This year's class of the Gillette Area Leadership Institute graduated at the Gillette College Tech Center on June 13. Guest speaker Jillian Balow, the Wyoming Department of Education's Superintendent, addressed the graduates and encouraged them to always be looking for opportunities to lead.
"It's not always glamorous to be a leader," she said. "It's about being a part of something much bigger than ourselves, every single day."
Balow graduated high school from Campbell County, and was a teacher here and in Hulett for ten years before being elected to the State Superintendent position in 2014. She spoke about the importance of local government, and how it's critical for those who want to be community leaders to talk to their school board, city councilors and county commissioners about the decisions that may affect their future.
"It's really important that you're connected to those folks," she said. "Come to the table with some kind of solution to offer up, because we truly care about hearing from you, and you do make an impact."
Balow is one of five statewide elected positions (along with the Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Auditor), and stated that even though she's an educator, she sits on many different sorts of boards, like the State Loan and Investment Board, which is part of the Wyoming Business Council.
"I know more about water towers and sewer systems than I ever thought I would need to know as an educator. But what makes a difference is when we hear from you all in the community."
She stressed that it's very important that all five state elected positions be accessible to Wyoming residents, because hearing what is important to you is a responsibility she feels they have to have, in order to make our communities stronger.
"Don't ever discredit yourself or your worth in sharing what you're passionate about."
If you're interested in applying for the next G.A.L.I. class (which starts in September,) applications are available on our website and are due to be returned to the Chamber by July 16.
You can see more photos from today's graduation on our Facebook page.
The Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division is proposing changes that will affect the Division’s rules, regulations and fee schedule. These proposals include modifications to the Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Rules, Regulations and Fee Schedules. The Department proposes to update Chapter 7 - Benefits by the following changes:
The Department is seeking the public's input on these changes. The public comment period will end at close of business on July 20, 2018.
Via traditional mail, send comments to:
Wyoming Workers’ Compensation Division
1510 East Pershing Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposed rules may be downloaded, free of charge, by clicking here.
This month, the Wyoming Rural Electric Association and Powder River Energy Corporation are hosting a "Campaign School" on May 12 at the Alan Mickelson Fire Training Center. The event is $20 at the door and is non-partisan. Even if you're not planning on running for office, this seminar will help you learn about fundraising, election rules, and how to get out the vote. You can find the full agenda by clicking here.
The Business Advocacy Committee would also like to remind everyone they can get involved in the political process by becoming a committeeperson for their respective party. The Central Committee of every party registered in Campbell County -- Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, and Constitution -- determines party platform and party positions on national, state and local issues.
While the Campbell County Democrats have already had their county convention, and the Republican and Libertarian parties have already held their state-wide convention, they are all still looking for both committeepersons and election judges to staff this year's election.
Also, if you're interested in running for office, the filing session will be open from May 17th thru June 1st.
Other important dates in the election schedule:
Constitution Party State Convention: May 10-12
Democratic State Convention: June 9
Absentee Voting (Primary Election): Begins July 6
Primary Election: August 21
Candidate filing (School/College/Special District): August 8 - August 28
Minor and Provisional Party candidate filing deadline: August 20
Absentee voting (General Election): Begins September 21
General Election: November 6
If you would like your voice to be heard, please apply.
For more information, visit the Campbell County Elections office at the Campbell County Courthouse, Suite 1602. (You can also download and fill out your vote registration form, if you have not already, to be signed by the Elections Clerk or a public notary.)