Windows are open, the trees and flowers are in full bloom, and the sounds of those early morning lawn mowers are filling our neighborhoods…it must be spring. I hope this post finds my readers all nice and twitterpated this season. I apologize for not posting anything in awhile…life has been very busy and I have been trying to decide on some changes that will be happening around POMC this year.
So what have you been up to? This spring, for me, has been full of theatre, volunteering, hockey (Go Dashers!!), Vermilion Advantage’s Leadership Tomorrow class, and so much music!
I hope you all got a chance to see some theatre in the last few months, because all of the shows around Vermilion County this season have been fantastic. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent we breed here. I got to work with the DACC Players and choreograph Funny Girl – shout out to our amazing cast and crew!
Also, be sure to stay tuned to the DACC Players’ Facebook page for some awesome and exciting announcements coming up about the third installment of The Rocky Horror Show. I am thrilled to be reprising the role of Columbia! Rocky is getting a makeover this year and we are really excited to tell you about it.
There have also been some awesome volunteering opportunities – and there are more coming up! Please refer to THIS POST for more info if you’d like to be involved!
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And oh my goodness, Vermilion County!! The Danville Dashers won the Championship Cup in April! Congrats, guys! The team was lead by Coach Steve Harrison, and what an AWESOME season they had. On a sad note, Coach moved back to Texas after the end of the season. He is and will continue to be greatly missed. He has truly been a light in our community over the last few years. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and will always welcome him back to Vermilion County.
One super awesome project I just completed was the Vermilion Advantage’s Leadership Tomorrow Class 29! Wow! I am a firm believer that every single person in our county should complete this course. It is a 4 month journey that takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of our great county. I had the pleasure of being one of the class speakers for our graduation, and in an effort to show you how awesome this experience was, I am going to share my speech:
Hello everyone! My name is Nicole Miller and I work at Neuhoff Media as well as own and operate a blog about Vermilion County called peaceofmycity.com. I grew up in Catlin from the age of 5 and have pretty much been there forever. My mom is from Catlin, my dad from Oakwood – my grandparents built a home in Catlin in 1966 in which my grandmother still resides. My roots are very much Vermilion County. I am currently raising my two daughters here.
In May of 1998, my foundation was rocked when I was attending church at First Assembly of God on the corner of Walnut and Seminary in Danville. I was sitting ten feet from the wall that was bombed by a local man. I was 14 years old and was forced to grow up very quickly after this event. While there were no deaths, my friends and I were pretty beat up. I ended up with a fractured temporal bone, massive blood loss, and a new fear of my town.
Over the years this fear resided in me and I became very shut off from my community. A little over 2 years ago, everything changed. 2015 proved to be a really tough year for me, but through the storm I found out a lot about myself and who I want to be. I have always had a passion for music and the arts, but over that rough year I found my love for my community. My community rallied around me and brought me back from a very dark place. From events like Summer Sounds and Culture Shock to the beauty of Arts in the Park and First Gig Rock and Roll Camp for Kids, I discovered a world that has been right in front of me my entire life, but I had never seen.
I started my blog, peaceofmycity.com in January of 2016 because I just HAD to let people know about how awesome our community really is. I started conducting interviews with people who are centered around making our county a better place..and guess what, there are LOTS of them…which leads me here.
Machelle (Dykes) contacted me to see if I would be interested in doing this Leadership Tomorrow class. I was ecstatic. I had heard only great things and looked forward to meeting new people and getting a different view of our great county. I really had no idea what to expect. Through this experience, I have felt like a tourist in my own town. I truly feel like everyone in our county should go through this process. From the get go, we were forced to self evaluate as well as get to know our classmates VERY quickly when Kim (Kuchenbrod) did the “What’s Your Communication Style” activity on day 1. From there, I don’t know about my fellow classmates, but I wondered what I had got myself into. Every time we met I learned something new about myself, my classmates, and my community. From our team building exercises to our visit to the PSB and our police ride alongs to the behind-the-scenes look at all the great stuff in our great community has been such an honor.
So on behalf of my follow classmates, I would like to say thank you to Machelle and to everyone at Vermilion Advantage for doing this – keep it up…more people need to experience this. And to my classmates – what a fun ride it’s been. I look forward to staying in touch with all of you. And finally, I want to say thank you to our community – you are special, Vermilion County. I look forward to helping build our future. Thank you.
I am hoping to put together an entire article about my experiences through this class. For more information on Vermilion Advantage – click here. Congrats to my fellow classmates!
One more thing I’d like to touch base on from the past couple of months is our local music scene. I know I am constantly talking about it – but wow, you guys. One big project I would like you to really pay attention to is the Dalton Halls Band. Go visit www.helpdhb.com. I really believe in what this kid and his band are doing. You can read more about him here at POMC. Get involved…this band is legit.
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Alright guys! That’s my update for now! Look for another post soon talking about all the awesomeness that is coming up this summer in Vermilion County! There is a ton!
Peace & Love,
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