We Are Young. So Let’s Set the World on Fire.

I watched Glee the other night…….

Ok, so that might mean that I will lose my man card for an extended period of time, but hey, when you don’t have control of the remote in your household from time to time, you accept that special someone’s choice in entertainment. 

As with most episodes of Glee, they ended the show with a rousing message through their music, but this time, the song selection, and specifically, these lyrics, struck a chord with me:

Tonight
We are young
So let's set the world on fire
We can burn brighter
Than the sun

While we have been able to celebrate the success of the Servus Young Leaders Network (SYLN) for the 2011 year, I’m all about looking forward. The 2012 year will allow us to continue to expand our wings and gain continued traction within Servus Credit Union. At present we have just over 30% penetration of young leaders within Servus as members of the SYLN Online Site. We are seeing more regional young leader groups being created and the SYLN will be providing them with assistance in objectives as well as providing potential funding for special projects. I believe this will not only increase the participation level in the SYLN Online Site, but I think it will also increase the engagement level of our staff within Servus.

I am totally pumped about our three new executive committee members, Kirk Nielsen, Karina Farr, and Trish Rasmussen. All have jumped right in to joining some of our executive sub-committees to help improve on the programming that was provided in 2011. Kirk has already been hard at work using his tech savvy skill set to provide a new look to the Online Site which should be released in the upcoming year.

The SYLN Spotlight on the Online Site will be shifted to a more formal process where young leaders will be able to nominate their peers for recognition.

As an executive committee, we are continually looking for ways to increase the development of our young leaders. A common message that will be encouraged throughout the year is that if you have unique ideas, suggestions, leadership articles to share, or just have a thought you think can improve you and your peers experience in Servus Credit Union as a young leader, send your ideas to any one of the executive committee members! We want to make the Servus Young Leaders Network is bigger and better year after year after year.

So there it is kids, we are young, so let’s set the world on fire!

To you and yours, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Devin