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PTPI Chapter Project Grants: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

The Chapter reviewed the need for the event and potential impacts with the staff of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). lt was determined that this event would provide lnternational Military Students at Ft. Leavenworth and their families with cultural, historic and educational insights about the U.S. as well as an opportunity to spend time with U.S. families.

PTPI Chapter Project Grants: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

PTPI provides Chapter Project Grants so that our global chapter network may carry out cultural, educational, and humanitarian projects that exemplify the mission of PTPI. Chapters provide reports after their projects have been completed.

Chapter Name: PTPI’s Greater Kansas City, MO Chapter

Project Name: Deanna Rose Farmstead Picnic

Number of Beneficiaries: 400

Project Description: The Chapter reviewed the need for the event and potential impacts with the staff of the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). lt was determined that this event would provide lnternational Military Students at Ft. Leavenworth and their families with cultural, historic and educational insights about the U.S. as well as an opportunity to spend time with U.S. families. Those attending would take back to their countries (70 nations) a more positive and accurate view of the U.S. to help reduce tensions between the U.S. and their nations.

Meetings were held with the staff of the CGSC to plan and communicate the event. Logistics were arranged by chapter members including the venue, food, activities and transportation from the Fort to the event. The event was communicated in a variety of ways to the target audiences, emails, newsletters, regular mail, brochures, etc. Youth activities were arranged and coordinated with the Deanna Rose staff. On the day of the event, attendees were greeted at reception tables, given tickets and children were directed to activities. A catered meal was provided, a presentation was made to Thelma Simmons in behalf of PTPI for her 30 years of service and the remainder of the day was spent in learning about Native American culture, agriculture, U.S. history, fishing, feeding animals, viewing gardens, etc.

Outcomes and Impact of the Project: Feedback from the lnternational Officers attending and their families has been all positive. The attendees left the event with more knowledge of the U.S. and its citizens, had significant contact with many U.S. families and had fun as well. lt will be hard to determine the actual impact of the event when the students return to their home countries and communicate with their families and associates about their stay in the U.S. and their reception by its citizens. The event provided a fun, relaxed, informal venue for communicating openly about our culture and history and an ample opportunity to ask questions in a non-threatening setting.

Reflection on Lessons Learned: All participants agreed the project should be repeated. The opportunity to reach so many important international leaders in such a positive, cultural, educational setting is too good to pass up, particularly, when the relatively low cost for food, activities and entertainment is considered. The only changes recommended so far have been logistical: better signage at the event, increased communication to the target audience, more fried chicken (more popular than beef) and a greater effort to have local government representatives attend.
 
Grants are awarded twice per year and applications are due February 1 and/or August 1. All applicants will be notified within 30 days following the application deadline and funds will be distributed in March and September. Chapters may apply for and receive more than one grant in a year. Preference will be given to chapters who have not received a grant within the calendar year.

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