Sixteen outstanding citizens of Grundy County completed an important milestone as they graduated from Leadership Grundy on May 19. The graduation ceremony was held at the Coalmont Community Center and began at 6:00 p.m. The program included a wonderful catered meal, guest speaker, presentation of plaques, and an introduction of the 2013 Leadership Grundy project.
Dr. Philip Smartt, professor at University of Tennessee at Martin, was the guest speaker and brought a message of inspiration and motivation as he encouraged the graduates to work hard at inspiring others and become the next leaders of their families, communities, and state.
The Leadership Grundy graduates worked extremely hard in their commitment to Leadership Grundy this year as they began the program in late September 2013 and attended eight consecutive monthly sessions until graduation. These sessions included topics such as leadership development, team building, community agriculture, communications, local education, state and local government, community and economic development, tourism, and much more.
The Class of 2014 also implemented a masterful project by participating in a community service project at the old Grundy County High School in early May. Those completing this year’s Leadership Grundy 2014 program were Melody Oliver, Catilina Alvarez, Tonya Garner, Bobbi Sue Fugate, Larry Hall, Wanda Bell, Alissa Meeks, Jana Barrett, Susan Cordell, Teresa Whitman, Greg Gilliam, Lanny Bell, Allen Ott, Jeremy Taylor, Mike Cordell, and Gerald Barrett. Special appreciation is extended to all board members and sponsors of this year’s graduating class who helped make the program a reality.
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 one hundred eighty citizens of Grundy County have completed the program. Applications are currently being taken for the Leadership Grundy program, Class of 2015. 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.