A new year

Leadership Blount welcomes new members

As one Leadership Blount class presented the proceeds from their Legacy Project to a local charity, the next class begins their 10-month curriculum aimed at learning more about the community and how to be leader in it.

On July 29 the members of Leadership Blount Class of 2009 were introduced during a dinner and reception at Two Rivers Pavilion. Members from previous classes were on hand to wish the new members well and to catch up with alumni and supporters of Leadership Blount.

A week earlier on July 21, members of the 2008 class presented a check to Wilderwood Service Dogs at Pistol Creek Station in Maryville. Class members donated $7,889.02 to the charity, which trains service dogs for disabled individuals.

Class member Patty Clevenger said the primary fundraiser for the project was a calendar that showcased dogs. Owners submitted pictures of their pets for an entry fee.

“We raised money three different ways -- with sponsors who paid for ads, the entry fees for the dogs and the sell of the calendars. We were very fortunate that the calendar were paid for before we started selling them,” she said.

At the Big BBQ Bash, an outgrowth of a Legacy Project of the Leadership Blount Class of 2007, the 2008 class manned a booth and sold hot dogs and calendars, and they were the recipients of the Tomato Head’s Sandwich of the Day promotion in which proceeds from the purchase of one particular sandwich went to the charity. Tips for the band that performed that night at Tomato Head, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, also were donated to the class charity.

Alcoa Inc., also donated their winnings from the 2007 Big BBQ Bash, $1,500, to Wilderwood Service Dogs. Ray Barham with Alcoa, Inc., was a member of the Leadership Blount Class of 2008.

In May, the class celebrated graduation during a fun ceremony at the Two Rivers Pavilion and last week, the Class of 2009 and alumni from all Leadership Blount classes gathered again at Two Rivers to welcome the Class of 2009.

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