Marion Area Chamber announces 2015/2016 Leadership Marion! graduates

Leadership Marion 2016

Leadership Marion! the Marion Area Chamber of Commerce’s leadership development program, announces its 2015/2016 graduates. The following individuals graduated from Leadership Marion! on May 13th:

Michael McClellan Boyd-Born Funeral Home
Elizabeth (Beth) Hartzler Buckeye Ridge Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Carol Garverick Coldwell Banker Realty Plus
Marcus Shaw General Mills
Kelly Coble Heartland of Marion
Marty Gaudiose Marion Area Counseling Center
Gary Barber Marion City Schools
Veronica Reinhart Marion City Schools
Cindy Rosa Marion Family YMCA
Cathy Cooney Marion Public Library
Tony Box Marion Technical College
Chief Brian Taylor Marion Township
Scott Stover National Lime and Stone Company
Matt Crill OhioHealth Marion
Michelle Holmes OhioHealth Marion
Niles Gebele OhioHealth Marion
Linda Hartle Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission
Liz Feliciano-Deeter Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission
Bryan Kindell Sika
Chris Rahrig Andersen Windows
Jennifer Ramey United Church Homes
Julie Reed United Church Homes
Leiha Myers United Federal Credit Union
Amber Wertman United Way of Marion County
Sonia Fry Whirlpool
Aaron Rassell Wilson Bohannan Company

The Leadership Marion! Class of 2016 chose as their project to partner with The Marion Merchants Baseball Club, Inc. to Restore the Glory of Lincoln Field.

A few years ago, the Marion City Baseball for Youth League disbanded and, for the love of the game, The Marion Merchants Baseball Club, Inc. acquired the city recreational baseball program in hopes of returning it to its once proud state.  The Merchants are a travel baseball and softball club and are financially self-sustaining.

Taking on the Marion City Baseball for Youth League was quite an endeavor. With nearly 800 kids participating in the program, the city recreational league affords a very challenging budget given that the league also requires the Marion Merchants Baseball Club, Inc., to manage the upkeep of the Lincoln Park baseball and softball complex in addition to the day-to-day operating costs of managing the league.

Public perception and appreciation of the city youth league seemed to be waning and in order to differentiate between the two leagues (recreational league and travel league), the Marion Merchants Baseball Club, Inc. organization chose to rename the recreational program to The Marion Presidents Youth Baseball and Softball Recreational League.

Want to learn more? The class wants to invite the public to the “Restore the Glory” Kick- Off event on May 20th from 5-9 pm at Lincoln Field located in Lincoln Park, 879 North Prospect Street (rain location, Hogg Rec Center, 775 N Main St, Marion). This will be an evening of family fun to raise community awareness of the project.

Leadership Marion! is a nine-month program consisting of one-day sessions.  The program emphasizes three overall components: local history, educational issues, governmental structures, social service needs, and economic development. Click here to watch the video recap of the nine month experience.

For more information about the 2016/2017 Leadership Marion! program, contact Doris F. Dunn at or 740.382.2181.  Additional information is available online by clicking here.

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