KEARNEY COMMUNITY HALL
March 9, 2020
4444 US Highway 87, Banner, WY 82832.
Located roughly 5 miles south of Story along US Highway 87, in Johnson County, WY.
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.
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
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.
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.
Initial 2013 Cost Projection
Current Cost Projection
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.
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.