On Saturday, founders and Board of Trustees of the Leadership Butler organization will host a celebratory event marking 25 years of community leadership development for Leadership Butler.
This occasion will begin with a reception at the El Dorado Civic Center followed by the Leadership Butler Alums attending the Butler Grizzlies vs. Hutchinson game at BG Products Veterans Stadium in El Dorado.
Ed Gard, INTRUST Bank of El Dorado and Leadership Butler Alumni Class of 1988, will emcee the event.
Leadership Butler began in 1988 as a way to bridge gaps between communities in Butler County, giving a feel of connection as resources grew. Providing information about Butler County on social issues, education, local and state government and economic development.
“The bringing together of diverse communities of Butler County through Leadership Butler resulted in the enhanced ability to deal with emerging issues and opportunities,” said Jack Oharah, a founder of Leadership Butler. “It also strengthened the County’s ability to present a united front when attracting new business and industry to the area.”
As society evolved, so did the curriculum of Leadership Butler. The program offers 21st century skill and capacity training which then enables participants to effectively work within their communities and their professional lives. The curriculum works with current community issues, providing tools to tackle those issues and prompting a solution oriented thought process. This natural progression encourages the use of learned tools within the Leadership Butler program into other aspects of participants’ lives.
“This is a great milestone for Leadership Butler. I am proud to have been a part of the organization for the past 19 years”, states Becky Wolfe, executive director. “I have seen the program advance and develop to fit the needs of the society we live in.”
Leadership Butler has graduated more than 450 individuals through 25 years and the majority of those graduates still lives and works around the area in leadership roles.