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First Quarter 2012 • This issue is sponsored by:

New Programming, Steadfast Vision: Leadership Stark County after 25 years This year we will mark Leadership Stark County’s 25th year anniversary with a celebratory dinner on Wednesday, May 2. Much has changed in 25 years as Leadership Stark County has grown from a single course to an array of programs. However, LSC continues to prepare, position, and challenge leaders to serve Stark County. Newer programming includes: CUSTOM PROGRAMMING: Leadership staff will ... •

Work with 30 young adults age 16- 21, from Stark County Job & Family Services foster care program. We’ll take them on job based tours of the county and provide StrengthsFinder profile training for three days in summer 2012. Let us know if we can stop by your company.

• Provide six hours of StrengthsFinder training for 30 SPARK program staff. SPARK, funded by Sisters of Charity Foundation, supports families with young children • Provide a board matching process in April for ten Timken Company employees, along with select Signature class participants. Let us know if your organization needs board members.

Key Program Dates

MARCH 9 Stark State President’s Breakfast

MARCH 22 Signature Program Information Breakfast Government Leadership Academy Closing Program

APRIL 27 Last Day for Signature Program Applications

BOARD TRAINING AND BOARD MATCHING:

In the last two years, more than 160 people have attended our three-hour “Building Better Boards” seminar hosted by the Timken Company and sponsored by Black McCuskey Law Firm. We offer best practices relevant to experienced and novice board members. Read more on page six.

MAY 2 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

OUR MISSION REMAINS THE SAME:

Developing a core of motivated leaders with life long commitment to community trusteeship.

Please celebrate with us on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Brookside Farm. Make your reservations at LeadershipStarkCounty.org.

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Signature Program Recruitment Breakfast For Prospective Applicants Thursday March 22, 2012 • 7:45-8:45 a.m. At the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Please recommend the Recruitment Breakfast to anyone whom you know who would make a great Signature Program candidate. Encourage your colleagues from work and from your volunteer pursuits to consider the Signature Program this year. All their questions will be answered at the one-hour informational breakfast. For applicants, prospective candidates, and employers, we will cover: •What is the Signature Program and how does it work? •How will the Signature Program benefit me or my company? •How much time will it take to participate? •How do I apply? The no-obligation information breakfast is free, however, reservations are requested by Wednesday, March 20th to 330-458-2095 or joyw@leadershipstarkcounty.org. All are welcome. Applications for the 26th Class Signature Program are now available at www.leadershipstarkcounty.org.

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Taking 26th Class Applications Now Send us your referrals for the Signature Program. Surveys of Leadership class members consistently show that LSC Alumni contacts are the number one reason that people apply to the Signature Class. Please refer someone who can and will make an impact in our community and relate to them the value that you continue to receive from Leadership Stark County. Make your recommendations to the Leadership Stark County office or simply direct prospective applicants to the online application at www.leadershipstarkcounty.org. • Recommend the March 22 Information Breakfast to prospective applicants • Applications are due April 27 • Tuition is $2,350 and includes meals, lodging and materials.

NEW! Small business owners are encouraged to apply for the Harris Entrepreneurial Scholarship. Josh and Katherine Harris of In The Round Design Group have enabled Leadership Stark County to offer tuition assistance to a younger small business entrepreneur. This will be awarded to a selected candidate who is a small business owner.

• Tuition assistance is available for non-profit candidates.

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25th Anniversary Celebration Sponsorship Sponsorships are still available for the 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner that will take place on Wednesday, May 2 at Brookside Farm. Call Stephanie Werren for more information. A few of the associated benefits are shown. Head of the Class - $5,000

Corporate Table (8 tickets), full page ad on program back cover, logo recognition at event and in Annual Report, half page newsletter advertorial, website link, and more!

With Distinction - $2,500

For $25, your class salute includes 25 words of your choice to: • Thank your company for sending you through the program

Four dinner reservations, full page ad in program, logo recognition at event and in Annual Report and newsletter, and more!

• Share an “AHA Moment”

With Honors - $1,000

• Pay tribute to someone who taught you

Two dinner reservations, one-half page ad in program, logo recognition at event and in Annual Report and newsletter, and more!

With Merit - $500

One dinner reservation, quarter page ad in program, corporate recognition at event and in newsletter, and more!

• Pay tribute to the friends you have made something • Pay tribute to an organization you learned about that you’d like to highlight • Just say THANKS!

Corporate Salute - $250

One-eighth page ad in Program and corporate recognition in newsletter.

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Local Non-profits Welcome Young Professionals Part of a successful non-profit board is finding board members who share the vision and passion for the organization. The Speedboarding program does that by bringing non-profit directors and board chairs together in the same room with interested young professionals from the Spotlight Stark County class. The organization and the participants progress through a series of six or seven interviews with non-profit representatives. The young professionals learn about the mission and programs of the non-profit and the organization gauges the interest and skill set of the participants. Both groups present Spotlight Stark County Participant

Matched with

Leadership Stark County with their rankings and the matches are made. The Spotlight Stark County member will serve as a non-voting provisional board member for up to one year. Within that time frame, they will become familiar with the organization, attend board meetings with an assigned board mentor, and ideally be elected to a board. In addition, the young professionals attended the Better Boards Seminar in January in preparation for their board involvement.

Non-Profit Board

Kris Babetski................................................................................YWCA The Timken Company Christopher Burr...........................................................................CANTON STUDENT LOAN FOUNDATION Time Warner Cable Matthew Gardner.........................................................................AMERICAN RED CROSS - STARK COUNTY CHAPTER The Timken Company Charmane Harrison......................................................................DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECT, INC. The Timken Company Michael Ihrig.................................................................................YMCA OF CENTRAL STARK COUNTY Stark State College Kaliope Kalogeropoulos..............................................................CANTON YWCA Kenan Advantage Group Daniel Kane..................................................................................COMMUNITY HARVEST The Timken Company David Kaufman............................................................................SIFFRIN INC. John Patrick Picard Architect Inc. Tracie Kelley.................................................................................COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS The Timken Company Cynthia Larson.............................................................................CANTON SYMPHONY Gill & Company, Inc. Katherine Manning......................................................................TRILLIUM FAMILY SOLUTIONS SARTA Travis Maxwell..............................................................................PALACE THEATRE The Timken Company Amanda Pond...............................................................................FRIENDS OF STARK PARKS Massillon Museum Caleb Pugh...................................................................................CANTON SYMPHONY Kenan Advantage Group Adrienne Reynolds.......................................................................YMCA LOUISVILLE The Timken Company Nicholas Schott............................................................................BLUE COATS Diebold, Incorporated Ryan Shaffer.................................................................................STARK COUNTY HUNGER TASK FORCE The Timken Company

Need board members for your non-profit? Leadership Stark County can

match you with a business executive, community leader, or Signature Program graduate who is eager to make a difference. The event will combine networking and a board matching process in an informal atmosphere. It takes place on April 25 at the Goodwill Community Campus at 4:30 p.m. Please call Fran Wells if your non-profit board would like to be included. Volume 3, Issue 1 Page 6


2012 Government Leadership Academy

The Government Leadership Academy is a 6-week course that offers elected officials, appointed officials and aspiring candidates, leadership development skills and education about local and regional government.

Kathleen Almasy, Mayor of East Canton Tammy Brown, EEO/DBE Manager, SARTA Christine Clevenger, Teacher, Timken High School Richard Currie, Mayor of Hartville Veda Davis, Occupancy Coordinator, Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority Charles Harrer, Owner, DJ Magic Mikes Mobile Jox Julie Jakmides, Alliance City Council Morris Ellington, Marketing Specialist, AultCare Lori Manack, Bethlehem Township Trustee Charles Riegler, Retired, North Canton City Schools William Weirtz, Lieutenant-Post Commander, Ohio State Highway Patrol

Leadership Stark County’s Mission is to develop a core of motivated leaders with a lifelong commitment to community trusteeship through training in leadership skills and education about the community. Fran Wells, Director • Stephanie Werren, Development Director • Joy Walko, Managing Editor • Sarah Lutz, Graphics Manager Leadership Link is a publication of Leadership Stark County

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Recent sponsors

This issue is sponsored by:

25th Class Human Services Day

Class Acts

Distinguished Sales & Marketing Awards went out to Matt Ellis (16th) of Grassmaster, Sue Grabowski (22nd) of Grabowski & Co. and Michelle Henry (23rd) of CMOR Research. Congratulations!

25th Class Asset Building Day

25th Class Education Day

2012 Government Leadership Academy

Para Jones (7th) was selected as President of Stark State College. Welcome back!

Thank you to Salvation Army Volunteers!

Leadership Stark County alums and their families rang the kettle bells for both the Canton and Massillon Salvation Army posts. More than three hundred dollars was raised for the Massillon post, we’ll let you know when we get the results for our Canton kettle. Thank you to the following volunteers: Julie Bland (24th) • Scott Gwin (1st) • Sarah Howes McIntosh (13th) Richard L McLaughlin (14th) • Gloria (13th) & Nate Pope Denise (13th) & Phil Robb • Lorie Travaglino (24th) • Barbara Vaughn (24th)

25th Signature Class Sponsor

25th Year Celebration Sponsor


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