After completing the nine month program and presenting their community project the Leadership Cheatham County class of 2014 graduated the program Tuesday night in a ceremony held at Pinnacle Bank in Ashland City. The project the class unveiled is a program to help those in need to get their homes back into livable conditions.
The evening began with the class presenting their class project, ‘Rebuilding Cheatham County.’ Having worked for the previous nine months, the class developed a local program that would pair with the already existing Rebuilding Nashville program, to extend its reach into Cheatham County. Rebuilding Cheatham County would provide help to those who are disabled or in need, to get their homes into a livable and comfortable condition.
This would allow people to remain in their homes, rather than requiring them to be moved into assisted living facilities. The program would focus on those whose homes need mostly minor repairs or alterations to make it livable, such as widening door frames and converting rooms to fit hospital beds.
Throughout the year the class heard a common theme throughout their class meetings. Cheatham County residents like to take care of their own. This project, which will be funded wholly by outside donations which have already been secured, will not put any extra strain on county taxpayers while also allowing Cheatham County residents to continue taking care of their own.
Before receiving their graduation certificates, the LCC class heard from keynote speaker, Ray Crouch Jr., who is the current Assistant District Attorney and LCC alum. He addressed leadership as a whole and noted that while ‘leadership’ is a noun in the dictionary; a true leader treats it more as an adjective because they are actively leading and are involved rather than being a leader in name only.
With the 2014 LCC program completed attention now turns to the 2015 class which will be announced in August.
Having just finished its 18th year, LCC’s purpose continues to be focused on the enhancement of individual leadership skills, abilities and community knowledge while fostering a free exchange of ideas and concerns. In addition LCC aims to help develop a positive, cohesive community image and foster attitudes of increased commitment, cooperation and participation within our community for the long-term benefit of Cheatham County.
The LCC program consists of nine monthly seminars, group discussions, field trips and retreats that address various issues of importance in Cheatham County. Participants will view and gain a hands-on knowledge of the county’s history, agriculture and tourism offerings, in addition to seeing how the education system, businesses and industry, safety services and government operations all work together within Cheatham County and its four cities.
Each participant will also be involved in the development of a group project that will benefit the county as a whole. Previous classes have completed such projects as the development of the county-wide fire plan, the county animal control facility, satellite early voting locations, the Cheatham Vision Plan, an anti-distracted driving campaign for county schools among many others.