Leadership Sioux Center is pleased to announce those accepted to participate in the Leadership Sioux Center program for 2016-2017. Leadership Sioux Center is an educational program intended for Sioux Center area citizens who have an interest in their community, their leaders and institutions, their decision-making processes and specific leadership opportunities available in Sioux Center.
“We received a record number of applications for this year’s program. Due to the nature of the program, we limit the class size to 20 participants per year. This group of participants is diverse and each will bring their own unique perspective, skill sets and personal experience to the program,” states Barb Den Herder, Chamber Director. During the program, participants will learn and practice leadership skills for use in their professional and community service roles. Additionally, participants will build a leadership network among current and emerging leaders, learn about community issues, and become familiar with the rewards of community service work. “We believe in the importance of identifying the future leaders of our community, and we hope this program connects those future leaders and allows them to exchange ideas with the current and past leaders who have committed to making Sioux Center a great place to live,” added Cory Gotto with Peoples Bank.
Leadership Sioux Center will use the community as its classroom with the first session being held at The Ridge Golf Club. This session will focus on Sioux Center Land Development, Joint-Use, how growth and development happens in the Sioux Center community and also some personal leadership development. Class members will also take part in several team building and networking activities throughout the eight-month program.
Congratulations to the following individuals and their sponsors:
Miriam Buss-Center for Financial Education
Melanie Cleveringa-Sioux Center Community Schools
Michael De Jong- AdvoCare
Brent De Jong-Ground Effects Landscaping
Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat-Dordt College
Lisa Dykstra-Peoples Insurance
Joe Heitritter-Sioux Center Health
David McAlpine-Peoples Bank
Karlowe Moerman-Ver Hoef Automotive
Jessica Mulder-Perspective Insurance
Erin Reichle-American State Bank
Andrew Roelfs-Harbor Group
Heather Rozeboom-Sioux Center Chamber of Commerce
Brad Van Berkel-Pella Corporation
Kyle Van De Berg-Rent-All, Inc
Bret Van Wyk- Interstates Companies
Dan Walstra- Walstra Plumbing and Heating
Kelli Willet- Sioux Center Police Department
Scott Wynja-City of Sioux Center
“We hope this group can find their place as the next generation of energetic and engaged leaders that can point to many ways they plan to make their community even better,” adds Erica Vonk. “We have some incredible individuals who as a whole are already very involved with the community, but are wanting to step it up to the next level. Leadership Sioux Center desires to become a continuing legacy for our community.”
Barb Den Herder is the Executive Director of the Sioux Center Chamber, an inexperienced blog writer, and an advocate for over 250 chamber businesses.