Butler County Times Gazette
  • Young residents gather to make new connections, share ideas

  • Young adults from the area gathered at the Coutts Museum of Art Thursday evening for their first meeting of what is planned to become a monthly occurrence.
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  • Young adults from the area gathered at the Coutts Museum of Art Thursday evening for their first meeting of what is planned to become a monthly occurrence.
    The goal was to bring together people who have chosen to live in El Dorado and love the community to get them involved and share ideas.
    Chase Locke, who helped come up with the idea for the group to meet, welcomed everyone to the Coutts after they had refreshments and time to socialize.
    He said he has grown up in El Dorado and although he has worked outside the community, he loves the community.
    “I agree it is a wonderful place to have a family and grow up,” he said. “I just want to thank you all for coming down.”
    He wanted the group to meet so they could get to know one another and then start to brainstorm.
    Some of the things they were asked was what events would they like to see in El Dorado and the top three things they would like to see changed in El Dorado.
    From those ideas, they will have some discussion items for the next meeting.
    “I think we have so much to offer already and this is just to improve that and add some new things,” Locke said.
    Lindsay Mills, Main Street director, said she felt it was important because she talks to the same people over and over and doesn’t always hear new ideas. This gives her the opportunity to meet new people and hear some new ideas.
    “We are the future of this community,” she said. “We want to make sure everyone is heard.”
    Locke also pointed out this was not a Main Street group and it is open to anyone in the community. He encouraged everyone to bring one other person next time so the group could continue to grow.
    “This is a way to make more connections,” he said.
    Rod Seel, Coutts director, also spoke briefly to the group.
    He said he had worked with a similar group in Topeka and that group grew into something good and he thought they had the same potential.
    He also invited them to use the space at the Coutts any time they needed it.
    Locke went on to tell those present this was not something they were committing too, rather they wanted to get some ideas.
    “I think there’s a lot of possibilities in El Dorado and I’m excited about it,” he said.

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