Chamber honors Leadership Hartsville Class of 2018

The 2018 Leadership Hartsville class graduated in a closed ceremony on May 30 at the Butler Heritage Auditorium. The 9-month leadership development program, made available through the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, has provided participants with growth and networking opportunities since the class kicked off in September of 2017.

The 16 honored during graduation were Kelly Benton, Macon Hunter State Farm; Mark Chapman, McLeod Health; Rebecca Chastain, Embrace Hospice; Deborah Dowling, Duke Energy; Sheri Gibson, Duke Energy; Stephanie Glanville, Burry Bookstore; Rebecca McDonald, Sonoco; Robin Perdue, Coker College; Jordan Pupa, VIP Magazine; Lori Shaw, SPC Credit Union; Dr. Cathy Thomas, SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics; Beth Tripp, City of Hartsville; Dorene Watson, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center; Christina Webb, Coker College; Austin Wheeling-Goodson, Burry Bookstore; and Diane Wise, Wise Design. “This year’s class was unique in that it fourteen participants were women. Many of them have already begun new chapters by volunteering on boards and with other organizations to make a difference in the Hartsville community,” commented chamber president Quinetta Buterbaugh.

Each year, the class selects a service project to contribute positively to life in Hartsville. Previous class projects have included the Tales on the Town downtown scavenger hunt, the park-style benches downtown, an information kiosk, and a youth mentoring program. The 2018 class chose to make improvements to the exterior of the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club. Employers of the classmates and the business community donated funds to the project.

The 2018 participants enjoyed learning about Hartsville’s many business, social, and civic opportunities, as well as about its rich cultural history. Site visits included the Robinson Nuclear Plant, Kalmia Gardens at Coker College, Butler Heritage Center, and many others.

The chamber will begin accepting applications for the 2019 Leadership Hartsville class this coming fall. Employees of all chamber member businesses are welcome to apply. To learn more about the Leadership Hartsville program, contact the chamber at 843-332-6401.

The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business advocacy organization founded in 1910. The Chamber provides a voice for local businesses, supports economic development, and promotes the vibrant and personal community that makes Hartsville appealing to businesses and residents.

Author: Rachel Howell

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