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Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

May 17, 2012

Those attending 
Those attending
Grand Rapids, MN -
Twenty-three residents of the Currie, Fulda and Slayton areas returned April 20 from a five-day leadership retreat, the first segment of an intense eight-day training provided by the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP). The team also will participate in follow-up workshops in July and October 2012.

A program of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Foundation, BCLP has provided experiential leadership training for more than 6,000 community leaders from more than 425 rural Minnesota communities since it began in 1985.  Local residents participated in the BCLP leadership program twice in the late 1980s.

Local residents participating in this recent training were:

Heidi Appel, Netty Bair, Michelle Baumhoefner, Mark Boerboom, John Boynton, Tammy Buesing, Kristin Deacon, Neal Everson, Robert Gervais, Amy Hoglin, Ruth Hoyme, Jon Hoyme, Brad Kramer, Linda Lund, Josh Malchow Elizabeth Malmberg, Senja Morque, Kelly Muldoon, Chuck Ness, Matt Schreier, Jamie Thomazin, Don Tiesler, and Thomas Whitehead.

The goal of the Blandin Community Leadership Program is to develop and train a broad base of local leaders to build healthy communities. Topics covered during the retreat included: identifying and describing community issues and opportunities, effective interpersonal communication, building social capital, appreciating personality differences, managing interpersonal conflict, understanding community power, mobilizing community resources, and goal setting.

“A healthy community depends on leadership engagement of community members,” said Valerie Shangreaux, director of Blandin leadership programs. “The leadership demonstrated by these participants reflects their commitment to their community, as well as to the region and to rural Minnesota.”

BCLP training programs are funded entirely by the Blandin Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area.

  Currie, Fulda, and Slayton participants in BCLP training April 16-20 included: Back Row: (left to right) – Vic Klimoski (trainer), John Boynton, Kristin Deacon, Neal Everson, Elizabeth Malmberg, Amy Hoglin, Mark Boerboom, and Ann Glumac (trainer); Middle Row: (left to right) – Linda Lund, Chuck Ness, Senja Morque, Don Tiesler, Matt Schreier, Thomas Whitehead, Robert Gervais, and Josh Malchow; Front Row: (left to right) – Tammy Buesing, Heidi Appel, Michelle Baumhoefner, Kelly Muldoon, Jamie Thomazin, Netty Bair, Brad Kramer, Ruth Hoyme, and Jon Hoyme 

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