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The new Leadership Cheatham County class of 2014/15 met over the weekend to take part in the annual opening retreat. The weekend allows for the new classmates to become more acquainted with one another as well as give them time to discuss possible ideas for their club project that they will present at the end of the Leadership year.
Classmates that were in attendance on the Saturday at the Girl Scout Camp in Ashland City included Mark Haney, Tara Watson, Jeff Bennett, Tripp Spear and Renea Rosson. The chairperson for the weekend was Leadership alum, Cheryl Davis and the co-chair was Sharon Elkins. After enjoying breakfast the class took part in numerous team building exercises taught by Janet Cluck, MS, CFCS. Following lunch the class took part in a personality assessment with time allowed following that for the class to discuss possible ideas for the class project. The day ended with the class taking part in an Equestrian Team Building Program led by Carol Goats with the Girl Scout Camp.

The class reconvened on the Sunday meeting at AdventureWorks in Kingston Springs where other class member Hayes Wellington was able to join the rest of the class. After having breakfast to give them the energy needed for the day the class took part in the numerous team building activities available at AdventureWorks to help the group work together in solving problems as well as enjoying a little bit of fun. After lunch and more activities the class presented its project ideas to the chairperson, co-chair and Leadership Cheatham County President, Derek Noe.

The class will begin its monthly Leadership “Days” beginning in October when they will take part in Agriculture Day on October 14th where they will learn about some of the numerous agriculture operations throughout the entire county.

Now in its 19th 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.

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