Fort McCoy News April 12, 2013

Women's History speaker emphasizes imagination

STORY & PHOTOS BY GENEVE N. MANKEL
Public Affairs Staff

With a little imagination, innovation in the areas of personal health, finances and relationships is possible, said Dianne Young, a retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and guest speaker at Fort McCoy's March 28 observance of Women's History Month.

The 2013 theme was "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math."

PHOTO of Women's History audience
Members of the Fort McCoy community listen to a Women's History
Month presentation from Dianne Young, a retired Marine Corps
gunnery sergeant
.

"I'm thrilled to be invited to speak at Fort McCoy," Young said. "I hope to inspire you, wherever you're at, to advance to the next level (of your imagination and innovation)."

Young said that even as a young girl she used her imagination to reach goals. She used her innovative-thinking skills to not only get a piano for free, but learn to play it at no cost, as well.

"My dad said to me 'when you can get a piano for free, that's the day you can get a piano,' so I did not give up," Young said.

Finally, after looking in the newspaper on a regular basis, she found an ad for a piano for give away.

"More imagination and innovation was needed to come up with a way to learn to play," she said.

She joined the band at school. There she learned music theory and how to read notes. She convinced her neighbors to give her their piano lesson books when they were finished with them.

"Determination and persistence win every time," she said.

Young discussed using imagination to improve personal health, finances and relationships.

Innovation in these areas can be achieved with small changes, she said.

PHOTO of Women's History Month speaker
Dianne Young, a retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant, speaks to the
audience during Fort McCoy's observance of Women's History Month.
Young discussed how imagination can help with innovating personal
health, finances and relationships.

Young said a good way to make changes is to set goals, determine why these goals matter and the consequence of not reaching the goals, establishing a support team, and celebrating milestones.

For more information about ethnic observances in the Fort McCoy community, call the Garrison Equal Opportunity adviser at 608-388-3246.