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Leadership group formed in 2004, graduates new group, prepares to begin again
"Margaret Mead said 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has' ... we are proud to present the graduates of L.E.A.D. Adair County, the class of 2005-2006: Corey Finn, Shelia Blair, Melissa Feese, Krisitn Goodin, Randy Hadley, Patty Jones, and Amy Pike." - Lee Ann Jessee
Lee Ann Jessee's speech to the Chamber of Commerce banquet audience Tuesday night:
On September 2004 a group of Adair Countians departed for Berea Kentucky to work 3 days at the Brushy Fork Institute. We didn't know what to expect or even what was expected of us. We did work from early morning until late at night. We experienced new ways to conduct meetings and ways not to conduct meetings and we became familiar with consensus and self-investment in your community. We were encouraged strongly by Jane Higgins and the staff to leave our comfort zones and step into roles that we had never seen ourselves in.
For 27 hours we labored to become a cohesive team with one goal in mind. We came home exhausted, a little frustrated but very excited and very determined. Between September 2004 and April 2005 we logged over 520 hours as a group with one goal in mind. We went back to Berea in April for two more days of intense work and we presented our project and we GRADUATED!!
LEAD AC was finally here! Leaders Enthusiatic About Developing Adair County became our mantra. Some of us lived, breathed and dreamed about our new leadership program. On August 12, 2005 after talking to many groups, advertising and recruiting the first group of LEAD AC participants began their own journey. Corey Finn, Amy Pike, Randy Hadley, Shelia Blair, Patty Jones, Krisitn Goodin and Melissa Feese worked from August 2005 until this night, tirelessly. They are truly amazing! They have personified dedication, determination, concern and self-investment in their community.
Ellen Zornes, Kaye Bowman and I have spent over 150 hours with this wonderful team. We have been amazed and impressed with them from the very beginning. As a team they have volunteered for over 350 hours. Let me say that again; they have volunteered for over 350 hours!!
They have worked on Relay for Life, the MS Walk, PRIDE Projects, Christmas in Columbia, haunted HallowRead, Read Adair County and many other community projects. From this group Adair County has two new Jaycee members, Amy Pike and Randy Hadley; Adair County has one new Rotary Club member, Corey Finn; one new co-captain for Relay For Life, Melissa Feese; and even one political candidate Shelia Blair. Adair County also has a new corporate sponsor for Read Adair County thanks to Amy Pike and Cellular One.
Harvey Firestone said, "The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership." Adair County, you should be very proud of this team of seven. We hope that you will join us in the continued growth and development of this excitng leadership program. We would like to thank all the presenters who took time to work with us and all those who supported this effort financially. We are already looking forward to the class of 2006-2007.
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