Saturday, April 7, 2012

At a recent staff meeting of the school district, I  was asked to give a presentation about a program called Leadership Washburn County or LWC. The LWC program is celebrating it's tenth year of programming in 2012. Over 100 men and women who wanted to improve their leadership skills and who live, or work, in Washburn County have completed the program.

Recruitment begins in mid-summer for a new class which starts in September with an overnight retreat at  Heartwood Conference Center. Applications for up to 14 people are submitted and approved by the board in late summer. Participants meet once a month for a day long session focused on issues of importance to our area. Graduation is held in May at the end of a half-day session featuring Arts & Culture.

Further information can be found here: http://washburn.uwex.edu/community-development/leadership-washburn-county/. Or, contact program coordinator, Beverly Stencel at the Washburn County UW-Extension Office, at 715-635-4444

My graduation was with of the class of 2003; Since then I have been a session planner, presenter and am currently serving as president of the board of directors. In thinking about the 10 year anniversary of the LWC program, the board decided to try a few new things including starting a newsletter, offering a one-day alumni seminar that happened in January, and a new Summer Camp.

The summer session will be held at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary for those who are unable to attend the full 9-month session, which is often difficult for teachers who are just starting their own fall term. Summer Camp 2012 will be held June 20-22, 2012. Applications can be found at the link above and are due by Friday, May 18th.

These themes will be covered over the three days of camp:
1) Foundational Self-Awareness;
2) Working Well With Others; and
3) Understanding Your Community

I encourage you to check it out. It's a great opportunity to find out more about yourself and Washburn County.


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