Thursday, January 21, 2010
Sign up for leadership
One of the best things going in Marshall County is the leadership program.
Enrollment for the 2010 class is wrapping up, but there are still spaces available.
You might have been asked to join or thinking about signing up, but said, “I just don’t have the time.”
I said that myself – prior to my enrollment in my first leadership class – Leadership Itawamba back in the mid-’80s.
I was covering news, covering sports, selling ads, designing pages and doing even more tasks at The Itawamba County Times. But Rubye Del Harden, my boss at the time, pretty much forced me to be a part of the leadership program in that county.
It was an experience I will never forget. I still have good friends today who I met through Leadership Itawamba. It was great.
As a young managing editor at the time, it helped me grow as a business person and a community leader. I learned leadership and civic pride and so much more.
Most importantly, I networked with a great group of people – many who I had never met until my participation in the program.
Leadership Marshall, in its fifth year, is bringing together individuals from throughout the county – various races and various ages – all working toward the common good of our community.
The goal in 2010 is to enroll between 25 and 30 class members. Enrollment for the class is needed immediately to make sure there are enough signed up before the supporting organizations make a commitment of resources.
The chambers 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.
Business 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.
More than 120 Marshall Countians have enjoyed this all-important experience since the program’s inception.
Leadership Marshall kicks off soon with a two-day retreat. One day a month is required, with graduation this summer. Go ahead. Sign up. You won’t regret it.
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.
That initial leadership program I participated in wasn’t enough. I later graduated from Leadership Monroe, after taking a newspaper job in that county, and Leadership Mississippi. I really didn’t have the time but I did it anyway, and thank goodness, I committed myself.
I’ve seen various leadership projects benefit communities – from youth programs to senior citizen programs, from playgrounds to welcome signs entering cities and counties, and the list goes on.
I’ve seen them leave long-lasting results. And many projects implemented by leadership class participants in various counties are still in existence today, helping build better citizens and better communities.
But most of all, leadership programs bring people together. And there’s nothing like cooperation with a common good cause.
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