"LEADERSHIP — Carroll County," a first-time Chamber of Commerce program that taught leadership skills and instructed participants in virtually every aspect of county life, has graduated its first class.
"I feel we provided the 14 participants with a tremendous amount of information, and now the group is ready to take on any leadership position they would want," said Helen Utz, chamber executive director.
The new program was put together during spring and summer 1990 bya steering committee that looked at other leadership programs in nearby counties.
Beginning last September, the class spent one day each month looking at a different aspect of the county, including history, agriculture, health, government, law, growth management and education.
"Our first session included a talk by (historian) Joe Getty on the history of the county," Utz said. "For communications and the media, we had various members of the news media who spoke as a panel and we toured the Emergency Operations Center."
The agriculture session included a tour of the county, lunch at Camp Hashawha and visits to the Willard Buckman Farm and the Farm Museum. A look at health and human services took the group to the Health Department, a detoxification center and the Department of Social Services.
A full day onjustice and the law found the class meeting at Cockey's Tavern, the county's first courthouse; listening to speakers from various law enforcement agencies; and sitting in on court sessions.
Beginning at Westminster High, the class heard from county educators and toured the Career and Technology Center, Carroll Community College and WesternMaryland College. The class looked at growth management through the eyes of various county department heads and dined in Annapolis with Carroll legislators.
"For the session on government, we heard from Commissioner Julia Gouge, the League of Women Voters, Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown and Sen. Larry Haines," Utz said.
"Getty spoke on redistricting, which will be an issue in the future, (county budget chief) Steve Powell spoke on financing and James Ryan of the RyanFoundation spoke on corporate leadership skills."
Upon completionof the eight-session program April 29, graduates were presented withcertificates from U.S. Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th.
Utz, who took over the program after Nancy Moore, steering committee chairman, moved to Texas, said she was pleased with the wide spectrum of participants.
Students included bankers, doctors, attorneys and small business owners in public relations, excavating and management.
Barbara S. F. Pease, senior vice president and financial officer for Carroll County Bank and Trust Co., said she wanted to take the class for herself and because the bank's president was on the steering panel.
"It gave you a better understanding of the different services and businesses the county has to offer," she said. "It was a very good
program and very helpful. I've selected a few organizations Iwant to become more involved with over the next few years."
FrankCampanella, owner of Campanella and Associates, a public relations and marketing firm in Sykesville, called the program tremendous.
Besides introducing class members to various services and organizationsaround the county, "It gave you a better understanding of the needs of a lot of groups and a good feel for you personally and where you can help best," he said.
Davis Kuykendall, an area director for Search Ministries, a non-profit Christian ministry group for business and professional people, called the class comprehensive.
Utz said the chamber will begin planning for the 1991-1992 program within the next month.