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Leadership Forsyth forming new class
First info session set for Wednesday
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Forsyth County News

At a glance

The Leadership Forsyth information sessions are scheduled as follows:

• 8:30 a.m. March 16 at the chamber of commerce's events facility

• noon March 22 at Northside-Hospital Forsyth's Bennett Education Building (lunch will be served at this meeting)

• 5:30 p.m. March 31 at the Forsyth County Board of Education Office.

All sessions are open to anyone, however an R.S.V.P. to is required.

Organizers of a local leadership group are seeking new members.

Leadership Forsyth, a community leader training program, will hold three information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about the program and potentially applying for the class of 2012.

The sessions are set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, noon March 22 and 5:30 p.m. March 31.

Each will last about an hour and include an overview of the program, its requirements and expectations and will include an open forum for questions.

There is no obligation to apply for the upcoming class after attending a session.

Tammi Bramblett, executive director of Leadership Forsyth, said the class of 2012 will have about 25 to 35 members.

"We chose the class size based upon the number of applicants we feel would best benefit and fulfill the mission and goals of our organization," Bramblett said.

The program lasts nine months, beginning with an orientation in August and concluding with graduation in May.

Each month, the participants take part in a full day of class centered around a variety of topics. Among them: Local businesses; public service; local and state government; education; and environment.

Class days also offer leadership training through a partnership with North Georgia College & State University.

Bramblett noted that graduates earn two professional learning or continuing education units that "can be used for various professional certifications."

In addition to the nine-month educational program, each Leadership Forsyth class also develops a project to benefit the community.

Some recent efforts have included: Forsyth's first universally accessible treehouse at Sawnee Mountain; an outdoor garden and activities area at the local senior center; and programs for students at risk of not graduating from high school.

Since its first class in 1989, more than 600 people have completed the program.

"Leadership Forsyth promotes high quality leadership in the county, as well as community awareness and engagement," Bramblett said.

"About 70 percent of our more than 600 alumni are currently active in a civic club or our community."