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Making a Difference

Each month the Rotary Club of West Chester contributes a column exploring the organizations that are making a difference in our community. Rotary has a broad mission, so it is not uncommon for members to also lend their talents to other organizations. Rotarians provide leadership to countless non-profits throughout the region, further expanding the organization’s reach as a force for good. In West Chester, the club offers an opportunity for its people to develope into board members who can have maximum impact on the community. Leadership Chester County (LCC) is an eight-month intensive board development program created by The United Way of Chester County, in conjunction with the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, and the Graduate Center of West Chester University. For 18 years, local companies have sent their best and brightest to learn about Chester County’s social and economic landscape while developing leadership skills and knowledge about non-profit governance. From the beginning, the Rotary Club of West Chester has embraced this program and annually sponsors a member to attend, knowing that Rotarian will attain skills that will benefit the club and the community at-large. Mary Anne Feeley, director of the program, recognizes the value of the partnership. “The Rotary Club of West Chester has a long, strong history of supporting local nonprofits,” she said. “The club has sponsored 17 of its members through the course, the most of any nonprofit sponsor, and the only civic group to invest in this training, building the capacity of local nonprofits to serve the community well into the future.” As part of the program, each class is tasked with completing a project for a pre-selected non-profit. Depending on the organization, this project could have a long-term impact on the scope or mission of the organization. Current Rotary President Bill Friedmann, a 2017 graduate of Leadership Chester County, values the experience. “LCC really opened my eyes to the power of the nonprofit sector to do great things in our community,” he said. “The project provided an opportunity to work with talented folks from across a number of different fields with a diversity of skill sets.” Chester County Prothonotary Matt Holliday graduated from Leadership Chester County in 2014. He has taken the concept of Service Above Self to the extreme. The President-Elect of the Rotary Club, he serves on an additional thirteen non-profit boards, not to mention countless councils and committees. He sums up his experience with the program, saying, “Not only does Leadership Chester County give program participants the skills they need to successfully serve on and lead the boards of non-profit organizations, but it also puts you in touch with a network of 30 other people in your class who are trying to do good in the world. This is another similarity the program shares with the Rotary Club of West Chester, which connects you with around 120 likeminded people who want to make our community the best it can possibly be.” –rotary@thewcpress.com If you are interested in making a difference, please feel free to check us out. The Rotary Club of West Chester meets every Thursday at noon at the West Chester Country Club.

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