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Welcome to the June issue.

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Congratulations to all the graduates of 2014...you have done it! I know you're proud of what you have accomplished and rightly so. While this may be the end of your formal education, remember that learning is a lifetime pursuit that never ends. At Iredell Living, we want to wish you the best in all of your future endeavors. Father's Day is June 15th-A special thanks to all the dads out there. We are proud of you and all the wonderful things you do for your family everyday. Being a dad is not always easy, but it is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. I don't know of a single dad who would want to trade being a father for any other job.

Living the Good Life

June 2014

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June 14th is Flag Day as we proudly display the colors of the red, white and blue. Many folks show their patriotism every day of the year by flying the American flag, which is a great idea! For more info about the history of Flag Day, visit usflag. org.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Kirk Ballard • David Bradley Meredith Collins • Kathy Wheeler Linda Russell

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• Bradford Animal Hospital Veterinary Medicine At Its Best

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• Bio Green Fertilization Redefined

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• What To Look For When Selecting Assisted Living

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• What's Cooking?! A New Twist On Cheesecake

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• Being A Father Is A Big Job

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• A Word From The Statesville Chamber Leadership Statesville– A Win/Win Program

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• A Word From The MooresvilleSouth Iredell Chamber Community Development

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Being a Father is a Big Job By Kathy Wheeler

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arenting has evolved from the traditional roles where mothers were the main caregivers and fathers were the primary financial providers. Today, with most women in the workforce, fathers are truly critical players on the parenting team. Children benefit greatly when both parents are involved with them in a healthy relationship. While mothers are great nurturers, fathers can be excellent teachers whose influence can encourage independence and achievement in their children. For good or bad, directly and by example, fathers teach their sons what kind of men to be and how important respect is in a relationship or marriage. Similarly, fathers teach their daughters how men should treat women by the way they treat their wife. A father’s most important job begins with treating his wife respectfully. When men fail here, they fail the entire family and risk losing love and respect from their

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children as well as their spouse. Even though children don't come with an instruction book, they learn by example as well as instruction. Studies have shown that children whose fathers are engaged and involved in their lives (perfect fathers are not a requirement!) are more independent, secure and socially well adapted. Children who have good relationships with their father are more likely to do well in school, have better self-esteem and are less likely to develop behavioral problems. Those who live with their fathers are more likely to be emotionally and physically healthy. We see the effects of the absentee father on our society. Many single mothers do a great job trying to fulfill both roles, and when possible finding male role models and mentors to help bridge the gap. Relatives, sports coaches, friends or

scout leaders can play a valuable, supportive role in a child’s life. What an awesome responsibility you fathers have! Your role may not always be the popular one, but you can't deny the immediate and lasting effects your influence has on your children's lives. Father's Day is Sunday, June 15th. Let your father know that he is loved and respected and that you appreciate all of his hard work and wisdom. For those who have fathers that might not show a lot of emotion, don't let that discourage you. Express your love and admiration for him anyway! He may not show it, but he’ll secretly swell up with pride and joy. At Iredell Living Magazine, we appreciate the effort and guidance of good fathers. Your role is essential to the generations that follow as both mentors and teachers. Happy Father's Day!


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Veterinary Medicine at its Best Article by Kristie Darling Photos by Shane Greene Photography

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On the cover–Veterinarian Tiffany Bradford Pictured–Dr. Bradford medicating Scarlet's eye in Bradford Animal Hospital's 24-hour horse stalls.

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“If Dr. Bradford moved out of the country, we’d follow her!” Michael Flynn shared as we talked about his admiration for Veterinarian Tiffany Bradford. “She provided round the clock care and nursed our Chihuahua, Chula, back to health when she suffered kidney failure. We were out of town when Chula got sick, and Dr. Tiff was able to explain exactly what we needed to do until we could bring her in. She is the most compassionate, caring vet we’ve ever known–with animals and with people!” Michael and Jean Flynn have had Dr. Bradford care for their animals for many years. Their four Chihuahuas are award-winning dogs, with numerous smallest dog titles. And, of course, they are family; precious companions who deserve the very best care. “Dr. Bradford has a gift with animals,” Jean confirmed. “Everyone we’ve recommended her to has the same grateful opinion of her knowledge, skill and dedication.” The desire to care for animals comes honestly to Dr. Bradford. She grew up on a Charolais cattle and Belgian horse farm in West Virginia. She was active in 4-H, showing cattle and horses for many years. “There was never anything else I wanted to do,” Dr. Bradford remembered. “I love what I do. I love animals, and I love educating owners how to best take care of their pets. It’s one of the most important things I do.” There’s a lot that people need to know to give their animals the healthiest life possible. PREVENTIVE CARE FOR YOUR ANIMALS For many of us, our pets are like children. When they are sick or in pain, we want only the best care. At Bradford Animal Hospital the menu of services is extensive, and customers are treated like family. Dr. Bradford’s experienced team works with her daily to teach proper pet care to keep animals healthy and happy. “We want to assist owners in making educated decisions about their pets,” said Anna Crouch, certified veterinary technician. Preventive care begins at a young age. Newborns, like puppies and kittens, require suitable nutrition, vaccinations and routine exams right from the beginning. An animal’s first year is critical to give them a good, healthy start. Dr. Bradford explained, “At about six weeks, baby animals should be examined and begin core preventive vaccinations for rabies, distemper and bordetella (kennel cough) for dogs, and kittens need vaccinated against feline leukemia. Dogs and cats both need monthly preventatives and yearly tests to avoid heartworm disease. I don’t recommend online products, because they aren’t guaranteed, and buying online eliminates having a routine exam which is so important for your pet and you.” When Dr. Bradford sees an animal on a regular basis, she can more readily pick up on something the

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top to bottom: • Chris and Dr. Bradford doing an exam on Sailor • Anna, registered technician, preparing an equine injection from the mobile unit • Bradford Animal Hospital offers radiographs, ultrasound, and laser in their diagnostic room.

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owner wouldn’t notice. Annual visits are recommended for healthy animals; twice yearly for older or overweight pets. Horses also need rabies and West Nile virus vaccines, as well as a 5 or 6-way vaccination that covers several illnesses. Flea and tick protection–both critical in the South–and preventive and surgical dental care are provided. Spay and neutering surgery, microchip registration and general consultations are important, full-service offerings at Bradford Animal Hospital. SURGERY AND SPECIAL CARE “I have always loved doing surgery– I think that’s my gift from God,” Dr. Bradford said with a smile. “When I was in grad school, I received a certificate as best surgeon, and I’m always grateful when I can help sick or injured animals.” Dr. Bradford can perform orthopedic, soft tissue, and elective surgeries, and treat diabetes, endocrine disorders, cancer, injuries and other conditions. 14

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Laser therapy, a non-invasive, nonchemical treatment that provides ten natural properties in a warming beam to treat back problems and arthritis is sometimes an option. “It’s appropriate when an animal can’t tolerate surgery or surgery is too expensive,” she said. “One of our poodle patients developed a back injury one day and stopped walking. After a series of laser treatments, she’s almost back to normal.” Dr. Bradford doesn’t treat birds or cattle, but she does work with horses, companion pets, “pocket pets” like gerbils and hamsters, small mammals like ferrets and rabbits, and reptiles. She told me she has almost as many pot-bellied pigs in her care as cats! “If you find an injured bird, you should call the Carolina Raptor Center, or an animal on the side of the road, call Iredell County Animal Control,” she explained. “To ensure that after hour emergencies are managed in the best possible way, we refer to well staffed, specialty clinics in Charlotte,

Hickory and Huntersville, except for horses; I can make house calls.” Hospice care, near death consultations and gentle in-home euthanasia are offered whenever the time is right. Dr. Bradford offers two animal insurance options that are very helpful in situations where treatment is necessary, but expensive or unexpected. “My own horses have health insurance–I believe in it,” she shared. STATE-OF-THE-ART “Everyday at work is different,” Dr. Bradford told me. “I researched and worked hard designing the hospital so we can offer the most comprehensive service possible. I believe we’re able to do that.” The facility is beautiful and relaxing for people and animals. An exterior, mountain lodge look and spacious, vaulted ceiling in the sunny reception area make pets and owners feel welcomed and comfortable. With an in-house pharmacy and lab for quick


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Opposite page–Dr. Bradford is in the surgery ward evaluating an ECG prior to a surgery. Right–Team at Bradford Animal Hospital: Jeanette, Lorrie, Anna, Chris, Dr. Bradford, Joyce, Morgan and Lauren (Amber not pictured) Below, left to right: • Client services team–Jeanette and Lorrie • Rabies isolation ward • Morgan using the in-house blood machines

test results, digital radiology, full surgical and orthopedic departments, the hospital is equipped for most situations. A mobile unit is on-hand to see horses or companion animals when their owner is elderly or unable to get to the hospital. The hospital includes a unique, handsfree, two-kennel rabies quarantine facility for pets exposed to a rabid animal. It’s a safe, cost-effective option and less emotional than euthanasia. Vaccinated staff observe the animals daily from ten days to six months (owners can visit) and healthy animals can then return home. BOARDING YOUR PET WITH CONFIDENCE Patients at Bradford Animal Hospital or those referred with special needs can enjoy climate-controlled facilities–a home away from home for pets when

“parents” need a caring place for them to stay. Kenneling is not just for family vacations but also when a pet owner is hospitalized, out of town, or any time a pet cannot remain at home. The facility has enclosed runs, schedules several daily outdoor walks, serves all meals, treats and medications, and keeps animals calm with music and staff interaction. Reservations are recommended. GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD SERVICE Dr. Bradford has surrounded herself with a top-flight staff. Michael Flynn told me his experience with everyone has been exceptional, “They have the same values and dedication as Dr. Bradford.” Six full-time and two part-time veterinary and business assistants keep the office running smoothly. Gaston College’s veterinary technician students intern with her, using their new knowledge and learning even more. “We have

over 32 years combined experience, and it shows every time we’re called on to help an animal in need. I absolutely have the very best staff,” Dr. Bradford shared. “We all want the community to feel comfortable and well-served, and we reach out to teach and support good animal health whenever there’s an opportunity.” Visit bradfordanimalhospitalnc.com to learn more about this valuable new asset in our community, and get to know the dedicated team of animal lovers who work there. You and your pets will feel right at home. Bradford Animal Hospital 211 Woodpecker Road • Statesville (704) 876-2031 www.bradfordanimalhospitalnc.com Open: M, T, Th, F 8AM-6PM Wed and 1st,3rd & 5th Sat 8AM-Noon IREDELL LIVING • JUNE 2014

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Photos: Left–Bio Green franchise owner Scott and Janna Trevisan with Chloe (left) and Stella (right) Below–Jim Wilson and Scott getting ready to apply Bio Green on clients lawn. movement’s popularity in recent years, researchers decided the market was ready for a fertilizer alternative that didn’t include all the harsh chemicals. Bio Green is a bio-based natural product that is environmentally friendly. You may be impressed by the positive impact Bio Green has on the environment, but might wonder if it works as well as chemical fertilizers. Bio-based fertilizers actually work even better than traditional, chemical fertilizers. Bio Green’s natural fertilizer contains the macro- and micronutrients that are necessary for healthy plant development. Unlike other natural and organic fertilizers, Bio Green does not include animal by-products. When using Bio Green you can expect to notice a response within a week after application. “My approach is different than many other larger lawn companies,” Scott said. “They do 30 to 40 accounts a day while I do 15 a day. I can spend more time and focus on my customers better.” Scott finds

Fertilization Redefined By Meredith Collins Photos by Shane Greene Photography

While many lawn fertilizers contain ingredients that are 100% chemical, Bio Green offers an alternative option with 90% of the ingredients chemical free. It is a national company based in Georgia with a franchise here in Iredell County. Scott Trevisan is franchise owner in our region. He covers mainly the Statesville and Mooresville areas, with yards all the way from Union Grove to Pineville. Bio Green provides natural fertilizing services for lawns, shrubs, trees, flowers and gardens, weed and pest control services, core aeration and seeding services, and professional lawn care. With the green 18

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Photos: Left–Scott and Jim greet homeowner prior to service. Two Bio Green service trucks at the home of Martha and Joe Nemechek, Sr. Bio Green is safe for pets and Lake Norman waterways. his personal approach and attention have paid off. He offers tips for beautiful lawns that include making sure all leaves are picked up, cut grass at three to four inches (the taller the better), mow it high and dry and bag the grass as much as you can. “I see many customers who have put out their own fertilizer,” Scott said. “Their yard looks green, but they have a lot of weeds. I can take care of both at the same time much easier and just as cost-effective so people don’t have to go through all the hassle and wonder if what they do will work.”

Scott says the big thing to watch out for in the summer months is fungus that can cause brown patches. Humid summer nights cause the grass to stay moist and provide a perfect environment for fungus to grow. “Many people see brown patches and water their grass more thinking it’s just dry,” Scott said. “It’s actually the opposite. We take the preventative mode and don’t load the yard with a bunch of nitrogen.” Scott has seen major transformations and many happy customers. “One yard in Statesville was about half Bermuda and half fescue grass,” Scott shared.

“After a few seasons of Bio Green treatments and fall seeding, they now have the greenest yard in the neighborhood.” Scott’s entrepreneurial background enables him to succeed. “I really try to be up front with my customers and give them as much knowledge as they can get at the beginning,” Scott said. For a free lawn evaluation contact

www.biogreennc.com 704.500.6788

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What to Look for When Selecting

Assisted Living By Linda Russell

I get asked this question all the time. Perhaps you have noticed a change in a loved one who may be living alone–not taking medications correctly, falling behind on bill payments, hygiene is not what it used to be, refrigerator full of old food or there is no food to speak of in the home. Have there been recent falls or too many trips to the emergency room lately? Episodes of urinary tract infections or dehydration? It may be time to consider assisted living. Here are my top suggestions to help you make the right decision regarding which assisted living to choose. There are so many choices out there.

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Drop by for an unannounced visit. That's right, do not call and schedule, but drop by unannounced. Anyone can stage a tour. What you want to find out is what really goes on during the day, evening or weekend when no one is expecting a visitor. When you arrive, pay attention to what you see, smell, and hear. Do you get that warm, pleasant feeling?

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Taste the food. At some point during your decision making process you should definitely eat lunch or dinner at the community. Most communities will offer a free lunch as part of the inquiry process.

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Do the other employees introduce themselves to you? (I mean other than the director and marketing coordinator.) The caregivers, housekeepers, cooks, and other

staff should make a point to come up to speak with you, greeting you with a smile. After all, they will be the employees providing the direct care to you or your loved one. They should be courteous and helpful.

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Ask to see the most recent state surveys for the community. It is very important to know if the community is abiding by state regulations and providing great care. You should see an "A" grade for the kitchen; the fewer deficiencies the better. Ask to see the sanitation score and facility star rating. Ask if there is a medical director or nurse available for the community.

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Watch for happy residents, family members and employees during your tour. Are there resident activities going on as planned? Is the residence a lively place? Smiles say a great deal. Make a point to ask residents or family members how they like living there. Ask for a copy of the current newsletter and activities calendar.

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Ask about the tenure of the employees. Look for at least two to five years of service for most staff. This usually means great management, organization and a lot of teamwork and support.

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Price is important, but it’s not the most important thing. Quality is what you are looking for. Paying a little more may be well

worth it. Don’t settle. Make sure it’s the right fit.

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Cleanliness–This should really be number one on my list. If the facility has a bad, unclean smell, why would you want to move in? How clean is the carpet? Tour a few model apartments. There is no substitute for a nice, clean facility.

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If you or your loved one served in the military, inquire about veterans’ benefits. The V.A. may be able to help financially each month to offset the personal costs, even for spouses of veterans who served, if you qualify for benefits. Each community should have a qualified person to discuss this and tell you where to learn about qualifications and benefits. These are just a few suggestions, but they are extremely important ones. Your decision to move into an assisted living community is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Seeing is believing, so go visit and check things out. Make sure you get all your questions answered. Linda Russell is the executive director of The Gardens of Statesville, located at 2147 Dave Ave. For more information call 704-878-0123 IREDELL LIVING • JUNE 2014

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What's Cooking?! A New Twist On Cheesecake

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Prep Time: 20 min. • Total Time: 6 hours (incl. refrigerating) • Servings: 16

1 round prepared sponge cake (6 oz.), 12 inch 2 Tbsp. strawberry jam, melted 2 8 oz. pkg. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 Tbsp. vanilla 2 eggs 1 1⁄2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping 1 1⁄2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted Directions 4 eggs, divided 1. HEAT oven to 350°F. 4 8 oz. pkg. Philadelphia 2. REMOVE rim from 9-inch springform pan; set aside. Place bottom of pan on sponge Cream Cheese, softened cake; use as pattern to trim sponge cake 1 3⁄4 cups sugar, divided to fit inside springform pan. Reserve cake 3 Tbsp. flour trimmings for snacking or another use. Reas1 Tbsp. zest and 1/3 cup juice semble springform pan. Place cake in pan; brush with jam. from 2 lemons, divided 3. BEAT cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in 1/2 tsp. vanilla large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add 2 Tbsp. cornstarch eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after 1/2 cup water each just until blended. Pour over cake. 4. BAKE 35 to 40 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate 4 hours. Spread cheesecake with COOL WHIP just before serving; top with berries.

Double-Lemon Cheesecake Bars

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1. HEAT oven to 325°F. 2. LINE 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Mix wafer crumbs and butter until blended; press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 min. 3. SEPARATE 1 egg; refrigerate yolk until ready to use. Beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour, lemon zest, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add egg white and remaining

3 whole eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust. 4. BAKE 40 min. or until center is almost set. Cool 1 hour. Refrigerate 4 hours. 5. MIX cornstarch and remaining sugar in medium saucepan; gradually stir in water and remaining lemon juice until blended. Bring just to boil on medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir until clear and thickened. Lightly beat reserved egg yolk in small bowl with fork until blended; stir in 2 Tbsp. of the hot cornstarch mixture. Return to remaining cornstarch mixture in saucepan; stir until blended. Cook 1 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. 6. SPOON lemon glaze over cheesecake. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Use foil handles to remove cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.

Recipes and photos courtesy of Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

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A WORD FROM

Leadership Statesville– A Win/Win Program

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

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here are over 700 reasons why businesses in the Statesville/ Troutman area join the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce. All of those reasons flow along one continuum of our membership. On one extreme are those who undeniably expect that, if their membership investment is $350, they can document at least $351 in return directly attributable to the Chamber. On the other extreme are those companies who recognize that together we can accomplish much more than any one of us can do on our own. We try to develop programming that provides value all along the continuum. One of our signature programs is Leadership Statesville, a nine-month intensive initiative designed to acquaint, educate and engage current and future leaders of our community. Make no mistake, however, Leadership Statesville is not designed to have a direct impact on increasing the ringing of a cash register. This program is absolutely calculated to bring creative, wise and energetic minds together and prod their involvement in building a prosperous community for our future. We expect a class of between 16 to 20 individuals with various backgrounds, skills, dreams and hopes. The class kicks off with a two-day, overnight retreat at the Iredell County Outdoor Education Center in Mooresville in September. This is an extraordinary opportunity to begin the process of understanding individual personalities and how to meld this group of mostly type A personalities into a cohesive team. Through the next eight months, this class will explore topical community issues including economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice and the environment. They’ll spend time with experts in those fields who will challenge them to think beyond their understanding of today. The class will be prodded to discuss

what our tomorrow looks like and, more importantly, what our role is in making that happen. The class will spend time in self-exploration through the use of Donald Clifton’s StrengthsFinder assessment tool, as well as the challenge of developing their basic core value by crafting a “This I Believe” essay. For some, these experiences open a transformed world in which their lives can become more fulfilling. The process lends itself to helping the group develop bonds that hold well beyond Leadership Statesville’s graduation day. There is a great sense of pride in the friendships formed, often articulated that this graduating class is “the best class in the history of Leadership Statesville.” The class will be challenged to leave something behind. They will research, plan and implement a project that has significance to and supports the community. This capstone to a glorious year serves as a reminder of time well spent and an entry door into greater community improvement. Sample projects from previous years include the disc golf course and the playground area for physically challenged youngsters at the Statesville soccer complex. Leadership Statesville Program Chair John Childress noted, “There is no question that Leadership Statesville is a win/win/win program. The participants expand their network of professionals in the area while gaining self-awareness. As a result, they become more valuable employees. Finally, as our community seeks future leaders, we are providing a pool of people that share a well-rounded passion for their home.” Applications are being sought right now. For the application or more information, please go to our website at www.statesvillechamber.org or call the Chamber office at 704-873-2892.


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n important part of community development is the support and evolution of new and young leaders. The Leadership MSI Program at the Chamber of Commerce was started in 1995. The program begins with orientation and team building sessions in September and continues with monthly sessions on the third Thursday through April. Valuable information and hands-on experiences are designed to enhance leadership potential, channel personal strengths and cultivate interest in community service. Session topics include economic development, government, human needs, education, public speaking and more. The eight-month program is designed to enhance leadership abilities through skill building and interactive sessions with experienced leaders. It motivates aspiring leaders to assume positions of greater responsibility in business, community organizations and government and also fosters a fuller understanding of the current and future needs of our community, and the opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful difference in addressing those needs. Since its inception, we have graduated 150 new business leaders. Each year these new and upcoming leaders meet monthly to find out how the community as a whole works together to address the needs of everyone. Some of the projects and ideas that have come from the program include: the HealthReach Community Clinic, developing plans for the Mooresville YMCA, establishing the MSI Leadership Foundation (in 2013, the Foundation’s donation of $12,000 was used to plant 88 trees at the intersection of Hwy 21 and Hwy 150), the annual poverty simulation with the Christian Mission and starting the Junior Leadership Program.

One of the first projects of the initial MSI Leadership class in 1996 was developing the Junior Leadership Program. It seeks to build new leaders within the high schools in our area. Mooresville Senior High School, Lake Norman High School and South Iredell High School students, as well as charter and homeschoolers, were all part of building this program that has graduated 240 junior leaders since its inception. Each class is special, as months of learning end with a morning of caring where class members of a community get involved in the community. This year’s class was no exception. The area high school students spent a day at Richard’s Coffee Shop/Welcome Home Veterans Inc. The young leaders learned about the special bond between the men and women who have served and fought for our country. The students were amazed at the camaraderie of soldiers that continues years after their service. One student said, “We were amazed how every Thursday they come together and communicate shared stories that heal each other with their compassion and their kindness toward each other.” Many nonprofit organizations could not survive without public and private support. Local businesses not only provide jobs and pay taxes, but they also give back to charitable community organizations with donations of time and money. The Chamber helps connect the needs of our community with the resources available through member businesses. Nonprofits within our area are also shown on our website. Agencies like Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, the Christian Mission, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Goodwill Industries,


United Way and more are just some of the nonprofit organizations that have enjoyed exposure on the Chamber website. Nonprofits are so popular and needed that these entities are visited 12,000 times annually from our website. Those in need of health care for themselves or family members sought information from agencies like the HealthReach Community Clinic, the South Iredell Senior Center, Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, and Dove House Children's Advocacy Center. Details about agencies’ location, phone number and services are readily available. We want to help you to get connected and get involved.

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Welcome to the online version of Iredell Living Magazine. We invite you to read June’s cover story about Bradford Animal Hospital and visit...