DBE in Kansas has six chapters, five range across the Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri metropolitan area and one serves Lawrence/Topeka. Chapters hold monthly business meetings, always with time for tea and socializing before or after.
Bard of Avon meets 3rd Wednesday morning of the month
Bess of Hardwicke meets 3rd Sunday afternoon of the month (Topeka/Lawrence)
Lady Nancy Astor meets 3rd Sunday afternoon of the month
Magna Carta meets 2nd Saturday morning of the month
Royal Arms meets 1st Tuesday evening of the month
Somerset House meets 1st Friday evening of the month (Northland)
We're always looking for new members, and hope to form new chapters. Women who can claim British or British Commonwealth heritage, by birth, naturalization or proven ancestry are eligible to apply. Women may also claim eligibility through marriage (if the husband or his parent or grandparent was British- or Commonwealth-born). We also welcome junior members (15-18).
DBE is a 501C philanthropic society. Our main focus is support of the British Home established in one of four districts of the US for retired men and women. DBE in Kansas chapters raise funds for The British Home Community in Brookfield, IL, est. 1924. Chapters also support their local community with many other fundraising activities such as the Alzheimer's Walk and PBS phone-in Britcom nights.
In Kansas, we raise funds through The British Faire held each November in Lenexa and via Spring Teas and other activities held by individual chapters. Our members hail from England, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Canada and several other Commonwealth countries, by birth or generational heritage. We love a cup of tea and a challenge!
Join us at one of our events or arrange to visit a chapter. You can contact us here.
State Board Members
President Brenda Marks
1st Vice President Debbie Holladay
2nd Vice President Myrna Vardeman
3rd Vice President currently vacant
Recording Secretary Carolyn Payne & Lynda Krupp
Communication Secretary Sally Helm
Treasurer Sherry Thompson
Organizers Linda Ann & Mary Hawks
Standard Bearer Autumn Walker
Historian Dana Gillis
2011 State BoardFront Row, L-R: Beth Brown, Jerri Carmack, Pam Atwell, Betty Carroll, Brenda Marks, Sally Helm // Back Row, L-R: Jane Bartholomew, Debbie Holladay, Sherry Thompson, Rusty Watson, Irene Mallory, Christine Tipping