Leadership Sheridan County a Valuable Experience

Chamber Staff - Dixie Johnson, Executive Director
by Dixie Johnson
Executive Director
Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce

This article was published in the “Community Perspective” column
of  The Sheridan Press, July 30, 2011.

Last week I completed the last of the seven full-day modules with the 2011 Class of Leadership Sheridan County.  What an experience!  I would highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to strengthen their leadership skills, learn more about the area in which we live and work, and make some wonderful new friends. 

Leadership Sheridan County is a unique program offered annually by the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce.  Each year, the previous year’s graduates spend countless hours planning out the modules for the current year’s class.  The result is an always-evolving, ever-improving program that changes with the times. 

Our class began on January 8th with a retreat that included orientation, leadership speakers, team building activities and open discussion.  Ryan Koltiska, a graduate from last year, was selected by his peers to serve as this year’s Leadership Chair.  Ryan and his module leaders did an outstanding job creating a fun and informational program. 

Our first full-day module included education on the area’s Youth Services.  The day began at the Wyoming Girls’ School, ended at the YMCA and was filled in between with fabulous speakers, activities and discussion on leadership opportunities in our community.

In February, we headed south for two days in Cheyenne, where we toured the Historic Governor’s Mansion and the State Museum, visited with Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill and had dinner with Representatives John Patton and John Botten.  Our trip culminated with a personal meeting with Governor Matt Mead.  All who attended would agree this was one of the highlights of our Leadership Course.

Additional modules, taking place on the third Thursday of each month, focused on City Government, Health and Human Services, County Government, Economic Development, Community and the Arts and Natural Resources.  Each module remained informative and interactive and featured expert speakers, behind the scenes tours and team-building activities. 

Our August Chamber Luncheon will feature Leadership 2011 Graduation.  Then the tough part begins, as we choose next year’s Leadership Chair and begin planning our modules for the 2012 class.  That’s when our leadership skills will truly be put to the test.  The best part is that we get to be a part of this great program for a second year and spend more time with the great friends we made this year!


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