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January 25, 2014

Terre Haute Young Leaders: Making an impact

TERRE HAUTE — Big things are happening in the Wabash Valley, and the Terre Haute Young Leaders group plans to make 2014 its best year ever. We are pleased to be given the opportunity by B.J. Riley of the Tribune-Star to highlight what our group is about and thank him for this monthly article.

Terre Haute Young Leaders is a group of individuals ages 21-40 whose focus is to develop and motivate young professionals to become more engaged in the community through volunteer opportunities, subtle service, leadership and networking training, and promotion of giving to those who need it. Events such as Dueling Pianos and Bark in the Park are just a sample of what has been developed though our organization.

We last met Jan. 9, and Susan Decker, director of masters and leadership development at Saint Mary-of-the Woods College, spoke to us about the “6 Different Thinking Hats.” We thank her for taking time to work with us.

Also discussed were our 2014 goals: leadership, community service and networking. We also plan to have two or three membership events this year with the first in March. More details to come.

Our 2014 board includes: Jamie McDowell, chair, Terre Haute Children's Museum; Evan Lunsford, vice chair, Edward Jones; Stephanie Miller, past chair, Hallie Hound Barkery; Kristen Kauffman, secretary, Rose-Hulman; Jon Scherle, treasurer, First Financial Bank; Kristin Craig, Chamber staff liaison, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce; Ryan Dyer, co-membership chair, WTWO/WAWV; Angela Fonyuy, co-membership chair, First Financial Bank; Courtney Richey, networking chair, Saint Mary-of-the Woods College; Jessica Starr, community service chair, Indiana State University; Allisha Turpen, task force chair, First Farmers Bank and Trust; and Ellie Caldwell, task force chair, Sackrider & Co.

We are partnering with the SMWC and Indiana State University career centers in February with a professional clothing drive so that college students preparing for interviews but who are unable to afford clothing are properly dressed. Please bring any gently used items to our February meeting. This is a simple way to make a big impact.

Terre Haute Young Leaders meets the first Thursday of each month in the Clabber Girl board room at Ninth Street and Wabash Avenue. If you are interested in learning more about our group, please check out our website www.terrehauteyoungleaders.com or contact me directly at 812-478-2515 or evan.lunsford@edwardjones.com.

Our next meeting will be Feb. 6 at noon.

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