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Board Proclaims September 27 as "Earl Nehring Day"

Post Date: 
Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:45pm

Office of the County Commission

WHEREAS, Friends and colleagues would like to take this opportunity to recognize Earl Nehring for his volunteer work and leadership services to Douglas County, Kansas; and

WHEREAS, Earl was raised in Montana, but met his wife Harriet in Pasadena, CA while in the military during World War II. He moved to Lawrence and raised two children here. Earl continues to live in and contribute in many ways to the vibrancy of this community; and

WHEREAS, Earl has served as a volunteer on the Kansas Advocates for Better Care (originally known as Kansans for the Improvement of Nursing Homes) Board of Directors and on the Executive Leadership Committee for more than a decade. In addition to the significant work he has done with the KABC, Earl was a longtime volunteer delivering meals to seniors for the Douglas County Senior Services.  He is involved with the Universalist Unitarian Fellowship and participates in the Caregiver Group of Douglas County Senior Services. Earl is active in civic engagements, particularly those projects that inform voters; and

WHEREAS, Earl was led to KABC because of Harriet. She was the first Executive Director KABC and held that position for 15 years. After her retirement, Earl became her caregiver and became actively engaged with the organization. He has assumed leadership roles with the organization and for many innovations KABC has implemented to raise awareness about elder abuse, issues with care and quality of long-term elder care; and

WHEREAS, Earl brought many skills to the KABC that benefited aging adults and improving long-term care quality in Lawrence and across the state. During his 12 years on the Board, Earl has brought sage advice and analytic and strategic skills to KABC’s public policy efforts, skills which he had honed as a member of the Political Science Department and as MPA Department Chair at the University of Kansas. 

WHEREAS, Earl established a special fund to hone Harriet’s work and support best practice training for paid caregivers as a means to improve health outcomes and well-being of older adults. Earl shared his personal story of caregiving and allowed KABC to use it to encourage and inspire others in their caregiving and to help raise awareness about the guidance, support and educational service KABC offers at no charge to older adults and families. That fund has provided free, best practice caregiver training to over 700 seniors and caregivers in Douglas County; and

WHEREAS, thanks to Earl’s generosity in sharing his professional skills and personal talents, KABC is more able to reach Douglas County citizens and inform them about long-term care and quality, and KABC functions as a stronger organization thanks to his years of leadership.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS, that we honor Earl Nehring for his many outstanding accomplishments and dedicated service and now declare Wednesday, September 27 as “Earl Nehring Day.”
ADOPTED this 27th day of September, 2017.