Ad Hockers recently reaffirmed a commitment to working together:
"The Lindsborg Ad Hoc Roundtable is in its sixth year as an informal crossroads for SmoAAky Valley people and organizations. Together we pursue common interests across boundaries for shared benefits, both direct and indirect. We work with the 501 (c) 3 Lindsborg At Work Association to fund our community oriented efforts.
“We have no officers, employees, bylaws or dues; thus, we share work, costs and successes. We also each share in upholding the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s "yellow card” rule, meaning that negativity and stuck-in-the-past thinking are pointed out and the comments are reframed.
"We gather at 8 a.m. most Mondays in Lindsborg City Hall for one hour only. We share our news each week via email and on Facebook. Anyone may sit in on these gatherings, receive Ad Hoc News and Notes, or be involved. To learn more, ask any Ad Hocker.”
It’s always a sunny day in Lindsborg when funding for local projects comes our community’s way. Thus, we sent up a big ol’ cheer for the Lindsborg Car Show Committee, which donated $1,000 of the 2018 show proceeds to Ad Hoc's effort to expand public seating in business districts. Lindsborg Police Chief Tim Berggren presented the check on behalf of fellow (and long-serving) committee members Ken Swisher, Kathy Malm, Jim Harty, Barry McMillan and others. The car show committee also presented $1,000 to the City of Lindsborg for new seating in Swensson Park. We appreciate your enduring community spirit, folks. Thank you all.
We also cheered Bethany College Swedish Crafts for passing along good word about the college and Lindsborg to Kansas State Fair visitors last week and this week. Fairgoers clearly are attracted to the craft demonstrations, and broom maker Justin Burton and ceramist Kayla Borell are among the deft representatives for college and community alike. It’s a big commitment, so thank you!
Holly Lofton of the Lindsborg CVB and David Hay, board member of the 501 (c) 3 Lindsborg At Work Association, put heads together to apply for funding from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation to replace worn lighting strands used by volunteers to decorate downtown and on the Old Mill Bridge. This grant anticipates matching funds raised in the community, and we have just begun to ask residents to chip in on creating these beloved Lindsborg visuals. We have a bigger-than-usual fundraising job ahead. Thank you, Holly and David, for getting our ball rolling.
Speaking of Holly, the CVB office just uploaded to Google Maps about 200 photographs of Lindsborg's public places in a 360-degree format. Holly applied to Google for the loan of the 360-degree camera. Visitors find these photographs enticing as well as helpful in planning. Thanks for that.
Wearing his non-profit Lindsborg At Work Association hat, David Hay reported this morning on spending and balances for each activity fund that Ad Hoc uses for special and seasonal events such as Lindsborg In Bloom and Lindsborg Holiday Open House; Lindsborg Landmark Concert Series; social media boosts, and other projects. There were no questions or concerns in the moment, but anyone is welcome to ask follow-up questions. The checkbook recap is available from David. It’s worth reminding everyone that there is now liability coverage now on Ad Hoc events and activities. Serving with David as Lindsborg At Work Association board members: Corey Peterson, Meg Dauer, Mike Dreier and Ryan Biegert. Thanks to you all.
We discussed the continuing challenges of spreading the word about opportunities and events. Nobody had a silver bullet solution this morning but there were a couple of general observations: 1.) On Facebook, we can best help each other by sharing posts with short personal endorsements/encouragements. Please do more of this. 2.) There is a literal fire hydrant stream of information and conversation coming toward and flowing around every one of us every day in various ways — and the flow builds. This is the environment in which we must operate, even in a small community.
Here’s a note in advance of Small Business Saturday in Lindsborg on Nov. 24: This year, instead a drawing for one or two giant stockings filled with toys and treats, we decided that each participating location will offer an in-store raffle for an item/basket that will be listed on a free map for the day’s activities. Please continue to plan as usual on receiving giveaway promo items including cloth bags, as well as for complimentary horse-drawn wagon rides and treats coming and going from the Bank of Tescott. Questions and thanks to volunteer organizers Debbie Jacobson, Tara Killingsworth and Brian Johnson. Thank you all.
So much planned this week, everyone. A few reminders that were offered this morning:
tonight, Monday, September 10
• 6:30 p.m. at City Council chambers, Lindsborg receives its report from the KSU 1st Impressions program of secret visitor observations about our community.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
• 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lindsborg Community Hospital Auxiliary “meat and greet” sloppy joe lunch at Trinity Methodist Church, by donation, eat in or carry out
Friday, September 14
• 5-8 p.m. Makers Street Lindsborg Art Walk in support of the Lindsborg Dog Park project; “Pet-tember” theme with pet related activities, pet portraits for a small fee, pet-related art, and treats. Leashed and well-behaved pets welcome on the street and in selected businesses. Free maps.
• 5-7 p.m. Weiner Dog Races (including friends of weiners) at the tennis courts at Swensson Park.
• start of Moms Weekend for Bethany College football families; about 75 women are registered and the fun starts at Connected Fair Trade in coordination with Makers Street activities. (Show your your blue and gold, please.)
• deadline for anyone taking part in Dala Town’s inaugural on-line magazine covering the coming fall and winter season.
Saturday, September 15
• 8 a.m. Bethany College Alpha Theta Chi sorority's one-mile walk for domestic violence awareness, starting line behind Gregory Hall, by donation to Jana’s Campaign, register and check in between 7 and 7:45 a.m.
• 7 p.m. Bethany College vs. Ottawa University, football home game at Anderson Stadium
Cheers for a creative couple, Tyler and Molly Johnson, and The Good Merchant's fab new restroom....