Grads complete first ‘Leadership Milam’ class

First Leadership Milam class included: (front, L-R) Mike Vance, Dave Barkemeyer, Cindy Jerman, Neal Bhakta, Denice Doss, Dr. Lucile Estell; (back): Dr. Howell Wright, Michael Watkins, Ginger Watkins, Robert Davis, Ricky Tow, Rickey Williams, John Egger, Ron Montgomery, Bill Whitmire, Frank Summers, Becky Booker Marek, Casey Callahan, John Redington. First Leadership Milam class included: (front, L-R) Mike Vance, Dave Barkemeyer, Cindy Jerman, Neal Bhakta, Denice Doss, Dr. Lucile Estell; (back): Dr. Howell Wright, Michael Watkins, Ginger Watkins, Robert Davis, Ricky Tow, Rickey Williams, John Egger, Ron Montgomery, Bill Whitmire, Frank Summers, Becky Booker Marek, Casey Callahan, John Redington. The inaugural class of Leadership Milam County participated in a graduation ceremony and dinner on May 13.

Leadership Milam County is a partnership program between the Cameron and Rockdale Chambers of Commerce.

The program is designed to seek out the most promising emerging leaders from all segments of the county and prepare them to participate in community-oriented decision making positions; to maintain and strengthen communications; to provide continuing education; to foster increased understanding of our community’s challenges; opportunities and issues; and to strongly encourage and foster community involvement and the exercise of civic responsibility.

The effectiveness of personal involvement in the future development of Milam County can be enhanced through increased knowledge of the community’s history, citizenry and social, economic and political makeup. It is the intent of the Leadership Milam County program to provide a foundation of such knowledge, that potential leaders will use the knowledge to aid their involvement in community affairs.

Course objectives are: to inform participants about Milam county’s history, government, economy, social issues, needs and opportunities and the existing process for dealing with them; to introduce the participants to and establish dialogue with, each other and current leaders of Milam County; and to encourage the participants to actively participate in future activities, which contribute to the growth and betterment of Milam County.

The program is nine months long with one class per month. Class topics include: an orientation and retreat event; the economy; state government which included a trip to the Capitol; county and city government; education; health care; art and culture; agriculture and individual leadership development.

Leadership Milam will take applications through the summer for the class to begin in September. If interested in participanting, contact either the Rockdale Chamber (446- 2030) or Cameron Chamber (254-697-4979).


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