Twenty-four participants were on hand for the opening session of the 2013 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy. This is the 15th year the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has held a leadership academy. Over the next 10 weeks the participants will learn about local leadership challenges and opportunities, as they hear from community leaders and tour businesses and organizations. The first session provided an orientation to the program and the participants got to know each other through a "speed networking" ice-breaker event. You can see more pictures and a video from the first session at: http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber.
Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the 5th Annual Recycle Your Style Contest. High school students within Goodwill’s territory are encouraged to donate their used clothing. The high school that donates the most pounds of clothing will win a SMART Board donated by Bradfield’s Computer Supply. The contest runs from October 1st through October 31st. “This has been a very successful campaign for us,” said Bob Parkhurst, Goodwill Vice President. “We are grateful for Bradfield’s Computer Supply’s donation of a SMART Board each year. That prize really heats up the competition among the high schools.” Donations of items other than clothing are encouraged, but only clothing will count toward the contest. Only high schools are eligible, but others can participate including teachers, family and school supporters. Donors need to tell the Goodwill donation attendant which high school they are supporting for their donation to be counted. Donations can be made at any of Goodwill’s nine stores o