Small Talk: Young Leaders Society turns 2
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
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Young Leaders Society (YLS) of Calhoun County marked its second anniversary at its annual meeting Sept. 6 at Classic on Noble. Members enjoyed dinner, remarks from keynote speaker Sen. Del Marsh and a review and celebration of the organization’s accomplishments.

The group (currently 52 members strong) is made up of young professionals in the Calhoun County area who are committed to community service and professional development.

In the last year alone, YLS members contributed $10,764 to United Way. They also played a major role in organizing United Way’s “Day of Action,” with 330 volunteers participating, providing more than 1,900 volunteer hours for Calhoun County.

In the past year, YLS members contributed an additional 682 volunteer hours through various projects such as Blessings in a Backpack, the Salvation Army Angel Tree, Woodstock 5K and United Way’s “Success by 6” early learning initiative.

Last September, at its first annual meeting, YLS began a tradition by awarding the Community Impact Award, given to a YLS member who shows extraordinary commitment to improving our community and making a lasting impact on Calhoun County.

This year’s award was given posthumously to Derek Jensen. The award was graciously accepted by his wife, Mina. In addition, the decision was made by the YLS officers to permanently name the award in honor of Derek: The Derek Jensen Community Impact Award.

The text of the declaration reads: “The 2011-12 Officers of the Young Leaders Society of Calhoun County, under the leadership of founding President Misty K. Skinner, declared that the Young Leaders Society’s Community Impact Award shall be known now and in the future as The Derek Jensen Community Impact Award. With this change, we honor Derek’s life and legacy of love, friendship and giving, along with his tireless efforts to improve the world we see around us.”

The program concluded with the recognition of outgoing YLS officers, and the presentation of the 2012-13 incoming officers.

Outgoing officers included Corey McWhorter, treasurer; Derek Conrad Brown, social media chair; Kate Van Meter, special events chair; Anna-Marie Moorer, membership and recruitment chair; Brooke McCulley, vice-president, and Misty Skinner, president.

New officers for 2012-13 are Jonathan Mosley, treasurer; Chassidy Bowen, social media chair; Tommie Goggans III, membership and recruitment chair; Anna-Marie Moorer, vice-president; and Brooke McCulley, president.

2011-12 officers Sherlyn McWhorter, community service chair, and Amie Hinton, secretary, will retain their posts for the next year.

Outgoing president Misty Skinner said, “Young Leaders Society has been an awesome organization that has connected so many young Calhoun County leaders. I am honored to have been the founding president, and it’s a little bittersweet to let that go … but I look forward to the future of YLS and all that it will become.”

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Enjoy delectable wines and help reduce the number of unwanted animals at SAVE’s “Sips for Snips,” Oct. 25 at Tyson’s Fine Wine and Things in Anniston. SAVE funds a low-cost or free spay and neuter program for pets, and Tyson’s is known for hosting fabulous wine tastings each Thursday in a fun, comfortable atmosphere.
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