Posted By Cheryl Tieman
I came to Sturgeon Bay and beautiful Door County, WI in 1979 to start a career first in social work and later in education. Coming to a new small town community, I knew I needed to build my life, career and friends around service to that community. As the years passed I became involved in a number of programs and service groups in the community. It was an invitation from a previous employer that brought me to my first Rotary meeting.
Many have a preconceived notion of an old, stodgy group of man, smoking cigars at luncheon. Yet I pushed myself to attend my first complimentary lunch to see for myself, to understand better the club, its vision and mission. And I found anything but that in my initial encounter.
I was greeted by a diverse organization of welcoming men and women of all ages, all backgrounds and experiences, all professionals with a single goal; service above self. It was then that I found my new community, my place where I could make a real difference. Working with a group of like minded people, people of action, is where I wanted to spend my time and energy.
Hard to believe that was 5 years ago. What I didn’t realize then, was that 4 years later I would be representing that community as their President. And as President, for the one-year term I have this year, it is my primary goal to grow the organization so we can build upon the impact we have had and take that to a new level.
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