The Grant Community Leadership Class of 2019-2020 met for the first time on Wednesday, September 11 at the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center. Nineteen individuals from the area are going through the program to develop their leadership skills, learn more about the community, and identify and complete a community improvement project.
The morning had a focus on agriculture. Justin Richardson, Farm Manager at the Stumpf Wheat Center, gave a tour of the facility and explained the research conducted there. Brent Gloy, of Agricultural Economic Insights, talked to the group about the current state of the ag economy and major factors influencing commodity prices.
The group joined Rotary for lunch and visited with local Rotarians on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the area. After lunch, Senator Dan Hughes talked to the group about his experience as a senator and current issues in the legislature.
Throughout the day, there were lessons around community leadership. This included topics on listening, using strengths, values, and how leaders model the way. This group will continue to meet through next April.
Participants in the Leadership Class include: Jennifer Baumgartner, Kimberly Bishop, Ted Bruns, Tim Colglazier, Carrie Dodson, Edward Dunn, Tom Foster, Jeremy Hagan, Ben Holmstedt, Taylor Maucher, Brad Mayer, Patrick McGreer, Stephanie Miller, Ashleigh Noyes, Michaela Potts, Mitch Reimers, Nick Turner, Becky Uehling, and Brandon Wood.
Leadership training is provided by Andy Long of Cultivate Rural Leaders, a 501(c)3 dedicated to providing rural leadership education. The class is sponsors by the Perkins County Community Foundation Fund and members of Grant Rotary.