Story + Photography by Tony Centonze
Dozens of graduates of the Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County program recently gathered for the 2nd Annual Alumni Reunion at Main Street Tavern.
Guests enjoyed a great assortment of appetizers prepared by the Tavern staff, some inspirational music, and a chance to catch up with old friends.
Lea Martin took a moment to share her thoughts on the event. “This is our Leadership Hopkinsville Alumni Reunion,” Martin said. “Once a year we get to network, and just spend some time together. We've had 32 years of Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County, and this is a great way to celebrate with so many of this community's leaders.”
LHCC accepts applications until June 1st each year. Those accepted into the program then work together for almost a full year, beginning with a retreat in August, then meeting one Friday each month through the following May.
“About 20 people go through the class each year,” Martin said. “The classes are divided into groups. Each group pulls a local non-profit and advocates on its behalf for a donation of $1000. The group that uses its money, researches, and presents best, wins.
“The Leadership class as a whole picks another community program for which to raise money. This year, it's the Cherokee Trail of Tears Commemorative Park. They'll be updating lighting and fixtures inside the showroom, and also working on new sidewalks and stepping stones.”