It's Friday! Not only is this the best day of the week, it also leads to the highest open and click through rate for emails! Which is exactly why we're posting this super important message today :)
Our membership drive is NEXT THURSDAY! This event was a blast last year, with over 120 members and non-members in attendance.
Have you ever been to our membership drive? It's completely free and super fun. Please register and invite a friend to this free event. Check out more information and register below:
See you then!
EMERGErs meet Nick Le, Recreation Supervisor, Senior for the City of Lakeland.
Everyone, meet Jovan Hemenez, Administrative Assistant for City of Lakeland
It’s a question not unfamiliar to those of us who have been in EMERGE for a while, because we ourselves asked the question at the beginning. Whether we had found out about EMERGE by word of mouth, social media, or by some event we just happened to stumble on, our interest was piqued just enough to find out more.
So, we went online, trying to find the answer on EMERGE’s website—but, the answer wasn’t quite there. It took some effort, but eventually, we found our way. Later, however, we realized that it’s a question on a lot of your minds when you first join EMERGE: I’m here and I want to get involved—so now what do I do?
We’re so glad you askedIf you are newly registered or are trying to decide if EMERGE is for you, we have added some new content on our site to help you find our way. Check out the How to Get Involved page under the Join Us section of our website.
Everyone’s journey with EMERGE is unique, and there is no right or wrong way to go about figuring out where you belong. EMERGE is growing alongside you, and if there is anything we can do to help you along, please don’t hesitate to ask!
We’re a few weeks in to 2020 and this new year has come with a chance to stop and think about where you are and what you want to change.
With every new year comes new resolutions and goals. We’ve heard and seen them all. We’ve even had some of them ourselves. You know… lose weight, get fit, make new friends, get out more, drink water and the list goes on. With everyone working on personal resolutions and goals for the year, now is also the perfect time for us young professionals to step back and take a look at our professional and career goals.
With that being said, we want to let you know that a new committee has “EMERGEed” in 2020. We’re introducing the Professional Development Committee, chaired by our very own Kurtis Pelto.
Kurtis has been with EMERGE since July of 2018, and has been a very active member. He is a Professional Engineer at Kimley-Horn & Associates and he also sits on the steering committee of EMERGE. I had the opportunity to ask Kurtis, and the rest of the current committee members, a few questions about the newly added committee.
Well, there you have it folks! Speaking for myself, this is definitely a committee to be a part of. Now, I will say this, you don’t have to be a part of the committee to develop professionally, so be sure to attend ALL of the Professional Development events held this year. You DO NOT want to miss out.
Happy New Years EMERGERs! We hope and expect that 2020 treats you well!
On another note, everyone meet Matt Wagner, Owner of Red Leg Dev, LLC
EMERGERs, let us introduce you to Ashley Miller, Account Executive at MADE.
1. Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
3. What do you like most about Lakeland?
4. What do you do?
5. What do you like most about your job/profession?
6. What are some of your hobbies?
7. What’s your involvement in the community?
8. If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
9. Anything else you want to add?
If you are a fairly new member, within the last three months, and would like to be highlighted in our EMERGE blog, please feel free to contact Jovan Hemenez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’d like to introduce to you Bryant Cobb, General Manager at Massey Services.
My name is Jovan and I want to personally welcome you to EMERGE Lakeland’s Blog Relaunch! I’m actually a new member myself, but I’m the kind of person who dives right in whenever starting something new. Recently, I have joined the Marketing Committee and we are currently working on updating our EMERGE Blog. We will be highlighting new members in our “New Member Spotlight”. For the “New Member Spotlight,” we select a new member that has recently joined EMERGE, ask a couple of questions, post a photo of them, and “spotlight” them in our EMERGE newsletter and blog.
With so many members in EMERGE, it’s hard to meet everyone. Spotlighting new members opens the opportunity to know a little more about them when attending an EMERGE event.
With that being said, I’d like to introduce you to Dorcas Crumbley, Owner of Essential Catering Solutions, Inc.
Dorcas, welcome to EMERGE Lakeland!
Author: Jovan Hemenez
Who cares? EMERGE Lakeland does. When it comes to community, our group cares about lending a helping hand to our neighbors through meaningful volunteer opportunities focused on improving the people and places in our hometown. They say that together is better, and it is! That’s what EMERGE embraces. By connecting with each other, we’re able to take action and show how much we care about our fellow Lakelanders.
EMERGE Serves: Opportunities to Serve
Our Volunteer committee has a few upcoming events that give you the chance to make a difference in our community. These events include painting a home for a family in need at Paint Your Heart Out and serving a local nonprofit, One More Child, that supports children in need at the Compassion House. At EMERGE, we believe it is important to be connected to a group that cares about its community and leads with a serving heart.
Serving in itself teaches us three things: Teamwork, how to be a neighbor, and how to have the right attitude
Why Community Service Matters
When we come together to work as a team, we learn and respect the diverse views and experience of other volunteers. In a way, it’s an opportunity to be humble and listen to other individuals who have different insights on how to complete a project. It is also a lesson in empowerment--teaching us when to speak up with our own advice on how to get the job done. It’s teamwork!
At our upcoming event, Paint Your Heart Out, we are volunteering to put a family’s need above our own. We live in a fast-paced world. Between making it on time for work, completing deadline-driven projects, working out and eating right, or taking time for family and friends, sometimes we need a reminder of the importance of recognizing the community needs around us. EMERGE strives to build a culture that shows, as a team, we support our community and are serious about being compassionate neighbors.
Building the Right Culture
Building the right culture is all about having the right attitude and knowing your community. To keep it simple, we say that the right attitude is happily sacrificing your time and resources, and getting to KNOW someone. What better way to build relationships than to show you CARE about your community? Getting to know those you serve or serve alongside is one of the best ways to jump in and start building a community. It’s safe to say we are in this together and that because we have the right attitude, we have FUN!
If you are not already part of a group that is making an impact in our community, then EMERGE is a great way to start and we would love to have you! We are proud of the impact we make and will continue to build a community that grows through serving because EMERGE CARES.
Find out how to join EMERGE by going to the following link!
Written by Danielle Harris
A Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way Collaboration.