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Looking back on decades of community commitment

Local supporter and PMMA board of trustee member Dan Harris has a long history with Manor of the Plains.

“The bank I was with here in Dodge back when the bonds for Manor of the Plains were issued was the paying agent for the bonds, and I was running the trust department at that bank. I actually signed all of the interest payment checks at that time. That was my first involvement with the Manor,” said Dan.

And that was just the beginning of a long commitment with Manor of the Plains and the Dodge City community.

“I have always been very involved in the community over my 26 years in the banking industry here in Dodge City. I have been president of the local Chamber of Commerce, I was on the Dodge City Days committee for probably close to 20 years and served as chairman for several years. One of the first residents at Manor of the Plains was Lois Bryson and she was one of my trust customers until she passed away. I am guessing she may have recommended me for the advisory committee but I’m not sure. About 14 years ago I was asked to join the board of directors for Presbyterian Manors and have been on the board since then,” said Dan.

So, what inspired Dan to continue his support of Manor of the Plains over all these years?

“It is the finest retirement community in Dodge City, and I have had the pleasure of having many of my clients live at the Manor. My father was there for a short time before he passed away and his care was outstanding. It is a very important part of this community where I have lived for almost all of my life,” said Dan.

The campaign executive committee for Manor of the Plains looks at the sign designating the site of the campus 30 years ago. [Source: Dodge City Daily Globe]

Looking back over the 30-year history of Manor of the Plains, Dan recalls some of the highlights of our community.

“I think being the first continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in our area was very important to the residents of Dodge City. We still are really the only full CCRC, and I think that is why we continue to be very important to the retirement community. I also think the community involvement by Manor of the Plains has been very important for the success of the community. The Christian concert that they added to Dodge City Days years ago has been a very important part of that celebration.”

What are his hopes and vision for Manor of the Plains over the next 30 years?

“I hope we can continue to provide the highest quality of care guided by Christian values to the seniors of this community and the surrounding area. We have recently made tremendous renovations to the campus which should serve the seniors well for many years to come.”

Dan also plans to continue to serve on the Board as long he’s wanted.

“I have learned so much over the years serving on the board of directors for Presbyterian Manors, and I really appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve on the board. This is an outstanding organization, and I have really enjoyed serving on the board. I have made so many great friends with the board members, executive officer and employees that I will always cherish. I am sure I have learned much more from everybody than I have contributed while serving as a board member, and I look forward to continuing to serve on the board as long as they will have me.”

Thank you, Dan, for your continued commitment and service to Dodge City and Manor of the Plains!

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