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About Wesley Friends

History

Wesley Friends was founded in 1995 when leadership at Wesley Medical Center realized the vital importance that an active and social lifestyle plays in the health of adults 50+. Wesley Friends started as a ‘social club’ that also provided access to health screenings and seminars about healthy living. Over the years, the Wesley Friends programming has expanded to include day trips around the region and even international trips to far flung locations such as Ireland, Nova Scotia and the Caribbean. Today, over 3,500 members are enjoying a healthier and more socially active life through Wesley Friends. Whether it’s a lunch bunch chat to discuss grandkids and golf scores, comparing “numbers” from important screenings, hitting the road for a day trip to see a new place and learn new things or embarking on a week-long ocean cruise, Wesley Friends members are living a healthier and happier life!

Meet the Wesley Friends Board

Mark Bretches

Mark Bretches

Manager

Hobbies: Being outdoors in all seasons. Including boating, jet skiing, riding motorized scooters, walking trails, bonfires and simply relaxing.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: “I have the best job ever! It’s a joy to interact with such a great group of friends. We describe Wesley Friends with one word: F-U-N!”

Erin Givens

Erin Givens

Administrative Assistant

Hobbies: Going to the movies and the theatre. Being surrounded by art & culture. Visiting new places with my husband, and finding the best restaurants in the state of Kansas!
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: “Every Wesley Friends event is a fun adventure. Our members make my job great!”

Randi Williams

Randi Williams

President

Retired from: Musician & Housekeeping
Hobbies: Riding motorcycles / horses, cooking, reading, and gardening.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: “The people are friendly and programs are excellent. We have tons of fun!”

Jerry Wagner

Jerry Wagner

Vice President

Retired from: Air Force / Beechcraft
Hobbies: I enjoy my retirement by traveling and going on cruises and road trips.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I really enjoy the fellowship and the people at Wesley Friends!

Rose Stroud

Rose Stroud

Treasuer

Retired from: Target
Hobbies: I enjoy volunteering, bowling, fishing, traveling for family, as well as conferences and tournaments.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I enjoy meeting new people and making lasting friends, along with the great atmosphere at all the Wesley Friends events!

Jim Dake

Jim Dake

Auxiliary President

Retired from: Dickinson Theatres
Hobbies: Oil painting, golfing, woodworking and volunteering.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I just enjoy all the friendly people at Wesley Friends!

Lois Brooksher

Lois Brooksher

Board Member

Retired from: Retired from Retail Clerks Union in 1994, soon after retired from housework and child care.
Hobbies: My favorite things to do are to just keeping active and volunteering whenever possible!
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I enjoy the monthly socials, meeting new people, traveling with new members and the variety of trips that Wesley Friends offers!

Susan Brumbaugh

Susan Brumbaugh

Board Member

Retired from: Department of Defense Hobbies: : I enjoy traveling and am a self-proclaimed Netflix junkie. Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I love the travel opportunities and social activities!

Diana Day

Diana Day

Board Member

Retired from: Wesley Pediatrix Medical Group
Hobbies: I enjoy visiting my family in Colorado and spending time with everyone.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I enjoy the travel through Wesley Friends along with all the exceptional people I have met!

Marie Krehbiel

Marie Krehbiel

Board Member

Retired from: Nursing
Hobbies: I volunteer at the Lord’s Diner, Harbor House, church, Symphony, Music Theatre and the Theater League. I like to travel with my husband and enjoy going to the theater.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: Enjoy the programs, meals and meeting new people and seeing old friends!

Marlene Moore

Marlene Moore

Board Member

Retired from: Hair stylist / superintendent’s secretary
Hobbies: I enjoy quilting, traveling and volunteering filling the Comfort Carts for the Auxiliary. Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I enjoy meeting new people at the social events and trips!

Martha Sharp

Martha Sharp

Board Member

Retired from: Nursing
Hobbies: I love card stitchery as well as traveling, even though I don’t get to travel as much as I used to.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I enjoy how many friends I have made through Wesley Friends!

Gene Smith

Gene Smith

Board Member

Retired from: USMC, electric contractor
Hobbies: I like to work in my yard and garden, and I really enjoy going to the lake with grandkids and great grandkids.
Favorite part about Wesley Friends: I enjoy all of the Wesley Friends social events and trips!