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Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorers Club

We Kan!

We Kan!

The 2014 Big Rural Brainstorm will be held March 14 in Newton.

Kansas Sampler Festival

Kansas Sampler Festival

The Kansas Sampler Festival will be held in Wamego's city park May 3 & 4, 2014.

Rural Culture Elements

Rural Culture Elements

The 8 rural culture elements are: architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people! They help you see a place with new eyes.

8 Wonders

8 Wonders

Have you seen the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook? Let it guide you to all 216 Wonders!



Kansas Sampler Foundation (KSF) will go to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook.

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Marci Penner's Resume

Marci Penner

978 Arapaho Road, Inman, KS 67546
620.585.2374 Fax 620/585-2217

Currently                                                                                                                                   Executive Director,
Kansas Sampler Foundation:

Duties include:
  • Educating the public about the 8 Wonders of Kansas 
  • Writing the Explorer newsletter
  • Directing the Kansas Explorers Club
  • Communicating about Kansas through social media
  • Speaking on a variety of Kansas topics
  • Presenting Kansas slide shows
  • Facilitating retreats and planning sessions
  • Providing story leads for the media
  • Overseeing special projects
  • Consulting daily with rural communities

Current Board Positions
  • Kansas Barn Alliance board member
  • Advisor to Sunflower Journeys, KTWU
  • Convener for Kansas Dialogue
Authored the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.  The book has won gold from the North American Travel Journalists Association for Travel Guide.

Authored the Kansas Guidebook for explorers.

Appointed co-chair of Governor's Rural Life Task Force

Founded the Kansas Sampler Foundation with father, Mil Penner.

1990 - 1993
Co-authored Kansas guidebooks with father, Mil Penner
  • Kansas Weekend Guide
  • Kansas Event Guide
  • Kansas Weekend Guide II
Elementary guidance counselor in and around the Philadelphia area.

Received Masters degree in Counseling & Guidance from the University of Wisconsin.

Received Bachelors degree in Radio, TV, Film from the University of Kansas.
Professional Awards
  • 2007 - Leader of the Year for Tourism Development Award from the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development
  • 2005 - Grassroots Community Education Award from the UFM Community Learning Center, Manhattan
  • 2005 - Distinguished Kansan of the Year from the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters
  • 2005 - Momentous Achievement Award from Osborne County Tourism
  • 2003 - Tourism Award of Merit for Individual Achievement from the KDOC State Travel and Tourism Division
  • 2003 - Rural Leadership Award presented by the National Rural Economic Developers Association.
  • 2002 - Brass Ring Award from Kinsley
  • 2001 - U.S. Small Business Administration Plains Spirit of the Year award
  • 2000 - Governor's Tourism Award presented by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters
  • 1996 - TIAK (Travel Industry Association of Kansas) Distinguished Service Award