Newsletter for January 15th, 2015

Class day with visitors from Effingham CEO

Effingham CEO students, Bryce Pruemer and Kyle Deters visited with Jasper CEO on Monday morning at our host site, Superior Fuels to discuss their class business coming up on February 3rd. If you haven’t been to an Effingham CEO experience, we highly recommend you attend. It is a great day of professional development for all business people! If you are interested in registering for their event go to to register. This meeting is just another great example of how CEO works. Kids networking with other kids and adults across Illinois and the nation, sharing ideas, and supporting each other. Doesn’t that sounds like an environment you would want to work in?

Team Building with the National Guard

We are lucky to have the great support of our local National Guard for so many reasons. In CEO, this group is always more than ready to come and work with us for team building events. On a very chilly Wednesday morning CEO students along with Derek Meyer and Steve Fehrenbacher worked through team building exercises that pushed students out of their comfort zone, forced them to work as a cohesive team to complete a task, and proved that when everyone participates in solving a task, the ideas are better and it takes less time with more quality results. Today was a great day of learning important skills!

Emotional Intelligence with Jennifer Vahling

In a combined effort, Effingham and Jasper CEO students converged at EJ Water’s Leadership room for a presentation by Jennifer Vahling with Midland States Bank. Today our topic at hand was emotional intelligence. She started by explaining that all of us have an IQ, a personality, and emotional intelligence. It is the ability of individuals to recognize their own and other people's emotions to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. Other topics of interest tied to this were finding credible sources, the fact that there is no growth without discontent, and living a life of I want to versus I have to. A wonderful presentation and discussion today with many “aha” moments!

As you have probably already heard….the social event of the season is the Jasper CEO Class Event on January 30th in the NCHS Gymnasium, “Small Town Spotlight”. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 6:00 after an hors devours social with music and comedy from three different local entertainers. It is sure to be a night you won't want to miss! If you are interested in a table with reserved seating you can contact Amy Tarr at for more details. You may also purchase your tickets on-line from this website or the following local businesses: Pat Mammoser - COUNTRY Insurance, Marathon One-Stop Shop, Peoples State Bank of Newton, NCHS Office, or The Gas Station in Ste. Marie. We look forward to seeing you there!

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