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Leadership Marshall County Accepting Applications

Leadership Marshall County Accepting Applications until September 1st
Second class starts in September

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. “Ultimately, we want the program to unify the county by providing strong leaders in all communities,” said Jay Kennedy.

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.

Kennedy acknowledged the important role these three recent graduates play in the formation of the second class. “Having recent graduates on the board strengthens our decision making,” he said. “As we discuss goals and activities for the next class it’s beneficial to have immediate feedback from class members who just completed the program. They’re able to tell us what worked and offer suggestions for improvement.”

All three graduates found the program beneficial and appreciated the networking possibilities that the sessions afforded.

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.

“Our goal is to equip leaders to enrich the community,” Kennedy said. “We plan to do this by focusing on universal topics that impact each of the communities in our county. The topic for each session will serve as a lens, if you will, for us to learn leadership skills while exploring the overall topic in depth.”


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; by calling Kennedy (782-292-4433) or Paula Landoll-Smith, the group’s vice chairperson (785-562-4745); or by download here. Individuals may also send an e-mail to the program directly to ask for an application: [email protected]

Once selected the class will be officially announced at a reception on September 13.


“From the program I gained a better understanding of what Marshall County has to offer. Being able to network with people from Marshall County was also something I was able to take away from my experience. Leadership Marshall County would be a great way for any person to learn more about what the county has to offer and to make connections with people from around the area.” — Mike Melcher

“Because of what I learned through Leadership Marshall County, I was able to find a way to improve my town by improving myself and my leadership. The skills I learned not only help me personally, they also give me the added confidence to be active in my community.” — Mandy Cook

“Leadership Marshall County was such a great experience, and an excellent way to get to know more about Marshall County and fellow leaders in the area. The program is a great fit for people new to the community, wanting to get involved, as well as for people who have lived here their whole lives, that want to make a difference. I am very excited to see how the program grows in the future, and the return each community in Marshall County sees from it. Our communities are great places to raise families and build futures, and I was honored to be part of a group that gets to help lead Marshall County into a bigger and brighter future.” — Allie Argo

“Leadership Marshall County is a great program that educates on all aspects of Marshall County. I was able to broaden my knowledge of Marshall County in so many ways. The connections and friendships you make along the way are invaluable. It was an honor being a part of the pioneer class of Leadership Marshall County and I would highly recommend the class for any age.” — Brenda Staggenborg

For more information about the program, please contact Jay Kennedy, Paula Landoll-Smith, or the Marysville Chamber of Commerce.

Brenda Staggenborg
Marysville Chamber of Commerce
101 North 10th Street
Marysville, KS 66508
[email protected]

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