A pirate stepped out onto the promenade. He was a dandy, adorned in colorful clothing and many jewels hanging from his ear lobe.
“How much was all that?” a citizen asked about the dangling baubles.
“About a buck an ear.”
That joke — told “live” Thursday morning at the Leadership Wyoming meeting — was from Forward Sheridan Executive Director Jay Stender. I was fortunate enough to sit on a media panel with Kim Love of Sheridan Media where we talked of the state of the media in Wyoming and nationally, perceived biases, bloggers versus creditialed journalists, deadlines, business pressures and how agencies and groups can be successful in getting their message out via local newspapers, broadcast affiliates, websites and so forth.
It was productive, fun and featured a lively question-and-answer session. Why, we even got a round of a applause (Holy cow! The Media?) at closing.
There were 46 class members from all over Wyoming. They toured Sheridan. Our session was at Sheridan Memorial Hospital. Earlier Leadership Wyoming classes were in Worland, Evanston, Gillette and Cheyenne. Today’s program was devoted to health care, community service and quality of life.
Before our session began, Dixie Johnson, the ever-capable leader of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce and Stender, provided programs on Sheridan’s quality of life, its diversity and why Sheridan is often considered as a relocation or expansion destination for new manufacturing or high-tech industry. Both Dixie and Jay are Sheridan natives who grew up here, went away for awhile, then returned to take on key leadership postions in the community. Both of their programs were informative and essential to the education of these future statewide leaders.
Leadership Wyoming began in 2001 as a partnership through the Wyoming Heritage Foundation and the University of Wyoming. There are more than 1,500 local leadership programs through the U.S. and the LW program is the only one with an endowment of more than $1 million. Some 14 state legislators are graduates as are Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Sen. John Barrasso.
If someone is interested in expanding their education of how and why Wyoming works, both Kim and I can give contact info.
One more reason to celebrate a local bookstore, right in the heart of Main Street: C.J. Box.
Wyoming’s best-selling author will be at Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery on Friday, Mar. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. autographing copies of his latest, “Breaking Point,” and meeting with readers and fans. (It was just released March 12.)
Thanks to Robbie and John Smith for making this happen.
Shop Sheridan, this weekend!