April Can Do! Panel Focuses On Neighborhoods And Communities

neighborhoods-slice-01Can Do! will focus on aspects of Charlotte neighborhoods and communities for its April monthly program.  A panel of community speakers will discuss their unique perspectives at the Charlotte Community Library at 7 a.m., Wednesday, April 26.

Panel speakers include Lisa Sherman, City of Charlotte police chief; Travis Lyon, owner of Charlotte Shoe Repair; and Andi Crawford, neighborhood resource coordinator for the City of Lansing.

“This month’s panel discussion will focus on how local interactions impact our communities and ourselves,” said Bill Barnes, Can Do! president. “It will be an exciting panel that approaches the conversation around what it means to be part of a community from three unique and valuable perspectives.”

Each month, Can Do! programs focus on one of the “Seven Elements of Healthy Communities” from the standpoint of community vitality and prosperity.  Each time, the four pillars of Can Do! come into play, which are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Assets and Youth. As each “element” is discussed, community leaders and interested individuals become more aware of the vision, strategies, resources, and trends in our region.

The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick St.

March Can Do! Panel Focuses On Local Environmental Initiatives

Can Do Environment ImageCan Do! will focus on the environment for its March monthly program.  A panel of community speakers will discuss local initiatives at the Charlotte Community Library at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 22.

Panel speakers include Nick Thompson, agriculture teacher at Charlotte High School; Don Lehman, MSU Extension coordinator with District 8; and Brian Lautzenheiser, Eaton County Commissioner for District 12.

Thompson will talk about the high school’s sustainable farming operation certified by the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program and how students are involved with the initiative. Lehman will present about MSU Extension programs and initiatives that are impacting Eaton County. And Lautzenheiser will discuss the status of the Crandall Lake project and its effects on the Charlotte region.

“We are excited about our panel this month, which will give insight into some of the key environmental projects having a direct, immediate impact in our community,” said Bill Barnes, Can Do! president.

Each month, Can Do! programs focus on one of the “Seven Elements of Healthy Communities” from the standpoint of community vitality and prosperity.  Each time, the four pillars of Can Do! come into play, which are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Assets and Youth. As each “element” is discussed, community leaders and interested individuals become more aware of the vision, strategies, resources, and trends in our region.

The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick St., in Charlotte, Mich.

January Can Do! Meeting Features Health And Wellness Panel

Health & Wellness slice-01Can Do! will focus on health and wellness in the region for its January monthly program.  A panel of community speakers will discuss local initiatives at the Charlotte Community Library at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Panel speakers include Patrick Sustrich, MS, chief integration officer at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital and AL!VE executive director; Susan Peters, DVM, MPH, with the Health Analyst Planning, Promotion and Evaluation Unit at the Barry-Eaton District Health Department; and Dan Christian, supervisor at the Charlotte Aquatic Center.

“The panel will be able to provide great insight into the current state of health and wellness in the Charlotte and surrounding communities,” said Bill Barnes, president of Can Do! “They will help us understand health-related initiatives and local options in the new year.“

Sustrich will discuss current initiatives at HGB and AL!VE, as well as his new hospital role as chief integration officer. Peters will share community- and county-wide youth survey data specific to health, nutrition, and drug and alcohol use among teens in Eaton County. And Christian will talk about initiatives and partnerships through the aquatic center, including community recreational programs.

Each month, Can Do! programs focus on one of the “Seven Elements of Healthy Communities” from the standpoint of community vitality and prosperity.  Each time, the four pillars of Can Do! come into play, which are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Assets and Youth. As each “element” is discussed, community leaders and interested individuals become more aware of the vision, strategies, resources, and trends in our region.

The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick St., in Charlotte, Mich.

Can Do! Welcomes Community For Annual Visioning Meeting

An upcoming community conversation at the Can Do! annual visioning session is open to all those interested in strategies and possibilities for the Greater Charlotte community.  The networking group meets at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Charlotte Community Library, located at 226 S. Bostwick St.

Can Do!’s identity statement is “Can Do! believes that, in our community, anything is possible. Its diverse, welcoming membership creates an environment that awakens the imagination and invigorates a spirit of collaboration and generosity among community members, youth, entrepreneurs and leaders to transform the wonder of small town possibilities into realities.”

Each November, the incoming board chair of Can Do! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development Opportunities) creates a special session to present plans, gather ideas and spark conversation about the coming year for the organization. This year incoming Chair Bill Barnes, Charlotte High School principal,  will lead the session to prepare for 2017.

“This has been a tremendous year under the leadership of Barbara Fulton from Hayes Green Beach,” Barnes said. “And this session will be a wonderful opportunity to build on Can Do!’s past success while generating excitement and promise for the future.”

The visioning session will include active discussion around the organization’s goals, its role within #CharlotteRising, opportunities for growth and networking, sessions for the coming year, and conversations around community leadership.

“All Charlotte community members are welcome and encouraged to be part of this group of outstanding thought leaders,” Barnes said.

Over the years, momentum has been generated by Can Do!’s adoption of four pillars: Leadership, Youth, Charitable Assets and Entrepreneurship. The pillars’ framework has generated successful leadership programs; popular training sessions for entrepreneurs; new opportunities for youth to participate and take leadership roles in local boards and activities; many generosity initiatives; and has spun off new community groups and initiatives, such as Charlotte Step By Step and Women Giving Together Eaton County.

October Can Do! Meeting Features Economic Growth Panel

Can Do! will feature economic development in the region for its October monthly program.  A memorable panel of local and community speakers will discuss regional economic vitality at the Charlotte Community Library at 7 a.m., Wednesday, October 26.

Panel speakers include Pat Gillespie, Chief Visionary, Founder and President of Gillespie Group; Nate Scramlin, Senior Community Assistance Specialist at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; as well as key leaders of #CharlotteRising, a new economic development nonprofit organization.

“The October program will be of great importance, given the tremendous momentum here,” said Barbara Fulton, Ph.D., Can Do! President. “Charlotte is moving forward with a collaborative force unique to our community and local leaders have made great strides in connecting regionally.“

While there are many projects and initiatives underway, the strategic conversations of Can Do! panels are “one level up” from any one project or program.

Each month, Can Do! programs focus on one of the “Seven Elements of Healthy Communities” from the standpoint of community vitality and prosperity.  Each time, the four pillars of Can Do! come into play, which are Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Charitable Assets and Youth. As each “element” is discussed, community leaders and interested individuals become more aware of the vision, strategies, resources, and trends in our region.

Those who attend the meeting have the option to bring their smart phones, if they have them, to participate in an anonymous survey about our community.  This month, our survey questions will relate to economic growth.

The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick St., in Charlotte, Mich.