Awareness Washington County Class of 2016

Twenty-one future servant leaders make up the Awareness Washington County class of 2016. The new class spent two days learning about servant leadership and the Twenty-first Century leadership capacities at the retreat in September. All AWC classes are hands-on, and the retreat was no exception. Class members participated in a variety of activities, which they then discussed and applied to real world situations. Each participant received a binder with resources for reference to add to their experiences.

In small groups, the participants analyzed groups in which they were involved and discussed how to help those groups function more effectively.  Participants reported feeling energized by the retreat and eager to see what the rest of the year would bring.  Co-directors Debbie Mildenburger and Marji Morris facilitated the retreat. Many board members assisted in the set up and throughout the retreat.

Early in October, the class met for an evening historical scavenger hunt prepared by Ginger Morris and Anne Terrell. Even Washington County natives said they discovered things around the square that they had not been aware of. We followed this with the traditional History Day facilitated by Drew Wright.

November meant Camera Safari presentations and Economic Growth. The presentations were creative and varied, from a Gilligan’s Island type video to a presentation from a tour company. All groups reported being impressed with the natural beauty of the county and all of the previously undiscovered gems.

The Economic Growth panel discussion was lively. Participants this year were Ron Haendigaes (City Council), Jai Parumel (GKN), Sabrina Burdine (Econ. Growth Partnership), Rita Lincks (Lincks Clothing), David Hoar (Co. Council and Ag), and Mark Day (Day Realty). Board member Chris Bundy also met with the group to report on the state of the arts in Washington County.

Grand Opening of the Community Fitness Park

Community Fitness Park - Salem IndianaThe Awareness Washington County (AWC) Class of 2014 is pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING of its class project – the COMMUNITY FITNESS PARK – on Thursday, July 9 at 5 pm. The public is invited and food and drink will be available. Come celebrate the opening of this family friendly park which is located at the corner of Homer and Mill Streets in Salem, Indiana. The Community Fitness Park is in close proximity to the Walking Trail, contains 9 pieces of permanent outdoor exercise equipment and is free to the public.

The Salem Tree Board has generously agreed to provide and plant shade trees at the site. Picnic tables made by local craftsman Jacob Schmidt will be placed amongst the trees.

Further local support has come from equipment sponsors, as well as materials and financial donors; Eddie Gilstrap Motors, John Jones, St. Vincent Salem Hospital, Salem Crossing, GKN, Senior Citizens Center, Jeans Extrusions, Jason Wade State Farm,  City of Salem Parks and Recreation, La Gene’s Jewelers, Quick Seal, Meadowview, Fox Purlee, Knapp Miller Brown, Marshall Monuments, Salem Lumber, Deer Country, Ace Hardware, Ewen Insurance, Anne Terrell and Tom Fultz. Residents of the immediate neighborhood have donated good will, valuable advice and insight as well as tools. The class extends a special thank you to Temple and Temple, who excavated and drilled through rock in order to prepare the site; without their help, the project would have been impossible at its current location. Property was donated by the City of Salem; it was formerly owned and donated by the Tarr family.

The purpose of Awareness Washington County is to develop informed, skilled, and committed civic leadership. The program is designed to assist a diverse group of participants in acquiring a broad understanding of the issues facing the Washington County area, fostering leadership potential, enriching leadership skills, and building relationships that will facilitate collaborative efforts in resolving today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. It is a leadership development experience different from most of the trainings given by companies. AWC helps individuals develop and strengthen their own leadership potential, empowering them to make positive change in the community wherever they see the need. Anyone who lives or works in Washington County is eligible for membership. Contact Marji Morris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Debbie Mildenburger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more details or to join next year’s class.