Thursday, June 29, 2006
LeadershipPlenty graduates 2006 class
By SUE WATSON
A second leadership class in as many years was graduated in ceremonies at Red Banks last week. The leaders in this class were younger than last year on average and not elected officials, said Janet Jolley with the coordinating committee.
“The group focused on personal leadership and what they can take back to their business,” Jolley said. “The class set clear communication as their goal and how to use it in their personal life and in business and running a meeting.”
Jolley said this group was “very energetic” and people who will be great assets as they continue on in the community.
Twenty seven completed the 2006 LeadershipPlenty class, brought to the county last year by the Mississippi State Extension Service, the Byhalia Area and Holly Springs Chambers of Commerce, and the Marshall County Board of Supervisors.
“True leaders understand the meaning of continued education and training,” said Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the Byhalia Chamber at graduation. “It takes dedication and commitment to do this with the demands of our time. The future of Marshall County is directly tied to the quality of leadership. The objective is to build and maintain a network of leaders who have the skills and commitment to work together for a better Marshall County.
Byhalia Mayor Scooter Dempsey took his time on the agenda to congratulate the class.
“You are our future and I salute you and thank you for that,” he said.
“Now you need to go out and get involved,” said Holly Springs vice-mayor Tim Liddy who was among the graduates of the 2005 Class. “You have learned new faces, now you need to go out and get involved.”
County Supervisor Eddie Dixon reminded the class that with leadership comes fame and blame.
“One of the drawbacks of being a leader is sometimes you are not as popular as you’d like to be,” he said, “and you get blamed for what’s wrong.
“I am so pleased to see so many of you in leadership class. A lot of times our problem is communications, so we need to work on that.
“When I need some help, all I have to do is look at this list (of participants).”
Byhalia Chamber director Sarah Sawyer said true leaders take advantage of opportunities for continuing education, such as leadership training.
“We’ve done a lot of neat things this year - laughed a lot, and even cried a little bit, and done a lot of fun, and silly things.”
The objective of leadership training is to build a network of trained leaders who can become involved in community development, she said.
The members of LeadershipPlenty Class of 2006 are Nancy Boatwright, Cecelia Bost, Jane Callicutt, Lisa Cole, Tammy Cupp, Sr. Mary Joel Curcio, Juanita Dillard, Michele Foster, Gwen Gipson, Shawneece Harris, Kasey Haynie, Lynn jiJaga, Bill Kinkade, Lisa Liddy, Bridgett McClarty, Paul Nemeth, Lemon Phelps, Alice Ray, Jeff Rhea, Judy Smith, Wade Staggs, Blaine Tooley, Linda Turner, T.J. Vanzant, Velma Weaver, Smantha White and Philip Woods.
The organizing team consisted of Larry Hall, Sawyer, Susan Jordan and Jolley.
Guest speaker was Deborah Tierce, leadership skills specialist for Tierce Motivational Training in Tupelo.
Tierce has provided leadership training for dozens of industries and businesses in the Mid-South area.
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