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Leadership graduation includes volunteer symposium, former Gov. William Winter

By Staff
special to The Star
Aug. 25, 2003
This year's Leadership Lauderdale class will conduct a Volunteer Symposium in conjunction with its graduation ceremony.
The symposium will take place Wednesday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Kahlmus Auditorium at Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus.
In the past, graduation ceremonies simply included a commencement speech and presentation of diplomas. This year, nonprofit organizations, civic clubs and other volunteer organizations have been asked to participate.
About 50 different organizations relying on volunteer help will man booths. They will have information about their organizations and the services they offer and will have a chance to recruit volunteers.
Much of the training in Leadership Lauderdale stresses the need for volunteerism in the community. This year's class wants the public to attend and discover the opportunities to serve in the community.
The graduation ceremony portion of the day will last from noon to 1 p.m.
This year's keynote speaker will be former Gov. William Winter.
Leadership Lauderdale students say Winter's track record as a leader in Mississippi make him an excellent choice as this year's keynote speaker. He is expected to deliver a message that addresses the importance of leadership and volunteerism in our community.
Leadership Lauderdale is sponsored by the East Mississippi Business Development Corp., Meridian Community College, The Montgomery Institute, MathFirst and the Phil Hardin Foundation.
Many local businesses offer sponsorship scholarships so that citizens can participate.