Island Vibes Jan 2024 9 BUSINESS VISIT US FOR ALLYOUR PET NEEDS! MOUNT PLEASANT @WGBMtPleasant woofgangbakery_mtp Personalized Gourmet Treats Pet Nutrition Premium Grooming Services Exclusive 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 • 843-388-5167 he IOP LENS (Law Enforcement Neighborhood Support) program is thrilled to introduce a new LENS Leadership Series celebrating the richness of in-person conversations and the ongoing journey of learning together. Join them at the Isle of Palms Exchange Club at 201 Palm Blvd. starting on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. for each of these exclusive events, which will be held on the first Tuesday of each quarter. They will be capping attendance at 60 people to keep it an intimate gathering. LENS will be bringing in a diverse group of inspiring individuals to share their expertise and stories with attendees as part of a forum for visionary leaders to connect and converse. Our community is home to an impressive roster of leaders, both those currently shaping our industries and those with a wealth of experience to share. LENS is excited to offer a platform for these voices to connect with our community, exchanging knowledge and sparking conversations. Each session will feature insightful presentations and encourage dialogue among all who participate in the speaker engagements. Hartnett to kick off speaker series Former Congressman and State Legislator Tommy Hartnett will be the inaugural speaker to launch the leadership series. Hartnett will share inside knowledge of what it was like to be an elected representative from the Charleston area serving in the South Carolina General Assembly and representing the 1st Congressional District in Washington D.C. In addition, he will offer humorous anecdotes of working with some of South Carolina’s and the nation’s most colorful characters. Sherry Welsh, a former Bosch executive and current leadership consultant and coach, will be providing her expertise to the LENS team as part of this effort. “Providing a forum such as this for all ages and experiences to come together and learn and share with one another is something I am honored to be a part of,” stated Welsh. LENS endowment oversight committee member and retired entrepreneur Jim Thompson commented, “It will be exciting to hear from local talented leaders: historians, authors, industry, educators, public servants and others, to add to our Lowcountry quality of life through these sessions. Stay tuned for future announcements. This is going to be fun!” IOP LENS is a program of the community service committee of the IOP Exchange Club. Established in 2022, IOP LENS stands as a beacon of hope and support, offering vital assistance to island families and officers facing monetary hardships related to health matters, abuse or challenging circumstances. This heartfelt commitment extends to education scholarships benefiting school-age children and spouses of law enforcement officers, all while reinforcing the community's fabric through sponsorship of events that promote safety, education and joyful experiences for island families. IOP LENS works in tandem with the IOP Police Department, strengthening the bonds between law enforcement and neighborhoods. Through its initiatives, IOP LENS strives to create a safer, more harmonious Isle of Palms. For more information on the leadership speaker series, visit LENS program to host new leadership series at IOP Exchange Club By Colin McCandless T