We’ve all heard that saying “better living through chemistry,” yes? In its own way, Lindsborg is re-generating its own brand of new chemistry (although nobody is slinging test tubes or other materials just yet).
But we *are* attempting to fine-tune our community chemistry — the interaction of elements in our particular place — so that we can accomplish together more for our residents than we can working solo. That, it is hoped, will lead to better living for all.
Such is the work of the Ad Hoc Roundtable. More important, it’s also the work of the relatively new Lindsborg Strategic Alliance. The alliance is a mixing place for information and collaboration among organizations with resources in public, non-profit and private spheres. Right now, the alliance meets about twice a month as a whole and more often in subgroups. It is focused on three specific areas that Lindsborg residents identified as needing work:
• early childhood education and after-school programs
• recreation/community center
Multi-layered community challenges deserve more than silver-bullet thinking and working inside silos. That’s why the Strategic Alliance is digging deeper now and sharing info. What, exactly, do current and future residents envision when thinking of improved recreation and/or a shared recreation center with Bethany College? What kind of housing, exactly, would Lindsborg need for the next 25-50 years? What, exactly, will be early childhood and child care needs if Lindsborg is able to add to its housing stock and college faculty?
When we brew on shared interests and possibilities, community chemistry undoubtedly changes for the better. No magic elixir is guaranteed, however, and it’s not easy stuff. But it’s a start — a good one. In the final analysis, boards, councils, members, and ownerships still have the decision-making power of the purse.
If you have thoughts or questions about these three areas or others, please contact anyone on the Strategic Alliance. An FAQ is attached below.
• It’s time to sweep, tidy and otherwise improve around properties of all types. Front and back, folks. Grit and stains begone. Consider that fresh coat of paint. As baccalaureate ceremonies, graduations and Mother’s Day gatherings approach starting this week, freshness wears well and touches matter. Please? Thanks.
• Thanks to Farley’s Bar and Grill, the Kiwanis Club of Lindsborg, and Liz Lahodny’s organization and promotion of the City-Wide Garage Sale, Lindsborg has garnered $1,000 in the kitty toward Community Fireworks on July 4 this year. What a great start! Contribution containers will be out soon at a counter near you. If you’d like to write a sponsorship check that gets your name announced and published, put it in the hands of David Hay at First Bank Kansas, please.
• Circles of McPherson County will be graduating from its education program several participants from a range of ages — high school, college and working adults. Thanks to all the meal sponsors, child care providers and coaches working with Circles of Lindsborg who are helping neighbors orient away from poverty and toward more stable working and social lives. If you or your organization would like to sponsor and serve a Monday night meal for 50 adults and children, please contact Circles director Christopher Carlson at 620-241-9011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bethany College is very much part of the Ad Hoc Monday crew, sharing laughs and ideas and listening. That is why BC’s student development team has been working on an alternative to convening Lindsborg institutions on the campus to meet incoming freshmen and transfers. Student Development has devised a scavenger hunt in which students will be encouraged to check off visits to participating locations between 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Phone photos probably will be the proof of visit. To be a participating location, please go here to find registration and all details: