The Cheaha Chapter Young Professionals Group (YPG) has thrived over the last year and a half despite the effects that COVID had on in-person gatherings. This active group was able to maintain, and even grow, membership through virtual Lunch and Learns and Zoom webinars facilitated bi-monthly. In July of 2021, the board made the decision to start hosting in-person meetings again and just held the last scheduled meeting of the year, their Annual Friendsgiving.
“Our Friendsgiving is one of the most anticipated and well-attended events each year. We reward $1,000 to one deserving YPG member, present proceeds from our annual cornhole tournament to a charity of choice, and provide awesome door prizes!” stated Emily Mayben, the Cheaha Chapter YPG Vice President. This year, the group was able to donate $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama.
“The YPG works with the Cheaha Chapter to fundraise for the Children’s Miracle Network. Outside of that, we like to select an organization that’s local and has a positive impact on the community that we live in,” Tara Leeth, Cheaha Chapter YPG President stated.
The YPG also awarded a $500 scholarship to one randomly selected member to use for any professional development opportunity of their choice. Emily Mayben stated, “In a year full of unforeseen circumstances, we were thrilled to be able to give back to our community and Young Professionals Group in such a way. We look forward to continuing to serve the community and credit union movement in 2022.”