The Duncan Banner

Local News

May 2, 2012

Leadership Duncan Class XVI reflects on lessons

DUNCAN — It was an evening of reminiscing and reflecting on the fun times had by members of Class XVI of Leadership Duncan Tuesday evening, as they gathered for their graduation ceremony.

The graduating class of 30 students mingled with members of the community at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club, celebrating the completion of nine one-day sessions in multiple areas of leadership skills.

Several speakers spoke through out the program, including steering committee chairman Bill Gossett — who guided the event as master of ceremonies — as well as graduating students Jay Johnson and Curtis Thornton, before keynote speaker Ed Apple took the stage.

As Johnson took the stage to speak about his reflections from the class, he paused momentarily to turn his back to the crowd and jokingly affix a “Clark Southard State Senate” sticker to his suit. Southard, another of the graduates, received similar ribbing from Thornton when it was his turn to speak.

“He told me wasn’t going to campaign tonight, so I told him I would wear a billboard,” Johnson said.

Johnson expanded on an idea presented by Gossett earlier in the evening — that the graduating class comes from a number of backgrounds and, he said, they found strength in their diversity.

Johnson shared with the crowd how the group learned to trust each other — despite occasional disagreements — leading them to sponsor the History of Duncan lecture series by former mayor and historian Phil Leonard. The series came from their desire to hear more about what Leonard had to teach about the community.

When Thornton stepped up to the microphone, he reflected on how the group came to work together on their multiple class projects, preparing plans and raising nearly $20,000 to re-fence a section of Fuqua Park, including the Leroy Tucker Kiwanis Club Kiddieland.

Thornton shared about how the graduating class visited Gabriel’s House on a tour, providing them with the idea to raise money to replace one of the playgrounds at one of their locations.

“We did get enough money to replace one of (the playgrounds),” Thornton said before presenting Bonnie Talley, Gabriel’s House founder and program director, with a homemade oversized check for $1,000.

Apple followed Thornton and conveyed to the graduating class the importance of sharing the leadership skills they learned. He instructed them to take those skills into the community, to share them with everyone. Reflecting on participating in the first Leadership Duncan class, Apple declared he would have re-named the program.

“I would call it Public Service Training; that’s what you are really doing,” Apple said. “You are learning to expand your involvement in the community by learning about the various aspects of it.”

Before the presentation of awards to each member of the class, they were treated to a sideshow presentation of what they had been expected to learn from the classes about leadership and team-building skills.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • jimmyseggstore.jpg Jimmy’s Egg set to open June 9

    A new Jimmy’s Egg restaurant will open in Duncan on June 9 and will begin interviewing job applicants later this month, the restaurant’s general manager said on Tuesday.
    The restaurant will seat about 150 and will employ 33 people, said Libby Shirra, the new general manager.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-15 Odesse Barnes Mug crop.jpg Fourth man accused of hiding Lane murder weapon

    The Stephens County District Attorney’s Office on Monday charged a fourth person in the Christopher Lane murder case.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Slaying of former Duncan doctor shocks friends

    The deaths of former Duncan physician Bill Corporon and his teenage grandson at the hand of a onetime Ku Klux Klan leader left the beloved doctor’s friends in Oklahoma heartbroken and shocked on Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • file 3-17 BENCH Miles Sterling.jpg Competency hearing begins in Bench case

     A hearing to determine if Miles Bench is mentally competent to stand trial for murder began Monday in Stephens County District Court.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Skeletal remains found in pond

    More skeletal remains that may be linked to the death of a woman in 2006 have been discovered in a pond northeast of Bray this weekend, authorities said Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Commissioners choose different bid in electric project

    A decision made a week ago was changed on Monday when Stephens County commissioners found liability coverage would not be provided.

    April 15, 2014

  • Tornado touches down in Stephens County, minor damage reported

    A tornado that touched down briefly east of Bray knocked down some power lines and a few trees, but did not injure anyone, Stephens County District 1 Commissioner Darrell Sparks said Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Oddesse Barnes Another charge filed in Lane shooting death

    The Stephens County District Attorney's Office filed an accessory after the fact of murder in the firstdegree charge against a 22-year-old Duncan man in relation to the shooting death of Australian native Christopher Lane.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge Russell reverses course, stays put

    If the political instincts of G. Brent Russell are correct, attorney Ken Graham will be a shoe-in to be the next District Judge in Stephens County.

    April 14, 2014

  • Bill Corporon, former Duncan physician, slain in Kansas with grandson

    Dr. William Corporon, who practiced medicine for years in Duncan before moving to Kansas, and his 14-year-old grandson were shot to death on Sunday in Overland Park, Kan. by a gunman who went on to kill a third person at a nearby assisted living center.

     

    April 13, 2014