history book and scrapbook of my year as Kansas State Council President. As I reflected back on that year, eleven years ago, I have come to appreciate even more my Kansas ESA sisters. In 1977-1978, my theme was "Beyond A Dream...Circles of ESA" and it exemplified what I hoped Kansas would accomplish during the year I served as State President. The ripple affect did occur as we went far beyond my dreams in the goals we reached for the year. At this time we had 126 chapters and during 1977-78 we chartered ten new chapters. This was truly exciting for me. As a state, Kansas raised a total of $118,829.48 on philanthropic projects throughout the year and donated 42,662 hours of service to people in our state. Our "circles" of love, friendship, hope and giving, were certainly growing throughout the year.
Many awards were given to Kansas chapters in 1977-78. The Outstanding Chapter in Kansas that year was Kappa Rho, Dodge City; Charmaine Nichols, Zone 5, Wichita, was the State Outstanding Sister. Sigma Tau, Wichita was presented the first annual Institute of Logopedics Appreciation Award at the State Convention in April 1978. Also for the first time ever, Kansas ESA received the Martin F. Palmer Humanitarian Award from the Institute of Logopedics for 1978. The Kansas Care and Share Fund was established that year to help Kansas sisters who need financial assistance when tragic events occur in their lives.
Circles of ESA, red, blue, white and gold, certainly filled the state through 1977-78. The year concluded with state convention held at the Ramada Inn, Topeka with Marge Ellingboe serving as Convention Chairman. This was especially meaningful for me as the first office in which I was installed was at the convention in Topeka where I was installed as State Auditor. The ESA year for me started with the Leadership Seminar held in Memphis, Tennessee, where we toured St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital. This seminar was held in June, and then in July I traveled to Hawaii where the IC Convention was held. These special trips really gave my year as State President an extra ingredient.
At the state convention in Topeka, the IC Representative was Lou Wolfe of South Carolina. A special note I would like to add here is while serving as our IC Representative, Lou ask me if I could serve on the IC board, at what position would I like to serve. I told her Philanthropic Chairman, and when Lou became IC President, she appointed me to the position of Philanthropic Chairman. Lou, along with our own Irene Ramsey, will be conducting my installation in Dallas this July. Irene was also one of my installing officers when I was installed as Kansas State President. The other installing officer when I was installed as State President was Mary Daniels, Ness City. My history book was made by Sue Ellen Woelk of Emporia and Ellen Clark, along with the help of Sonja Allen, Wichita, made my scrapbook.
"Beyond A Dream...Circles of ESA" will always be a special memory as I reflect back on my years of service in ESA. Much Love, Joan
POWER OF THE DREAM
“Our ESA lives in America”
History of ESA and ESA in Kansas
The nation was still reeling from the assassinations of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Robert Kennedy as we began the 1970s. President Johnson had taken America into the “Great Society” and the disastrous Vietnam War. It will be a harsh time for Americans as they struggle with our involvement in an unpopular war. Joan Baez was singing folk songs with lyrics of protest against social injustice and students will be killed at Kent State protesting the war. Nixon will be elected in 1968, get America out of the Vietnam War, open diplomatic relations with China, and bring the office of the presidency to disgrace because of Watergate in his second term. America was emotionally wounded during these years.
The great ladies that led the Kansas State Council in the 1 970s were Lorita Von Niederhausern, Maxine McKeever, Anne Langenfeld, Jean Wells, Betty Spicer Hawkins, Dotty Keenan, Mary Daniels, Florence Ellis, Joan Friend and Opal Regier.
ESA will meet Danny Thomas in 1970 and make him an honorary member. This will be the beginning of a long love affair between Danny, St. Jude, and ESA. In 1972, IC will adopt St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and pledge to raise a million dollars. We will reach that goal in four years. Remember the Million Dollar Bike Rides? Our own (Jeri Benton will assist IC with these bike rides and ESA will be featured on the Mike Douglas show.
Significantly, IC President Barbara Skorney urges us to “make ESA relevant for the modem woman.” This was the year that ESA coordinated its first nationwide project: A POW-MIA letter writing campaign to free Viet Nam prisoners of war. Over one million letters will be sent by members.
Firsts for ESA in the 70s included the addition of the Association of the Arts and the Certified Leadership Training Seminars.
Armstrong and Aldrin will be a bright spot as Neil Armstrong will become the first man to set foot on the moon. The space race was in full swing. International Relations improved with the Camp David Accords being a genuine breakthrough for Middle East diplomacy but the Ayatollah will hold American embassy people hostage for a year and Reagan will defeat Carter in 1980.
As ESA begins to prepare for the “Spirit of 76” - Bicentennial celebration, ground is broken on the ESA World Center. The ribbon cutting will be held in 1976 but the building will be sold in 1978. Although it had a rocky start the ESA Foundation will receive its 501 C 3 recognition from the IRS in 1971. It was led by Irene Ramsey from Wichita, Kansas that year as Chairman of the Board. The Foundation will establish the Women Helping Women, ADAPT, and the Scholarship Program will get a slow beginning in the 70s.
1979 will mark 50 years of ESA and the Golden Jubilee with 1600 chapters and 25,000 members. This same year Kansas ESA members receive the Martin F. Palmer award presented by the Institute of Logopedics for outstanding service and contributions given through concern for communicatively handicapped children and adults. At this point in time our members had contributed well over a half million dollars in money and gifts in kind to the Institute.
ESA will turn into a worldwide sisterhood, spreading too many corners of the globe over the years. Chapters in 15 countries have come and gone with only Australia remaining as our international link where there are 30 chapters today. The last international chapters were established in the 70s in New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Mexico, and Scotland. These chapters were preceded by chapters formed in Canada, Holland, England, Scotland, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii (pre-statehood), West Germany, Denmark, Guam, Peru, and Australia..
Arlene K. Schlosser