COLUMBIA CITY — Building community interest is a by product of the Leadership Whitley County program, but personal connections are the added bonus.
“I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I signed up for this program,” said Mark Green, Columbia City’s parks director.
Green was a part of the nine-month leadership organization in 2006-07.
“Being involved allowed me to get to know the community and create ties within the community,” he said.
Leadership Whitley County assists individuals in making a “more meaningful” connection with their community.
The program provides individuals an opportunity to enhance their servant-leadership skills that can be beneficial in the professional and personal arena.
Patti Rethlake is employed with Star Financial Bank and found her experience with LWC to be a way to reconnect with the area.
“I had been working in Fort Wayne and came back to Columbia City,” she said. “When I joined LWC, I had the chance to get to know people, reacquaint myself with the area and get involved.”
Rethlake and Green worked together on a small group project during their time in LWC. That brainstorming and idea session brought about what is now the Splash Pad in Morsches Park.
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