Leadership for Educators

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Tickets at tristateeducators.com

An evening with dinner and leadership development for teachers and administrators in the Evansville and Henderson Tri-state area featuring Dr. Todd Whitaker.

 5p to 8p on November 12th and includes dinner at One Life Church, 1644 2nd Street, Eastgate Shopping Center in Henderson, KY..

todd whitakerRecognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, Dr. Whittaker’s message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University and he has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals. One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 30 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Shifting The Monkey, Dealing With Difficult Teachers, 10 Minute In Service, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

Seating is limited. Sign up today!!! Tickets at tristateeducators.com

The Kyndle Leadership Series-Business

A great day of Leadership insight and inspiration from local and regional CEO’s and others with leadership experience. Kyndle is the 4 county Chamber organization representing Henderson and surrounding counties. The idea is keep the leadership conversation going after the Global Leadership Summit in Western Kentucky with specific sessions for business, non-profit, educators and students. For more information, click here,

The Global Leadership Summit in Western Kentucky

This year’s Global Leadership Summit is scheduled for August 14 & 15th and One Life Henderson is one of 300 host sites. We highly encourage you to attend. Register here.

5185982211031040Being able to participate in the Global Leadership Summit every year is one of the highlights of my year. It’s one of the best conferences I’ve ever been able to attend. It more than fills my cup for the next run as a leader. (And I get to sleep in my own bed in the night between day one and day two. That’s an added bonus!)

But, what’s the benefit of you attending? Allow me to share what I think makes being a part of the upcoming Global Leadership Summit a no-brainer.

1.     You will be surrounded by others who desire to grow as a leader.

John Maxwell defines leadership as “influence—nothing more, nothing less.” It’s not often that one has an opportunity to be among a group of individuals that both are influential and desire to grow in their ability to become more influential. This will be my fifth consecutive year of attending the GLS. Each year I’m amazed at the opportunity to be in the same room with high caliber individuals and learn from their successes and failures. Whether they are church leaders, small business owners, CEOs, or leaders of teams, the opportunity to know them and learn from them is there.

2.     It’s an opportunity to sharpen yourself as you continue to lead the charge.

There’s a general consensus that people of influence, leaders, have it all together and know the next right decision to make for the team(s) that they are leading. The fact of the matter is…we do not. But, the opportunity provided by the Summit to absorb effective leadership teachings from world-renown leaders has benefitted me more than I could imagine. Whether it’s learning from from Patrick Lencioni on dysfunctional teams, Bill Hybels commenting on team health, or grabbing worthy advice from Dr. Henry Cloud, the “gold nuggets” to grab and use seem endless. It prepares you for what’s on the horizon for you as a leader.

3.     You will leave with a desire to take action and blaze a new trail.

The use of these “nuggets” has positively impacted my ability to be influential in the areas of my life that I’ve been given responsibility to lead (work, church, and at home). It’s one thing to leave a conference and check off that you attended; it’s another thing to put into practice what you’ve learned. Being a part of the GLS prepared me to make an impact through the planting of the One Life Network. It also benefitted me as a business leader and allowed me to invest in a business for the purpose of not only making it profitable, but also healthy. And finally, it helped me in my leadership at home, as both a husband and a father, as I took what I learned and applied it to my home life. The GLS helps you take action and leave a lasting and positive mark on those you have been called to lead.

But I’m not a leader.  This conference isn’t for me.”

Think again. If you’re breathing, you have the opportunity to be a person of influence. As a matter of fact, if you are breathing, you are influencing others, be that in a good way or bad. You are a leader. And I can think of no better way to prepare you for what’s next for you as leader than to suggest that you sign up for the Global Leadership Summit 2013.

Post by Heath Farmer. Heath serves as the Campus Pastor for One Life Church- Henderson. Follow Heath on Twitter.

This year’s Global Leadership Summit is scheduled for August 14 & 15th. One Life Henderson will be serving as a premier host site again this year. We highly encourage you to attend. Register here.


The Millennial Plan

5338547418562560When you think of how the Evansville and Henderson region will look in 2040, what do you see?  Are we a family friendly region?  Are we known for our extensive transit system?  Are we known for our reasonable cost of living and exceptional parks facilities?  Or maybe we are known for our abundance of available jobs or numerous well-regarded institutes of higher education?

What steps can we take now to reach this preferred future for upcoming generations to enjoy?

These steps will be outlined in the Regional Plan of Sustainable Development – a plan that directly reflects the voice of residents living within the Evansville region of Henderson, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

The entire 4 volume plan can be followed at this link on the SEAC website.

The specifics of Henderson and resources connecting to Engage Henderson and the partners involved in East End can be seen by clicking the link below….

The Millennial Plan for 2040 Volume 4 4-3-14


City Serve 2014

Screen-Shot-2014-02-27-at-10.54.28-AMHenderson: East End Community Gardens, Jefferson School, South Heights School, Community One on Pringle St, Olive Branch at Bennett Memorial, Parks ….Evansville: St Vincents, Jacobsville park, Delaware School, many other city parks… and the list goes on and on.

City Serve Day in Evansville and Henderson.

Hundreds of volunteers converge on East End for City Serve Day

Crews converge on East End area for cleanup, repair

  • By Erin Schmitt erin.schmitt@thegleaner.com 270-831-8341
  • Posted April 5, 2014 at 11:37 p.m.
photos by Darrin Phegley / The Gleaner<br />
Christian Hancock (center) and Andrew Mattingly (right) work to plant a weeping cherry tree in front of Bennett Memorial United Methodist Church as crews work to landscape around the building during City Serve Day Saturday morning.<br />


photos by Darrin Phegley / The Gleaner Christian Hancock (center) and Andrew Mattingly (right) work to plant a weeping cherry tree in front of Bennett Memorial United Methodist Church as crews work to landscape around the building during City Serve Day Saturday morning.

The labor of love to the East End community was visible on Kristin Proctor’s hands.

Her fingers and palms were blue from applying new coats of paint to a shed and picnic tables outside South Heights Elementary on Saturday morning.

“We’ve been painting and freshening and establishing some pride for the students that attend here and for kids in the neighborhood who come here,” she said.

Raymond Wethington (right) of Henderson’s First Baptist Church, pulls nails and screws from a board to reuse as a crew from the church works on a house on Pringle Street as part of the City Serve Day on Saturday morning. From left are Paul Coy, Bill Sherman and Harold Gilmore.<br />


Raymond Wethington (right) of Henderson’s First Baptist Church, pulls nails and screws from a board to reuse as a crew from the church works on a house on Pringle Street as part of the City Serve Day on Saturday morning. From left are Paul Coy, Bill Sherman and Harold Gilmore.

Proctor was one of hundreds of volunteers who fanned out over the East End to take part in several neighborhood cleanup and repair projects as part of City Serve Day. The event was sponsored by Engage Henderson and involved multiple churches and community organizations.

Early risers showed up at the designated meeting place Bennett Memorial United Methodist Church well before the 8 a.m. start time, ready to get to work on the chilly spring day. The volunteers made such speedy progress, most projects were wrapped up before noon.

Groups of volunteers were sent to Jefferson Elementary and South Heights, the city parks and several East End homes in need of repairs. Clean up crews also focused on Letcher Street, picking up debris from the area between Madison and Washington streets and three to four blocks on either side of Letcher Street.

Volunteer Brad Knight oversaw one of the larger projects at South Heights. He designated groups of five to tackle the 15 jobs that called on volunteers to gather debris and trash, put fresh mulch on the ground and apply new paint to playground equipment. Raking leaves might have been the biggest job — he said more than 200 bags were collected.

Jessica Wiggins, who was there with One Life Church group, helped paint picnic tables and stain the gazebo. Working at South Heights is near and dear to her heart since her daughter Elayna is a second-grader there.

“This school has been like family to us,” Wiggins said.

Engage Henderson wants to develop relationships with East End people with shovels or rakes in their hands as they pitch in around their neighborhood, said Heath Farmer, a team member with Engage Henderson.

“We have this saying, ‘we want to do with not for,’” said Farmer. “So we know that in order for this to be sustainable that it’s going to require some buy-in from the East End community.”

Bennett Memorial, located on Letcher Street, shares that vision. The church kicked off its East End Kids program on Saturday morning and drew about 20-25 children, said Rev. Wayne Burt.

Working in front of the church, dozens of teenagers from Henderson County High School and Central Academy helped adults landscape around Bennett Memorial. The younger kids played games and learned Bible stories.

Volunteer Betty Lander, who attends Bennett Memorial and went to Audubon Grade School just across the street before it closed, helped man the tables where kids drew pictures of the world’s creation.

“That was my favorite thing to do,” Lander said. “To get them to understand, you know that what God created in this world is good. We’re just trying to be a light in this neighborhood, for Audubon.”