On Aug. 25, 2018, Bob Fettke from Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas PRIDE presented a Project Excellence Award to Potwin PRIDE, Potwin Lions Club, Potwin Rec Board, and the City of Potwin for the Ball Light Project completed in 2017.  Many of the volunteers who worked on the project were present for the presentation before the first game of the annual Watermelon Festival softball tournament.
This is the second year that the lights have been available again.  It took 7 years to get the funds to complete the project since a wind storm destroyed one of the original light poles.  The Lions Club had Motorcycle Sunday for 7 years to raise funds for the project.  We received a $15,000 grant from the Butler County Wind Farm Project.  Westar Energy donated the poles, dug the holes and set the poles after volunteers put the lights on them.  Over 400 man hours were donated to the project.
Eighteen people rode on the PRIDE float in the Watermelon Festival parade.  
 More than 2,330 pounds of vegetables have been harvested from the Ken Whittington Memorial Plant a Row for the Hungry garden this year including 1,502 pounds of tomatoes.  
Vegetables are available at the Bread of Life community food pantry  at the Potwin Christian Church on Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and to the Potwin community at the Methodist Church garage on Monday or Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a free will donation to PRIDE for the garden project.  On Aug. 12 Dean and Melvina planted turnips and on Aug.13, eight people cleared the corn stocks off of the garden.
The Potwin National Night Out, Aug. 14 was well attended with at least 75 people attending.  Sheriff Kelly Herzet, his officers, and J B Smith cooked 144 hot dogs.  Potwin PRIDE volunteers furnished cake and ice cream, and Wheat State Telephone furnished cans of lemonade.  We want to thank all who helped and participated in the annual event.  
The next PRIDE meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7  the community house.