The final class of the first ever Leadership Starke County group is coming up, and Facilitator Jim Jessup said the class, which has met once a month since September of last year, went extremely well. An informal graduation will take place during the final class on Wednesday, May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the depot in Knox. Dr. Ron May from Ancilla College will make a presentation on Servant Leadership from 10 to 11 a.m., and there will also be sessions on effective board leadership, ethics and leadership, reviews and evaluations, and personal mission statements.
Jessup said the class emphasized three main ideas: networking, skill-building, and information.
“I think the main things that we always emphasize are networking – in other words, getting to know each other in the class and then other people throughout the county – is really important, getting to talk with current leaders. We do some skill-building where they actually learn some leadership skills, and then information – certainly a lot of information about Starke County and all of the organizations and institutions and how everything works,” said Jessup.
Jessup said the students’ last day on May 8 will consist of their final class when they will sum up things for the year and do some looking into the future of the individuals and the class as a whole. He said the students will be recognized for having participated in the class, and then they will review the year and discuss what could have been done differently.
Jessup said the class, overall, turned out to be as productive as he hoped it would be.
“We accomplished a lot, we had a great group of students – there were only 10 in the class this year. We hope to increase that for next year, but it was a real diverse group. They really participated well, I think they all got a lot out of it and really shared a lot with each other. So I thought it was really very successful,” Jessup said.
To attend the event, contact Jessup at (219) 797-4407 to RSVP.