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May 8, 2013

Leadership Duncan takes time to reflect during graduation

Derrick Miller
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DUNCAN — As Tim Garrett reflected on his time in Leadership Duncan Class XVII, Garrett referred to each of his fellow graduates as billboards for the Duncan community.

He acknowledged that his billboard, toting the positives of the community, had changed, much like the rest of the Leadership Duncan Class.

Garrett was one of 21 Class XVII members to graduate from the Leadership Duncan program Tuesday, following nine months of community awareness programs and various social interactions.

“Our billboards have changed over the last 273 days,” Garrett said. “We didn’t know about all the hidden gems in our community.”

The Leadership Duncan Class, which is a product of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, featured leaders from around the City of Duncan. Throughout the class, the members worked together to better understand the strengths of the community and to improve in their leadership skills.

While Garrett was in charge of leading a class reflection during the graduation ceremony, fellow Class XVII member Susan Nutt talked about the class project, which is a featured part of the Leadership Duncan program.

The class project will be a golf tournament, which will help raise funds to give to Women’s Haven. The tournament is set for Sept. 27 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

“Abuse is so prevalent in the community and the world because of drugs and alcohol,” Nutt said. “Women’s Haven is committed to empowering victims.”

For this graduating class, the key note speaker was Dr. Ché Miller, who is a graduate of Leadership Duncan Class XV. Miller talked about what it takes to be a leader.

“There are thousands of books on how to be a great leader,” Miller said. “But there aren’t many books on where to lead people.”

Miller touched on several well known leaders who have chosen to lead their people in differing directions. One was Adolph Hitler, who used his skills to lead people to do things they might not have done otherwise.

“Another example was Abraham Lincoln,” he said. “He was defeated eight times for president. But when he got in there, he saw where his people needed to go.”

As Miller wrapped his keynote speech, he referred back to his earlier statement about leadership books.

“The answer to where you lead people lies in your own skills,” Miller said. “If you want to be a great leader now, take people where they need to go.”

Laura Goldring, a Class XIV graduate, assigned a leadership trait to each of the graduates to let them know at least one of their strongest leadership skills.

These included: