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Leadership Morgan Hill and Leadership Gilroy Two dynamic organizations inspire citizens to follow their passion in community service and leadership W e’d like to recognize the Class of 2017 graduates from Leadership Morgan Hill and Leadership Gilroy, two very active and effective leadership development organizations that foster volunteerism, board- level leadership, mentoring, and philanthropy that contributes greatly to the quality of life we all enjoy in South County. Both organizations offer proven leadership training programs with lots of opportunities to meet the movers and shakers from business, education, healthcare, government, and the nonprofit sector. Participants learn how our cities operate and thrive, and discover challenges and opportunities of our local and regional economy. But it’s not all about studying and networking. Each year’s class is tasked with conceiving, planning, fundraising for, and implementing a community service project before graduating. TODAY invited each class to share with our readers the experience of undertaking their selected class project. GILROY LEADERSHIP CLASS OF 2017 Aphabetical:Rob Allen (NP), Crystal Callahan, Marty Cheek, Michelle Conlon, (NP), Laura Correa-Hernandez, Gloria Dela Merced, Nita Edde-Mitchell, Jeff Guenther, Rosemary Guerrero, Rhonda Jones, Laura Langton, Mike Luevano, Linda Mylchreest, Waseem Rabih, Lisa Rodriquez (NP), Claudia Sandoval, Jason Smith, and Scott Winant. (NP-Not Pictured) MORGAN HILL LEADERSHIP CLASS OF 2017 Alphabetical: Sara Alanis, Lori Allen, Natalie Beaumont, Kirk Bertolet, Sam Carlson, Salvador Cortez, Brigitte Crawford, Jim Crawford, Yolanda de la Cerda, Jan Dommer, Jeanne Gilliard, Vera Gomes, Dwight Good, Tim Hansen, Megan Thompson Jalufka, John Lang, Cathy Moss, Yvonne Randolph, and Susan Rife. gmh Leadership Morgan Hill Class of 2017 Lending a Hand to the Morgan Hill Police Department Written by Brigitte Crawford, Class Project Champion Our class of nineteen was very diverse, with educators, firefighters, a police officer, high tech professionals, a realtor, people in local government and the nonprofit sector, and more. Over the course of our nine-month leadership program we got to know each other well, particularly through our work on the class community service project. We hit the ground running. In one session, starting with a blank slate, our class generated a list of over thirty project ideas. Our process of elimination was intensely collaborative. We narrowed the list, refining the more popular ideas to make sure they met LMH class project criteria, and through numerous rounds of voting, we came up with three finalists. 42 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Our final votes were influenced by our best estimate of the time, money, and level of class participation each project might require. But above all, our vote was influenced by the expected benefit it would have for our community. Our three finalists for the class project included: continuation of work on the Community Oasis Garden at Central High begun by LMH Class of 2016, an art installation at the Morgan Hill Sports Complex, and an improvement project for the Morgan Hill Police Department’s Canine Impound Facility. In a close vote, the Canine Impound Facility was chosen, and the “Pups In Need” project was born. We were confident NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 gmhtoday.com