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Another View: Lead your community, get involved with class

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Contributing to your community has many far-reaching rewards. Leading your community gives you the chance to help shape Auburn’s future. Leadership Auburn is one way passionate Auburn residents can turn their ideas about how to make their city an even better place into a reality. Nine months ago, the 2010 Leadership Auburn class met for the first time. The then-strangers included a pizza parlor owner, a court reporter, a poker player, a police detective, a Realtor, a deputy district attorney, a senior advocate and more. Nine months later the cohesive group is impressed with the other people they now know well, and with whom they now share a common goal and a common experience. During the course, the class gained a greater appreciation for our community. They learned about the area’s history by touring an archives center, found out how the fairgrounds operates, gained knowledge of the state of healthcare through a tour of Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, understood the reason for overcrowding at the Placer County Jail, learned about school funding and also about the job duties of a city planner. Through these interactions, class members got to know city leaders and those leaders got to know them. Some class members also made important network connections and received business through referrals of other Leadership Auburn “students.” In 11 years of Leadership Auburn classes, four groups have completed projects that have benefited the community. Those projects include a bus stop on High Street, landscaping work and a new sign in front of the Chamber of Commerce, which is a contribution from the 2010 class. Looking ahead, the group has also conceptualized economic development projects for Auburn including a senior care center, a conference center and an ice-skating rink. Within an hour-long brainstorming session at the Auburn Journal, the recent Leadership Auburn class came to one overarching conclusion: “join” Auburn. If you are a resident who is passionate about your community, sign-up for Leadership Auburn through the Chamber of Commerce. Meet other leaders, learn about your community and find ways to contribute. And if you don’t have the ability to sign-up for the nine-month long program, contribute to your community in another way, by volunteering or attending one of the many free events scheduled around town. Get involved and take care of your town – the rewards are worth it. The Leadership Auburn Class of 2010 graduates include: Mindy Danovaro, executive director of the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation, Jeff Ambrosia of Yamasaki Landscape Architecture, Auburn Recreation District employee Manouch Shirvanioun, Shawn Batsel, Foothill Community Mediation; Reese Browning, Old Town Pizza and Old Town Dessert Café; Adam Cline, Auburn Police Department; Suzanne Gazzaniga, Placer County District Attorney’s Office; Jack Knight, Jack Knight Electrical Contractor; Seth King, Campaign for Liberty; Steven Lease, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company; Ron Lichau, Lichau & Associates, Architects; Linda Lobue, retired; Becki McGinnis, Autovantage Service Center; Kelly Post, Placer County Children’s System of Care; Dave Johnson, Keller Williams Realty; Lindalee Talso, Placer County Probation Department; Laura Wayman, Seniors First and Teresa Kenworthy, Kenworthy Court Reporting. --------------------------- Leadership Auburn How to join: Call the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at (530) 885-5616