Giving themselves the moniker of the most successful Leadership McMinnville class ever, 2016 group members bid farewell after a year of honing their leadership skills through volunteerism and touring many local businesses and institutions.
“We organized the most successful Autumn Street Fair we’ve ever had in McMinnville,” said Leadership McMinnville co-chair Anne Vance, who will take over this year as president of the organization. “We want to do even better this year.”
The Autumn Street Fair is one of the major undertakings for Leadership McMinnville each year. The group has had an annual class since 1986, according to member Sigourney Younglove. Leadership is sponsored by the members’ employers and is meant to teach leadership skills, as well as instill the idea of volunteerism.
The proceeds raised by the Autumn Street Fair this past October were used for philanthropic purposes, the money going to help local community groups.
“The proceeds go to nonprofits,” said president Jonathon Jones. “This year the recipients were Kids of the Community, the Humane Society and the Senior Center.”
Vance said the group learned more about the community by touring multiple businesses and industries.
“It gives you a better appreciation for what we have here,” Vance said.
They also dabbled in politics as the group attended Bologna Day at the state capitol, the annual event where lawmakers from Warren County invite their constituents to come visit them in Nashville. They also assisted in putting on the annual Legislative Breakfast here.
The Class of 2017 is already working. The Class of 2018, Vance said, will be assembling soon. Applications are already being accepted.