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Mid South Delta Leaders Ask: “The Delta . . . What Vision? Whose Vision?”

In April, Mid South Delta Leaders class members participated in a tri-state summit titled, The Delta . . . What Vision? Whose Vision? The summit was organized around the study of three systems: education; economic development and public policy; and the social, cultural and historical impacts on these systems.

During the summit, Dr. Myrtis Tabb, MSDL tri-state leader, introduced the action learning team process to the group and opened with Margaret Mead’s quote: Never underestimate the ability of a small group of people to change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

MSDL is a small group of 40 class members representing the 55-county Delta region, but they are all committed to the region and have a desire for continuing personal and professional growth and development.

Melissa Thaxton, class member from Monroe, Louisiana, said, “At these summits, I learned how important it is that we work together to make each and every one of our communities better places to live and work.  I believe that these summits, along with future MSDL events, will keep us abreast of what’s going on and how things can be successful when we participate.”

MSDL’s next event, Retreat III, will be held in Arkansas, May 6-7, 2004.  For more information about MSDL, contact Christy Montesi, Tri-State Director, at criddle@deltastate.edu, 662-846-4336, or visit the MSDL web site at www.msdi.org/leadership.

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