Shawnee County Commissioner Shelly Buhler

Women of Influence: Shawnee County commissioner proud of work to boost community’s quality of life

Shawnee County Commissioner Shelly Buhler will be honored for community service Wednesday, Sept. 20, at GO Topeka’s 2017 Women of Influence Awards. (Samantha Foster/The Capital-Journal)

When Shelly Buhler reflected this week on her proudest accomplishments as a Shawnee County commissioner, those that came to mind involved long-term benefits to the community.

Her first big vote was tied to major upgrades to the Bettis Family Sports Complex at Lake Shawnee that brought tournaments and revenue into the community. After several years of discussion, a public-private partnership with Waste Management made curbside recycling standard. Just last month, she celebrated completion of the new Willard Bridge, a hard-fought victory that followed years of safety concerns and pleas for funding to replace the deteriorated structure.

Through three terms as a commissioner, Buhler said, she has enjoyed “working on (constituents’) behalf for things that are important to us, not just today, but in the future.”

Buhler will be honored for her community service Wednesday, Sept. 20, at GO Topeka’s 2017 Women of Influence Awards. The awards banquet recognizes women who have influenced decisions on issues and enhanced the quality of life in their community, as well as serving as a role model for inspiring others to change their community.



Buhler grew up in Junction City in a family that instilled in her a commitment to community. Faith, family and community were top priorities, and she looked for ways to contribute.

She graduated in 1987 from Benedictine College — where she met her husband, Steve — with a bachelor’s degree in community services, an interdisciplinary degree combining sociology and human ecology. At the time, she said, she had no idea she would later use it as a politician.

“I think I have used a lot of what I have learned in just being a community volunteer,” Buhler said. “That definitely has been helpful.”

After graduating, Buhler worked as community outreach director for Community Action in Atchison County, where she worked with low-income families. She later worked as assistant director for a regional food bank.

She began volunteering in her Shawnee County church and community while staying home to raise the couple’s three children. She was encouraged by others in the community to run in 2001 for mayor of Rossville.

When Rossville experienced flooding during her second term as mayor, the county’s emergency response efforts piqued her interest in county government. In 2006, she ran mid-term for a seat on the Shawnee County Commission that she has held ever since.

Buhler said she has chosen to be a full-time county commissioner, which allows her time to volunteer with organizations that include the Topeka Community Foundation, for which she chairs the board of directors; Safe Streets Coalition’s Recognition Council; Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods’ leadership team; the Rossville Community Foundation; and Rossville PRIDE. She also is tri-chairwoman for Momentum 2022, a massive, holistic development strategy that will be implemented in 2018.

Involvement with Heartland Visioning made her feel it was important to maintain focus on quality of life and quality of place in the Momentum 2022 plan. Community feedback obtained during the process showed the steering committee that people want to contribute to improving Topeka and Shawnee County, she said.

“I think we’ve listened, and now we need to work together and take some action to improve the quality of life for everybody in our community,” she said. “That’s really hard work.”

Leadership courses, including the 2003 class of Leadership Greater Topeka, introduced Buhler to a different approach to leadership. People approach problems differently and with different perspectives, she said, and she learned skills to help break down barriers so people can work together.

“I hope that I exercise leadership in a positive way,” she said.

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Schuylkill County’s Vision

Pottsville, Penn.

Jeanne Elberfeld, new executive director of Schuylkill County’s VISION, recently spoke about her background when she addressed the Pottsville Rotary Club. She joined the VISION staff in February 2016, she said, adding she grew up as an “Army brat” and lived in many places before settling in Schuylkill County, where she raised four children. A medical doctor, Elberfeld practiced until 1997 when she “took a sabbatical that never ended.” She taught various biology courses at Penn State Schuylkill from 2009 to 2016.

After obtaining a master’s degree in social work at Marywood University, Scranton, she joined the faculty and currently teaches there. Schuylkill County’s VISION, she said, was formed in 1998 and seeks to create partnerships of community resources to enhance the community. VISION, she added, is involved in many projects, including the Schuylkill County commissioners’ Youth Summit, blight elimination, the opioid crisis, a dental grant and a preventive public health program. Former VISION Executive Director Kay Jones remains involved with the group in a part-time position, Elberfeld told the Rotarians.

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Henry Luke 9/16/2017

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Saginaw Vision 2020 Update

Gene Pickelman

Hi Henry, A name of the past, Gene Pickelman, community volunteer of the 1000 Leaders Initiative for SCV 2020 in Saginaw. Hope all is well with you. Thought of you several times over the years in how you facilitated the SCV 2020 effort in Saginaw. I hope you have been informed, but your efforts have helped this community be transformed over time. It has been 17 years and we have changed economically, politically, racially and emotionally and spiritually. I think about what would we look like if we didn’t move forward with a plan. Scary! Even though some of the leadership moved away, others have stepped up and we are so much stronger today. The story has not ended yet, as we continue to make improvements in many places. Crime is down, population has settled and relationships have been strengthened at every level. We are now embracing a concept called “conscious capitalism” and hope to have a strong chapter in the region. You probably are aware, but if not, check out “conscious capitalism. org.” I truly know that God’s hand is over us. Just thought I might update you and let you know you made a difference in our lives. Blessings. Gene

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Michaela Saunders promoted to lead new marketing team as vice president of brand strategy for 7 Organizations

Michaela Saunders in 2016 joined Visit Topeka, where she was recently promoted to vice president of brand strategy. In her new role, she leads the newly combined marketing staff of Visit Topeka, the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, GO Topeka, Heartland Visioning, Forge, Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development and 712 Innovations. Source

Henry Luke 8/20/2017

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Believing UN pacts can save the planet ‘are returning us to the Middle Ages’

Interview with Richard Lindzen..  Between 1983 and 2013 when he retired, he was a professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His wife is French and both of them alternately live in Greater Boston and Paris.

 

And according to you, is the world warming or not?

Lindzen: The climate is constantly changing, it has never stayed constant. We had a warming episode in 1978-1998, probably comparable to several tenths of a degree. I am using the word “probably” because when the measurement error is plus minus 0.2 °C, you may always modify your results to match a trend you find convenient. To deduce trends from changes comparable to tenths of a degree is nonsense from a statistical perspective. It is almost impossible to say with certainty that the warming has taken place. The international panel of the U.N. known as the IPCC acronym is claiming: The warming between 1919 and 1940 wasn’t caused by humans but the warming between 1978 and 1998 was. But their magnitude and shape was basically identical. It’s propaganda. You may always focus on small changes and scale the graph so that it looks dramatic to the naked eye.

What about the argument about the 10 hottest years in history that were uniformly recorded from 1998?

Lindzen: If 1998 is the warmest one in your dataset from the beginning of your measurements, and if the temperature stabilizes afterwards, then it seems logical that most of the following years will belong among the warmest ones. This argument says nothing about the trends. I think that this argument is abusing the people’s innumeracy. It’s a fact that since 1998, the Earth has basically seen no temperature trend. First, this 20-year-old hiatus wasn’t predicted by the IPCC models. Second, they aren’t even attempting to seriously explain it. Ex post explanations, e.g. that the heat was stored in the ocean and will emerge from the ocean sometime in the future, aren’t convincing.

If the official science is failing, how do you explain that the climate industry keeps on moving?

Lindzen: Environmentalists have attempted to spread several types of a panic since the 1960s: oxygen depletion, global cooling, coming ice age, acid rains… Global warming is the last one in the sequence. They have nothing else to try afterwards, so they will remain attached to global warming for as long time as possible. When this whole construct collapses sometime in the future and the fight against global warming will be moved to the dumping ground of history, people will marvel at a remarkable story showing how it was possible to make the whole of mankind hysterical without any proper arguments. And how vulnerable science may become when it is exposed to such hysteria.

Even the official proposals to stop the climate change publicly admit that even if they are realized, they won’t have a tangible impact. These efforts are returning us to the Middle Ages when people liked to do symbolic gestures to persuade God to look at us more mercifully. It is an irrational issue, except from the viewpoint of the people who make profit out of it. And it’s not just the producers of the solar panels or the pinwheels. In America, even utility companies are totally excited about the regulations introduced because of the climate. They have done the maths and they figured out that the regulations will bring them extra profits. The consumers will pay for the party.

Huge funds are flowing to official climatology. Since 1988, the latter has been tens of billions of dollars, an amount so large that the climate science has basically been unable to absorb it so far. The field is relatively small and the tens of billions are going almost exclusively to support a pre-determined paradigm. Don’t believe the talk about thousands of climatologists who agree with the conclusions of the U.N. international panel. Have you attended a college? Have you ever met someone who studied climatology in your student environment? No? Almost no one has met a climate student. Sure, the U.N. is already importing people from Zimbabwe and Tanzania, but those aren’t real climatologists. But when you continuously increase the research funds, and on top of that, you develop the research on the impacts of the so-called climate change, you may study e.g. cockroaches and still be incorporated to the industry of climatology once you publish studies about the cockroaches’ prospects in the globally warming world. If 90% of the research funding for the climate were slashed, the discipline would actually benefit.

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Believing UN pacts can save the planet ‘are returning us to the Middle Ages’

Henry Luke 8/12/2017

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Partnership made $823.6 million economic impact on Richmond Region

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Henry Luke 8/11/2017

 

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Promote a positive self image: A new outlook brewing in Topeka

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