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Should YOU be the Leader, Lead by Example, A Shift in Power

Lead By Example, A Shift in Power “The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires” – William Arthur Ward While most of us have a concept of leadership, our view of how leaders behave is skewed among each of us whom judge.  I am a believer that defined, experienced and dedicated leaders are those that Lead by Example.  The concept of “Leading by Example” sounds simplistic, but in the end is of the most complicated characteristics of any...

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Sugar Anyone? YMCA Event Kicks off Healthy Living

Sugar Anyone?  YMCA Event Kicks off Healthy Living The YMCA event at Giovani’s in Rockford maxed out with more than 750 attendees!  With a focus on Healthy Living and Celebrating community the Y Gang made up of  volunteers, supporters, members and staff hit a “home run” at this years event.  With a kick off to the long time song “We Are the World”, to “Sugar Anyone?”, as President & CEO, Mike Brown introduced the truth about a can of Coke and the sugar we are feeding our bodies.  The YMCA is for...

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Got Leadership? Rockford’s Leaders are Transforming

“Rockford is on the verge of major turn-around both in its perceptions and its leaders.  Transformation is a process and takes time as we move from the 3rd most miserable city (according to Forbes) to the top 25 cities in America.  First and foremost, transformation starts with its leaders and its community members who first must take part in “transforming” themselves.  We have many leaders in Rockford who have been on the cutting edge of transformation and the list is growing.” – Mike Brown Got Leadership?...

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Education – Does it end after college?

“I found four great classes of students; The dumb who stay dumb, The dumb who become wise, The wise who go dumb, The wise who remain wise.” –Martin H. Fischer Education – Does it end after college? I was thinking to myself the other day, ” does education end after college?”  Our focus has been on early childhood education, elementary, middle and high school students with an emphasis of improving our graduation rates and getting our Rockford students off to college.  As I interact and work with folks...

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Dr. Patch Adams will speak at YMCA Community Dinner

It’s not to late to sign up for the YMCA Community Dinner – Starring “Dr. Patch Adams” (March 20, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9pm)   The “Original” Dr. Patch Adams who was featured in a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams will be the premier guest this year. Directed by Tom Shadyac, it is based on the life story of Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams and the book Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter by Adams and Maureen Mylander.  The movie itself demonstrates the...

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Rockfords United Way Celebrates a “Win” Today

Celebrating a “Win” the Rockford United Way raises $5.6 million, 20% increase in this past years campaign United Way’s Purpose:  To improve life in the Rock River Valley by mobilizing the caring power of our community Today, I had the pleasure of attending the Rockford United Way Celebration as they closed in on $5.6 Million Dollars for the 2013 fundraising year.  The 20% increase is due in part from a private donor of $1 Million and United Ways communities partners stepping up to meet the needs of the community.  Another...

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger visits the YMCA in Rockford

Congressman Adam Kinzinger visits the YMCA Today, The YMCA of Rock River Valley gave a special tour to Congressman Adam Kinzinger at the ID Pennock Family YMCA on Y Boulevard.  Several weeks ago we had the pleasure of meeting with Congressman Kinzinger in Washington, DC during National Advocacy Days, a special event with the YMCA of the USA, where we take time to visit with our legislators to discuss important opportunities in our Association of Y’s.  While it is often difficult to meet with legislators during their busy time in...

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