WAYNE – For the 10th year a leadership class in Wayne has concluded with graduation where 13 individuals earned their certificate.
Leadership Wayne X began in September of 2018 before reaching their final session nine months later Tuesday in the meeting room of the Beaumont Event & Concert Hall. Leadership Wayne is sponsored by Wayne Area Economic Development with UNL Extension assisting with the curriculum and speakers.
Most sessions began at 10 a.m. and ended around 4 p.m. as WAED Executive Director, Luke Virgil explained more about the course.
“We would try and have a primary speaker that would come in a talk about a specific topic related to leadership,” said Virgil. “Then we’d have a lunch either catered in or we’d go someplace for lunch here in town and we would try and bring in a lunch speaker with a lot of our sessions.”
The final class Tuesday lasted from 1 – 5 p.m. before graduation was held.
During the afternoon a speed dating session with organizations in the community was held along with serving as a focus group for the Wayne Public Library who is working through their accreditation process.
The Organization Speed Dating event featured 14 different groups ranging from Wayne Rotary, United Way, Haven House, Coat Closet, Food Pantry, Community Coalition, What IF (International Friends), Wayne Green Team, Wayne Legacy Fund, Wayne Public Library, Wayne County Republicans, Teammates, Wayne Young Professionals and Wayne Community Theatre.
“This year the group has been really good; we’ve had a lot of fun,” Virgil added. “I feel like they’ve seen me grow but I’ve also seen them grow which is fun. The fact that we’re all growing together; that’s the point of a leadership program.”
The group also took their annual trip to the Nebraska State Capitol in February where the Leadership 2.0 group, a Wayne High student and some students in a Wayne State College leadership class visited Lincoln.
Leadership Wayne X graduates used another day to tour around the community visiting Sand Creek Post & Beam, Heritage Homes and Haven House.
For those who are interested in Leadership Wayne, the 11th class will begin accepting applicants following the Chicken Show and Vendor Golf in mid-Summer. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month beginning in September and would like to have around 15 members.
Leadership X Graduates: Ashley Bartels, Parker Bolte, Stephanie Clark, Jacob Davis, Ryan Hix, Michelle Keagle, Matt Penner, Beth Porter, Ashley Rewinkel, Danny Rockhill, Ashley Soden, Josh Tvrdy and Bobby Young.