The Character Chase 5K successfully debuted in July 2010. This event, designed to bring additional prominence to the quest for character excellence, also serves to highlight the importance of physical activity and personal fitness as an appropriate complement to overall wellness. Promoting the character traits of Determination and Endurance, the race attracted nearly 400 participants, in age groups ranging from under 10 to over 85! The beautiful tree-lined course ran through the Village of Hamburg ending just in time for the opening of Hamburg’s Burger Fest, where racers were treated to live music, food and prizes.
For information on becoming a sponsor or joining the Character Chase Committee, please contact: email@example.com
July 20, 2013 – Hamburg, New York 14075
Character Chase 5K Director: Mike Linn, firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-481-5528
Register by July 8th for early-bird price and get a FREE Dry-Fit Runner’s T-Shirt! T-shirts will only given to those registered by July 8th!
Download Chase Registration form 2013
Thank you to our 2013 Chase Sponsors
Wesleyan Church of Hamburg
Michael’s Banquet Facility
St. Francis High School
Lucarelli’s Banquet Facility
West Herr Automotive Group
Kevin P. Wicka, Attorney at Law
Sandhill Investment Group
Power Drives, Inc.
Susquehanna Sheet Metal
Fran Moyer, LMHC
James Blake, DDS
Orchard Park Pediatrics
Benzinger’s Dry Cleaning
Town of Hamburg Lion’s Club
Maureen Casey, DDS – Pediatric Dentistry
Vara’s Dry Cleaning
Featured events from the March 2013 “Creating a Culture of Character” Conference
This program will feature three 100-minute workshops designed specifically to help businesses cultivate a climate that fosters developing character needed for long-term success. This continuing semi-annual workshop series will offer a variety of leadership training and employee resources for developing a workplace culture of integrity.
100-minute workshop topics will be: Hiring for Character and Competence; Coaching & Mentoring for High Achievement: and “Character: The Key to Motivating your Team”
Featuring Nathan Mellor, Ed.D.,
also presenting, Steve Menzel
Target audience: Including but not limited to: Executives, Managers, Supervisors, Administrators, and Employees in Business, Government and/or Education
April 19, 2013 – Check-in 8:30am Program 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg
See our home page for a slideshow of this year’s carnival done by Creative Photography
The Character Carnival is a family-friendly, character-centered event! Participating in the Character Carnival are schools who are members of the Council’s Education Committee. Each school is charged with running a “carnival” booth featuring a game, craft project or activity designed to teach about a specific character virtue that has been randomly assigned to them. Character-specific instruction and challenges designed within the context of a fun carnival-style event helps children to learn about and celebrate good character, make wise decisions, and discern healthy choices.
The Character Carnival also features character-focused entertainment that complements the carnival booth atmosphere and reinforces the strong message for choosing character excellence as a lifelong pursuit.
5th Annual “Creating a Culture of Character” Conference
The “Creating a Culture of Character” Conference is held annually in March. The conference is designed to support character excellence development throughout all community sectors encouraging the character-community concept. Character experts renowned in the fields of education, business, law enforcement, athletics and youth have presented to Western New York audiences encouraging dedication to nurturing character initiatives within their spheres of influence. Programs and speakers to inspire adults, as well as, middle and high school youth, are the focus of the annual conference.
Previous presenters include: Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limbs; Michele Borba (education); Ray Nash, Police Dynamics (law enforcement); Tom Hill, Kimray, Inc. (business); Steve Menzel, Character First!, (character communities); Mike Masters, Cross Training Football, (athletics and youth);Nathan Mellor, Character First (Business);Hal Urban (Education); Amanda Nickerson, Ph.D., Jean Alberti center for the Prevention of Bullying, Abuse, and School Violence at SUNY Buffalo (Education); Andrew J. Freedman, Esq., Hodgson Russ, LLP Attorneys (Education);Lisa M. Kreuger, Ed.D., Terrence Tryon, MS and Kim Cirillo, MS, Orchard Park Central School District and Certified Olweus trainers.
Champions for CHANGE Youth Leadership Seminar
A Habitudes Experience: The Art of Self Leadership‐Feature Presentation by Dr. Tim Elmore: Sociologists tell us the most introverted of people will influence 10,000 others in an average lifetime. So how do you influence others? Do you even think about it? Do you make a positive difference in your world? How do you intentionally add value to the people in your life?
In this session we will discuss a collection of leadership principles and images called Habitudes. Habitudes teach timeless, universal leadership principles through the power of images, conversations and experiences. We will look at a handful of these Habitude images and discuss how we can apply these principles to leading change, the power of focus and discipline, connecting with peoples strengths, and more. Join us as we learn to lead and powerfully influence those around us.
Morning Session: Character Initiatives in Schools: A Quick-Start Workshop
Presented by members of the Character Council of Western New York
This program will assist schools with the implementation of character initiatives designed to foster an ethos centered on “Creating a Culture of Character” for their school communities. Educators will learn the value of practical ways to employ a four-pronged approach to encourage character excellence development including: how to organize and implement a Character Council within a school; how to start a Character Club to actively prosper student-led character initiatives; how to easily embed a character education focus into curriculum; and how to use character recognition programs to boost morale and nurture a school-driven spirit for good character.
Late Morning and Afternoon Sessions: In Other Words: The Development of Student Leaders; Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes; and Guiding Principles for Leader Development.
Presented by Tim Elmore
This program will feature the following three workshops: In Other Words: The Development of Student Leaders; Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes; and Guiding Principles for Leader Development. Through these workshops, Dr. Elmore will provide attendees with practical tools that can be used to help develop young leaders who can impact and transform society.
Target audience: Including but not limited to: Pre-K to 16 Educators, administrators, and students of education.