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Annual Dinner

About the Annual Dinner

Every April, TAS holds its Annual Dinner at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.  Attendees enjoy an evening of socializing and entertainment. The evening includes a gourmet meal and a special speaker. You do not have to be a member of TAS to attend the Annual Dinner.

When & Where

Saturday, April 1, 2017: 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom, Ramada Inn , 420 SE 6th Ave, Topeka, KS

Program: A presentation from Matt Gearheart 

The program's title is "Birds of Iceland."  Matt Gearheart is an avid birder, and his passion has led him on many long journeys to places such as Peru, Trinidad, Africa, Australia and Iceland.  Matt's slideshow and discussion will cover the biodiversity of birds and wildlife he found in Iceland.

Matt is a Kansas native born in Pittsburg who grew up in the Kansas City area.  He currently resides in Lenexa with his wife, Jenny.  He graduated from KU in 1998 with a BA in Architecture.  He has worked at GWH+BB Architects for about 20 years and had the honor to design the Wildcat Glades Audubon Center in Joplin, MO.  Matt is an active member of Burroughs Audubon of KC and is a Past President of the Kansas Ornithological Society (KOS).  He is a trustee of the Audubon of Kansas (AOK) and an eBird reviewer for eastern Kansas counties. 


5:30pm: Socializing
6:30pm: Dinner
7:00pm: Business Meeting
7:15pm: Program

Business Meeting

This will include election of Board of Directors and TAS Officers for 2017-18.
  • President: Tara Porter 
  • Vice President: Linda Zempel
  • Treasurer: Vivien Smith 
  • Secretary: Debby McKee
  • Board of Directors 2017-18: Diana Busey
  • Board of Directors 2017-18: Sue Newland
  • Board of Directors 2017-18: Sam Mannell
  • Board of Directors 2017-18: Terry Mannell
  • Board of Directors 2017-18: TBA 
  • Board of Directors 2017-18: TBA

Dinner Menu

The dinner will be a South of the Border buffet.  The full menu is included in the March newsletter.


The cost is $30 per person which includes dinner and the program.  The cost is $10 for the program only.  More details are available in the March 2017 newsletter.  Make checks payable to: Topeka Audubon Society and send it to Janeen Walters, 3440 NW Button Road, Topeka, KS 66618.  Questions? Call Janeen at 785-286-3330 or email at  The registration deadline is March 24.

Book Sale Fundraiser

There has been a Photo Contest Fundraiser at the Annual Spring Meeting for the last several years. This year we are trying something different: A Used Book Sale.

Used bird and wildlife books will be laid out on a table. Suggested donation stickers will be applied to each book. The price range will be quite modest, in the $2-$5 dollar range with a few exceptions. If you see a book that appeals to you, take it! This is a first-come, first-served opportunity. Pick up a book as a gift!

This used book collection is principally composed of books contributed by Dan and Jeannie Gish. There are also some books that have accumulated in TAS storage. It is time these references were in the hands of members. All proceeds go to Topeka Audubon Society operating expenses.