Sandhills Area Foundation guardian of gifts, memorials and other contributions, established in Valentine, Nebraska Heart of the Sandhills
 

Sandhills Area Foundation Current News

2007

Sandhills Area Foundation, Year in Review

Keech retires as president

New ‘Levels of Giving’ designated


Brian Lee Keech Endowed Scholarship Fund

Butler's donate for scholarship fund

Paul H. Bass Memorial Scholarship Fund

Recipient grateful for scholarship opportunity

Bryant grateful for opportunity

2007 Scholarship Recipients



2007 Scholarship Recipients

Donations designated for community organizations


Robinson instrumental in Sandhills Area Foundation start and continuance

Keech addresses Rotary Club

Neumann to speak at annual meeting

Awards presented at Annual Meeting

Sandhills Area Foundation website to launch in February!

2007


Sandhills Area Foundation, Year in Review

     Sandhills Area Foundation held it’s annual meeting January 29, 2007. Over 65 members and guests attended the annual event. Featured speaker was Tim Neumann, former wrestling coach for University of Nebraska. Tim was a coach at UNL when Rulon Gardner was a student. He shared stories about Rulon, his career, and his eventual win over a Russian wrestler. Tim is currently an Advanced Planning Specialist for Bank of West in Omaha.
     The first order of business was to elect officers and fill vacancies of Bob Stetter and Frank Sibert. Monty Neiffer and Marian Davenport were approved by the board along with Phyllis Rothluetner and Ralph Eatinger. These names were put before the membership and voted on unanimously. The board has 12 members. Remaining eight are Gerald Keech, President; Susan Beel, Vice President; Dave Major, Grants: Dave Sandoz, PR; Bob Gustafson, Steve Moreland and Cheryl Ravenscroft, scholarship chairperson and Mary Young, Treasurer.
     Thirty high school seniors from Cody, Kilgore, Thedford and Valentine applied for scholarships. Twenty students were awarded with $1,000.00 checks. Thirty-two college and Non Traditional students applied and twenty of this group received $500.00. The checks were presented July 30, 2007, at our summer annual scholarship recipient dinner. It was requested the recipient be present to pick up their check. The meeting was held at the Curtis Hoover Event Center. The room was beautifully decorated, the setting and the atmosphere filled our hearts with thoughts of gratefulness as we looked around the room seeing folks who give what they can, to help young people further their education. Senator Deb Fischer, speaker of the evening, expressed to the students and their families the importance of a good education. She received a standing ovation for her speech.
     Regular members pay $100 or more on an annual basis until they reach $2,000. We have eight members who are special benefactors and we have added a new set of goals: Lifetime $2,000, Bronze $5,000, Silver $10,000, Gold $25,000, Diamond $50,000 and Platinum $100,000.
     Grants given in 2007 were: $750 City Library; $1,000, City Ball Field for Red Rock; $3,000 to Minnechaduza Foundation for speaker regarding alcohol and drug issues in the area; $5,000 to Kilgore Fire Dept. for a new building to house trucks.
     Assets increased from $858,738.76 to $950,000. Sandhills Area Foundation gave $30,000 in scholarships, $9,750 in grants, and increased our net worth by $90,000. Our goal is $1,000,000.
     Please mark your calendars for Monday, January 28, 2008 for the annual meeting being held at Jordan’s Fine Dining. There will be a tribute to the late Cal Robinson. Cal was a financial advisor from North Platte, who put the thought and drive into our community, enabling our foundation to get started. You won’t want to miss this special event. We will look forward to seeing you there.

Keech retires as president

     It has been a pleasure working with Sandhills Area Foundation Board Members the past two years. I feel we have worked hard at getting the word out as to what the foundation stands for. Helping students with scholarships, giving grants to those who need help in getting their projects completed.
     Many small towns in Nebraska have far exceeded their expectations. We would like to see our community compete with the rest of the state. We need to keep up. Please consider giving a tax free gift to the Foundation. Talk to anyone of the Board Members who can explain the importance of reaching out to people in our community with our 501(c)3 foundation.
     Your gift will make a difference and it is TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Donations designated for community organizations
by Katie Young

     Cork Young was something to everyone. Businessman. Husband. Friend. Outdoorsman. Father. Volunteer. Cork was the first to befriend a stranger, and the last to say good-bye at a get-together. He was a small-town philanthropist with a heart bigger than the Sandhills of Nebraska. His charismatic personality possessed a quality of general happiness that people were attracted to. He was humble, kind, and had a laugh that could never be duplicated. Cork was the type of man who had mastered the rare skill of living in the moment. He enjoyed life, and felt a sense of contentment with what God gave him.
He was also my Grandpa.
     To me, my Grandpa was a King among men. I remember my Grandpa best with a crossword puzzle in one hand and a pencil in the other. He was the man who taught me the lessons of life: how to play golf and what to look for in a good book. The special times I remember best include playing football in the front yard during the holidays and reading the newspaper together on Sundays. I remember that he used to cook stuff for me when I would stay the night. Those are the types of memories that I will always keep in my heart, the little things that made Grandpa a special presence in my life.
     Cork’s influence was felt by the surrounding community, who gave generous donations after his death to the Sandhills Area Foundation, Valentine Library, Cherry County Hospital Foundation, Valentine Senior Center and several other organizations in his name.

Brian Lee Keech Endowed Scholarship Fund

     The family of Brian Lee Keech has started an Endowed Scholarship Fund in his memory. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student interested in pursuing education and ongoing training in the field of music. Applicants will be considered for this special scholarship if they plan to study in vocal, instrumental, music education, and/or music technology.
     Gerald, Norma Jean and family remember Brian as a very caring young man, who mentored youth and was greatly involved in Habitat for Humanity. He dearly loved sports, especially golf, but at the end of the day, he would pick up his guitar. When his children were tucked into bed, he would play and sing until they were asleep. Brian played and sang for many friend's weddings. His love of music was inherited from his great-grandparents. Brian's siblings continue their gift of music as sister, Pam teaches piano and plays for church, and brother, Kevin plays guitar and sings for church each Sunday.
     Music has always been an important part of the Keech Family and they wish to award this scholarship to a senior with the same love of music. The endowment is for $25,000, awarding $1000 annually.
     Gerald and Norma Jean Keech feel that giving back to the community through the Sandhills Area Foundation will honor Brian and lend assistance to area students, along with continuing to grow the foundation's assets.
WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY Paul H. Bass Memorial Scholarship Fund

     This scholarship fund was established by Bob and Jan Bass in memory of their beloved son, Paul H. Bass. Paul was raised on the family ranch northwest of Cody, NE. He graduated from Cody-Kilgore High School, and attended Chadron State College where he received a Bachelor's Degree in business. Paul loved the great outdoors, hunting and fishing.
     The endowed fund, when completed, will be in the amount of $50,000.00. There will be a contribution made each year until $50,000.00 is completed. It is our wish that proceeds will be awarded on the basis of need and merit to students who live in the Cody-Kilgore area, and plan to further their education.
Bob and Jan are pleased to be able to help students to achieve their goals Butler's donate for scholarship fund

     Dr. James and Karen Butler have gifted a generous donation to the Sandhills Area Foundation general Scholarship Fund.
     The Butlers are long-time Cherry County residents. Dr. Jim established a 45 year Veterinary practice, continued by son and spouse, Dr's. Joe and Janet Wood-Butler. Their children are Ryan, Brianna, and Sarah.
Dr. Jim and Karen's thoughts on the gifting include that giving to the Scholarship Fund now will allow more students to be recipients, and "we can personally see the results/rewards." Karen Butler said, "it is our turn to step up and give back, as others have provided for our children's education."
     Their two daughters include the late Elisabeth Butler-Valdez, a BSN graduate. Elisabeth practiced her nursing in a Veteran's Administration Hospital in Denver, CO. Susan Butler-Bruno followed in her parent's and brother's footsteps, graduating from Kansas State University. Susan is an Interior Designer and resides in Northern Minnesota with husband, Pat and son, James.
     Dr. James and Karen Butler have been and continue to be greatly involved in many community interests, as well as the state Veterinary Association.
     In a closing remark, Karen Butler stated, "We wish to give now, so the foundation continues to grow, and because it is the right thing to do." Recipient grateful for scholarship opportunity

I have been extremely grateful to the Sandhills Area Foundation for the scholarship monies I have received.
      I have been taking business classes through Mid-Plains Community College, on-line, and am working towards an Associate of Business Degree. I have accumulated a great number of college credits since graduating High School, but most of them have been in the Fine Arts. I felt it was time to focus in one direction, and as I really enjoy keeping business records, working with financials and designing spreadsheets, I thought business was the logical way to proceed. I have used a great deal of the information learned in my classes in my job as bookkeeper at Cherry Hills Estates.
     Since I work full-time and also have part-time jobs I have only been taking one class a semester. It is so handy to take the classes on-line and I would recommend it to anyone with a little self-discipline. My goal is to get my degree before I retire.
Connie Rhoades Recipient grateful for scholarship opportunity

I have been extremely grateful to the Sandhills Area Foundation for the scholarship monies I have received.
      I have been taking business classes through Mid-Plains Community College, on-line, and am working towards an Associate of Business Degree. I have accumulated a great number of college credits since graduating High School, but most of them have been in the Fine Arts. I felt it was time to focus in one direction, and as I really enjoy keeping business records, working with financials and designing spreadsheets, I thought business was the logical way to proceed. I have used a great deal of the information learned in my classes in my job as bookkeeper at Cherry Hills Estates.
     Since I work full-time and also have part-time jobs I have only been taking one class a semester. It is so handy to take the classes on-line and I would recommend it to anyone with a little self-discipline. My goal is to get my degree before I retire.
Connie Rhoades Bryant grateful for opportunity

     My name is Stephanie Bryant and I am currently a sophomore Agricultural Leadership major and Spanish minor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
     I have been fortunate enough to receive the Sandhills Area Foundation Scholarship twice. Last year the Sandhills Area Foundation helped me pay for my college tuition with their scholarship. This year my Foundation scholarship is being applied towards a Study Abroad trip to New Zealand. While in New Zealand, I am supposed to tour various different farms and explore how culture affects agriculture in New Zealand. Along the way there are some recreational activities thrown in such as a Glacier Walk, Whale Watching, and a Maori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) experience that includes traditional food, ceremonies, and music. This study abroad will count towards my degree and the hands on learning experience of the different cultures of New Zealand will be more memorable than simply reading about them in a textbook.
     I would like to thank the Sandhills Area Foundation for their continued support of my education. It is greatly appreciated. Keech addresses Rotary Club

     Gerald Keech, President of Sandhills Area Foundation, presented the program at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club. His program was directed to the importance of giving back to the community in charitable gifts. 
It is important that the sandhills area get involved. In Cherry County each year, $15,000,000 will go from one generation to the next and we hope we can have some of this money stay in our area. 
     The Foundation was organized 10 years ago and at this time we have nearly $1,000,000 to draw interest on, giving us $50,000 available for scholarship and grants. 
     What a wonderful feeling to be part of the Sandhills Area Foundation and all of its great accomplishments. About all the towns in Nebraska have a foundation or are working toward getting one started. One county foundation has been going for 42 years with assets of 4.5 million. This last year they had 152 donors who gave $387,000. They return to the community $311,000 in grants and scholarships. 
     Let’s make our goal $1,000,000 every 10 years. In 40 years, we will be giving out $200,000 in grants and scholarships We can make this happen if everyone in the community is knowledgeable about Tax Free Gifts. 
     If anyone is interested in learning more about how you can be a part of this worthy cause, please contact any member of the foundation. IF THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY to make our assets grow.

Tim Neumann to speak at 2007 Annual Meeting to be held January 29, 2007


Tim Neumann to speak at 2007 Annual Meeting to be held January 29, 2007    
The annual meeting of the Sandhills Area Foundation will be held at the Peppermill Restaurant on Monday, January 29. The social will begin at 6:00 p.m. CST and a three meat buffet will be served at 7:00 p.m. A short business meeting will follow.
     Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Young’s We
stern Wear or First National Bank. Tickets can also be purchased from any of the officers or members of the Board of Directors.



     Tim Neumann will be the event speaker this year. Tim Neumann is currently the Advanced Planning Specialist in the Great Plains Division for Bank of the West. He specializes in developing and implementing strategies that can be financially beneficial for both individuals and businesses. His main focus is on wealth transfer, business continuity, estate planning and tax efficient planning for business owners.
     Prior to taking the Advanced Planning position with Bank of the West in Omaha, he resided and was part of the Community First Bank as their Financial Consultant. Neumann's professional career began in 1981 as a High school teacher and coach in Plainville, KS. In 1984 he rejoined his alma mater, the University of Nebraska, as an assistant Wrestling Coach. In 1985, he took over the reins as the head coach at UNL and spent the next 15 years leading the Husker wrestling program. During his tenure, the Nebraska teams won three Big 8 Championships, placed in the top 8 in each of the first 11 National Dual meet Championships and placed in the top 5 at the NCAA Championships 8 times.
     Bank of the West Insurance manager, Jason Kelber, was one of six National Champions the Huskers produced during Neumann's time at Nebraska. Jason won the 126 pound NCAA Championship in 1991 just a week after he was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the Big 8 Tournament. The Husker wrestling teams  gone on to represent the United States as members of the USA Olympic team. Included in that group are 2000 HWT Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner and Nebraska's own Brad Vering.
     Tim currently lives in Omaha with his wife, Kay, and son, Chase. Chase's sister, Chelsea, graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in December and will be starting Med school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in August, and brother Clint is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Awards presented at Annual Meeting


Dave Sandoz presented an award to Frank and Shirley Sibert and Gerald Keech presented an award to Robert and Delia Stetter. The recipients were thanked them for their service to the foundation at the Sandhills Area Foundation Annual Meeting.

     
Pictured left photo: Frank and Shirley Sibert and Dave Sandoz.
Pictured right photo:
Delia and Robert Stetter and Gerald Keech.
Sandhills Area Foundation website to launch in February!


    
We are excited to announce the new Sandhills Area Foundation web site www.sandhillsareafoundation.com will be launched in February of 2007. 
     The Sandhills Area Foundation (SAF) first discussed the idea of developing a website for the organization early in 2006. In June the SAF board of directors invited Michele (Eatinger) Johnson from Art Cottage, Inc. to provide information on the advantages of creating a website for the Foundation.
     The board then met again in June with the Art Cottage, Inc. to develop an outline for the content and overall direction for the website. It was decided that the site would offer resources to the local area as well as distant potential members and contributors. In the fall of 2006, Ralph Eatinger and Dave Major committed to funding the project for 2007.
     The SAF web site will offer a list of members and membership information, current monthly meeting agenda and past minutes, and information on the executive board and committees. SAF scholarship guidelines, scholarship application information, and past scholarship winners will be showcased. Current and past SAF projects will be highlighted and the site will offer a link page to area resources.
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