Leadership Clinton’s class of 2016-2017 held the first class session of the year on Thursday, Sept. 22 with the topic and discussion for the day “Modeling the Way.”
The class day started at the Wilmington Public Library with a delicious breakfast, provided by Nancy Ehas, Library Director. She spoke about the history and funding of the library followed by a tour of the beautiful building.
We traveled to Kersey Real Estate and Auction Company where Gary Kersey spoke to the class about how Abraham Lincoln modeled the way for our country. He also gave the class a tour of his office space to see all of the fascinating pieces he has collected over time, the majority pertaining to President Lincoln. It was remarkable to be able to hold a little bit of history in your hand during the leadership class.
The class traveled to Cape May Retirement Village, where Abby Wiener, the Director of Marketing and Sales, welcomed us with a wonderful lunch on the pavilion. Ms. Wiener gave an informative talk about Cape May and the services offered to seniors who have modeled the way. Following lunch the class heard three community leaders speak.
Curt Bradshaw, Coordinator of Gifted Services, Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, talked about how we need to break the cycle and get away from the fixed mindset, to a growth mindset when it comes to education. He is very passionate about the children of Clinton County and helping them to realize what their potential is.
The next speaker was Kelsey Swindler-Guindon from Clinton Memorial Hospital and also a member of Wilmington City Council. Her passion is engaging in conversation with others, and she spoke to the class about our local government and what we can do to make changes in our community.
The third speaker was Jonathan McKay from Wilmington Savings Bank, who is also a member of Wilmington City Council. His passion is public service. He spoke about community involvement and how to make Wilmington “The Best Place it can Possibly Be.”
All three speakers referred to how they have Modeled the Way for others. The class ended our time at Cape May with a tour of the beautiful retirement village.
The last venue of the day was the Leadership Clinton office, the class planned and discussed a group project for the year.
It was a very successful day. The class would like to thank all of the speakers and hosts for sharing their stories with us. We really do have a great community right here in Clinton County, Ohio.