The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

December 10, 2013

Leadership Institute returns to original focus

CLINTON — More than two decades after it started shaping Clinton leaders, the Leadership Institute is making changes that will return the program to its core.

The Leadership Institute is put on annually by the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce with the Leadership Committee guiding the program.

Unlike previous years, the class will not be expected to raise additional money in order to complete a class project. Projects in past years include lighting the bike path and the welcome sign for the city.

“The past classes of the Leadership Institute have done some phenomenal projects,” Leadership Committee Co-chairman Nate Kreinbrink said. “Not that we want to take anything away from that, but I think re-evaluting the mission of the Leadership Institute and where we want to go with it we want to give people opportunities to choose to get involved in projects on their own.”

Instead of raising money for a project, part of the $450 tuition fee will be held back for the class to use as seed money for a project if they choose.

Leadership Committee members, who are all alumni of the Leadership Institute, started ruminating the idea to eliminate the required project aspect a few years ago. Last year’s class spending some of their project money to help the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s new website solidified the idea.

“We want the project to be a want to more than a have to,” Chamber President and CEO Nathan Sondgeroth said. “We want this to be an incubator and have that little bit of capital available to start the ball in motion.”

Also new this year are partnerships with Clinton Community College, Ashford University and Iowa State University, which officials hope will add some credibility and focus on leadership skills that employers, participants and the community will benefit from.

Text Only
Top News
  • Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

    Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows. The research also confirms earlier reports of drastic declines in diabetes-related kidney failure and amputations.

    April 17, 2014

  • Let the (real) games begin: It's NBA playoff time

    Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.

    It took the entire season to fill out those brackets.

    Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte, a go-ahead dunk in Oklahoma City to win a game and cap another scoring title for Kevin Durant, plus some good old-fashioned disinterest by Brooklyn ... all that, and more, on the final night of the season was needed before the eight conference-quarterfinal matchups in this season's NBA playoffs could be decided.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

    April 17, 2014

  • Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts raid

    Police officers trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria's mayor have raided a home, seizing computers and phones and hauling several people in to be questioned.

    Tuesday's raid was carried out by seven plainclothes officers even though Twitter had suspended the account several weeks ago, the (Peoria) Journal Star reported. Three people at the home were brought to a police station to be interviewed, as were two other people who were met by police at their workplaces.

    April 17, 2014

  • Illinois medical marijuana rules drop gun language

    Controversial language has been removed from proposed Illinois medical marijuana rules that would bar legal gun owners from becoming cannabis-using patients.

    A person close to the rule-writing process confirmed the wording has been dropped from draft regulations expected to be published this week. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity until the rules are officially published on Friday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Iowa board boss cites pressure from administration

    The chairman of the state's Public Employment Relations Board says aides to Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the board to hire a friend of the administration.

    The Des Moines Register reports that the pressure was part of the administration's effort to stack the deck against public employee complaints.

    April 17, 2014

  • Mankato.jpg Players protest rehiring of fired Minnesota coach

    The University of Minnesota-Mankato football team Wednesday boycotted the fired head coach who won his job back in an arbitrator's ruling last week, nearly two years after fighting accusations of child pornography and other misconduct.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 17, 2014

  • CCC Veterans Association host 'Honor Flight' showing CLINTON -- The Clinton Community College Student Veterans Association will be host a public showing of the Honor Flight Movie at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8. The movie will be shown at Clinton Community College Auditorium, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton. The

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-17-14 Trees forever photo 2 Let it grow (with Video)

    CLINTON - A new generation of trees will be planted by a young generation of Irish. Wednesday during class, Lisa Golden's Prince of Peace Prep third-graders continued their year-long biology education with the help of Clinton's Trees Forever organiza

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video