How much do you think you really know about Henry County?
Leadership programs throughout the state have risen in popularity in the last ten years, and I’ve had the opportunity to go through two of them.
In each, participants attend a series of themed days over the course of several months to learn about the various aspects of their county — its industry, schools, agriculture, government, human services and more.
Often, these programs open attendees eyes to things about their county they didn’t know — regardless of how long they lived there.
In Leadership Henry County, that is no different.
One of my classmates in the Leadership Henry County Class of 2009, Maryann Herrell said she learned more about the county through the class than she did in the 31 years she’s lived in the county.
For each member of our small group, meeting each other was one of the most meaningful parts of the experience.
Cathy Toole, who you know best as the UK Extension Agent for 4-H, said she gained a better understanding of the jobs of each member in our group, and was surprised at how technical some of Henry County’s jobs really are.
Attorney Josh Clubb said the class changed his outlook on the resources the county does have.
Cody Phillips, with Ransdell Funeral Home, discovered — as many people do — that “there is a lot more to Henry County than I thought there was.”
Virgil Price, our class president and owner of the Dairy Queen in Eminence, brought one of the more unique perspectives to the table. Price has lived in large cities and said sometimes people wish for the amenities of a larger city, but forget about what they have at home.
“I think the people that live here (in Henry County), have it made,” he said. “You have so much beauty ... you don’t have to put up with all the (negative) stuff.”
For me, the class offered an even deeper understanding of Henry County. And, as I think many of us would agree, the tour led by Dennis Yeary through roads some class members didn’t even know existed was the highlight of the times we spent together.
We visited many businesses, and everywhere our hosts were generous and friendly. And through it all, we learned more than we expected.
I encourage you to consider taking part in the Leadership Henry County program. It’s an experience well worth the time, and one that you will never forget.
Jonna can be reached at email@example.com