The Faulkner County Leadership Institute recently held its annual banquet at the Centennial Valley Events Center. The banquet served as the organization’s award ceremony, graduation of the 2009 class and induction of the 2010 class. Cornell Maltbia received the Dan Nabholz Leadership Award. Named for the founder of FCLI, the honor is given to an FCLI graduate who exemplifies leadership in the community. 

Bill Hegeman received the Faulkner County Leadership Institute Award as a non-graduate of the institute who has proven leadership. 

"The Leadership Institute serves as a venue for emerging leaders to learn more about the community, find a place to utilize their strengths or simply network with other leaders in order to build a stronger community," FCLI Director Steve Rose said. FCLI is a non-profit committee and program of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. Applications for the yearlong course are due in August with the first session beginning in November. Throughout the year, the adult leadership class members participate in monthly sessions to educate them on such topics as human services, government, education, agriculture, economic development, and media. 

Members of the 2009 class are: Harvey Benton, Amy Blaylock, Margaret Corbett, Julia Cunningham, Julie Gillaspy, David Hall, Jon Henderson, Polly Ingram, Caren Lewis, Denise Pearson-Bethea , Wes Pruitt, Bryan Quinn, Matthew Rice, Shawanna Rodgers, Bart Shaw, Todd Spradlin, Todd Tipton, Bill Tobias, Melissa Turner, Ronda Warneke, Kathy Weatherl, Dot Welch and Brad Youngblood.

The banquet also served as the induction of the 2010 class. Participants are: Aaron Beard, John Bishop, Amanda Bledsoe, Matt Brown, Rance Bryant, Jim Capps, Greg Carver, David Crossman, Michael D’Almeida, Rhonda Dixon, John Freyaldenhoven, Jennifer Holbrook, Susan Jarvis, Kami Marsh, Kurt Meredith, Ty Miller, Trish Mounce, Anna Oberste, Michelle Phillips, Denny Regehr, Chad Roller, Stephanie Strickland, Tonya Thomas, Tracy Tidwell and Kim Williams.