ADKYP membership drive deemed success, organizers say

PLATTSBURGH - The Adirondack Young Professionals are inviting members of the business community to learn more about their organization and, more importantly, to join.

The nonprofit civic organization known as ADKYP hosted an official membership drive at the Naked Turtle June 25, with a turnout that came as a pleasant surprise to organizers who were anxious to spread the word about the group.

Michael S. Cashman, president of the ADKYP board of directors, said he considered the event a celebration of accomplishments of the past but, even more, "the launch for bigger and better things to come." The point of offering formal memberships for the organization, said Cashman, was to set the stage for that launch and further legitimize the efforts of the group's active - yet until now, informal - members.

"The membership's voice and participation is important in further developing ADKYP into a regional group that helps to articulate our interests and needs as young professionals in the North Country and Adirondacks," said Cashman. "I am very proud of ADKYP's accomplishments, but I know we are poised for greater things to come with more involvement."

Keri Mack, ADKYP board of directors secretary and organizer of the membership drive, said involvement appears to already be on the rise, with an overwhelming number of people joining the ADKYP ranks.

"I'm really pleased by the amount of support we received for the event. We easily had more than 100 people in attendance and as many as 60 people register for memberships," said Mack.

Those signing up were able to learn more about the organization's history, which dates back to 2007. ADKYP, Cashman explained, was the result of collaborations made during the North Country Regional Workforce Investment Board's North Country Leadership Program. That program consisted of a core group of people who helped make the organization what it is today, he said.

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