"When I started working at the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, I kept hearing mentions of G.A.L.I.," writes Finance Director Brandi Brockmoller.
Brandi has been a Chamber employee since Fall of 2017, and joined the 2018/2019 Gillette Area Leadership Institute class this year. (Three of our six employees have already been through the program.) G.A.L.I. was started in 1986 to bring like minded individuals together who wanted to serve their community as a leader.
Each month the group spends at least one day touring entities and facilities within the community. They learn the inner workings of, and meet the individuals who are leading teams that work in the public sector. February was the annual class field trip to Cheyenne to meet with legislators (and our new Governor). Brandi and her class saw the signing of Senate Resolution 1, declaring a day to recognize the 150th anniversary of Wyoming Women's Suffrage.
She writes about her experience so far with the Gillette Area Leadership Institute:
"In September of last year, I met the twenty individuals who would be my class. We spent the weekend in Deadwood learning about each other, hearing stories from past students during their presentation, and finding out just what we would be doing for the next 9 months.
"My class has toured our County facilities, The City of Gillette administration, Campbell County Health, Public Health, & The Boys and Girls Club of Campbell County to name a few. The Barlow Ranch, Dry Fork Station, and Buckskin mine also welcomed our crew with a tour. We have had the pleasure of meeting directors from The Council of Community Services, Salvation Army, YES House, and many more.
"Last month we boarded a bus headed for Cheyenne. We met new Governor Mark Gordon and watched him sign his very first bill declaring December 10th Women’s Suffrage Day in Wyoming. The group was also introduced on the floors of both the House and Senate during our tour there. Our introductions continued as we gathered at the Wyoming Supreme Court building and met Justice Kari Gray. She explained her duties as a Wyoming Supreme Court justice and how the cases get to her.
"I found it fascinating how much she knew about our community, specifically. All in all, these days were fantastic, but my favorite was our tour of the National Guard facility. We met brave men and woman who serve our country both here at home and overseas. It was incredible to sit in a Black Hawk helicopter and hear the different ways they are set up for the needs of the Air National Guard. I am sure it won’t surprise you we weren’t able to fly that day because of the wind." [A makeup date was scheduled, thanks to the generosity of Brigadier General Gregory C. Porter.]
"G.A.L.I. is amazing for so many reasons, but the relationships and bonds you build with your fellow classmates are beyond measure. I have met some amazing people and learned about programs I had no idea existed. Learning about leadership and acting as a leader are most definitely not the same. These have been priceless days for me, days I may have never had the pleasure of having without the program. If you know nothing about this community as you are new, or you have lived here all your life, both are great reasons to look into applying for the next session of G.A.L.I."
Our current G.A.L.I. class will be graduating on Wednesday, June 12, at the Gillette College Pronghorn Center. Our guest speaker will be U.S. Representative Liz Cheney. Applications for next year's G.A.L.I. class will be available at commencement, and will be available online at our G.A.L.I. page afterwards.