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June 2023 Newsletter: Welcome Jessica Ricke!

Stay up-to-date with community happenings with our new monthly newsletter! If you have anything you would like to include, please send an email to Jessica Ricke at jricke@co.sumner.ks.us.


LEADERSHIP CLASS 2023 GRADUATES

Eight Sumner County Residents Complete Leadership Program

The Sumner County Leadership Initiative is a KLC program taught and based in Sumner County. The Leadership Class is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and professions, with one common goal of community enrichment & county-wide progress.

The Leadership Classes are directed by Joslyn Heersche with the Sumner County Economic Development Commission. It was started in 2013 and more than 100 individuals from Sumner County have completed the training. The classes meet monthly from October to May in different communities to share ideas and information on how to make Sumner County stronger and better.


This year’s class included eight individuals, and each is tasked with creating a project that will benefit and enrich their community. Projects included volunteering programs to assist community members & their properties, a program to eliminate pet waste on sidewalks, lunch assistance program, tourism promotion and enhancing public parks.

The 2023 Leadership Class included Jordan Creed with Sumner Cowley Electric, Audrey Boylan, a healthcare professional with Botkin Health & Rehab, Jessica Ferguson, an educator at Belle Plaine Public Schools, Rachelle Thompson, City Planner of Wellington, Valerie Earl, Director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Helpingstine with the Sumner County Treasurer’s Office, Melanie Chitwood with the Sumner County Clerk’s Office and Shelby Wiens with Wiens Auction & Realty.

Graduation was held on Wednesday, May 10th at the Caldwell Workspace with a luncheon and private tour of Caldwell’s historical landmarks.


The Sumner County Leadership Initiative continues to empower individuals, foster collaboration, and inspire positive change, leaving a legacy of progress and unity in Sumner County. If you or someone in your community would like to join the 2024 Leadership Class starting in September, please contact Joslyn Heersche at the Sumner County Economic Development Commission at (620) 326-8779.


Caldwell Workspace


Monday: Dance Lessons Tuesday: Knapic Chiropractic Mistie Wilson, Licensed Professional Counselor Thursday: Knapic Chiropractic JUNE 21st: Sumner County Tag Office 9:00-3:30

Welcome Jessica Ricke!



My name is Jessica Ricke and I have been volunteering at the SCED office in Wellington for the past few weeks. I was born & raised in Caldwell and have lived in Wellington since 2011. I have a Bachelors in Communication from Emporia State University and I’m looking forward to working with all of you to promote Sumner County. I will be working on local press releases, a monthly newsletter, updating all social medias and soon to be doing grant writing. The newsletter will start monthly and hopefully move to twice a month soon. It will include a calendar of events and highlight community projects & happenings. If you have anything you would like to include, please send it my way.

My office hours are Monday & Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you!




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