The fourth class of Leadership Gadsden graduated last Friday.
Leadership Gadsden was formed a little over four years ago to help promote leadership among those concerned about Gadsden County issues.
The brainchild of Arrie Battle, the classes center around helping future leaders understand the many issues facing this community.
The six-month program included classes that are designed to help students fulfill their potential through effective leadership skills-training in areas like team building, strategic planning, decision making and more.
Class members learned about how government works through classes taught by local constitutional officers.
Other classes include dealing with the press, legal issues and communicating.
Leadership Gadsden was created in partnership with the Gadsden Community Health Council Inc., Gadsden County Health Department and Mother Care, Inc.
This year’s keynote speaker, County Commissioner Sherrie Taylor, spoke to the graduating class about taking the new skills and helping their community.
“I want you to think positive about our county,” Taylor said to the graduates, adding there is so much talent here.
“The only real problem we have is that people are not fulfilling their purpose in life,” she said.
She went on to say that another problem is making permanent decisions over temporary problems.
She gave an example of not going to church because of what someone may have done to you in church.
“God wants you in church,” she said. “In everybody’s life is going to come obstacles.”
“It is time to go to work now,” she continued about their recent training and applying it to the community.
Class President Sophia Terrelonge told her fellow classmates that it was now time to help make changes and to follow their vision to make changes to the community they serve.
Each class creates a project and the Class of 2013 created a website for Leadership Gadsden.