Leadership Obion County Class of 2011-12 tackles Kiwanis Park renovations, upgrades
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:01 pm
By DONNA RYDER
Leadership Obion County is an adult leadership class which provides an opportunity for participants to develop and enhance their leadership skills through a series of skill-based sessions.
Administered through Main Street-Union City, the program provides an opportunity to experience and understand the challenges and success of the community through issue-based sessions that include government, education, agribusiness, healthcare, public service and industry.
The program starts in October each year with a get acquainted picnic and runs for seven months. The class meets one day per month, with graduation in May.
Benefits of the program include developing interest in the future of Obion County; building working relationship among class members; providing for personal growth; experiencing the community from public, business and individual perspective; and building leadership skills.
The first Adult Leadership Obion County class was held 1987-88 and included 25 students. In the last 24 years, 447 participants have graduated. The 2011-12 class has 22 members who will graduate in May — marking 25 years for Adult Leadership Obion County. Those class members include Tyler Barker, Patti Barnes, Lolly Bearden, Tasha Bell, Forrest Briggs, Ross Clark, Jarred Clayton, Michelle Creswell, Lucas Flood, John Fry, Kyle Gallimore, David Harris, Jonathan Jorge, Brian Kissell, Jacquelyn Moody, Patrick Ramage, Ryan Stone, Richard Tant, Dawn Tittle, Jon Vallee, Jeff Vowell and Pat Wade.
Each class member has a sponsor who pays their tuition, which includes all costs associated with the program. An advisory board consisting of former leadership graduates and director Phyllis Rauchle schedule and attend the sessions with the class.
It is the responsibility of each class to select a service project that will benefit the people of Obion County.
“The class of 2011-12 has chosen a revitalization of Kiwanis Park in Union City,” according to Ms. Tittle, who serves as the project chairman. Ramage is her co-chairman.
“Knowing that the park is in a central location and used by many, the class decided to use its resources to improve certain aspects of the park and add some technology,” she said.
Since the gazebo is the focal point for the park, the class will update it with a paint job, structural repairs and electrical improvements.
Plans also include some painting of other equipment and signage in the park, as well as improvements to the restrooms.
Class members are excited about the other aspect of their project — turning the park into a WiFi hotspot.
“Several access points will be placed throughout the park that will allow park goers to hook up to the Internet with smartphones, laptops and other WiFi capable devices,” Ms. Tittle said, adding “The park is a vital part of Obion County. The Obion County Leadership Class of 2011-12 hopes to enhance the beauty and draw of the park. We look forward to many events taking place there for many years to come.”
Published in The Messenger 11.16.11