The 16 participants of the class of 2007, both long-time and new residents of Barnesville, found themselves on a high ropes course as part of the opening retreat of the progam. The course, which is located at the Kathryn Center south of Valley City, ND, challenged the group to work together in order to help each person succeed in a truly daunting task.
Leadership Barnesville helps community members become better leaders by strengthening their skills and broadening their community awareness. Along with the retreat and monthly sessions held Oct. 2006 to March 2007, the participants worked on projects for the community, such as the development of an artisan and history center, and research to create a nature trail connecting downtown Barnesville to nearby Blue Eagle Lake.
This is the fifth year the Barnesville Community Fund has held the program, which was funded in part by West Central Initiative, Barnesville Lions, Wells Fargo, Midwest Bank and Thursday Nite Lions.