Young professionals group forming

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Informational meetings planned for April


PERRY COUNTY – A soon-to-form organization could become a catalyst for community development in Perry County and give its young adults  opportunities for networking and volunteer service, not to mention a lot of fun.

Perry County Young Professionals will host two informational meetings in April to share its mission and recruit members. The group’s early development will be sponsored by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, which is itself an effort of the Perry County Development Corp.

As part of its mission to enhance quality-of-life issues for all of the county, the Quality of Life Committee believes there is a need to offer adults, in particular those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, better opportunities for developing entrepreneurial skills and business networking as well as hosting social events and opportunities for community service.

Chris Cail, a member of the Quality of Life Committee, will serve as a liaison for the new group.

“Too often we hear people around my age and older say there aren’t enough things to do. Here’s a group that will offer a chance to have fun, share ideas, network and help the community,” he said.

The group’s work will likely resemble the Jaycees organization that served the community for decades.

Two call-out meetings will be held:
• Thursday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Post restaurant on Main Street.
• Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 pm. at Marcy’s restaurant in Leopold.

Despite the organization’s name, there are no minimum or maximum ages for membership. “If you think you are a young leader or professional, you are a young professional,” said Cail. Membership isn’t restricted by career, either. Cail said people from all walks of life are welcome to learn more about the group.

The group’s membership will guide its direction but Cail said possible events could include tips from entrepreneurs in starting business, sponsoring trips to sporting events and cultural trips and social events at local gathering spots. Perry County Young Professionals will also promote community service and may sponsor fundraising events for local nonprofits and provide its members volunteer opportunities.

Spencer County’s Catalyst Group, an organization with similar goals to the Quality of Life Committee, has formed a similar organization in Spencer County and that group has had two call-out meetings and has formed committees its members are joining.

For more information, contact Cail at 619-6128 or by email at christophercail@att.net or Andy Hollinden at (317) 372-2762 or hollinden@gmail.com.