Legacy Projects are community initiatives created by Leadership Sarpy teams that allow them to directly apply their new skills and knowledge to a project that will leave a lasting, positive impact on Sarpy County. Read up on the exciting new projects created by the 2023 Leadership Sarpy Class!
Sarpy Skilled Career Fair (Casey Ballou, Vince Cline, Matthew Howey, Austin Obermeyer, Jacob Spotanski, Rick Reznicek): This group created a career fair for high school students looking for post-graduation options in trade and technical skills. The trades offer many career opportunities that do not require a traditional four-year degree and often offer good pay and job security. The Sarpy Skilled Career Fair was held in March with 27 businesses participating. The group also raised funds for trade education scholarships.
Sarpy County Resource Connection (Paula Dennison, Terri Dodds, Charlsi Kratina, Adam Stoskopf, Chad Svagera): This group wanted to better connect Sarpy County residents in need with the variety of resources available. They created an easily and readily accessible central online directory that provides links to the various resources. They partnered with the Sarpy Chamber to host The Sarpy County Resource Connection at sarpychamber.org/resource-connection. The group also created an awareness campaign by delivering postcards with a QR code linked to the page.
Non-Profit Directory for Students (Jacob Boaz, Joe Hunter, Brett Kreifels, Allison Malone, Mason Stotts): This project brings together non-profits who need volunteers and high school students who are looking for volunteer opportunities. The group reached out to administration and counselors from all Sarpy County high schools to conduct a survey on the need for this connection. They found the best way to collect, distribute, and maintain this directory was to create it as a sub-page of the Papillion Community Foundation website.
Bump, Set, Spike for Teachers (Ty Castle, Don Connolly, Randall Kuszak, Sara Morrow, Mike Muller, Heather Weideman): Bump, Set, Spike for Teachers is a sand volleyball tournament developed to raise funds and support for teachers in the Papillion La Vista School District. Teachers often provide classroom school supplies out-of-pocket, and costs have continued to rise. The sand volleyball tournament was created to raise over $3,000 to gift teachers for classroom supplies and to build partnerships in the school district. The event will be held in partnership with the Papillion La Vista Schools Foundation on June 24th.
Hastings Banner Park (Jessica Franker, Paige Korten, Kristin Larsen, Tim Moran, Emily Prauner): This group connected with Honor & Remember – Nebraska Chapter, a non-profit that creates forest sanctuaries with each tree dedicated and named for Nebraska military members or first responder fallen heroes. Hastings Banner Park in Bellevue is approximately 23.5 acres with a tree planting ceremony planned for Fall 2023. Their Legacy Group created a marketing kit with three assets to help raise awareness of the Banner Park Project and to facilitate sponsorships and donations.
Watch D.O.G.S. Program (Sean Frazier, David Manley, Tyce Matthias, Blake Paris, Michael Roth, Eric Roumph): Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) provides positive male role models for students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important. They also provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. Schools interested in utilizing the program need parents to attend training and to purchase a start-up kit. This Legacy Group partnered with Midlands Community Foundation, Papillion La Vista Schools Foundation, and Kiewit to bring the program to three Sarpy County elementary schools.
Congratulations to the
2023 Leadership Sarpy Class!
Casey Ballou, City of Papillion; Jacob Boaz, Sampson Construction; Ty Castle, Castle & Associates; Vince Cline, JE Dunn Construction; Don Connolly, Cox Business; Paula Dennison, City of Gretna Nebraska; Terri Dodds, Papillion La Vista Schools Foundation; Jessica Franker, Franker & Associates; Sean Frazier, Omaha Public Power District; Matthew Howey, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office; Joe Hunter, Papillion Community Foundation; Paige Korten, Pinnacle Bank; Charlsi Kratina, BDCM Architects; Brett Kreifels, University of Nebraska Extension; Randall Kuszak, Lamp Rynearson, Inc.; Kristin Larsen, The Weitz Company; Allison Malone, Cobalt Credit Union; David Manley, DLR Group; Tyce Matthias, Commercial Title Services; Tim Moran, City of Papillion; Sara Morrow, Northwest Bank; Mike Muller, PayPal; Austin Obermeyer, CBRE Commercial Real Estate; Blake Paris, Omaha Storm Chasers & Union Omaha; Emily Prauner, Fontenelle Forest; Rick Reznicek, Holland Basham Architects; Michael Roth, Core Bank; Eric Roumph, Kiewit Building Group Inc.; Jacob Spotanski, Pinnacle Bank; Adam Stoskopf, Farmers Insurance; Adam Stoskopf Agency; Mason Stotts, Haven by Holo Sail Technologies; Chad Svagera, PayPal; Heather Weideman, Five Points Bank.
Visit sarpychamber.org/leadership-sarpy to learn more about the program and how you or your employees can get involved!
Save These Dates:
June 08: Coffee and Contacts at Willow Lakes Golf Course
Start your day with some networking!
June 20: B.U.Y.S. (Beef Up Your Sales) Event
How to Make & Maintain Great Relationships
June 22: Business After Hours at Venues at the Granary
Get some networking in the afternoon!
June 28: Guys Event at Oak Creek Sporting Club
Fun day out on the clay course!
July 27: 27th Annual Sarpy Chamber Golf Tournament
Spend a day outside on the golf course!