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In April, Potwin PRIDE Inc. worked with the Potwin Lions Club, recreation committee, and the city of Potwin to put up a chain link fence at the baseball field. This project will allow Potwin the opportunity to host ball tournaments in the future, which can contribute to an economic benefit for their community!
In 2013, Potwin PRIDE received a Partners in PRIDE grant of $2,000 that was matched with money from PRIDE and the recreation committee and in kind volunteer hours. The total project was a little more than $9,000 with the Potwin Lions Club making up the difference. 
Sixteen volunteers from the organizations and others in the community spent over 2,800 hours during 11 work sessions to put up the fence. Melvina Jones of Potwin PRIDE writes: “We were fortunate to have Bobcat with a post hole digger loaned to use to dig the 100 post holes. We unloaded a concrete truck in about one hour filling the post holes at one work session. At the other work sessions, we put up the top rails, stretched the fence and put up the gates.  We look forward to having the slow pitch tournament at the Watermelon Festival in August with the new fence up.  The Lions Club continues to raise funds at the monthly motorcycle Sunday to purchase lights for the poles that Westar Energy donated for the light project.” 
Congratulations to Potwin PRIDE, for the completion of a project that will contribute to their long term goals, which is to host tournaments in the future!
EXCITING NEWS, We have a Position Open!
K-State Research and Extension Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Development:
Extension Associate Community Vitality: Master’s degree in a field of study that supports community vitality and experience working with local community volunteers using a research based community planning process. Competency in using online communication tools. Requires some overnight travel. This position will be located in NW Kansas. Term position.
Screening of applications begins September 15, 2014 and continues until the position is filled. Contact Trudy Rice 785 766 3996 or For a complete position announcement see:
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Building Better Communities
The Kansas PRIDE Program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc.
Kansas PRIDE is dedicated to serving communities across the state to encourage and assist local government and volunteers in making their community a better place to live and work.
Through the PRIDE program, local communities identify what they would like to preserve, create, or improve for their future. Then, working with the resources of K-State Research & Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce, community volunteers pull together to create their ideal community future.