Applications are being accepted for Leadership Marshall County’s next class. Due to the success of the program’s inaugural year, the program is expanding and ready to take applications for its second class. Leadership Marshall County is a program divided into seven class sessions; the program identifies leaders and gives them the skills to provide on-going leadership throughout the county.
Eighteen area residents were members of the program’s “pioneer class” which started in January and ended in May. Three graduates of the first class now serve on the board of directors that oversees and plans the leadership program. Mandy Cook and Mike Melcher, Marysville, and Georgena Lindquist, Blue Rapids, were elected by their classmates to fill these board positions. Other board members include Jay Kennedy, Pam Dankenbring, Tom Holle, Wayne Kruse, Rob Peschel, and Paula Landoll-Smith.
For the second class, seven class sessions will be held in various locations throughout the county to educate class members on vital issues that affect the county. Additionally, the sessions will help class members develop leadership and stewardship tools necessary to address issues and motivate others. Topics for the sessions include government, agriculture, arts and culture, business and industry, healthcare, and education.
To be eligible for the program, participants must be 21 years of age or older, live or work in Marshall County, and pay $101.17 in tuition. Those interested need to fill out an application and return it by September 1. Applications can be obtained from the group’s Facebook page or by calling Kennedy (782-292-4433) or Landoll-Smith, the group’s vice chairperson (785-562-4745). Individuals may also send an e-mail to the program directly to ask for an application: firstname.lastname@example.org. Once selected the class will be officially announced at a reception on September 13. Class sessions will be held September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, 2012 and January 18, February 8, and March 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.