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ELW in the Community: Paralegal Notes from Leadership Sun Prairie

[This entry was written by Colleen Wenos, describing her initial experiences in the 2013-2014 Leadership Sun Prairie Program.]

Continuing education is a big part of staying up to date, both inside and outside the world of law, so when I heard about the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce’s networking group Leadership Sun Prairie, I jumped to apply. Leadership Sun Prairie was created in the mid-1990s to develop future business leaders and promote positive community development in Sun Prairie. Energy Law Wisconsin’s owner, Michael Allen, was part of the team that developed the program.

This year’s crop of 15 professionals, Class XVII, is culled from Sun Prairie businesses and organizations. At each session (one per month September through May), participants concentrate their efforts and learn in depth about a specific sector of the community, with tours, field trips and speakers. For example, while September provided ice breakers and an overview of community involvement information, October gave me a wealth of information on community volunteer needs and opportunities to make a difference, including helping at Sunshine Place, the Red Barn, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, the Colonial Club, and Shelter from the Storm Ministries.

One of the valuable aspects of Leadership Sun Prairie to me is that the other participants and myself are challenged by having to try new things and take on responsibilities with little or no prior notice.  I’ve spontaneously delivered meals to seniors and have been given only 15 minutes to create a news segment that was recorded for Sun Prairie’s Community Access Channel KSUN at the Sun Prairie Media Center . Even longtime Sun Prairie residents will learn something new in Leadership Sun Prairie’s comprehensive look at the city, and with themes like health & wellness, education, business and government coming up, there’s more in store!

Energy Law Wisconsin and I would like to thank Wisconsin Distributors, the Colonial Club and Sun Prairie Utilities for meeting space in 2013 and to thank all businesses and organizations who donated their time, resources and people to make it a richly rewarding program. Chris Mertes, Sun Prairie Star Managing Editor, chimes in about his speaking opportunity here.

Written on November 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm, by Energy Law Wisconsin