The academy, started in 2006, had 13 members this year.
11-week program is designed to build leaders in the workplace and
the community through a variety of assignments, trips and classroom
The course, which met on Friday mornings at ALMH, included the
history of Logan County, lectures in media and communications,
education and work force development, community organizations, civic
leadership, Logan County economy and agriculture's impact.
The class also toured area industry and was given a tour at the
state Capitol by Sen. Larry Bomke.
As part of the course, the class was broken into three groups to
work on projects that would benefit the community.
Katie Alexander, Julie Burr, Ally Leesman and Ryan Gleason worked
on developing a volunteer exhibit that would allow various
organizations to meet with potential new volunteers. The concept of
bringing volunteers and volunteer organizations together was named
ALIVE: Annual Lincoln/Logan County Volunteer Exhibit.
A group consisting of Misty Bell, Cynthia Kelly, Marla Ruble and
Tom Yearly developed a program to help residents understand the
community better. This would be done by incorporating various topics
into the chamber's after-hours events, with speakers in the field
giving brief overviews to those in attendance.
A third group devised an idea to create youth interest in civic
leadership by holding civic leadership workshops at schools. The
concept is to bring younger members of the community into leadership
roles early in their lives.
On the steering committee for this year's academy were April
Jensen of ALMH; Eric Graue, Merrill Lynch; Andi Hake, chamber of
commerce; Lynn Laughlin, LCU; Michael Turner, State Bank; Kristi
Powell, Heartland Community College; Tom Akers, Heartland CC; Joe
Ryan, Country Financial; and Gretchen Bree, Lincoln College.
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This year's academy graduates were Ally Leesman of the chamber of
commerce; Marla Ruble, Lincoln Christian University; Julie Burr,
Hampton Inn; Kathy Vinyard, mayor's assistant; Katie Alexander, New
Beginnings Thrift Shop; Misty Bell, Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau
of Logan County; Paresh Patel, Best Western; Roland Nailer, Elks
Lodge Country Club; Roberta Grewey, CEFCU; Cynthia Kelly, Lincoln
College; Ryan Gleason, Lincoln College; Tiffany Worth, Eaton; and
Tom Yearly, Eaton.
Guest lecturers this year were Larry Bomke, Paul Beaver, Ron
Keller, Joel Smiley, Patrick Doolin, Wanda Lee Rohlfs, Joe Blankley,
Ed Riel, Keith Snyder, Kent Hulett, Terry Carlton, Mary Ellen Bruns,
Sally Litterly, Dolan Dalpoas, Sonny Alexander and Mike Fak.
Sponsors for this year's academy were Illinois American Water
Co., Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Lincoln College.