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October Message from the Executive Director

October is a month when we set the steady pace for the remainder of the year after a fantastic start-up in September! ‘Building community’ is the servant characteristic of the month with Governance Day for adults and our youth visiting the Police Academy to discuss the challenges of Public Safety. This is the month our adults start discussing their service projects and where they want to dive in to build our community. This year, four adult teams of 15 will roll up their sleeves for all of us, up from three teams last year. Our youth had the fabulous opportunity to meet with eleven nonprofits last month to see how they can become involved TODAY in our community in a meaningful way. Finally, it is always important to remember our program rests on the broad shoulders of our Board of Directors and our alumni. Many thanks to our team for helping with our first-ever YLS fundraiser, “Beauty and the Beast” at the Spokane Civic Theatre last month. Thank you Sandra Jarrard, Class of 2012, for stepping up for our youth and organizing it. Likewise, our 6th annual Leadership Lights the Way Gala is now set for January 21 and we appreciate the whole gala team coalescing to start the planning to celebrate leadership. Many thanks to Melissa Boland, Class of 2016, for leading the charge. Our 35th year is underway and we aim to gel a team. It is always gratifying to see the team coming together – this is what leaders do…build teams. That is Leadership Spokane. Leadership matters … Spokane matters … and citizenship matters. We are three-decades strong and getting stronger. Our distinguished Board of Directors and Ms. Ruth Reynolds, Ms. Jaxon Riley and I are committed to building upon our proud past for a fantastic future. Leadership Lights the Way! – Brian Newberry