‘Leadership Milam’ envisions county working together

First class tours learns ins and outs of government and industry; 21 will graduate in May

Leadership Milam was formed last year with the purpose of uniting Milam County and working together.

Leadership Milam is designed to seek out leaders from all segments of the county and prepare them to participate in community oriented decision making positions, to maintain and strengthen communication, to provide continuing education, and to encourage and foster community involvement across the county.

The program began in September and has met each month since then to learn more about all of the communities in Milam County and the various components of our county.

Monthly programs

In September, the program began with a retreat at Morningstar Ranch in Milano. Drayton McLane and Jim Reed, executive director of Central Texas Council of Governments, spoke to the group about leadership and working together. There was also a rope course provided by Milam County Extension agents.

In October, the group met at Luminant offices in Rockdale for Economy Day and the industry and businesses of Milam County were discussed.

In November, participants went to Austin to meet at the state capitol. Talks were lined up by the staff of Senator Steve Ogden and Representative Dan Gattis with presentations given by the Texas Agriculture Department, the Comptroller’s Office, Governor Perry’s office and Justice Dale Wainwright in the Supreme Court Chambers. There was also a tour of House and Senate chambers.

In December, county and city government were discussed and representatives from Cameron and Rockdale talked about each city and their projects and plans. The group also visited the Courthouse and county offices.

In Januar y, Education Day featured programs by schools of Milano, Rockdale, Cameron and Thorndale. Thorndale ISD students presented a mock debate. The team also heard from Dr. Glenda Barron of Temple College. Other presentations: Milano ISD, Advanced Mathematical Decision Making; Cameron Prep School, Cameron Breakfast Program; Adult Education Offerings; Colvin Walker, ESC 6; Texas Workforce Commission; Larry Koch; Yoe High Robotics Team; Yoe Independent Studies Students; and Rockdale ISD Leadership Team.

In February, Art and Culture day was held at the Performing A rts Center in Cameron and presentations were made by Cameron Band, Milano One-Act Play, Rockdale High Choir, Thorndale Jazz Band, and Cameron Community Theatre.

In March, the group will meet at Little River Healthcare in Rockdale for Health Care Day.


Graduation for the Inaugural class of Leadership Milam will be held in May. Members of this first class are:

Dave Barkemeyer, Cameron; Casey Callahan, Thorndale ISD superintendent; John Eg ger, EBCO Development; Dr. Lucile Estell; Kelvin Knauf, Rockdale city manager; Becky Marek, Rockdale; Ron Montgomery, RFCU; Joan Ratliff, Tax Appraisal Board and Rainbow Courts; John Redington, attorney; Rob Reed, KMIL; Jeremy Riney, CEO, Little River Healthcare; Loretta Roberts, Cameron; Frank Summers, county judge; Ricky Tow, Cameron city manager; Mike Vance, president/CEO, Citizens National Bank; Michael Watkins, president, Cameron school board; Joe White, executive director, Central Texas Hospital; Bill Whitmire, Whitmire Land & Title Service; Ricky Williams, president, CEO/Chairman of the Board, Classic Bank; Dr. Howell Wright, Rockdale ISD superintendent; and Tommy Standard, Standards of Care.


Applications will be available in June for the next Leadership Milam class and will be screened by a committee. For more information on Leadership Milam, call the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce at 446-2030 or the Cameron Chamber of Commerce at 254-697-4979.

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