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Concerned Citizen’s for the Aging, Inc., (CAA), was a
non-profit organization chartered in Finney County in
1972 for the purpose of studying and developing on-
going programs to help older persons live as productive
community members, and to attract for membership
persons interested in providing leadership.  

The Concerned Citizens and the Finney County Senior
Citizens Association worked through the seventies to
provide recreation and services to senior citizens in
Finney County.  The CCA had three programs;
Homemaker/Home Health Aide, Meals on Wheels,
Information and Referral Service.  They helped to
establish transportation with federal funds, local gifts
and donations and served as the Advisory Board for
the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  Both
organizations were instrumental in getting Mil Levy
funding for aging programs.  

The 1974 Session of the Kansas Legislature passed House Bill #1873, which allows counties in Kansas, upon
request by written petition of at least 5% of the registered voters in a county, to submit to the voters the
following question, “Shall an annual tax of not more than one mill be levied in Finney County, Kansas to fund a
service program for the elderly”.  The citizens of Finney County voted in the General Election on November 2,
1976 to allow this funding for aging programs.  This funding has given the Senior Center the stability to be a
successful organization and be able to serve the community with services and activities.
In August, 1977 a seven member Board of
Directors of Aging was appointed by the
Finney County Commissioners.  Those
appointed were: Howard Blanchard, Lester
Harp, Don Jones, Danny Trayer, Phil Dick,
Claude Robinson and Blanche Sultz.

January 13, 1978 a contract was signed by
the Board of Directors on Aging to buy the
Jack and Jill Store at 907 North Tenth,
Garden City, Kansas.  On January 17, 1978
plans for renovation began.  August 28,
1978 a three member committee was
appointed to set policy for the senior center.  
They were: Ira Merrick, Emma Leah
LaGesse and Blanche Sultz.  September
1978 the Senior Center of Finney County
was opened to the public.
Upon opening, Transportation and Meals on Wheels programs were moved to the Senior Center.  January 17,
1979 the Board of Directors on Aging became the sponsor for the RSVP and the office was moved to the
center.  Nutrition Site meals were served at the Senior Center after kitchen renovations were completed
September, 1979.

The Board of Directors on Aging were the governing board appointed by the Finney County Commissioners
until December 29, 1980 when the Finney County Commissioners abolished the nine member board and
appointed the seven member Finney County Committee on Aging (FCCA).

June 1981 the lots to the north and west of the building were purchased for future expansion of the Senior
Center.  An addition of the Greenhouse, parking lot and expansion of the pool room were the first projects.  
Clearing the property to double the size of the center began in January 1984.  A public dedication of the
Multi-use Facility was on April 20, 1986.  Lots were purchased in 1989 for more parking and a horseshoe pit.  
In 1996 and 2004 more lots were purchased when they came available.  

On May 1, 2006, the Senior Center of Finney County
was awarded a 5309 grant for $2.5 million from the
Kansas Department of Transportation.  Grant is for a
Bus Garage Maintenance Facility and an addition to
the Senior Center.  With this grant, seven more lots
were purchased.  The addition will include the Trans-
portation Department offices, dispatch area, meeting
rooms, restrooms and small kitchen.  Ground breaking
date has not been set.              

Phylis Hagel from Wichita, Kansas was hired as the
first director on May 22, 1978.  Her job was to
coordinate the renovations.  Hagel was followed with
Edna Lara in 1980 and then in 1982 Myrna Grimes
was named center manager.  Marjie Joseph became
the Senior Center Activities Coordinator and then
named Director in October, 1983.  April , 1985 Cindy
Coates was hired as Director when Marjie moved to St. Catherine’s Hospital as the Volunteer Coordinator.
Norma Nichols was hired as Senior Center Director on August 11, 1986.  Nichols retired December 2009.  
Barbara Jensen was hired at that time.

Today the Senior Center of Finney County offers many services, activities and programs for senior citizens.
Senior Citizens Association, December 15, 1980
Dedication of the flagpole & flag, July 2, 1982
Hilary Whiteley, Director
hwhiteley@finneycounty.org
Phone: (620) 272-3620
1984 - Joyce Owen, Bonnie Burgardt, Myrna Grimes,
Cindy Coates and Margie Joseph
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