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Weslaco – Leadership Mid-Valley held a graduation ceremony for Class VII on Wednesday, June 27 at the Weslaco Business-Visitor & Event Center. The program featured keynote speaker Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Tamez of Weslaco, and participant Kyle O’ Haver, who was elected by his fellow classmates as class speaker.
Leadership Mid Valley, sponsored by the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, is a program which seeks to identify and motivate emerging leaders and develop their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and problems of the community. Monthly field trips were taken by the students which allowed them to see firsthand how Mid-Valley businesses, agencies and government impact the community. Agriculture, healthcare, and local media are among the areas visited by the LMV class. This year’s class was able to visit the state capitol as part of their government lesson where they heard from several state leaders and legislators.
As part of the Leadership Mid Valley program, class members are assigned a project based on their perspective on the needs of the Mid Valley area. Leadership Mid Valley Class VII collectively decided to raise awareness about the protection of the Red-Crowned Parrots and Green Parakeets that nest in Weslaco. In addition, the class has set up a nesting area for these birds at Harlon Block Park and will be setting up two more areas at Frontera Audubon and Valley Nature Center.
“Leadership Mid Valley was an unexpected, eye-opening experience that gave me a totally different perspective on our community and the importance of its leaders and the roles they play,” commented Art Perez, class participant.
Leadership Mid Valley will be accepting applications for the 2012 - 2013 year in August.
For more information, call the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce at 968-2102. TBB