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July 16, 2018

Leslee Hill to lead empowering luncheon on July 26 at Chamber

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As part of the 2018 Chamber Women's Lunch Series, Leslee Hill, director of the Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center, will present a friendly, interactive workshop to engage and empower women entitled "You are not a fraud." The luncheon will be held Thursday, July 26 at noon at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 128 West Van Buren Street in downtown Columbia City.
According to Hill, Imposter Syndrome is a pattern of thinking in which a person, women especially, doubt their accomplishments and fear they will be exposed as a 'fraud.' Although a person can be quite competent, achieve high praise, academic honors, professional recognition and public accolades -- they can still believe they aren't good enough and lack confidence in their skills and abilities. Fear of failure, guilt and denial of one's own ability can create the Imposter Syndrome.
Hill said the internal dialog that 'I'm a fake' or 'I was just lucky' or 'I'm not good enough' becomes prevalent as women try to meet the image of perfection created by society. We struggle to meet the expectation of the perfect family, the perfect job, the perfect life. Internally we fear evaluation, not being successful, that we aren't being as 'good' as others and we fear we will be 'exposed' and we don't deserve the recognition we have received. In reality, you are actually accomplishing quite a lot and you are not a fraud! You do deserve praise! You are intelligent! You are successful! Are you perfect? No, but no one is perfect!
"We think it's important to talk about this because it is a pattern we can change. This negative internal dialog gets in the way of your potential to succeed in really big ways," said Jennifer Romano, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.
Hill's workshop will cover the following topics:
• Why do we strive for this image of perfection?
• How to stop the negative talk?
• Quit beating yourself up with unrealistic demands and expectations you impose on yourself.
• How to squash feelings of self-doubt when it creeps into your thoughts
• Accept your achievements and praise from others
The workshop, which includes a catered lunch, is $15 per person. Space is limited, so you must RSVP by Friday, July 20 to attend. To reserve your seat, contact the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center by calling 248-8131 or email: office@whitleychamber.com

Master Gardeners will host symposium Tuesday at the 4-H Fairgrounds

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The Whitley County Master Gardeners will host a gardening symposium on Tuesday, July 17, at the Agricultural History Museum on the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Presenters include:
Dr. Sean White - 1 to 2 p.m. "Preventing Gardening Injuries 101"
Ginny Faulkner - 2 to 3 p.m. "Adaptive Gardening"
Jason Becker - 3 to 4 p.m. "Planting in Unusual Containers"
There is no cost to attend.

Camp Whitley's campers say 'thanks' to pizza night sponsors


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For the 22nd consecutive year, local businesses and individuals have supported Pizza Night at Camp Whitley, providing hot pizza dinners on Tuesday evenings to hungry campers at Camp Whitley in northern Whitley County. Generous donations make this all possible. This year's sponsors include Orizon Real Estate, The Rotary Club, The Elks Club, Tri Kappa, C&H Concrete and Pizza Hut.
Above, a group of Camp Whitley campers gathers with representatives of Tri Kappa to thank them for bringing pizza again this year.

Whitley County natives Morsches, Sexton recognized as 'Unsung Legal Heroes'

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Two Whitley County natives are among those being recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Unsung Legal Heroes.
Frederick "Fritz" Morsches and Roy Sexton were recognized for their service. This program honors law firm employees who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, often behind the scenes. This award is reserved for the state's most talented and dedicated legal support professionals. The recognition covers several areas, including a law librarian, paralegals, legal secretaries, firm administrators, information technology, legal education and legal marketing.
Morsches handles legal marketing for the firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Sexton handles legal marketing for the firm Kerr Russell PLC.

Life really is better here!


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Last week, the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, City of Columbia City, Columbia City Parks Department and Passages Inc. partnered to film segments for the upcoming WPTA "Life is Better Here in Whitley County" segment for the television show INSight. Representatives from the entities shared high points about local events and programs. The program was filmed at the newly opened Russel & Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Center in Columbia City. The program will air at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 on WPTA Channel 21.

Above, WPTA's Dirk Rowley interviews Passages Inc.'s marketing and development manager Tara Smith as part of the "Life is Better Here in Whitley County" show.

Wondering what to do next at the Whitley County 4-H Fair?

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Are you looking for information about the Whitley County 4-H Fair, now underway at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds? If so, you can visit the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center to pick up a brochure weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. OR you can find a schedule online at https://extension.purdue.edu/whitley/pages/article.aspx?intItemID=21254

K21 Health Foundation grant awarded to Ivy Tech's Warsaw site

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Ivy Tech Community College's Warsaw site recently learned it will be the recipient of a K21 Health Foundation grant to provide hands-on learning experiences for students in Healthcare Specialist and Medical Assisting programs.
The $22,000 in grant funds will be used to purchase lab equipment for anatomy and physiology courses which are fundamental to all health science programs. The equipment will help train students while simulating real-world experience in health care and will also improve the quality of healthcare services provided to Kosciusko County residents.
"We are fortunate to be the recipient of these grant funds in order to expand our offerings at Ivy Tech Warsaw," says Warsaw Vice Chancellor Allyn Decker. "The new equipment will also allow us to provide workforce training in the vibrant local orthopedic industry."
The proposed project is expected to improve educational outcomes for approximately 200 students enrolled in Ivy Tech Warsaw's health science classes annually.
"One of the best ways to impact our local healthcare workforce is to invest in local healthcare education and training," says Rich Haddad, K21 president and CEO. "We are pleased to partner with Ivy Tech Warsaw to enhance and improve their offerings in the area of health professional development."
Graduates of the Medical Assisting and Healthcare Specialist programs are prepared to work in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. The students may also choose to transfer Ivy Tech credits to a four-year institution upon graduation to complete a bachelor's degree.
K21 Health Foundation is a private foundation that focuses on opportunities to improve health and wellness for the citizens of Kosciusko County. This focus has its roots from the origin of the assets of the foundation being from the non-profit hospital that was established in 1967.

The Watershed Foundation announces annual photography contest

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If you spend any time at the lakes in our community, you likely have many photographs -- from animals and nature, to family and playtime in your camera or on your phone.
One of The Watershed Foundation favorite things to do is connecting others to the watershed community in a way that helps promote understanding about how we are all, in some way, connected to and benefit from our natural water resources.
They would love to see how you live, learn and play on our area's lakes, land and rivers -- and they urge local residents to participate in The Watershed Foundation's annual photo contest, "Picture your Watershed."
You can enter your pictures through The Watershed Foundation's Facebook page by selecting the "2018 Photo Contest" tab on the top of the homepage or through the website, www.WatershedFoundation.org
The competition is open to all pictures taken in the Upper Tippecanoe River watershed, spanning from Crooked Lake in Whitley county through south of Warsaw. In Whitley and Noble County, the Upper Tippecanoe River watershed lakes include: Crane Lake, Big Lake, Crooked Lake, Loon Lake, Old Lake, New Lake and Troy Cedar Lake.
Warsaw area lakes include: Barbee, Center, Chapman, Pike, Ridinger, Tippecanoe, Webster, Winona, as well as the Tippecanoe River and all of the land in-between.
Pictures from the land and lakes in the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed may be submitted from now until November 1, 2018. After that, voting will open for the "People's Choice" awards.
For more rules and conditions, visit our website at www.WatershedFoundation.org.

Whitley County Patriots hosting Military Appreciation Night Tuesday

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The Whitley County Patriots will hold their annual Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 506 North Main Street in Columbia City.
The featured speaker for the evening will be Major Robert Bohn, USAF, Ret. Major Bohn's varied career took him from boot camp to navigator, flight school to KC-135-aerial refueling and included a tour of duty along the way as a Base Commander. He also recently made the trip to Washington, D.C. as a member of our local Honor Flight.
The program will pay tribute to all branches of the military.
Refreshments will be served following the meeting.