The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its 2012 Leadership Tuolumne County Class.
“The class is open to anyone interested in learning more about the community, particularly those that aspire to take on leadership roles within it,” said George Segarini, president and CEO of the Tuolumne County Chamber.
The program begins with a one-day retreat, where participants take part in group-building activities and get to know each other. From there, the class will meet all day on the first Thursday of the month, between October and May, to learn more about the issues facing Tuolumne County.
Topics covered will include government, law and justice, business, education, health, arts and culture, media and land use. Participants learn by taking field trips to various government and nonprofit agencies, plus private businesses.
“Depending on the issue of the day, we will go to the facility that best educates and facilities that subject,” Segarini said. “That could be an elementary school for education or the sheriff and probation departments for law and justice.”
Participants will also complete a community service project and receive a certificate of completion.
Applications are available at the chamber office, 222 S. Shepard St., Sonora or at www.tcchamber.com. They can be dropped off at the office Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Applications must be received by Aug. 12.
The class is limited to about 15 to 20 people, so those interested in participating should apply early.
Applications will be reviewed by the program’s executive board to determine those who are most likely to benefit from it and invest their experience and knowledge back into the community. The board will interviewed select applicants before the final class is chosen.
“The interview is to make sure we know what they are expecting and to let them understand what the commitment is,” Segarini said.
The class costs $750, which covers the retreat, eight monthly classes, community service project and certificate. Scholarships are available.
Since the first Leadership Tuolumne County class was held in 1992, more than 200 community members have completed it.
“I learned a great deal about a wide range of efforts going on in the community and I would heartily recommend the program to anyone who is planning to be a community leader,” said Peter Rei, long-time county Public Works Department director, in a press release.
For more information, call 532-4212 or go to www.tcchamber.com.