Greater Sabetha Community Foundation 9.11.18

Submitted by Leslie Scoby, Director

On Sept. 11, the Board of Directors of the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation (GSCF) met at Buzz Café with nine members and one guest present. President Bill Simpson called the meeting to order. Minutes and financials were reviewed and approved.

Bill Simpson and Von Lauer shared about the conference held in Manhattan for all community foundations of northeast Kansas. They both reported the meeting was educational and helpful. The highlight was meeting other community foundation board members and hearing what they are doing in their communities.

Discussion was held on new board members. Steve Lukert and Von Lauer will work on the slate for an upcoming meeting.

The Asset Development and Give to Grow Committee members met to organize for this year’s Giving Day. A motion to use the $5,000 gift from United Bank as matching funds for the GSCF Community Grants Fund was seconded and passed. The goal is to raise $10,000 to add to this endowed fund so that grant making can begin next year. The GSCF Operations Fund will provide $1,200 to be used as prize money as incentives to the nonprofits to get their donor base out for the Give to Grow Day.

The Special Events committee will meet in October to begin planning for the Community Celebration Gala that will happen on Jan. 12, 2019. Marvin Kohlmeier and the committee will be gathering ideas for nominations for the Serving Sabetha Strong awards.

Kara Tramp, representing the Sabetha Sharks Swim Team, shared with the board how they have used the money raised through donations at Give to Grow last year. This year the money was used for team supplies, suits and swim team entry fees. Some donations in memory of Carmen Ukele were used to provide swimsuits for swimmers who needed financial help. Tramp reported 95 swimmers competed this year. The 7 a.m. practice was run by Luke Scoby (mostly for older swimmers), and Tramp ran the noon practice with the help of other lifeguards. A KU Swim Camp was held in May with 40 swimmers participating. The coaches helped the swimmers improve technique and strokes. The Sabetha Sharks Swim Team has been extremely successful for more than 30 years, and the KU coaches commented that from what they observed many of the swimmers have the potential to swim collegiately if they desired.

Leslie Scoby reported that Matt Garber is working with GSCF to form a Youth Impacting Community club for eighth grade students.  This club would educate the youth about the nonprofit world and encourage community involvement.

She also reminded all the committees to check on what needs to be done to complete their goals.

Kohlmeier and Gary Scoby will find one more golfer to field a team for the Sabetha High School Booster Club tournament on Sunday.

The next meeting date is Oct. 9, and all are welcome to attend.

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