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LHC graduates ‘civic-minded’ class

LHC graduates ‘civic-minded’ class
LHC graduates ‘civic-minded’ class
Darrell Voelker, left, congratulates Al Rudolph as this year’s Leadership Harrison County Servant Leader recipient. Voelker received the award in 1997. At right is Rudolph’s wife, Linda. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor (click for larger version)

Graduation for the 2012-13 Leadership Harrison County class took place May 23 at St. John’s Lutheran Church near Lanesville.
Lisa Sieg, chair of the Leadership Harrison County Board of Directors, called the 15 members of the 18th LHC class ‘very civic-minded individuals.’
Class member Lisa Brown highlighted the class project, which was cleaning up outside around the Carter House in Corydon.
The house was once owned by Leonard Carter, an African-American Civil War soldier who settled in Harrison County in 1864, and was relocated about eight years ago to Hill Street near the Leora Brown School. Members of the class cleared vines on the property, made a walkway from the street to the house and created a garden in front of the single-story dwelling’s porch.
The house is now owned by Maxine Brown, who also owns the Brown school.
‘All in all, we had a really good time,’ Lisa Brown said.
Karen Dubree and Garth Kimmel gave the class reflection.
Dubree recalled that, when class members assembled for the first time in September, she was the only one who didn’t know at least one person in the class or didn’t have a common acquaintance. She highlighted the monthly class meetings that included learning about leadership styles and servant leadership, as well as a tour of the county.
‘And we went to places I didn’t even know existed’ while completing the class scavenger hunt, she said. ‘It’s been an experience I’ll keep for a lifetime along with the friendships made.’
Kimmel provided insightful information about each classmate gleamed during the nine-month program.
‘We all connected and had a good time getting to know one another,’ he concluded. ‘Leadership is all about people and working together.’
Prior to the annual presentation of the Servant Leader award, John Hodges, Leadership’s program director, told the guests how class members select the recipient, usually ‘someone serving in the background, behind the scenes, that makes the county what it is, someone special to the class.’
On behalf of his classmates, David Meek gave several characteristics of a servant leader, including someone who listens intently, displays empathy and self-awareness, thinks outside of the box, has foresight, invests time in making the community a better place and is committed to the growth of people. He then gave more personal details about this year’s recipient, an unsuspecting Al Rudolph of New Salisbury, a former school teacher, a businessman who has written and published two books, a shepherd at First Capital Christian Church in Corydon and a member of the Emmaus community, REC (Residents Encounter Christ) jail ministry and Toastmasters.
‘There are very few times you’ll find me without words,’ said Rudolph, who was invited to the graduation program under false pretenses. He was accompanied by his wife, Linda, who knew the real reason why they were invited.
Rudolph said he was ‘in awe’ of the past recipients: in order given since 1996, the late Blaine H. Wiseman, Darrell R. Voelker, Pamela Bennett Martin, J. Gordon Pendleton, the late Frederick P. Griffin, Shirley Hawkins Raymond, Catherine Turcotte, Brent D. Lewis, Karolyn Mangeot, Maxine Brown, Larry Bennett, Steve Shetter, Donn Blank, Callie Zimmerman, H. Lloyd Whitis, Judy Hess and Tom Hill.
‘I can’t even begin to express my appreciation,’ Rudolph said.
Other class members were Lisa G. Austin, Jessica (Missy) Berry, Hollis A. Bruce III, Nicholas D. Evans, Vince Garmon, Derrick Grigsby, Tom Kessinger, J. Andrew Pappano, Kelli Perkins, Roxxan Rowland and Tracy A. Webber.
During the meal, prepared by the St. John’s Martha Society, a slide show, put together by Sheryl Scharf, Leadership’s program assistant, played. The pictures showed activities completed by the group.
The Rev. Christopher Truelsen, pastor at St. John’s, gave the invocation before the meal and told a story about how life is full of sweet and sour events.
‘As you remember your experiences in (LHC), I hope there have been more sweet than sour ones,’ he said.
Jennifer Best was recognized as a LHC board member whose term had expired.
Applications for the 19th Leadership Harrison County class are being accepted. To learn more about LHC or to obtain an application, contact Hodges, Scharf, Sieg or any other board member (Donn Blank, Gerald Dryden, Tammy Puckett, Doug Robson, Jean Schettler, Cynthia Timmons and Gloria Wood) or visit online at