Humanities speaker, Bill Hayes entertained a crowd during the end of the year Shannon Trail Banquet which was held at the Hive in Bloomfield on Nov. 7. Hayes portrayed Private George Shannon, the youngest and most educated member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. According to Laurie Larsen, president of the group, everyone enjoyed Hayes, who was a great speaker and portrayed Shannon very well.
Officers were also elected for 2019 during the banquet and a great meal was served by Sunny Nagengast and the Hive staff.
There have been many Shannon Trails accomplishments in 2018. There was a fundraiser with a magician and vendor show in Crofton, as well as two statues replaced in Winnetoon and Verdel.
The Shannon Trail members served lunch at Sunshine Bottom Oct. 1, during the voyage of the Return of the White Pirogue on the Missouri River.
Geocaching is always a focus for the Shannon trail Promoters and caches continue to be added to the hundreds already along the trail in Cedar and Knox Counties. Marlin and Sharon Braun of Crofton have recruited Liz and Gary Doerr of Creighton to assist them in maintaining and increasing the geocaches along the trail.
The brochures now have a new, updated look and will hopefully help bring more people into the area.
Some new ideas on how to involve students in the history of George Shannon and the Lewis and Clark Expedition are being considered The members also planned this year’s fundraiser and it will be in Wausa with Jim Perry, a magician, and a vendor show on March 31.
If you would like to be a member of this fun organization contact any of the officers for 2019: Laurie Larsen President, Bloomfield; Sally Gubbels – Vice President Bloomfield; Shirley Kehne Secretary, Winnetoon; Sharon Braun – Memberships Crofton; Krista Podany Verdigre & Kim Sawatzke Crofton – Social Media; and Kayla Fiedler Treasurer and Bookkeeper, Bloomfield.
Board members include: Sally Snowe, Wynot; Herb Bengston, Wausa; Bonnie and Steve Ruzicka, Verdel; and Marlin Braun, Crofton.