Greater Sabetha Community Foundation 8.14.18

Submitted by Leslie Scoby

The Board of Directors of the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation (GSCF) met at the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Buzz Cafe. President Bill Simpson called the meeting to order. Minutes and financials were reviewed and approved.

A report from Von Lauer and the nominating committee was presented. There are currently 13 board members, and four will be going off after their first term of two years. Lauer, Harold Schmelzle and Steve Lukert presented names as potential board members and asked for additional recommendations. The new members will be presented to the community at the January Gala Celebration.

Leslie Scoby reported that the Sabetha Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) has accepted the opportunity to join GSCF and the Chamber of Commerce in preparation for the Community Celebration Gala. Each group will be choosing a community person or business to honor. The Special Events committee will begin work on the Gala preparation in October.

GSCF was represented in the Sabetha Rodeo Parade by the Simpsons and Lauers, and the group thanked them for their part in the event.

Scoby reported to the board a new fund and partner, the USD 113 Foundation. The 113 Foundation board voted to join with GSCF to help manage the work involved with scholarship administration. This partnership is one we are very proud to have. The 113 Foundation’s assets will continue to be managed by Jeff Russell of Edward Jones.

The Asset Development and Give to Grow Committee members will meet in September to plan to organize for this year’s Giving Day. The committees will report to the board next month.

Guests present were Kim Priest, representing the Mary Cotton Public Library; and new CEO of Kanza Mental Health, David Jasper, and CFO, Virginia Freese.

Priest shared that the summer reading program is complete with more than 300 children reaching the reading goal. There will be a giveaway for two Kindle Fires and KSU Medical Center provided eight bike helmets for the lucky winners. Jill Strahm was recently named Super Volunteer. Erin Yoder will be the new library reading helper, and the Kansas Humanities grant is being completed. The MCPL appreciates the support of GSCF and the community.

Jasper and Freese were present to share about the mission of the Center. Kanza serves four counties and has a caseload of about 1,200 people who need support to continue working and living in their community. There are 57 employees working for Kanza. Norm Saylor was part of the original group who helped start Kanza in 1969. Freese told about Kevin Hines who will be speaking to all the students in Nemaha County on the topic of suicide. Hines is a popular speaker who shares his story of jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Kanza has a fund with GSCF and appreciates donations to offer many services.

There will be a Northeast Kansas Conference in Manhattan on Aug. 24 for all the community foundations in this region. Several from GSCF plan to attend.

The next meeting date is Tuesday, Sept. 11 and all are welcome to attend.

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