Thursday, July 5, 2007
‘Have a mission,’ Tierce says
By BARRY BURLESON
Deborah Tierce left Leadership Marshall County graduates and their guests smiling and inspired Thursday night.
Tierce, a motivational speaker from Itawamba County, said do not settle for mediocrity.
“We’re not designed to be mediocre in life,” she said. “We settle for mediocrity because of a little thing called fear.
“All of you in this community leadership class have decided you will not be mediocre.
“You will fail, but get up and keep going. You will succeed. Keep going forward.”
Tierce attributed a lot of her success to Rubye Del Harden, who years ago organized leadership programs in Itawamba and Monroe counties.
“Those programs helped me in setting goals and identifying my strengths,” she said. “In the university of life, it is up to us to figure out our strengths and contributions.
“You must have a purpose, have a mission, that helps you get up each day and get going.
“We all want to do meaningful work. We all have something unique to add to humankind.”
Tierce defined leadership.
“Taking your unique gifts and carrying them to the max – that’s leadership,” she said. “And always lead with a sincere heart.”
Graduation activities were held at Wall Doxey State Park on Highway 7 South.
Class members Russell Johnson and Johnnie Bagley led the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, respectively, Thursday night for graduation. Amy Presley, an earlier graduate of the program, sang the National Anthem.
Members of the Leadership Marshall County organizing team are Larry Hall, county administrator, Marshall County Board of Supervisors; Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce; Susan Jordan, executive director of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce; and Janet Jolley, county director, Marshall County Extension Service.
Plaques awarded to the 2007 graduates were donated by Bill Kinkade with Champion Awards, Memphis, Tenn.
Recruitment for the Leadership Marshall County Class of 2008 is now underway.
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