Members of the 17th New Vision Newport have officially graduated from the local leadership development course.
Organized by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, New Vision Newport offers class members leadership skills, a greater knowledge of various aspects of the community, on-site visits to local businesses and manufacturers, a trip to Little Rock, team building and relationship building skills. The goal of participants is to gain self-confidence, to achieve personal goals and to be a better and more productive citizen in the workplace and the community.
In addition to their monthly sessions, class members worked on three local projects. Team 1 worked to create a unique, special holiday event at Jacksonport State Park to be held at the new Visitors Center. Team 2 worked on creating artistic and creative focal points for the downtown area. Team 3 helped to develop and implement a lighting project for Remmel Park. All three projects will be completed at a later date thanks to the groundwork, meetings and research of this New Vision Newport group.
In lieu of a formal graduation in May of this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and an increase in local cases, class participants were recently treated to a socially distanced, one-on-one surprise recognition by the New Vision Newport steering committee. Class 17 graduates are:
Theresa Aasen, White River Women’s Shelter (sponsored by the Newport Economic Development Commission)
Lynelle Bridgeman, Arkansas Steel Associates
Travis Church, ASU-Newport
Melanie Clark, Jackson County Clerk
Barbara Hackney, Jackson County Circuit Clerk
John Herrington, Arkansas Department of Corrections
Layla Ivy, WRMC Medical Complex Newport
Natalie Martin, Newport Elementary
Neida Martinez, George’s Liquor Store
Josh McMasters, Jacksonport State Park
Wanda Mueller, Merchants & Planters Bank
Lori Owens, Newport Advanced Physical Therapy
Mark Owens, Edward Jones
Ysla Rucker, I’m Making a Difference (sponsored by George Kell Motors)
Nick Statler, Harris Ford
Lisa Turner, Jackson County Land Services