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Learning Link Community Meeting Minutes

October 14, 2013 Learning Link Community Meeting Minutes

Written November 1st, 2013 by
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First United Methodist Church, 1203 E. Seventh Street, Auburn, IN

October 14, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

PRESENT : Holly Albright, Molly Arens, Deborah Argast, Paulette Bentley, Jeffrey Burns, Rebecca Carothers, Shannon Carpenter, Lisa Christen, Megan Curtis, Pamela Deetz, Randall Deetz, Kelly Dunham, Melissa Eshbach, Kay Finchum, Mark Franke, Shannon Gage, Sherry Grate, Sherry Hanchar, Julie Hill-Lauer, Sue Houser, Julie Isbell, Shirley Johnson, Kyle Kirby, Rodrick Knox, Suzanne Laker, Kaylee Lettau, Mark Levy, Julie Lochner, Nora McCann, Ken McCrory, Brad McDaniel, John Ober, Wendy Oberlin, Becky Pfeffer, Trisha Prezbindowski, Mary Ellen Rayle, Terry Rayle, Jennifer Redwine, Karen Rice, Julia Rice, Alison Rynearson, Megan Satkowiak, Barry Schrock, Sonja Situm, Charles Schmidt, Ben Smaltz, Judy Sorg, Chris Straw, Alyce Thompson, Julia Tipton, Matt Toth, Jeffrey Turner, Ryan Twiss, Sandra Wilcox, Jerry Yoder, Norman Yoder, Paula Yoder, Tanya Young, Pat Zakula, Callie Zonker (McDougald). Total: 61

WELCOME – JEFF TURNER, LEARNING LINK STEERING COMMITTEE

  • Turner asked guests to consider “team questions” during dinner. Questions were listed on a handout on dinner tables and revolving on the screen.

MODERATOR – JEFF BURNS, LEARNING LINK STEERING COMMITTEE CHAIR

  • Burns introduced Learning Link team reporters and the agenda for the working dinner meeting.

TEAM REPORTS
See “What We’re Doing and What We’ve Accomplished” for each team. Reporters were:
• Adult Lifelong Learning/Parenting Education – Melissa Eshbach, Star Technologies
• Adult Lifelong Learning/Education & Training – Jerry Yoder, Lean Enterprise Software Solutions
• K-12/School-business partnerships – Chris Straw, Team Quality Services; Becky Pfeffer, DeKalb Central Community Connections Coordinator
• Kindergarten-12th grade education/3rd grade literacy – Julia Tipton, McKenney-Harrison; Megan Curtis, Waterloo Elementary
• Early Childhood – Deb Argast, community volunteer

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April 29, 2013 Learning Link Community Meeting Minutes

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Eastside Jr.-Sr. High School

April 29, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Present: Carrie Alday, Deb Argast, Molly, Abby Bishop, Dawn Bon Ami, Barbara and Scott Bushnell, Trina Caudill, Monica Cone, Jeff Burns, Megan Curtis, Pam Deetz, Jill DeVine, Beth Eis, Melissa Eshbach, Kay Finchum, Mark Franke, Ron Frickey, Wayne Funk, Alycia Gadson, Mr. and Mrs. Gadson, Tasha Getts, Sherry Grate, Sherry Hanchar, Julie Isbell, Brennen Kitchen, Rod Knox, Taylor Knox, Mark Levy, Doug Lockwood, Ken McCrory, Brad and Kendra McDaniel, Ian and Paula Mercer, Larry Moore, Karen Novinger, Wendy Oberlin, Becky Pfeffer, Carol Platt, Terry and Mary Ellen Rayle, Pam Shoemaker, Chuck Schmidt, Sonja Situm, Michael Slentz, Judy Sorg, Brie Sprunger, Chris Straw, Erin Strieter, Jen Stayer, Ellen Stuckey, Alyce Thompson, Julia Tipton, Matt Toth, Jeffrey Turner, Ryan Twiss, Tonya Weaver, Erik Weber, Marcia Weller, Diane Wilson, Jerry and Paula Yoder, Tanya Young, Holly Wright, Norman Yoder, Larry Yoder. Total: 68.

Welcome – Larry Yoder

Moderator and Learning Link Overview – Jeff Burns, Campbell & Fetter Bank

Vision: Working together through continuous learning to improve the quality of life for all in DeKalb County.

  • Burns announced that the purpose for getting together was to share the hard work being done throughout the county to improve the quality of life in DeKalb County and solicit audience questions, comments and suggestions to provide teams with direction for moving forward.
  • Burns shared the many organizations who have contacted Learning Link since 2010 seeking information about implementing the systemic model and approach to work.
  • Burns introduced Learning Link team reporters and the agenda for the working dinner meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

October 8, 2012 Learning Link Community Meeting Minutes

Written October 8th, 2012 by
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New Hope Christian Center

October 8, 2012, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Present: Holly Albright, Carrie Alday, Dailey Allen, Chase Alley, Don Allison, Deb Argast, Dawn Bon Ami, Jeff Burns, Rebecca Carothers, Megan Curtis, Pam Deetz, Linda Dunn, Beth Eis, Nancy Erwin, Melissa Eshbach, Kay Finchum, Nancy Flennery, Mark Franke, Chris Franks, Matt Franks, Connie Fullerton, Janelle Graber, Sherry Grate, Brad Harris, Julie Hill-Lauer, Steve Hissong, Sue Houser, Brennen Kitchen, Bobbie Lee, Julie Lochner, Nora McCann, Ian Mercer, Caleb Miner, DeWayne Nodine, Edmond O’Neal, Jules Overby, Becky Pfeffer, Pam Pierson, Barb Radebaugh, Terry and Mary Ellen Rayle, Adrienne Rogers, Stephanie Ross, Megan Satkowiak, Chuck Schmidt, Derrick Sherck, Sara Simpson, Lisa Smith, Marianne Snyder, John Stafford, Jen Stayer, Jordan Stayer, Steve Teders, Alyce Thompson, Julia Tipton, Matt Toth, Jeffrey Turner, Ryan Twiss, Cindy Wang, Erik Weber, Marcia Weller, Darryl Whittington, Ann Williams, Diane Wilson, Jerry Yoder, Paula Yoder, Tanya Young, Pat Zakula. Total: 69.

Moderator and Learning Link Overview – Jeff Burns

Vision: Working together through continuous learning to improve the quality of life for all in DeKalb County.

  • Burns announced that the purpose for getting together was to share the hard work being done throughout the county to improve the quality of life in DeKalb County and solicit the input of attendees. Will want audience input – questions & comments on what is being done to give direction to the action teams as they strive to improve literacy and access to educational resources.
  • Burns acknowledged that improving the quality of life through education and literacy is a worthwhile goal all on its own. However, as a businessman, Burns, of Campbell & Fetter Bank, said he can’t help but look at the economic impact of an educated community.
  • Learning Link coordinates educational resources to ensure that kids come to school ready to learn and that adults have access to all that they need to improve their skills and the outlook for their families. Read the rest of this entry »