The event also included a formal presentation of the candidates’ year-long community improvement projects.
Scott Myers, President of the Project Leadership Board of Directors, and Rachel Danhoff, Vice-President, awarded a plaque to each graduate.
The mission of Project Leadership of Huron County is “to ensure the vitality of our community by providing for a planned and ongoing source of motivated leaders who are educated on the issues of most concern to the Huron County community and trained to accept future key roles in all aspects of life in Huron County.”
To be accepted into the year-long program, an individual must live and/or work in Huron County.
Graduates of the class of 2019 include: Nicole Bumb of Bellevue, sponsored by Civista Bank; Amanda Clark of Plymouth, employed by Richland Pregnancy Services; Joshua Collins of Shelby, sponsored by MTD Products; Jane Ernsberger of Shelby, employed by the Willard Times-Junction; Lori Huff of Willard, sponsored by the City of Willard; Juanita Megger of Plymouth, sponsored by Willard City Schools; Tamra Salyer of Willard, sponsored by Mercy Health - Willard; Mark Scheid of Ontario, sponsored by MTD Products; Wendell Slone, Jr. of Willard, sponsored by LSC Communications; Jacob Tilton of Willard, sponsored by MTD Products; Christina Warrick of Greenwich, sponsored by South Central School District; and April Woody of Norwalk, sponsored by Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
Each class elects one or two members to speak at the graduation ceremony. This year’s speakers were Jane Ernsberger, who employed a Star Trek analogy in describing various styles of leadership; and Josh Collins, who used the metaphor of a hermit crab constantly seeking a new shell to encourage his classmates to keep building their leadership skills through new and challenging experiences.
The graduating class also elected two members to sit on the Project Leadership Board of Directors. Nicole Bumb and April Woody will begin their terms in August 2019.
Prior to the graduation ceremony, class members made formal presentations of the community improvement projects they have been working on since last October. Josh Collins, Wendell Slone and Jacob Tilton initially wanted to help install blinking red lights on stop signs at several of the most dangerous intersections in Huron County. Bureaucratic issues created obstacles that could not be overcome; however, they were able to produce signs that warn motorists to use extra caution and to place them at those intersections designated “most dangerous.”
Jane Ernsberger and Juanita Megger partnered with the Plymouth Police Department to make residents of the community aware of the National Drug Take-Back Program on April 27. They were also present at the take-back site to assist residents who dropped off unused or outdated prescription drugs for proper disposal.
Nicole Bumb, Lori Huff, Christina Warrick and April Woody worked with the Western Reserve School District to transform a classroom into a “Clothing Closet” for the Western Reserve School Community. The project involved painting and installing shelves and clothes racks as well as the collection, laundering, sorting and displaying of used clothing in the room. Thanks to several substantial donations, they were also able to purchase some new clothing and Western Reserve “spirit wear” for needy students.
Amanda Clark, Tamra Salyer and Mark Scheid aided area hospitals and nursing homes in implementing a Veterans’ Recognition Program. Through the program, patients who are veterans receive a special pin and are acknowledged by staff members in a brief ceremony.
In addition, the group also worked with the Willard community to help implement the “Ohio Flags of Honor” program.
Project Leadership of Huron County prides itself on bringing together people from diverse professions and experiences to help them enhance their leadership skills and to provide opportunities for them to learn as much as possible about the Huron County community.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 class and can be downloaded from the Project Leadership website at www.huroncountyleadership.org. Interested candidates or employers who wish to sponsor candidates may also contact the Project Leadership program consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kickoff retreat for the 2019-2020 class is scheduled for Aug. 28 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk.