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Leadership Coshocton County celebrates 25th anniversary

| August 8, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE – Twenty-five years of identifying, training and motivating citizens to become leaders in the community was celebrated during a special program Saturday evening Aug. 6 at Raven’s Glenn Winery.

Leadership Coshocton County marked its 25th anniversary with a dinner and a presentation by Dr. Robert Lawson.

“Thank you for being here and thank you Betsy,” said Bee Lehner, president of the leadership alumni council. “Betsy has done a remarkable job this past year in planning this event, but celebration time is here so let us begin.”

Betsy Gosnell is the executive director of Leadership Coshocton County and Youth Leadership of Coshocton County, which are both programs of The Coshocton Foundation.

Gosnell invited Tim Vance, who was in the first LCC graduating class in 1992, to speak at the anniversary celebration.

“It was a humbling experience,” Vance said. “Some of us in the class knew each other and some didn’t, but we learned to work together to inspire good things in Coshocton County. We all have a legacy or a duty to keep doing that and I think it is evident that we are since the program is still going 25 years later.”

Gosnell said since that first class the program has contributed 25 projects to the betterment of the community and helped identify, train and motivate 460 leaders.

“Today we celebrate the citizens of Coshocton County who have chosen to share their gifts at home,” she said.

Several government officials also attended the event to present Gosnell with proclamations to mark the 25th anniversary of LCC.

Lawson from Portsmouth, was the keynote speaker and said to the audience, “You know what attracts people, leaders are readers.”

“You are the ones in the trenches making it happen. Lawson talked about how to motivate the motivators, acknowledging that the alumni of Leadership Coshocton County are already motivated to serve the community.”

“You build people from the inside out and that the greatest motivation comes from within.”

Lawson said that the people of Leadership Coshocton County have made things happen for 25 years because you’re committed.”

He concluded the talk by referencing a speech from President Franklin Roosevelt, who said, “Do not choose to be common . . .”

Lawson received a hearty round of applause for his talk.

The evening concluded with Youth Leadership graduate Paige Lane drawing the winners of the various gift baskets that were donated by several Leadership Coshocton County classes.

Lawson, who was picked twice, promptly donated his second basket to a lucky attendee.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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