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Twice each year, the Herald & Review, along with our sponsors, host the Community Leaders Breakfast. I’ve often referred to it as Decatur’s largest pep rally. The breakfast attracts hundreds of community leaders representing business, industry, government, education and recreation.

Thousands more are able to hear the live broadcast on WSOY. Without a doubt, it’s one of my favorite days of the year. In addition to our keynote speaker, Mack Dryden, we will hear from Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe, who will give us an update on many of the positives happening in our city.

I’ve always considered myself to be a real cheerleader for Decatur and our surrounding communities. People here step up to plate when there is a need and when there is an opportunity.

On Friday, thousands of individuals will make a donation to the WSOY Community Food Drive. By the end of the day, more than a million pounds of food will be collected and used to help needy families in our area.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Howard G. Buffett Foundation donated $3.9 million dollars to construct an amphitheater along the Lake Decatur shore.

This is great news for Decatur, and we should celebrate it. We need to thank not only the Howard G. Buffett foundation for this generous gift, but all of the community leaders involved behind the scenes in making this a reality.

I believe it will prove to be an exciting venue for quality entertainment for years to come. This is why I love Decatur.

Today, let’s celebrate all the positives that Decatur has to offer because there are plenty. Maybe I’ll see you at the Community Leaders Breakfast.

Joel Fletcher, General Manager/Advertising Director

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