Mission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation:   To preserve and sustain rural culture.

     The We Kan! Network is a support-and-resource non-profit for grassroots efforts statewide.  Our
     interest is in supporting rural communities to be the best they can be   at being themselves.


~a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and We Kan Network~
Monday, March 7, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
$50, includes lunch
Meridian Event Center, Newton
THE BUZZ ABOUT THE BRB
In the vernacular of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and We Kan Network is the term, PowerUps.  PowerUps are those who are 21-39 and rural by choice or Kansan by choice.

Let me tell you...  (from Marci)

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There's something different about the third Big Rural Brainstorm.  Something really good.  There's just so much happening across the state that we have no shortage of things we can talk about - the things that we like, and the things that we want to see change.

For this BRB, the planning team -- which includes two awesome PowerUps, Liz Sosa and Sarah Green -- wanted to try something a little different. Liz and Sarah have been talking about civic engagement for awhile. They have talked to Kansans around the state and have heard about challenges about getting involved in communities, and, sometimes, staying involved. They've also heard about the amazing impact that just one person can have by starting something important to them.

Here's why I'm excited:
1)  It's not easy corralling the brainstorm energy of 150 people but the goal is to bring out the best in all of you, together, around the theme of civic engagement.
2)  The BRB exists because people REALLY care about Kansas and we are firm believers in action.  Each person can take some kind of meaningful steps to make their community or state better.  We want to help inspire you to get more involved in a way in which you are comfortable but that also pushes you to think outside your comfort zone.
3)  Each person that comes is responsible for bringing seeds of Good Ideas or a watering can to nurture Good Thinking.  The emphasis is on brainstorming that leads to action. 
4)  We can take some big steps in looking at some of the critical issues that usually feel constricting.  As a group we can make some serious strides in making rural Kansas cool. 
 
REGISTER

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If you're able to attend, thanks for coming to
engage and be good stewards for Kansas.
Can't wait to see you there!
WOULD YOU HELP UNDERWRITE THIS RURAL EFFORT?
It takes funds to make things happen
An anonymous Kansan has made a big pledge 
An anonymous Kansan has pledged to match sponsorships up to $5,000 in order to help keep expenses low for all who attend. This Kansan believes in fostering civic engagement among all Kansans, and wants to help make a difference. Will you help us reach this goal? We will recognize you incredible folks and your commitment to sponsoring this collective brilliance. There's a place on the registration page to designate your sponsorship. Thank you so much!

THANKS TO THESE SPONSORS WE ARE ALMOST A
QUARTER OF THE WAY TO  OUR MATCH: 
 
Heritage Real Estate Group, Lidia Hook-Gray, Liberal, $200
 
Nancy Pickard, Prairie Village, $200 
 
Rooks County Economic Development, $100
 
Southern Kansas Telephone, Clearwater, $150 
 
Stafford County Economic Development, $100 
 
Allison Thon, Sharon Springs, $100
 
Winfield Chamber/Convention and Tourism, $200

Go here to sponsor whether you're attending or not
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