The Leadership Butler Class of 2011 graduated and the Class of 2012 announced its project during a recognition and graduation ceremony Thursday evening at the El Dorado Civic Center.
“I’ve been hearing your theme is putting pieces together,” said the evening’s featured speaker, Dr. Cheryl Rude, director of leadership studies at Southwestern College. “What I’m going to do is pull out the four corner pieces to add to your leadership journey.”
The four leadership cornerstones Rude mentioned are passion, competence, greatness and communication.
“Leaders need to be passionate,” she said. “It’s the why of leadership.”
She encouraged the graduating class and current class members to find something they are passionate about.
“The purpose of Leadership Butler is not for the moment it’s for the future,” she said. “I encourage all of us to invest in the energy it takes to be passionate about something.”
She also emphasized the importance of proper communication between leaders and their subordinates.
“Communication pulls all the pieces together,” she said. “Leaders and followers are in it together.”
Following Rude’s remarks, the Leadership Butler Class of 2012 was recognized. The class members also introduced their project, Bully Free Butler. They plan to work on ways to educate parents and students about the dangers of bullying.
The graduating class members of 2011 were also recognized. Their project was packaging more than 10,000 meals for needy children across Butler County.
Bob Sage, who was a member of the Leadership Butler Class of 2003, was given the Outstanding Volunteer Alumni award.
“I’ve seen 18 totally different classes go through,” said executive director Becky Wolfe. “Every group is special in their own way.”
Wolfe also congratulated the graduates and commended the current class.
“Being a part of Leadership Butler is an honor that holds responsibility,” said Wolfe. “What you do with that responsibility is key. Butler County is a wonderful place to be. How will you make it better?”