Greater Sabetha Community Foundation

Submitted by Leslie Scoby

The Greater Sabetha Community Foundation held the September meeting at the Buzz Café with 11 board members, GSCF Director, three ambassadors and one guest present.

After opening the meeting with a prayer, Bill Simpson, read a thank you from USD 113 Foundation scholarship recipient, Riley Lierz. He then asked for approval for the minutes of the last meeting. The board voted to renew our membership to the Booster Club.

July financials were presented, showing a current asset base of $5,246,860.60. During the month of July, $85,672.99 was received in gifts and grants. The year to date net gifts and grants showed a total of $546,235.40. Chair Simpson congratulated the group and community on the successes of the foundation in the six years of existence. Dwight Edelman shared that GSCF Give to Grow Match Day has allowed the Lutheran Christian Preschool to finally be more financially secure. He also thanked the Kohlmeier family for naming the LCP as the memorial for Karen Kohlmeier, who had this vision many years ago and had served many years on the preschool board.

Guest Carol Spangler with the Grains of Hope Foundation presented the history and current update on the program. This organization is now 20 years old and has had a vital impact on local students as well as the countries of Mozambique and Haiti through the innovative food product that can sustain a healthy life for people in need of proper nutrition. Spangler shared that the group will be at UNL this fall to run a “food grade production run,” followed by a “Starting the Year Off Right” event at the Main Event on Dec. 31. She invited the public to be involved by attending. She said to come and enjoy pancakes for breakfast followed by the packaging event. GSCF is proud to help support this worthwhile organization during Give to Grow Match Day and throughout the year. Spangler noted that Grains for Hope Foundation recently received donations that she attributes to their connection to GSCF.

Committee Reports:

Special Events: The Gala is scheduled for Jan. 14. Please send nominations for “Serving Sabetha Strong” nominees to Marvin Kohlmeier.

Nominating: New board members and ambassadors are being sought by committee members Von Lauer, Kyle Stallbaumer and Kelly Girton.

Youth Impacting Community: Daniel Tramp reported that he and Brian Voos attended the SHS in-service day to share with the teachers an update about GSCF. He used the website to explain the purpose, vision and mission and encouraged each one to peruse the site to learn more. GSCF hopes to build on the relationship with SHS students in the future.

Marketing: Four banner flags will be ordered from Custom Life to advertise Give to Grow Match Day. Dwight Edelman made the motion for the purchase, with a second from Kelly Girton. The motion passed.

Asset Development/Community Grants: The committee reported that four grants totaling $6,976.40 were given to four HUG recipients. Two grants provided families school lunches for the year. Two tuition grants were granted. The recipients are both presently employed and they are seeking continuing education to move forward in their employment status. Hand Up Grants are awarded through the Lunch Lady Angels Grant Program.

Give to Grow Match Day: Three meetings will be held on Sept. 21 at 905 on Main to allow fund holders to sign up for this year’s event. Any new funds must be signed up by Oct. 12 to be listed on the donation form. Sixty four thousand dollars has been secured so far to provide matching dollars. GSCF will advertise the businesses and individuals who offer this to the community. Anonymous donations also are accepted.

The next meeting will be held on Oct. 11 at Buzz Café, East Room.

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