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New Program Aimed At Equipping And Inspiring New Leaders Coming Sept. 14 To Sidney


September 6, 2017 | View PDF

Much of small town life is run by volunteers who sit on boards, committees and councils. A new MSU Extension program is planned in Sidney to give new and seasoned volunteers information that will help them be more effective in their volunteer roles.

Leading Local, an innovative, one-day, activity-based workshop is planned in Sidney Thursday, September 14th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the USDA/ARS Research Center at 1500 North Central Avenue. The session will be presented by Dan Clark, Director of the MSU Extension Local Government Center. The cost to attend is $20 if participants register before September 8 and $25 after that date. Participants are encouraged to rsvp by calling the MSU Extension Richland County Extension office at 433-1206.

The Leading Local workshop will offer tips and insights that will help new volunteers feel more prepared to serve on boards and seasoned volunteers to feel more effective in their roles. Topics covered include best practices for running effective meetings, how to plan for action, information on personality styles and generations and how they might work better together.

Leading Local was developed in response to a need expressed by leaders across the state for help with their volunteers. In many small towns, board members have noticed that their volunteer base is shrinking and that their level of participation is changing. Leading Local was patterned from a successful program in North Dakota aimed at addressing the same issues.

MSU Extension Local Government Center is located on the MSU Bozeman campus and provides training, technical assistance, and research to local officials to strengthen the capacities of Montana’s local governmental units to deliver essential services efficiently.


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