by Kaitlin Anderson, LD, RD and Community Relations Coordinator
The 2016 class of Leadership Greater Rochester hosted fundraising events at two Rochester Hy-Vee stores on Saturday, April 23.
Leadership Greater Rochester is a comprehensive ten-month leadership development course created by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The program’s mission is to develop leaders through participation in personal, professional and community activities designed to encourage individual responsibility for taking an active leadership role in the future vitality of the greater Rochester area.
Every year, program participants lead a Community Impact Project. The 2016 project is to activate old fire station number 2 at Silver Lake into a multi-use space in partnership with the City of Rochester and the Parks and Recreation department.
The building has been sitting vacant and is currently in need of restoration before it can be used. The goal of Saturday’s fundraising event was to raise community awareness of the Silver Lake Station project and collect donations for the beautification fund.
Attendees had the opportunity to tour a fire truck, visit with members of Rochester’s Fire Department and learn more about the Silver Lake Station project.
We have two more events scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at the Barlow Plaza and West Circle Drive Hy-Vee stores. Check them out here and here.
Kaitlin Anderson, RD, LD is an award-winning supermarket dietitian. Kaitlin was named one of four finalists for Retail Dietitian of the Year—a national award from the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance—in 2015, a Hy-Vee “Legendary Customer Service Award” winner in 2013 and “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year” by the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012. She transitioned into a new role with Hy-Vee in 2015 and is now serving as the community relations coordinator for the Rochester market. Kaitlin’s community involvement includes the Wellness Works Coalition, Making it Better—Olmsted County, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce—Leadership Greater Rochester and the Go Red for Women Leadership Team. You can also find Kaitlin every Tuesday in the Rochester Post-Bulletin—her column is entitled “Cart Smarts.” She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dietetics from the College of St. Benedict and completed her dietetic internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 2008. She has spent her entire career with Hy-Vee in Rochester. Kaitlin’s ultimate goal is to leave the grocery store every day having made at least one person’s life easier, healthier, happier. View all of Kaitlin’s posts here.