ANDERSON, Ind. — The Leadership Academy of Madison County welcomed 36 new members to its organization Thursday at the 2014 graduation dinner party at the Anderson Country Club.
The LAMC is an education program designed to build participants into leaders through volunteer work and community service. Guest speakers talked about how LAMC is committed to providing Madison County with a core of community servant leaders and outlined some activities the organization had been involved in over the past year. Several speakers also noted that 2014 had the largest class in the academy’s history.
Graduation speaker Oz Morgan of Star Financial Bank said the LAMC provides great networking for businesses who send their employees to the 12-class program. The academy also gives new graduates a sense of what makes Madison County tick, Morgan said.
“The community impact of your business used to be measured by the size of the check you wrote,” Morgan said. “Now, it’s a matter of how many hours your people can give the community. There isn’t a piece of in-home leadership training programs that deals with how to interact with a community. We teach those things here.”
Speakers discussed the lingering economic struggles around the country, and particularly in Madison County. Morgan said that now, more than ever, good leadership training is needed to help pull Madison County out of the doldrums.
The academy presented its servant leader award to Rebekah Snyder Logan of Eli Lilly. SnyderLogan said she was honored to be mentioned with past award recipients and encouraged those in attendance to never pass up the opportunity to serve. Quang Vinh, the 2013 award recipient, presented Snyder Logan with the award.
Program director Pam Shoot said she hopes graduation is the beginning for the class and not the end, and encouraged new members to engage the community and make changes that need to be made in Madison County.
“I’m pleased to say I have 36 new friends tonight,” Shoot said. “I hope you see Madison County in a new way now.”
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