• Leadership McDuffie celebrates community involvement
By Wayne Parham

In the culmination of a six-month program of learning about all McDuffie County has to offer, the 17 members of Leadership McDuffie’s Class of 2014 graduated June 5 during a celebration dinner at the Thomson Depot.
The program focuses on leadership development and was created in 1989 by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce. It affords the opportunity to build leaders in the community and increase citizens’ involvement.
“I think we’ve come a long way as a leadership group since that very first meeting in January at the middle school,” said Stephanie Irby, co-chair of the Leadership McDuffie board of directors.
Since that first meeting, members of the class have toured the state capitol and visited Georgia Power’s Economic Development Center during a day-trip to Atlanta and met locally each month to learn about various aspects of McDuffie County. Each monthly gathering presented a new theme. At the government session, the class met with representatives from the City of Thomson and McDuffie County. Then leadership within the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office detailed how the sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county and provided a tour of the county jail and 911 dispatch center. Other days focused on such topics as education, quality of life, and industry.

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