Past State Presidents
Lamplighters of the Kansas State Council 2011-2020
Judy Ahrens 2013-2014
I chose for my theme “ESA…On With The Show” because I love musicals. During my 3 years in high school I was in all three musicals and loved every minute of it! I wanted my year to be fun for those hosting state council meetings and convention. I knew my theme would be easy to work around. Doesn’t everyone love to sing songs from all of the great Broadway musicals!! One of my cherished memories was to be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the ESA Heartspring Treehouse on the Heartspring campus in Wichita. What an awesome day (in the wind) but the sun was shining on all of the ESA members who attended the ceremony along with some Heartspring families and staff. The members of ESA made a commitment to raise the funds to be the lead donor for the project. We met our goal and accomplished it a year early.
In August 2013 the ESA Treehouse on the Heartspring campus was dedicated. ESA Kansas was the major donor in this fundraising project. We even made our financial commitment one year earlier than was planned.
What ESA Means To Me:
Much has changed since I joined ESA in January 1976. I was a twenty-five year old single woman that needed a reason to give back. My mother, Virginia Bigbee, must have seen that in me and other young woman because she was the driving force behind the chartering of Alpha Pi chapter in Manhattan. I became very active early on in the chapter, zone (now districts) and the state for the next 4 years. Soon after joining, I became a Life Active Member. I figured out I’d probably be in ESA for a really long time and I might as well get my dues paid for life.
I moved from Kansas to Montana in the fall of 1980 and found out real soon there weren’t very many chapters in Montana and definitely not one in Missoula. What to do? Why not try to charter a chapter? I did and was able to charter with 10 members. That chapter stayed together for a short time after I moved back to Kansas in 1983.
What to do now? Once I moved to Overland Park, I received a phone call from Shelah Goyer telling me about Zeta Epsilon chapter. I visited the chapter and felt it was the place to be. Soon after that chapter visit, I transferred my membership into Zeta Epsilon. Fast forward to 1989.
I met Jim Ahrens and on the first date I told him all about ESA, Zeta Epsilon, state conventions and IC conventions. It was something that I wasn’t going to give up for anyone. I guess he knew I was serious because he joined right in and hasn’t stopped joining in.
The changes that hurt me are our membership numbers. Why can’t we attract more young woman and men to our organization? Are they just too busy? In 1976, parents weren’t as busy getting their children involved with as many outside activities. Those young women wanted to get out of the house a couple of evenings a month. Now when they do have a “free” evening, they want to stay home and regenerate their own energy.
I hope we can keep ESA together for years to come. It would make me very sad to see us have to “close up shop”. What can we do? What can I do? What must we do? Those are hard questions for all of us but we must try to find the answer as soon as we can. I look back on my 41 years in ESA and realize that young 25 year old woman has found the reasons to give back and it makes me glad that her mother asked her to join.
Bonnie Templeton 2014-2015
"The Many Hands of ESA"
IC AWARDS awarded to Kansas in July 2015 at the IC Convention.
Angie Fairbanks 2015-2016
"ESA - Anything's Pawsible"
POWER OF THE DREAM
“Our ESA lives in America”
History of ESA and ESA in Kansas
IC Presidents are added and the history is yet to be written.. (stay tuned)