October 17, 2013

CCRN leaders dare others to move

Annual summit challenges attendees to commit to a task force.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — The image of a clock stood on the projection screen, ticking as each second went by. Each second the hand ticks is a second you are getting older, said Rick Hollering, a speaker at this year’s Cass County Resource Network summit.

And the clock is ticking, Hollering said as he looked at those in attendance Thursday afternoon.

The Cass County Resource Network summit took place not to scare people about the always-ticking clock, but to reflect on the network’s success and prepare for the coming year. The meeting was to give attendees a sense of urgency to make a difference and take action.

The Cass County Resource Network is made up of more than 50 organizations as well as individuals who are divided into task forces to improve Cass County. The summit allowed time for people either to recommit to the task forces or to sign up for the first time. The task forces cover childcare/preschool, employment, neighborhood, family stability and food security.

A sheet handed out at the event displayed some of the moves the different task forces have made during 2013.

Through the CCRN task forces, five community gardens were established in Logansport, 84 children attended Begindergarten and received school readiness preparation, a 2-1-1 EXPO gave residents information to promote local programs and various other projects were completed.

Hollering urged people to take what had been talked about and use it in their personal lives as well as the resource network and in the community at large. Going off of the momentum from the summit, leaders intend to have a planning session in November for 2014.

“We have a great organization here,” Hollering said. “Don’t just spectate. We can do great things in the community.”

During Hollering’s presentation, he talked about life management and setting and achieving goals. He also told people to beware of the comfort zone.

“It’s easy to get busy with life,” Hollering said. “We get caught in the comfort zone. The more comfortable we are, the less aware we are of the ticking clock.”

He also told others that through goal setting, it is easier to prioritize and manage goals.

“You can’t manage time, but you can manage what you do with time,” Hollering said.

Joyce Mayhill, executive director of United Way of Cass County, spoke and thanked people for coming and asked those who haven’t yet to get involved.

Mayhill said CCRN leaders would like community members to make a commitment to the network annually. Mayhill ended the meeting by thanking people for attending.

“I dare you to make your move,” Mayhill said.

The 2014 CCRN planning session will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 701 Spencer St., Logansport.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.

If you go: WHAT: 2014 CCRN planning session WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 21 WHERE: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 701 Spencer St., Logansport