From Press Reports
Maben Lions Club sponsored three young men to the Lions of Mississippi Boys Leadership Conference held at Roosevelt State Park March 7-9.
They are Dylan Blakely of the Cumberland community, Justin Jones of the Oktibbeha Lake community and John Taylor Champion of Pheba. Dylan and John Taylor are juniors at East Webster High School, and Justin is a junior at West Oktibbeha High School.
Rob Collins, co-chair of the Lions of Mississippi Boys Leadership Conference committee, accompanied the three to the conference and remained all weekend as a senior counselor. The conference featured outstanding speakers from across the state who spoke to the campers on a variety of subjects all designed to develop leadership skills in each individual. Each camper was challenged to stretch their thinking and grow their perspectives in all aspects of problem solving and leadership development.
At the end of the conference each participant was presented with a three-ring binder that held material for use in the future when planning for college and beyond. Some of the items that were included were copies of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and booklets on building leadership skills, on “Mind Your Manners,” on Parliamentary Procedure, on Writing a Resume and Interviewing, on budgeting your money, on Governing by Principle from the Mississippi Center for Public Policy and a new book on racial reconciliation by one of the speakers, Dolphus Weary, titled “Crossing the Tracks.”
All the young men seemed to really enjoy the fun of meeting and bonding with outstanding boys from all over the state. They all spoke of the new friends they had made and their plan to stay in contact with them. They really had fun at the talent contest, the Dog Patch Olympics and all the wonderful meals they were treated to.
This was the second year that Justin had been chosen to attend. Dylan and John Taylor both attended for the first time. For their attendance, each was awarded a $4000 scholarship to William Carey University in Hattiesburg, should they elect to attend there.