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WestStar Leadership Program recruiting class members for 2012

WestStar Leadership Program recruiting class members for 2012
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Weakley County’s West-Star Leadership Program is actively recruiting for its 2012 class and is hoping to sign up a few Obion Countians to participate in the program.
A group of Obion County WestStar graduates met in Union City Tuesday afternoon to discuss potential candidates for the leadership program. Also at the meeting was WestStar executive director Charley Deal, program coordinator Virginia Grimes and accounting assistant Jackie Johnson.
There have been 24 Obion County residents who have graduated from the regional leadership program WestStar.
The deadline to apply for the 2012 session is Nov. 16 and application forms are available online by going to www.utm.edu/weststar.
There is a $700 tuition fee to participate in WestStar.
The first session is set for Jan. 5-6 at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Each month through May WestStar members will participate in two-day sessions that focus on such issues as economic development, health and welfare, public policy issues, education, energy and the environment, building partnerships, agriculture and community involvement. The WestStar program focuses on issues from a regional approach and sessions are held at locations across West Tennessee. The program includes a trip to Nashville. For more information, contact Mrs. Grimes at (731) 881-7298.
The leadership program has branched out in recent years to include several major events across West Tennessee. Through the work of the organization’s alumni, there is an annual WestStar reunion and a RisingStar Leadership Summit is scheduled for Nov. 17-18 at UTM’s Boling University Center. Among the speakers scheduled to appear at the summit is E.W. James & Sons president and WestStar graduate Lee Ann James.
WestStar also operates its own speakers bureau and this coming year the program is also sponsoring a youth leadership summit, a Working Women’s Conference and a West Tennessee Regional Entrepreneurship Conference. Published in The Messenger 10.26.11

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