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Leadership Geauga Names Geauga County 4-H as 2018 Emerald Leader

Each year since 2001, Leadership Geauga County honors visionary and dedicated community leaders and organizations whose extraordinary work has significantly enhanced the quality of life in Geauga County.  These individuals and organizations have given generously of their time and talents, and have worked to keep Geauga County the best place to live and call home.

Leadership Geauga is proud to announce that the 2018 Emerald Leader is presented to Geauga County 4-H.  Geauga 4-H will receive their award on March 3 at the Emerald Ball.  Sponsored by Junction Auto Family, the Emerald Ball is an evening of leadership recognition and philanthropy.

The Geauga County 4-H Program has over 750 youth enrolled and utilizes over 125 adult volunteers to organize and lead 37 county based 4-H clubs.  Geauga County 4-H offers a wide range of youth leadership opportunities including camper and camp counselors, public speaking, financial literacy, educational livestock clinics, project skills judging, field trips, and community outreach events.  Participants increase their self-confidence and develop life skills while learning about specific subjects – anything from animals to robotics, cooking, art, gardening and environmental sciences, just to name a few project topics.

Here in our local community Geauga County 4-H has taken on hunger and has partnered with the Kellis Eye Center to host their third annual food drive to benefit the Geauga Hunger Task Force.  Dr. Augustine Kellis had this to say about their collaboration, “Our combined efforts have helped raise over sixty-five thousand dollars to help feed the hungry in the county.  I have seen these 4-H children and young adults join efforts to truly live their pledge to use their hands for greater service. From door to door visits to local businesses, to dropping off collection boxes and standing outside local grocery stores, I have witnessed their enthusiasm and dedication.  They are goal oriented, accept a challenge and rise to the occasion. It is their hard work and leadership that has made these drives successful.  Knowing these 4-H children has renewed my faith in the youth of our world.”

“We couldn’t be more proud to present the Emerald Leader award to an organization that uses their talents and time to better our community,” said Melanie Scanlon, Leadership Geauga Executive Director. “Their investment in youth leadership development and service to the community is unmatched.  And to give back so much without looking for recognition, that is what truly makes this organization remarkable.”

4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities. 4-H members learn valuable lessons in leadership, communication and collaboration while increasing their knowledge in math, science, technology and a variety of other topics.

For more information on the Emerald Ball or to request tickets call 440-286-8115 or visit our website

New NextWork Collaboration Between Lake and Geauga County School Districts Targets Manufacturing Communities

A new regional collaboration called NextWork has been formed between Lake and Geauga county school districts and the cities’ manufacturing communities. The NextWork program is designed to provide k-12 students exposure, training and quality job opportunities while fulfilling local manufacturing workforce needs.

NextWork launched in August and is funded by the state of Ohio, the Cleveland Foundation and other smaller organizations.  The program currently boasts many premier Lake and Geauga County manufacturing companies as partners, including Swagelok Manufacturing, Universal Metal Products, Inc., Component Repair Technologies, WVIZ Technology Fredon Corporation and Lost Nation Airport.

Geauga County manufacturers are being encouraged to participate. For the complete story click here.

Legacy Speaker Series presents VA Aid & Attendance and Homebound Seminar November 28 at Mapleview Country Villa

Did you know that wartime veterans requiring physical assistance may qualify for a monthly pension from the VA? The VA’s Aid & Attendance pension benefits also extends to spouses and windows/widowers. Whether the individual is at home or in a care center, this is a monthly benefit that you don’t want to miss. Learn how you might qualify for this program at a free seminar presented by Rachel Kabb-Effron, Esq., from Kabb Law Firm, from 5-7 pm. The presentation will be followed by an “Ask the Expert” Q&A session.

A free dinner will be provided during the program which starts promptly at 5:00 pm at Mapleview Country Villa located at 775 South Street in Chardon. Space is limited so call (440) 286-8176 by November 21 to register.