HOW TO JOIN THE BUFFALO FFA ALUMNI CHAPTER?
The Buffalo FFA Alumni chapter was organized in order to provide support and promote the Buffalo High School FFA chapter and Agriculture in the community.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a member is invited to join. Members don't have to have kids in FFA, have been a member of FFA or have gone to BHS. It's open to anyone who wishes to support the Buffalo FFA and youth in agriculture in our community.
The Buffalo FFA Alumni is a group of supporters who volunteer to support Buffalo High School students enrolled in agriculture education courses and who are members of the Buffalo FFA.
The Buffalo FFA relies on the Buffalo FFA Alumni to garner support for the FFA from our local community, raises funds for chapter activities and scholarships and assists at chapter activities (including the annual Labor Auction, chapter banquets and the Buffalo FFA Contest).
The Buffalo FFA is more than 150 member strong, making it one of the largest student organizations in the Dallas County R-1 School District. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career successThe Buffalo FFA Alumni has several annual member levels, including individual ($25) and family ($35) memberships, as well as three corporate membership levels (from $50 to $250). Mail check to Buffalo FFA Alumni, PO Box 511, Buffalo, MO. 65622.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE ANNUAL BUFFALO ART WALK and CRAFT FAIR?
The Buffalo Art Walk committee maintains a Facebook page where they update the public about the annual event, held the first Saturday of May. Information will also be listed and promoted in the Buffalo Reflex. Typically by February, the group has a date set and registration forms are ready to hand-out. All types of art including sculpture, painting, jewelry, pottery, mosaic, chainsaw art and others are invited. Crafts such as crocheting, knitting, soaps, salves, creams and more will be accepted.
HOW TO JOIN THE DALLAS COUNTY AREA YMCA?
Monthly membership rates are adult: $35; family, $53; single-adult family, $50; adult couple, $50; additional household adults, $15; youth and college student, $20; senior, $24; and senior couple, $32. For more information, telephone (417) 345-1116 or stop by during open hours at 932 W. Main St., Buffalo.
The Y’s hours are 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday; and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The YMCA is closed on Sunday.
Y membership includes free appointment with a wellness coach and Activtrax activation, child care during evening workouts and discounted rates on fee-based programs. Members also have unlimited access to other Ozark Regional YMCAs and Y’s that participate in statewide reciprocal membership.
The YMCA has a fully stocked cardio and weight area, a full-size basketball court, group exercise classes throughout the day, and sports and child care programs.
With more than 1,400 members, the Y has something for everyone. Pickleball in the weekly group exercise schedule, adult volleyball, spin classes and yoga are just a sampling of the activities at the Y. It also now operates the Buffalo city swimming pool, which includes swimming lessons and pool party rentals.
In addition to youth basketball, it has added youth volleyball, dodgeball, fall and spring soccer, and girls softball in the summer.
HOW CAN YOU JOIN ORGANIZATIONS OR CLUBS?
Dallas County offers many opportunities to enjoy your interests or service others. Telephone these group leaders for specific information on how to join the group.
• 4-H Groups-Becky Bell, Dallas County 4-H youth program assistant, (417) 345-7551.
• American Legion Post 19, Phil Legan, commander, (417) 345-5322 or Don Evans, adjutant, (417) 860- 4957.
• Alzheimer’s Support Group, (417) 345-2228.
• Angel Tree, Paula Mabary, coordinator, (417) 345-7210.
• Buffalo AMVETS Post 117, Willie Dake, (417) 345-5528.
• Buffalo Garden Club, Janet Wood, president, (417) 345-2111.
• Buffalo Kiwanis, Lea Keith, president, (417) 345-2251.
• Buffalo Lions Club, Kevin Sharpe, secretary, (417) 345-7712.
• Buffalo Ministerial Alliance, Mark Elliott, (417) 345-6418.
• Buffalo Saddle Club, Jan Alford, (417) 345-7629.
• D.A. Mallory Elementary PTO, Becky Rash, president, (417) 838-5942.
• Dallas County Alumni Association, Patsy Kjar, (417) 345-4749, (417) 345-8858.
• Dallas County Emergency Recovery Unit, (573) 340-3454.
• Dallas County Fair Board, John Crawford, president, (417) 345-2958.
• Dallas County Gideon Camp, Jim Hamilton, (417) 345-4341.
• Dallas County Retired Teachers Association, Cay Sergent, president, (417) 445-2522.
• Dallas County Sheriff’s Posse, Darrell Boyd, (417) 840-5330.
• Dallas County Shrine Club, Matt Kramer, (417) 345-0605.
• Democratic Committee, Todd Rock, chairman, (417) 345-1233.
• Disabled American Veterans Unit 62, Yvonne Piland, van director, (417) 345-2757. Free van service to Columbia for veterans.
• Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie4010, (417) 993-5780.
• Habitat for Humanity — Dallas County Affiliate, Suzanne Laudenbach, (417) 345-5086.
• Heart2Heart Outreach Ministries, Brenda Young, (417) 345-6200.
• Long Lane Lions Club, (417) 345-4321.
• Louisburg Lions Club, Rex Hamlet, (417) 752-3316.
• Missouri Right to Life Buffalo Chapter, Hope Stubbs, chairwoman, (417) 770-2446.
• Republican Committee, Travis Elliott, (417) 210-7294.
• Riddick Lodge No. 361, Matt Kramer, (417) 345-0605.
• The Haven, Carrie Hulsey, (417) 414-3003
• TOPS Chapter 0974, Marietta Spice, (417) 383-1190.
• Urbana Saddle Club, Nancy McKowan, (417) 993-5550.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars, James Piland, commander, (417) 345-1995.
HOW TO JOIN OR USE THE DALLAS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY?
Meetings, which include historical speakers and programs, are at 1 p.m. during the open houses in June through September. They are at 1 p.m. the third Thursday of March through May and October through November. The November meeting includes a carry-in lunch for Thanksgiving as well as the monthly program. The annual business meeting and election of officers is the first Friday in December.
The museum is at the Buffalo Head Prairie Historical Park, 1107 S. Ash in Buffalo, one block south of the junction of U.S. 65 and Mo. 32. The library is open for research from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of the month June through September and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of March through May and October through November.
At the park, people will find the Stearns Cabin, Eberhart Cabin, Crescent School, a caboose, old equipment display, the museum and a replica of an old-time post office. The museum has many displays pertaining to Dallas County, and admission is free.
The Jacobsen Library, a genealogical and historical research library, is housed inside the museum. It is free to the public.
The main purpose of the library is to help people research Dallas County history, but there are research aids for other Missouri counties and other states in which many of the settlers in this area previously lived. The historical society regularly adds research materials to the collection.
These records can be found in books and on microfilm. They include probate files, marriage records, census schedules, early court records, cemetery data, old pictures, and church and school records.
There is also a notebook for each city, town or settlement in the county. A copy machine is available.
The society has several books for sale on Dallas County history and genealogy.
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