Dawson Area Connections will launch with their first event, Brews and Views, on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Sun Theatre in Gothenburg. Starting at 6:30pm Pal’s Brewery from North Platte will cater some of their local brews then at 7:40pm the group will view a throwback movie, Goonies! Dawson Area Connections will cover the cost of admissions while Pal’s operates the cash bar and the Theatre will have the concessions stand open.
Dawson Area Development is excited to announce the creation of Dawson Area Connections (DAC) a multi-county group aimed to connect adults with each other and knowledge. Andrea McClintic, executive director of Dawson Area Development, said the one thing missing when she moved back to central Nebraska in 2017 was a way for her to connect with like-minded individuals in social and educational settings. McClintic states that if we want to recruit and retain individuals in our rural communities, we have to offer opportunities like Dawson Area Connections. We don’t have the population that you find in Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln, etc. so we have to take a regional approach to recruitment and retention and that is why Dawson Area Connections is not just for one community or only Dawson County but for all the counties surrounding the Dawson area.
Dawson Area Connections will be similar to a young professionals or newcomers group helping people expand their social networks and knowledge base in a causal and fun atmosphere. McClintic helped start the young professional’s network in Kearney over ten years ago and felt a similar group is needed in the Dawson County area. However, wanting to make friends in a new place or learn new things is not exclusive to young professionals therefore this group does not have an age limit and is not exclusive to any type of profession. McClintic states that “Instead of setting an age limit or making this group for a certain type of profession we want anyone who thinks they will enjoy the social activities or feel they can learn from the education sessions to attend.”
DAC will meet monthly throughout Dawson County and neighboring counties. The goal is for participants to get to experience activities they might not typically get a chance to do, learn about topics they might normally need to pay for or simply meet new people they might not otherwise interact with. Meeting topics will include both social activities such as wine tasting, dance classes, trap shooting, session with a golf pro and Friday afternoon clubs. There will also be educational sessions including first time home buying, planning for retirement, and ABC’s of being on a board.
For individuals interested in attending Dawson Area Connections’ activities follow their Facebook page @dawsonareaconnections. If a community would like to host a Dawson Area Connections’ event, please contact Andrea McClintic at firstname.lastname@example.org.