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CFI hosts Chamber Mixer

Posted: Friday, Jul 12th, 2013

Chamber Ambassadors Lauren Brock and Robin Wallum serve guests an assortment of beverages at Tuesday night’s Chamber Mixer hosted by the Center For Independence. In the next photo, guests look over pictures and information detailing the activities. PHOTOS BY SHANNON MARVEL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Tuesday’s monthly Chamber Mixer was hosted by the Center For Independence, where CFI opened its Family Educational Building to the public, showcasing pictures of various “bridging activities” throughout the recent years.

The activities are designed to bring together those receiving support from the CFI with other community organizations.

Georgia Langbehn, Coordinator of Community Services for CFI, said the whole goal of the bridging activities is so everyone can meet each other.

“People are uncomfortable with the unknown, so it helps to break down barriers,” said Langbehn.

Colorful posters bolstering fun activities donned the walls of the Educational Building showing community volunteers working side-by-side with members of the community receiving services from CFI. Sewing groups, school awareness programs, and theatre productions were just a few of the activities on display.

“We wanted to feature something that we find very important, which is bridging activities,” said Langbehn.

She described what events the posters depicted and said “a lot of these projects we repeat year after year.”

“I’ve been in four different plays, and the play in March will be my fifth,” said Robin Knutson, who has had roles in “Voices I,” “Voices II,” “Party of One,” and “Gravity.” Huron Area Community Theatre helps the FCI put on all the theater productions.

Langbehn said that students from Dakota Wesleyan University saw one of their theater productions in Mitchell and “were really impressed and asked to get Robin’s autograph.”

“We also have a variety of classes and sometimes we get people from the community to be teachers and sometimes we have people we support as the teachers,” said Langbehn.

“During our ‘Lead for Life’ program, we invited kids without disabilities to learn from those with disabilities and we all learned a lot of valuable things from them.”

The night was also one for business opportunities, especially for Jay Kightlinger, who offers his pet services to those who need someone to care for their dog or cat when on vacation.

“I take care of your dogs or cats,” said Kightlinger.

“I’ll walk them, pick up after them, let them out, feed them, all of that when you go on vacation.”

Kightlinger often times meets with the owners and pets together at first to ensure that the pets feel comfortable around him.

The next Chamber event will be Huron Young Professional’s golf tournament, “Golf Fore Fun,” which will be held this Saturday at Broadland Creek where lunch will be served at 11 a.m. and the tournament will begin at noon. Registration will be held before the tournament.

For the complete article see the 07-11-2013 issue.

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