ACCOMPLISHMENTS of 2008
Highlights of Kansas Sampler Foundation's 2008
The mission of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation is to preserve and sustain rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and networking and supporting rural communities.
The staff of Marci Penner and WenDee
LaPlant, with assistance from ultimate volunteer
Completed 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture and
v Hosted 19th annual Kansas Sampler Festival in Concordia.
v Leavenworth was chosen to host festival in 2010-2011
v Testified numerous times in Topeka on behalf of the Kansas Tourism Initiative.
v Worked with state tourism office to launch Rural Kansas Tourism Initiative.
v Received two marketing awards from the Travel Industry Association of Kansas for the 8 Wonders of Kansas and the "Bring Your Own Lawn Chair" projects.
v Maintained 1,800 memberships in Kansas Explorers Club which includes writing newsletters, sending e-blasts, and hosting activities.
First year for "Bring Your Own Lawn Chair" series (an
up-close view of issues and opportunities in small towns) in Glasco, Stark,
v Small grocery store summit at Kansas Sampler Center hosted in partnership with K-State's Center for Engagement and Community.
v Wrote newsletters, sent e-blasts, and maintained 250 We Kan! memberships, plus 200 media.
v Facilitated 16th annual Retreat for Rural Leaders, Valley Falls
v Spoke at Oklahoma's state tourism conference to help them start their own version of the Kansas Sampler Festival.
v Made speeches, did slide shows and game shows at many annual meetings and conferences; and facilitated retreats.
v Starting to work on a fundraising campaign.
v Involved on steering committee to look at Inman's future.
Marci and WenDee are conveners for Kansas Dialogue; WenDee is on the High Plains Public Radio board; Marci is advisor to Sunflower Journeys and on the Kansas Barn Alliance and Travel Industry Association of Kansas boards.
Mil Penner continues to be a source of inspiration and counsel. Board members are John and Debbie Divine, Salina; Gene Merry, Burlington; Lynda Fort, Ulysses; Shelia Lampe, Piqua; and Ellen Morgan, Salina.