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
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.
Contact Allison McDermott at email@example.com or 588-4525.