A few weeks have passed since my graduation from Leadership Overland Park 2015. I’ve had a little time to reflect on the significance of my time spent with this very dynamic, diverse and talented group of people. The program was a combination of education, self-reflection/evaluation, effort and sweat! Yes, actual sweating was involved, but I will get to that in a moment.
While I’d experienced much of what the program exposes you to over the years, it’s amazing how much you learn and experience when you do it with so many different people! It really forced me to look at things just a little bit differently. It was a good reminder that there’s always an opportunity to learn new things, even if you are doing something you’ve done before. Open your eyes, ears and mind to gain a much broader perspective and that will help you grow personally and professionally.
As for the sweating I mentioned, one task the Leadership Overland Park group is charged with every year is to do a community service project. That was the only direction we were given. After some thought and research, our group decided to tackle one of the larger projects that’s been done. We decided to build a wiffle ball field and soccer field for the Marillac Center. The Marillac Center provides treatment for children challenged with mental health issues.
Here’s a link to a PDF with the details on page 8.
It was a three day endeavor that included hauling 3 tons of infield material 200 yards up the hill to the field, designing and building a new scoreboard and then wrapped up with a picnic for the kids. Unfortunately, the weather had not cooperated, so it was impossible to get the truck and supplies any closer due to all the rain we’ve experienced this spring. Our group persevered and got the job done with wheelbarrows and strong backs. We were all exhausted, but what a great experience! The day of the picnic was too wet to use the fields but it was still nice to meet and have some fellowship with the kids.
The Leadership Overland Park experience reminds us that we’ve got to get involved and give back to the community that we live in. Lance Collins from YRC was our appointed spokesman. He asked an important question… “Why Not US?” A large portion of our leadership group is meeting to figure out the answer. We’re excited to see what we can accomplish for our community! As you can tell, this has been a fantastic experience!
So I ask you, “Why not YOU!!!” Go out and get involved!