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2012 Columbus Picnic - Podcast and Photos

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Columbus Egg Toss

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The Columbus SKIL office held their annual customer appreciation picnic May 24, 2012 at the Columbus city park. The theme for this year is “20 Years of Advocacy in Action”. SKIL Resource Center is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and all the area offices are part if the celebration.

People from all over southeast Kansas gathered for an evening of great family fun. Approx 170 guests enjoyed a traditional picnic style meal of fried chicken and all the trimmings. And a large water tank full of cold soft drinks.

Mike York of Parsons was the winner of the pie eating contest and Doug Jones with his daughter Kelsey of Columbus won at the egg toss event. This was the first year for the new activity and several folks had a great time watching the eggs burst as they hit trees, the ground or the person trying to catch them.

Doug Gatewood is a Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing the 1st district for the last fourteen years. Doug explained he would not be seeking re-election. He shared his thoughts on the recent legislative session and the actions of the Governor. “The Governors proposed health reform with KanCare. He wants to have wants what is called ‘managed care’. Evidently the Governor has not been paying attention to the last few years because we have managed care in Kansas. Coming thru and doing an overhaul like he has proposed and actually passed the house and the senate is unnecessary. And it is going to hurt a lot of people.”

Representative Gatewood urged everyone to really pay attention to the upcoming election and ask candidates what they believe in.

Mr. Gatewood reminded the group of the cost savings to the state under the current independent living philosophy. This allows people to stay in their own homes and in the community of their choice.

Shari Coatney, President / CEO shared the focus of independent living is not something many people in the Topeka legislature see as a priority. “It isn’t about the people anymore it is about the dollars that they can save.”

Shari explained how life is different for some folks and that the needs of a family are a priority we cannot ignore. “We all love the American Dream. But the reality is there is a lot of folks out here who need support that may not have that opportunity. It is important that our schools have enough teachers that the classrooms are not so big that we can send our kids to school and they can get the one on one support they need to succeed. “

Columbus Picnic Random Photos

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