Kansas Sampler Foundation presents We Kan! awards
The 20th annual We Kan! awards were presented at the Kansas Sampler Festival to ten people who help preserve and sustain rural culture. The awards are given by the Kansas Sampler Foundation as appreciation for dedicated work to help preserve and sustain rural culture.
The 2012 winners are:
--Myrna Barnes, Elkhart, Commitment to County History;
--Amy Bickel, Hutchinson News, Perfectly Penning about Past Kansas Towns;
--Vicki Gillett, Larned, Longtime Community Promoter;
--Connie Grafel, Oberlin, Steady Regional Influence;
--Keystone Gallery, Scott County, Fabulous Fossil Stewards;
--Connie Kimsey, Arkansas City, Rock Solid Regional Partner;
--Dick Mosier, Herington, Valuable Volunteer and Explorer;
--Fred Peterson, Marquette, Determined Community Booster;
--Julie Roller, Wamego, Awesome Supporter of Her Towns; and
--Ruben Schuckman, Hays, Devoted Promoter of Ellis County Towns.
Foundation Director Marci Penner said, "In their own way, each of these people has made an impact for the good of rural Kansas. It is our privilege to honor them."
The awards plates are made annually by Steve and Jane Fry of Elk Falls Pottery.