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Kansas Explorer Club

Kansas Explorer Club

Members of the Kansas Explorer Club receive 5-6 print newsletters a year full of things to see and do that are off the beaten path.

We Kan!

We Kan!

The Big Rural Brainstorm will be held March 7 in Newton in 2016.

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!

ERV

ERV

Marci and WenDee, of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, are going to every (626) incorporated city in Kansas to research for the second edition of the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

Big Kansas Road Trip

Big Kansas Road Trip

The showcase counties are Barber, Comanche and Kiowa. The event will be held over four days, May 3-6, 2018.

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Marci Penner's Resume

Marci Penner

978 Arapaho Road, Inman, KS 67546
620.585.2374
marci@kansassampler.org

Currently
Executive Director,
Kansas Sampler Foundation

Duties include:
  • Researching every city in Kansas and writing a Kansas guidebook
  • 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 programs
  • Providing story leads for the media
  • Overseeing special projects
  • Consulting daily with rural communities

Current outside affiliations
  • Advisor to Sunflower Foundation, Topeka
  • Convener for Kansas Dialogue

Publications and positions
2017
        Co-authored the Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers with WenDee Rowe.
 
2011
Authored the 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.  The book has won gold from the North American Travel Journalists Association for Travel Guide.

2005
Authored the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers.

2004
Appointed co-chair of Governor's Rural Life Task Force

1993
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
1985-1990
Elementary guidance counselor in and around the Philadelphia area.

1985
Received Masters degree in Counseling & Guidance from the University of Wisconsin.

1980
Received Bachelors degree in Radio, TV, Film from the University of Kansas.
 
Professional Awards
  • 2018 - Leader of the Year for Tourism Development Award from the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development
  • 2016   KU Pioneer Award from the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity
  • 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