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Monroe: Plane rides offer a different view
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MONROE- Graduates of the Green County Leaders Class of 2007-08 took to the air Saturday, June 21 with airplane rides over the county.

As part of the curriculum of the Green County Leaders program, each year the advisors organize airplane rides for the class. These flights are in small planes, which fly from the Monroe Municipal Airport.

"The whole idea of Green County Leaders is to challenge our students to look at the county and its communities from many different perspectives. The airplane rides give the participants a different view of the area," Green County Development Corporation's Executive Director Anna Schramke said. "The plane rides help them see distances in a different light and to see the relationships between the communities. Also, they see the relationships between the communities and their surroundings."

The class appreciated the different viewpoint. Nikki Matley exited the plane with a smile and her face. "That was awesome!" she said. Ellen Hossman agreed, adding, "And we had a great tour director too," referring to pilot Roger Kubly. Frank Davis said he had a better idea of the topography of the county, including the difference between the east and west sides of the county. "Being relatively new to this area, I got a much better understanding of the geographical location of the Green County communities as related to each other," he added. Students were also able to see where the flooding had occurred in the county and the extent of the damages high water caused.

The flights were arranged for the class by Art Carter and the pilots for the day included Kubly and Barry Heiser.

Green County Leaders is made possible through a partnership of the Green County Development Corporation, Green County UW-Extension, the Monroe Campus of Blackhawk Technical College, and other area organizations and businesses that donate their time by serving on program committees and as session speakers. The program's mission is to provide an educational program where individuals can practice leadership skills, deepen their understanding of community issues and prepare for leadership roles, thereby creating a network of individuals committed to the future of Green County.

The program consists of an orientation, nine classes and the graduation ceremony. Program advisors are GCDC Executive Director Anna Schramke and Green County UW-Extension Community Development Educator and Community Leader Kent Anderson. Over 120 people in the Green County area have graduated from the program since its conception in 2001.

Recruitment for the class of 2008-2009 is starting. For more information about the projects or the program, a brochure or an application, contact GCDC's office by calling 328-9452 or e-mail