In December, the CEO class visited the WRUL radio station and spoke on the station’s Open Line. They talked about their upcoming fundraising event, “Fun, Frost, and Family,” and what White County CEO is all about and how it started. Most of them were really nervous to be on the radio station, but it turned out great and they enjoyed the experience.
On December 14, Kathy Sands from The Villagers Voice newspaper came and talked to the class about how the paper in Norris City started. She gave them information about pricing and printing and how the paper is set up. She also talked about where and how The Villagers’ Voice delivers its papers.
The class also got to meet up with the mayor of Norris City, Roy Kissel, in December. He spoke with them about government funds, enterprise funds, why it’s so important to pay your bills, and Norris City’s TIF district. He explained that the TIF district brings in extra funds that can be used to help Norris City’s business owners if their business is within the district. When asked how he overcomes obstacles, he said, “I wish I had a penny for every wrong note I’ve ever hit.” As a former music teacher, he explained that life is like performing. If you hit a wrong note, you can’t go back and change that moment; you must keep playing.
The class also had a visit from Clay Gray in December. He talked about life, how to be successful while collaborating, and about career planning. The class learned a lot about what he does for GoJo, and he showed us a preview of a new Purell single packet.
A much-anticipated part of the Fun, Frost, and Family event has been our silent auction. The class was blown away by the immense generosity and support shown by businesses in the community. Here is a list of donation from businesses:
DoOver Decor – Gift basket and Christmas sign; The Courtyard – $25 item; Banterra Bank – Toys: Frozen Elsa doll, LEGO Friends Snow Resort, LEGO City Police, Nerf N-strike Elite; Gillard’s Hardware & Rental – Shopvac; Gracie Mae’s Flower & Gifts – Gift basket; Merle Norman – Makeup products with bag; Do or Dye Salon – Hair basket; H.D. Bean Jewelers – Handbag and diamond earrings; Rice Motor Company – Chevrolet and Rice Motor Co. merchandise and toys; Rhoda’s Doll Emporium – Melissa & Doug sticker pad; Tumble Time – One month of lessons; S & E Auto – Free oil change; Carmi Chronicle – Oneyear newspaper subscription; Carmi Taekwondo Center – One month of taekwondo lessons; Walmart – $30 item;Showstoppers – One year of lessons and teddy bear; Healy Farms – Fingerling toy; Phillipstown Coffee – 3 bags of coffee; La-D-Da Boutique – Outfit with hair accessory; Wild Imaginations Boutique – Gift basket; Eden Salon – Gift basket; Momma’s Flowers – Gift basket; Wabash Christian Village – Gift basket; First Bank – Gift Basket.
The White County CEO Class of 2018 would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the immense support of the CEO class. They thank the community for coming out and making Fun, Frost, and Family a successful event. They send thanks to Emmanuel United Methodist Church for providing the perfect venue, Ginny’s Diner for catering the meal, and Jodi Duncan for arranging the utmost beautiful decorations.
A special thank you goes to the 22 table sponsors. Last, but not least, thanks to the White County CEO investors, mentors, and board members. Their hard work and dedication to the program does not go unnoticed. CEO is a unique form of entrepreneurial education unlike any other. By choosing to support this program, you are investing in the youth of White County who will, in turn, shape the future of Southern Illinois. Stay updated as 11 White County students launch their individual businesses in the upcoming year!