About Project LEAD
The Chamber’s leadership program, Project LEAD, begins its 31st year on September 11, 2019 at the Jones Dairy Farm Homestead, followed by monthly sessions at area companies and organizations. Project LEAD participants are introduced to the leadership of the area’s largest employers, while learning the inner workings of what makes the community function. Facilitated by Dr. Mike Bender, Bender, Kind & Stafford, DDS; the program strives to build future leaders with a desire to serve the community, so participants also determine a project that addresses a local issue or concern.
If you would like to participate in this year’s Project LEAD class, click here to view the Project LEAD brochure and application. Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration deadline is August 30, 2019.
Project LEAD XXXI - Project Explaination
Project LEAD XXXI -
Project Lead XXXI has chosen for this year's project to enhance the Fort Atkinson Aquatic Center, focusing specifically on the lack of shade on the North end. Approximately 350-700 people visit the aquatic center each day during the summer and seating under the current shade is the first to be taken and runs out quickly. The goal of the group is to reconfigure the volleyball courts and install a 20'x10' shade-sail system. The group intends to also add an umbrella on the South end as well as additional yard games, loungers and chairs.
The goal of the group is to raise $11,750 for the Fort Atkinson Family Aquatic Center. The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation will match contributions, dollar-for-dollar allowing the group to meet the total fundraising goal of $23,500.
Project LEAD over the Years
2018 - Enhanced Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Fort Atkinson
2017 – Expansion of the Dwight Foster Public Library’s bilingual resources collection
2016 – Refurbishing the trails, handrails, landscaping and signage at the Brietkze Educational Wetlands
2015 – Planted trees in Ralph Park affected by Emerald Ash Borer
2014 – Trailway Park
2013 – Veterans Memorial at McCoy Park
2012 – Barrie Park Restrooms
2011 – “Then and Now” Historic Pictorial Book of Fort Atkinson
2010 – Enhancement of Barrie Park Band Shell
2009 – Install fence around playground at Lorman Park, add sign commemorating record flood level of 2008
2008 – Lighted crossing signs for bike trail, planted 20 trees at Jones Park, and design a “green” bathroom for Lorman Park
2007 – New playground equipment at Ralph Park
2006 – Trail Markers at Mush-Ko-Se-Day Park
2005 – Mile markers along the bike trail and lights for the holiday tree at Lorman Park
2004 – River Walk railing and scanner for the Hoard Historical Museum
2003 – Placed identification blocks in front of historical sites and refurbished the plaque at the original fort site
2002 – Fort Atkinson welcome sign in front of Armory
2001 – Cut pathways for walking paths and Dorothy Carnes Park
2000 – Lighted event sign and historic walkway at Jones Park
1999 – Added a water-fountain along the bike trail
1998 – Landscaped HWY 26 Bypass signs
1997 – Initiated Adopt-a-Park program with Fort Atkinson Parks and Recreation
1996 – Lighted outdoor locator map at the Chamber of Commerce
1995 – Phone Blitz to get people out to vote
1994 – First Buckskinner Rendezvous held in Fort Atkinson
1993 – Built fence around Panther Intaglio
1992 – Compiled list of available meeting facilities for business and industry; created listing of available community activities for youth; created design for bathrooms at Lorman Park
1991 – Recycling Committee formed
1990 – Developed Employee Assistance program
1989 – First Project LEAD class graduates
The first Project LEAD class poses for a picture at their graduation.
The 2013 class of Project LEAD meets for their retreat. This half-day rustic workshop helps participants build relationships and develop leadership skills.