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10—Herald Chronicle, 2018 Leadership Franklin County

Leadership Aides


n most things in life, the jobs that are behind the scenes get the least

amount of credit and recognition.

That’s mostly because those jobs are less desirable than others, but

in most cases, these are the jobs that make the whole entire show come to


For the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Leadership program,

it is the Steering Committee members who volunteer their time to help

plan and go with participants on all the travel days.

In addition, the companies and organizations that give up their time to

show the class their industrial footing is very commendable.

The Steering Committee helps Chamber of Commerce Executive Di-

rector Judy Taylor select whowill participate in the program, and it reviews

what the tour days will look like, based on the individual schedules.

This year’s Steering Committee consists of Chairman Stan Welch,

Vice-chair Tom Shemwick, Secretary Susan Carver, Program Administra-

tor Judy Taylor, LaDonna Caldwell, Greg Douglas, Angie Fuller, Carolyn

Montoye-Wiseman, Bruce Shaw, Tim Solomon, Saede Stinnett and Dave

Van Buskirk.

Taylor would like to extend a special thanks to Tim Solomon, Win-

chester Utilities distribution superintendent, for helping organize vans for

the various tour days. She added that Solomon’s help has played a major

role in how efficiently the program has operated.

Welch, who is Nissan North America’s human relations manager, said

the toughest part is working out the logistics to ensure all organizations and

speakers are available to accommodate the classes.

He added that the program’s schedule has been known to fluctuate,

and the Leadership program adapts accordingly to fit everything into its


The entities hosting the program individually gave time out of their

business day to talk to the participants and display how their organizations


For Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods Chief Financial Officer Claire

Getty, it’s an honor to be asked to host Leadership Franklin County.

“Having been a participant myself along with all my siblings, we were

honored to be asked,” she said. “It’s a really good program that showcases

all of what’s going on in Franklin County, and for us to be included in the

agriculture day is very humbling because there are so many incredible


Getty said the program is a great place to make friends, and it presents

an overall positive dimension. She said it is also a great opportunity to give

back to the community.

Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller has labeled Leadership as “a dyna-

mite program.”

He said he has been through it and has continued to help subsequent

classes that have followed in his footsteps.

“The program opened my eyes to a lot of things I did not know about

this county,” Fuller said. “It’s a great thing to do — to know how to get in-

volved in the area.”

He said he would eventually like the Sheriff’s Department to take an

additional role by having Leadership participants personally witness depu-

ties while they are on patrol. He added that riding along in patrol vehicles

would provide a different perspective about deputies’ daily routines, but

certain logistics would have to be worked through before it would be fea-

sible to it.

Steering Committee members Saede Stinnett, Carolyn Montoye-Wise-

man and Dave Van Buskirk, 12th Judical District Attorney Mike Taylor,

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Taylor, Stan Welch,

Greg Douglas and Tom Shemwick pose for a picture during the Leader-

ship program’s tour of the judicial side of Franklin County.

—Photo provided




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