Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Leadership Mid-Valley Graduates Class VI

Contact: Laura Espinoza or Martha Noell at

Leadership Mid-Valley Graduates Class VI

WESLACO – Leadership Mid-Valley held a graduation ceremony for Class VI on Friday, May 27 at the Business Visitors Center.

Leadership Mid Valley, sponsored by the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, is a nine-month program which seeks to identify and motivate emerging leaders and develop their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and problems of the community.  Monthly field trips were taken by the students which allowed them to see firsthand how Mid-Valley businesses, agencies and government impact the community.  Agriculture, healthcare, and local media are among the areas visited by the LMV class.  This year's class was able to visit the state capitol as part of their government lesson where they heard from several speakers from our state government and had the opportunity to visit the Texas congressional session.  The program began in October and ended in May.

The class, along with the steering committee, selected Rick Guerra as the recipient of the 2011 Torch Award for his exceptional leadership in the class project.  The Class VI project involved landscaping and electrical work for the Aurora House, a home for the terminally ill in Weslaco.  Rick Guerra stepped into the leadership role, and really kept up with the project, making sure every detail was taken care of.  He also invested a lot of extra time which proved his commitment and drive.  Guerra was presented with the award at the ceremony, where Martin Stenhouse was selected by his peers to deliver the class speech.

Leadership Mid Valley will be accepting applications for the 2011 - 2012 year in August.  For more information, call the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce at 968-2102.

Pictured: Leadership Mid Valley Class VI Graduates (L-R) : Ashley Dickerson, Nadia Angelica Ochoa, Rick Guerra, Ruby Torres, Amanda Silva, Daniel Jason Valadez, Martin Stenhouse, Tricia Givilancz-Cisneros, Alfredo Aguilera, Gilbert Lopez.  Not pictured: Alicia Aguilar and Daniel Ramirez.

Laura Espinoza, Marketing Director
Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce
956.968.2102 office
956.968.6451 fax

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