Leadership Menomonie

The 17 Leadership Menomonie graduates are pictured from left to right: (front)Angie Lew (and baby)-Rotary Club of Menomonie; (middle) Linda Borofka-University of Wisconsin-Stout, Craig Adams-WESTconsin Credit Union, Becca Kleist-Menomonie Market Food Co-op, Jolene Sterk-Menomonie Public Library, Gayle Ostermann-Chippewa Valley Technical College, Glendy Thompson-3M Company and Larissa Gunderson- Quality-Auto Body; (back) Ben Markl-UW-Stout, Beth Stone-Manpower, Justin Utpadel-UW-Stout, Adam Walesh-3M, Greg Beskow-Andersen Corp., Zenon Smolarek -UW-Stout, Michael Tiffany-Prevea, Elizabeth Ritz Witt-Free Clinic of the Menomonie Area, and Ian Walker-Royal Credit Union.

On May 17, the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce held the 2017-2018 graduation for Leadership Menomonie at Pinewood Golf Club and Restaurant.

Graduates completed nine full-day sessions, studying a wide variety of topics including education, business and industry, heritage, arts and tourism, media, government and law, health and human services, agriculture and environment. They also participated in networking and teambuilding activities designed to demonstrate the dynamics of effective leadership.

The participants also completed service learning group projects that consisted of the following partnerships in the community.

Team Help: Community partner—Chris Reardon/Boys and Girls Club of Menomonie. Team wanted to focus on advocating for volunteer needs with the club. Specifically, volunteering their time to recruit volunteers and educate community members on the needs of the club. For more info, visit www.cvclubs.org/menomonie

Team Sprocket: Community partner-Calvin Kunkle/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Team wanted to focus on education/promotion of the Red Cedar State Trail. They developed the understanding of the trail cleanup process and considered ways to promote the Adopt a Bike Trail. Along with the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce, the team has committed to Adopt a Bike Trail by adopting a section of the Red Cedar State Trail. For more info, visit dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/volunteer and select Adopt a Trail

The Menomin Loopers: Community partner-Randy Eide/City of Menomonie. Team focused on education/promotion of the city’s bike trails. The team developed a trifold brochure to highlight the Lake Menomin Loop bike and pedestrian trail at the direction of the city and its Bike/Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The brochure is designed to be printed and available at area businesses to help promote usage of the trail including a map on that showcases area attractions and where they are located along the trail. An electronic version is being provided to the committee for printing and distribution purposes as well as the capability for future editions. For more info, visit www.menomonie-wi.gov and click on ‘maps’

The A Team: Community partner-Dolly Catlin/Dunn County Transit. The team focused on a number of ideas to support the community. They quickly learned that funding an awareness of public transportation rose to the top for the Dunn County Transit needs. For more info, visit www.co.dunn.wi.us/transit

Team Work: Community partner/Jody Hagman of the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce. Team developed an outline and structure for programming to support business members with soft skills training. For Chamber info, visit www.menomoniechamber.org.

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Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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