Monday, February 4, 2013

Odego Leadership Class

The picture was taken at Exeter Care Center.
L-R, Amber Taylor, Melanie Schlueter, Lucas Swartzendruber and Conley Kennel.

FILLMORE COUNTY - The Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County class held their Health and Human Services session beginning at the Fillmore County Hospital on January 15, 2013.
   Brandy VanDeWalle, UNL Extension educator, started the day with a lesson on “Change”.

   Paul Utemark gave an overview of the new hospital. Lisa Hopken, Director of Nursing of the Fillmore County Hospital, took the group on a tour of the new hospital. She informed the group about the placements of the areas in the new facility & talked about several new programs that will serve the people of Fillmore County.
After enjoying a treat provided by Jill’s Sweet Shop, Jill Schmidt spoke on the Good Beginnings Program in Fillmore County. The next speaker was Rod Renken who spoke about the Geneva Rescue Unit and the training it takes to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and how other rescue squads throughout Fillmore County work together. 
   Brenda Motis, Program Director of the Fillmore County Senior Services, was the next speaker to the class in the morning informed the group about the services for seniors available in Fillmore County. Gerri Merck, counselor gave information about Senior Behavioral Health services that are available through the Fillmore County hospital.
            Jenni Hoarty, a personal fitness trainer, talked to the class about the fitness program the hospital offers to its employees.   Ms. Hoarty also talked about the Fillmore County Wellness Center.  The Wellness Center is a non-profit organization and is run by a committee of 11 volunteers.  The center opened in March of 2012 and currently there are over 310 active members.
    The class participants ate lunch at the hospital cafeteria, which was provided by the Fillmore County Hospital, before they began their afternoon tours.
        The class traveled to the Exeter Care Center in Exeter where Melanie Schlueter, Administrator, showed the group the facility and levels of care they offer their residents.
    The group then visited to the Fairview Manor in Fairmont where Tami Scheil, Administrator, took the class on a tour of the facility.  Fairview Manor offers nursing home care, assisted living and a daycare.  
    Next the group traveled to Heritage Crossings in Geneva where they enjoyed a snack, compliments of Heritage Crossings. Peg Becker, Administrator, then gave the class an overview and tour of the facility.
    The last stop of the day was at Farmer & Son Funeral Home. Pastor Jeff Jensen, a member of the Fillmore Ministerial Association, spoke to the group concerning the activities the Ministerial Group does in the county and for those traveling through the County.
       Shawn Farmer of Farmer & Son Funeral Home told the group he is the fourth generation to be in the funeral home business.  He told briefly about the history of Farmer & Son Funeral Home, answered questions asked by the class members and gave the group a tour of the facility.
    The February session of the Odegeo. . . Leadership for Fillmore County will take the class to Lincoln to learn about state government and the unicameral system.
    Persons interested in learning more about Odegeo…Leadership for Fillmore County may contact the Fillmore County Development Corporation at 759-4910 or email or go to


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