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Victory Electric and CoBank Award “Sharing Success” Grant to Stauth Museum

Victory Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc., is pleased to announce Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma as the recipient of this year’s Victory/CoBank “Sharing Success” Grant.

The Stauth Museum has been awarded two checks totaling $10,000 – $5,000 from Victory Electric and $5,000 from CoBank – to help fund a “Suits in Space” exhibit from the Smithsonian. 

“The grant is amazing help for us,” Stauth Museum Director Kim Legleiter said. “As the cost of exhibits go up, it’s so helpful to have support and be able to bring exhibits in for others to enjoy. This is the last place the ‘Suits in Space’ exhibit will be before all of the pieces go back to their original museums-with the help of the grant, we were able to get it here.”

The Stauth Memorial Museum opened in February of 1996 and features the travel adventures of Claude and Donalda Stauth, long-time residents of southwest Kansas as well as traveling exhibits throughout the year. The “Suits in Space” exhibit will be in Stauth Memorial Museum until July 19, 2015, and will feature pictures and suits from astronauts. There will even be a suit for visitors to try on, said Legleiter. “People come to the museum for all sorts of reasons, we really are a diamond in southwest Kansas, and keeping exhibits that are interesting for the public and a place for surrounding communities to come and learn is the mission of the exhibits we bring in.”

“I’m pleased, on behalf of Victory Electric, to award this grant to the Stauth Museum,” Victory CEO Shane Laws said. “The museum provides great educational opportunities to the citizens and youth of the surrounding communities and we are proud to support their efforts.”

The annual “Sharing Success” grant opportunity, capped at $10,000, is made possible by Victory’s governing board of trustees, in partnership with CoBank – a national nonprofit cooperative bank owned by the rural American cooperatives it services, including Victory. This year, CoBank established a $3 million fund to match charitable contributions made by its cooperative members. The matching grant program is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country. CoBank states that partnering with their customers to support worthy causes they care about is a great way for them to make a positive difference and fulfill its mission of service to rural America.

“Thanks to our board of trustees and CoBank, the ‘Sharing Success’ Grant has enabled Victory to give back to the communities we serve,” Laws said.

This is the third year Victory has awarded “Sharing Success” grants to local non-profits. Applicants must be federally recognized as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The Bucklin Library received a $10,000 grant in 2012 to help fund the construction of their new library building. And in 2013, the Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Dodge City was awarded $10,000.

Pictured (l-r): Raechelle Romero, assistant to director; Kim Legleiter, museum director; Kenny Wehkamp, Victory board president; Deb Wall, museum board member; Gary Gillespie, Victory trustee; Kevin Redger, museum board member; and Shane Laws, Victory CEO.

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