Leadership 2017

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The Leadership Lee County Class of 2017 has moved on to the alumni group, and applications will soon be available for the next class to begin to take shape.

Each class journey is unique, and in recent years, each LLC group has found a way to harness a diversity of individual skills to work together on a project to serve the community. This year’s class found its calling by taking advantage of the skills of class members from event planning to development and fundraising to stage the Lee County Connects volunteer fair.

To create Lee County Connects, class members asked a question. How do volunteers and non-profits find each other? Then, in the truest spirit of leadership, the class decided to work together to create a new answer for that question. That answer was a free volunteer fair to connect volunteers to the nonprofit groups who need them. According to class member Cat Bobo “our class bounced around a few ideas for a service project, but came to the conclusion that we could help the most people by having a free volunteer fair.”

The fair, sponsored by the Auburn and Opelika Chambers of Commerce and hosted by the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center was held on May 2, with 42 non-profits and approximately 350 potential volunteers in attendance. Also in attendance were District Attorney Brandon Hughes, Judge Fellows, Judge Walker, Judge Speakman, the USA Women’s National Handball team, an Imperial Stormtrooper, and a goat.

In addition to the success of the volunteer fair, a number of class members had personal successes this year:

  • Justin Murphy won the Spirit of Auburn Award from the Auburn Chamber of Commerce
  • Susan Bolt was appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, to a four year term on the Board of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors
  • Chuck Beams was appointed to the Opelika City School Board

Congratulations to the class of 2017 for all of their successes this year, and in the years to come. I know they join all of the LLC alumni in looking forward to what the class of 2018 will do.