Newsletter Spotlight from Chuck - October 25, 2017

Good day to you. Welcome to this fall edition of our newsletter. I especially enjoy this time of the year as the world around us begins another seasonal transition. Hope you have been able to enjoy some of the vibrant colors and cooler days with loved ones. Speaking of transitions, I have informed the Downtown Shareholders Board that I need to transition toward retirement in the next few months. This decision by my family and I is a result of a multitude of considerations, including what is best for DTSKCK. I have immensely enjoyed the last 3½ plus years; they have included some of the highlights of my vocational life. But seasons and leadership change; we are at work to make sure it is an orderly and smooth transition. Watch this space for further details.

Back to this fall, September saw the 3rd annual DashKCK event in conjunction with the KCK Library’s Library in the Park. We are very pleased to announce that Library in the Park will occur again in 2018 on Saturday, September 15. We wanted to get this out very early to alert our community partners for their planning and participation purposes. DashKCK 2017 saw a record number of entries as well as day-of participants. We are very pleased to again work with the Library on a 4th annual joint event.  Visit our Facebook page to view photos from this year's event.

DTSKCK is grateful also to Brent Thompson for presenting to our October In the Know Luncheon. Brent outlined current and planned public work’s projects in Downtown and the surrounding area, mentioning also the proposed Lewis and Clark Viaduct work. Please view Brent’s presentation here and information regarding the Lewis and Clark Viaduct project here.

This fall opportunities abound for you to be involved in Downtown and the community at large.

Our NBR friends to the south, CABA, invite us to enjoy Day of the Dead festivities November 1 to 4. This celebration, which occurs world-wide, will enrich you culturally and educationally as you come to better appreciate the history and meaning behind the celebration.

Want to have a voice this fall in who your elected officials are? First, learn about candidates before the November 7 election. Then vote for the candidate of your choice. Make your voice and preferences known!!  View recordings of the October 17 Candidate Forum at Kansas City Kansas Community College on their YouTube channel.

Finally, the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Festival occurs December 1. Beginning that Friday at 4:30, boys and girls of all ages will swarm City Hall to see movies, enjoy crafts and treats, see Mr and Mrs Clause, and of course help light the Mayor’s Downtown holiday, Christmas tree. You can sponsor the event by sending a donation to DTSKCK, noting the Lighting Festival on the memo line. See the sponsorship levels here. DTSKCK is the administrative and fund raising agent for the event. Neither the Mayor’s office nor the Unified Government receive any of these funds.

Celebrations of, and opportunities for, community and all it entails. What a great time of year to be in Wyandotte County and Downtown KCK. Come be a part. Come be with us and a part of us. Come see why we say that Downtown KCK is everyone’s Downtown.



Chuck Schlittler, Director Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas Cell/Text: (913) 620-7480 726 Armstrong, Ste 201 Kansas City, KS 66101 Office: (913) 371-0705