Spring 2012 President’s Message

Dear LFW Members and Friends,

The Fellows Dinner on March 8th was, by all early indications, our most successful ever, thanks to a super committee and wonderful cooperation from DFW Airport and American Airlines. We portrayed Jeff Fegan, CEO of the airport, as “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in song and skit. A new AA Boeing 737-800 was on display and some 550 people were treated to “The Most Entertaining Party of the Year.” Kick yourself silly if you missed it.

With the new year now one-fourth gone, how thankful we are that Leadership Fort Worth continues to enjoy the support of our area leaders, regardless of their profession. This was brought home particularly at the Fellows Dinner and at the “Big Brainstorm” in December when we kicked off Mayor Price’s youth initiative at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Our task was to facilitate the afternoon’s discussions and to provide a mentor at each of the 32 tables. Our Leading Edge and Leadership Class alums came through once again, getting “Steer Fort Worth” – you gotta love the name – off to a good start. LFW continues to provide management of that initiative for the Mayor’s office.

About 70 of us gathered at the Rahr Brewery in mid-December for a bit of Christmas cheer. And another 75 or so attended the Stock Show and had a special “Behind the Scenes” tour in January. Thanks to Amy Plaskota and her committee for planning and delivering two fun evenings.

The new Leading Edge class is well under way. With more applicants than we had room for, we had to turn away some outstanding individuals again this year. If someone you recruited was among them, please don’t be discouraged. Another year of volunteerism will greatly improve their chances of making the cut next year.

You can find news about the Leadership Class and LeaderKids elsewhere on this site, so I’ll just say, “Whew, busy times!”

This is the time of the year to recruit for members of the 2013 Leadership Class. Encourage someone you know to apply for a terrific experience and membership in an outstanding network.

Be a leader out there today. Get involved, study the challenge and speak your mind. There are way too many sheep.

Lee Rogers