Leadership Wayne advanced twelve new graduates in 2019. This year’s class toured local sites of interest, participated in leadership skills training, and contributed to public discourse on the daily issues affecting Wayne County and its municipalities. Most importantly, Wayne County Leadership class members and their family members, friends, and co-workers braved a cold March morning to host Wayne County Leadership’s first softball tournament for local charities, raising over two thousand dollars for local nonprofit organizations.

    Each year, the incoming leadership class must plan and execute a class project as a graduation requirement for the course. As a group, the members are allowed as small or challenging of a project as they choose. This year’s class did not disappoint! They quickly divided duties among themselves and began planning, recruiting teams, raising donations to cover fees, preparing for the sale of concessions, and more. Teams began playing at 8 am on March 16th and the double-elimination tournament wrapped up around 3 pm with Team Lifespan winning $500 for their charity of choice and a beautiful trophy donated by Prater’s Jewelry. Remaining funds were divided equally and donated to each of the other team’s charities, in their honor. The Bank of Waynesboro played for Country Road Animal Rescue, Wayne County Courthouse played for the Butterfly Foundation, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Champions played for Wayne County Helping Hands, City of Waynesboro’s City Slickers played for the family of Jason Camfield, Lifespan played for the Janet Smith Foundation, and City of Clifton’s River Rats played for Frank Hughes School. Additional contributions were made by Wayne County Bank, Peoples Bank, City of Collinwood, and the Wood Floor Store. Congratulations on a job well done Leadership Wayne!

   The 2019 graduating class members are Samantha Haines, Kiersten Rainey, Cindy Risner, Tyler Strait, Dustin White, Christine Chapman, Gary Warren, Allie Haggard, Megan Clayton, Sheila Holder, Jenny Haddock, and Doug Kibbey. “I, along with my classmates, thoroughly enjoyed the class,” stated Leadership Wayne 2019 Class President Sheila Holder. “We all learned so much about Wayne County—Clifton, Collinwood and Waynesboro.  Some of us have lived here most of our lives and saw some really cool and interesting things we’ve never seen before—right here in Wayne County! As a class, we learned about our county’s history, government, tourism, industry, public safety, and so much more! We’re thankful for the opportunity to be the Leadership Wayne Class of 2019!”

   For more information on Leadership Wayne, visit:

 https://www.facebook.com/leadershipwaynecounty/.

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