Leadership Oswego County to honor graduates, community leaders

Current and future community leaders will be honored during Leadership Oswego County’s Adult Class of 2005 Graduation Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, at The Forum in SUNY Oswego’s Hewitt Union. A grant provided by Allstate Foundation sponsors the ceremony.

This year’s ceremony recognizes the 14th adult class of the Leadership Oswego County program, which is administered by SUNY Oswego’s Center for Business and Community Development. The 19 members of the Class of 2005 will join more than 270 LOC alumni as community leaders.

In addition to the graduation celebration, Leadership Oswego County will present the 2005 Community Leadership and Distinguished Alumni awards.

Bernie Henderson is this year’s Community Leadership Award recipient. A former vice president of finance and budget at SUNY Oswego, Henderson has devoted his free time to community projects and has always encouraged others to do the same, nominators said.

His current involvement with the community includes serving as president of the Oswego County Historical Society, vice president of the Manor at Seneca Hill board of directors, treasurer of the Oswego School District Public Library board, treasurer of Friends of Fort Ontario and vice president of the Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board. Gov. George E. Pataki appointed Henderson as a member of the SUNY Oswego College Council.

“Bernie deserves this award as he has shown great leadership in our community,” said Peg McKinstry, an active volunteer for the LOC program. “He can make you laugh, and he’s really a nice guy who knows how to get things done.”

Shannon White, a 2000 graduate of Leadership Oswego County, will receive the LOC Distinguished Alumni Award. White, the marketing manager for Operation Oswego County, has extended her time and skills to numerous community service activities. 

White is a member of the Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County board of directors, the Weston T. Hyde Oswego County Educational Foundation board of directors, and the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training leadership team.

She is a board member and past president of the Oswego County Press Club. In 2004, White was named one of the area’s Forty Under 40 by Oswego County Business magazine. She is currently leading an effort to initiate a young professionals’ network in Oswego County. 

“Shannon is always focused in her work, and she has a vision of how to lead a team to task completion,” said Nancy Bellow, director of the Center for Business and Community Development at SUNY Oswego. “She understands the importance of growing Oswego and she continually steps forward to share her vision and expertise.”

For information on the Leadership Oswego County graduation ceremony or the program itself, or to make reservations, call 312-3492.

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(Posted: May 12, 2005)