Roan non-profit awareness day

Roan Scholars Non-profit dayAs part of their Roan 'orientation' activities prior to the start of the fall term, freshman Scholars spent a day visiting local non-profit organizations in Johnson City, meeting various leaders and learning about the important role 'non-profits' play in the community. The Roan Class of 2016, which spent part of the summer interning with various non-profits, joined the freshmen to introduce the places where they interned and talk about their experiences.

The day started at Appalachia Service Project, where the Roan Scholars attended a meeting of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce's "Non-Profit Development" group, and had the opportunity to hear from Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge, who spoke about the response to last summer's (2012) flooding in the Dry Creek area. The group also talked with Chamber President/CEO, Mr. Gary Mabrey, about community engagement opportunities and leadership.

Following the meeting, the Roan Scholars toured Coalition for Kids; Girls, Inc; One Acre Café; and Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County, before visiting Bristol Motor Speedway – where they had lunch and met with Ms. Claudia Byrd, who talked with them about Speedway Children's Charities.

The day finished with a visit to Summit Leadership Foundation, where Mr. Dave McAuley gave the group a short tour and presentation, then led the Scholars through a group exercise and dialogue about leadership, visioning, and communication.

The Roan Scholars walked away from the day with a greater appreciation for all that non-profit organizations do for the community, and for the importance of volunteerism and philanthropy. They also came away even more motivated to serve as student leaders, and are eager to get involved as the fall semester gets underway.