Benjamin Franklin has been quoted as saying “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Had he not written this over two hundred years ago, I would swear he was writing this in regard to Leadership Pocatello Chubbuck. When I filled out the application for the program about two years ago, I remember thinking how this would be something great to put on a resume, but I would probably not learn much because after all, I had lived in Pocatello my entire life. What would the Chamber, or anyone else be able to teach me about my home? Looking back, I do not think I could have missed the bus more if I had been on an airplane.

From the opening hours of the retreat, I learned to test my own boundaries, and trust in people I hardly knew. Being a lifetime chicken when it comes to heights, the ropes course was the perfect way to get me out of my comfort zone. I immediately forged friendships and trust with people I had only known for a few hours. I looked to our facilitators to lead me and guide me in my growth.

As the months flew by, I was shown new, exciting things about the community where I was born, and taught things that exist in Pocatello which I would have probably never known had I not participated in the program.

Soon, it was time for our event. We had worked together as a team, and put together an amazing party atmosphere which went off without a hitch. Through the process there were many things the group did not agree on, and many times the discussions became heated, but at the end of the day, we functioned as a team who came together for an amazing event.

When June of 2014 came around, it was time to move into our diplomat year. We watched the class before us accept their graduation plaques, and it seemed like we had such a long time to go before we would be accepting ours. The funny thing about the future is that it is the present and then the past much sooner than we anticipate. The next year flew by. I had been selected as a facilitator for the new class, and everything was happening so quickly. We were planning the new group’s retreat, then setting up the Snowflake Awards, then supervising the work done on their event. In between those times, it was our responsibility to show the new class some of the amazing things our area has to offer. Talk about pressure!

Now with a blink of the eye, we come to June of 2015. We made it through our class, then forged through the diplomat year, and are now passing the torch to a new set of facilitators who will only try to improve on what we showed them. Like a mother bird must feel when her baby chick takes flight for the first time, I wonder if I showed them all they need to know? After thinking back at all of their success through the year, I am certain they will do a wonderful job. I can’t help but wonder if someone who is filling their application out in this month, will reflect in two short years much like I have done today. As Marty Ruben said, “Seize the day, then let it go.” I guess it is my turn to let it go.