Workshop offers Poway leadership training
By Pat Kumpan
An estimated 50 apprentice leaders attending the Poway Community Leadership Institute Wednesday got an inside glimpse of how the city works, the school district, and the impact of service clubs, along with regional issues.
During the all-day seminar, which was held in City Council chambers, Assistant City Manager Tina White spoke about the redevelopment department, which is now folding into the city’s operating departments.
City Manager Penny Riley focused on Poway’s “accessibility and responsibility” and what the city offers local businesses and residents.
She and others indicated that while there has been some downsizing, the city seems to be thriving.
The premise of the PCLI has always been to help residents become better leaders and to know more about volunteer opportunities, all of which improve the community, and the new PCLI graduate, said City Councilwoman Merrilee Boyack.
As one of the PCLI founders, Boyack said the organization has succeeded in those original goals — producing some “magnificent” leaders.
Steve Vaus, PCLI’s new executive director, said that he hoped those who attended the seminar will walk away with a better sense of the community they live in — and what their role will be.
At the heart of Poway is a corps of volunteers, such as members of Rotary Club of Poway, which helps sponsor PCLI, Vaus said.
During the year, Rotarians distribute backpacks and dictionaries to local schools and get involved in other activities, while Soroptimists, Kiwanis Club, the Poway Woman’s Club and local PTAs also provide an incredible amount of service to the community, Boyack said.
The PCLI luncheon this year was a Poway Rotary meeting with guest speaker Dennis Morgigno, station manager of Channel 4.
A second PCLI seminar will be held March 14 at City Council Chambers, 13325 Civic Center Drive. The fee is $50. For details, visit PowayLeadership.org.
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