Lynda Hager, a veteran ambassador for the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging applications for the 28th Class of Adult Leadership. A class is forming which will meet on August 29 for the first of nine sessions. Applications must be completed and returned by August 15 at the Chamber office, 300 Connally Street, downtown Sulphur Springs, according to Chamber Director Lezley Brown.
The concept of Adult Leadership training was introduced by the late Billy Sam Elliot in the late 80’s, when as Chamber Director, he saw the need to acquaint emerging business and civic leaders with the inner workings of local industry, city and county government, school and hospital districts, law enforcement/emergency, tourism, local economy, and the economic development and infrastructure aspects of the community. The idea has stood the test of time. Since the first class graduated in 1990, 448 men and women have graduated from Adult Leadership training and have put that training to use in parenting, committees, jobs, companies and elected positions which directly impact our community. As part of the assignments, each class is encouraged to decide on a “class project” that will benefit the present and future community. Among completed Adult Leadership projects are the Community Pride Awards, Kids Kingdom, also Pavilion seating, Walking Tracks inside Buford Park, two white stone “Welcome” signs for the north and south city limits, formation of Teen Court and the High School Leadership Class, Spring City-Wide Cleanup and the lighted Boardwalk at Peavine Pinion Pool. A three day trip to Austin to see the Capitol and attend a Graduation ceremony is also a part of the class experience.
A selection committee will choose between 20 and 23 participants for the 2018/2019 class. Find out more by calling 903-885-6515 or inquiring at [email protected] Completed applications must be received by 5pm on August 15. The applications can be picked up and turned in at the Chamber office. Lynda Hager has applications with her, and you can phone 903-439-7231 to get one.
Lynda has served as Facilitator for the Chamber’s Adult Leadership Class since it’s inception.