Leadership Lauderdale projects ranked among state's top 10

By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
July 15, 2004
Two Leadership Lauderdale programs ranked among the top 10 in the state as judged by the Mississippi Community Leadership Association's Projects of Excellence Competition.
The project is a Web Site created to provide information about social service providers. Under the control of United Way of East Mississippi, it was developed by Leadership Lauderdale team members Whitney Campbell, Barbara Dobrosky, Brenda Gough, Angela Hicks, Oscar Howard, Louis Sutton and Gladys Troup.
Sutton said it took a year to enter all the services into a database, which can be accessed at www.firstcallforhelpmeridian.org.
The Leadership Lauderdale team that developed "First Call for Help" received a plaque and a $500 award.
Another Leadership Lauderdale team Morris Jones, Eddie Kelly, April Luke and Sheri Rush was listed in the top 10 among state projects for its development of a "Volunteer Fair and Symposium." The team received a plaque and $100 award.
The first "Volunteer Fair and Symposium" last August was a forum for non-profit organizations to solicit volunteers. Last year, 42 organizations were represented at the fair; 132 people signed up to volunteer with 35 different organizations.
Dorothy Allen, manager of the East Mississippi Business Development Corp.'s Chamber of Commerce Division, said Wednesday that the volunteer fair gave people a chance to talk face-to-face with representatives about what their local volunteer organizations are about.
Each Leadership Lauderdale program lasts for 10 months. Participation is free because of grants and business donations that cover the program's cost.
The next graduation ceremony for Leadership Lauderdale participants will be Aug. 25 at Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. That is also the day and location for this year's volunteer fair and symposium.
Get involved
What: Leadership Lauderdale
When: The next class starts in September
Applications: Available now at East Mississippi Business Development Corp.
Deadline: Aug. 2
Information: Call Dorothy Allen, 693-1306

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