Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on H-E-B: Leadership H-E-B graduates 30th class

The Leadership H-E-B Class of 2016.
The Leadership H-E-B Class of 2016. Courtesy photo

The Leadership H-E-B program is still going strong after 30 years. This month, a class of 19 participants who had completed the course were honored in graduation ceremonies during the H-E-B Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting.

More than 600 people have gone through the nine-month program since its inception in 1985 to increase their knowledge of the community while experiencing valuable team-building skills.

Class members engage in activities from bonding during orientation and an all-day challenge course, to examining local government, education, healthcare, transportation and economic development, to giving back to the community.

“Leadership H-E-B is a rewarding program but also a challenging one,” said Tom Hingst, who chairs the program’s steering committee.

“Participants need to be committed to both the program and to our community. This year’s class has more than met that challenge. I’m very proud of them and grateful for the support of the steering committee who did an outstanding job coordinating the program.”

For the community service project each class is required to complete, the Class of 2016 created iGrad, a program to mentor lower-income, high-needs high school seniors.

Class spokeswoman Charolete Davis (Century 21 Mike Bowman) said the goal was to provide the students with “resources and support to allow the greatest opportunity for a successful transition to the workplace, college or the military.”

During 10 mentoring sessions with 13 students at Trinity High School, the teens were able to complete financial aid paperwork, receive help completing scholarship applications and college essay writing, develop résumés and do mock interviews. The project even included a clothing drive where the students could obtain the appropriate wardrobe for the next phase of their life.

The entire program “was a huge success,” Davis said, adding that she and classmate Angela Jones are discussing ways to continue the program with school staff.

The graduation’s keynote address was delivered by Euless Mayor Linda Martin, who discussed the importance of leadership.

Graduates included Kelli Agan, Cindy Benke, Mark A. Chandler, Anita Daniels, Charolete Davis, Gina Day, Denise Epp, Tyler Gibson and Tanya Ferreiro.

Also completing the leadership training were Jennifer Jayroe, Kent Johnson, Angela Jones, Lisa J. Karr, Nateasie Kendrick, Kathy Lanier, Jerry Lewandowski, David Mowers, Maria Redburn and Amy Sisler.

Applications are being accepted for the Leadership H-E-B Class of 2017. Classes meet monthly throughout the fall, winter and spring. There is also a September orientation day featuring a challenge course activity. Tuition fee is $450. Applications are available at www.HEB.org and are accepted until the class is full or until Aug. 29.

“Leadership H-E-B helps individuals learn more about our community while they further develop their leadership skills,” said Mary Frazior, chamber president and CEO. “The program is a key part of the chamber’s commitment to advancing business and strengthening community.”

Direct inquiries to the chamber at 817-283-1521 or email maryfrazior@heb.org.

Circus Chickendog Show is June 11 at Euless Library

Trick dogs, a performing parrot, magic, juggling, rope spinning and unicycling are all part of the fabulous Circus Chickendog Show set for June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Euless Library, 201 N. Ector Drive.

Circus Chickendog is a family-friendly circus extravaganza featuring six rescued circus dogs. It is fun for all ages, said library administrator Sherry Knight.

Visit the website at www.chickendog.net to see the adorable animals and a little preview of what the highly entertaining show will offer.

Admission is free. Contact the library at 817-685-1480.

At a glance

  • Mid-Cities Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mary Lib Saleh Euless Public Library. Newcomers to genealogy are welcome. The program is at 7 p.m. and will feature Bernard Meisner, who will speak on “Researching German Ancestors.” Visitors are welcome. Contact Evelynn Kelly at fourthgentx@yahoo.com with questions.
  • Kids Fire Academy is June 20-24 in the Euless fire administration facility, 201 N. Ector Drive. The five-day camp teaches kids what it is like to be a firefighter for Euless. The program “is a great opportunity for the firefighters to help kids build a sense of teamwork and responsibility,” said city spokeswoman Betsy Deck. The academy is open to children ages 11 to 15. Registration costs $40. Call 817-685-1821 to inquire.

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