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Workshop will help shape future

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By The Staff

The beautiful Elk Creek Vineyard and Winery was the setting for the “2010 Leadership Owen County Opening Retreat.” The date was Feb. 5 and 6. The weather was not a deterrent for the future leaders of Owen County. The day started off with a “meet and greet.” Angie Woodward from the Leadership Kentucky had a fun activity to get everyone energized.

Angie also had the group work on a building community timeline. As a newcomer to Owen County,  I found this to be enlightening. The timeline showed when things happened in the county and when people either were born or moved into the county, as well as a problem-solving workshop, “A Nicer Place to Live.”

Shortly after lunch, Ron Crouch, director of research and statistics for the Kentucky Educational Workforce Cabinet, filled our heads with enough information to keep us busy for weeks. His whole presentation was incredibly informative and truly eye-opening. Two hours of graphs and charts will make you think next time – Who is Owen County?

Mr. Crouch’s lecture had a lot of information, yet he was able to keep everyone so involved that the time passed by quickly.

The “Myers Briggs Type Indicator” discussion and “Your Role in Leadership,” was again held by Angie Woodward.

Both of these discussions kept participants thinking about how to strive to be an outstanding group.

The Myers Briggs was a test taken prior to the retreat. If you thought you knew yourself, chances are you did not before that indicator. It was humorous listening to the group as they read their results.

As the weather outside was progressing into a winter storm, it was decided that we would not be able to attend the Saturday session. Judy Hetterman made the decision to get all the presenters to come Friday and we moved the retreat on into the night.

After a lovely dinner, we progressed onward with “Leadership Owen County Alumni,” with David Morgan presenting. Farmers’ market representative Larry Ayres of Ayers Orchards spoke regarding the market which began in 2002. As an owner and operator of a major apple orchard in this area, Mr. Ayres also talked about owning his orchard.

Leadership Owen County 2006 was represented by David Jones. Their project was working with the University of Kentucky’s fifth-year students in the research and development of the land. Today there are printed materials that show the progress currently in effect as well as for the future.

Our final speaker was Jennifer Nippert from the Leadership Owen County 2008. This group is in charge of Owenton Downtown Beautification.

With every change of the season, they can be thanked for finding ways to make downtown more attractive. In the spring the different flowers in the barrels added color and beauty. They are also responsible for providing the trees during December’s holiday season.

So the two-day retreat was wrapped-up into one. The “Leadership Owen County 2010,” had a fulfilled and educational day. New friendships were made and old ones rekindled. The Elk Creek Winery was a wonderful host, as they took care of our every need. It was a comfortable setting, and the food was great. For those of you who have not been to the winery, make plans to visit. You will not be disappointed.

A big thank-you goes out to Judy Hetterman and all the staff from the extension office for putting together such a great retreat. Our next meeting is March 3 and the topic will be education.

Liz Carfora

Leadership Owen County 2010