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Excellent Panel on the Importance of Giving Back to the Community

Arron Myers, Melissa Willenborg, Ron Mietzner, Alex Wright

CEO students were inspired by a panel of amazing individuals that dedicate their time to helping our community. The panel included Ron Mietzner with American Cancer Society, Melissa Willenborg with 100+ Women Who Care, Aaron Myers with Harmony Playground, and Alex Wright with YBNext. Each of these people shared their stories of how they became involved with the volunteer organizations and spoke about how important it was to volunteer. 

All four people on the panel said a similar message, "Find what you have a passion for and work to create that passion into something to benefit our community." Whether it be building a playground, organizing events for cancer research and assistance, raising money for non-profit organizations, or growing the next generation of leaders, each of us can volunteer our time and efforts. By doing so, anyone, alike to the panel, has the ability to benefit our community.

Please come out and support YBNext and Effingham CEO on Monday, April 23rd as they join forces for a fundraiser at Joe's Pizza and Pasta from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  We hope you will make your dinner plans with us.  

Written by Madison Magee


CEO Visited Gilmore Acres

Gilmore Acres

Goats, Cows, Lotion, and Soap. You may be wondering how all these might be related. At Gilmore Acres, CEO students had the opportunity to see first hand how Lynn Wolff and her family bring goats and soap together. With products ranging from mechanics scrub to, you guessed it, goat soap! From insurance to production, Lynn shared with us the risk management and production of her unique products.

Written by: Truman Rhodes


CEO Prepares For Their Trade Show Booth Design

Patty Greene

The CEO students had the privilege of meeting with Patty Greene to discuss Trade Show Booths. Patty Greene worked with the students to make them start thinking of what they are wanting their booths to look like. She allowed the students to see a demo booth set up. The students really enjoyed working with Patty Greene to start their plans for what their booths will look like at the Trade Show on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Written by Tiffany Gates


Student Journal Highlights for this week

"Wednesday really made me excited for the Trade show in a month. Then again, it’s in a month, so I really need to get going on creating the items for my booth. Those two emotions are hard to mix. Patty Greene has really been helpful, though. She loves working with the CEO students, and we love working with her. I am glad someone like her is so involved with the program. I can’t wait for the Tradeshow to be here!"

"It is exciting that the CEO Trade is coming up soon. It is kind of hard to believe that the journey is coming to an end, but it is exciting to be able to participate in the trade show. I have been to CEO Trade Shows in years past, and I have always thought about what my booth would look like. With the information we received on Wednesday, I am looking forward to beginning the process of preparing a booth."

Ryan Sandifer

Ryan Sandifer
Wednesday, April 4, 2018Learn More About Ryan

"The Community Give Back Panel was a great experience! I hadn’t hear of YBNext or Harmony Playground. I think the idea of Harmony Playground is a great concept and am looking forward to having it in Effingham. I love the idea of anyone, no matter what is their disability for other playgrounds, being able to have a playground of their own."
Tiffany Gates

Tiffany Gates
Wednesday, April 4, 2018Learn More About Tiffany


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The manner in which the CEO program is funded is critical to its success and sustainability. All funds raised are used exclusively for the Effingham County CEO Program. To participate, a 3-year $1000 per year commitment is required. Business Partner Investors commitments of time and energy are also critical to the program's success. Contributions may be tax deductible, as our organization is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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Carver McCaskill - Effingham County CEO

Carver McCaskill

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Carver McCaskill attends St. Anthony High School. He is the founder and leader of the ping-pong club. He is also involved with other clubs such as history club and spanish club. On the weekends he works at the RMC Cinemas in Effingham. He spends his leisure time paddle boarding and making costumes. He wants to go to college at Flagler University in Florida and pursue a degree in both Graphic Design and Business.

“I have always heard that effingham is full of opportunity for entrepreneurs, I am looking forward to seeing what there is and how businesses are ran in a small community. I am truly grateful for being able to be in CEO.”


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