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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Building community interest is a by product of the Leadership Whitley County program, but personal connections are the added bonus.
â€śI wasnâ€™t sure what I was getting into when I signed up for this program,â€ť said Mark Green, Columbia Cityâ€™s parks director.
Green was a part of the nine-month leadership organization in 2006-07.
â€śBeing involved allowed me to get to know the community and create ties within the community,â€ť he said.
Leadership Whitley County assists individuals in making a â€śmore meaningfulâ€ť 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.
â€śI had been working in Fort Wayne and came back to Columbia City,â€ť she said. â€śWhen I joined LWC, I had the chance to get to know people, reacquaint myself with the area and get involved.â€ť
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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