Leadership Hartsville Class of 2015 to graduate June 17
The 2015 Leadership Hartsville class will graduate in a closed ceremony on June 17 at the Butler Heritage Auditorium. The 2015 graduates include employees of the City of Hartsville, Coker College, Duke Energy, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Sonoco, Sound Solutions Hearing Care, and SPC Credit Union. The leadership development program, made available through the Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, has provided participants with growth and networking opportunities since the class kicked off in September of 2014.
Each year, the class selects a service project to contribute positively to life in Hartsville. Previous class projects have included the Tales on the Town downtown scavenger hunt and the park-style benches downtown. The 2015 class has elected to complete two service projects. The first project is a youth mentoring program. The Youth Empowering Squad (YES) began meeting with students at Hartsville High School in January, led by members of this year’s Leadership Hartsville class and former chamber president Aimee Cox-King.
The second project is to renovate and redecorate the snack room at the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club. The program has a proven track record of success; current chamber president Quinetta Buterbaugh and 2014 Citizen of the Year Casey Copeland and 2014 Business Person of the Year Kanti Patel are three former graduates of the program. The 2015 participants enjoyed learning about Hartsville’s many business, social, and civic opportunities, as well as about its rich cultural history. Site visits included the Robinson Nuclear Plant, Kalmia Gardens at Coker College, Butler Heritage Center, and many others.
Program participants also wrote a monthly column about their experiences which appeared in the Hartsville Messenger. Laura Hoxworth writes: “For me, the opportunity to participate in a program like Leadership Hartsville is one I surely wouldn’t have had anywhere else. There is so much potential here, and I encourage anyone to get involved wherever you feel most compelled.” The chamber will begin accepting applications for the 2016 Leadership Hartsville class this coming fall.
Employees of all chamber member businesses are welcome to apply. A tuition scholarship is awarded each year to one deserving applicant. To learn more about the Leadership Hartsville program, contact the chamber at 843-332-6401. The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business advocacy organization founded in 1910. The Chamber provides a voice for local businesses, supports economic development, and promotes the vibrant and personal community that makes Hartsville appealing to businesses and residents.