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Rotary donates to KCP, commends their efforts to unite & promote Kutztown

By Lisa Mitchell, The Kutztown Area Patriot

Monday, December 9, 2013

Kutztown Rotary Club donated $1,000 to the Kutztown Community Partnership to help the community organization continue to its efforts to coordinate the community to work together and promote Kutztown.
“We are thrilled and honored that the Rotary Club would think of us and feel it must be a sign of support and approval for the work the KCP is doing in our small town,” said Nancy S. Brooks, KCP Office Manager.
KCP will start by using the donation for some much needed office supplies and “intend to spend that locally keeping in the theme of shopping at the local small business.”
“Using this money for Partnership office supplies can indicate many things but they all eventually help the community in the many forms of communication that we use. This is everything from making copies and fliers to paying for advertising and upgrading our technology uses. All this represents communication between us and our valued customers…our community,” said Brooks.
Rotarian Jim Springer, owner of Dunkelberger’s Fine Jewelry in Kutztown, presented the check to KCP after the annual Christmas Tree LightingNov. 30, during Main Street Christmas and Small Business Saturday. The donation was funded by the Rotary’s Taste of Kutztown, which Springer said KCP had a hand in the event’s success.
“KCP has done such a great job throughout the years,” said Springer. “Their intentions are hugely, phenomenally energetic... It’s good for the community, it’s good for the businesses, it’s good for the civic organizations. KCP is such a positive entity.”
“The Kutztown Community Partnership is always trying to find ways to stay on top of the needs of those in our community as seen in our vision and mission,” said Brooks. “We envision Kutztown as an inclusive community that welcomes all of our best efforts: to get an education, to do business, and to live well at every stage of our lives.”
Their mission is to serve as a liaison “to build community, to forge positive relationships, and to foster cultural and economic collaboration in this historic college town,” said Brooks.
“The better we are able to communicate our happenings to the community and the easier we make it for our community to express their needs and desires to us, the more effective KCP becomes at fulfilling our Partnerships vision and mission goals,” said Brooks.
Springer said KCP should be complimented for their efforts to coordinate the community to work together, including civic organizations, churches, the Borough, Chamber, businesses and KCP.
“When we work together we can do great things,” said Springer. “Communication leads to good cooperation.”
“When volunteer groups work together, especially in a small community like Kutztown it helps us all to do bigger things than any one group would be capable of doing alone,” said Brooks. “Developing this type of cooperative, give and take within our community will certainly make us all more than we could ever expect to be on our own.”
Thanking the Rotary, Brooks said, “I cannot say it often enough that we are honored to have been the recipient of such a generous donation from the Kutztown branch of the Rotary Club.”
Springer said KCP strives to find and highlight the good things in the Kutztown community. The result is a more positive energy that people can see in the outlining communities.
“It makes us more of a magnet as a place to come and enjoy,” said Springer.