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Parks Foundation Renamed To Bentley CIA

Posted 2/28/2018

By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—Bentley’s recently formed non-profit organization aiming to improve quality of life in the community emerged from its monthly meeting last week with a new name.

The group had been loosely referring to itself as the Bentley Parks Foundation during its first few meetings, but Shannon Koehn, who has been spearheading the group’s formation, reported that she had been told by the Central Kansas Community Foundation—which it is in the process of becoming an affiliate of—that it couldn’t use the word foundation in its name.

“The Central Kansas Community Foundation is the foundation; they’re the overlying umbrella that will take in all the funding,” she said.

The ensuing brainstorming session led Tracy Pribbenow to suggest naming the group the Bentley Community Improvement Association, or Bentley CIA for short.

“It leaves a lot open for us to be able to do a lot of different things,” Pribbenow said about the new name.

This isn’t the first time an organization in Bentley has named itself with the same acronym of a U.S. intelligence agency. A number of years ago the city had an FBI, or Future of Bentley Incorporated.

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