Leadership Blount accepting nominations for Class of ’09

Nominations are now being taken for the Leadership Blount Class of 2009. Virginia Hardwick, member of the Leadership Blount class of 2002 and sales manager with Staffing Solutions, is chair of the selection committee.

“I am honored to chair the Selection Committee for Leadership Blount, which is one of the most educational and exciting experiences in which one can partake in Blount County,” said Hardwick. “Leadership Blount Alumni are dedicated to leadership development in Blount County, and it is an experience one will never forget.”

Over the past 18 years, Leadership Blount has worked with more than 540 community-minded individuals to teach them more about the community in which they live and encourage them to take a more active role in community issues.

Nominees should have a sincere commitment and motivation to serve the community, as well as an exhibited demonstration of leadership abilities. They should be individuals whose work, volunteer participation and community service indicate they have a long-term commitment to Blount County’s quality of life. All class members must also be willing to devote one full day per month (including two overnight sessions), as well as some required evening governmental meetings, and must have the full support of the organization or corporation they represent.

Tuition for the program is $1,100. The participant must pay $110 personally.The payment covers all fees and course material, as well as most meals and transportation. Optional or special activities may require additional costs. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available for eligible candidates.

Nominations are being accepted throughout the month of January, and forms are available at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce and The Daily Times, the Leadership Blount website www.leadershipblount.com or by contacting the Leadership Blount office by phone at 984-9368 or by e-mail at info@leadershipblount.com. The completed nomination form must be received in the Leadership Blount office no later than Jan. 31.

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