LIMA — The Allen-Lima Leadership Class of 2019 celebrated 27 graduates during a ceremony Thursday night at the City Club.
The 30th class joined over 750 graduates who have passed through the program strengthening the community with committed leaders, making a positive difference and contributions toward the success and betterment of Lima and Allen County. Each graduate received a plaque and mug recognizing them for their service.
The program is designed to educate civic-minded people with a better understanding of Lima and Allen County and its current issues, according to Matt Childers, Allen Lima Leadership executive leader.
The four pillars of the group are leadership, connecting community awareness, networking and a community impact project each class completes.
“The mission of ALL Lima Leadership is to be the premier leadership organization in Allen County. We try to reach out to local businesses and government institutions to take participants through a 10-month class that covers everything from agriculture to manufacturing, education and media,” Childers said. He said the program provides participants with a behind the scenes look at what is going on in the community.
The community impact project that was presented during the event by Emily Kerber, 2019 leadership graduate, was a partnership between the ALL and Lima schools with a goal of increasing preschool enrollment and continuing that progress.
“We worked to get higher enrollment and there was a big push to get more kids involved,” Kerber said. Last spring ALL members met with Lima schools to have a press conference and a community blitz day to hand out flyers and goody bags and speak about the importance of preschool and kindergarten programs available.
“The goal of the project was to increase preschool enrollment in city schools. Going forward we will hang up flyers at businesses and churches to inform the community about preschool and kindergarten registration,” Kerber said. Last year there were 150 preschoolers enrolled and this year there were over 200 preschoolers enrolled in Lima schools due to the expansion and changes of the preschool program.
She said she enjoyed being a part of the leadership program and learned about different areas of the community.
The ALL Class of 2020 also was introduced during the ceremony. It has 34 members.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.