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  • Honoring Leadership Turlock

    by Representative Jeff Denham

    Posted on 2013-02-01

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    DENHAM of california in the house of representatives Friday, February 1, 2013 Mr. DENHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge and honor Leadership Turlock, as they celebrate 20 years of leadership education in the Central Valley.



    [[Page E81]] Leadership Turlock was established in 1993 by founding member, Sharon Silva. The program was formed through the Turlock Chamber of Commerce to identify new potential Turlock leaders and to provide a ten-month program that would develop knowledge and understanding of the community.

    Leadership Turlock has turned out graduates such as Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen, City Attorney Phaedra Norton, Former Councilwoman Beverly Hatcher, Former Councilman Marty Yerby, Former Councilmember Kurt Vander Weide, School Board Member Josh Bernard, and Police Chief Robert Jackson--to name a few. Some of the community efforts and accomplishments include building tiles at the Donnelly Park Play Ground; construction improvements for a regional sports facility; refurbishing a picnic area at Donnelly Park; installing a pad, grills, picnic tables, and a trash receptacle at Centennial Park; refurbishing a room at the Salvation Army into an afterschool learning center; renovating and designing a reception area for the Turlock Pregnancy Center; and providing furniture, paint, a flat-screen television, and $2,000 dollars in supplies for the Emanuel Cancer Center.

    Through participation in the program, members have an opportunity to connect, discuss, and exchange ideas with each other and current community leaders and to motivate and build strong-minded thinkers to assume leadership roles in our community.

    Leadership Turlock is building our future and celebrating our past, and it fosters a sincere commitment, motivation, and interest in serving the community. During the ten-month program, members expand their understanding of Turlock and Stanislaus County through exposure to community issues many may not have otherwise had the opportunity to explore. At the same time, members can enhance their leadership and management skills and develop close relationships and mutual concerns with other classmates.

    Even in a fragile economy, the Leadership Turlock Program continues to inspire public and private sector interest and participation. One of the key successes to the longevity of the Leadership Turlock Program is the program's personnel infrastructure--led by a committed group of Steering Committee and Day-Chair members. Each Committee member has a direct connection with one of the day topic planning teams. This direct connection enables the program to move quickly when mobilizing and responding to challenges and changes.

    Mr. Speaker, please join me in honoring Leadership Turlock for 20 years of delivered premier leadership training for the Turlock community. Leadership Turlock is proud of its 310 graduates who continue to lead in business and industry, elected offices, and non- profit volunteer boards and organizations.

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