Leadership Shelby County alumni organize

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Leadership Shelby County alumni are working to make a difference.

Graduates representing 12 years of Leadership classes gathered following the graduation of the class of 2006 last week.

Alumni Board co-chairmen Robin White and Susan Johnston, graduates of Shelby County&8217;s first leadership class in 1995, presided over the meeting.

White explained the vision of the alumni group.

&8220;To foster the goals and purposes of Leadership Shelby County by networking and informing and educating our graduates about the issues and challenges that face Shelby County,&8221; he said.

He said the goal of the group was to use the experience gained during the program to continue to enhance the quality of life in Shelby County.

One item of immediate use to the alumni group, Johnston said, was the new Leadership Shelby County website.

The website will &8220;provide a resource of involvement opportunities for graduates.&8221;

Alumni membership lists will also be featured on the site, www.leadershipshelbycounty.org.

In addition, the board has planned a Reconnect Day on Oct. 10 for all Leadership graduates and plans are under way to continue these quarterly learning and networking meetings.

Johnston said these meetings will allow graduates &8220;to connect with the LSC organization, with their classmates and with what&8217;s happening in Shelby County.&8221;

Another board idea was Service Days throughout the year for graduates to participate in making a difference in Shelby County.

Board members representing each class include Margie George and Walter Turner joining Johnston and White from 1995; Rux Bentley and Alain Gallet from 1996; Calvin Gunn and James Dedes from 1997; Aimee Casey and David Nolen from 1998; Jeremy Allen and Eva Shepherd from 1999; Donna Francavilla and John Sarris from 2000; Tricia Corbett and Harry Hosey from 2001; David Bobo and LeAnn Rigney from 2002; Parrish Argo, Gwen Hatcher, Bill Moran and Jeanette Rogers from 2003; Bobby Joe Seales, Michael Sznajderman and Leslie Greenwood from 2004; Carol Reddoch, Robyn Boyd and Steve Zerkis from 2005; and Noralyn Hamilton, Barbara Forrest and Tom Ferguson from 2006