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Leadership Marshall County Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted for Leadership Marshall County’s next class.  Due to the success of the program’s first two years, the program is expanding and ready to take applications for its third class.

“The feedback from the first two classes was overwhelmingly positive,” said Paula Landoll Smith, chairperson for the program’s board of directors.  “It was an easy decision to move forward to make plans for our third 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,” Landoll Smith said.

Nearly forty area residents have been members of the program’s classes.

Mandy Cook, a graduate of the program’s pioneer class, was impressed with the program and found the sessions beneficial.  “Leadership MarshallCounty is an invaluable course,” she said.  “Not only did I get to network with like-minded people throughout the county, but as a lifetime resident of MarshallCounty, I learned many new things about the county I thought I knew most everything about! This program is a tool leaders shouldn’t do without.”

Graduates of the program serve on the board of directors that oversees and plans the leadership program.  Cook, Mike Melcher, April Todd, Marysville, and Georgena Lindquist, Blue Rapids, were elected by their classmates to fill these board positions.  Other board members include Pam Dankenbring, Jay Kennedy, Wayne Kruse, and Landoll-Smith.

Landoll Smith acknowledged the important role these graduates play in the formation of the third class.  “Having recent graduates on the board strengthens our decision making,” she 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.”

For the third 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,” Landoll Smith 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.”

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 MarshallCounty, and pay $101.17 in tuition.

Those interested need to fill out an application and return it by August 16.  Applications can be obtained from the group’s Facebook page or by calling Landoll-Smith (785-562-4745).  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 21.

Class sessions will be held September 27, October 18, November 8, 2013 and January 10, February 7, and March 28, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  The final class will be held in April – the date has yet to be announced.

For more information about the program people can contact Landoll-Smith.

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