To The Daily Sun,
I have become very passionate about the Leadership Lakes Region (LLR) program. As a graduate and new board member I wanted to share a perspective on what it does for graduates, businesses and the community at large.
The organization is dedicated to community improvement by creating a network of effective leaders who promote volunteerism and civic awareness. The "course" is one day a month for eight months, with each day focusing on a topic critical to the area (history and culture, social issues, education, economics, politics, health, environment). Each class consists of about 18 to 25 individuals with varied occupations and backgrounds who develop strong bonds with each other and the community as they learn about the strengths and weaknesses of our precious landscape. Locations throughout the area serve as the classroom with citizens and business/educational leaders serving as teachers to guide the class towards discovery.
The course gave me a greater understanding of our community needs as well as its resources. I was exposed to the agencies who help those in need, the businesses who are in the forefront of supplying employees as volunteers and/or funding for causes. Personally, I established a dynamic network of current and future community leaders who are dedicated to making the Lakes Region a better community. Even those who grew up in this area are surprised to learn how much they don't know about the issues facing this area as well as the bevy of resources available to help. Since graduating, I have regrouped with classmates for multiple causes and have joined two boards.
If you are an individual interested in networking with community leaders and working towards a better Lakes Region, I encourage you to learn more about LLR. We can help you approach your employer about getting the time and resources to join the upcoming Class of 2015. If you are a supervisor or business owner, I encourage you to send one or two employees. You will end up with a richer workforce who are more engaged in the community; a plus for all businesses.
Applications, tuition and other information are available at the website http://www.leadershiplakesregion.org/ or you may call 603.524.6791.