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Second annual Leaderfest returns to NorthwoodsSubmitted: 08/23/2017
HARSHAW - More than 50 people from Vilas, Forest, and Oneida counties came together Wednesday to learn leadership skills. 

Northwoods United Way hosted the second annual Leaderfest at Rondele Ranch in Harshaw. 

Executive Director Nancy Sattler was excited to present this opportunity to people in the area. 

"We want to offer the opportunity for enrichment, learning, and growth and the opportunity also to network with other people from the Northwoods and to learn from them and maybe they can help them in the future," said Sattler. 


The day featured multiple speakers, including Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier.

He wants to encourage people to take advantage of events like this one. 
 
"They have opportunities right here in our community to take part in events like this to grow, so I'm excited that United Way continued this event," said Gauthier. 

Anyone was welcome to attend the event.

For information on next year's event, you can contact Northwoods United Way at 715-369-0440.


Story By: Sonya Westfall

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