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Boone County Emerging Leaders host kick-off event, promote organization

Michelle Olson, BCDA director, introduces herself to guests during the party and discusses the organization. Above, she shakes hands with Marcus Donner, athletic director at Boone Central High.

By Gabby Christensen
Boone County Emerging Leaders, previously known as Boone County Young Leaders, held its first event of the year on Thursday, March 15, at the Cardinal Inn conference center.
Boone County Development Agency (BCDA) Director, Michelle Olson, led a presentation at the beginning of the night, encompassing the mission and goals of the group.
At the St. Patrick’s themed affair, there were game stations, prizes, green beer, and food catered by Curtis Luettel, owner of The Stirred Pot.
A total of 72 people attended.
Various businesses from within the county donated to the event.
“The Boone County Emerging Leaders is extremely grateful to Curtis Luettel for catering, Brandi Yosten for volunteering time to help plan and execute our first event, and to the 20 plus local organizations that donated prizes,” Olson said.
The kick-off event is the first of many events, according to Olson.
“We would like to select a community engagement project, host an educational-leadership speaker, and then we will end the year with an event where we invite leadership from various well-established organizations within our county,” Olson said. “Leaders from each organization will speak about what it is that they do, and how someone would be able to get involved in the future.”
Along with these events, Olson said the group may participate in ongoing community activities, such as volunteering to help with community events, planning days to eat or shop locally as a group, planning a community clean-up day, and social gatherings to invite more people to the group.
“We want to be involved within our community as a group and individually throughout the year,” Olson said.

Read the complete story in the March 21 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.