Gerald And Collin Cain Present $10,000 Check To The Union County CEO Program

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Collin Cain presents Chairman Rollie Hawk and daughter Madi Hawk with $10,000 check. Gerald Cain is seated in front with Rascal on the floor below.

WARE—The Union County CEO Program received a huge pledge of support from Gerald and Collin Cain on January 19, 2015 at the Grassy Lake Hunting Club.  The club’s owners presented Union County CEO chairman Rollie Hawk with a check for $10,000 to invest in the program.

“This is such an unprecedented investment that we’ve created a new investor category for Gerald and Collin Cain: executive level investors,” said Hawk.

Hawk presents Gerald Cain with letter of appreciation.
Hawk presents Gerald Cain with letter of appreciation.

Hawk then presented Gerald Cain with a framed letter expressing his and the board’s deep appreciation for this enormous investment in the future of Union County’s students.

Quoting from the letter:

My vision for Union Thanks to Cains - SignedCounty CEO is twofold.  Getting across to students the ways to succeed in business—whether on the first, second or subsequent attempts—is critical to the long-term health of our county.  That said, what I see as perhaps an even more fundamental goal is to develop the future leaders that our region needs to carry us through the twenty-first century!

Gentlemen like yourselves who are willing to put their words, their names and their money behind something that will improve the lives of Union County students are setting an excellent example to the young people in the CEO Program and the greater community.  Because of your investment in CEO, the futures of Anna-Jonesboro, Cobden, Dongola and Shawnee high school students just got notably brighter.


Union County CEO Class Held At The Old Feed Store In Cobden

COBDEN—The Union County CEO program held its December class meeting at The Old Feed Store in Cobden.  Presenter Craig Lindvahl led discussions covering many areas of technology and their retail applications, reasons why oil prices have been dropping, the importance of building personal networks and the publishing process.

As always, Lindvahl shared how impressed he was with the Union County students.

“At the end, I spent a few minutes talking with the kids about how incredible the discussion we were having is, how they can take that back to their other classes, how to own your own learning, and how many things we accept around us without really engaging our curiosity,” said Lindvahl. “As always, the time passed much too quickly.”

Union County CEO chairman Rollie Hawk was very appreciative of this opportunity for the students.

“Any time the kids get to meet with Craig, it’s time that you know is well-spent,” said Hawk.  “He’s on the pulse of so many things that are happening in terms of new technologies and how the ways to reach people are changing but also staying the same.”

Hawk also expressed appreciation for Ray and Rose Hogan allowing the class to meet at The Old Feed Store.

“I first met them at a charity event last year where we shared a table and they are quite a couple!  I’m a fan of anyone trying to build up the local community and they are definitely focused on that.”

The Union County CEO Program is currently working to complete fundraising for its first full class for the 2015-2016 school year.  The modified program meets monthly but next year the class will be meeting daily for two hours.

The CEO Program is completely funded by investors so buy-in from the local business community is critical.  Hawk says several new board members have been doing great work in terms of fund raising.

“Three of our newest board members—Mark Chamness, Ryan Carter and Cindy Cain—have stepped up for us in huge ways.  They’ve really gone out of their way to meet with local business leaders to bring them in as investors for the program.”