Greater Sabetha Community Foundation

On Tuesday, May 10, the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation (GSCF) met with 12 board members and three guests present. Bill Simpson opened the meeting with a prayer and a welcome to guests, Nathan Voos, Nohl Niehues and Celene Holthaus.

Minutes were approved and the financials showed a balance of $5,289,014.21 as of March 31, 2022, even with the losses from investments in the stock market. The board voted to enter a golf team in the SCH Benefit Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 4, and to support the SHS Yearbook by becoming a gold sponsor. The office of secretary/treasurer will be filled until the end of the year due to Kellen Russell’s departure from the board. A signup sheet for committees was passed around.

Leslie Scoby shared information about a reverse scholarship program and the reasons GSCF might choose to work toward this goal. The Lunch Lady Angels Fund was listed as a memorial for Mary Ann Spellmeier and so far $650 in donations have been added to the fund total. The 50 plus nonprofits who partner with GSCF have an opportunity to share with the public what they do by signing up to add a display to the windows at 919 Main Street. The funds have also been asked to come to a board meeting and share their visions and plans for the money raised on Give to Grow Match Day.

Scoby reported that $15,000 has now been raised toward the matching money for Give to Grow 2022. Ag Partners Cooperative will present a check to GSCF this week to celebrate their support of what we are doing for the Sabetha Community. 

A motion was made to start planning another Celebrating Community event in the library park this summer. 

United 4 Youth (U4Y) director Celene Holthaus shared the mission of U4Y and how they reach young people in Nemaha County. Their focus has changed due to the teens reporting that mental health is their number one need. This program is very important to our youth and operates from donations and funding from the county and cities of Nemaha County. Holthaus gave a lot of credit to those who work in the area high schools directing the U4Y programs. 

New board members have officially joined GSCF and they are: Amber Bletscher, Lillian Brownlee, Sara Garrett, Jamie Strahm, Dr. Kyle Stallbaumer, Paul Wenger and Brian Voos.

The next meeting date is at noon Tuesday, June 14, at Buzz Café. 

Leslie Scoby5 Posts

Leslie Scoby is the Vice President of the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation Executive Board.

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