Fact Sheet                               

KEARNEY COMMUNITY HALL                                 

March 9, 2020

 

Address:

4444 US Highway 87, Banner, WY 82832.

 

Located roughly 5 miles south of Story along US Highway 87, in Johnson County, WY.

 

Ownership:

IRS Tax Exempt Status, 501(c)(3), January 29, 2014.

 

Current Management by Kearney Hall Board, Employer ID Number 46-0818080.

 

The land (now nearly 2 acres) is deeded to the 501(c)(3).

 

The current Kearney Community Hall Board:

Courtney Caplan   President                 

Rick Pallister        Vice President/Secretary

Scott Gall            Treasurer                                      

Larry Brannian      Member

Tracy Carlin         Member       

Joe Foss               Member

 

The Kearney Hall Board has no paid staff. Board members coordinate assignments as needed, and rely heavily on volunteers, partners, fundraising, hired contractors, grants, and event donations.

 

Mission:

The purpose of the Kearney Hall Board is to restore and operate the Kearney Hall for year-round community use by current and future generations. July 30, 2012  

 

Background:

Constructed in the early 1950’s on private land, managed by a “Kearney Community Club,” and used for dances, reunions, weddings, socials, voting, various club programs, and other events.

 

It is said to be the third “Kearney Hall” in a valley rich with history. Last used in the early 1990’s and needing maintenance and repair, the building was essentially abandoned. In 2010 a small concerned local group began serious discussions that led to organizing an effort to resurrect the Hall so that it could once again be used to serve our community and region. The current Kearney Community Hall Board formally met for the first time in July, 2012.

 

Progress:

We developed a vision and long-term plan with conceptual drawings and cost estimates. We re-roofed the building, replaced and restarted the electric service; repaired gas lines and heaters and restored heat to the building. In 2017 we secured ownership of the property and increased available space for off-highway parking. We installed new windows and doors. We added a new ROW fence and off-highway entry portal with a unique hand-made pole gate and custom welded sign (all donated). We added indoor bathrooms, water-pumps and storage, and a septic system.

 

Fundraising efforts have included applying for grants, holding dances and pie auctions, making

personal contacts; direct mailings, work days, and a quilt raffle. Contractors, suppliers, and individuals have donated labor, materials, fencing, roofing, pies, auction items, and cash.

Dollars Generated

$137,554

Non-Monetary Contributions

$140,190

Initial 2013 Cost Projection

$386,430

Current Cost Projection

$142,748

 

 

We’ve begun to resume use of the Hall on a limited basis by partners, generating income and awareness, even though renovations are not entirely completed.

 

Plans:

Remaining tasks include: 1) Decking, soffit, railings, steps, ramp, exterior painting, insulation; 2) Leveling  and graveling the parking area; 3) Bathroom lights, mirrors, shelves; 4) Kitchen triple sink, counter, cabinets, freezer; 4) Hall outlets, lights, fans; 5) Refinishing the dance floor, painting interior walls; 6) Exterior insulation, trim, gutters; 7) outhouses, playground, horse shoes, outdoor grill, picnic area, landscaping, sidewalks.

 

Priorities are the deck, steps, and parking. Renovation is limited by dollars. We have a volunteer labor pool, but are seeking cash for materials, and estimate that need at roughly $50,000.

 

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FACT SHEET

KEARNEY COMMUNITY HALL

a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization

4444 Highway 87
Banner, Wyoming 82832

Mailing Address:

KEARNEY COMMUNITY HALL

P.O. BOX 124

Story, WY  82842