LEADERSHIP BARRY COUNTY HISTORY
1989 – Grant to Michigan State University (LLGE: Leadership and Local Government Education) from W. K. Kellogg Foundation for leadership development. Established Leadership Steering Committee.
1990 – First leadership class in Barry County “Leading Into the 90’s” sponsored by MSU Extension, Thornapple Foundation and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
1991 – Second “Leading Into the 90’s” sponsored by MSU Extension, Thornapple Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
1992 – “Leading Into the 90’s…International”, graduates only. Canadian study and travel experience. Sponsored by MSU Extension and W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
1993 – Leadership group helps begin Barry Community Resource Network (BCRN).
1996 – Re-established a Leadership Steering Committee.
1997 – Wrote grant to Barry Community Foundation.
1998 – Re-established leadership program and changed title to “Challenging You…In the 21st Century”, sponsored by MSU Extension and KCC-Fehsenfeld Center. Financial support-Barry Community Foundation. Graduated 3rd Leadership class.
1999 – Graduated 4th Leadership class.
2000 – 5th Leadership class graduated. Sponsors were MSU Extension, KCC-Fehsenfeld Center and Barry County Area Chamber of Commerce. The financial support came from Barry Community Foundation and Barry County United Way.
2001 – 6th leadership class graduated. Program retitled “Leadership Barry County.” There were over 150 graduates of the program. Leadership Endowment Fund established through the Barry Community Foundation.
2002 – MSU Cooperative Extension/Barry County, Kellogg Community College-Fehsenfeld Center, Barry County Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Willard G. Pierce & Jessie M. Pierce Foundation/Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, and the Barry Community Foundation are partners in offering the “Leadership Barry County” program.
2003 – The eighth Leadership Barry County class graduated. There are now over 200 graduates of the program. Active alumni program continues to link leaders.
2004 – The ninth class of Leadership Barry County graduated. A fund raising relay was organized by the Class of 2004.
2005 – The tenth Class of Leadership Barry County Graduated. J-Ad Graphics joins the list of program partners.
2006 – Leadership Barry County expands its scope with the introduction of the “Leadership Barry County Youth Quest Awards”.
2007 – Leadership Barry County partners with the Barry Community Foundation for staff.
2008 – The thirteenth Class of Leadership Barry County graduated on March 15,2008. LBC partners with Humanergy and KCC to start a 6 week Supervisory Skills Program. LBC is funded by the Barry County United Way for the Youth Quest Awards.
2009 – The fourteenth Class of Leadership Barry County graduated. LBC kicks off
their endowment fund drive. Youth Quest continues to grow.
2010 – The fifteenth Class of Leadership Barry County graduated. LBC was the
beneficiary of the YAC Roof sit. Alumni events are focused on.
2011 – The sixteenth Class of Leadership Barry County graduated.
2012 – The seventeenth Class of Leadership Barry County graduated.