Thursday, January 14, 2010
Recruitment continues for leadership program
By SUE WATSON
Participants are needed for the next class of Leadership Marshall County.
The goal is to enroll between 25 and 30 class members for 2010, according to Sarah Sawyer, executive director of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce.
Enrollment for the class is needed immediately to make sure there are enough signed up before the supporting organizations make a commitment of resources, she said.
The chamber of commerce in Byhalia and Holly Springs and the Marshall County Extension Service help organize the program and recruit a new class each year. The local business community assists with sponsoring costs of the class, which will be in its fifth year.
“They have been wonderful to send participants and/or to sponsor meals,” Sawyer said.
“The class size is important to make this work. Last year we had 22 enrolled, but we would like more.”
Businesses executives and government leaders are encouraged to enroll one or more employees in the leadership course or to make a commitment to continuing leadership education by participating themselves. Businesses and government entities that have supported class membership by sponsoring their employees and giving their employees time off to go to the classes include banks, utility departments and associations, local governments county offices, Rust College, industries, churches, medical facilities, small businesses, civic clubs and school administrators.
To date, over 120 individuals in Marshall County have enjoyed this all-important experience.
Individuals are encouraged to ask their supervisor or CEO for permission to attend this year’s class, which begins in January with a two-day retreat. One day a month is required with graduation in June.
“All ages are welcomed,” Sawyer said. “We want diversity. We want senior citizens and young adults.”
For more information, call the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce at 662-838-8127, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, 662-252-2943, or the County Extension Office, 662-252-3541.
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