Thursday, January 8, 2009
Still time to join leadership class
Leadership Marshall 2009 kicks off in just two weeks but there’s still time to participate.
Organizers of the program urge businesses, industries and elected officials to select employees to enroll in the program. Individuals who are retired or who want to hone their leadership skills are also invited to enroll.
The course is sponsored by the Byhalia and Holly Springs chambers of commerce and the Marshall County Extension office.
The ultimate goal of Leadership Marshall is to provide Marshall County with lifelong leaders with the skills and commitment to lead the county into the future.
Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce, said the goal this year is 20-25 class members.
Participants must attend a mandatory overnight retreat January 22-23 at Kirkwood in Holly Springs. It begins at 8 a.m. Thursday and ends at 5 p.m. Friday.
The retreat will include a tour of Marshall County and leadership training in areas such as time management, managing groups for results and finding leaders within.
Classes will then be held once a month through May.
The February 19 meeting will be held at Promiseland in Holly Springs and focus on building strategic partnerships and personality profiles.
The March 26 meeting will be held at the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority building in Holly Springs and deal with topics such as economic trends and making meetings work better.
The April 16 meeting will be held at The Flame (Byhalia United Methodist Church) and discussions will be held on healthy lifestyles and identifying community assets.
The May 14 meeting will be held at Wall Doxey State Park in Holly Springs. Topics will include, “What color is your jellybean” and managing conflict.
Graduation is set for June 18 at Annie’s Restaurant.
Tuition for the Leadership Class of 2009 is $249. Applications can be obtained from the Internet at www.hschamber.org or www.gobyhalia.com.
Business sponsors are also needed. Businesses may choose to sponsor a luncheon for one of the training days. For more information, contact Sawyer at 662-838-8127, Amy Heaton at 662-252-2943, or Janet Jolley at 662-252-3541.
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