Thursday, February 26, 2009
Leadership Marshall class sets priorities for projects
By SUE WATSON
At the February meeting of the Leadership Marshall class Thursday, members discussed and set priorities for service projects, heard book reports and were introduced to Fish Philosophy.
The class met at the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post 5697, provided rent-free by the VFW. Sonic provided breakfast and A2Z Sign & Print Shoppe sponsored lunch.
Seven of 14 topics class members listed as important to them or somewhat important included issues of education, employment opportunity, values, funding, business retention and poverty.
The class chose two projects to work on for the duration - first impressions (a beautification project) and youth leadership.
The class was encouraged to think of action plans that would not be complicated or require long-term commitment.
Sarah Sawyer, a graduate of LeadershipPlenty and one of the facilitators for the leadership project, reminded the class that Marshall County’s leadership program, in its fourth year, was an action plan of the county’s Strategic Planning Project.
The leadership course has been successful long-term because of the commitment of the above mentioned groups and the commitment of the business community and local governments who have sponsored activities or sent members for training each year.
“I challenge you to be the leadership class that does do a project,” said Rachael Carter, with Mississippi State Extension Service, who discussed how to build strategic partnerships.
“We want past graduates to participate in this year’s projects, too,” Sawyer said.
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