Donna Rivers WUES students perform as part of Honor Choir Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak access completed Hall of Fame Christmas in Portsmouth Thyme to trim the Christmas Tree Junior High Lady Hounds get season-opening sweep Lady Devils roll past Paint Valley in season opener Senior Profile: Jessica Johnson Michael E Roberts Sr Evelyn L Jones Thomas M Calvert Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14 Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot Wanda L. Nixon David Rogers Robert “Bobby” Leonard
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Shaping tomorrow’s leaders

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.”

This axiom by John C. Maxwell might well serve as the guiding principle of the Leadership Adams organization that was established in Adams County in 2010.

Some people believe great leaders are born, not made. While there are some born leaders, most people have to develop their leadership skills through dedicated and diligent practice.

In 2008, the world economy faltered and swayed on the edge of a global depression, there was widespread worker layoffs, and American morale, which had only begun to rise out of the long shadow of 9/11, began sinking. Life as we had known it seemed balanced on the edge of a blade.

It was during this period of time that a group of concerned citizens from Adams County began asking themselves what they could do to make things better. Mike Pell, CEO of First State Bank (FSB), was one of those people.

At the time, Pell was involved with a group in Brown County called Leadership Brown, and he also had several close friends who participated in a similar Leadership Highland program. Bringing the ideas that he had been exposed to in those groups, he and the others began exploring the idea of developing a similar leadership group in Adams County.

“In 2009, myself and handful of leaders in Adams County recognized that our community needed to develop leaders,” said Pell. “When things are not going well, it becomes very important that we work together to cast a positive vision for the future.”

Pell and the others believed that the best way to create and actualize that vision was by giving local leaders an opportunity to development their leadership skills.

“Effective leadership requires vision, collaboration, planning and a serious commitment to honing your leadership skills,” he explained.

Together the group, consisting of Pell, Don Bowles, CEO Dreamcatcher Communications; Chris Johnson,Pastor W3CU; Russ Brewer, Enterprise Center SSCC; David Richey, CFO at FSB; Michael Parks, Pastor Church 180; John Caldwell, Adams County Attorney; Peggy Chalker, SSCC; Nicole Roades, SSCC; John Condon, retired banker; Dan Harrison, Pastor W3CU, and Deana Swayne, Adams County Chamber of Commerce – began to develop and articulate their guiding vision and mission.

They developed their mission guidelines: To improve the quality of life for all who live and work in Adams County by developing and preparing individuals to assume leadership responsibilities in their communities and organizations.

And, their vision: To create a well informed, civically active community where individuals are able to influence the prosperity of the Adams County community through their strong leadership and interest in building the future.

In 2010, the Leadership Adams group was officially founded as a non-profit corporation under the laws of Ohio and was certified as a tax-exempt organization.

That year they began their first leadership class, inviting twelve local individuals to participate in the year-long program.

Since that time the Leadership Adams alumni has grown to include 70 members who have participated in the program. Additionally, in 2014 the group added a Youth Academy which provides local high school students the opportunity to participate in leadership projects.

The program, which focuses on the development of leadership skills, begins in September and lasts through June. Each month students have the opportunity to participate in a new skill-building project including: Team Building at Butler Springs in Sept.; Travel and Tourism Adams County in Oct.; Infrastructure in Nov.; Non Profits in Dec.; Health Care in Jan.; Education in Feb.; Commerce in March; Government Day in April; Leadercast in May; and Graduation in June.

Each month’s class provides students with unique learning opportunities. For instance, the Leadercast project each May features speakers such as Jack Welch, John C. Maxwell, and Peyton Manning; during Government Day in April the class members visit the state capitol and have the opportunity to meet elected leaders; and in December the students had the opportunity to present five local charities with a donation of $1,000 each.

The members of the 2016 class are Time Carter, Randy Chandler, Susan Huff, Michael Hughes, Amy McClellan, Scott McFarland, Beth Pistole, Richard Seas, Shalana Shreffler, and Carl Trotter.

For more information about Leadership Adams, go to leadershipadams.org.

Members of Youth Leadership Adams were on hand to present a $1,000 check to the Peebles Community Food Pantry
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The Winchester Church of Christ in Christian Union Food Pantry accepts a $1,000 check from Leadership Adams.
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Leadership Adams looks to the future

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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