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February 21, 2013

Leadership organization welcomes new graduates

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Leadership Academy of Madison County celebrated its Class of 2013 at the organization’s graduation dinner Thursday night.

The LAMC, an education program designed to build participants into leaders through volunteer work and community service, welcomed 35 new members to its ranks at the ceremony at Anderson Country Club.

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.

The organization also recognized Quang Vinh of Community Hospital and Class of 2008 member with its Servant Leader Award. Vinh, an immigrant from Saigon, Vietnam, moved to America with his parents and 10 siblings when he was young.

Vinh opened his acceptance speech with some humorous anecdotes making light of his age and his large family.

“I always pictured the people who deserved this award as being distinguished ladies and gentlemen with no hair or gray hair,” Vinh said jokingly. “Tonight I looked at myself in the mirror. And I told myself: ‘Dude, you are really old.’”

Vinh also described how his spirit of charity and community service was instilled in him by his parents and his Asian heritage.

“My parents were often placed in a situation when they had to turn to strangers for help raising all these kids. So when the time came for them to return the favor, they did it,” Vinh said. “No questions asked.”

The speaker for the event, Mary Jamerson, president of Myers and Ford Autoworld, used her speech to impart how important community leadership is in difficult economic times. With the financial struggles of Madison County in recent decades, Jamerson said it’s more important now than ever to build a strong future.

“True community leadership is immune to economic hardship,” Jamerson said.

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