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Lowen retiring from foundation

6/3/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

Bob Lowen, executive director of the Heartland Community Foundation the past four years, has resigned his position effective June 30.  The HCF board of directors is in the process of securing Lowen’s successor.

“It’s been a great ride, but it’s time to hand over the reins to another person who loves Hays and our surrounding communities as much as I do,” Lowen said. “Our organization, thanks to wonderful donors and diligent oversight, has grown into a viable, important entity that has done and will do great things for Ellis, Trego and Rooks counties.”

Mike Koerner, HCF board chairman said, “It’s sad to see Bob leave. His knowledge and energy for the foundation will be missed. We hope he keeps his promise to stop by and share his experiences and stories.”

Lowen said community foundations fill a void that, because of their designated missions, no other local foundation can fulfill.

“Community foundations across the state of Kansas and nationwide have partnered with donors and charities for many years to make our communities better places in which to live, work and raise families,” Lowen said.

“As I leave this post, my fervent wish is that caring and compassionate citizens realize the importance of including our Heartland Community Foundation in their estate plans.”

The HCF is a not-for-profit, public organization and is one of 13 affiliates of the Greater Salina Community Foundation.