American Legion Post 117 announces leadership symposium

(ROCKWALL, TX — March 13, 2016) Rockwall’s American Legion, Terry Fisher Post 117, will hold the 2016 Terry Fisher Leadership Symposium in collaboration with Patriot PAWS on Saturday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Patriot PAWS facility (254 Ranch Trl). The goal of the symposium is to bring together veterans and up to 60 public, private or home schooled high school students to demystify the concepts of leadership and explain how successful leaders develop themselves and others. Through humor, insight and experience, the veterans of Post 117 will describe skills, stages of successful leadership and how to become an influential, respected and thriving principled leader. The symposium will also highlight the exceptional work being done by Patriot PAWS to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and PTS.

Lunch will be provided by the Terry Fisher Post 117 during the event. High school sophomores and juniors interested in attending can contact the Symposium Coordinator, Mike Donegan, at (214) 226-8944, Mark Kipphut, at (214) 771-3136, or they can submit a request directly to the Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 at PO Box 821, Rockwall, TX 75087 or email by April 30.

About the American Legion: The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness and community service. It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of exceptional programs to develop community leaders. The Terry Fisher Post 117, is committed to serving Rockwall County and this event honors this commitment by allowing veterans to share their experiences and insights to future leaders.  Young men and women will learn that leadership is not a matter of a certain position or title, but is the ability to build, motivate and inspire individuals and teams to greatness. They will teach the skills needed to be successful in multiple roles. We are proud to partner with Patriot PAWS, a tremendous organization also dedicated to improving our community by bringing together people and dogs to assist a range of veterans and others with physical and emotional injuries. They will explain the discipline, dedication and leadership required to train service dogs.

Story submitted by Mark Kipphut.