Union County CEO Alumni Donate Profits

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Union County CEO Alumni Donate Profits

Photo5ANNA—At a recent gathering of the Union County CEO Program family, alumni from the 2015-2016 class announced donations their class would be making from profits generated by the Christmas Cash class business.

Photo2Profits from Christmas Cash were initially used to make loans to individual student businesses during the spring semester.  Those loans having been repaid, the program’s 2015-2016 class decided to make the following donations:

  • $350 to CEO Team 17 for special events
  • $500 to establish an alumni fund for future CEO classes
  • $500 to the Local Wounded Warriors Duck Hunt at Grassy Lake Hunting Club
  • $740 to the CEO advisory board for the program’s general fund

Photo3Grassy Lake Hunting Club owner Collin Cain was on site to be presented a check for the Local Wounded Warriors Duck Hunt by alumni Meghan Smith, Austin Beszczynski, Austin Klasner and Kenzie Conway.

The evening was hosted at Coad of Anna’s Ford building by General Manager Jason Miller.  Be on the lookout for similar events throughout the school year.

Union County CEO is an entrepreneurship program for high school juniors and seniors funded entirely by investments from individuals, businesses and organizations.  More information about the program can be found at UnionCountyCEO.org.

“Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat” Project Announced By Union County CEO

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“Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat”  Project Announced By Union County CEO

ANNA—CEO Team 17 has announced it is partnering with Reppert Publications to fully create, design and develop content for a multipage Union County Pride insert for a February edition of the Gazette-Democrat called “Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat.”

The Team is soliciting thoughts from the members of the public as to what “Hearing our Hometown Heartbeat” means to them.  Comments shared with Union County CEO may be used in the insert.  What is the heartbeat of your hometown or of Union County—our larger “Hometown”?  Is it our schools?  Is it the relationships between the businesses and the community?  Is it our past, present or future?  What keeps that heart beating?

The specialty advertisements in the insert will be primarily of three types:  Thank yous, from organizations thanking their business sponsors; “Did You Know?” by local businesses or groups sharing something new or overlooked; and “Show Your Union County Pride” from anyone, photos welcome.  Ad sizes range from business card size to a half page and will start at $30.  Comments and advertisements are being taken until December 20 or until the limited space is filled.

CEO Team 17 has already visited or heard from almost 40 businesses leaders throughout Union County and have expressed an awareness of the important role each of those businesses play in the community as well as an appreciation for the beauty of our area and the kindness and generosity of our people.  They feel this insert will be an effective way to share that awareness and appreciation with others.

Those interested in sharing their thoughts about “Hearing Our Hometown Heartbeat” or who would like to discuss a possible ad are asked to contact team member and content chair Erin Dillow at 618-697-8028 or unioncountyceo16@gmail.com.

The Union County CEO Program is a business funded program for high school students in which the students learn entrepreneurship and business life skills through mentors, speakers from the local business community, multiple business visits per week and actual business experience both as a class and individuals.  More information is available at unioncountyceo.org and facebook.com/unioncountyceo.

Union County CEO Program Receives $3500 Grant From U.S. Bank Foundation

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Union County CEO Program Receives $3500 Grant From U.S. Bank Foundation

Branch Manager Linda Boone Presents Chairman Rollie Hawk With CEO Grant CheckCOBDEN—As a new school year begins, the Union County CEO Program received a bit of good news in that its grant application to the U.S. Bank Foundation had been accepted.  In fact, the amount awarded was more than expected.

“This was more than we had even requested,” said Union County CEO Chairman Rollie Hawk.  “I’m overwhelmed by U.S. Bank’s generosity to our program and am very thankful for their Cobden branch for helping us to make this happen.  It really shows their commitment to the future of this community.”

Hawk was presented on August 15, 2016 with a grant acceptance letter from the U.S. Bank Foundation and a $3500 check by Glenda Boone, Branch Manager of U.S. Bank in Cobden.

“U.S. Bank is very dedicated to the communities in which we serve,” said Boone.  “The U.S. Bank Foundation is pleased to be a financial supporter of the Union County CEO Program.”

“I personally have enjoyed being involved with the students and wish the very best to the incoming students and the first graduates of the class,” added Boone.

Union County CEO is funded entirely by investments from individuals, businesses and organizations.  More information about the program can be found at UnionCountyCEO.com or by contacting Chairman Rollie Hawk at rhawk@unioncountyceo.com or (618) 925-2470.

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Union County CEO Program Begins 2016-2017 School Year With Orientation

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Union County CEO Program Begins 2016-2017 School Year With Orientation

 

Left to Right - Shad Turner - Erin Smith - Aaron Lence - Julian Smith - Dillon Harris - Jessica GlascoANNA—The Union County CEO Program began its second year with an orientation event hosted by Anna-Jonesboro National Bank at their Anna facility on Leigh Avenue.  Students Erin Dillow of Shawnee Hills Christian Academy, Jessica Glasco of A-J High School, Dillon Harris of A-J High School, Aaron Lence of A-J High School, Julian Smith of A-J High School and Shad Turner of A-J High School introduced themselves to parents and board members for the first time as new members of the program.

Parents and StudentsCEO—short for Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities—began several years ago in Effingham County and has since spread to multiple counties throughout the state, including Union.  Students receive two hours of high school credit but instead of being taught in a traditional classroom by teachers, students learn from local business owners and meet every morning in local businesses.

“We are so pleased to be launching this second year of the program with such eager young people.  They know the expectations and are willing to do their very best to get the most out of every opportunity,” explained Facilitator Evelyn Bailey.  “We also look forward to calling upon our business community again to help expose the students to the ins and outs of the business world, the government and the community.”

Stephanie Cox of A-J National presents messenger bags to the class 2Program chairman and IT consultant Rollie Hawk, vice chairman and Union County treasurer Darren Bailey, treasurer and owner of Whitney Accounting Mark Chamness and other board members State Farm agent Bill Ecker, Cobden High School principal Crystal Housman, executive director of the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau Cindy Cain, owner of Heartland Gifts Mindy Carter and retired teacher Steve Haldeman led the event by addressing students and parents on the standards of the CEO program as well as answering questions from those in attendance.

“The standards for this program are higher than probably anything you’ve been involved with.  This isn’t a government program paid for with tax dollars.  People like those of us in this room choose to invest thousands of dollars every year just to give young people like you the opportunity to learn things you won’t learn anywhere else,” explained Hawk.  “We know you won’t let us down.”

Stephanie Cox of Anna-Jonesboro National Bank was on hand to present the students with a gift from the bank: messenger bags featuring the CEO logo.

“We are grateful for the Anna-Jonesboro National Bank and Stephanie Cox for hosting our 2017 CEO Orientation,” said Facilitator Evelyn Bailey.  “The students really appreciated receiving their messenger bags and we know they will be put to good use.”

Though the primary focus of the program is on business and entrepreneurship, Chairman Rollie Hawk sees this as a long term solution for many regional issues.

“There’s a real leadership void in southern Illinois.  We’ve all seen it.  Whether it’s in our business community, civic organizations, our churches or local government, there are plenty of people willing to point out the problems but very few willing to step up and lead us to solutions,” says Hawk.  “The CEO program is where we start developing tomorrow’s leaders today.”

Union County CEO is funded entirely by investments from individuals, businesses and organizations.  More information about the program can be found at UnionCountyCEO.com or by contacting Chairman Rollie Hawk at rhawk@unioncountyceo.com or (618) 925-2470.

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