Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Seward County Bridges

I attended the Seward County Bridges annual meeting today and came away very favorably impressed. Their 1-page annual report lists some 20 active projects, the number of people involved and the sources of the $87,000. in grants that were obtained during the year. There were personal reports of CASA, Social media safety, 4-H After school, Alcohol abuse prevention, End of Life Coalition, Family Nights, Prescription Drug Take back, Suicide Prevention, Teammates and Safe Homes. Gail Brand has been involved in the program since it's beginning back in 1998 and served as the original Manager. She reported on the Family Nights which touched 600 people. After working with one young mother on parenting, Gail said the lady came back later and said to Gail, "You changed my life and that of my family". That probably could have been said by many of the people involved in each of the programs. Dennis Kahl, the Extension Educator was presented the "Troll" award by incoming President Jonathan Jank. Lisa Bennett as Bridges Manager does a great job of facilitating and "causing" good things to happen. We are a better community because of the "Bridges" that are continuing to be "built"--Dennis Behrens should be pleased. 

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