Registration opens for leadership class

Staff report

PIQUA — The Edison Foundation’s Academy for Community Leadership (the Academy) in partnership with The Paul G. Duke Foundation begins its fourteenth program of classes, Jan. 18, for those who serve as members and executive directors of nonprofit boards.

The classes are designed to help individuals make a difference on their boards and in their communities.

Applications to participate in the program are currently being accepted. Partial scholarships may be available for individuals to join the January-to-April academy, and the subsequent graduation in May. The scholarship application deadline is Oct. 7, 2016.

Edison State Community College hosts the 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. sessions set for Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, and May 24. T

Course material is based on the book, “The Board Members Guide,” which highlights, the individual and the board; the work of the board; leadership of the board; and the board and the community.

Dr. Richard Adams, of Troy, Shirley Magoteaux, of Versailles, Virginia Matz, of Sidney, Cheryl Stiefel-Francis, of Piqua, and Judy Westerheide, of Sidney, authored the book. Patricia Robinson, of Troy, acted through the Paul G. Duke Foundation to help produce the book.

Lorna Swisher, executive director of Main Street Piqua, is the academy’s lead course facilitator for the 2017 class. She and guests will offer participants their expertise on a variety of topics including the recruitment of board members, institutional budgeting, board evaluation and community awareness and collaboration.

The mission of the Academy is to strengthen nonprofit organizations by providing educational and training opportunities designed to develop more effective directors, leaders, board members, staff and volunteers.

The registration form and scholarship application for the Academy for Community Leadership class is available online at For information, call 937-778-7805 or email

Staff report