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 Linda Imel Chosen for Lugar Excellence Series

November 7, 2007 - Knightstown resident Linda Imel has been chosen to be part of the 2007-08 class of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

Imel, who currently serves as president of the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce, was one of 20 Indiana women selected for the program. She and the others will receive specialized training aimed at preparing them to serve in key governmental and political positions.

All applicants for the series were evaluated on the basis of written and oral presentations. According to an Excellence in Public Service press release, those chosen to participate represent diverse backgrounds and interests, while sharing a commitment to public service in an appointed or elected capacity.

"The application/interview process was extensive, so I was very excited when I heard that I had been chosen to participate," Imel told The Banner. "I am especially drawn to the mindset that we are here to serve our communities which is sometimes a forgotten concept when people get elected. After meeting my fellow classmates and the speakers for our first class day, I was in awe of the caliber of people I was surrounded by. I actually left that first day of class with the inspiration to be a positive influence in my community."

Imel told The Banner that the program provides leadership training over an eight-month period and includes a trip to Washington D.C. The training, she said, focuses on topics like ethics in government, public policy formation, the Constitution as the basis for government, national security and the military, and gives participants the opportunity to network with leaders on local, state and national levels.

"Linda Imel and the other nineteen women who have been selected to participate in the program are extraordinary in their dedication to their communities," Lugar (R), Indiana's senior U.S. Senator, said in a press release. "I am confident that Linda will accept new and important roles in public service. The women who have graduated from the series are enriching our public policy discussions and enhancing the quality of life in our state and our nation."

Imel was a Polish linguist during her service in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to her work for the Greenfield COC, the mother of two also chairs the East Central Indiana Chambers Partnership and contributes her time and efforts to other organizations, including the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation, Youth Leadership Hancock County and Meals on Wheels.


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