After beginning in the fall of 2016, the Sidney Young Professional keeps gaining steam in the area.

Katie Dasinger, president of the organization, said there’s about 15-20 members at each meeting and as many as 65 individuals attend some events.

Dasinger said to the Sidney Kiwanis Club that upcoming group events include a healthy on-the-go meal program in February and a “So You Want to be a Board Member” program in March.

For April, the organization is planning a State of the State, State of the County and State of the City program featuring state Rep. Joel Krautter, Richland County commissioners, Sidney Mayor Rick Norby and possibly Fairview Mayor Brian Bieber.

During its existence, the group has put together winter clothes drives and school supply drives for area students. Another feature the program offers is spending time with younger professionals who are being recruited by an area business. They have a meal with the recruit to give them “another perspective” of the community. She said there is no maximum age set for the Sidney Young Professionals. “If you are interested in what we’re doing, you’ve very much invited.”

Dasinger received the Young Professional Woman of the Year award in the state during a convention held in June. She recently was recognized by U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., with a Spirit of Montana commendation for her leadership, commitment to promoting community service and efforts to develop young professionals.

For more information about the organization, call Dasinger at 482-4679.



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