Final reminder: This Friday, Sept. 1, is the deadline for Lindsborg Community Hospital to receive your organization's/business's 40 promotional items (40 only, pls) for inclusion in the popular new resident bags distributed at City Hall to new utility customers. Drop off your items in care of Betty Nelson or Cynthia Woodard.
Scheduling note: No Ad Hoc Roundtable gathering next Monday, Sept. 4, which is Labor Day. We'll resume on Monday, Sept. 11.
Lost and found: Found prescription sunglasses and a black case in the last few weeks? Visitor Laura Klocke is looking for them. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• We heard this morning about a new Bethany College community service day planned for Tuesday, Oct. 31. This event will honor the 500th anniversary of day it is believed that theologian Martin Luther nailed a copy of his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Church. Bethany College Dean of Student Development Ryan Van Dusen and new assistant dean Caitlin Rethorst were on hand to describe the day's concept and gather preliminary ideas. Because the service day also coincides with Halloween, ideas immediately emerged on how students might become involved in community Halloween events. We cited several other possible situations in which students could truly work alongside local folks of all ages. The potential community gold in these efforts are in human connections and memories made, not just in weeds pulled or trash removed. It's so true: meaningful conversations can take place while two people are doing a routine task -- say, dishwashing, raking, baking, making, driving. That's the goal: connections made while routine jobs also get done. If you have ideas, contact Ryan and Caitlin at Bethany Student Development.
• The browse-ability of commercial front windows has significantly improved over the last few years, visitors and residents alike tell us. Do you need window design help this coming fall/holiday season? Please contact Trollslanda Toy Store owner Deb Briggs. Deb will try to find artists, designers, students and others to bring you fresh ideas and installation help.
• Effort continues on establishing an umbrella-style 501(c)3 non-profit organization to create deductibility and tracking for each of our Lindsborg Live! donations. This umbrella-style non-profit is to be called Lindsborg At Work. It will allow multiple community organizations to accept donations under one non-profit umbrella. The Ad Hoc "Lindsborg Live!" account will be the first under this umbrella. David Hay of First Bank Kansas has been working on this for several months now, in collaboration with local attorney Susan Whitfield Harding, who has kindly donated professional service hours to the detailed application process. We thank you both. We shall keep you informed when Lindsborg At Work's application is accepted by the IRS. Thankfully, little should change in our current day-to-day handling of donations and our "no memberships required" approach.
• Looking ahead to November and December, here are the volunteers beginning to organize and/ or communicate with others about key Ad Hoc weekends:
Sat. Nov. 11 Lindsborg Holiday Open House
Liz Lahodny, Molly Johnson, Erica Kruckenberg
Sat. Nov. 25 Small Business Saturday
Debbie Jacobson, Tara Killingsworth, Brian Johnson
Sat. Dec. 2 Snowflake Parade/Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
Carla Wilson, Liz Lahodny, Kimi Stolzenberg, Mike Dreier
Sat. Dec. 9 Lucia Festival and Freeze Your Brass Off
Mari Loder, Kathy Richardson, Mike Dreier
Sat. Dec. 16 Cookies with Mrs. Claus
David Hay, Meg Gallucci
Sat. Dec. 23 No special events currently planned