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Leanna Milby, 28, isn’t the type of person who wants to move away from her hometown. She not only stayed close to home, but is passionate about the community she grew up knowing.
She grew up in LaRue County, lives in Sonora, works at Apprisen in Elizabethtown and has become an active member of the Elizabethtown Junior Woman’s Club.
As a financial services specialist, she’s able to help those dealing with bankruptcy and performs credit counseling to help customers get out of debt.
That desire to help people extends to the community.
She joined the Junior Woman’s Club in 2008, became its treasurer last year and vice president this year. She’s currently working on the organization’s charity cocktail event, set for this weekend.
Planning such an event takes time, she said. Since February, she’s spent hours working on the event and taking notes at other community gatherings such as the Hospice Tea to get more ideas on how to make the event run smoothly.
The Junior Woman’s Club is a non-profit organization that gets together to have fun and help charitable agencies, she said.
Recently, it has supported SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program and Clarity Solutions for Women and had a great time doing it, she said.
The group also has helped Warm Blessings and Relay for Life. The yearly Holiday Marketplace, an arts and crafts show, is its biggest event, and proceeds go to a variety of charities.
Milby likes to stay busy and be a part of making the community better.
The giving can then extend. When residents get involved and reach out to their friends and families, others participate, too, she said.
Many say they don’t have time to volunteer, but you can find a way to fit it in if you really want to do it, she said.
“It makes you feel better to know you help someone else,” she added.
Milby also is active in Young Professionals of Hardin County. As the group’s program chairwoman, she’s responsible for scheduling guest speakers and making sure there’s food at monthly meetings.
She also was helpful at Heartland Festival in the Park this summer. Milby asked Elizabethtown Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn if she needed help and found herself overseeing volunteers.
Her help was valuable to Vaughn.
“She is always enthusiastic and so much help at helping to work out so many details,” Vaughn said. “Leanna is always willing to help; she can never say no and always fulfills her commitments.”
Milby’s job was to plug volunteers into their responsibilities for that day, which became challenging when some called at the last minute to cancel, she said.
But it’s right up her alley because Milby loves organizing. She also holds that role in her family as the go-to person when a gathering needs to be organized.
“It keeps me motivated and going,” she said.
Though some young people tend to want to move away from their hometown, Milby stayed close to home.
“There’s something about being home,” she said. “It’s more comfortable.”
While she enjoys taking trips, she can’t wait to get home and likes to be around people she knows.
She also likes being close to her mom.
“My mom is like my best friend,” she said.
She recently bought a house and that’s taken up most of her time.
But when she has spare time, she enjoys photography. Her 2-year-old cousin is her favorite subject. She’s posted many of photos of him on Facebook and wonders if people think he’s her child.
Through her personal and professional life, a few principles have emerged to keep Milby grounded and motivated.
“Save money, value time with family, be thankful for great friends and be blessed with what you do have,” Milby said.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or email@example.com.
Getting to know Leanna Milby:
She also enjoys taking a Jet Ski to the lake, swimming, shopping yard sales and visiting haunted houses.
If you go ... Elizabethtown Junior Women’s Club Charity Cocktail 2012 is from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Quality Inn at 1875 New Haven Road in Bardstown. Tickets purchased in advance are $30 for one or 2 for $50. Tickets are $35 each at the door.
For more information, contact the EJWC at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.elizabethtownwoman.org.