It’s that time of year for thanksgiving and time with family and friends. As I reflect on the last six months of the opening of RJL Solutions I’m filled with many emotions mostly centered on gratitude. Since July, I’ve hired two new team members, Betsy Peperak and Jenn Kersey, and have the privilege to work alongside many amazing clients who are leaders in their industries and communities. There is no shortage for celebration. So, I find myself celebrating each of you.
This past weekend RJL Solutions had the opportunity to assist Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) with implementing the Second Annual Light Your Way Parade in collaboration with Miracle on 7th Street. Watching SMWC students Karah Ellis and Maddie Stuck lead the parade route with over 10,000 people in attendance was a sight to witness. Certainly I felt pride for each of them. Another example was watching Rose-Hulman students assemble hundreds of bikes for the Bikes for Tikes program. Bikes were then delivered to organizations across the region for children in need of a bicycle for transportation and recreational purposes. However, it made me think. How many other amazing programs could be implemented across West Central Indiana if we were to help nurture more students in servant and civic leadership roles? There are many examples of how college students can make a difference beyond any one of us, but why not more, many more?
Last week, Governor Eric Holcomb visited Terre Haute. He spoke to a large group of Chamber members followed by time with the Tribune Star’s editorial board. In both settings he talked about West Central Indiana’s biggest asset being the variety of educational institutions including ISU, Ivy Tech, SMWC, Rose-Hulman, Harrison College, and he even mentioned Vincennes and DePauw Universities. He stated, “I can’t think of another region across Indiana that has this same opportunity. The menu of options is incredible.” So, as a business community, how do we nurture these students in experiential ways and raise servant and civic leaders willing to change West Central Indiana? I think we can do better.
With that, RJL Solutions is excited to announce two new interns starting in January. Kathryn Shema from Indiana State University and Anna Madden from SMWC will be joining the team to work on a collaborative, community project which will be announced soon. We look forward to what these two students accomplish as they work closely with government and business leaders across West Central Indiana.