JASPER, Ind. (Feb. 13, 2015) — The Dubois County Emerging Leaders giving circle held its 2015 Kick-Off Event at the Millhouse in Jasper on Feb. 12, 2015. The crowd of nearly thirty people heard from Co-Chair Courtney Knies on the past and future efforts of the group, which seeks to engage community members in philanthropy and provide individuals with networking opportunities at the highest level. Nathan A. Seger, an attorney at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP who also serves as Co-Chair, was also in attendance.
Knies, who also serves as the Executive Director of Mentors for Youth, also gave an update on the impact of the 2014 grant of $5,000 from last year’s group of Emerging Leaders. Knies stated that the grant is serving as a “game changer” and will be used to support the match making process and upgrade outdated computer software.
Also in attendance was guest speaker Bill Kaiser, past board president of the Dubois County Community Foundation and partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. He spoke to the group about the importance of taking risks and not allowing fear to paralyze you. Kaiser provided everyone in attendance with a copy of the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” and used the novel and lessons contained within to build upon his message. “Eventually we become what we choose,” said Kaiser, elaborating that, oftentimes, what we choose to do or say has an unknown impact on our future.
Emerging Leaders concluded the evening with a social hour in which members were able to network. The next steering committee meeting will be held at the Community Foundation on March 2 at 5:30 p.m.The next Emerging Leader event is a luncheon on May 14th which will feature Mayors Spinner and Seitz as guest speakers.