Leadership Harrison will be honoring its Class of 2001 graduates Saturday. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at Salem International University in the Randolph Campus Center.
The event will include an address by leadership consultant Sam Bonasso. His speech will explore the qualities needed for leadership.
Leadership Harrison is a program designed to help people learn about Harrison County, said organization President the Rev. D.D. Meighen.
Individuals in the program spend nine Fridays out of the year learning about businesses and services in Harrison County, he said. They also learn how they can become better leaders in the community, he said.
"It has made a big difference for the people," he said. "It gives them a hands-on feel for Harrison County."
This year, there are nearly 20 people in the graduating class.
"It gave me an opportunity to get familiar with the Harrison County area," said upcoming graduate Casi Shaner, executive director of Maplewood Community Inc. "I had a terrific time."
Her class was able to tour several local businesses, including WBOY television station and the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport, she said.
Each graduate must give a five-minute presentation for the ceremony, she said. It must include how the organization has affected their lives, she said.
For information, call Pam Payne, program director, at (304) 624-2331.
Staff writer Kelly Rohrbough can be reached at 626-1403 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.