By Jan Rahn
Patrons of Perkins County came together at a banquet last week to eat, visit and learn about the philanthropic organizations within the county.
Keeping a favorite organization in mind when it comes to estate planning/giving was the focus of the event at the fairgrounds on Sept. 12 which was hosted by Perkins County Community Foundation Fund (PCCFF) and Perkins County Health Services Foundation (PCHSF).
Booths were set up by various organizations to explain their focus and how they serve the county.
Organizing the event were community foundation representatives Michelle Ross and Ashley Colglazier along with Jody Snogren of the health services foundation.
A meal was served by the Youth Development Club and cakes were furnished by Lori Day.
During the meal, Karl Shaddock from the Nebraska Community Foundation in McCook spoke about the importance of gifting which goes back into a community to sustain it for future generations. The title of his talk was, “Producing Results That Matter.”
Shaddock spoke on the exciting concept of forging connections that make small towns special through volunteerism and planned estate giving.
His talk focused on the “Four I’s” which stand for inform, interest, involve and invest.
Philanthropic organizations can reach out to people in the community to inform them, interest them and inspire them to make their communities better, involve them in an organization’s vision of a future destination, and ask them to invest in organizations they know and want to support.
“Find out what inspires people—invest in them and they will invest in you,” said Shaddock to members from the county’s organizations who were present.
The “Four I’s” create the framework, said Shaddock. “We’re here to grow and make an impact on the community.” This generation is investing in the future generations with opportunities and resources, he said. “We’re the vehicle to connect with future generations.”
He said it’s important to utilize every asset of a community, along with growing funds. Calling this concept “social capital,” he said it is something everyone should be contributing to with simple ways of involvement, such as reading the newspaper, inviting help from volunteers, joining clubs, purchasing locally, and attending community events.
“Getting people involved in your organization encourages them to invest,” said Shaddock.
Toward the end of the evening, representatives of each entity present was given an opportunity to recap what their organization contributes to the county and outline what the focus is for each group.
Those explaining and promoting their organization included, DeeAnn Tatum from the Perkins County Area Arts Council, Linda Morris from Hastings Memorial Library, Ron Patrick from the Grant Lions Club, Trish Stever of the Perkins County Senior Center, Jody Snogren of Perkins County Health Services Foundation, Ashley Colglazier from the 4-H Foundation, Shannon Jensen DVM of Perkins County Animal Shelter, Jane Potts of the Elsie-Madrid-Wheatland School Foundation, Michelle Ross of the Perkins County Community Foundation Fund, and Rod Cornelius from the Perkins County School Foundation. Not present was Brenda Styskal who plays a major role in the preservation of the county’s history through her involvement with the Perkins County Historical Society.
In thanking the 100 guests who attended the first annual joint banquet, PCCFF Chair Michelle Ross said, “We might be different for some things—but for Perkins County, we’re all one.”