McDuffie County has a new group of leaders ready to take on the future. Last Thursday, 26 people became graduates of the 2004 Leadership McDuffie class.
The diverse group of business leaders and professionals met several times during the year to discuss all of the things McDuffie County has going for it. They also talked about what can be done to improve the quality of life in the county.
McDuffie Regional Medical Center Financial Officer Pat Parris gives members of the 2004 class of Leadership McDuffie a tour of the hospital.
Leadership McDuffie Graduate and County IT Director Kelly Evans said the knowledge she gained from participating was indispensable.
"It gives me a good broad range of perspective," she said. "It helps me see where I fit in. Any time I start to evaluate things, it gives me a little broader perspective especially when I start looking at how to spend money."
On the last day of the class, participants met at McDuffie Regional Medical Center to experience the Quality of Life program.
The program consisted of presentations from area organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, East Central Georgia Consortium, McDuffie County Department of Family and Children Services, McDuffie County Mental Health, the Health Department, the Georgia Department of Labor's Vocational Rehabilitation.
After the presentations, the group was taken on a tour of the hospital. The graduation ceremony and celebration took place that evening at Rock Mill Plantation.
According to Leadership McDuffie Board Member Laurie Tuten, McDuffie County should be proud of the infusion of well-informed leadership it will be receiving from this recent graduating class.
"We've got a very diverse group," Ms. Tuten said. "It's been a very good mix. Everybody's brought a different perspective to this class. They've had a lot of enthusiasm."
Ms. Tuten said the purpose behind holding Leadership McDuffie Classes is to inform the county's leaders about all that is happening right in their own back yard. She hopes that the graduates will take what they have learned and make the county better.
"There are some things about our county that can be improved upon," she said. "I think that (Leadership McDuffie) brings everybody together and kind of opens up their eyes about 'What is my part in this community.'"