December 27, 2017
Munter Family Challenges all Alumni
A belated Christmas gift to Randolph: A $10,000 Challenge Grant
From The Doug & Kay Munter Family to alumni and all!
- The Munter and Hartz names are still familiar to many residents in Randolph, but it’s been over 5 decades since Doug Munter or Kay Hartz have lived here.
- That didn’t stop them, however, from picking up the phone after getting a letter from the Randolph Area Foundation.
- “I had not visited with Doug for over a year,” said Gary Van Meter, Foundation board member. “When I answered the phone, Doug said, ‘How much do you need?’
- He called back the next day and issued a challenge grant of $10,000 to the Randolph community. If Randolph can raise $10,000 from other donors, Doug and Kay will match it with $10,000.”
- Doug married Kay (Hartz), started his own mechanical contracting company (Midlands Mechanical) in Omaha working for years with Kiewit and other national contractors.
- The couple have since retired to Arizona for the winters, but remain active in Omaha affairs. When asked for a photograph for the story, Doug and Kay suggested one with their grandchildren.
- “This Learning/Childcare Center is for the children, added Munter. Kay and I can’t think of a better way to give back to our hometown when it involves raising kids well.”
- The letter from the Foundation was for alumni of Randolph High and St. Frances. In it, Alumni were invited to become stakeholders in the future of Randolph children through the new Cardinal Kids Learning Center scheduled to open in early 2018.
- Over 500 letters have been mailed nationwide by volunteers taking the time to hand-address and stamp each envelope with an invitation inside to give back to the community that raised them.
The Commitment Spanning Decades
- Doug has been no stranger to Randolph. 3 years ago, First State Bank of Randolph had sponsored a “Revitalize Randolph Leadership Course,”
- Bank president Mark Linville recommended Doug as a possible speaker.
- Munter drove up one weekend to address the class about his “30,000 Foot View of Randolph,” after being away for decades. From the leadership class of 12 members, six of the participants became seriously involved in the development and launching of the new child learning center.
Doug Munter’s “30,000 Foot View” of Randolph
- “Randolph is starting to take off in a big way, like other Nebraska communities that are trying to attract new families,” said Munter.
- Kay and I are serious supporters of Randolph and we think other Alumni will become stakeholders in the future as town residents continue to demonstrate their willingness to lead.”
The Grant Challenge
- The grant challenge will end January 31, 2018. Donations to match the $10,000 grant can be made with Sandy Owens at 1st State Bank or by clicking on the “Donate” button on the website at cardinalkidslearningcenter.com or the “Donate” button on the Facebook page “Cardinal Kids Learning Center.
- Out-of-town former alumni like Doug and Kay are welcome to join in the match, too.
Thanks from your hometown teams at Randolph Area Foundation and the Cardinal Kids Learning Center.