Keep America Beautiful – Topeka/Shawnee County
Ramada Inn – Madison Street Diner, 420 SE 6th, Topeka, KS
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
President, Tim Harrington, called the regular monthly meeting of KAB to order at 12:00 p.m.
Tim Harrington, Kim Qualls, Paula Hladky, Willard Epling, Judy Gatewood, Joan Graves, Maggie Kelley, Mary Snyder, Bill Riphahn, Steve Grenus, Randy Standingwater, and Philicia McKee.
Minutes: A motion was made to approve the minutes by Joan Graves, and seconded by Maggie Kelley. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Financials were reviewed by Treasurer, Paula Hladky.
President’s Report: Tim Harrington, reported.
As you have heard, we lost one of our greatest supporters and cheerleaders, Marge Heeney on June 25th. Barney passed on May 8th and I am sure they are “Off on another adventure.”
It has been a difficult couple of months at KAB. The city decided that they will not fund KAB in the future.
We continue with our busy schedule. On June 3, the Citizens Academy recycled for our Pepsi grant at the Capital City Food Truck Festival.
On June 3rd we worked with youth from First Christian Church at Ted Ensley Gardens. On June 10th we worked at Snyder’s Cabin in Gage Park with Topeka Beautification. June 6-9, we worked with the youth at Topeka Bible Church for their Summer Sizzle event. We worked at BRB, Ted Ensley Gardens and Gage Park.
Our Earth Day Celebration was rescheduled for June 17. We had 200 participants at Rolling Meadows, 115 at Garick and 131 at Performance Tire. Thanks to Rolling Meadows, Garick, Performance Tire, Shawnee County Health Department, KDHE, the Neighborhood Action Team and Quinton Unruh for making this great recycling event happen for our citizens.
Lynn Hultquist had the Topeka Tree Team out doing beautification near the river on June 17.
We started out July with recycling at Spirit of Kansas as part of our grant from Pepsi-Cola. July 11-15 we recycled at the Mexican Fiesta.
A requirement of national Keep America Beautiful is to complete a Community Appearance Index rating. This requires that we drive over many, many miles of streets and roads in our county. It is a great progress measurement tool, and also tells us where we need to focus our future efforts. We completed our index on July 9. Our most improved area was Hi-Crest over the previous year. Congrats to them! Our affiliate rating remains solid at 1.03. This means that we have a few troubled spots, but look pretty great overall.
Budget presentation was made to the Shawnee County Commissioners on July 17. The county has always been very supportive, and we hope they continue their support for 2018.
The executive board met on August 4, and voted to fill the vacancy on the board of directors with Steve Grenus of Washburn University. Welcome to the board Steve, and thank you for being willing to work on behalf of KAB.
Events and volunteer opportunities: Philicia reported.
August 14-18 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
August 17 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Monarchs, Milkweed/Waystations-Elsie Gibeson
August 24 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Fall Lawn Care-Steve Paige
August 31 Daylily Cleanup/Ted Ensley Gardens– meet at 37th &West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)
September 2 Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 131 NE 46th 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
September 6 Drought Tolerant Succulent workshop-1740 SW Western-1:30 – 3:00 p.m.–$10 fee
September 7 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.—Composting-Cliff Graves
September 9 TBA/KAB work in Crestview or Snyder Cabin Gardens 9 a.m. – noon (volunteers needed)
September 9 Pepsi Recycling at Perry Fall Festival
September 12 KAB Monthly Meeting, 12:00 1:00 p.m. Ramada Inn Madison Street Diner, 420 E. 6th
Topic will be: Ken Carlat, Tulips
September 14 Master Gardener Presentation at TSCPL 7:00 p.m.–Bulb Planting for Spring-Elsie Gibeson
September 18-22 TARC Industries, 1800 SW 42nd-free residential confidential paper shred 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
September 23 Gage Park Trails grant project 9 -11 a.m. (volunteers needed)
September 28 Perennial cut back Ted Ensley Gardens– meet at 37th &West Edge Road-9am-12pm (volunteers needed)
September 30 & October 1 Apple Festival 10 am – 4 pm (volunteers needed)
September 30 & October 1 Recycling with Pepsi at Apple Festival– (volunteers needed)
There was in depth discussion for the 2018 calendar year and adjusting to our budget without city funding.
The following reports were distributed:
Business Committee Report
Many corporate partners of KAB offer small donation grants to non-profits to supplement their employee volunteer contribution. OneGas is one of those organizations. After an employee volunteers for a pre-determined number of hours, they will make a monetary contribution. Thanks to Jerry Bragg for his service and donation from OneGas. Please check with your employer to see if your efforts could be supported with a monetary donation as well.
We received a donation of 24 professional grade Orang U Tongs from Arc Mate in June.
Thanks to Target for their $1,000 donation to KAB for next year’s Get Down and Get Dirty t-shirts.
Advantage Metals had 191 participants in our bonus program partnership. They recycled 16,211 pounds of aluminum.
TARC had the following participants for the year: June 2016, 201 participants, July 184, August 182, September 178, October 152, November 168, December 149, January 165, February 157, March 198, April 158 and May 172.
The outdated medication recycling on July 15th, by GraceMed Health Clinic was a huge success with 188 residents dropping off medications and picking up our Safe Sharps Disposal boxes.
We received a grant from Dillons for $54.57 in July.
Government Committee Report
The e-cycle event that was sponsored by Shawnee County and the City of Topeka, which was held April 29, had 675 participants and recycled 61,459 pounds of electronics. It was a miserable day as far as weather. Thanks to Don Wiltz and Steve Grenus for coming out to help that day.
We received our grant from Shawnee County and the City of Topeka for the second quarter.
Community Organizations Committee Report
Crossroads Wesleyan Church
Members of the church took over the Garden of Hope and worked many hours this year making that a huge success.
Friends of Ted Ensley Gardens
The Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon. Anyone that would like to serve on that board, please contact Philicia.
Friends of Ward Meade and Old Prairie Town
The Friends of Ward Meade meets the third Thursday of each month if you are interested in serving, contact Philicia.
Highway Action Team and Neighborhood Action Team
Crews were out in June collecting 38,220 pounds of litter and in July collecting 28,320 pounds. We so much appreciate the contribution of these valuable citizens to our community.
KAB Storm Troopers
A new program with volunteers cleaning out the storm drains in their neighborhoods. Storm Troopers are: Cale Herreman, Donna Collie, Doris Schmidt, Elaine Schwartz, Frank Forgy, Frank Weinhold, Frito Lay Green Team, Gale Elliott, Jamie Slack, Jan Gast, John Carlson, Lacey McKee, Larissa Amundson, Linnea Hoyos, Lynda Davis, Maggie Kelley, Marsha Sheahan, Mary Lou McPhail, Mary Sue Carreno, Nancy and Roger Houck, Nila Miller, Randy Clear, Renee Hall, Roetta Kremer, Sonya Cottrell, Steve Southerland, Susan Miller, Richard Johnson, Stephen Forgy, Timothy Long, and Wayne Stander. Welcome to our newest Storm Troopers: Susan Phagan, Gary McDonald, Paul Porter, Sonja Winslow, Deb Webb, and Fran Seymour-Hunter.
KAB Trash Troopers
Volunteers pick up litter as they walk. Trash Troopers in action are: Arlene Crawford, Clista Seals, Frank Forgy, Jan Northcraft, Jeanie and Gary Anderson, Jeff Hansen, Jenny Justice, Jerri Blassingame, Joan and Robert Graves, John Holt, Ken and Marie Carlat, Kenny Bennett, Leonard Gonzales and friends, Linda Wallace, Maggie Kelley, Maggie Pinick and son, Mary Kirk, Mary Lou McPhail, Mike Smith, Nancy and Roger Houck, Nicole Vanhollebeke, Nila Miller, Paula Hladky and Willard Epling, Raymond Fertig, Renee Hall, Rolling Meadows, Sarah Leach, Sharon and Mr. Avery, Sherry Clayton, Stephen Forgy, The Villages, and Vicky Walters. Welcome our newest Trash Troopers: Alice Brooks and her neighbor! Remember if you know of someone who picks up litter on their own, please have them report in as Trash Troopers! This is critical for our funding and also for trash bag donations.
The members contributed 948 hours on the average last year.
Jean and Delores Gunther continue to recycle and reuse with the First Methodist Church. Sherry Clayton is recycling for her area.
ShareFest, one of our civic partners, had a record 1,600 volunteers this year. This was just two weeks after our record setting Get Down and Get Dirty. Aren’t the people in this community incredible?
C.B. Richard Ellis Company has the area at 21st and Wanamaker and 29th and Topeka cleaned up every day, Monday through Friday. Wal-Mart Superstore, Kansas All Industry Placement Facility, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Jimmy Johns, Westridge Mall, Chili’s, Scotch Fabric Care, Quality Inn and Quick Lane Tire have all indicated that they are part of this program sending their employees out to pick up litter.
Topeka Audubon Society
Members of Topeka Audubon worked 64.5 hours in April, 106 in May and 152 in June.
Topeka Beautification Association
David Hedstrom and Bill Stumpff volunteer to improve and beautify our community. Topeka Beautification meets the third Saturday of every month.
KAB partnered with Topeka Beautification on June 24 to create beauty at Legends, where our father of Tulip Time, Jerold Binkley, is residing.
On July 8, we partnered with TBA to work at Snyder Cabin Gardens in Gage Park.
Topeka Community Cycle Project
Topeka Community Cycle Project collects and repair bicycles for re-use and they donate these to children. Last year they had 1,000 volunteer hours.
Vivien worked 45 hours in May and 41 hours in June. .
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Bob Saathoff and other church volunteers work every month making certain the church landscaping is pristine.
Eisenhower Middle School holds beautification and cleanup activities every day at their school throughout the school year in their “Tend Your Nest” program.
St. Matthews has a rosary garden and many active volunteers caring for that.
Avondale West has six students cleanup their school grounds twice a month all school year long.
Christ the King has their student council clean up the school grounds an hour per month.
Holy Family holds two cleanups per year working in their Oakland neighborhood.
Topeka Lutheran holds an all school cleanup in late July and mid-September.
McEachron student council cleans and beautifies their school grounds each month.
Hope Street Academy recycles, holds a horticulture class and has students working in a community garden.
On July 29, Philicia and Joan Graves made presentations to the NIA Roundtable.
Communications Committee Report
City Channel 4 runs general slides every day about volunteering with KAB.
KSNT had coverage on June 17 about our Earth Day Celebration.
WIBW had coverage online about the budget from June 13 until the end of the month. Philicia made a comment on the 10:00 news about our disappointment with the city removing our funding.
Topeka Capital Journal had coverage about the budget on June 14 and 21st.
Topeka Capital Journal ran a nice article on Marge on June 27th
Topeka Capital Journal ran an article on our upcoming events on July 5 and July 26.