Fillmore County Odegeo Holds Graduation June 10

Leadership for Fillmore County participants graduated from the nine-month leadership course on June 10. The event was held in the community room of Heritage Crossings in Geneva.

The speaker for the graduation was Dr. Richard Dudley, the former head of the education department at Doane College in Crete. He talked about the “skunk in the middle of the road” who doesn’t think past one answer to a problem. Leaders, however, work with others, get the facts, and determine a workable solution.

Rhonda Stokebrand introduced the graduates of the 2010-2011 Odegeo leadership class and their sponsors.

Todd Boller, Fillmore County-Weed Department; Katie Chaney, Chaney Chemical; Brandie Conway, Fillmore County-Sheriff Department; Kendra Jansky, Farmers and Merchants Bank; Tyler Daly, Geneva State Bank; Mary Johnson, Fillmore County Development Corp; Susan Johnson, Edward Jones Investments; Andrew Ley, Walter Insurance; Christin Lovegrove, Heinisch Law Office and Shawnie Manthei, M-C Industries/SunflowerMarketing; Norman Marks, self sponsorship; Shari Michl, Fillmore County Hospital; Kelly Nun, York State Bank; Marty Peppard, Fillmore County Hospital; Kim Slezak, PC Nuts; Valerie Turner, City of Geneva and John Wilkins, Geneva State Bank.

As each member received a plaque from one of the members of the Fillmore County Development Corporation (FCDC) Leadership Committee they gave a statement of what the Leadership sessions had given them. They then stated how they will use the knowledge and skills they learned to get involved in their community, work on an issue, run for office or serve on a board.

Amy Nelson, FCDC Leadership Development Committee member, recognized the 36 Fillmore County businesses who had helped sponsor lunches and snacks during the leadership sessions as well as the graduation lunch. Even more businesses and organizations shared information about their entities throughout the year as the Leadership class traveled from place to place learning about the various aspects of Fillmore County.

Patt Lentfer, director of the Fillmore County Development Corporation, thanked the Leadership Development Committee members for setting up each of the leadership sessions throughout the year. Committee members are Jean Engle, Jodi Kleinschmidt, Lynn Mussman, Amy Nelson, Jana Schelkopf, Gerald Slezak, Ronda Stokebrand, Kyle Svec, Karrie Waldron and Tyler Williams.

The Fillmore County Odegeo Leadership project is a county-wide leadership program designed to identify, educate and develop leaders within Fillmore County. The class meets nine times a year to develop an awareness of the Fillmore County community by examining the major systems that contribute to patterns of life in the area. Persons interested in learning more about the Fillmore County Odegeo Leadership project should contact the Fillmore County Development Corporation at 759-4910, or go to:

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