Schedule released for LHC retreat

Organizers have finalized the agenda for the two-day retreat to kick off the 2016-17 class of Leadership Hancock County.

The 25 class members will gather at the Hancock County Public Library for a series of exercises, presentations and conversations as they begin their studies for the leadership academy. Among the exercises will be the popular Scavenger Hunt, in which the class members break up into teams and travel throughout the county in a series of quests.

The Scavenger Hunt is being sponsored by Griggsby’s Station restaurant in downtown Greenfield. The group will gather for dinner at the restaurant at the conclusion of the Scavenger Hunt. The winning team will receive gift cards from Griggsby’s Station and LHC.

New to the retreat this year is a panel discussion on teamwork, which will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The blue-ribbon panel will discuss teamwork and how collaboration leads to success. (For more on the panel, click on the link below.)

The retreat was organized by a volunteer committee of day chairs. They are: Kara Harrison, Hancock County Community Foundation; Donnie Munden, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department; Jesse Keljo, Hancock County Public Library; and Cody Flood, also a member of the library’s staff.

You can look over the schedule by clicking on the link below.

2016 Retreat Schedule

LHC gearing up for 2-day retreat

The newest class of Leadership scholars will attend a retreat to open their studies for the 2016-17 year. The retreat will be Sept. 15-16 at the Hancock County Public Library and will feature community leaders addressing the importance of teamwork, consensus building and the foundations of strong leadership.

The foundation of the retreat is to build a sense of teamwork among the students, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This will be one of the largest-ever classes for Leadership, an indicator of how important the program has become to identifying and nurturing leaders in our communities.

An important part of the program will be an examination of the students’ DiSC profiles, which will be presented by Sandy Flowers, senior education specialist at Community Health Network. The class members will complete questionnaires designed to define their leadership styles, and the ensuing discussion on the first day of the retreat is always a moment of interesting self-discovery for the participants.

The retreat also will feature the annual Scavenger Hunt, which encourages teamwork as students race against the clock to collect clues that expose them to interesting facts about Hancock County.

New this year will be a panel discussion featuring prominent members of the community. It will take place on Day 1 of the retreat. More information on the panelists will be posted as it becomes available.


LHC celebrates 20th anniversary

Bobby Keen (middle) and Tom Seng (right) field questions from emcee Paula Jarrett about their roles in establishing Leadership Hancock County in 1996. Both men urged the board of directors to innovatively seek new ways to foster leadership in our communities.
Bobby Keen (middle) and Tom Seng (right) field questions from emcee Paula Jarrett about their roles in establishing Leadership Hancock County in 1996. Both men urged the board of directors to innovatively seek new ways to foster leadership in our communities.

Leadership graduates spanning a generation celebrated the organization’s 20th anniversary on Tuesday, June 7, with an evening of fun and fellowship.

The centerpiece of the anniversary celebration were the members of Leadership Hancock County’s first class, in 1996, who were in attendance. But the occasion was also an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s history and its path into the future.

A total of 363 people have gone through the Leadership Hancock County program. Bobby Keen and Tom Seng, two founders of the program who recounted its early days during an interview on stage with emcee Paula Jarrett (class of 2003), told the 100 or so guests that innovation will be vital to the organization’s success going forward.

Keen added that today’s divisive political and social climate also demands that gifted leaders come to the fore. That must start in local communities everywhere with programs such as Leadership Hancock County, he said.

Steve Jones, the incoming president of the board, acknowledged the importance of strengthening Leadership Hancock County’s presence. His goals, he told the crowd, include building a strong social media presence, reinvigorating the organization’s website and increasing LHC’s geographic reach. The community also can expect an ongoing appraisal of LHC’s curriculum, he said.

Four members of LHC’s first class attended the event: Debbie Bruce, Robert Harold, Don Watson and Joe Fitzgerald. Marcia Parker, one of the original board members who also served as the organization’s executive director in its early years, also attended.

Focus also fell on more recent graduates. Kari Sisk, a graduate of the 2016 class who could not attend the graduation ceremony because of the birth of her son, received the Stacia Alyea Excellence in Leadership award that was announced at graduation in May. Presenting the award was the 2015 winner of the honor, Keely Butrum.

The event, which was held at Tyner Pond Farm, also recognized the service of Donieta Ross, who left her job in June as coordinator of Leadership Hancock County. She had been coordinator for 12 years. Bobby Campbell, immediate past president of LHC, praised Ross as a devoted and tireless advocate for the program.