Following Dr. Cameron’s presentation at our January 14 monthly meeting – The Value of Virtuousness – we announced our 2013 Essay Contest, based on the same theme.  In 1,500 words or less, we invite you to share your personal reflections on the Value of Virtuousness: What are the virtues manifested by individuals or businesses/institutions that most profoundly enrich your life? What character traits inspire and motivate you to create – and share – a meaningful and productive quality of life? We are still finalizing the timeline but essays should be submitted by mid-March. Winners will be announced at the April 8 meeting, and invited to read their essays.  Watch for finalized details on our website and in our newsletters.

There will be specific outreach to the business sector but the contest will be open to all individuals in the West Michigan community. Two winning essays will be selected, along with recognition of honorable mentions. With our thanks to Kim Cameron, winning essays will appear on the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship website. WGVU will cover the contest through Shelley Irwin’s Morning Show and MiBiz will help promote as well. We are working on additional opportunities to promote the project and recognize the winners.

Essay review panelists include WMSBF Board members Dave Aupperlee, Su Paauwe, Dave Rinard, Dan Schoonmaker, Justin Swan, Jennifer Wammack and Gabe Wing. Lisa Locke will coordinate and serve on the panel.  We are also very pleased and honored to welcome back Terri McCarthy with the Wege Foundation and Shelly Irwin with WGVU.

We hope this is a special opportunity for us to further bridge our corporate and personal worlds; to dig a little deeper, to push the limits of our understandings, and to share our insights, dreams, and potentials.

We have no idea the kind of response we’ll get.  We would like to be inundated. We hope you’ll give this serious consideration and encourage your friends and associates to take on the challenge.  Click 2013 Essay Submission for a submission form.

Click HERE to see the press release.

Click HERE to hear WGVU’s Shelly Irwin talk about the essay contest with Lisa Locke and Jennifer Wammack.

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