The Blandin Foundation is making its Community Leadership Program available to Pine River, Pequot Lakes and Backus area residents. A steering committee is seeking applicants. All those interested in the future of the Pine River, Pequot Lakes and Backus area are invited to apply to be a delegate.
Ultimately, a community team of 24 people will be selected to represent the Pine River, Pequot Lakes and Backus area at a five-day leadership retreat Jan. 26-30 at Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids.
The entire Blandin Community Leadership Program is underwritten by the Blandin Foundation, which covers all costs for food, lodging and tuition at the retreat plus two follow-up workshops. BCLP is nationally recognized for its approach to individual leadership skills.
BCLP alumni throughout the state use the strategies and skills learned in BCLP training to advance inter-community cooperation, address issues of ethnic and cultural diversity, promote tourism, create economic development opportunities, address the needs of seniors, and deal creatively with health and housing issues, education, violence reduction and disaster relief.
BCLP Director Jim Krile said, "The basic philosophy of this program is to encourage shared leadership within communities and to foster cooperation between neighboring towns, which means it is essential that communities select their own delegates and get as many people as possible involved in the process. This builds an incredible network of support for participants and enables all residents to share responsibility for community progress and the resulting benefits."
Additional information about the Blandin Community Leadership Program can be obtained by contacting John Wetrosky ('94 BCLP Alum) at (218) 587-4000 or Wanda Mongan ('94 BCLP Alum) at (218) 587-2440.
Applications for the program can be picked up at Pine River City Hall, Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Chamber of Commerce or the Backus city clerk's office.
Applicants also may submit their applications online at: http://www.blandinfoundation.org/strategy/BCLPRecruitment.htm.
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