Thank you Greg and to the Chamber for their continued support of YPN. We strongly agree that YPN is vital to the growth of our young professionals in this community. Becoming involved with our group allows them to develop lasting contacts, to become more involved in our community and hopefully to show them why they should stay in Muscatine. YPN would not be able to continue to do these things without first, the continued support of the Chamber (special thanks to Jodi, Ally and Katy), the overwhelming support from the businesses in our community (HNI, Allsteel, HON, Monsanto, Central State Bank, and Stanley Consultants – just to name a few), and the members who show up to each and every event or volunteer opportunity we are involved with. I would also like to give a huge thank you to our Leadership Council who work very hard to keep the organization going in the direction we want it to be and who are currently working on revamping our strategic plan in order to do so.
Here with us tonight are:
Stephanie Little with Central State Bank as Social Committee Chair
Travis Cutler with Trissel Graham & Toole as Community & Professional Development Chair
Trista Sotelo with Central State Bank as Public Relations Chair and Secretary
Not with us tonight:
Christi Saunders with Grain Processing Corp as our LC Chair
Page Althoff with HON Company as our Membership Committee Chair
Jordan Miller with Central State Bank as our Treasurer
Last, but not least, thank you to our families who continue to support us spending a little more time away from home to volunteer our time to make this a community we want to raise our families in. We even dragged a few of them here with us tonight!
With all that being said, YPN believes it is important that we continue to recognize those individuals who have helped to make this organization work and grow and who remain role models in our community. We would like to do this by honoring Nick Gow, who works for the City of Muscatine as the Athletic Facilities Manager and who has been involved with YPN since its inception in 2005, with the YPN of the Year Award. Nick has been chairperson as well as past chair on the Leadership Council for several years. Nick also served on GMCCI’s board for two years as past president of YPN. YPN flourished under Nick’s leadership and became the organization it is today. Some of the events that Nick spearheaded were Revelry by the River and our Annual Glow Ball Tournament. Nick has also been involved with YP Iowa and served as president and past president of the YP Iowa Board.
Not only is Nick involved with YPN, but he was involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 8 years. He was a dedicated big brother and truly exemplified what it meant to be a role model . He also currently serves on YP Iowa, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Chamber Ambassador Network and participates in the Blue Zones Walking Moai and Wine @ 5.
Nick not only continues to support YPN, but actively participates on our committees and recruits new members to our organization regularly. Without his support, YPN would not be what it is today.
Please help us in thanking Nick Gow for his extraordinary efforts with YPN and to present to him the YPN of the Year Award for 2013!