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12/15/14

LFSAA SEEKS LEADERSHIP NOMINATIONS

Fort Smith, AR (Dec. 15, 2014)The Leadership Fort Smith Alumni Association is now actively seeking nominations for the Jack White Leadership and Community Awards which recognize individuals in our area who have made significant and notable contributions for the betterment of our community. Awards include the Jack White Leadership Fort Smith Award and Community Leadership Awards in six categories: Business/Industry, Education, Government, Non-profit, Religious and Healthcare. Nominations are due Jan. 9, 2015.

The Jack White Leadership Fort Smith Award is given annually to an individual whose leadership has meaningfully improved the quality of life in Fort Smith by contributing time and energy in a multitude of ways for the betterment of our city, demonstrating vision, commitment and courage to achieve positive results while also displaying characteristics such as honesty, moral strength and compassion.

Community Leadership Awards are given to individuals who have made a difference in the community by demonstrating effective leadership in their profession or area of involvement.

Anyone may nominate an individual for these awards using nomination forms available at www.LeadershipFortSmithAlumni.com/Awards/. There, you can also find more information about nomination criteria and a list of former honorees.

Winners will be honored at the Leadership Fort Smith Commencement and Leadership Awards Banquet May 14, 2015.

The Leadership Fort Smith Alumni Association is committed to developing networks and leadership within the community; facilitating community involvement through continuing education; and promoting awareness of issues, challenges and opportunities confronting our region.

 

10/16/14

Fort Smith Chamber New Home for Leadership Fort Smith

October 16, 2014 (Fort Smith, AR) – The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that effective June 30, 2015, Leadership Fort Smith will operate as a program of the Chamber. The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has managed the long-standing program designed to facilitate leadership training for participants since 1987. The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, the Leadership Fort Smith Advisory Board and the Leadership Fort Smith Alumni Association are all in agreement that this transfer will be a positive change for the program.

“We’re fortunate to have strong leaders in Fort Smith and many, if not all, have participated in Leadership Fort Smith at some point in their careers,” said Tim Allen, Chamber President/CEO. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting home for the program than the Chamber. We are proud that the University, the LFS Board of Advisors, and the LFS Alumni Association Board have entrusted us with this remarkable community program. We will be ready to hit the ground running, training the future leaders of our community.”

The transition of LFS from the University to the Chamber will take place after the current class has completed in May. The LFS Program’s stated purpose is “… to provide a program that will build a competent leadership pool for the Greater Fort Smith Region, motivate emerging and existing leaders, and develop the participants for community leadership and decision-making by exposing them to the realities, opportunities, and problems in our metropolitan area.”

University of Arkansas Fort Smith Chancellor Dr. Paul Beran said, “I am proud of the long and productive association of UAFS and Leadership Fort Smith. It’s a history that goes back to 1986. The LFS move mirrors the placement of community leadership around the country and also reflects the growing significance of economic development, regional issues, and quality of place on overall community success and achievement. This emphasis is better and more appropriately addressed by the Chamber. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith shares a common bond with the Chamber and I am convinced that this realignment of the LFS program will enrich the program while also increasing the pool of transformational leaders ready to take on the challenge of our community in coming days.”

“The Leadership Fort Smith Advisory Board is excited about the transition to the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce,” said Beth Presley, Chairman of Leadership Fort Smith Advisory Board. “Leadership Fort Smith’s purpose is to bring together community minded people of varied leadership roles in a working relationship that hopefully stimulates dialogue and increases level of commitments and participation in the community. While the Leadership Fort Smith Advisory Board is very grateful to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith for giving us a home since the inception of the program, we look forward to what the future can provide with our new home at the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce.”

Tim Hearn, President of the LFS Alumni Association added the following comment: “The Leadership Fort Smith program has had a strong influence on our community for over 27 years. The Alumni Association is excited about the move to the Fort Smith Chamber and believes that this will just continue to make the program stronger and even more phenomenal.”

 

9/4/14

Marshal's Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2014 chose as their year end project to have a fundraising event for the Marshal's Museum. On further investigation they discovered there were multiple events already in the pipeline; therefore, they are serving on committees and acting as volunteers to make the upcoming events held by the Marshal's Museum as successful as possible. Go out and show your support of the U.S. Marshals Museum.

 

5/1/14

Graduating Class of 2014

The Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2014 was honored at the annual Leadership Fort Smith Commencement Ceremony held on May 1. Congratulations to the Class of 2014: (back row left to right) Renee Robinson Durham, Barbara Meadows, Kerrie Taber, Keia Peeples, Brooke Moreton, Leigh Zuerker, Katie Lejong, Kay Lynn Clay, Greta Barr, Sarah Davis, Alison Houston, Sharla Whitson, (front row) Denora Coomer, Josh Keifer, Todd Fretheim, Ty Matlock, Jered Medlock, Neal Martin, Scott Branton, Larry Johnston, Jr., Lee Krehbiel, Stacey Rogers and Susan Brockett. Not Present were Grant Morris and Donny Rogers.

 

4/3/14

Miles for Mutts 5K

The Miles for Mutts 5K will be held at the Riverfront park on Saturday, April 12th at 8:00 am.  It is sponsored by The Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2010. 

Registration tables will be available from 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. on the day of the race.

           

Pre-race registration will be from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on April 11th at Sweet Bay by Creekmore Park on Rogers Avenue.

For more information, call 479-783-4395.  The entry fee is $25.  Make checks payable to the Sebastian County Humane Society.  All pre-registered participants will receive a free t-shirt.  There is a limited number of t-shirts available for purchase the day of the race.  Awards will be given to 1st - 3rd place finishers male & female in the following divisions: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over.

 

 

7/10/13

Participants Selected for Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2014

Greta Barr ................................................................. Nunnelee & Wright Commercial Properties
Scott Branton ............................................................Scott N. Branton, Architect, PLLC
Susan Brockett .........................................................Nolan, Caddell & Reynolds
Kay Lynn Clay .......................................................... Arkansas Best Corporation
Denora Coomer........................................................Sebastian County
Sarah Davis ..............................................................Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation
Renee Durham ........................................................Harry Robinson Buick-GMC
Todd Fretheim ..........................................................O.K. Foods, Inc.
Alison Houston .........................................................Sebastian Co.Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Larry Johnston, Jr. ....................................................Baldor Electric Company
Josh Keifer ................................................................Benefit Bank
Lee Krehbiel ..............................................................University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Katie Lejong...............................................................Beall Barclay & Company, PLC
Neal Martin ................................................................Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc.
Ty Matlock ..................................................................Matlock Media
Jered Medlock ..........................................................Medlock & Gramlich, LLP
Brooke Moreton.........................................................First National Bank
Grant Morris ..............................................................Mercy Clinic Fort Smith
Keia Peeples ............................................................Kraft Foods Group - Planters
Donny Rogers ..........................................................Arvest Asset Management
Stacey Rogers...........................................................Golden Living
Kerrie Taber................................................................University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Barbara Webster-Meadows ...................................Retired
Sharla Whitson .........................................................Fort Smith Public Schools
Leigh Zuerker ............................................................Arkansas Public Defender Commission

 

 

5/2/2013

Check Presented to Fort Smith Police Department

TheLeadership Fort Smith Class of 2013 is honored and pleased to present a check to the FOP Lodge #39 for the purchase of a K9 ballistic vest to ensure that each K-9 Officer is adequately protected during the course of their service to our community. During the P-12 Education session of the Leadership Fort Smith program the Class of 2013 saw a demonstration of how the Police Department’s K-9 units work with the school system to help alleviate the presence of drugs in the public schools. The class recognized the need to purchase a K9 ballistic vest to provide safety and protection to ensure the longevity of K-9 Officers of the Fort Smith Police Department. Each class member donated a portion of the funds required to purchase a ballistic vest for one of the K9 Officers. The LFS Class of 2013 recognizes and appreciates the work of the K-9 Unit in our public school system.

 

5/2/2013

Graduating Class of 2013

The Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2013 was honored at the annual Leadership Fort Smith Commencement Ceremony held on May 2. Congratulations to the Class of 2013: Mark Arant, Ben Carroll, Josh Carson, John Cooley, Joel Culberson, Rham Cunningham, Michele Delawder, Robert Halliburton, Jeff Harmon, Susan Hinshaw, Mike Jacimore, Bo Loftis, Lyndsee Lyons, Kelly McGruder, Chris Melton, Darryl Presley, Tonya Rogers, Barry Rowton, Michelle Russell, Anthony Sims, Abbie Taylor Cox, Ginger Thompson, Pattie West, Josh Wilkinson, and Karen Wuthrich.

 

 

4/13/13

LFS Class of 2010 –Miles for Mutts a Purrfect Race

Each year since graduation the Leadership Fort Smith Class of 2010 have organized and held the Miles for Mutts 5K run/walk. This event benefits the Sebastian County Humane Society and increases awareness of the overpopulation of unwanted animals in our area, the need to spay and neuter as well as to promote adoption through the local shelters.  This was their 3rd year to hold the 5k run/walk raising just under $5,000.  They credit the success of Miles to Mutts to their sponsorships by such organizations as Arvest Bank, OG&E, Petco Foundation, United Federal Credit Union and Golden Living and the following key individuals who attribute their time and organization skills: Genia Smith, Megan Raynor and of course” the Best Leadership Class ever, the Class of 2010.”

 

4/9/13

LEADERSHIP FORT SMITH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

ANNOUNCES 2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Fort Smith, AR (April 9, 2013)– The Leadership Fort Smith Alumni Association is proud to announce this year’s award recipients for the Jack White and Community Leadership Awards to be presented at the Alumni Association’s annual Commencement and Leadership Awards Ceremony Thursday, May 2.

The Jack White Leadership Fort Smith Award is given annually to an individual whose leadership has meaningfully improved the quality of life in Fort Smith by contributing time and energy in a multitude of ways for the betterment of our city, demonstrating vision, commitment and courage to achieve positive results while also displaying characteristics such as honesty, moral strength and compassion. Those criteria are perfectly exemplified in this year’s winner, D. Melody Trimble.

In January, Trimble was promoted from CEO of Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center to President of the Southern & Western Group for Sparks and Summit’s parent company, Health Management Associates, Inc. She now provides oversight of 26 health care facilities in seven states, including Sparks and Summit.

During her three years in Fort Smith and Van Buren, Trimble improved her systems’ health care services in almost every aspect, from recruitment to investment to quality to profit. She implemented a Sparks/Summit culture initiative with three guiding principles: “We are servant leaders. We do the right thing. We never settle.” Trimble received several prestigious awards, provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in community sponsorships and donations, volunteered for several local and state-wide organizations and was an active member of her church, all while displaying almost legendary compassion for anyone she encountered.

In addition to naming Melody Trimble the Jack White Leadership Fort Smith Award recipient, the Leadership Fort Smith Alumni Association announces the following Community Leadership Awards, all of which will be presented May 2:

·        Business/Industry – Jason W. Green - V.P. Human Resources, Baldor Electric Company

·        Education – Dr. Jo Alice Blondin - Chancellor, Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus

·        Government – Judge Mark Hewett - Circuit Judge, 12th Judicial District

·        Non-Profit – Linda Kaufenberg - Exec. Dir., Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Crawford, Franklin & Sebastian Counties

·        Healthcare – Sandra Johnson, MD, FAAD - Johnson Dermatology Clinic

·        Religion – Dr. Dale Thompson - Pastor, First Baptist Church of Fort Smith

The 2013 Leadership Fort Smith Commencement and Leadership Awards Ceremony begins at 6 pm, Thursday, May 2 at the Reynolds Conference Center at UAFS. The public is invited. For more information or to purchase tickets email leaders@leadershipfortsmithalumni.com

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