Leadership Northwest Missouri (LNWMO) recently held their 2019 graduation ceremony in St. Joseph at the Benton Club. The celebration began with a welcome by Master of Ceremonies, Robert Jandorf, Board President and 2017 LNWMO graduate from Savannah. He also recognized retiring board members: Staci Baker, Meadville; Rodney Hummer, Rosendale; Pat Ryan, Mound City and Crystal Woodring, Fairfax.
Brenda Williams, General Board Member and Class of 2007 alum, presented the Leadership Northwest Missouri Citizenship Award for 2019 to Granville “Chip” Holman, Gower, MO. Chip is the Mayor of Gower, MO and an American Family Insurance Agent. Chip displays his citizenship by spending countless hours improving his community. He has been instrumental in starting many new events and fundraisers in Gower. Chip supports the youth in the community by attending sporting events, fundraisers, and other activities at the school. He worked to have the school mascot added to the water tower and the football field. Chip served his country as a United States Marine. He is also now an alum of LNWMO, Class of 2019.
Robert Jandorf and Staci Baker, past president, presented each of the 29 graduating class members a plaque for completing the program. Graduates from the 2019 class, IGNITING 19, represented 11 Northwest Missouri Counties: Andrew County, Stephen Goss; Atchison County, Ashley Mayall; Buchanan County, Cameron Corbet, Megan Deppen, Sarah Meierhoffer, Skye Pournazari, Adam Watson; Carroll County, Rachel Davidson, Devin Frazier, Rachel Hunt; Clinton County, Chip Holman, Pam Holman, Alex Spencer; Gentry County, Jordan Eiberger, Debbie Klommhaus, Steven Meyer, Megan Miller; Grundy County, Derrick Gott, Jenna Johnson; Holt County, Samantha Grist, Gina Lucas; Livingston County, Lisa Geiser, Anthony Ishmael, Robert Smith, Susan Stull; Nodaway County, Jackie Cochenour, Annette Deering; Worth County, Adam Downing, Charlotte Green. Jacob Oser, Carroll County received a certificate of participation.
Leadership Northwest Missouri is a leadership development program designed to bring together participants from throughout a 19-county region to build, strengthen and inspire leaders through training and networking experiences. The class began in January and continued through July with monthly sessions in various Northwest Missouri communities.
An application for the 2020 class will soon be available on the LNMWO website. For information, contact Deb Powers, Executive Director, debdpowers@gmail.com.