SCOTT CITY Wheatland Electric Inc. announced that its Sharing Success Fund, managed by the Scott Community Foundation, has awarded a $1,000 grant to K-State Research and Extension-Southwest Area Office in Garden City.

KSRE submitted its grant request to help to fund its Woman to Women leadership program. The program is designed to empower women who live in poverty to see themselves as leaders and equip them for self-improvement. Participants in the program meet weekly to work on skills, such as computer word processing, resume building, exercise, parenting, self-expression, chronic disease prevention/management skills, volunteer opportunities, financial resource management and more.

The grant will be used to provide educational materials, funding for field trips and to bring in specialized speakers and facilitators to the community.

KSRE contributes to fighting poverty in Southwest Kansas by empowering low-income individuals and families and providing them with valuable information to help them improve their quality of life. KSRE provides information and hands-on activities to help people become self-sufficient and furthermore, to become community leaders. In addition to these efforts, KSRE provides a number of other services to the community and agricultural sector. The extension office serves as a source of information for a wide variety of topics including; lawn and gardens, 4-H and youth development, crops and livestock and health/nutrition just to name a few.

The Scott Community Foundation began formally accepting applications for grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund from non-profit organizations on Dec. 1, 2012. The program will run until the funds are exhausted.

Non-profit groups interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund should contact the Scott Community Foundation at (620) 872-3790 for further details.

Mid-Kansas holds annual meeting

HAYS Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC held its sixth annual meeting May 18 in Ulysses. The board of directors received the annual report of the company, which is available on the Mid-Kansas website, and elected officers for the upcoming year.

Stuart Lowry, Mid-Kansas' president and chief executive officer, discussed the company's current projects and future plans, including regulatory challenges, transmission policy and the transition to the Southwest Power Pool Integrated Marketplace in March 2014.

Following the board meeting, an organizational meeting was conducted by the board of directors to elect leadership for the coming year.

Steve Epperson, a representative of Southern Pioneer Electric Company, was elected chairman of the board of directors. Bruce Mueller, a representative of Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc., was elected vice chairman.

"In a relatively short period of time, Mid-Kansas has made great strides in bolstering its generation and transmission assets to better serve our members," Lowry said. "These projects would not have been possible without the expertise and visionary approach of the Mid-Kansas

board, who base each decision they make on what is in the best interest of the members they serve."

Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC is a coalition of five rural electric cooperatives and one wholly owned subsidiary that serve approximately 200,000 Kansans throughout 33 counties.

Mid-Kansas' members include Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative Inc., Dighton; Prairie Land Electric Cooperative Inc., Norton; Southern Pioneer Electric Company, Ulysses; The Victory Electric Cooperative Association Inc., Dodge City; Western Cooperative Electric Association

Inc., WaKeeney; and Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc., Scott City, Kansas. For more information, visit the Mid-Kansas website at www.midkansas.net.

New Boston

earns award

MANHATTAN New Boston Creative Group was honored for its work with Great Bend Regional Hospital by the 2013 Aster Awards for medical marketing.

The Manhattan-based marketing company garnered a gold for the hospital's patient handbook. The company was also awarded for its efforts with Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan, earning a gold for its 30-second television commercial, and a silver for the complete "Live Your Way, Every Day" campaign.

Kristin Brighton, New Boston principal, teamed up with Great Bend Regional Hospital on its patient handbook.

"We so enjoyed working with Great Bend Regional Hospital and taking photos of every aspect of their business," Brighton said. "The patient guidebook hopefully provides patients and their families with a resource to easily find all the information they need to guide their stay, and the original photography really makes it enjoyable to use. It was just a stellar project, and it looks like the Aster judges agreed."

The Aster Awards program is a nationwide competition judged by an expert panel, and winners are published in Marketing Healthcare Today magazine. More information on the awards is available at www.asterawards.com.

New Boston Creative Group is a full-service marketing and communications agency that produces logos, websites, advertisements and commercials, brochures, publications, training materials and full-scale promotional campaigns.

In addition to writing, editing and graphic design services.

Local clients include Western Kansas Community Foundation, Garnand Funeral Home, the Lee Richardson Zoo, Keller Leopold Insurance, Western State Bank and the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The company also provides communications consulting, brand development, and strategic planning services to businesses, communities and nonprofit organizations.

G.C. Homestead Assisted Living earns award

Garden City Homestead Assisted Living has been recognized as a 2013 recipient of the Bronze-Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through improved quality care.

The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals. The award will be presented during AHCA/NCAL's 64th Annual Convention and Exposition set for Oct. 6-9 in Phoenix, Ariz.