Catching up with Curtis (November ’19)

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This post was written by Curtis Smith, Corporate Director of Community Engagement, Parkview Health.

It’s hard to believe, but the hustle of the holidays is upon us. I actually enjoy the craziness of the season. There’s a feeling of warmth and togetherness that’s greater this time of year than any other. I also find that, because so many people avoid scheduling meetings around the holidays, I can find some space to slow down a little. The other day, my assistant asked, “Are you ready for your one non-crazy month of the year?” My response was an enthusiastic, “Yes!”

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Having said that, November was full of great opportunities. I emceed some wonderful events and even got to work with my friend from television, Linda Jackson. We had a great time at Ivy Tech’s “A Reason to Taste”, on November 2. One of the more unique events I was able to take part in was the statewide Early Learning Economic Summit, which was hosted in Fort Wayne for the first time and livestreamed to various places around the state. My leader, Dena Jacquay, Chief Community & Human Resource Officer, was one of the people on a panel looking at avenues for improving the state of early childhood learning. Her passion for the cause is one of the reasons I love working for Parkview – We don’t just invest in healthcare. Parkview is an organization that’s truly striving to improve the health of the whole community. That’s often through physical health, but more and more we are investing into mental, spiritual and educational health.

This month I also had the privilege of preaching at Wayne Center United Methodist Church in Kendallville. It was the sixth time they’ve invited me, which is such an honor. In December 8, I will be preaching at Garrett Presbyterian Church.  I am so humbled by requests to take the pulpit.

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Finally, I have to share a big event from my personal life. On November 22, my youngest son, Luke, enlisted in the Indiana Air National Guard.  My wife, Jessie, and I are so proud of his willingness to serve and to commit to something greater than himself.  His enlistment, combined with the holiday, is making me feel even more thankful than usual for the men and women who serve our country and keep us safe.

Until next month, happy holidays everyone!

 

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