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Coalitions a great idea

October 4, 2013
Estherville News

People in Emmet County are working together toward common causes - and that's a great idea.

An excellent case in point is the Emmet County Wellness Coalition which met just this past Wednesday. Members discussed upcoming wellness events such as the Healthiest State Walk Wednesday, Oct. 9 and other activities.

Another coalition that's bringing people together in a common cause is the Emmet County Network, representing volunteer organizations from throughout Emmet County. The network's next meeting is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in Room 74 at the Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville campus. If you would like to be a part of this vibrant volunteer network, please stop by and see what it's all about.

A lot of credit has to go to Jenna Pollock, Emmet County naturalist, for her above-and-beyond volunteer efforts. Pollock, president of the Emmet County Water Trails Association and a very active member of the Friends of Fort Defiance, is a stellar example of someone who loves her work and shows it by doing far more than what is required.

Lexie Hash and Susan Pytleski and members of the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassadors also are going above and beyond by working with other groups synergistically. An excellent example of that is the chamber sharing proceeds from this Saturday's 5K fun run and the Oct. 31 Halloween hike with the Friends of Fort Defiance.

Volunteerism is a seed that once planted grows - often to proportions far beyond the imagination of those who planted it. Often, the things they put energy into gain a life of their own. And that's what's happening in Emmet County.

And that's a great thing to see.



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