Every community needs those who are willing to step up and give of themselves for the betterment of others. Whether it is in government, business or civic organizations, without leaders very little would be possible.
This week, 11 new leaders celebrated the completion of their time together, learning more about our area, where we have been and possibly where we can go in the future.
Leadership Weirton, organized by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, has wrapped up this year's program, and we congratulate all those who were able to complete it and hope they use their newfound knowledge to go out and help make their communities better.
This year's class and their sponsors included Rick Antol, Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad; William Beaumont, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; Kate Cook, Weirton Medical Center; Patricia Farnella, Weirton Geriatric Center; James Honick Jr., Fairfield Inn and Suites; Nino Karas, Serbian American Cultural Center; Cindy Kotsch, The Weirton Daily Times/Herald-Star; Thomas Maher Jr., City of Weirton; Ed Recznik, United Bank; Karen Simpson, Hancock County Savings Bank; and Bettie Wade, the Hancock County Commission.
They represent a wide range of local business interests, and are sure to bring a variety of new ideas to any project, group, political office or organization they may decide to seek out.
At its core, Leadership Weirton is about providing a better understanding of our area, including its history and culture, business climate and economic development efforts, educational systems, government and volunteer opportunities. It introduces people to others they otherwise may have never met and looks to encourage participants to find ways to give back to their towns.
The Ohio Valley continues to look for ways to evolve and find a new identity, and it will take new leaders with new ideas and philosophies for many of those changes to take place.
We thank the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce for providing such a program and encourage businesses to consider their employees for future classes.
Once again, we congratulate the Leadership Weirton Class of 2012. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us and the Ohio Valley.