U.T. EXTENSION AGENT
Creig C. Kimbro
Eleven outstanding citizens of Grundy County completed an important milestone as they graduated from Leadership Grundy on May 24. The graduation ceremony was held at DuBose Conference Center, in Monteagle. The program included a catered meal, guest speaker, presentation of plaques, and an introduction of the 2019 Leadership Grundy project.
Janice Bowling, Tennessee State Senator, was the guest speaker. Senator Bowling brought a message of inspiration and motivation as she encouraged the graduates to work hard at inspiring others and become the next leaders of their families, communities, and state. Michael Brady, Grundy County Mayor, was also in attendance and recognized the group.
The graduates worked hard in their commitment to Leadership Grundy this year beginning the program in late September 2018, and attended eight consecutive monthly sessions until graduation. Sessions included topics such as leadership development, team building, community agriculture, communications, local education, state and local government, community and economic development, tourism, and more. The Class of 2019 also implemented a masterful project by organizing and implementing several community service efforts that benefited the Life Choices Program and the Grundy County Food Bank. Together, Leadership Grundy participants helped raise over $10,000 for both community organizations in just a few short months.
Those completing this year’s Leadership Grundy 2019 program were Tim Bowman, Roxanne Burnette, Traci Crabtree, Jim Gass, Spike Hosch, Richardson Irvine, Brandis King, Kacie Lynn, Michael McMillen, Joann Sanders, and Deedra Tate. Special appreciation is extended to all board members and sponsors of this year’s graduating class who helped make the program a reality.
About Leadership Grundy
The overall mission of Leadership Grundy is to identify, educate, and motivate participants of the program to better develop leadership skills that will enhance the future and improve the quality of life throughout Grundy County. The adult leadership program strives to assist citizens with the development and training for leadership roles. Special provisions are made to provide a practical and educational understanding of the problems and opportunities facing our communities and state. Leadership Grundy creates a communication network among people of diverse backgrounds and interests from all areas of Grundy County to meet and share experiences or ideas. The program also encourages increased responsibility and commitment to participants’ local communities, and to the larger community of Grundy County.
More than 250 citizens of Grundy County have completed the program. Applications are currently being taken for the Leadership Grundy program, Class of 2020. The first program session will begin this fall. For more information about Leadership Grundy or to obtain an application for enrollment in the program, please contact the University of Tennessee Extension, Grundy County Office, at 931-592-3971. UT Extension offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Picture includes: front row from left to right – Tim Bowman, Deedra Tate, Brandis King, Traci Crabtree, and Spike Hosch. Second row from left to right – Joann Sanders, Roxanne Burnette, and Senator Janice Bowling. Back row from left to right – Mayor Michael Brady and Michael McMillen. Not pictured – Jim Gass, Richardson Irvine and Kacie Lynn.