Bugle Notes - Community Vision Award


The Fort Wallace Memorial Association was honored this past December 16 at the Light Up Wallace County event with a Community Vision Award from the Wallace County Foundation. We really appreciate this recognition of the efforts put in this past year on the new Milford Becker addition and the 1867 Exposition! Also recognized was the Sharon Springs Library Board for the work put into the beautiful new library! How blessed our community has been with the bequest from Milford Becker!

Also recognized as Community Volunteers were FWMA board vice-president Ron Blaesi and our dynamic duo Ramona and Chuck Zortman for their gifts of time to Wallace County!

At the last Board meeting, the Fort Wallace Board voted to assist with the Fund Drive for the Endowment of the Wallace County Foundation. These funds were presented at the conclusion of the LUWC program. At this first glance, this may seem unusual, for one non-profit to be assisting another. But, in a broader scale, it does make a great deal of sense. If we think of all of these organizations as serving “Wallace County as a whole,” we start to see them not as competitors, but as partners in maximizing donation and grant dollars for our community and its residents. After all, these assets and organizations belong to ALL of us that live here. We look forward to hosting the next Strategic Doing Session, as part of the process for planning the course of action for the Dane Hansen Community Grants, which will total over $500,000 over 5 years. This is the third session organized by the Wallace County Foundation and will again be facilitated by Hansen consultant Betty Johnson. Please come and make your voice heard at this session at the Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6 pm. The Memorial Association will be providing a soup supper to fuel great collaboration between our teams of citizens!

The Kansas Association of Wetlands and Streams is hosting a Playa Lakes Workshop and Tour, Tues. Jan. 9 here in Wallace County and then Wed. Jan. 10 in Colby at the Prairie Museum. Tuesday’s luncheon and presentations will be held at the Fort Wallace Museum, catered by Erin Wright. The workshop and luncheon are free, but the organizers are asking that you register in advance at www.kaws.org/events or by calling KAWS at 785.410.0040. It is not too late to come and learn more about playas on your property, as well as programs that help identify and preserve them.

Stay tuned for what is coming up at the Museum in 2018!



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