Five individuals and three businesses were recognized during last night’s banquet for joining in 1969 and now marking a half-century of continuous KLA membership. They were Wilma Ackerman, Sabetha; Gene Hess, Scott City; Marcella Holbrook, Washington; Harry LaToush, Scott City; Donald Lonker, Medicine Lodge; Cattle Empire LLC, Satanta; Citizens State Bank, Gridley; and Stockgrowers State Bank, Maple Hill.
Six members were recognized for attaining 60 years of membership, including Walt Fletcher, Lakin; Lauren Pringle, Yates Center; Don Smith, Tribune; Duane Walker, Canton; Ag Press-Grass & Grain, Manhattan; and Bar S Ranch, Paradise.
Wayne “Jackie” Leffler of Americus, who joined KLA in 1949, received an award for achieving 70 years of membership.
KLA currently has 107 members who have been loyal to the association 50 years or longer. These and other extremely dedicated members make KLA a strong and viable organization to carry out its mission of “advancing members’ common business interests and enhancing their ability to meet consumer demand.”