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Leadership Newkirk concludes
9/27/2013 5:19:15 PM
Last Updated:
4/24/2014 2:57:01 PM

The Leadership Newkirk Class of 2013 traveled to the Oklahoma State Capitol recently, hosted by Sen. Eddie Fields. Pictured (L-R): Holly Cline, Bobbi Simmons, Jane Thomas, Jason Shanks, Karen Dye, Jason Orr, Scott Cloud, Sen. Fields.
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

 The Leadership Newkirk Class of 2013 held its sixth and final session with a banquet Thursday night at the Heritage Center in downtown Newkirk.

 The seven member class were presented certificates and photographs taken at the state capitol.

 As part of the class, each class member was required to give a speech from what they learned in the five previous sessions.

 Three of the class members, city manager Jason Orr, county commissioner Jason Shanks, and personal banker Bobbi Simmons each talked about how the sessions made them more familiar with the community.

 “Being new to the area, it was very beneficial to see all the businesses in Newkirk,” said city manager Jason Orr.
 “There are so many things that we aren’t aware of and this class brings this to light.”

 Shanks agreed.

 “I really didn’t know that much about Newkirk not having lived here a long time but to drive by a building all the time and then see what is made in Newkirk was a really good thing for me,” Shanks said.

 Simmons added a different take.

 “What I learned is that Newkirk has much more to offer than what I thought,” she said.  “It’s small town but has a lot happening all the time.”

 Even residents like Newkirk Main Street Manager and local historian Karen Dye who have lived in Newkirk a long time learned from the leadership class.

 “Having been here most all my life, I thought I knew it all,” she said.  “But I learned so much from these sessions and I made some new friends.”

 Holly Cline from the Kay County Clerk’s Office said she learned about the opportunities available for area residents.

 “It’s amazing what is offered,” she said.  “What Pioneer Technology and University Center offer is amazing.  There are so many opportunities available in so many areas.”

 Newkirk City Clerk Jane Thomas said that cooperation is the key for a thriving community.

 “When you can get everyone working toward a common goal, there is no telling what can be accomplished,” she said.

 Scott Cloud of the Newkirk Herald Journal praised the class members for being part of the program and the businesses for allowing their employees to be a part of the inaugural Leadership Newkirk class.

 “I hope this is going to be the start of something we can do every year,” he said.

 The previous five sessions included a trip to the State Capitol, Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City, University Center in Ponca City, Newkirk Public Library, Newkirk Senior Citizens Center, Newkirk Public Schools, a tour of local Newkirk businesses, Newkirk Main Street, and the Newkirk Community Historical Society.

 The Leadership Newkirk 2014-15 class will form in August, call 362-2377 for more information.

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Submitted By: Submitted: 2/23/2014
I am a visitor. I have came through Newkirk and I think you need too give fines on the yard. And clean up your town. :)

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