Welcome Class XXXIII, Connect Florida Class V and College Leadership Florida Class XVI!
Class XXXIII had their opening session at the Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills. Led by Class Program Chair, Tony Carvajal (XXVII), they got to know one another and learned a lot about our great state. John Moran and Cynthia Barnett’s presentation on “Our Water, Our Future” is quickly becoming an LF favorite. Florida’s history, economics and demographics were also on the agenda along with Gary Mormino, Richard Lapchick, and Susan Dellinger. Susan MacManus, who is an Honorary Member of Leadership Florida, rounded things out with a discussion on Florida politics. In addition to all of this, Class XXXIII also got to have a little fun. Lake County is the seaplane capital, so they got to take a ride! Their next session takes place in November in Sarasota.
Maria Mas Blet, Brooke Hallock and Mary Ellen Klas
College Leadership Florida Class XVI had their first session Orlando. It was a whirlwind! In addition to their trip to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (pictured below), they learned how to make a good first impression from LF Annual Meeting speaker Patti Wood, “balanced” the Florida budget with one of our favorites, Glenn Robertson, got a history lesson from Gary Mormino, took a tour of the National Center for Simulation at UCF, met current LF members for a reception at Sea World, visited Camp Boggy Creek and MUCH, MUCH more! They will convene again in Tallahassee in March where they will have the opportunity to join Class XXXIII for some of their session.
Connect Class V has their opening session October 17-19 in Jacksonville entitled “Putting Leadership Theory into Action.” They will get a leadership assessment to help increase their understanding of their own style, enjoy Florida’s natural treasures, and begin to lay the foundation for lasting bonds, connections and friendships with their classmates. They will meet again in Tampa, Tallahassee, and Miami. They will also meet one final time at the Leadership Florida Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg.
This is going to be one busy and fun-filled year for Leadership Florida!