Leadership Marshall County Accepting Applications

Fourth Class Starts in January

Leadership Marshall County is accepting applications for its next class; the program is designed to equip leaders to enrich the community. Having coordinated three successful classes that graduated over forty county residents, the program is ready to enroll around twelve members.

“We continue to receive positive feedback about this program,” said Paula Landoll-Smith, chairperson for the program’s board of directors. “It was an easy decision to move forward to make plans for our fourth class.”

Leadership Marshall County is a program divided into five class sessions; the program identifies leaders and gives them the skills to provide on-going leadership throughout the county. “Ultimately, we want the program to unify the county by providing strong leaders in all communities,” Landoll-Smith said.

Georgena Lindquist, a graduate of the program’s pioneer class, was impressed with the program and found the sessions beneficial. “The program provides a great network of information with other class members and services around the county,” Lindquist, Blue Rapids, said. “I learned about services in Marshall County that I did not know we had available. There have been times that I have been able to help others by sending them to past class members.”

For the fourth class, the class sessions will be held in various locations throughout the county to educate class members on vital issues that affect the county. Additionally, the sessions will help class members develop leadership and stewardship tools necessary to address issues and motivate others.

“Our goal is to provide unique opportunities for different leadership stages,” Landoll-Smith said. “We plan to do this by focusing on universal topics that impact each of the communities in our county. The topic for each session will serve as a lens, if you will, for us to learn leadership skills while exploring the overall topic in depth.”

Topics for the sessions include government, agriculture, arts and culture, business and industry, healthcare, and education.

To be eligible for the program, participants must be 21 years of age or older, live or work in Marshall County, and pay $101.17 in tuition.

“We want a diverse class,” Landoll-Smith said. “We hope people from all backgrounds and of all ages apply.”

Those interested need to fill out an application and return it by December 1. Applications can be obtained from the group’s Facebook page or by calling Landoll-Smith (785-562-4745). Individuals may also send an e-mail to the program to ask for an application: [email protected]

Once selected the class will be announced at a reception January 21, 2016 at the home of Frank and Julie Popejoy, Blue Rapids.

Class sessions will be held January 22, February 19, March 11, April 15, and May 13, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Other board members for the program include Lindquist, Wayne Kruse, April Todd, and Joe Whitesell.

For more information about the program people can contact Landoll-Smith.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.