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W-ville leader honored
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Walthourville councilwoman Patricia Green accepts certificates of recognition from a GMA official. - photo by Photo provided.
Walthourville councilmember Patricia Green left the recent Georgia Municipal Association convention in Savannah with two reasons to smile.
The councilwoman received two of the prestigious certificate of recognition awards as the convention concluded on June 26 for her completion of 42 and 72 hours worth of coursework through the Georgia Municipal Training Institute.
“I feel very good about receiving the certificates,” Green said. “Just to know that I could accomplish something and I did accomplish something, it’s very rewarding.”
The GMTI, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials.
In order to receive a Certificate of Recognition, an official must complete a minimum of 42 credits out of the 24 six-unit courses that make-up the program. The program includes classes in business, management, ethics, public speaking and leadership, which Green said was the most valuable in learning how to become a better councilmember.
“I think all of the classes are helpful, but the leadership class is especially helpful because it teaches you how to deal with the community,” she said.
The councilwoman added she plans to continue taking classes through the institute, including an upcoming training session in Athens from July 25 through July 28, with the support of the Walthourville Mayor Henry Frasier and her fellow councilmembers.
“The city pays for the classes and I think it’s real nice of the city to send me,” she said. “And I plan to keep taking the classes because they make you a better councilperson.”
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