Future Leadership Training Classes in Cheyenne County
Posted date: Mar 4, 2021

by: Admin My Local Life

There is a group of leaders in Cheyenne, Rawlins, Sherman and Thomas Counties that held discussions with K State Extension, Hansen Foundation and the Kansas Leadership Center regarding support for establishing sustainable leadership programs in these four counties. The first Community Builders class was held in Cheyenne County in 2007 and the last of four classes was held nine years ago in 2012. Close to 80 county residents participated in these classes. The original eight trainers have either left the community or moved on to other interests. Would you and some of your friends like to see sustainable leadership training in Cheyenne County? If you felt that you benefited from the initial classes, would you like to continue the training with additional training? Do you have some friends that missed out on the initial training and you would like to introduce them to this interactive form of leadership training? The KLC, Hansen Foundation and K State Extension are collaborating to provide curriculum planning, teacher, coaching and financial support in these four counties. KLC will send an organizer to northwest KS to live and work with local leadership teams. The Hansen Foundation will provide financial support in these four counties. K State extension is providing logistic support for regional organization. The leadership training programs in the four counties should have better odds of sustainability with mutual support from each other and the collaborative support from the three outside entities.

Discussions started in 2019, but the pandemic postponed the initial organization. With the drop in Covid infection rates in northwest KS, face to face meetings are now scheduled. Nadine Sigel, KSU extension rep and facilitator from the Hansen Foundation has scheduled a regional meeting in Colby on Monday, March 8 at 4 PM at the Thomas County Office Complex meeting room Representatives from the four counties will be meeting to learn more about establishing, re-establishing and sustaining leadership programs in their communities.

The northwest KS KLC leadership team is scheduling three regional meetings at the end of March in Bird City, Colby and Goodland. These meetings will include introductory training sessions by KLC teachers and coaches. These sessions will also address the logistics of establishing leadership training programs, choosing curriculums and measures to sustain leadership training into the future.

The tentative dates, times and location of these sessions are:
* Tue., March 30, 8:30 to 11:30 AM, Goodland at Northwest Technical College (Lyons Room)
* Tue., March 30, 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Bird City American Legion Hall
* Wed., March 31, 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Colby Community College (Room 106)

Please spread the word regarding the opportunity to obtain leadership training in the future. I personally believe that the leadership classes held from 2007 to 2012 helped initiate growth and positive activity in Cheyenne County in the last 15 years. I hope you will join this new effort to re-establish leadership training in Cheyenne County and northwest KS!


If interested contact:
Kelley Milliken, 303 358-9112,
Heather Foxworthy, 785 332-3171,
or me --
Tom Keller
1560 Rd 13, St.Francis, KS 67756
785 332-3991 home
785 332-8516 cell

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