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STRATEGIC DOING UPDATE
Approximately fifty community leaders gathered at Fresh Seven on Aug 25 to address opportunities and concerns. Reports were given on seven ongoing issues or projects in the county. Four new issues were also introduced for discussion. The biggest take away from this forum is two hours is inadequate time to address and discuss all that is going on in Cheyenne County on an annual basis. Carla Lampe, chair of the Cheyenne County KS Community Foundation stated, “This forum shows the progressive action being taken on many fronts in our county. Everyone has a chance to have their voice heard.”
Cathy Domsch, regional director for SPARKS COVID funding shared how the CN County Attorney, CN County Clerk, CN County Emergency Management and Kelley Milliken, CN County SPARKS COVID director allocated funding needs within the county. Her PowerPoint report is available on the Cheyenne County KS Community Foundation website and Face book page.
Bernadette Luncsford, county conservationist for NRCS, introduced the irrigation water conservation programs made possible from the $2 million legal settlement from Colorado for the South Fork of the Republican River water shed in Cheyenne County.
Rance Ramsey, Administrator of the Cheyenne County Hospital, introduced the recently completed Community Health Needs Assessment for the county. He encouraged everyone to attend a two-hour forum on Monday, Oct 19 at the Bird City Legion Hall to review this survey in detail.
Tom Keller, CCKCF board member reported that a group of county residents, Kansas Nature Conservancy and the KS Wildlife, Parks and Tourism are researching the options for preserving a portion of the Arikaree Breaks, currently for sale, as a state park or nature preserve.
Tom Roberts, CCKCF board member, led the discussion on establishing an interlocal agreement between the county, cities and community foundations to fund a viable economic development program for Cheyenne County.
Reports were given by Candi Douthit RN Cheyenne County Health Department on mental health and health equity needs in the county. Helen Dobbs, CCDC director reported on the Land and Sky Scenic Byway. Janet Carman, spokesperson for 202 on Washington reported on the three for one match to raise $60,606 for the project. She indicated that adequate funds had been raised to repair the roof of the old building.
Tom Smull, CCKCF board member reported that grant applications were being accepted for two endowed funds, St. Francis New Generation Fund and the Cheyenne County Impact Fund from Aug 1 to Aug 31. Successful applicants will be recognized in October and grant funds awarded at that time.
Gennifer House, planned giving director of the Greater Northwest KS Community Foundation, Bird City, informed those attending of the opportunity provided by the Hansen Foundation for estate planning and support of their community through charitable giving to community foundations.
Betty Johnson, Strategic Doing facilitator for the Hansen Foundation, indicated that she would return to Cheyenne County in October to assist any group that wishes to take action on any of the discussed issues. She can be contacted directly at Betty Johnson, (785) 313-3632, email@example.com or contact Tom Keller, chairman Strategic Doing committee, CCKCF (785) 332-3991, firstname.lastname@example.org