1592874955 <![CDATA[News Entries]]> http://local.rosewoodservices.com/ en michaeld@rosewoodservices.com Copyright 2020 2020-06-22T14:22:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Tribute to Sandy Smith: An Original Rosewood Employee]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/sandy-smith-tribute-6-17-20 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/sandy-smith-tribute-6-17-20#When:14:22:00Z Tribute to Sandy Smith
June 17, 2020

Toward the end of his illustrious life, Albert Einstein expressed, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Einstein’s sentiment encapsulates the life of Sandy Smith. She spent decades diligently toiling in her daily life, being a blessing to others and making a positive impact on their world. Without pomp and circumstance, she left a lasting and meaningful legacy behind of being the consummate caring person in the lives of so many.

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Sandy served as an original employee of Rosewood Services. She brought her younger sister, Kandis Pedigo, to the agency to receive services when it first opened in 1998. Immediately from that point, Sandy become an integral part of Rosewood and its heritage. In November 2001, she became the first manager of Rosewood Gallery and helped to establish Rosewood’s footprint in central Kansas retail, while working alongside those receiving services.

Many of her workers fondly referred to her as “Mama Sandy,” because of the loving connection and care she provided to them for so many years. She meant so much to them that they stayed in contact with her, even after her retirement. She was never too busy to take their telephone calls, or to come see them at one of their activities. She especially like playing the role as Mrs. Claus, alongside her husband’s Santa Claus for the sheer enjoyment it brought to the community and to her Rosewood Family each year.

She retired from Rosewood Services in 2013, after serving folks with developmental disabilities for 15 years, including a dozen as Gallery manager. She referred to herself as a “jack of all trades” from her early work with Rosewood Services.

“You learned fast and it was really busy, but we had fun doing what we did,” remembered Sandy in February 2013 when she was on the cusp of retiring. “I’ve loved every minute of working here at Rosewood.”

Though she never sought recognition, Sandy was named an “Outstanding Service Individual” in 2010 for her work in helping people with developmental disabilities. She attended the Governor’s Excellence Awards Ceremony in Topeka to receive her award from Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson.

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Following retirement, Sandy stayed connected with the agency. She took great pride in serving as Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation Board President, and every year she was counted upon to help with the annual Rosewood Rodeo and 4-Corners Oktoberfest celebration.

Because of Sandy’s caring nature, she had a lot of friends in the greater Great Bend community. She would call upon them for involvement in Rosewood Services and Roots & Wings Foundation endeavors. She was always eager to help, and even lead the charge, when it came to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

We will miss you Sandy Smith, but we will never forget the memories and the groundwork that you laid for our agency as we pay your legacy forward. God Bless You!


Sandra Sue Smith
April 19, 1946 – June 12, 2020

Read Sandy Smith’s Obituary

Read Sandy Smith’s Retirement Story from Rosewood Services

View photos of Sandy through the years

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<![CDATA[Tribute to Dick Warner]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/dick-warner-tribute-5-20 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/dick-warner-tribute-5-20#When:14:56:00Z To be considered a friend of Dick Warner is something special. It meant that you had his trust and with it, you got to experience his smile, compassion, and interests in current events, weather and music.

{image_1}Dick was a quiet and kind person, who always showed respect to others. To everyone who spent time around him, Dick was a ray of sunshine to their day. Often his conversations would involve good-natured humor, interlaced with quick wit. It’s not surprising that his favorite actor and comedian was Robin Williams.

In conversation, Dick often reminisced about Dodge City and talked about his past jobs he held.

Spending many years with Rosewood Services, Dick had a multitude of Rosewood friends. He enjoyed having coffee and conversation with his dear friend, Ella Haberman. During so many of their conversations, you could hear and feel the warmth and comfort that they both had for one another’s company. He also regularly enjoyed the Outback coffee companionship of Duane Wilhelm and Bobby Dimmit, prior to both of them passing.  

Dick could become testy on rare occasion. Stay in the Outback kitchen past 1:30 p.m., and he would urge you to leave so that he could mop. He was particular about getting his work done in the Outback kitchen, a job that he proudly held for most of his years at Rosewood Services.

And you didn’t mess with Dick’s coffee cup. In fact, he kept it hidden high in the kitchen cupboard so that no one could.

Dick loved to walk.  He had a routine of walking to McDonalds for coffee, or to Kwik Shop for a soda. Those excursions gave community members an opportunity to know Dick and for him to know them.

He was a connoisseur of music. You could find him listening to his favorite local country radio station, but he also held an appreciation for classic rock bands, especially the Beatles. 

We will sorely miss him keeping us on our toes, his conversations, his jokes and his loving friendship. Mostly we will miss seeing his smiling face and the daily joy that he brought to our world all of these years.

God bless you, Dick Warner.

Dick's obituary can be viewed at http://www.nicholsonrickefh.net/obituary/dick-warner

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2020-05-05T14:56:00+00:00
<![CDATA[Children’s Easter Basket Workshop at GBPL Canceled By Rosewood AKTION Club]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/cancellation-baset-workshop3-20 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/cancellation-baset-workshop3-20#When:19:06:00Z {image_1}

Because of precautions related to the coronavirus, Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club has canceled its “Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop” that was scheduled to be held on March 28.

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For more information, contact Frankie Pelster, Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor, employmentspecialist@rosewoodservices.com, 620-603-6502

March 18, 2020
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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2020-03-18T19:06:00+00:00
<![CDATA[Rosewood AKTION Club Hosts Spaghetti Fundraiser Feb. 28]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-spaghetti-fundraiser2-20 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-spaghetti-fundraiser2-20#When:15:44:00Z {image_1}

Eat spaghetti, raise funds for worthy causes throughout the year. Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at Rosewood Activity Center, located adjacent to Rosewood Furniture Gallery, 16th and Main, Great Bend. The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise proceeds for the club’s annual functions and services projects.

Tickets are $6 per plate and include spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, garlic bread and dessert, along with tea or water for a beverage.

Tickets are only sold at the door, but carry out is available. Rosewood AKTION Club asks that carry-out orders are placed in advance by contacting Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster at 620-603-6502, or employmentspecialist@rosewoodservices.com.

“Our spaghetti fundraiser is reasonably priced for a quality meal and its success will help get us on the right track for a busy year of activities and service projects we have planned,” said Pelster. “We’re hoping for a good turn-out from the community to help us with our efforts to bolster our club and the community.”

Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood representatives to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

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For more information, contact Frankie Pelster, Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor, employmentspecialist@rosewoodservices.com, 620-603-6502

Feb. 18, 2020
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood AKTION Club Establishes “Help For Camp Hope” Fund Drive]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-camp-hope-donations2-20 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-camp-hope-donations2-20#When:16:30:00Z {image_1}

In the midst of winter, it’s not too early to think about warm days of summer. Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club is thinking ahead with its first-quarter service project of 2020. Club members are asking for involvement from the area community to help gather summer camp items that will be used by Camp Hope organizers this June. Camp Hope annually takes place at Camp Aldrich to provide a summer camp experience for children and teens who have or have had cancer.  

Rosewood AKTION Club is sponsoring the “Help For Camp Hope” fund drive to raise supplies that will aid campers this June. From now until April 30, donors can drop supplies off at one of four Great Bend locations: Rosewood Furniture Gallery, 1607 Main; and Rosewood Bargain Barn, 1215 Main.

“Our AKTION Club members are excited to help make a difference for the children of Camp Hope,” said Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. ”We’ve been involved in other community drives, but this is the first time working with Camp Hope and we are committed to making this initial drive a success. We are asking the community to join in our service project.”

Rosewood AKTION Club is collecting the following items for Camp Hope:

Medical Supplies - Sunscreen (prefer spray up to 30 SPF); Bug Spray (10% Deet preferred); Band-Aids (assorted sizes and fun ones for small children); Hand sanitizer (small and mini sizes); Wet One travel packs; Kleenex travel packs.

Crafts Supplies - Stickers (small, flat type); white tube socks for tie dye project (80% cotton, assorted sizes for ages 5-18 years); cheap plastic buckets; box of rubber gloves.

Monetary donations are also being collected so that items still needed at the end of the drive can be purchased to complete the list.

Updates about items collected will be posted on Rosewood Services Facebook page, so future donors can focus on items still needed.

Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood representatives to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

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For more information, contact Frankie Pelster, Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor, employmentspecialist@rosewoodservices.com, 620-603-6502

Feb. 12, 2020
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood AKTION Club Donates Abundance of Coloring Books and Crayons to St. Francis]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-club-color-book-drive-donation-12-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-club-color-book-drive-donation-12-19#When:16:20:00Z {image_1}

A friendly competition during Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club’s community drive resulted in an abundance of coloring books and crayons being donated to St. Francis Ministries in Great Bend. Rosewood AKTION Club members donated 383 coloring books and 341 boxes of crayons to St. Francis on Dec. 20, following the AKTION Club’s fall community drive.

The coloring books and crayons will be utilized by children served by St. Francis, which provides foster care and integration services for families in Barton County.

“This is so awesome; We really appreciate it,” said St. Francis representative Sandy McMullen, when the collection of coloring products was delivered. “We’ll definitely put them to good use through the year.”

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The coloring book drive turned into a fun competition as AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster challenged her members, as well as Rosewood employees to generate donations for the drive. Community donations were counted in the AKTION Club’s collection, while Rosewood employees in Day Services, Residential and Administration each collected coloring books and crayons for their respective teams. Day Services eventually won the competition, accounting for 170 coloring books and 118 boxes of crayons. Those numbers outpaced AKTION Club’s donation counts by 62 more coloring books and 23 more boxes of crayons.

“We challenged our AKTION Club members and our Rosewood employees this year with a friendly competition and it took off,” said Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. “Day Services is the winner of this year’s AKTION Club Challenge Trophy, but the way I look at it, our AKTION Club members are the winners because they got to organize and participate in a very successful community effort that will put smiles on foster children’s faces when they receive a coloring book and a box of crayons in the coming year. We are grateful to the community and Rosewood employees for contributing so much to our fundraising effort.”

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Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood representatives to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

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For more information, contact Frankie Pelster, Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor, employmentspecialist@rosewoodservices.com, 620-603-6502

January 1, 2020
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood AKTION Club Delivers Nearly 70 Blankets from Community Drive to Help Children]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-club-blanket-drive-donation12-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/aktion-club-blanket-drive-donation12-19#When:16:40:00Z Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club received tremendous support from its fall blanket drive to benefit children within the community. On a sunny Friday morning on Dec. 20, members were able to deliver nearly 70 blankets and quilts to two local entities who serve children in need. Rosewood AKTION Club donated blankets to Family Crisis Center and to the Barton County Health Department.

“Our community stepped up in a huge way to support this drive,” said Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. “Our club members worked extremely hard organizing this drive, but we are overwhelmed with the support we received in providing the gift of warmth to children this holiday season. We know both organizations will find good homes for the blankets.”

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Family Crisis Center has received other blanket donations this holiday season, but executive director Joanne Wondra said there can never be enough blankets donated to support those affected by domestic and sexual violence in the organization’s 10-county area. During the past three months, especially, all shelters have been full and the blanket supplies have depleted quickly, she said.

“We certainly appreciate your kindness because blankets are comfort for our children,” Wondra told Rosewood AKTION Club members. “Every child who comes into here leaves with a blanket and other necessary items. We need blankets all the time, and I know that our children will love and appreciate them.”

Along with other blankets donated to Barton County Health Department, six baby quilts were donated that were made by Rosewood Services’ sewing class.

“This is so wonderful,” said Public Health Nurse Debra Higgins as she held one of the donated quilts. “Part of our job at the Health Department is that we follow our mothers through their pregnancy and we present parents with a blanket for their newborn. These donations are much needed and we can’t thank you enough.”

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Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood representatives to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

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For more information, contact Frankie Pelster, Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor, employmentspecialist@rosewoodservices.com, 620-603-6502

Dec. 30, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, director of PR, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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<![CDATA[Rosewood Employees Awarded for Combined 115 Years of Service]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-service-awards12-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/rw-service-awards12-19#When:21:25:00Z Thirteen Rosewood Services employees achieved milestone work anniversaries in 2019. They were recognized during the employee Christmas party this month, representing a total of 115 years of service.

Rosewood employees reaching 20 years of service this year were Andy Hammond and Judy Shelton. Achieving 15 years of service was Linda Burton. Janice Folkerts and Kenneth Shelton were each recognized for 10 years of service. Kendra Beakey, Dan Haselhorst, Juanita Heinrich, Amy Kilwein, Ashley Mallow, Melissa Swift, Patricia White and Tandy Webb were each awarded plaques for five years of service.

“The large group of employees we recognize this year represents longevity and consistency in providing supports and care to those we serve,” said Rosewood Services Executive Director Tammy Hammond. “I appreciate each and every one of them for the efforts they give everyday in making a positive difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.”

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For more information, contact Michael Dawes, Rosewood director of public relations, michaeld@rosewoodservices.com, 620-792-2536

December 27, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, Rosewood PR Director, 620-792-2536
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2019-12-27T21:25:00+00:00
<![CDATA[Great Bend Cookie Contest Raises Record Amount in 11th Year]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/food-bank-cookie-contest-donation12-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/food-bank-cookie-contest-donation12-19#When:17:36:00Z Great Bend Cookie Contest organizers donated $865 on Monday to the Community Food Bank of Barton County, located at 3007 10th Street. The donated proceeds came from the 11th Annual Great Bend Cookie Contest that was held during Small Business Saturday last week, involving 170 cookie judges venturing throughout 24 business locations to taste cookies and vote for the best cookie in town.

With a suggested donation of $5 each, record participation by judges netted the largest donation given from the annual contest to the food bank.

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The donation was gladly received Monday afternoon by a bustling crew of ten food bank organizers and volunteers who were busily taking care of those in need of food, and restocking shelves. Food donations have increased the past few months, said food bank board vice president Bob Essmiller. That’s a testament to the generosity of individuals, churches and businesses, he added. But he knows that keeping the food bank stocked takes a continued effort.

“We’re in great shape right now because we’ve had some large food drives come in recently, and thank you to our generous community for that,” said Essmiller. “But January is typically one of our busiest months, and after a few months, we will be in short supply once again. This money will help to supplement food items when donations slow down for us.”

Community Food Bank operates under the auspices of the Barton County Association of Churches and is organized to distribute food to Barton County residents in crisis situations. The food bank serves more than 7,000 people a year, averaging approximately 600 people a month, and is reliant on community donations and volunteers to keep its doors open.

“There are a lot of people behind the scenes who do a tremendous job,” said Dan Haselhorst, who has volunteered at the food bank for the past five years. “There are as many as 80 volunteers a month, and some of them have been here for more than 15 years. It takes a lot of dedicated people to make this work.”

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For more information, contact Anna Hammond, Rosewood Services, 620-793-5888, Annah@rosewoodservices.com

December 5, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, PR director, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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2019-12-05T17:36:00+00:00
<![CDATA[Sweet Dreams Candy Shop Wins Great Bend Cookie Contest]]> http://rosewoodservices.com/site/sweet-dreams-wins-cookie-contest12-19 http://rosewoodservices.com/site/sweet-dreams-wins-cookie-contest12-19#When:16:21:00Z First time was a charm for new Great Bend business Sweet Dreams Candy Shop. The downtown business, which opened only two months earlier, earned distinction last Saturday as this year’s Great Bend Cookie Contest winner. It unseated three-time Cookie Contest Champion A440 Music by one vote.

This year’s winning cookie was a caramel stuffed snickerdoodle, which is the secret recipe of Sweet Dreams owner Skylar Meeker. She chose the scrumptious cookie knowing that there would be amazingly delicious cookies to taste among the 24 business locations competing in the 11th annual contest that happens the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Adding to the pressure, she was also competing against family members at Mr. Olsen’s Natural Solutions, another new Great Bend business. Mr. Olsen’s gave her a good run, finishing this year in third place, just five votes shy of Sweet Dreams.

“It was exhausting, but a good experience for us,” said Meeker about her business’s initial involvement with the annual cookie contest. “I enjoy baking, so it was fun for me. The hardest part was choosing what cookies I was going to bake from the recipes I have.”

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Despite nearly 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts in an otherwise pleasant morning and afternoon, 170 cookie judges ventured throughout the 24 locations to taste cookies and vote for the best cookie in town. A donation of $5 was suggested for all participating judges, with the collected proceeds going to the Community Food Bank of Barton County to help feed those in need during the holiday season and beyond.

The annual cookie event has grown in popularity over the years. For the second straight year, the event sold out, even with 30 extra bracelets compared to last year. Next year, organizers have plans to increase participation to 250 to account for the growing popularity of the event.

The cookie contest has become a post-Thanksgiving tradition for families and friends, and it has helped to draw extra traffic into Great Bend stores during Small Business Saturday. Meeker said she was pleased with the amount of foot traffic that came through her store, with many of them also being shoppers.

“I was surprised at the turn-out of people for the cookie contest,” she said. “We had people in the store who had not been in our store before, so that was nice to see. And we probably had half, if not more, stop and buy something while they were here for the cookies.”

As part of the festivities, cookie contest businesses also donated prizes, which were awarded to cookie contest participants during a drawing that took place following the evening’s Home For The Holidays Parade.

“I’m amazed at how much interest the cookie contest has generated over the years with businesses and with people wanting to participate,” said Great Bend Cookie Contest organizer and Rosewood Business Development Director Anna Hammond. “It is more fun-raising than fund-raising and its success has been a benefit in many aspects: entertainment and cherished memories for shoppers and family members, increased store traffic for retailers, and just as important, generous contributions to our community’s food bank. It is an event we will continue to build on in the coming years.”

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December 3, 2019
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Story by: Michael Dawes, PR director, Rosewood Services, 620-792-2536, MichaelD@rosewoodservices.com

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