This year, I’m so pleased and honored to be part of the Leadership Rogers County class. For you old-timers, it used to be Leadership Claremore, and it changed a few years back to encourage others throughout the county to join.
If you’re not familiar with the organization, here’s how it works: you apply by filling out a fairly lengthy application. A small group is chosen to be in the class. This year, there are 17 of us. Everyone is in a different line of business, and Rogers County is represented well.
The first meeting was two consecutive days. Day One was team building and “getting to know you” exercises. And lots of good snacks! On Day Two, we tackled the Hilltop Challenge at RSU. Most people completed it. I did not. Mainly because I’m a weenie.
After the initial meeting, the group meets once a month for a full day. Each day has a different topic; so far we have completed Quality of Life (touring multiple non-profits in the area), Education (visiting…you guessed it, schools) and Health (hospitals, clinics and such). The cycle continues until May, when all of us (hopefully) graduate!
While the main purpose of Leadership Rogers County is to learn about all the opportunities that are available to us as Rogers Countians, the real goal is to help a local organization with some kind of need. On Quality of Life day, we toured so many places that are surviving on a shoestring budget, and are in need of so many things that could make life better for those they serve. Leadership Rogers County is here to help!
Our big fundraiser, which has been in existence for a number of years, is an annual golf tournament. This year, it will be held on Friday, April 24, at Heritage Hills. If you would like to be a player ($250 for a foursome) or a sponsor (sponsorships start at just $100!) or a donor (we need swag!), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get you set up.
The money we raise will be used to help Rogers County Youth Services, which our class chose as a group. We will be participating in other fundraisers for the next several months in an effort to make a significant impact on the organization. In the meantime, we are trying to help other agencies in any way we can.
Keep it local, Claremore!
-MCM Staffer Ashley,
who is too terrified of heights to do a ropes course,
but really likes the cookies that seem to accompany each LRC meeting