In 1976, the KC Chamber launched a new program designed to prepare Kansas City’s leaders of tomorrow. They called it the Centurions Leadership program. Throughout 2017, in honor of the Centurions 40th Anniversary, we’ll be sharing some of the stories of Centurions alumni.
What is your fondest memory during your time as a Centurion? Retreat first year. Retreat is when I realized how lucky I was to be chosen for the Centurions Program after learning about the accomplishments of my fellow Centurions.
Centurions taught me that one service project could really make a difference to some non-profits and the constituents they represent. I loved volunteering at the Northland Christmas Store. You knew that these gifts would likely be the only gifts these kids received, and certainly their one ‘big’ gift. The kids’ eyes would light up when they entered the room and it was so rewarding to help them select their gifts.
Here’s my advice to current and future Centurions: lots of people wanted your spot, so take advantage of the fact that you were selected. Take the time to get to know everyone in your class and the class above and below. Be nice to everyone – these are KC’s future leaders. I ran into one of my Centurions classmates today. I hadn’t seen him in years. He and many other classmates have left the ‘emerging leaders’ title far behind and are now our City’s leaders. I am so fortunate to have met them during the Centurions program and can call them my friends.