Monthly Archives: May 2012

Leadership Sun Prairie

I began my career as a full time attorney with ELSA back in August 2011.  Although I had spent some time in Sun Prairie while in law school at UW, I knew relatively little about the city and its people.  Eager to learn more, I enrolled in the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Sun Prairie” course.  The seven-session course is designed to expose participants to various different aspects of life in Sun Prairie, including business and industry, education, government, media and communications, and community health and wellness.  Additionally, each Leadership Sun Prairie class is responsible for completing one community service project.

Our Leadership class is the 15th in the program’s history and we packed a lot into our seven sessions.  We delivered meals with the Meals on Wheels program, volunteered at the Sunshine Supper, wrote letters to Badger Honor Flight honorees, filmed vignettes for the local cable access channel, and helped out in local elementary school classrooms.  For our service project, we organized a night out for 10 local kids to have dinner at a local restaurant and attend a UW men’s basketball game.  With each session, I found myself more and more impressed with not only the abundance of talented people here in Sun Prairie, but also with the strong sense of community that is pervasive throughout the city.

ELSA has a history of involvement with Leadership Sun Prairie.  Three other ELSA team members, Kathy Curran, Connie Birkrem and Eric Ristau, each graduated from the course.  This past fall, Attorney Ristau gave a presentation to our class about the importance of having properly executed power of attorney documents as a part of a comprehensive estate plan.

The Leadership Sun Prairie course has helped confirm what the other members of ELSA have known for a long time; namely, that there’s more to Sun Prairie than meets the eye and that it is a great community in which to have our legal practice..