We were invited to a wine and cheese reception with Chuck Hassebrook at the Junto Winery this evening. It was hosted by Kevin & Terri Siebert (owners), Pete Wagman, John Grasmick & Donna Wright. We enjoyed good wine, food & fellowship along with Chuck's message. We have known Chuck & Kate for over 30 years through our association with the Center for Rural Affairs which Chuck has headed for the past 15 or so. I served as a Board Member of the CFRA for many of those years. The Center advocated for family farms, local communities, and sustainable agriculture. Chuck served for several terms as a University of Nebraska Regent where he was instrumental in establishing programs to promote opportunities for rural students. He is very familiar with programs to help nurture local communities since the Center's Rural Economic Assistance Program has had a successful history. There will be a very clear choice of Governor for voters in Nebraska this November. Chuck was raised on a Nebraska farm and has worked his whole career with rural people and local communities over the state. Pete Ricketts brings a considerably different background of experience to the table. The Sieberts have a beautiful place out in the Middle Creek Church neighborhood. It was an ideal setting for the event. Here is a few of the people who attended.