LWC: More than networking, its personal

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. To read the rest of this story, see the May 11 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.