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Leadership Marshall County’s Pioneer Class Announcement

Eighteen County Residents to Participate in Program Eighteen Marshall County residents have been selected to be a member of Leadership Marshall County’s “pioneer class” for 2012. The program has been established to develop and motivate current and future leaders in the area. During the coming year, the class will be exposed to a variety of experts and educational training during their one-day training sessions which will be held throughout the county.

“We are really pleased with the response we received from our county,” said Jay Kennedy, one of the group’s organizers. “We were able to select eighteen individuals to form our first class. The class is pretty diverse – they come from all parts of our county, have differing backgrounds, and all work at different professions. We’re really excited to kick off the program.”

The program’s first event is a social for the class members and their families and employers; program sponsors are invited, too. The social will be at the home of Frank and Julie Popejoy, Blue Rapids. “We think it’s important to kick off this program in style,” said Paula Landoll-Smith, another of the program’s organizers. “More importantly, we think it’s important for the class mates to have time to get to know one another before they delve into a pretty intense program. By the end, they’ll have formed a tight bond, and will be ready to share their leadership skills throughout our county.”

The leadership program’s first session will be held January 24 at Blue Valley Tele-communications in Home, KS. The class will participate in an orientation session which will give them an overview of leadership styles. They will also receive entrepreneurial training and have a chance to interact with an entrepreneurial panel through a question and answer session. The remaining sessions will focus on topics such as: the arts in our community, tourism, media, agriculture, healthcare, government and education.

The class will work on team building, communication, and other leadership skills throughout the sessions. Class members for the program’s inaugural class include: Allie Argo, Marysville; Mandy Cook, Marysville; Lesa Dierking, Marysville; Barb Haines, Blue Rapids; Lonny Hardwick, Frankfort; Erin Kroeger, Home; Georgena Lindquist, Waterville; Michael Melcher, Marysville; Julie Popejoy, Blue Rapids; Austin Schotte, Marysville; Coby Sedlacek, Hanover; Alison Slifer, Vermillion; Brenda Staggenborg, Marysville; Nolan Sump, Blue Rapids; Marilyn Sweet, Oketo; Scott Toerber, Blue Rapids; Rachel Wanklyn, Winifred; Michelle Whitesell, Marysville.

Applications are being accepted for the program’s second class which will start in the fall. Inquiries should be addressed to [email protected] For further information people may contact Kennedy (785-292-4433) and Landoll—Smith (785-562-4745)

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