The sixth Leadership Monett class is slated to begin in August. The program is sponsored annually by the Monett Chamber of Commerce.
The class is a four-month program with participants meeting every other week for eight four-hour sessions ending with a graduation ceremony.
"If you would like to be a future leader in the Monett community, the leadership program will help prepare you for that," said Jeff Meredith, Monett Chamber of Commerce executive director. "You get a core of information that will help the community develop and grow together. If you would like to make 14 more friends and learn about Monett, this is the program for you."
Meredith has been through the Leadership Joplin program and is excited to go through the Leadership Monett program. This year, the Leadership Monett Committee is co-chaired by Lisa Schlichtman and Rhonda Schilly, chamber board members and 2011 graduates of the leadership program.
"One of the principles of the program is that you are going to learn more about the businesses in the community," Meredith said.
Sessions for the 2012 program will include: history of Monett; education; economic development; quality of life; government; community leadership; and funding resources. A section on cultural diversity will also be added to the curriculum this fall.
The program will begin with a two-day retreat at Roaring River State Park with an emphasis on team building. The class will also travel to Upper Edge Adventures in Purdy to experience the facility's challenging ropes courses.
Leadership Monett was created in 2007 by the Monett Chamber to provide and enhance "the foundation for great business and community leaders with targeted and specialized training in an affordable and accessible manner." So far, a total of 55 people have graduated from the program.
"Leadership Monett is one of the most prestigious and successful programs sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce," said Schlichtman.
"The Leadership Monett class was based on the Leadership Joplin program," said Meredith. "I know that because when Suzy McElmurry, retired Monett Chamber director, was looking to get this program in place, she sat down with one of my previous supervisors in Joplin and walked through the entire process."
According to Meredith, this is common in the chamber world to share ideas with other chambers.
"Chambers are a unique organization," said Meredith, "We all have the same struggles, so we play very nice together."
The cost of the Leadership Monett program is $350 per participant, and scholarship assistance is available. Deadline for registration is July 25. For more information or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235-7919.
The Monett Chamber of Commerce will also be sponsoring a small business forum from noon to 1 p.m. on July 27. The forum will give businesses an opportunity to let the chamber know their needs.
"It will be a round table to discuss and brain storm," said Meredith. "It is just a matter of getting together and finding out concerns and having a voice."
The event is open to everyone and is free. UMB Bank will provide lunch, but those attending need to RSVP.