Leadership Lincoln is a personal development program designed to motivate participants to develop leadership qualities for addressing community needs.
Leadership Lincoln began in 1987. The program has produced leaders who are activively involved in community organization, local government and civic groups, all working toward improving the quality of life for our county. Developing leaders is a key ingredient to the continued progress of Lincoln County.

Chartered in 1987

Leadership Lincoln was modeled after other similar programs already in existence in a handful of communities across Tennessee.

Comprising the chartering board of directors were Kay Campbell, William R. Carter, Dick Farrar Jr., Raymond Fraley Jr., Mike Freeland, Donna Jeffries, Kay Monks, Chris Patrick, JoAnne Schroeder, Bill Shouse, Al Smith, Margie Soloman and Anthony Tayor.

"Our goal is touch every person in Fayetteville and Lincoln County who cares about our life together and wants that life better," said Shouse as the program was taking form.

Each of the program's graduating classes selected, while the class year was underway, projects that aid in improving the quality of life in Lincoln County.

Previous class projects have accomplished the creation of a much needed community fire department for one community. Another saw funds secured for an industrial technology center. Groundwork for KidsPark was also laid by Leadership class members, as was the foundation upon which Junior's House Child Advocacy Center was built. The Leadership class of 2004 planned and developed a Father's Memorial Park, as an extension of the existing Stone Bridge Park. The Leadership class of 2003 built a courtyard at Donalson Care Center. Work continues on landscaping and fencing the Center.


What is the program like? What do we do?

The year begins in September and concludes in May. There are 10 program days including a mandatory overnight out-of-town opening retreat conducted in September. You meet one day per month, on the second Thursday of each month from October to May, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Days include panal discussions, hands-on-tours, and interactive discussions with community leaders. The fast pace can be exhausting, and the days long, but the experiences are unforgetable.

Besides the program days, is there any other time requirement?

You will be asked to do a small-group community project during class that can will require additional time outside of class. Also, you will be required to do "homework" assignments outside of regular class day, which could take up to an additional two to four hours per month.

I'm interested. How does the process work?

We ask that you complete an application and turn it in by August 20th each year. Then, a group of Leadership alumni review the application and select the class. Decisions are made by the end of August and you will receive notification by mail. If you are not selected, possibly because of class size limitations, you may apply again the following year.

2015 Leadership Lincoln Board

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