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The St. Mary Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce “Leadership St. Mary” sponsorship opportunity package. Sponsoring Chamber events provides higher visibility for your business. Your company’s name/logo will appear in local and surrounding parish news papers and advertised on local radio stations. During the twelve(12) months of “Leadership St. Mary” your company name will appear in the monthly Chamber newsletter and in the weekly “Chamber Burst”. Sponsor Boards will be on display at each monthly meeting and each sponsor will receive verbal recognition at the beginning of each session. In addition, your company will be recognized on the Chamber Chat radio show each time it airs.
Also, “Leadership St. Mary” sponsors will receive recognition at other chamber events during the year. Included with this package is admission of one (1) leadership admission with a value of seven hundred-fifty ($750.00) dollars. The total cost of sponsorship is only Two Thousand Five Hundred ($2,500.00) dollars.
Another great opportunity to promote your business is our “Session Sponsor”. Your company logo will be displayed during one of the monthly sessions at a cost of only Four Hundred ($400.00) dollars. What a great way to market you company and support your Chamber of Commerce as we build leadership and increase opportunities for growth in our parish.
To recruit and develop leaders who will be active and involved in moving St. Mary Parish into the 21st century.
The future focus of these leaders will be on improving the following aspects: business, educational, governmental, and community environments. Leadership St. Mary offers an opportunity to become invested, in the most active way possible, in the future of our parish.
Through this program, participants are exposed to a range of ideas and experiences that will best prepare them to guide St. Mary Parish toward achieving its highest potential.
Leadership St. Mary provides a continuing source of leaders by strengthening the following qualities essential to all who wish to serve effectively:
- Knowledge of Our Parish
- Individual Leadership
- Civic Responsibility
In the course of the program, members will develop the skills needed to participate in the processes that form the foundation of civic leadership—coalition building, significant dialog, creative problem solving, and consensus building.
Leadership St. Mary promotes diversity and expands awareness by recruiting candidates from all sectors of the parish: business, public agencies, nonprofits, education, and other professions.
Each applicant, if accepted, must commit to participate in the 2-year program. The first year, the applicant must attend the monthly all-day sessions, which present varied approaches to the issues facing every community. Group members share their ideas and learn from each other’s experiences, as well as participate in exercises, field trips, and presentations by local leaders. After completion of the all-day sessions, participants graduate from Leadership St. Mary. During the second year, the graduating class completes a class project they selected based upon their learning experiences during the previous year.
See below for an outline of the curriculum.
Who Should Participate? Applicants for Leadership St. Mary include those who are interested in the future and what to make a difference. Leadership participants will find the program beneficial to their understanding our parish. Even those who have previous involvement in community issues gain new insights and develop new personal and professional relationships through their Leadership experience. Leadership St. Mary is ideal for
- Business and Professional People
- Current Community Leaders
- Non-profit Board Members
- Executive Staff Members
- Interested Residents
Application Process Selection for Leadership St. Mary is a two-step process.
- Complete an application and submit by the application deadline.
- Following the application deadline, a selection panel reviews all written applications.
- Final selection is based on the information furnished on the application.
- Selected participants are then asked to make the two-year commitment to the program.
Leadership Program Curriculum