Class Certificates proudly displayed
Field trip to Steel
Byway Leader Training - "Best Education Session Ever!"
By all accounts the 4 day, 30 hour, Byway Leader Training was a resounding success. Ten participants joined experienced Foundation trainers in exploring basics of the byway communities and sharing experiences of organization building and planning. The event was staged in Millersburg, Ohio.
Sally Pearce and Deb Divine, NSBF co-executive directors, met one-on-one with each Byway Leader Training participant before the training began to go over their SWOT Analysis. This individualized approach proved most valuable for both instructors and participants to glean the right insights into specialized needs. Together with instructors Sharon Strouse and Chris Sieverdes, the team lead exercises on many topics.
Along with working lunches filled with shared experiences, and a field trip to the Ohio & Erie Canalway, the byway leaders were also introduced to the many tools available in the National Scenic Byway Foundation Resource Library. The group connected with the resources and tools available in the NSBF library and website on topics such as wayfinding, intrinsic qualities, authentic experiences and volunteer management.
Among those achieving Certificates of Completion were: Mark McAdoo, TN; Lynette Lundy-Beck, NY; Rosann Fillmore, UT; Mike Hocker, OH; Sarah Focke, NE; Muriel Clark, NE; Joyce Chambers, IN; Jan Gammon, IA; Heather Smoak Urena, LA, and Tom Barrett, OH.
As represented by the National Scenic Byway Foundation's new tag line -
tools, training and support for byway leaders, participants said the Foundation really delivered. "The affordable cost and graciousness of trainers to care take of all participants was
different and highly beneficial." With such a positive response, more training is on the horizon for sure!
Contributed by Sharon Strouse, NSBF Vice Chair