Bo Co Coalition Minutes of April 3 Meeting

Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition

General Membership Meeting Minutes


April 3, 2024



  1. Welcome:  Twenty-two members representing eighteen agencies attended.  Billie Jo reminded members that the 2024 family swim pass applications to the Aquatic Center are available at Buck Run and The Beacon; applications must be returned to Buck Run by the end of April.


  1. Member Introductions and Announcements:
  • Elizabeth Schafer, Pioneer Kiwanis and CASA – CASA needs volunteers!
  • Angela Handly, Compassionate Ministries: There will be a bake sale fundraiser Friday, May 5, at the First Baptist Church.
  • Lindsey McNeil, COPE: Since the COPE grant will be ending at the end of the month, she will be moving to a position with KRI.
  • David Gillen, Beacon: 266 families and 614 people were served in March, twelve of the families were new.  They had forty hours of volunteer service for March.
  • Craig Campbell, GNAT and FSACF: GNAT is in the spring clean-up mode; April 22, 4-6 p.m. is the scheduled date for the Downtown Clean-up; contact Bailey Lyons to volunteer.  Fort Scott Community Foundation grant applications open August 1; check the website for grant information.
  • Tammy Alcantor, Crawford County Health Department: They are working toward virtual pre-natal classes for Bourbon County moms; this will eliminate the need to travel to Pittsburg for classes.
  • Travis Wilcoxen, Angel Care Home Health: The specialty this month is wound care; they can help with this according to doctor’s orders.
  • Nick Johnson, USD 234 Pre School: Kindergarten round-up will be held on April 10; Pre School round-up will be held on April 12.  Spring Fling family night is April 18; contact Nick if you wish to have a space for your agency.
  • Rachel Carpenter: The SEK Childcare Conference will be on April 20; the Dare to Dream Women’s Entrepreneurship conference will be held on June 14-15.  Flyers for these events will be sent as an attachment with the minutes.


  1. Program:  Mike Sharpmack, Executive Director, Kansas Renewal Institute (KRI) explained the concept behind the first ever institute of this type.  Phase 1 of KRI will be a residential hospital with 58 beds in the adolescent unit, twenty beds in the adult unit, and an adult detox unit.  Phase 2 will include an ER, hopefully within six months.  Doors will open on April 15 with the first ten patients.  The education proponent will be done in cooperation with USD 234.  Ribbon cutting for this new facility will be April 18; 11:00 a.m.


May program:  Amanda Classen, K-State Research Community Vitality Agent

June program:  Tara Solomon Smith, QPR Suicide Prevention



  1. Open Forum:  Nothing further came before the membership; Billie Jo did remind members that we do not meet in July.



  1. Adjournment:  The next General Membership meeting will be May 1, 2024.


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