On February 14, the 2014 class of Leadership Geauga spent the day engaging local, county, and state leaders as part of Leadership’s annual Government Day. This year, the theme was “Democracy in Action,” and with each stop, the class would ask leaders what they consider to be their highest priorities when they go about their jobs serving the residents of Geauga County.
The day began at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland, where the class met with a group of trustees who discussed their roles over breakfast. The next stop was West Geauga High School, where the class met with student council leaders, and subsequently went head-to-head in a government-themed quiz competition. Following that, the class visited the Geauga County Offices at 470 Center Street. Once there, they were taken on a tour through offices such as the Clerk of Courts, the Building Department, the Commissioners, and more.
The group then had lunch at the St. Mary’s banquet hall, where they had a panel discussion with state and local officials.
Much of the afternoon was then spent at the Court of Common Pleas, where there was a presentation on the county legal system. This was followed by a mock trial, which was presided over by Judge Forrest Burt.
The day concluded with a return to Patterson Fruit Farm, where there was a reception for the day’s participants.
About Leadership Geauga County: Leadership Geauga County is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees reflecting the diversity of our county and seeks to enroll men and women who have a commitment to the Geauga County community and who will assume greater responsibility for the future leadership of our county. The purpose is to identify current and future leaders from a cross-section of Geauga County, exposing them to our community’s realities, opportunities, and challenges so that they may positively contribute to Geauga’s economic, social, and civic development.
Information can be found online or by contacting Dr. Bob Faehnle, Executive Director, Leadership Geauga County, at 440-286-8115.