Leadership Van Zandt County Class 2 set to launch

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The Canton Texas Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Van Zandt County Board of Directors recently announced the names of eight students that will be the 2017- 2018 Leadership Van Zandt County Class 2.

LVZC, now in its second year, is designed to incorporate key leadership objectives emphasizing professional leadership and community development. Throughout the course of the program schedule, students will be exposed to extensive training from both professional speakers and honorary community leaders as well as participate in various group events that will highlight their personal strengths and the needs of the community.

“The goal of this program is to bring up a new generation of leaders in Van Zandt County” said LVZC board member Brad Blakemore. “For any community to grow and meet the needs of its citizens, businesses and community, it needs people with shared interests leading the way.” “We see many communities led by the same people year after year and it’s time for future leaders to step up and take an active part in their future.”  

“We are very excited to have eight great students this year" said LVZC board member Stephanie Smith. “We began this journey in 2016 with nine students who now make up our board of directors and I am confident we will deliver something of great value to each participating student.”

"LVZC is funded entirely through tuition, which is paid by each student, the student's employer, or through scholarships," said LVZC board member Justin Beckham. "We are grateful for the support of Keith and Pam Pearson, Jon Lewis, and one anonymous individual who provided scholarship funds this year.” “To these generous folks, on behalf of the board, thank you for your support of the program and investment in our community."

Starting on Sept. 22, the class of eight students who live and or work in Van Zandt County will embark on a 10-month journey designed to educate, equip and foster a new generation of leaders in Van Zandt County.

LVZC will kick off with an overnight retreat at Peninsula Ranch in Quinlan followed by a full day of team building exercises and ropes course training at Texas A&M Commerce Outdoor Adventure. The retreat will feature guest speaker CEO and President of MRR & Associates Minerva Rodriguez.  Rodriguez will speak to the class on the importance of being involved in your community and how leadership training can create a positive impact on your community for years to come. 

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