Eighteen members of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Vision XXI Class of 2014, along with guests and chamber officials, held their first meeting Feb. 7 learning about the city of Harker Heights, its leadership and plans for the future.

The five-hour meeting was held in the Activities Room of the Stewart C. Meyer Public Library. The next Vision XXI meeting is March 7. The group will visit Seton and Metroplex hospitals.

Suzanne Taylor, senior vice president of First National Bank-Texas and director of learning and development, led the PACE Palette activity, designed to help gain insights on the participant’s communication style, increasing their effectiveness communicating with others and building strong teams.

“This is a quick way to help the class members learn their communication styles. We teach them how they communicate and present themselves and use flexibility when it comes to working with others,” Taylor said.

She said it was important to do this exercise in the first session of the class so they can determine the strengths and weaknesses of their own team, then decide the direction of their group.

Cyd West led the portion concerning the class project.

Larry Linder, Heights chamber chairmen, welcomed the class by telling them they would have a unique experience in meeting the key leaders of the city.

“When you’re through with Vision XXI, you’ll have a fresh perspective on the education, medical, military and politics of the area,” he said.

The chamber’s website describes Vision XXI as part of the Talent Development sector.

It is designed to enhance community leadership through shared knowledge and skill-building. The goal is to team local leaders and key organizations to produce a shared vision of developing the future of the community.

Other guests were former Mayor Mike Aycock and City Manager David Mitchell.

Representing the chamber at the meeting was Jim Anderson, developer of the Heights Vision XXI leadership class; Gina Pence, membership and event coordinator; Erin Salzberg, membership; Jennifer Ciffra, office administrator; and Laura Collier, 2013 class “Rising Star.”

The class will create a project. West mentioned three possible choices: assisting the homeless program sponsored by the school district, the animal shelter and parks.

“These are only a few that we’ve heard from people in the community, but as a class you have the flexibility to determine what you believe is important,” West said. “We’ll talk about the project every time the class meets.”

The 2014 Class members are Jayson Lam, Denise Chambers, Paul Britton, Laura Rechtfertig, Nancy Romifh, Jos Portman, Casey Brazil, Raye Mayhorn, James Gaskins, Jan Anderson, Aaron Naramore, Angel Miller, Anna D. Rinehart, Steven Rinehart, Mandy Gibson, Teri Baumann, Jerica Millan and Carla Wright.

“My husband and I wanted to do profound work together and give back to the community,” Anna Dee Rinehart said. “It was part of our personal master plan. This gives us a chance to bring some of our earlier involvement and put those pieces all together.”

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