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    The Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is a ten-week program that engages citizens in their community through knowledge and volunteerism. Sponsored by the Woodbury Community Foundation, the City of Woodbury and the Woodbury Lions Club, the 2014 Academy was held in February and April. The 2015 Citizens’ Academy will begin on February 12, 2015 and run through April 9, 2015.
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You Make the Call:

Leadership Lessons Through Sports Officiating

Steve Thielen

 

  • What is it like to be a college football official?
  • What are the traits and training involved to become a good official?
  • What are the life lessons and leadership development involved in sports officiating?

This unique, engaging and informative presentation provides a perspective on development and leadership through the eyes of those who wear the stripes, the guardians of the game.

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Steve Thielen loved sports from the day he was born. In high school he lettered in football and basketball and gained leadership skills that served him well in his early career. Earning management degrees from St John’s and Concordia University, culminating with an MBA, Steve has had an award-winning leadership career in both the public and private sectors.

His passion, however, goes back to the grid-iron. Undertaking grueling training courses for officiating and now training other officials, Steve most enjoys the energy and vibe of college football, running up and down the sidelines, interacting with players and watching out for the safety of the players and the integrity of the game.

Steve tells his story, engaging the audience in officiating conundrums, and sharing leadership lessons learned on and off the field.

The event will be held from 5:30-7:00p at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 8511 Hudson Boulevard, Lake Elmo, MN 55042. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Nancy at the Foundation office at 651-788-6586 or email wcf@woodburyfoundation.org.

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  • You Make the Call: Leadership Lessons Through Sports Officiating What is it like to be a college football official? What are the traits and training involved to become a good official? What are the life lessons and leadership development involved in sports officiating? This unique, engaging and informative presentation provides a perspective on development and […]

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  • Please join the Woodbury Community Foundation for the upcoming Leadership Forum session on Monday, February 23, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Please note the new time! 5:30! Our new format begins with delicious food and beverages of your choice, mixed in with great conversation and discussion that furthers our knowledge of leadership in our own lives and how […]

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Join the Woodbury Community  Foundation for a FREE financial series designed to help you avoid the pain of not knowing what you ought to know about financial literacy and your financial future.

Sponsored by the East Metro Team of Thrivent Financial, these six workshops will cover topics that are important to every resident of Woodbury, regardless of age, socio-economic status, or stage of life.  If you are currently working and still acquiring assets, then these workshops are for you.  If you are currently retired and looking to preserve assets then these workshops are for you.  If you are approaching retirement and not sure exactly how to structure your financial future, then these workshops are for you.

Dates and Topics for the Workshops:

February 10, 2015 at 5:45pm:  Social Security, Income Tax and Retirement  (Woodbury Lutheran Church)

April 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm: An evening dedicated to a comprehensive economic update and how it impacts you

June 9, 2015 at 5:45pm: Estate and Legacy Planning – What you need to know in order to preserve your wealth and create a lasting legacy for your family.

August 20, 2015 at 6:30pm: Identity Theft and Internet Security – What you need to know!

October 8, 2015 at 5:30p: Preparing for Long-Term Care: A gift your family deserves; and Social Security: Strategize to Maximize

December 8, 2015 at 6:30pm: Women, Wine, and Wealth:  A night of celebration and education

For more information and to register, please contact Nancy in the Foundation office at 651-788-6586 or by email at nancy@woodburyfoundation.org.

 

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The Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is a ten-week program that engages citizens in their community through knowledge and volunteerism. Sponsored by the Woodbury Community Foundation, the City of Woodbury and the Woodbury Lions Club, the 2014 Academy was held in February and April.  The 2015 Citizens’ Academy will begin on February 12, 2015 and run through April 9, 2015.

Registration for the 2015 program is currently open and there are a limited number of participant openings left. For more information, send an e-mail to Claudia Millington, Citizens’ Academy volunteer program chair, at cmillington@cortrustbank.com.

The program is free and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to those who live or work in Woodbury. We are encouraging participants to get involved philanthropically by making a voluntary gift of $50 to help offset the cost of the program.

The Citizens’ Academy develops future leaders who are so important to assuring a strong, robust Woodbury well into the future. It expands the knowledge of our citizens in a way that encourages more involvement in our community. Planned by a team of community members, each weekly session is focused on a different topic:

  • Government

  • Economic Development

  • Woodbury History

  • Culture and Diversity

  • Public Safety

  • Media and Communications

  • City Works

  • Education

  • Volunteerism

Each session provides front line exposure to how local public, private and nonprofit sectors work in their respective areas, as well as how, in unison, they make Woodbury an exceptional place to live and work.

Graduates of the Citizens Academy come away with greater community engagement, inspired volunteerism, and encouragement of philanthropy throughout our city.

Through 2014, more than 120 people have Graduated from the Academy.

2014 Graduating Class

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2013 Graduating Class

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View Past Galleries :  2012 Citizens Academy Gallery  |  2010 Citizens Academy Gallery

Partners: (Please click on a logo below for more information)

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What is the Woodbury Community Foundation?
The Woodbury Community Foundation helps neighboring Woodbury organizations fulfill their mission of providing life-changing opportunities for economically stressed residents. We build smart collaborations, provide key research to guide intervention, and create networks of donors and volunteers to support the needs of Woodbury residents. We are working toward “well-being for all…for Woodbury.”

Our Mission
Our mission is to strengthen our community by connecting people and organizations with causes that matter.

Our Vision
Our vision is to ensure our community is a premier and caring place to live, work, and play.

Our Focus
The results of our recent Community Needs Survey have become the driving force of the Woodbury Community Foundation. We are focusing on four key areas: YOUTH, JOBS, HOUSING, and FOOD.

With these initiatives in mind, we can provide opportunities to local organizations and individuals for them to invest directly in multi-dimensional human-service issues that are of greatest concern and a growing challenge to the future of our city:

  • Financial turmoil caused by job loss. We encourage networking opportunities and professional training for citizens facing unemployment or a tough job market. We also support local employers who wish to engage in community efforts.
  • Family disruption or distress caused by military deployment, health problems, alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness, or domestic violence. We support programs that help these adults and children rebuild their lives and families.
  • Citizens who find it difficult to secure the basic essentials. We assist and partner with other organizations that distribute food and clothing, provide transportation and shelter, and assist with other basic needs.

The Woodbury Community Foundation fosters collaborative thinking, which builds our community and serves our citizens.

Our Greatest Inspiration
The inspired determination of our board members, donors, volunteers, and partners–working through innovative collaborations–fuels our goal, the well-being of all residents of Woodbury, particularly those who are dispossessed, alienated, or otherwise disadvantaged.

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