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Go Make Something Happen

The Young Emerging Leaders launched their new year as a group with a Thursday night (Sept. 17) reception during which they unveiled their new logo and self-mandate — “Make Something Happen.”

Young Emerging Leaders (YEL) launched in September 2006, under the auspices of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, based upon a recommendation of the TIP Strategies report. The TIP report noted: “The creation of a Young Professionals Association should be a top priority for the Chamber.” According to the report, the purpose of such an organization should be to “develop networking opportunities for professionals in the area.

YEL has about 260 members, according to the most recent report, with its membership open to those between the ages of 21 and 39.

About 50 members of the group gathered at the Town Club in downtown Fort Smith for the reception.

Travis Lea, YEL chair, said recent feedback from YEL members indicated a clear desire that the organization be more active. Lea said the feedback resulted in the new logo and Web address (makesomethinghappen.org) which should soon be active. To begin the process, Lea encouraged YEL members to get involved in one or more of the four councils — marketing, membership, networking and leadership and professional development.

Casey Maxey, a YEL member and employee of the Fort Smith chamber spoke briefly about the new group logo and challenge to get invovlved.

“We really want to make something happen in our communities,” Maxey told the group.


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 

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Run for office

Hey YEL folks...run for office. Take on a project. Build something. Let people know you are here and you care enough to get involved in the political process. We need to replace the old dead heads that are on the city board..Mattox...with new young people with vision. Go for it.

Thank You for your service

Let's not forget the good the established leaders of Fort Smith have contributed. Though let's remember that to remain competitive we need youth, vitality, flexibility, creativity,etc., which exceed rhetoric and "cheerleading". It is long past due that we shift gears and get up to speed to catch up with the world before it disappears from sight. Let's be ready to embark when our ship comes in.

but they ARE running for office

The YEL folks have run for office recently. City Director André Good is one of them.

what is good for Andre isn't

what is good for Andre isn't necessarily good for Ft. Smith.

When Andre creates

When Andre creates controversy so that he may appear magnanimous, that is not good for Fort Smith.

Andre is a genius

that was a clever trick ... Andre convincing Bill Maddox to do TWO stupid things with negative racial overtones. Either Andre is a political genius, or you are as out of tune as maddox.

charlie foxtrot? more like

charlie foxtrot? more like andre's mom I believe. You miss the point. I give up on trying to explain simple things to people like you.

It is not that simple!!

That's right,give up, it it not important enough to you but it is to others.

Bring It

YEL was developed and introduced a few years ago, with the exact same charge and mission....get involved in the community and make something happen AS AN ORGANIZATION. One person running for office from YEL is a small piece of the pie. While the introduction of a new "brand" and "website" is no more an initiative than what the group had already done, the key is HOW WILL YOU MAKE AN IMPACT. WHAT WILL YEL DO FOR THE GREATER FORT SMITH Community? So far it remains to be seen as anything more than a social group, which is a great outlet for networking and helps build a foundation for social engagement, I challenge the leaders and members of this organization to turn into a true actionable group that has some true grit behind the new "brand" and becomes an authoritative entity that is highly respected in Fort Smith!

DoubleSpeak: Leaders of Who? Followers of What?

Let's hope that Ëmerging Leaders is not DoubleSpeak Code for Emerging Followers. After all, the Chamber of Commerce has a vested interest in the Status Quo in support of corporations and skewed against small business and workers in general. If the emerging leaders are truly leaders with ethics then they should effect change from within. Otherwise they are stepping to the same old dance dos y doe!!

My Suggestion "To make a difference"

First thing......Just go for a ride around town. Make a want list. Then decide how to correct the problems. I would start with the exit at 540/Rogers Ave. Then make phone calls and write letters. An organization might get attention. Next stop: underpass at Free Ferry/540.

Make SOMETHING happen!

Young Emerging Leaders, I'm with Observer, let the rest of us see you but, even more importantly, let us see your results. By all means, make SOMETHING happen! Turn that ambiguous something into a specific. NAME IT. WANT IT. GET IT. You have 260 members (that's a freakin army!). Start flexing your muscles and make your presence felt. Be bold and impinge. Among your members certainly there must be some bloggers. You guys should be all over The City Wire with your comments on the current issues and through your blogs you can be letting the rest of us know what you see for the future of Fort Smith. Go for it!! Be our "Young Turks. Young Turks: Young Turks (Turkish: Jön Türkler (plural), from French: Jeunes Turcs) were a coalition of various groups favoring reformation of the administration of the Ottoman Empire. The movement was against the monarchy of Ottoman Sultan and favored a re-installation of the Kanûn-ı Esâsî and they established the second constitutional era in 1908 with what is to become known as the Young Turk Revolution. The term Young Turks referred to the members of the Ottoman society who were progressive, modernist and opposed to the status quo. The movement built a rich tradition of dissent that shaped the intellectual, political and artistic life of the late Ottoman period generally transcendent the decline and dissolution periods. Many Young Turks were not only active in the political arena, but were also artists, administrators, scientists, etc. The term "Young Turks" has subsequently come to signify any groups or individuals inside an organization who are progressive and seek prominence and power.[1] Source: Wikepedia
Young Emerging Leaders, I'm with Observer, let the rest of us see you but, even more importantly, let us see your results. By all means, make SOMETHING happen! Turn that ambiguous something into a specific. NAME IT. WANT IT. GET IT. You have 260 members (that's a freakin army!). Start flexing your muscles and make your presence felt. Be bold and impinge. Among your members certainly there must be some bloggers. You guys should be all over The City Wire with your comments on the current issues and through your blogs you can be letting the rest of us know what you see for the future of Fort Smith. Go for it!! Be our "Young Turks. Young Turks: ...>> Read the entire comment.

yel

Hurrah! YEL is alive and well. With Travis and Maggie as their leaders, we can confidently expect "something" (good) to happen. These two have so much potential, and we geezers and geezettes should support them any way we can. They may be our best hope for bringing improvements to our city.

It's just a social group

From what I can tell. It's been 3 years and they're already redressing with a new logo and tag line. That's record time for having to reintroduce a "new and improved." Perhaps it never really got off the ground. And if this is what TIPS thought was an absolutely "must have" for the greater Fort Smith region, then we really did just burn a pile of money on the report. What long term impact has the group had or made? Where is anything they've done that was done in such a way as to product sustainability of any sort? Sure Andre is elected and Travis wants to do more. And few made it through Leadership Fort Smith. But where is the collective impact? Is there now long term plan? What is the strategy? I gotta give them props though. Nice buffet. "L"

Agreed.

I agree with the statements made by "L" and the previous comment...while I do feel that this group has a lot to offer. The group did get off the ground well, but few very have carried it through from launch to where are they now. With every new "CEO", having a new "Leadership" council on a yearly basis allows the group to lose sight of its initial mission, and is hard to carry through previous initiatives from other leadership councils since this doesn't allow the new "CEO" to make their impact. Overall, the group needs to re-review their mission and come up with an ACTIONABLE plan and commit to how they will contribute to making things happen within the GFSR and enhancing the quality of life for young professionals. Currently, it seems the business youth still leaves the area as fast they as moved in! A new logo and website can't deliver for a business unless the business can deliver on their promise. What's YEL's promise?

Token Effort

Leadership is nature's way of removing morons from the productive flow. - Dogbert

Simply Put

The best and the brightest have gone on to greener pastures and those remaining are the least capable and the less less competent. They are not clear on the concepts and original thought is not within their realm of understanding. Sad but true, Candidly

Re: Simply Put

adman, Feel free to bring your abundant competence to YEL to make it better. Please show us what you're capable of bringing to our organization. I would love to hear all you have to offer. Here it is. This is your opportunity to step-up, to lead, to make something happen. I welcome your concepts and original thought. I hope it can broaden my realm of understanding. What I find sad and true about our community is that too often people like yourself enjoy pointing the finger at what is wrong without ever finding the courage to step-up to do anything about it. To call out a group of unpaid volunteers from behind your keyboard is sad and weak. Go ahead and label us before we've had the opportunity to show what we can do for YEL. I do appreciate your candor, but you are wrong. We have a great team assembled and you will see great things happen with our group this year. Travis Lea YEL Chair
adman, Feel free to bring your abundant competence to YEL to make it better. Please show us what you're capable of bringing to our organization. I would love to hear all you have to offer. Here it is. This is your opportunity to step-up, to lead, to make something happen. I welcome your concepts and original thought. I hope it can broaden my realm of understanding. What I find sad and true about our community is that too often people like yourself enjoy pointing the finger at what is wrong without ever finding the courage to step-up to do anything about it. To call out a group of unpaid volunteers from behind your keyboard is sad and weak. Go ahead ...>> Read the entire comment.

40 isn't "Young"!?!

Why does YEL limit itself to those younger than 40? Given the demographics of Fort Smith's leadership, anybody younger than 60 is a "young emerging leader."

Forty IS young

To me the biological age of 40 years and below IS young. Of course, we're talking body age here rather than a mental age. Certainly, over the years I have, as I'm sure you have, met more than a few "young" people that are being an acting way in excess of their years. Then too, I've met many "old" people that were being and doing as if they were much younger than their body years. Anyway, I guess if you're going to name your group Young Emerging Leaders going with a body age designation is a practical decision to make. For me, though, I see the superior group configuration being a blend of both the old and the young. In other words, combine the wisdom, experience and know-how of the old with the spunk, endless energy and fresh outlook of the young. Of course, on the part of both, there would have to be a willingness to look, listen and learn from the other from which a mutual admiration and respect would be inevitably forged. I was surprised to learn that YEL had been in existence for three years. Sort of a slow process of emerging that, to me, indicates that there has been uncertainty within the group as to why, how and when. Uncertainty = go slow. In any case, it appears, per the article, that YEL has come into focus as a group and has a clear intention of direction. Whether or not that is indeed the case will be revealed in the subsequent actions. I do agree with JoJo, do a survey and chose a specific "something" to handle then competently handle it and make sure that everybody in GFS knows what you did. Emerge means to come forth from obscurity. YEL has most definitely been obscure. Pulling off a highly visible project is a great way for YEL to come forth into existence in GFS. Go for it! Please keep us updated. Communication (the exchange of ideas) is the hearbeat of any group. The more communication the stronger the heart the stronger the group. I for one, very much look forward to experiencing YEL's emergence.
To me the biological age of 40 years and below IS young. Of course, we're talking body age here rather than a mental age. Certainly, over the years I have, as I'm sure you have, met more than a few "young" people that are being an acting way in excess of their years. Then too, I've met many "old" people that were being and doing as if they were much younger than their body years. Anyway, I guess if you're going to name your group Young Emerging Leaders going with a body age designation is a practical decision to make. For me, though, I see the superior group configuration being a blend of both the old and the young. In other words, combine the wisdom, experience ...>> Read the entire comment.

No need to get testy,

No need to get testy, Chairman Travis. When did you join YEL? Have you been there 3 years? Why hasn't anything substantial been introduced, acted up on, and completed? Perhaps the person at whom you sniped is over the age 40 cut-off. Perhaps not. Perhaps they were nitpicking. But there are 2 things that have just surfaced: You ability to lead -- a leader rises above the fray and have actions that speak out loud and followers who want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. The second point is that YEL hasn't had the impact that those of us older folks had expected to see. I'm not talking about a life-altering event but a substantially impactful contribution to the community. If I am wrong, please share. Finally, these words should help you identify what your strategy should include. If the idea is to be a social networking organization, then get networking. If it is to hold events, then get those planned and advertised. But the point is -- nobody knows you really exist. Take a deep breath, smooth your ruffled feathers, and make a difference. "L"

Make Something Happen?

Mr. Lea, How about an update on YEL? I went to http://www.makesomethinghappen.org/ then from there went, as directed, to http://yelfortsmith.org/ but didn't really see anything about your group's new agenda. Thanks. Monte