Ian Ward of the Alumni House staff was part of the 2006 Class of Leadership Geneva, which recently held an overnight retreat at Beaver Hollow Conference Center.
The group of about a dozen discussed a class project at length and narrowed the field to several possibilities, which will be finalized on the Project Day Session on Oct. 21.
In the class with Ward are Daneale Alexander, City of Geneva; Cheryl Baldwin, Wadhams Enterprises; Nancy Caine, First Niagara; Lynn M. Cook, National Bank of Geneva; Kristen Einstein, Finger Lakes Health (formerly at Alumni House); Patricia Mahoney, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station; Michael Marsala, Guardian Industries Corp.; Ann Olney, Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union; Michael Salotti, Guardian Industries Corp.; and Cynthia Smith, Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce.
Leadership Geneva, sponsored by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, also includes eight one-Friday-a-month seminars on key aspects of the community followed by a graduation celebration in June. Seminar leaders will be private and public officials, community leaders and professionals from the Geneva area selected on the basis of their expertise in their respective fields.
The program sessions will focus on community issues — health care, human services, government, education, quality of life, agriculture, economic and community development, and tourism — as well as professional skill building topics, and a large-scale project on an issue to be developed by the participants.