April 6 Bo Co Coalition Minutes
Bourbon County Interagency Coalition
Minutes of the general meeting of members
April 6, 2022
- Welcome: Fourteen members representing ten agencies and two guests attended the meeting. Billie Jo introduced Elizabeth Schafer as the new board member replacing Nancy Van Etten who left the region. She also noted that requests for Family Swim passes were still available at Beacon and Buck Run; completed applications must be returned to Buck Run by April 29; applications will be approved at the May 3 board meeting.
- Member presentations and announcements:
- Elizabeth Schafer, Pioneer Kiwanis, announced that the club had purchased a handicapped swing for Gunn Park. They will animate the coffee of the Chamber on April 28 to make the presentation of the swing. She also reported that CASA continues to need more volunteers. We currently have twenty volunteers in the county of Bourbon; we could use up to fifty. There is training involved; those interested can contact Elizabeth or Christa Horn for more information.
- Sandy Haggard, RSVP, shared information about the Regional Aging with Attitude Expo to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 29, at Community Christian Church, 1919 South Horton. The registration fee is $15.00 for the day; additional information can be obtained by contacting Barbara Stockebrand, 620-625-8620, our local extension office, or agingexpo.ksu.edu.
- Christine Abbott, SEKWorks, introduced Joellene McKeehan. Joellene has only been with the organization for a few weeks; she works in Paola’s office. Christine also mentioned that she has funds available for all of her programs; she continues to be in Fort Scott every Monday. She and Joellene have attended various county job fairs. She also noted that there are more than 70,000 jobs available in the state of Kansas.
- Holly Fritter, SEK Multi-County Health Department, shared information about the upcoming Community Baby Shower to be held Thursday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Buck Run Community Center. There will be door prizes, giveaways and more. For more information or to help in any way, contact Holly at 620-223-4464 or 417-661-0308. This is for any Bourbon County resident who is pregnant or has a baby under six months old.
- Linda Lawrence, SEK Multi-County Health Department Special Projects, informed members that Covid boosters are available. Anyone can have the fourth shot; the fifth shot is reserved, for the moment, only for immunocompromised individuals. Appointments are recommended and available on Mondays and Thursdays. She also shared that the health department will have a table at the Aging with Attitude exhibit; they will share information on vaccinations for those over fifty.
- Amanda Gilmore, Lighthouse Aglow, reminded members that they meet on the second Thursday of each month; however, due to Easter, the April meeting will be April 7, 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Scott Inn.
- Michelle Stevenson, Fort Scott Early Childhood Program, explained the 2022 Preschool Spring Fling, which will be held April 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at USD 234 Preschool. This is the Coalition’s first major collaborative event. for early childhood and is aimed at children and parents from prenatal age up to the age of 6 years. She also mentioned that she had some openings for her program; soon she will be working with ten babies!
- Patty Simpson, Fort Scott Housing Authority, has two-bedroom apartments ready for occupancy; it has a short waiting list for one-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments.
- Gabby Gire, CHC SEK, reported she will have a booth at the upcoming Fort Scott Home Show; various vaccines will be given during this time. She will host the first smoking cessation meeting in Fort Scott on May 5th. She also indicated that the CHC is hiring several positions and that the new facility in the old Price Chopper building should be open by the third week of December.
- David Gillen, Beacon, explained that the Beacon is in partnership with Walmart through the association Feed America which allows them to have many food products to share with their customers. They can also provide hygiene products, nappies and wipes, as well as taxi vouchers if needed.
- Program: Joshua McCloud, Donor Relations and Community Outreach Coordinator, Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas, and Carla Farmer, Board Chair, Fort Scott Area Community Foundation.
Josh first made two announcements: 1. The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is presenting a grant-writing workshop on April 19; visit the Foundation’s website to register and participate. 2. The DCF Job/Resource Fair will be held May 24, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Pittsburg Memorial Hall. For more information, contact Kelly Stammer at 620-820-6319 or [email protected].
Josh explained that the Community Foundation is a public charity created by and for the people in our area. The mission is to encourage charitable giving for the benefit of the common good and to improve the quality of life for the people of southeastern Kansas. He then explained the three different grant cycles that 501(c)3 organizations, schools, government institutions, and religious institutions can apply for: Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Foundation Youth-Volunteerism Grants, CFSEK General Funds Grant, and Rita J. Bicknell Grants from the Women’s Health Fund.
Carla then explained the differences between the two entities and assured that an organization could certainly apply for funding from both foundations. For more information about the foundations or how to apply for a grant, visit www.fsacf.com and Southeastkansas.org.
- Open forum: Gabby Gire, CHC SEK, will present our May program.
Adjournment: Next general meeting of members